11 Mar 2019
China Aviation Industry Newsletter 11 March
China's Airlines See Best On-Time Performance in Almost 10 Years
Chinese flights' on-time rate hit 80.13 percent last year, the best in nearly 10 years, according to head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). China is now the world's second-largest civil aviation market. The country handled 610 million air passenger trips in 2018 and the figure is expected to reach 680 million this year.
China Eastern VP Becomes Airline’s New President
China Eastern Airlines has announced its new president is Li Yangmin, formerly VP of the state-owned Shanghai-based carrier.
Chinese Ministry of Transport Selects the H175 for Search and Rescue Operations
The Rescue and Salvage Bureau (CRS) of the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) is extending its medium class search and rescue helicopter fleet with the Airbus H175, beginning with a signature for two aircraft in search and rescue (SAR) configuration. These new H175s will perform SAR missions in one of the world's busiest areas for marine traffic (seven of the 10 busiest container ports in the world are located in China) as well as other important offshore areas like the Bohai Sea and the Yellow Sea.
Genghis Khan Airlines receives first COMAC ARJ21 aircraft
Genghis Khan Airlines took delivery of it’s first COMAC ARJ21 aircraft on 22 February registered B-001R. The aircraft departed from Shanghai Dachang Airbase at 12:08 on February 22nd, 2019, and landed at Hohhot Baita International Airport of Inner Mongolia at 15:02 successfully after a flight of 2 hours and 54 minutes.
Large parts delivery of China's MA700 turboprop aircraft to start in March
China-developed MA700 turboprop regional aircraft will start this month, according to Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The MA700 project is following its development schedule to meet the targets of rolling off the production line this September. The aircraft aims to conduct its maiden flight within the year, AVIC added.
Regional airliner's first prototype set to roll off assembly line in September
The first MA-700 turboprop regional airliner is scheduled to roll off the assembly line in September and is likely to make its maiden flight before the end of this year, according to Aviation Industry Corp of China. AVIC has received 285 orders for the airliner from 11 buyers.
Sichuan Airlines Cargo to launch new Brussels Airport flights from end of April
By the end of April, the Chinese carrier Sichuan Airlines Cargo, active in a country well-known for its e-commerce, will strengthen the cargo network operated at Brussels Airport. Sichuan Airlines Cargo intends to begin its operations by the end of April with three weekly Airbus A330-200F flights a week, to be gradually increased to six by 2020.
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