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China Express Airlines to launch IPO 
China Express Airlines plans to launch an initial public offering (IPO) by circulating no more than 40.5 million shares for fleet expansion, according to the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC).
Hainan Airlines A330-200
Hainan Airlines acquires 48% stake in Tianjin Airlines 
HNA Group subsidiary Hainan Airlines has completed the acquisition of a 48.2% stake in Tianjin Airlines, also an HNA subsidiary.
Rendering of 787-9 in Ruili Airlines’ livery
Ruili Airlines applies to open international routes 
China’s low-cost carrier (LCC) Ruili Airlines has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to open international routes.
China’s Joy Air may not see profit for two years 
Tianjin-based regional carrier Joy Air will be hard pressed to earn a profit in the next two years because of consolidation challenges with Okay Airways and expansion restrictions imposed following accidents, including a May 2015 incident in which a MA60 skidded off the runway while landing at Fuzhou Changle International Airport, Okay Airways founder Liu Jieyin said.
Juneyao Airlines places 787-9 order 
China’s Juneyao Airlines has announced an order for 10 Boeing 787-9s, comprising five firm orders and five options.
Xiamen Airlines Boeing 787-8
XiamenAir grows rapidly in 2016 
China Southern subsidiary XiamenAir carried 23.7 million passengers in 2016, up 4.2% over 22.8 million in 2015 as market demand—especially on international routes—experienced rapid growth.
Cathay Pacific reportedly set for overhaul 
Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific is reportedly preparing for a business overhaul that could include job cuts, cost savings and shifting flights to its short-haul unit Cathay Dragon.
China Southern A380
China Southern to boost international routes in 2017 
China Southern Airlines’ parent China Southern Group transported 115 million passengers in 2016, up 4.8% over 2015.
31 Chinese carriers to receive regional route subsidiaries in 2017 
Thirty-one Chinese carriers are expected to receive CNY987.6 million ($143 million) in subsidies for operating regional routes in 2017, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
Hainan Airlines 787-9
Hainan Airlines speeds up US expansion pace 
China’s Hainan Airlines is applying to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to open routes this year from Chongqing to Los Angeles in the first quarter and New York JFK in the second quarter.
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).
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