Bradley Perrett

China’s Chengdu Airlines applies for international flights
Chinese narrowbody and regional jet operator Chengdu Airlines has applied for permission to fly internationally, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
COMAC grounds C919 flight-test aircraft to modify prototypes
The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) has grounded the C919 flight-test aircraft for modifications, costing about three months in the flight-testing schedule.
CRAIC pushes up CR929 first delivery to 2025 
The scheduled first delivery of the Chinese-Russian commercial aircraft consortium CRAIC CR929 widebody airliner has been moved up by two years to 2025, with the first flight now scheduled for 2023.
China’s Spring Airlines to use A320neos on longer routes
China’s Spring Airlines plans to introduce much longer routes when it begins receiving Airbus A320neo family aircraft in the second half of this year.
CRAIC fixes CR929 main dimensions, layout 
The Chinese-Russian commercial aircraft consortium (CRAIC) has fixed the main dimensional details of its CR929 widebody aircraft, which were revised from figures given to ATW’s sister publication Aviation Daily in May.
AVIC MA700 model aircraft
AVIC begins MA700 airframe major assemblies
The Aviation Corp. of China (AVIC) will begin making parts for the airframe major assemblies of the MA700 turboprop airliner this month, following the transmission of design data to the factories in the past few weeks.
COMAC works on weight, drag reduction for ARJ21 
The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) is pressing ahead with a major revision of its ARJ21-700 regional jet, aiming at reducing weight and drag but not altering primary structure.
COMAC: CRAIC CR929 gets seven engine proposals
Sino-Russian commercial aircraft consortium CRAIC has received seven proposals for engines for its CR929 widebody airliner, said COMAC, one of the partners.
China Southern to resume St. Petersburg service with 737 MAX 8s
China Southern Airlines will use Boeing 737-8s to operate a revived service between Urumqi in northwestern China and St Petersburg, Russia, replacing 757s.
China's LCC 9 Air prepares for international service
Chinese LCC 9 Air is preparing to fly internationally, three years after it began operations from its base in the southern city of Guangzhou.
Sukhoi: CR929 fuselage to have nine-abreast seating 
Designers of the Sino-Russian Craic CR929 widebody airliner have retained a fuselage width sized for nine-abreast seating, even as other dimensions have changed during early development.
China’s AECC tests demonstrator turbofan for C919 engine 
Aviation Engine Corp. of China (AECC) has run its CJ-1000AX demonstrator turbofan, as part of a program intended to provide alternative, domestically-produced propulsion for the COMAC C919.
Air China’s Chengdu-London Service will be to Gatwick 
Air China’s new service between Chengdu and London that British Airways (BA) dropped in 2017 will be to Gatwick.
Sichuan Airlines A319 safely diverts to Chengdu after windscreen burst 
A Sichuan Airlines A319-100, en route from Chongqing to Lhasa, experienced a windscreen burst in the cockpit May 14 and diverted to Chengdu, where it landed safely.
Mitsubishi: MRJ to fly at Farnborough; first delivery still 2020 
Mitsubishi Aircraft will conduct demonstration flights of its MRJ regional jet at the Farnborough Air Show in July, the company said, reiterating first delivery is on track for mid-2020.
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