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First C919 to Roll Off Production Line in November - Sources

China's first home-made C919 prototype aircraft will official roll off the final assembly line at COMAC's Shanghai factory on November 2 and show to the world, people familiar with the plan said Wednesday in Nanjing. According to the new plan, the C919 could make its first test flight in Shanghai around the third quarter of 2017, with probability of another delay in 2017, said Wang...

Cargolux Italia adds second weekly flight to Zhengzhou

Cargolux Italia has started a second weekly flight from Milan (Italy) to Zhengzhou (China), leaving on Sunday and travelling via Novosibirsk (Russia). Flight number C8 8777 leaves Milan Malpensa Airport on Sunday at 11.50h and is the second weekend flight to Zhengzhou. It is also the first Cargolux service to Russia. Cargolux says it is the only direct co...

Hainan Airlines to Deploy 787 Dreamliners on All Routes to North America

Hainan Airlines (HU) said Tuesday it will deploy Boeing 787 Dreamliners on all routes to North America in the winter schedule starting this Sunday. The Haikou-based carrier has released its capacity plans for the new flight season (Oct. 25, 2015-Mar. 26, 2016). Domestically, the carrier plans to launch over one hundred of flight services and increase the frequency of some routes to me...

Chinese Civil Servants Can Now Opt to Fly on Spring Airlines

Chinese civil servants on official duties can now opt to fly on Spring Airlines (SC) after the budget carrier was included in the list of suppliers of air tickets for the government. The largest low-cost carrier of China announced Tuesday it is now on the government procurement list for air tickets, which means Chinese civil servants can select the airline's special offers of 99 yuan a...

Xiamen Airlines Has Taken Delivery of 17 Boeing 737-800s This Year

A brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft Saturday landed smoothly at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN) and joined the fleet of Xiamen Airlines (MF), which is the 17th 737-800 aircraft introduced by the airline this year. The 737-800 aircraft, Registration B-6887, is the second of the 44 all-economy 184-seat 737-800s. The Xiamen-based carrier has dry leased a 737-800 to...

China's Anti-Corruption Watchdog Targets Aviation Industry

Senior Chinese airline and aviation officials misused company funds, took bribes and accepted golf outings as gifts, the country's anti-corruption watchdog said in a series of inspection reports. The Communist Party's official newspaper and its economic planning agency were also singled out by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) in its latest reports under President...

Bank of China to spin off its aviation leasing unit

Bank of China Ltd, the country's fourth biggest commercial bank, has voted to spin off its aviation leasing unit in a Hong Kong share sale, the lender said in a statement to the Shanghai Stock Exchange. BOC Aviation Pte Ltd will raise funds by selling no more than 40 percent of the firm through a listing of new and old shares on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the statement...

ANALYSIS: Boeing and Airbus up the ante in China

Apart from the centre, Boeing will also broaden collaboration with supplier and potential rival AVIC and launch an initiative to develop biofuel from Chinese agricultural waste. All three initiatives were announced as part of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit on 23 September to Boeing’s widebody assembly complex in Everett, Washington. Boeing’s new facility in China will be...

Air China launches Kuala Lumpur route

Air China will start a four-times a week service from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur from 25 October, 2015, which it describes as the ‘Kingdom of Rubber’. The flights will be operated using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft. In 2014, imports and exports between Malaysia and China exceeded 100 billion Chinese yuan renminbi and Malaysia remained ...

Fuzhou Airline Welcomes First Direct-Delivered 737-800 Aircraft

Chinese startup Fuzhou Airlines (FU) welcomed its first direct-delivered Boeing 737-800 aircraft at Fuzhou Changle International Airport (FOC) on Oct. 17. The 737-800, Registration B-7105, is painted with logo of 2015 National Youth Games on its fuselage, which started operating Fuzhou-Haikou and Fuzhou-Shanghai Pudong routes after the welcoming ceremony. Fuzhou Airlines is a regio...

Check-in Counters to Be Closed 45 Mins Before Departure at Shenzhen Airport

Check-in counters for all domestic flights will be closed 45 minutes, instead of the current 30 minutes, prior to the scheduled time of departure at Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (SZX) starting October 13. the airport said in a statement. The latest move is to provide customers with a safer, more punctual and smoother travel experience, said the airport. The adjustment...

China's Aviation Officials Took Bribes in Exchange for Favouring Airlines: Graft Watchdog

Some senior executives of China's Civil Aviation Administration were found to have used their power over flight routes and schedule planning to ask for huge bribes from airline companies, according to the findings of inspectors sent by the Communist Party's graft watchdog. "Some people made use of their authority to grant approvals to receive huge amount of bribes and giv...