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COMAC ARJ21-700 wins production certificate 
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved a production certificate for the ARJ21-700, produced by the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC).
Yunnan’s Hongtu Airlines names strategic investor 
Kunming-based Hongtu Airlines has introduced China’s online travel agency Tongcheng Tourism Group as a strategic investor in an effort to enhance its competitiveness.
China Eastern A320
China Eastern assigns 150-200 aircraft to new Beijing airport 
China Eastern Airlines plans to allocate 150-200 aircraft to Beijing’s new airport in Daxing, which is expected to open in 2019.
China Southern to sell shares to fund aircraft purchases 
China Southern is expected to circulate non-public shares to fund purchases of 41 Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
China’s Urumqi Airlines to transition into low cost carrier 
HNA Group subsidiary Urumqi Airlines will begin operating as a low cost carrier (LCC) from July 16.
Hebei Airlines will expand fleet to 50 aircraft by 2020 
XiamenAir (formerly Xiamen Airlines) subsidiary Hebei Airlines plans to expand its fleet to 50 aircraft by 2020 in an effort to enhance its position in North China.
China Eastern Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
China Eastern diversifies ownership of logistics subsidiary 
China Eastern Airlines has become China’s first state-owned carrier to diversify ownership of a logistics subsidiary with the sale of a 55% stake to four investors and the subsidiary’s core employees.
COMAC C919 inaugural flight
China Everbright Financial Leasing orders 30 COMAC C919s 
The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) has won orders for 30 C919s from China Everbright Financial Leasing.
China’s Lucky Air begins Kunming-Moscow service 
HNA Group’s Kunming-based subsidiary Lucky Air launched Kunming-Moscow Airbus A330-300 services June 12, becoming the first Chinese low-cost carrier (LCC) to open a long-haul intercontinental route.
Ruili Airlines Boeing 737-700
Ruili Airlines to lease three Boeing 737 MAXs 
China’s low-cost carrier (LCC) Ruili Airlines has agreed to lease three Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from AVIC International Leasing Co. in an effort to facilitate its international expansion.
China Southern Airbus A330-300
China Southern accelerates international expansion pace 
China Southern Airlines is opening new international routes to keep pace with increasing demand for Chinese outbound travel.
Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-8
Hainan Airlines to open three international routes 
China’s Hainan Airlines plans to open three international routes in the next eight months as demand increases for outbound travel.
Air China Boeing 747-800
Air China launches express service to Frankfurt 
Air China has partnered with Beijing and Frankfurt airports to develop a new express route between China and Europe, called Easy Way Beijing-Frankfurt, in an effort to enhance its international competitiveness.
Rendering of A320neo
BOC Aviation orders six A320neo family aircraft, two A330-900s 
Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation has ordered four Airbus A320neo family aircraft (including A320 and A321 variants), plus two A330-900 widebodies.
Juneyao Airlines becomes first Star Alliance connecting partner 
China’s Juneyao Airlines has become the first Star Alliance connecting partner in an effort to facilitate its international expansion.
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