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HNA Group signs $2.4 billion engine deal with Rolls-Royce  1
Hainan Airlines parent HNA Group signed an agreement worth $2.4 billion for engines and services with Rolls-Royce to power its new aircraft.
Donghai Airlines to launch IPO 
Donghai Airlines plans to launch an initial public offering (IPO) in May of 2016 on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in an effort to fund its rapid fleet expansion.
China’s big three carriers report 9M profit increases 
China’s big three carriers have all reported a 9-month profit increase net profit due to robust market demand growth and low fuel prices.
Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800
Xiamen Airlines introduces first all-economy 737-800 
China Southern Airlines’ subsidiary Xiamen Airlines has taken delivery of its first of 44 all-economy 184-seat Boeing 737-800s, which will be used on fast-growing domestic leisure routes.
China Express Airlines Bombardier CRJ900
Chinese regional carrier applies for international service 
Guiyang-based regional China Express Airlines has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China to launch international service despite operating difficulties facing Chinese regional carriers.
China Eastern to sell 5% stake of Joy Air 
China Eastern Airlines has decided to sell its 5% stake in Xi’an-based regional carrier Joy Air for CNY35 million ($5.5 million), due to Joy Air’s consecutive operating losses.
China’s Yuantong Express launches cargo carrier 
Yuantong Express formally launched a cargo carrier, Yuantong Airlines, on Sept. 26 with an inaugural Hangzhou-Chengdu flight.
Okay Airways 737-900ER
Okay Airways to launch United Star International Express Airlines 
Tianjin-based Okay Airways plans to launch United Star International Express Airlines with ATSG West Limited and three other Chinese partners.
Chinese President Xi Jinping in Seattle.
Major Boeing aircraft order by China, deal on China 737 plant expected 
Chinese companies are expected to order 300 Boeing aircraft, and Boeing is poised to announce a 737 manufacturing facility in China.
Shandong Airlines to sell 20% stake in Qingdao Airlines 
Air China’s subsidiary Shandong Airlines will sell its 20% stake in Qingdao Airlines for CNY200.8 million (32.8 million).
COMAC wins orders for 10 C919s, 10 ARJ21-700s 
The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) has won orders for 10 150-seat C919s and 10 ARJ21 regional aircraft from Thailand’s City Airways and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Financial Leasing Co. (ICBC).
Air China A330
Air China to boost direct sales to 50% in 2017 
Air China aims to boost direct sales of tickets from 27% to 50% in 2017 as a part of its strategic initiatives to improve its e-commerce platform.
Fourth runway to open in 2018 at Beijing Capital Airport 
Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) plans to open a fourth runway in 2018, according to GM Shi Boli.
China approves HNA subsidiary Guilin Airlines 
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved HNA Group’s subsidiary Guilin Airlines, which is expected to formally launch by January 2016.
Air New Zealand 787-9
New Zealand approves Air China-Air New Zealand alliance 
The New Zealand government has cleared a new alliance between Air China and Air New Zealand.
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