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China Aviation Industry Newsletter 8 October

China Aviation Industry Newsletter 8 October

AerCap takes Delivery of its First Boeing 737 MAX leased to China Southern

AerCap announced 28 September that it has taken delivery of its first 737 MAX 8. The aircraft will be leased to China Southern Airlines, the first of 5 aircraft to go on lease to the airline from AerCap’s 737 MAX order book with Boeing. AerCap and China Southern Airlines have recorded several firsts in recent years. In March 2018, AerCap made history when it delivered China Southern Airlines’ first A321neo, making the airline the first operator of the aircraft type in China. In 2016, AerCap delivered the first Pratt & Whitney powered A320neo into China, to China Southern Airlines.

BOC Aviation Places Three New Airbus A320ceo Aircraft With Saudi Arabian Airlines

BOC Aviation announced 1 October the placement of three new Airbus A320CEO aircraft to Saudi Arabian carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines  all of which are scheduled for delivery in 2018. The aircraft will be operated by Saudia’s low cost subsidiary, flyadeal. “We are pleased to add Saudia as a new customer and to work with its exciting low-cost unit, flyadeal, as it continues its rapid expansion,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BOC Aviation. “Demand for low cost travel is expanding rapidly in the Middle East and flyadeal is well-placed to capitalise on this trend.”

China’s AC311A light utility helicopter completes plateau flight tests

China’s newly-developed AC311A light utility helicopter has completed its plateau flight tests, according to its developer. The two-tonne light helicopter model has conducted 41 hours of tests in 91 flights at three plateau airports, said Avicopter under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The AC311A has conducted multiple flight tests, such as near-ground-maneuvering and hovering, targeting to test its capacities of anti-cross wind and sand-prevention at various altitudes in plateau environments.

China a ‘massive potential’ for aviation industry, says AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes

AirAsia group CEO Tony Fernandes (pictured) has described China to be a “massive potential” for the aviation industry in the coming years, because only 120 million (8.7%) of Chinese hold passports.

China’s first all-composite aircraft completes first flight

China’s first all-composite five-seat aircraft, the Sunward SA160L, recently completed its first flight in Central China’s Hunan province, marking a breakthrough in the country’s own brand general aircraft industry. The Sunward SA160L made its maiden test flight, which was about 60, demonstrating its power system, pneumatic and control performance.

China Southern Launching Airline To Serve State-planned City

China Southern Airlines (CSA) plans to establish a new carrier in Hebei province next year in response to the government’s call to build and develop the Xiongan New Area (XNA). Expected to start flying from the new Beijing Daxing International Airport (BDIA) once it opens next October, the wholly owned subsidiary will operate under the name Xiongan Airlines. Xiongan Airlines has submitted its application to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for its air operator certificate. It will hold registered capital of $1.48 billion, $378 million in operating cash, and $1.1 billion in assets.

Component Support for Air China’s Airbus A350 fleet

Lufthansa Technik AG has contracted with China Aviation Supplies CoLtd. (CASC) to jointly provide comprehensive component support for Air China’s Airbus A350 fleet. The joint 10-year Total Component Support (TCS®) contract by Lufthansa Technik and CASC will cover repair and overhaul of A350 components. Air China, based at Beijing Capital International Airport, is the first operator of this aircraft type in mainland China.

Dragon Aviation Leasing Company Limited Appoints New CEO

The Board of Dragon Aviation Leasing Company announced 7 October the appointment of Mr. Gang Li as Chief Executive Officer, effective as of 1st October, 2018.The Board also expresses its sincere gratitude to Mr. Jean-Louis Chevrot for his leadership and significant contributions to the Company as its CEO over the past 12 years

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