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China Aviation Industry Newsletter 27 November

China Aviation Industry Newsletter 27 November

BOC Aviation Delivers Airbus A350-900 to Qatar Airways

BOC Aviation has delivered an Airbus A350-900 aircraft to Qatar Airways. This is the first of six new aircraft leased to the airline under a purchase-and-leaseback agreement.

Chinese Airlines Locked in Battle to Win Lucrative U.S. Routes

China Southern Airlines plans to take advantage of its ties with American Airlines Group Inc. to help beef up its U.S. routes and close in on mainland rivals, the Chinese carrier’s President Tan Wangeng said. A new airport in Beijing, once up and running in 2019, will serve as the state airline’s second hub flying almost 50 million passengers in and out of China, even more than the 30 million the carrier flew in 2016 from its home base of Guangzhou in southern China.

China Airlines to add fifth weekly flight from Gatwick

China Airlines is increasing its non-stop service from London Gatwick to Taipei from four to five flights per week. It will add the fifth Tuesday flight from March 25. It will be operated by a 350-900 Airbus which carries up to 306 passengers with a three class configuration, offering Premium Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.

China-developed AC312E helicopter completes plateau tests

AC312E, the first light twin-engine civil helicopter ever developed in China, completed all plateau test flights last Tuesday at Ninglang Luguhu Airport, a commercial airport that sits at an altitude of 3,293 meters in Southwest China’s Yunnan province, reports the Xinhua News Agency. The helicopter, which made its maiden flight July 2016, was developed by AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). On the Tibetan Plateau, where the natural and geographical features are complex, AC312E has reached 6,300 meters above sea level.

China to demand 6,103 new passenger aircraft over 20 years: AVIC

China will need 6,103 more passenger aircraft over the next 20 years, according to a forecast released by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The newly recruit passenger fleet will include 5,120 twin aisle and 983 regional aircraft, according to the “China Civil Market Outlook for Civil Aircraft (2017-2036)” report. By the end of 2036, the number of passenger aircraft for the country’s civil aviation transport will reach 7,079, including 6,065 large-and-medium aircraft and 1,014 regional aircraft. According to the report China’s cargo fleet in the civil aviation market will reach 748.

Italy’s Blue Panorama to start China flights in late 2Q18

Blue Panorama Airlines will start longhaul flights to China during the 2018 Summer season. Flights from Bologna to the southeastern Chinese city of Nanning will commence on June 15, 2018, with a total of sixty return services to be offered over the ensuing weeks. According to an airport statement, the agreement concerning the new charter flights was signed at the Italian Embassy in Beijing by AdB CEO, Nazareno Ventola, AdB Aviation Business and Corporate Communication Manager Antonello Bonolis, Blue Panorama Airlines Vice-President Remo Della Porta, and Chinese Tour Operator Phoenix Vice-President Li Jia.

Tianjin Cargo Airlines prepares to fly, as HNA looks to the future

China-based all-cargo startup Tianjin Cargo Airlines received certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, and will likely start service in early 2018.

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