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China Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 18 June

China Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 18 June

China Airlines signs AMA agreement with Airbus 

China Airlines and Airbus signed the Airbus MRO Alliance (AMA) agreement, becoming the first initial member to sign the contract with Airbus. China Airlines and Airbus signed a MoU in Dec-2016 to cooperate in engineering and maintenance. The goal is to comprehensively upgrade China Airlines engineering, MRO and technology capabilities through Airbus support, and to join Airbus’ maintenance and training network to increase sales of related services. 

Chengdu Airlines Seeks CAAC Approval To Fly Internationally   

Chengdu Airlines has applied for permission to fly internationally, said the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The carrier, currently limited to mainland China, proposes that it be allowed to fly to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan and to countries adjacent to China. 

China Express Airlines eyes a stake in Qazaq Air

China Express Airlines can take part in the privatization Qazaq Air, according to the press service of the Kazakh airline, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two airlines on the development of strategic cooperation in international and regional passenger transport

China’s general airplane flies into African market

The LE500, the first Chinese general plane model to enter the African market, has completed a successful first flight in South Africa. Two LE500 planes, dubbed Little Eagle 500 in Chinese, have successfully conducted their first flights at a pilot training school in South Africa.

China’s Spring Airlines to use A320neos on longer routes

China’s Spring Airlines plans to introduce much longer routes when it begins receiving Airbus A320neo family aircraft in the second half of this year.

COMAC aims to obtain C919 jet’s Chinese certification by the end of 2020

Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) aims to obtain type certification from China for its narrowbody C919 jet by the end of 2020, putting the OEM on track to meet its 2021 goal of delivering the first aircraft to its launch customer. The COMAC C919 currently has 815 orders from 28 customers.

Hainan starts first direct Dublin-Beijing service

Dublin Airport welcomed the start of Hainan Airlines’ new direct service from Beijing to Dublin.  The year-round service is Dublin Airport’s first ever direct route to mainland China and marks a major milestone for the Irish economy. The Chinese carrier will operate Dublin to Beijing direct with an Airbus A330-300 aircraft on Tuesdays and Saturdays and via Edinburgh on Thursdays and Sundays. Last year 120,000 passengers travelled between Ireland and mainland China, with about a quarter of those people travelling between Dublin and Beijing.

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