Bradley Perrett

Tianjin Airlines Airbus A320
Tianjin Airlines to connect Los Angeles with two cities in China
Tianjin Airlines plans to connect Los Angeles with two Chinese secondary cities beginning in December.
China Eastern Airbus A330-200
China allows passengers to use mobile phones in flight mode 
China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines on Jan.17 became the first Chinese carriers to let passengers use mobile phones in flight mode.
China Southern A330-300
American, China Southern cut codeshare routes set to begin Jan. 18 
American Airlines and China Southern Airlines have almost halved the scale of codesharing planned under a cooperative relationship they established in 2017.
Sino-Russian Craic partners approve CR929 budget, organization 
Sino-Russian commercial aircraft consortium Craic is taking over management of the program to develop the CR929 widebody aircraft, following the partners’ approval of a proposed budget and organizational structure.
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%.
Blogs & Commentary
Jan 19, 2018

Emirates to the A380 rescue

With an MOU for up to 36 new A380s, Emirates is assuring that production of the ultra-large widebody will continue for another 10 years. Was it gallantry or pressure that led to this outcome?...More
Jan 12, 2018

All that glitters…

European airlines are turning in some glittering passenger growth stories, fuelling the misconception that aviation is a gold mine, when in reality each passenger is flying for less....More
Jan 2, 2018

Media reaction to ‘safest year’ for airlines is telling

Two reports issued at the start of the year hail good news for the air traveling public: 2017 was the safest year in history with no fatalities occurring on large commercial jets....More
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