Bradley Perrett

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.
Astana International expects to hit passenger limit in 2023 
Astana International Airport expects to hit passenger-handling limits again around 2023, even as it prepares to more than double capacity, with a second terminal due to open next year.
AirAsia seeks to establish Chinese subsidiary 
Malaysia-based AirAsia aims to set up a Chinese subsidiary with a local partner, Kathleen Tan, newly appointed president for North Asia, said—just six weeks after the group said it was not pursing airline joint ventures.
COMAC C919 rollout in November 2015
COMAC extends C919 flight-test program into 2019 
Taking an increasingly cautious approach to its C919 narrowbody aircraft program, the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) has extended its flight-testing program beyond two years, pushing an unannounced target for first delivery into 2019.
Mitsubishi Aircraft makes changes to MRJ seating arrangement 
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. has cut the standard seating of both versions of its Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) to allow for greater distance between rows.
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