Katie Cantle

Juneyao Airlines becomes first Star Alliance connecting partner
China’s Juneyao Airlines has become the first Star Alliance connecting partner in an effort to facilitate its international expansion.
C919 first flight a milestone in China’s airliner ambitions 
By May, COMAC had 570 orders from 23 customers. Its goal is to take a third of the Chinese narrowbody market and 20% of the global market by 2035.
Loong Air A320
China’s Loong Air to lease five A320s from BOC Aviation
Hangzhou-based Loong Air plans to lease five Airbus A320s from BOC Aviation in an effort to facilitate rapid growth.
AirAsia A330-300
AirAsia to launch Zhengzhou-based LCC
Malaysia-based low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia plans to launch a new LCC in Zhengzhou, China in an effort to explore the fast-growing Chinese low-cost market.
China’s Lucky Air to start Kunming-Moscow flights in June
Low-cost carrier Lucky Air, a Kunming-based subsidiary of HNA Group, announced it will launch Kunming-Moscow services from June 12.
Boeing breaks ground on China’s 737 completion and delivery center
Boeing has broken ground on a 737 completion and delivery center in Zhoushan, China, which is in the Zhejiang Province, as the US manufacturer seeks to expand its global footprint and strategic partnership with China.
COMAC C919 takes off on its maiden flight May 5.
China Eastern to operate COMAC C919 on Shanghai-Beijing route
China Eastern Airlines, which is the launch customer for the Chinese-produced 150-seat C919, will operate the aircraft on its Shanghai-Beijing route, according to China’s state news agency Xinhua.
COMAC C919 takes off on its maiden flight.
COMAC launches C919 inaugural flight
China’s Commercial Aircraft Corp. (COMAC) launched the first flight of its C919 narrowbody May 5. The aircraft departed from Shanghai Pudong International Airport and flew over Shanghai’s neighboring county of Qidong, in the Jiangsu Province, for 1 hour and 20 min.
China Eastern Airlines A330-200
Most Chinese carriers report 1Q profit declines on rising fuel costs
Most Chinese carriers are reporting declines in first-quarter net profits because of rising fuel expenses that collectively increased 40%-50%.
China Southern orders 20 A350-900 aircraft
China Southern Airlines has placed an order for 20 Airbus A350-900 aircraft in an effort to facilitate its rapid international expansion.
COMAC C919 completes high-speed taxi tests; cleared for first flight
China’s Commercial Aircraft Corp. (COMAC) has completed high-speed taxi testing for the C919, and received a special flight permit from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to conduct the inaugural flight.
China Eastern Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
China Eastern to diversify ownership of logistics subsidiary 
China Eastern Airlines will become China’s first state-owned carrier to diversify ownership of its logistics subsidiary, in an effort to enhance market competitiveness.
Juneyao Airlines A320
Juneyao Airlines reports 2016 net profit up 19% 
China’s Juneyao Airlines reported a net profit of CNY1.25 billion ($180 million) in 2016, up 19% over a net income of CNY1.05 billion in 2015.
China Eastern, China Southern to invest in new Beijing airport 
China Eastern and China Southern airlines have won approval from the National Development and Reform Commission of China (NDRC) to invest in Beijing’s new airport, which is expected to open in 2019.
COMAC C919 roll-out
COMAC C919 plans to launch inaugural flight in May 
China’s Commercial Aircraft Corp. (COMAC) is expected to launch the inaugural flight of the much-delayed C919 narrowbody in May, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
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