Katie Cantle

Chengdu Airlines launches first ARJ21 passenger flight
China’s Chengdu Airlines has launched its first passenger flight of the Chinese-made ARJ21 regional aircraft on a route from Chengdu to Shanghai.
HNA Group subsidiary Guilin Airlines makes first flight
China’s HNA Group subsidiary Guilin Airlines made its inaugural flight from Guilin to Zhengzhou June 25.
Hainan Airlines A330-200
Hainan Airlines to relaunch Beijing-Cairo service
China’s Hainan Airlines is aiming to return to the Africa/Middle East market with the relaunch of the Beijing-Cairo route in December, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
China’s Joy Air moves main operating base to Tianjin
Xi’an-based Joy Air plans to change its main operating base to Tianjin in an effort to further consolidate regional operations with Tianjin-based Okay Airways.
Beijing formally launches China’s aero-engine company
The Chinese government has formally launched China’s aero-engine company in an effort to design and build engines to power Chinese-built aircraft.
China’s Nanshan Group to buy 20% Virgin Australia stake
China’s privately run Nanshan Group has purchased a 19.98% stake in Virgin Australia from Air New Zealand.
China Eastern Airlines
China Eastern set to open new European routes
China Eastern Airlines is set to open four European routes from Shanghai to Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague and St. Petersburg, Russia, during the week of June 21.
China’s Sichuan Airlines orders 15 A320s
Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines has ordered 15 Airbus A320 aircraft, valued at CNY9.6 billion ($1.46 billion) at list prices, to meet the fast-growing Chinese market demand.
Chinese carriers’ net profit jumps 75.1%
Chinese carriers reported a collective net profit of CNY32.03 billion ($4.86 billion) in 2015.
China’s HNA Group to buy 13% stake in Virgin Australia 
China’s HNA Group is expected to make an investment of A$159 million ($114 million) to buy a 13% stake in Virgin Australia for A$0.3 per share in an effort to enhance its position in the fast growing Sino-Australia market.
CAAC approves launch of Guangdong Longhao Airlines 
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has formally approved the launch of Guangzhou-based Guangdong Longhao Airlines.
China’s Hongtu Airlines launches inaugural Kunming-Nanchang service 
Kunming-based Hongtu Airlines has launched its inaugural flight—Kunming-Nanchang service—after the Civil Aviation Administration of China loosened its grip on approving new entrants into the domestic airline industry.
China’s Ruili Airlines orders six Boeing 787-9s 
Kunming-based Ruili Airlines has ordered six Boeing 787-9 aircraft, in a deal valued at $1.54 billion at list prices.
Value Alliance members
Eight Asia-Pacific low-cost carriers form alliance  2
Eight Asia-Pacific low-cost carriers (LCCs) have formed a new standards-based collaborative marketing group, using the IATA New Distribution Capability (NDC) digital interoperability standard.
Juneyao Airlines to establish a branch company in Jiangsu 
Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines is expected to establish a branch company in the Jiangsu province to further explore the East China market.
Blogs & Commentary
Jun 30, 2016

I am only the piano player 2

The airlines of the world have tried very hard to keep passengers occupied while flying long distances....More
Jun 29, 2016

Flying the CSeries; it’s a full throated narrowbody, and that’s a problem 2

Today I flew on a Bombardier CS100 directly after it was delivered to SWISS, marking the first delivery of the all-new CSeries aircraft....More
ATW On-Location

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