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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.
Hainan Airlines Boeing 737-800
China to allow visa-free visits to Hainan
China is permitting 30-day visa-free visits to Hainan, a tropical island province in the South China Sea and home of Hainan Airlines.
CAAC to push up East China load factors 
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is moving ahead with a policy of forcing up load factors in the east of the country.
Beijing’s import tariffs protect COMAC, AVIC aircraft 
The weight range for tariffs Beijing plans to impose on US aircraft appear designed to give protection to Chinese airliner types—even if the real aim is to reply to proposed US import taxes.
Air Belgium to launch first service April 16
New Belgian airline, Air Belgium, will begin ticket sales April 3 for flights set to launch April 16.
Juneyao starts EVA codeshare flights 
Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines, a connecting partner in the Star Alliance, is extending its role by beginning codeshare operations with Taiwan’s EVA Air.
China Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
China Airlines transfers a LAX service to Ontario, California 
Taiwan’s China Airlines has moved one of its two daily Los Angeles International Airport [LAX] services to Ontario, California, in the eastern part of the metropolitan area, to get closer to ethnically Chinese people living there.
Urumqi Air to use E190s on far western China routes 
HNA Group’s LCC Urumqi Air has begun flying the Embraer E190 on routes in its sparsely populated territory in far western China.
Hainan Airlines sells two 737-400s to cargo affiliate 
HNA Group’s Hainan Airlines said it will optimize its aircraft fleet structure by selling two Boeing 737-400 to affiliate Tianjin Cargo Airlines.
Mitsubishi Aircraft stops MRJ90 flight testing for modifications 
Mitsubishi Aircraft has temporarily ceased MRJ90 flight testing at Moses Lake, Washington, where four prototype MRJ90s are based, so that it can incorporate changes needed for certification.
Rendering of Air Belgium A340-300
New carrier Air Belgium receives AOC 
A new Belgian airline—Air Belgium—with backing from a huge Chinese travel agency has received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) and plans to begin flying to China in April, beginning with a service to Hong Kong.
Taiwanese startup StarLux Airlines targets 2020 
Taiwan’s proposed startup, StarLux Airlines, aims to begin operations in early 2020 with three leased Airbus A321s.
China Southern creates Yunnan territory base 
China Southern Airlines has set up a branch company in the southwestern Chinese province Yunnan, a stronghold of rival China Eastern Airlines.
Hainan Airlines Boeing 737-800
HNA Group to sell majority of Gategroup shares 
HNA Group—parent of Hainan Airlines—will raise funds by selling most of its 100% holding in Swiss aviation catering company Gategroup.
COMAC: Chinese lessor agrees to buy 30 C919s, 20 ARJ21s 
China Huarong Financial Leasing has signed an order agreement for 30 COMAC C919s and 20 ARJ21s, the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) said.
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