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Yangtze River Express Boeing 747-400F
Cargo carrier Yangtze River Express to enter passenger market 
HNA Group’s cargo subsidiary Yangtze River Express has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to enter the passenger market.
Juneyao LCC Jiuyuan Airlines to make inaugural flight this year 
Juneyao Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary (LCC) Jiuyuan Airlines has received its air operator’s certificate and is expected to make its maiden flight this year.
China Southern A380
China Southern’s net profit drops 28% in 2013 
China Southern Airlines has reported a net profit of CNY1.89 billion ($307 million) for 2013, down 28% compared to a net income of CNY2.63 billion in 2012.
China Eastern Airlines A321
China Eastern reports 25% drop in net income in 2013 
China Eastern Airlines reported net income of CNY2.38 billion ($386 million) in 2013, down 25% compared to net profit of CNY3.17 billion in 2012.
Air China Boeing 737-700
Air China’s net profit drops 32% in 2013 
Air China has reported a 2013 net profit of CNY3.26 billion ($530 million) based on international accounting standards, down 32% compared to a net income of CNY4.82 billion in 2012.
Shandong Airlines profit falls 34% in 2013 
Shandong Airlines reported a 2013 net profit of CNY389.08 million ($63.2 million), down 34% compared to a net income of CNY589.81 million in 2012.
Hainan Airlines’ 2013 net profit increases 9.2% 
China’s Hainan Airlines has reported a net income of CNY2.1 billion ($337 million) for 2013, up 9.2% over the net profit of CNY1.9 billion in 2012.
Chinese carriers’ net profit climbed 32% in February 
Chinese carriers earned a collective net profit of CNY1.5 billion ($242 million) in February, up 32% over February 2013’s net income of CNY1.14 billion.
China Eastern Airlines A321
China Eastern accelerates expansion pace 

China Eastern Airlines plans to accelerate its expansion pace by taking advantage of Beijing’s new Shanghai free trade zone and the opening of Shanghai Disney in 2015, according to the carrier’s president Ma Xulun.

“On the international front, our focus will be North American market, which has strong business travel demands,” Ma said.

Spring Airlines A320
Spring Airlines considers selling standing tickets 
Spring Airlines is considering selling standing tickets if approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), according to Spring chairman Wang Zhenghua.
CAAC grounds 15 MA60s for landing gear inspections 
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has grounded 15 MA60s after recent safety incidents involving the landing gear.
China Eastern Airlines orders 70 Airbus A320neos 
China Eastern Airlines has ordered 70 Airbus A320neo aircraft, making the Shanghai-based carrier the first Chinese airline to order the type.
AVIC to ask CAAC to ground MA60s for safety inspections 
Aviation Corp. of China (AVIC) subsidiary Xi’an Aircraft Industry Co. plans to apply to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to ground MA60 operations as soon as possible for safety inspections following another incident on the Chinese-produced regional aircraft.
Qingdao Airlines readies for formal operation 
Qingdao Airlines has completed preparation work and has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for an operator’s license.
Chinese carriers’ profit triples in January 
Chinese carriers reported a collective net income of CNY1 billion ($163 million), tripled from a net profit of CNY323 million in year-ago month.

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