The crew of the AG600, codenamed Kunlong, pose for photos after its maiden flight overseas, at Rizhao Shanzihe Airport in Rizhao, east China's Shandong Province, July 26, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Kai)
BEIJING, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- December 7 marks International Civil Aviation Day. The purpose of the day is to help generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation to the social and economic development of States, and of the unique role of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in helping States to cooperate and realize a truly global rapid transit network at the service of all mankind.
Every five years, coinciding with ICAO anniversaries (2014/2019/2024/2029/etc.), the ICAO Council establishes a special anniversary theme for International Civil Aviation Day. Between these anniversary years, Council representatives select a single theme for the full four-year intervening period. The Council has decided that from now until 2023, the theme will be: "Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development".
Let's seize the occasion to spread awareness of acknowledging the importance of civil aviation as an engine of global connectivity and a fundamental enabler of global peace and prosperity in the COVID-19 recovery.
Photo taken on Aug. 13, 2020 shows a plane taking off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, the United States. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)
Photo taken on March 10, 2020 shows a stop sign and a plane approaching to land at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, the United States. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)
Passengers walk out of Kuwait International Airport in Farwaniya Governorate, Kuwait, Aug. 1, 2020. (Photo by Asad/Xinhua)
A staff member sprays disinfectant on a passenger's luggage at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh on June 1, 2020. (Str/Xinhua)
A traveller wearing protective gear walks by the Air Canada check-in counters at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada, April 27, 2020. (Photo by Zou Zheng/Xinhua)
An Israeli flight attendant wearing protective gears works in a flight of Israir Airlines from the Ben Gurion International Airport to Ramon International Airport amid COVID-19 pandemic in Israel, on Aug. 17, 2020. (Gideon Markowicz/JINI via Xinhua)
Photo taken on March 10, 2020 shows a plane approaching to land at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington D.C., the United States. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)
A plane is seen during sunset in Washington D.C., the United States, Feb. 17, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)
A staff member unloads Chinese medical supplies from an airplane at the Kotota International Airport in Accra, Ghana, April 6, 2020. (Xinhua/Xu Zheng)
Technicians work in the factory of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. in Shanghai, east China, March 6, 2020. (Xinhua/Ding Ting)
Refugees board an airplane to Germany at the Athens International Airport in Athens, Greece, on Oct. 16, 2020. (Xinhua/Marios Lolos)
Guests pose for photos with a newly-delivered ARJ21 jetliner at the Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport in Chongqing, southwest China, Nov. 10, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Chan)
The 500th A320 aircraft assembled at the Airbus Final Assembly Line Asia (FALA) is pictured in Tianjin, north China, Oct. 29, 2020. (Photo by Zhao Zishuo/Xinhua)
Photo taken on Sept. 19, 2020 shows a flight featuring the mascot of China International Import Expo (CIIE) at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province. (Xinhua)
An airplane carrying medical workers supporting virus-hit Hubei Province receives a water salute at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, April 7, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Xi)
An airplane carrying members of the national medical team aiding COVID-19-hit Hubei Province receives a water salute at Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, April 6, 2020. A national medical team of 557 medical workers returned to Beijing after aiding Hubei Province in the fight against the COVID-19. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)
A specially painted plane of Qantas makes a 100-minute celebration flight over Sydney, Australia, Nov. 16, 2020, to mark the centennial of the airline.
Wang Qinjin prepares for a flight inside the cockpit of a plane at Bao'an International Airport in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, Sept. 9, 2020. (Xinhua/Mao Siqian)■