Bradley Perrett

COMAC C919 launches third flight 
The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) has flown its C919 aircraft for the third time—five weeks after its second flight, and 26 weeks after the first flight.
Chinese government lessors order 70 COMAC C919s 
Four Chinese government lessors have ordered 70 COMAC C919s and taken options on 60 more, the manufacturer and the customers said, indicating strengthened government backing for the project.
New Chinese regional to launch in 2018 
Shareholders have registered a company intended to be a regional airline in the central Chinese province of Hubei.
Joy Air MA-60
China’s Joy Air plans jet operations 
Chinese turboprop operator Joy Air is planning to introduce standard narrowbody jet aircraft, fulfilling a long-held ambition, thanks to the support of controlling shareholder Okay Airways, industry sources said.
Tianjin Airlines to launch Australia, Moscow services next year 
HNA Group’s Tianjin Airlines is planning to open two routes to Australia in December, and two to Moscow in May 2018.
Rendering of 737 MAX 10 in Donghai Airlines’ livery
China’s Donghai Airlines to begin Shenzhen-Darwin services 
Chinese narrowbody aircraft operator Donghai Airlines proposes to open the first scheduled services between China and Darwin in northern Australia, a tourism market.
Air Astana Embraer E190
Air Astana resumes flights to Kiev 
Kazakhstan’s Air Astana has resumed flying between the Kazakh capital, Astana, and Kiev, Ukraine—three years after suspending the service in the wake of the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, a Boeing 777-200ER.
Chengdu Airlines ARJ21
COMAC plans more automation amid ARJ21 ramp-up 
The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) is planning increased automation as it sets up a second production line for its ARJ21 regional jet.
Source: COMAC C919 targets first delivery for 2020 
China’s Commercial Aircraft Corp.’s (COMAC) unannounced target for first delivery of its C919 narrowbody is now 2020, a senior program source said.
COMAC plans to fly first C919 prototype May 6 
China’s Commercial Aircraft Corp. (COMAC) plans to fly the first prototype of its C919 narrowbody May 6, according to an industry source close to the program.
China Southern Boeing 787-8
China Southern builds up fleet in Xinjiang 
China Southern Airlines is reinforcing a buildup in China’s far western Xinjiang province, lifting its 2020 fleet target from 95 to 110, and setting an annual passenger growth target of 17%.
Air Astana Airbus A320neo.
Air Astana seen to inch closer to Star Alliance 
A codeshare agreement between Air Astana and Lufthansa, beginning in March, advances Star Alliance efforts to develop a relationship with the well-located Kazakhstani carrier.
China Eastern to launch Shanghai-Houston service 
China Eastern Airlines plans to open a service between Houston and Shanghai this year, while also adding two European services.
Tigerair Taiwan A320
China Airlines to shift Tigerair Taiwan capacity to charter operations 
Taipei-based China Airlines Group will shift part of the capacity of low-cost carrier (LCC) Tigerair Taiwan to charter operations after taking full control of the budget airline this quarter, aiming at improving capacity utilization.
China Eastern A320
China Eastern to become aviation investment company 
China Eastern Airlines Group said it proposes to become an aviation investment company, assisting in the reorganization of the Chinese industry.
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