Katie Cantle

Spring Airlines A320
Spring Airlines slows down international expansion pace 
Chinese low-cost carrier (LCC) Spring Airlines has slowed down its international expansion pace as load factors drop on international routes, especially Japan and Thailand, according to Spring chairman Wang Zhenghua.
COMAC plans 1Q maiden flight for C919 
China’s Commercial Aircraft Corp. (COMAC) is planning a 2017 first quarter inaugural flight for the C919 narrowbody, although no more specific date has been given.
China Eastern sees fast growth in 2016, but a challenging 2017 
China Eastern Airlines expects it will have transported 101.4 million passengers by the end of 2016, an 8.2% increase over the 93.7 million carried in 2015.
HNA Aviation Group modernizes technology with Sabre 
HNA Aviation Group has signed an agreement with global technology group Sabre Corp. in an effort to enhance its airlines’ operating efficiency and bring about more revenue opportunities.
Chinese carriers to transport 480 million passengers in 2016 
Chinese carriers are expected to transport 480 million passengers this year, up 11% over 432.4 million in 2015, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A350.
Hong Kong Airlines plans to accelerate intercontinental expansion 

Hong Kong Airlines plans to accelerate its intercontinental expansion with the scheduled delivery of its first Airbus A350 in August 2017.

Yangtze River Airlines eyes international expansion 
HNA Group subsidiary Yangtze River Airlines looks toward international expansion in 2017 as China’s outbound passenger travel continues to grow.
China Southern Boeing 777-200
China Southern accelerates market expansion in Australia 
China Southern Airlines has opened new service from Guangzhou to Adelaide, Australia, to better position itself in the fast-growing Sino-Australia market after the two countries reached an Open Skies agreement earlier this month that removed all capacity limits from the China-Australia market.
Weakening yuan drives Chinese carriers to reduce ratio of US dollar debt 
Chinese carriers have reduced US dollar debt ratios on aircraft purchases as the weakening yuan (CNY) continues to impact airlines’ financial performance.
Hainan Airlines A330-200
Hainan Airlines applies to open three UK routes in 2017 
China’s Hainan Airlines has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to open three direct routes to the UK in 2017 after a new bilateral agreement took effect in October.
Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-9
Hainan Airlines applies to DOT for two new US routes 
China’s Hainan Airlines is applying to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to open two Sino-US routes—from Chengdu to Los Angeles and New York—as China’s outbound travel continues to grow.
Lucky Air A319
China’s Lucky Air plans to launch LCC in Chengdu 
Hainan Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary Lucky Air plans to launch a low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Sichuan Province capital of Chengdu in an effort to explore the market potential of Southwest China.
Chinese carriers accelerate international expansion pace 
Chinese carriers have accelerated their international expansion pace as outbound travel continues to grow.
Juneyao Airlines orders 10 Boeing 787-9s 
China’s Juneyao Airlines has ordered 10 Boeing 787-9s, a company source confirmed to ATW exclusively on Monday.
Taiwan’s TransAsia shuts down 
Taipei-based TransAsia Airways has announced it is shutting down, citing heavy operating losses following two major crashes in 2014 and 2015.
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