China Aviation Industry Newsletter
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17 Oct 2022

China Aviation Industry Newsletter

China and Guyana agree to a new aviation service agreement.

A new air service agreement was agreed last week between Guyana and China, paving the way for the start of direct flights between the two nations. "The signing of this agreement underscores the government's commitment to connecting Guyana to the rest of the world," stated Minister of Public Works Juan Edghill. The great friendship between Guyana and China cannot be hindered by their geographical separation. For years, the two parties have been looking into the potential for cooperation in civil aviation. The two nations' civil aviation agencies signed Memorandums of Understanding in Indonesia in 2014.”

China Southern Airlines expands its global network

China Southern Airlines announced that it will resume twice-weekly service on the Guangzhou-Jakarta and Dalian-Tokyo (Narita) routes. Later this year, the airline will start running flights from its hub in Guangzhou to Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Manila, Philippines; Bangkok, Thailand; and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Launch of SAF deliveries by Airbus and partners in China

As an Airbus A320neo for China Eastern Airlines took off from its Airbus Delivery Center in Tianjin for the first plane powered by a five percent Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) fuel blend, Airbus began a new chapter in sustainable aviation in China. SINOPEC Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Company, a state-owned business in China, produces the SAF for the delivery flights locally from spent cooking oil. The first batch of Chinese SAF produced by the sole Chinese plant with certification. Airbus EVP & Airbus China CEO George XU said “The first SAF delivery flight of Airbus aircraft in Tianjin marks a historic milestone for Airbus and particularly for us in China. It is a great step towards our vision of contributing to sustainable aviation as a long-term reliable partner in China. Thanks to the joint effort and the consensus on sustainability between us and our partners, we will be able to offer such sustainable solutions to all customers taking delivery from our Tianjin facilities. Going forward, we also aim to partner with more Airbus operators in China to fly commercially with SAF to further support the green aviation strategy in China.”

MIAT Mongolian Airlines operates first Boeing 737 MAX service in China

Since March 2019, MIAT Mongolian Airlines is the first airline in China to run a Boeing 737 MAX passenger flight. On Tuesday, October 10, EI-MNG, the airline's sole 737 MAX, flew from Ulaanbaatar to Guangzhou.

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