American Airlines ‘in China for the long term’: ACTE-CAPA Global Conference Sydney
American Airlines VP sales Asia Pacific Shane Hodges, speaking at the ACTE-CAPA Global Conference Sydney, expects to have “limited codeshare” arrangements in place with China Southern”shortly”. “We’re in China for the long term”, he said, while acknowledging forecasts suggesting China will be the largest aviation market by 2033. “Our eyes are on that prize”, Mr Hodges concluded.
BOC Aviation Delivers fourth Boeing 737-800 to Pobeda Airlines
BOC Aviation announced 29 November the delivery of the fourth of eight Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Pobeda Airlines. This aircraft is from the Company’s existing order book.
BOC Aviation Delivers third Airbus A320 to China Eastern Airlines
BOC Aviation announced 30 November the delivery of the third of three Airbus A320-200 aircraft to China Eastern Airlines. This aircraft is from the Company’s existing order book.
China Airlines Adds Non-Stop Flights to London, Capturing All 5 Major European Destinations
China Airlines commenced operating the Taipei-London (Gatwick) service on December 1 with the new A350-900 XWB fleet making four flights a week. This route makes China Airlines the only airline in Taiwan to offer non-stop flights to London. The introduction of non-stop flights to London represents a major boost to China Airlines’ European network. When added to existing non-stop flights to Amsterdam (Netherlands), Frankfurt (Germany), Vienna (Austria) and Rome (Italy), China Airlines will operate 22 weekly flights to five European destinations and is the only Taiwan-based airline that currently operates so many non-stop flights between Taiwan and Europe.
China Airlines A350 XWB delivered using biofuel mix
China Airlines of Taiwan has become the second airline to join a programme to use a blend of traditional and sustainable biofuels to power aircraft for delivery flights from Airbus. The aircraft involved is the tenth A350-900 for China Airlines, which left the manufacturer’s delivery centre in Toulouse for its new home in Taipei with a 10% blend of sustainable jet fuel in its tanks. The sustainable fuel option for delivery flights has been developed by Airbus in association with Air Total, the aviation subsidiary of the global energy operator. In order to stock the eco-friendly product, Air Total has installed the first ever biofuel station adjacent to the Airbus delivery centre in Toulouse. A total of 21 aircraft have so far been delivered by Airbus since the facility was inaugurated in May 2016.
China Eastern Airlines Launched World 1st Inflight Shopping Festival “Air to Home”
China Eastern’s new retail strategic map: China Eastern airlines and BlueFocus IFEC launched the first “Air to Home” Inflight Shopping Festival in the world together. It marks the traditional retail of China’s civil aviation has been rewritten, and allows passengers to enjoy the new shopping experience in the air in the future.
China needs more than 6,100 aircraft over next 20 years
Chinese aircraft manufacturer Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC) forecasts the country’s airlines will need 6,103 new aircraft through 2036. The forecast is less bullish than Boeing’s market outlook for China released in September, which forecast 7,240 new aircraft required in the country through 2036.
China’s Own Amphibious Aircraft Finally Ready to Fly
China’s domestically developed AG600 — billed as the world’s largest amphibious aircraft — is slated to take its maiden flight before the end of this year after months of delays, company executives said. The aircraft could take its first flight over land this year and then another over water in 2018 now that technical challenges have been overcome, said Huang Lingcai, assistant to the CEO of the state-owned China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., the AG600’s manufacturer.
China Southern takes delivery of its first B737 MAX
Boeing announced 28 November 2017 that the two Boeing 737 MAX for China Southern, based in Airport Guangzhou Baiyun, had flown to China. China Southern Airlines was committed in December 2015 to acquire 50 B737 MAX 8 and had added another 30 last month. Their configuration should have three classes, as does its B737-800s. The carrier received “substantial price concessions”, without detailing the course.
China Southern wants more collaboration with American Airlines
China Southern Airlines wants more collaboration with Fort Worth-based American Airlines as China’s largest carrier seeks to reposition itself on the global stage. China Southern wants more support from American because the market between China and the United States is so large, the Chinese carrier’s President Tan Wan Geng said in a recent interview.”This is the reason why we set the cooperation strategy relationship with American Airlines,” Tan said. “It’s just the beginning. In the future, China Southern will fly more to the U.S., and American Airlines will fly more to China.”
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