Katie Cantle

Hong Kong Airlines A350-900
Hong Kong Airlines launches A350 service to Los Angeles 
Hong Kong Airlines has opened a new service from Hong to Los Angeles, the carrier’s first US route operated by the Airbus A350.
Air China Boeing 787-9
Air China, Air Canada expand partnership 
Air Canada and Air China will expand their mutual codeshare services and lounge agreement in time for the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism.
Air China Airbus A330-200
Air China opens Beijing-Brisbane route 
Air China has opened a route from Beijing to Brisbane as the Beijing-based carrier expands services to Australia, the second biggest market after the US as Chinese outbound travel continues to grow.
China’s ICBC Leasing orders 55 COMAC C919s 
China’s ICBC Leasing has ordered 55 Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) C919s, becoming the biggest customer for the aircraft.
Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8
HNA Group to amend overseas investments as China tightens policies 
HNA Group—parent of Hainan Airlines—plans to adjust its overseas investments to better comply with China’s stricter national policies regarding overseas investments and implementation of “One Belt One Road” policy.
AVIC: China needs more than 6,100 aircraft over next 20 years 
Chinese aircraft manufacturer Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC) forecasts the country’s airlines will need 6,103 new aircraft through 2036.
Reports: Air Zimbabwe to buy three MA60s 
Air Zimbabwe plans to order three Chinese-manufactured MA60 turboprops, according to widespread Chinese news reports, quoting Zimbabwe’s local media bulawayo24.
Okay Airways finalizes order for five Boeing 787-9s 
Tianjin-based Okay Airways has finalized an order for five Boeing 787-9s, valued at $1.4 billion at list prices, which it will use to expand into long-haul operations from Beijing’s new airport.
Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Nov. 21.
Hainan Airlines launches China’s first intercontinental biofuel flight 
A Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8 has completed China’s first intercontinental passenger flight with sustainable fuel produced from waste cooking oil from restaurants in China by Sinopec.
SF Airlines Boeing 737-300F
SF Airlines wins bid for two Boeing 747 freighters 
Shenzhen-based SF Airlines purchased two Boeing 747 freighters for CNY320 million ($48 million) via an online auction conducted by China’s e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding.
Capital Airlines Airbus A330-200
Beijing’s Capital Airlines begins Qingdao-London service 
HNA Group subsidiary Capital Airlines launched Qingdao-London services Nov. 17, as part of its international expansion plan.
Hong Kong Express Airbus A320
Hong Kong Express faces penalties for multiple flight cancellations 
HNA Group LCC Hong Kong Express Airways (HKE) will not be allowed to add new services between Nov. 1 and April 30, 2018 as part of a penalty for canceling multiple flights during a peak holiday period in early October.
China signs for 300 Boeing aircraft 
China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CASC) has signed orders and commitments covering 300 Boeing aircraft, valued at more than $37 billion at list prices.
Spring Airlines A320
Market demand growth lifts Spring Airlines’ 3Q net profit 48% 
China’s Spring Airlines reported a 2017 third-quarter net profit of CNY634 million ($95 million), up 48% compared to a CNY430 million net income in the year-ago quarter.
Hainan Airlines 3Q profit down; poor Tianjin Airlines results cited 
Hainan Airlines reported a net profit of CNY1.6 billion ($240.3 million) in the third quarter—down 5.9% over net income of CNY1.7 billion in the year ago quarter—because of the poor financial performance of its subsidiary Tianjin Airlines.
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Plastics push

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Pigs might fly, but they shouldn’t do so as service animals

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The Open Skies ‘big deal’ that isn’t

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