Katie Cantle

Passengers board a Spring airliner.
Spring Airlines opens more than 40 international routes this year
Shanghai-based Spring Airlines is expected to open more than 40 international routes by the end of 2016, reflecting the explosive growth of Chinese citizens’ outbound travel.
Tianjin Airlines E190
Tianjin Airlines opens Guizhou branch company
Tianjin Airlines has opened a branch company in Guizhou in an effort to expand its market share in West China.
Will China's Airlines Trade Yield To Maintain International Growth?
Chinese carriers are picking up the pace of their international expansion plans, but will chasing market share hurt profits?
A350 XWB
Sichuan Airlines to acquire four leased A350 XWBs
China’s Sichuan Airlines is expected to introduce four leased Airbus A350-900s to facilitate its international expansion.
Air China, Lufthansa Group launch joint venture
Chinese flag carrier Air China has signed a wide-reaching partnership agreement with Germany’s Lufthansa Group to launch a joint venture (JV) on routes between Europe and China from the 2017 summer schedule.
Juneyao Airlines A320
Juneyao Airlines 1H profit up 37%
China’s Juneyao Airlines reported a 2016 first-half net profit of CNY710.2 million ($107 million), up 37% compared to a net income of CNY517.7 million in the year-ago half.
Spring Airlines A320
Spring Airlines 1H profit up 19.5%
Shanghai-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Spring Airlines reported a 2016 first-half net profit of CNY740.15 million ($100.5 million), up 19.5% over a net income of CNY641.69 million in the year-ago period.
Hainan Airlines A330-200
Hainan Airlines reports $227 million net profit in 1H
China’s Hainan Airlines has reported a first-half net profit of CNY1.67 billion ($227 million), up 4.4% over a net income of CNY1.6 billion in the year-ago period.
COMAC plans C919 inaugural flight by year-end, early 2017
The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) plans to launch the C919 inaugural flight by the end of this year or early 2017.
China Eastern Airlines 777-300ER
China Eastern net profit down 9.3% in 1H
China Eastern Airlines reported a 2016 first-half net profit of CNY3.23 billion ($486 billion), down 9.3% compared to net income of CNY3.56 billion in the same period last year.
Air China 737-700
Air China 1H profit down 12.4% 
Air China reported a 2016 first-half net profit of CNY3.46 billion ($520 million), down 12.4% compared to net income of CNY3.95 billion in the year-ago period, according to the carrier’s statement released by Shanghai Stock Exchange.
China Southern Airlines 777-200
China Southern 1H net profit down 10.7% 
China Southern Airlines reported a first-half net profit of CNY3.11 billion ($468 million), down 10.7% compared to net income of CNY3.48 billion in the year-ago period, according to a carrier statement released by Shanghai Stock Exchange.
China’s aero-engine group begins formal operations 
China’s state-owned aero-engine group has started formal operations in an effort to develop domestic, high-tech businesses to compete in international markets. The new entity—China Aviation Engine Group—has a registered capital of CNY50 billion ($7.62 billion).
Spring Airlines Airbus A320
Spring Airlines to raise 4 billion yuan for fleet expansion 
Shanghai-based Spring Airlines plans to circulate up to 91.5122 million shares of its stock at 43.71 yuan ($6.55) per share, to no more than 10 specified investors.
Xiamen Boeing 787-8
Xiamen Airlines to open Fuzhou–New York route 
The Xiamen, China-based carrier is scheduled to launch a new route from Fuzhou, China, to New York on Feb. 15, 2017.
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Sep 30, 2016

Delta responds to commentaries on JetBlue government route award

Earlier in September, I wrote two blog commentaries about Delta Air Lines’ complaint against JetBlue Airways being awarded a pair of US federal employee travel routes. Delta wrote to the US General Service Administration (GSA) - which manages government operations, including travel for federal employees – complaining about route awards granted to New York-based JetBlue....More
Sep 29, 2016

Safety videos: An adorable Air China Panda & a stylish new American Airlines

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