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China Aviation Industry Newsletter 19 February

China Aviation Industry Newsletter 19 February

China Southern plans Wuhan-London service

China Southern Airlines looks set to add a second nonstop route to London later this year, with flights from the central Chinese city of Wuhan. The carrier has yet to confirm the news, but local website xinhuanet.com, as well as aviation development website blueswandaily.com, suggest the Wuhan-London Heathrow service will launch on May 30, with a thrice weekly service operated by A330-200 aircraft

Ethiopian Airlines wins first Cargo Transportation Award in China •Aviation Academy ranks amongst the top world’s training centres

Ethiopian Airlines Cargo & Logistics Services, Africa’s largest cargo operator, has received the Export & Import Cargo Transportation award at a Customers Symposium organised by Guangzhou Bayiun International Airport in China on February 7 Ethiopian Airlines CEO Mr Tewolde GebreMariam said “We are very pleased to stand out from the top 10 best performing international cargo operators in Guangzhou, China and to win such a prestigious award. As one of the strategic business units under the Ethiopian Airlines Group, Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services has been registering remarkable growth and success in implementing our ambitious strategic road map, Vision 2025”.

HK Express expects major A320neo delays

Hong Kong Express is expecting significant delays to the delivery of its remaining Airbus A320neo orders because of further problems with Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan (GTF) engines citied various media outlets.

Small Chinese Airlines Could Lose Subsidies In Policy Change

According to Aviation Week (16 February) China’s smaller airlines are facing a loss of municipal subsidies on domestic routes under a contemplated policy change that would force commercial air transport capacity to the west of the country. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is considering cancellation of poorly patronized services in the east of the country, say two sources from Chinese airlines.

Thales to boost Guangzhou airspace efficiency

The Middle South Regional Air Traffic Management Bureau of Civil Aviation of China and Thales have agreed to establish a main air traffic control centre to monitor the entire Guangzhou Terminal Maneuvering Area (TMA). The TMA comprises three of the busiest airports in China, including Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China’s second busiest airport, serving over 80 million passengers a year and around 1300 air traffic movements per day.

Two more China-made aircraft arrive in Nepal

Two new Chinese aircraft procured by Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) from China landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. According to NAC, two Harbin Y 12-e aircraft landed at the TIA on Tuesday afternoon at the interval of half an hour.  The two 17-seater aircraft are a part of grant and loan agreement that Nepal has signed with China to procure six aircraft – two MA 60s and four Harbin Y 12-e aircraft. Of them, one MA 60 and one Harbin Y 12-e were received on grant, while China has arranged concessional loan to purchase on MA 60 and three Harbin Y 12-e aircraft.

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