Katie Cantle



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.
C919 first flight a milestone in China’s airliner ambitions 
By May, COMAC had 570 orders from 23 customers. Its goal is to take a third of the Chinese narrowbody market and 20% of the global market by 2035.
Loong Air A320
China’s Loong Air to lease five A320s from BOC Aviation 
Hangzhou-based Loong Air plans to lease five Airbus A320s from BOC Aviation in an effort to facilitate rapid growth.
AirAsia A330-300
AirAsia to launch Zhengzhou-based LCC 
Malaysia-based low-cost carrier (LCC) AirAsia plans to launch a new LCC in Zhengzhou, China in an effort to explore the fast-growing Chinese low-cost market.
China’s Lucky Air to start Kunming-Moscow flights in June 
Low-cost carrier Lucky Air, a Kunming-based subsidiary of HNA Group, announced it will launch Kunming-Moscow services from June 12.
Boeing breaks ground on China’s 737 completion and delivery center 
Boeing has broken ground on a 737 completion and delivery center in Zhoushan, China, which is in the Zhejiang Province, as the US manufacturer seeks to expand its global footprint and strategic partnership with China.