Katie Cantle

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).
Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A350.
Hong Kong Airlines plans to accelerate intercontinental expansion 

Hong Kong Airlines plans to accelerate its intercontinental expansion with the scheduled delivery of its first Airbus A350 in August 2017.

Yangtze River Airlines eyes international expansion 
HNA Group subsidiary Yangtze River Airlines looks toward international expansion in 2017 as China’s outbound passenger travel continues to grow.
China Southern Boeing 777-200
China Southern accelerates market expansion in Australia 
China Southern Airlines has opened new service from Guangzhou to Adelaide, Australia, to better position itself in the fast-growing Sino-Australia market after the two countries reached an Open Skies agreement earlier this month that removed all capacity limits from the China-Australia market.
Weakening yuan drives Chinese carriers to reduce ratio of US dollar debt 
Chinese carriers have reduced US dollar debt ratios on aircraft purchases as the weakening yuan (CNY) continues to impact airlines’ financial performance.
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