Katie Cantle

China's Tianjin Airlines to expand long-haul fleet 
China’s HNA Group subsidiary Tianjin Airlines plans to expand its long-haul Airbus A330 fleet to 10 aircraft as it accelerates its international expansion pace.
Hainan Airlines to increase stake in Yangtze River Airlines 
Hainan Airlines is expected to raise its stake in Shanghai-based Yangtze River Airlines from 0.37% to 11.6% with an investment of CNY915.2 million ($136.8 million) to enhance its position in Shanghai and the East China market.
China’s airlines added 171 new aircraft in 1H 2016 
Chinese airlines introduced 171 new aircraft in the first six months of 2016, including the first Boeing 787 deliveries to Air China and Hainan Airlines.
Rendering of 787-9 in Ruili Airlines' livery
China’s Ruili Airlines finalizes order for six Boeing 787-9s 
Kunming-based Ruili Airlines has finalized an order for six Boeing 787-9 aircraft, in a deal worth $1.54 billion at list prices.
HNA Group acquires 61.7% of Gategroup 
China’s HNA Group, parent of Hainan Airlines, has acquired 61.7% of Swiss airline catering and logistics services company Gategroup—and 63.6% of the voting rights and shares as of July 1—which is sufficient for its takeover bid.
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.
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