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China Aviation Industry Newsletter 28 January

China Aviation Industry Newsletter 28 January

Bell’s Singapore Center Gets CAAC Approval

Bell’s Singapore service center has received Civil Aviation Administration of China approval for the Bell 206, 407, and 429, allowing it to conduct maintenance, repair, and overhaul work on the helicopters’ components, engines, instruments, and radios. About 150 Bell helicopters are based in China, consisting of mainly of 40 Bell 206s, 78 Bell 407s, and 17 Bell 429s.

CDB Aviation Promotes Patrick Hannigan to President

CDB Aviation announced 22 January the promotion of Patrick C. Hannigan, who has served as the company’s Chief Commercial Officer since January 2017, to the position of President, as part of the continued strategy to further strengthen executive management for the next phase of development. CDB Aviation President & Chief Commercial Officer Patrick C. Hannigan said “I’m honoured with the trust Peter and the Board have placed in me through this expanded leadership role. The pillars of our long-term strategy – expanding the scale and global reach of our platform, leveraging our unique financial strength backed by unrivalled resources of China Development Bank to benefit our airline customers globally, and attracting and retaining a team of top-tier professionals second to none – will always guide everything we do. I’m thrilled to continue partnering with Peter and our exceptional global CDB Aviation team, as we advance our aviation leasing business, offering airline customers in all markets the most comprehensive leasing services they need to meet the increasing demand for air travel.”

Chinese airlines carried 610 million passengers in 2018

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) Chinese airlines carried 610 million passengers in 2018. China’s aviation market is projected to expand, especially overseas. In 2018, 167 new international routes opened in China, including 105 routes in countries and regions involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.

Dublin to build on popularity among Chinese tourists, wants more direct flights to Hong Kong

According to an article in China Southern Post 27 January Ireland is keen to expand the number of flights between Hong Kong and Dublin this summer, with the aim of attracting more Chinese tourists, Michael D’Arcy, minister of state of the Republic of Ireland’s Finance Department, said in an interview. The Cathay Pacific operates four times weekly and the minister of state is negotiating for an expansion to five or six flights a week.

Flight Trials Begin at Beijing’s New ‘Mega-airport’

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), a Cessna Citation Sovereign 680 made a successful landing at Daxing International on 22 January after a 42-minute flight, marking the start of a nearly two-month evaluation to assess the airport’s four runways as well as its navigational aids, lighting system, and air traffic control procedures. The new airport will undergo further testing of its communications, navigations, and surveillance and air traffic management systems before opening on 30 September.

IATA: China to reach 1.6 billion passengers by 2037

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently published its 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast shows that China will displace the United States as the world’s largest aviation market in the mid-2020s and reach 1.6 billion passengers by 2037. The rebalancing of China’s economy towards consumption will support strong passenger demand over the long term, said. IATA’s CEO & DG Alexandre de Juniac said “The global civil aviation market has shown an apparent eastward shift to Asia, with China as the major impetus. And IATA is shifting our focus to the surging market here.”

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