Katie Cantle

Okay Airways to open base at Beijing’s new airport 
China’s Okay Airways is expected to establish a new base at Beijing’s new airport, which is scheduled to open in 2019.
Hainan Airlines 787-9
Chinese carriers introduce 160 new aircraft in 1H 
Chinese carriers have introduced 160 new aircraft in the 2017 first half, expanding their total domestic airline fleet to 3,047 airliners as of June 30, according to China’s Civil Aviation Data Analysis.
China Eastern A330-200
China Eastern to expand Sino-Europe routes with AF-KLM stake 
China Eastern Airlines chairman Liu Shaoyong said the carrier’s role in the new transatlantic joint venture (JV)—between Air France-KLM, US-based Delta Air Lines and the UK’s Virgin Atlantic—is to enhance its position in the Sino-Europe market.
China’s XIESA JV MRO facility breaks ground 
The XIESA MRO facility—a joint venture (JV) of China Eastern Airlines and Safran Landing Systems—has begun construction in Xi’an.
Chinese carriers report passenger boardings up 13.4% in 1H 
Chinese carriers transported 263 million passengers in the 2017 first half, up 13.4% over the year-ago period.
HNA to take 51% stake in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro Aeroportos 
HNA Group’s subsidiary HNA Infrastructure Investment Co. plans to purchase a 21% stake in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro Aeroportos ( RJA) for CNY108 million ($16 million).
Beijing Capital Airlines to begin Lisbon service 
HNA Group’s subsidiary Beijing Capital Airlines will begin 3X-weekly Hangzhou-Beijing-Lisbon (Portugal) services July 25, as part of its international expansion plans.
COMAC ARJ21-700 wins production certificate 
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved a production certificate for the ARJ21-700, produced by the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC).
Yunnan’s Hongtu Airlines names strategic investor 
Kunming-based Hongtu Airlines has introduced China’s online travel agency Tongcheng Tourism Group as a strategic investor in an effort to enhance its competitiveness.
China Eastern A320
China Eastern assigns 150-200 aircraft to new Beijing airport 
China Eastern Airlines plans to allocate 150-200 aircraft to Beijing’s new airport in Daxing, which is expected to open in 2019.
China Southern to sell shares to fund aircraft purchases 
China Southern is expected to circulate non-public shares to fund purchases of 41 Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
China’s Urumqi Airlines to transition into low cost carrier 
HNA Group subsidiary Urumqi Airlines will begin operating as a low cost carrier (LCC) from July 16.
Hebei Airlines will expand fleet to 50 aircraft by 2020 
XiamenAir (formerly Xiamen Airlines) subsidiary Hebei Airlines plans to expand its fleet to 50 aircraft by 2020 in an effort to enhance its position in North China.
China Eastern Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
China Eastern diversifies ownership of logistics subsidiary 
China Eastern Airlines has become China’s first state-owned carrier to diversify ownership of a logistics subsidiary with the sale of a 55% stake to four investors and the subsidiary’s core employees.
COMAC C919 inaugural flight
China Everbright Financial Leasing orders 30 COMAC C919s 
The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) has won orders for 30 C919s from China Everbright Financial Leasing.
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