Katie Cantle



Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to open 30 international routes by 2021
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN), China Southern Airlines’ home base, plans to open 30 international routes in the next three years, according to airport chairman Qiu Jiachen.
Chinese carriers to start taking delivery of A350s in July 
Several Chinese carriers are scheduled to start taking delivery of new Airbus A350 aircraft in July, the first of the model to enter-into-service in mainland China.
China’s Sichuan Airlines applies for Boston service 
China’s Sichuan Airlines is seeking approval from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to open service to Boston, Massachusetts, accelerating its international expansion.
Shanghai Pudong Airport to open fifth runway this year 
Shanghai Pudong Airport is expected to open a fifth runway this year, becoming the only Chinese airport to have five runways, according to Shanghai Airport Group VP Wang Jijie.
China’s ZTO Express to launch JV with Turkish Airlines, PAL Air 
Shanghai-based ZTO Express plans to launch a joint venture (JV) with Turkish Airlines and Hong Kong-based PAL Air to explore the international express delivery market.
Hainan Airlines Boeing 737-800
Hainan Airlines discloses more details of assets restructuring plan 
China’s Hainan Airlines Holding has unveiled further details of its assets restructuring plan, which include circulating 3.4 billion shares to take over stakes owned by parent HNA Group’s with an investment of CNY10.5 billion ($1.6 billion) and circulating non-public A shares to 10 investors to raise no more than CNY7 billion.
Air China resumes Beijing-Pyongyang service 
Air China has resumed its Beijing-Pyongyang, North Korea route, eight months after suspending the service last November after bookings declined.
Air China Airbus A330-200
Air China, Air Canada ink joint venture agreement 
Air China has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Air Canada to enhance its position in the fast-growing Sino-Canada market.
HNA Group signs strategic agreement with COMAC 
Despite its debt, China’s HNA Group is looking to acquire 100 COMAC ARJ21s and 200 C919s after signing a strategic cooperation agreement with COMAC June 2.
Tianjin Cargo Airlines receives AOC 
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued an air operator’s certificate (AOC) for Tianjin Cargo Airlines, which helped it move one step closer toward formal launch.
Rendering of Boeing 737 MAX 10 in Donghai Airlines’ livery
China’s Donghai Airlines launches 737 Australian service May 30 
Shenzhen-based Donghai Airlines is set to become the first Chinese carrier to begin long-haul services with a Boeing 737-800 on a twice-weekly Shenzhen-Darwin, Australia route May 30.
China’s Ruili Airlines to lease 15 737 MAXs from four lessors 
China’s Ruili Airlines has sealed deals with four lessors to lease 15 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to accelerate its fleet expansion pace.
HNA Group sells stake in South Africa’s Comair 
HNA Group has sold its 6.2% stake in South African carrier Comair through its Netherland-based subsidiary as part of the Hainan, China-based company’s asset disposal plan.
China Eastern, China Southern to benefit from new CAAC policies 
Shanghai-based China Eastern and Guangzhou-based China Southern airlines are expected to benefit from the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s (CAAC) new policies on international operations and Beijing’s “One city, two airports” rules.
Sichuan Airlines A330-300
China’s Sichuan Airlines weighs alliance options 
Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines is considering joining an alliance to pave the way for rapid international expansion.
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