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China Aviation Industry Newsletter 6 January

China Aviation Industry Newsletter 6 January

China’s SF Airlines Creates Global Freight Route Network

SF Airlines has become China’s largest cargo airline and created a global air cargo service network with 65 destinations SF Airlines has evolved into a medium-size cargo airline with a total of 58 all-cargo freighters, announced the airline on its 10th anniversary. The Shenzhen-based SF Airlines is the aviation branch of China’s express giant SF Express. It provides specialized services for the booming express delivery business and other air freight services such as the chartered freight flights.

COMAC delivers 22nd ARJ21 aircraft

COMAC delivered the 22nd ARJ21 aircraft to customers by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC). This aircraft is in all economy-class cabin configuration and has seats for 90 passengers. It is purchased by SPDB Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. and leased to Chengdu Airlines. So far, ARJ21 fleet has accumulated more than 23,000 hours of flight and 12,000 sorties of take-off and landing, and carried more than 660,000 passengers.

Direct Flights Connect Xi’an with Istanbul, Budapest, Nursultan

Three new direct air routes were opened linking northwestern Chinese city of Xi’an and Istanbul, Budapest and Nursultan respectively, according to Xi’an Xianyang International Airport. A total of 19 new air passenger routes were launched in 2019 by the Xi’an airport, which has 88 international air routes linking cities in 36 countries.

Fully-Covered and Fungible Beidou System for Civil Aviation by 2035

Recently, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) officially released “Application and Implementation Roadmap of Beidou Navigation Satellite System for Civil Aviation in China”. In the Roadmap, it is said that the authority will give great impetus to the application of Beidou system. By the end of 2035, a dual frequency multi-constellation GNSS technological application system with Beidou System as its core will come on the scene. Compatible and operable with GPS and other system, the GNSS system will realize the application of a fully-covered and fungible Beidou System in Civil Aviation step by step. It is the first systematic implement roadmap for Beidou’s application in civil aviation of China. Deputy Inspector of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Office, Liu Lianxi said in the news conference of CAAC on 12 December, Beidou System is one of the key constellations of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). It is an important action to strengthen the practical application of Beidou System in civil aviation, which facilitates the reform in ATC and the global application of Beidou System. Also, it guarantees the high-quality development of civil aviation industry as a significant technological support to build a civil aviation power in China.

Hangzhou Handles over 40 Million Passengers in 2019

Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport in East China’s Zhejiang province handled more than 40 million passengers in 2019. The total annual passenger throughput of seven airports in the province exceeded 70 million this year, it added. Hangzhou is well-linked with other popular destinations in China, such as Shanghai, which can be reached by high-speed trains in about one hour. With favorable weather conditions, charming scenery and the headquarters of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, Hangzhou is a destination for both leisure and business trips.

Vietnam Airlines adds 19th route to China

Vietnam Airlines will operate flights between Da Nang, Vietnam and Shanghai, China. This extra route means the airline will have 19 different routes to China. The new route will begin on January operating twice weekly utilizing Airbus A321s.

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