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China Aviation Industry Newsletter 24 February

China Aviation Industry Newsletter 24 February

Chinese Aviation Authority Supporting Airline-Saving Measures

Earlier this month, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said it would promote and allow measures that allow airlines to continue to stay afloat as the country’s aviation industry is plagued by the lack of travel resulting from coronavirus that has significantly dampened demand. The Chinese aviation regulator would support “restructuring and mergers” in the months ahead as airlines continue to struggle from cash flow issues, Reuters reported on 11th February.

China’s C919 conducts test flights

The sixth prototype of the C919, China’s first home-developed long-haul passenger aircraft, took off from the Pudong International Airport at the weekend and landed at the Dongying airport in Shandong Province after about two hours of flying, announced Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC). The aircraft, known as No. 106, will undergo cabin, illumination and exterior noise tests at the Dongying test flight base.

Emirates SkyCargo’s Freighter Service to Chinese Mainland Sees Strong Demand

Emirates SkyCargo is seeing good demand for the import and export of cargo into the Chinese market, as China reopens for business after the Lunar New Year holidays. The air cargo carrier operates freighter services to Guangzhou (CAN) and Shanghai (PVG), having resumed these scheduled services after a planned hiatus over the traditionally low-traffic period over the holidays. “Emirates SkyCargo continues to support trade and movement of goods into the Chinese market and is committed to supporting China’s diverse distribution needs and supply chains through our freighter operations to Shanghai and Guangzhou. We are a market oriented carrier and are ready to fulfil the growing needs of our customers. We will constantly review our operations to ensure that we are able to support the Chinese market by deploying adequate capacity through our freighters,” said Hiran Perera, Emirates Senior Vice President, Cargo Planning & Freighters.

Russian Ansat Gets VIP Interior, China Approval

Russian Helicopters has received certification approval from Rosaviatsiya for its new “Aurus” executive cabin in its light twin Ansat helicopter, clearing the way for deliveries. The light multi-purpose Ansat helicopter was designed by the Kazan Helicopter Plant’s design bureau for missions including passenger and VIP transport, cargo delivery, environmental monitoring, and air medical ambulance. Concurrent with this approval, Russian Helicopters also said the Ansat has received certification validation from the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC).

Russia’s largest cargo carrier switches from scheduled to charter operations to China

The unpredicted impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak on airfreight has forced some dramatic operational changes at Russia’s AirBridgeCargo (part of the Volga-Dnepr Group), resulting in a switch from scheduled to charter operations from 4th February.

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