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China Aviation Industry Newsletter 21 May

China Aviation Industry Newsletter 21 May

Air China Proposes Chengdu-London Gatwick Airbus A330 Service

Air China’s new service between Chengdu and London will be to Gatwick Airport. The Chinese carrier proposes to fly Airbus A330s on the route three times a week commencing in July 2018, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Bell 505 Earns China CAAC Certification

Bell has received certification for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X light turbine single from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. More than 110 Jet Ranger X helicopters have been ordered by Chinese customers to date. According to Bell, the helicopter is suitable for corporate, utility, training, and parapublic missions.

CDB Aviation Completes Delivery of Two 737-800 Aircraft to Ukraine International Airlines

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited announced the completion of the delivery of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Ukraine’s flag carrier Ukraine International Airlines. The aircraft delivered from CDB Aviation’s order book with Boeing. Configured with 186 seats in a two-class layout, the two aircraft will be operated across UIA’s medium-haul network, as part of the previously announced plans to replace the airline’s 737 classic fleet and develop new international, medium-haul services.

China’s airlines are set for a long-haul price war

Chinese airlines are ready to rumble. Having freed local carriers to hike fees at home, Beijing will now let them compete on long-hauls to overseas destinations. A price war to serve popular destinations is in the offing, as the Big Three – China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Air China – fight it out. That will come at foreign rivals’ expense.

China Eastern, China Southern to benefit from new CAAC policies

China Eastern and Guangzhou-based China Southern airlines, which have been designated as main operators at Beijing’s new airport—are expected to benefit from the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s (CAAC) new policies on international operations and Beijing’s “One city, two airports” rules, which are scheduled to take effect from 1 October.

Corendon Airlines takes delivery of 737 MAX 8 from BOC Aviation

BOC Aviation has delivered its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to its newest customer, Corendon Airlines, based in Turkey. The aircraft is the first delivery of the company’s 737 MAX family aircraft.

Low cost long haul will ‘probably’ happen in China: Air China VP 

Air China VP and GM North America Zhihang Chi, speaking at the CAPA Airline Leader Summit in Dublin, stated low cost long haul carriers will “probably” happen in China but “I don’t know when”.

Ruili Airlines and SMBC Aviation Capital sign letter of intent for the placement of two aircraft

SMBC Aviation Capital and Chinese airline, Ruili Airlines announced that they have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the placement of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. This is the first commitment that Ruili Airlines has negotiated with an aircraft leasing company outside of China. The announcement was made at an event in Ruili City, China to celebrate the airline’s four-year anniversary.

StandardAero, Reignwood sign engine support agreement

StandardAero has signed an agreement to provide engine support for Rolls-Royce M250 and RR300 engines powering Beijing Reignwood Star General Aviation’s Bell 407GX, Bell 206L4, Bell 206B3 and Robinson R66 helicopters, the company announced on 16 May. Under the one-year agreement, StandardAero – a Civil Aviation Administration of China certificated maintenance organization – will provide engine repair and overhaul services to Reignwood Star Aviation and its customers from its Singapore-based Rolls-Royce M250 authorized maintenance center.

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