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China Aviation Industry Newsletter 6 April

China Aviation Industry Newsletter 6 April

CASL and HK Express Build Closer Ties with Cabin Cleaning Contract

China Aircraft Services Limited (CASL) announced that it has signed a new cabin cleaning contract for the entire fleet of HK Express at Hong Kong International Airport. The contract is effective from 2nd April CASL will provide cabin cleaning service to the airline’s Airbus 320 family fleet.

China’s domestic tourism near pre-epidemic level during Qingming holiday

Domestic tourist trips in China during the three-day Tomb-sweeping Day holiday, ending on Monday, recovered to 94.5% of the pre-COVID-19 level, according to data from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Tourist sites across the country received 102 million domestic visitors during the holiday, also known as Qingming Festival, up 144.6% from a year earlier.

China plans to add over 30 civil airports in 3 years

China plans to add more than 30 civil airports within three years as part of efforts to improve its transportation network, announced Vice Transport Minister Wang Zhiqing. The administration will contribute to China’s “dual circulation” development pattern by better serving the people’s needs for diversified air travel and modernized logistics. The “dual circulation” development paradigm allows the domestic and overseas markets to reinforce each other, with the domestic market as the mainstay.

DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo launch regular CO2-neutral freight connection from Europe to China

DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo launched the first regular carbon neutral cargo flight connection in history operated by a Boeing 777F the companies finished the first leg of their first weekly flight between Frankfurt am Main and Shanghai Pudong, where the fuel requirements are covered entirely by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).This will save around 174 metric tons of conventional kerosene each week. Lufthansa Cargo CEO Dorothea von Boxberg said “With the world’s first sustainable cargo flight with DB Schenker at the end of 2020, we demonstrated that flying without fossil emissions is already possible. Today, we jointly launched the world’s first regular sustainable cargo flight connection. This paves the way for many more connections of this kind. We are counting on the determination of our industry and the dedication of consumers to get this off the ground together.”

Pudong airport top in passenger satisfaction

Pudong International Airport ranked top for passenger satisfaction among 348 airports around the world last year, according to Airports Council International. The council awarded it the title of “Best Airport by Size & Region in Asia-Pacific” for 2020 on March 1. It was competing against international airports with an annual passenger turnover of over 40 million.

SF Airlines launches Wuhan-Hanoi cargo route

SF Airlines has launched a new international cargo route linking central China’s Wuhan and Vietnam’s capital Hanoi. The Wuhan-Hanoi route will operate four weekly using Boeing 757-200SF aircraft. The new route is expected to serve as an efficient and stable air cargo channel between central China and Southeast Asia. It will mainly meet import and export logistics demands on carrying electronic products, electronic accessories, cloth rolls and other goods.

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