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China Aviation Industry Newsletter 7 October

China Aviation Industry Newsletter 7 October

Abu Dhabi International Airport celebrates Chinese National Day

Abu Dhabi Airports recently celebrated the national day of the People’s Republic of China at Abu Dhabi International Airport, with arriving passengers being greeted with the waving red of the Chinese flag. The event celebrated 70 years since the foundation of the country. The celebrations further cement the attractiveness of Abu Dhabi International Airport, both as a destination and a transit hub, for passengers travelling from China, alongside demonstrating the close of ties between the UAE and China.

Airbus team up to Alibaba Cloud to develop a Skywise Data Centre in China

Airbus has signed a cooperation agreement with Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, to cooperate on developing a Skywise Data Centre in China.

Avic Completes MA700 Wing Attachment

China’s Avic has joined the first MA700 wings to the fuselage section, bringing the program closer toward the construction of its first static test aircraft, designated 10001. Avic confirmed the update over the weekend on its social media platform WeChat, stating subsidiary Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation had completed the wing assembly last week. According to the Chinese airframer, engineers have made steady progress this year in developing the third member of its “Modern Ark” regional turboprop, whose predecessors it designated the MA60 and MA600.

Brief Analysis of Tourism Trend during the Golden Week Holiday in Shenzhen Airport

In response to the high demands, Chinese airlines add more capacity during the Golden Week holiday. Based on the data of Shenzhen routes from September 26th to October 10th, this paper shows the observation on the tourism trend of Shenzhen Airport during the time. This year, Shenzhen airport expects to operate 14,200 flights from September 26th to October 10th, among which more than 1,600 are international flights and 12,500 are domestic flights, offering 3,240,000 seats. The capacity grow significantly compared with last year. Among the popular domestic destinations from Shenzhen Airport, Zhengzhou, Shanghai, Sanya, Hangzhou and Kunming show a significant increase in demands, with a growth rate of more than 30%. While among the popular international destinations from Shenzhen Airport, demands on Manila, London, Chiang Mai, Los Angeles and Osaka increase significantly, with a growth rate up to triple digits.

China Eastern to up frequency on Shanghai Pudong-London Gatwick service

The Shanghai-based carrier launched the Shanghai Pudong-London Gatwick route in December 2018. Currently, the airline is using its Boeing 777-300ER to fly this route three times weekly on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. From October 27, the airline will increase the frequency of this service to daily.

China’s Oldest Airport Ceases Public Operations

At around 11 pm on Wednesday, as the last flight took off from Beijing Nanyuan Airport, the 109-year-old airport officially retired from serving civil aircraft. All its civil aviation operations will move to Beijing Daxing International Airport, which opened to traffic on the same day. As the country’s first airport, it was built in 1910 and mainly used for military, serving as a training center for air and ground troops. At the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the Nanyuan airport supported a nearby aviation school that had sprung up in 1913, training more than 100 pilots who later became the backbone of China’s civil aviation industry. It started serving as both a civilian and military airfield since 1984.

Hainan Airlines switches from Airbus A330-300 to Boeing 787-9 on Beijing – Brussels route

Hainan Airlines is going to switch its Airbus A330-300 to Dreamliners in -9 version with effect from 27 October on the Beijing Capital – Brussels route. The only Chinese airline at Brussels is going to make a all Dreamliner service from China, during the 2019-2020 winter season, as they are going to replace the Airbus A330-300 by a Boeing 787-9 on 27 October.

Tianjin Air Cargo inducts Boeing 737-800BCF into fleet

Tianjin Air Cargo has introduced its first Boeing 737-800BCF. The aircraft is on lease from Spectre Air Capital, following conversion to freighter configuration by Boeing at the Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co., Ltd. (STAECO) facility in Jinan.

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