07 May 2019
China Aviation Industry Newsletter 7 May
Air Macau Takes Delivery of First Airbus A320neo Aircraft Powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines
Pratt & Whitney and Air Macau celebrated delivery of the airline’s first Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines. The delivery was celebrated during a ceremony in Macau hosted by Air Macau and attended by representatives from Airbus and Pratt & Whitney. The airline currently has on order nine GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft.
BOC Aviation Delivers First Of Seven Boeing 787-9 Aircraft To Air Europa
BOC Aviation announced 2nd May that it has delivered to Air Europa the first of seven new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. These are part of a purchase and leaseback transaction. The remaining six aircraft – also Boeing 787-9 are scheduled for delivery between now and the fourth quarter of 2020. All seven aircraft will be powered by Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines.
China's Carriers Allowed to Compete on Some International Routes
In late April, Air China and China Eastern Airlines both won approval to launch new flights between Shanghai and London, breaking a longtime unwritten rule that only one Chinese carrier can operate a major intercontinental flight between a particular Chinese city and the United States or Europe. In principle, international flights from a Chinese city to a city in the US or Europe, except Moscow, should be operated by one Chinese carrier, according to earlier regulations of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
China Eastern to upgauge from A330-200 to B777-300ER on Shanghai-London route
The Chinese carrier plans to switch from an Airbus A330-200 to a Boeing 777-300ER operating three times weekly. The Boeing 777-300ER will take over the route from July 1 to September 27 this year.
China Southern Airlines Launches Guangzhou City Tour for Kenyan Travelers
China Southern Airlines has launched a Guangzhou city tour package for Kenyan travelers to boost China-Kenya ties. Huang Guanwen, general manager for Nairobi at China Southern Airlines, told a media briefing in Nairobi that tourists on its direct flight between Nairobi and Guangzhou and transiting to other cities will enjoy a scenic trip of the Chinese city for free.
China Southern to Open Beijing-London Direct Air Route
China Southern Airlines is expected to open a Beijing-London direct air route starting from a new airport in Beijing. The regular Beijing-London direct flight service will start this September from the Beijing Daxing International Airport with seven round trip flights per week, according to China Southern.
Daxing Airport to Become Engine of Regional Growth
The airport, scheduled to be completed on 30 June and open on 30 September aims to be a comprehensive international transportation hub. It is planned to be a new engine for the development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. The airport is projected to have an annual passenger throughput of more than 100 million passengers and an annual cargo throughput of 4 million metric tons in the long run.
South African Airways launches direct service to Guangzhou, China
South African Airways (SAA) will launch direct flights between Johannesburg and Guangzhou, China, on 18 September as another strategy implementation initiative aimed at enhancing SAA’s route network. There will be three new flights per week to Guangzhou operated by Airbus A340-300 aircraft.
Tourism Ireland ramps up its interest in China
Tourism Ireland is doubling its marketing investment in China to €1 million and will also double its marketing team to 12 over the coming months in a bid to grow Chinese visitor numbers to 200,000 by 2025.
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