Katie Cantle

CAAC approves AOC for China’s Longjiang Airlines 
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved an air operator’s certificate (AOC) for Harbin-based Longjiang Airlines, which is scheduled to launch its inaugural flight this year.
Chengdu Airlines launches first ARJ21 passenger flight 
China’s Chengdu Airlines has launched its first passenger flight of the Chinese-made ARJ21 regional aircraft on a route from Chengdu to Shanghai.
HNA Group subsidiary Guilin Airlines makes first flight 
China’s HNA Group subsidiary Guilin Airlines made its inaugural flight from Guilin to Zhengzhou June 25.
Hainan Airlines A330-200
Hainan Airlines to relaunch Beijing-Cairo service 
China’s Hainan Airlines is aiming to return to the Africa/Middle East market with the relaunch of the Beijing-Cairo route in December, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
China’s Joy Air moves main operating base to Tianjin 
Xi’an-based Joy Air plans to change its main operating base to Tianjin in an effort to further consolidate regional operations with Tianjin-based Okay Airways.
Beijing formally launches China’s aero-engine company 
The Chinese government has formally launched China’s aero-engine company in an effort to design and build engines to power Chinese-built aircraft.
China’s Nanshan Group to buy 20% Virgin Australia stake 
China’s privately run Nanshan Group has purchased a 19.98% stake in Virgin Australia from Air New Zealand.
China Eastern Airlines
China Eastern set to open new European routes 
China Eastern Airlines is set to open four European routes from Shanghai to Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague and St. Petersburg, Russia, during the week of June 21.
China’s Sichuan Airlines orders 15 A320s 
Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines has ordered 15 Airbus A320 aircraft, valued at CNY9.6 billion ($1.46 billion) at list prices, to meet the fast-growing Chinese market demand.
Chinese carriers’ net profit jumps 75.1% 
Chinese carriers reported a collective net profit of CNY32.03 billion ($4.86 billion) in 2015.
China’s HNA Group to buy 13% stake in Virgin Australia 
China’s HNA Group is expected to make an investment of A$159 million ($114 million) to buy a 13% stake in Virgin Australia for A$0.3 per share in an effort to enhance its position in the fast growing Sino-Australia market.
CAAC approves launch of Guangdong Longhao Airlines 
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has formally approved the launch of Guangzhou-based Guangdong Longhao Airlines.
China’s Hongtu Airlines launches inaugural Kunming-Nanchang service 
Kunming-based Hongtu Airlines has launched its inaugural flight—Kunming-Nanchang service—after the Civil Aviation Administration of China loosened its grip on approving new entrants into the domestic airline industry.
China’s Ruili Airlines orders six Boeing 787-9s 
Kunming-based Ruili Airlines has ordered six Boeing 787-9 aircraft, in a deal valued at $1.54 billion at list prices.
Value Alliance members
Eight Asia-Pacific low-cost carriers form alliance  2
Eight Asia-Pacific low-cost carriers (LCCs) have formed a new standards-based collaborative marketing group, using the IATA New Distribution Capability (NDC) digital interoperability standard.
Blogs & Commentary
Sep 30, 2016

Delta responds to commentaries on JetBlue government route award

Earlier in September, I wrote two blog commentaries about Delta Air Lines’ complaint against JetBlue Airways being awarded a pair of US federal employee travel routes. Delta wrote to the US General Service Administration (GSA) - which manages government operations, including travel for federal employees – complaining about route awards granted to New York-based JetBlue....More
Sep 29, 2016

Safety videos: An adorable Air China Panda & a stylish new American Airlines

Back on to one of my favorite subjects – flight safety videos – and I want to share these two with you, one by Air China and the other by American Airlines....More
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