Katie Cantle

Hainan Airlines Boeing 737-800
Hainan Airlines makes missed fuel payments, continues international expansion 
Hainan Airlines has made up missed fuel payments before the March 15 deadline and has continued international expansion plans by opening three routes from Shenzhen this week.
Rendering of a 787-9 in Ruili Airlines’ livery
China’s Ruili Airlines begins international service 
China’s Ruili Airlines is scheduled to open its first international route March 25 from Kunming to Sihanoukville, using a Boeing 737.
Tianjin Cargo Airlines receives government support 
The Tianjin municipal government has injected CNY120 million ($19 million) into Tianjin Cargo Airlines to enable it to launch in this year’s first half.
China Eastern: Give Beijing New Airport priority on international slots 
China Eastern Airlines chairman Liu Shaoyong has requested Beijing New Airport be given priority when distributing international slots to open routes to developed countries, optimize domestic business trunk routes and encourage major carriers based there to allocate more capacity.
Hainan Airlines A330-200
Hainan Airlines discloses assets restructuring plan 
Hainan Airlines Holding, the Shanghai-listed unit of debt-ridden HNA Group, has said it will take over stakes owned by parent HNA Group as part of an assets restructuring plan.
COMAC chief designer pegs C919 delivery to 2021 
COMAC has confirmed that it expects the first 150-seat C919 to be delivered in 2021, verifying earlier indications from the Chinese manufacturer that there is another year’s delay.
Sichuan Airlines A330-300
Sichuan Airlines to launch five intercontinental routes 
Sichuan Airlines plans to open five intercontinental routes this year as the Chengdu-based carrier accelerates its international expansion pace.
Air China Boeing 777-200
Air China to open Chengdu-London route in May 
Air China plans to open service from Chengdu to London in May as part of a West China international expansion strategy after British Airways (BA) suspended the route in January 2017.
Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8
Hainan Airlines seeks to boost intercontinental routes 
Hainan Airlines has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to open four more intercontinental routes this year, despite cutting international capacity to the US and Europe in September 2017.
Tianjin Cargo set to launch with 3 Boeing 737Fs 
Tianjin Cargo Airlines has secured approval for three Boeing 737 family freighters from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), paving the way for a May 2 launch.
Local Chinese government injects new capital into Tianjin Airlines 
HNA Group subsidiary Tianjin Airlines has received an additional CNY400 million ($63.3 million) investment from the Tianjin Bonded Zone Investment Co., representing Tianjin’s municipal government, to enhance the carrier’s competitiveness.
Sichuan Airlines orders 10 Airbus A350-900s 
Sichuan Airlines has ordered 10 Airbus A350-900s, the Chengdu-based airline said Feb. 9; the aircraft will help facilitate a rapid international expansion plan.
Air China Boeing 777-300ER
Air China seeks approval for Houston-Panama route 
Air China will apply to US Department of Transportation for a Beijing-Houston-Panama route on March 29, to explore the Latin American market.
China Southern, Boeing to launch P2F conversion production line 
China Southern Airlines plans to cooperate with Boeing to establish a 737 NG passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion production line in Guangzhou, China.
China Eastern, XiamenAir cancel 176 proposed Spring Festival flights 
China Eastern Airlines (CEA) and XiamenAir canceled 176 proposed additional cross strait flights for the month-long Spring Festival following the Taiwan aviation authority’s (CAA) rejection once again.
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