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China Eastern, XiamenAir cancel 176 proposed Spring Festival flights 
China Eastern Airlines (CEA) and XiamenAir canceled 176 proposed additional cross strait flights for the month-long Spring Festival following the Taiwan aviation authority’s (CAA) rejection once again.
China Eastern seeks to build its own aviation ecosystem 
China Eastern is accelerating its strategic transformation to build an aviation ecosystem in an effort to alleviate mainline aviation business risks and boost ancillary revenue.
China Express Airlines wins IPO approval for fleet expansion 
China Express Airlines has secured approval for an initial public offering (IPO) to expand its fleet, becoming the first regional carrier in China to launch an IPO.
XiamenAir Boeing 787-8
China Eastern, XiamenAir urge cross-strait flight approval 
China Eastern Airlines and XiamenAir have called on Taiwan’s aviation authority (CAA) to reconsider approving 176 additional cross-strait flights for the upcoming Spring Festival Feb. 2-March 2.
China’s major airlines partner with foreign carriers 
China’s big three—Air China, China Eastern and China Southern—are working with foreign competitors to position themselves in an increasingly fierce market.
Beijing to lower ownership stakes in Chinese airlines 
The Chinese government said it will loosen its control over China’s big three carriers—China Southern Airlines, Air China and China Eastern Airlines—allowing its ownership stakes in the airlines to fall below 50%.
China’s big three carriers exceed 100 million passengers in 2017 
China’s big three carriers—China Southern, China Eastern and Air China—each reported passenger boardings of more than 100 million in 2017 as market demand continued to grow.
XiamenAir to buy 150 CFM LEAP-1B engines for MAX aircraft 
China’s XiamenAir has committed to purchase 150 CFM LEAP-1B engines and MRO support for 20 engines, valued at $2.05 billion.
Air China Boeing 737 MAX
Chinese carriers took delivery of 424 aircraft in 2017 
Chinese carriers introduced 424 aircraft—407 passenger aircraft and 17 freighters—in 2017, expanding their total fleet to 3,261 aircraft (3,118 passenger aircraft and 143 freighters) at year-end.
China Aircraft Leasing Group orders more A320neos 
Hong Kong-based lessor China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC) has signed a purchase agreement for 15 A320neos, valued at $1.63 billion at list prices.
Chinese carriers’ passenger boardings up 12.6% in 2017 
Chinese carriers transported an estimated 549 million passengers in 2017, up 12.6% from 487.6 million in 2016, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
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.
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