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China's Exim Bank Offers Lending Facility To Comac

China Import and Export Bank has signed an initial deal to provide a lending facility of up to CNY50 billion yuan (USD$7.87 billion) to Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac). The move has pushed up the Chinese state policy bank's total outstanding loans to Comac to around CNY4.4 billion yuan. Comac makes both the ARJ21 regional jet and the larger C919 which it hopes could even...

Sanya Airport Serves 322,400 Passengers in National Day Holiday

Sanya Phoenix International Airport (SYX) served a total of 322,400 passengers during the week-long National Day Holiday from Oct. 1 to Oct. 7, up 5.59 percent year on year, according to statistics released by the airport on Thursday. The airport handled a total of 2,069 aircraft movements during the week-long holiday, an increase of 2.48% year on year. An outbound travel peak hit the...

Flight Cancelled? Airline Says It Couldn't Fly Without Refueling

A Chinese traveler surnamed Liu has planned to travel from Fuzhou to Kathmandu, Nepal via Guangzhou and booked a ticket for October 15. However, he was informed Tuesday by China Southern Airlines (CZ) that his flight, numbered CZ3067, from Guangzhou to Kathmandu was suspended. It is learned that the Guangzhou-based carrier has cancelled its flights from Guangzhou to Kathmandu from Oct...

China MoT acquires 8 S-76D™ helicopters for rescue operations

The China Ministry of Transport (MOT) today accepted delivery of its final two S-76D™ helicopters in a ceremony at Sikorsky Aircraft’s commercial helicopter center. The MOT’s helicopter fleet, which is the foundation of China's airborne search and rescue (SAR) maritime operations, now totals 16 S-76® helicopters, eight of which are S-76D aircraft.  In December 201...

Kenmore Air to Help Turn 100 Chinese Turboprops into Seaplanes

Kenmore Air Harbor, parent company of the Pacific Northwest floatplane company, quietly landed a China contract worth about US$40 million during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit here. Kenmore President Todd Banks said state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) signed an agreement with Kenmore to design, certify and manufacture the pontoon floats that will convert 100 Chin...

Flights Cut, MTR Trains Down, Trees Uprooted and Runner Rescued in Hong Kong

Dozens of flights in and out of Hong Kong were affected on Sunday as Typhoon Mujigae moved inland over western Guangdong. However, by Monday morning Hong Kong's Observatory cancelled all storm signals as the typhoon passed the city, warning that rainy weathy remains for the rest of the day. The No 3 strong wind signal had been in place for more than 24 hours after it was issued, as Mujig...

Wuhan Airport to Speed Up Phase-3 Project Construction

Wuhan Tianhe International Airport  (WUH)'s new air traffic control (ATC) tower has been capped the day before the National Day on Oct.1, news reported from the construction site of the airport's phase-3 project. Functioning as the airport's eye, ATC tower is responsible for directing airplanes, handling emergency situations and issuing control instructions. With 22 s...

Typhoon Roars into South China; Tens of Thousands Evacuated

A strong typhoon roared into southern China on Sunday, bringing powerful winds and heavy rain to the region after leaving one dead and 30 fishermen missing in the Philippines. Nearly 200,000 people in southern China were evacuated before Typhoon Mujigae made landfall near the city of Zhanjiang in Guangdong province just after 2 p.m., according to the National Meteorological Center. By 7:00 p...

Hengchun Airport to Face Possible Closure Next Year

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) is to make a decision on whether to close Hengchun Airport in Pingtung County in the second half of next year, given the airport's extremely low passenger rate, CAA Director-General Lin Tyh-ming said yesterday. Lin said the Pingtung County Government has commissioned a feasibility study to assess the possibility of using the airport for i...

Surfing in the Air

Chinese airlines are rolling out services to allow passengers to access the Internet, but concerns remain over pricing and network speeds. Are you bored with long flight without access to the Internet? This may soon be history as Chinese airlines take steps to boost their inflight Wi-Fi networks. Now passengers on some Chinese airlines' flights can send e-mail, book hotels, wat...

Three Seriously Injured As Light Plane Crashes in Central China

Three people have been seriously injured and sent to hospital after a light aircraft crashed in a scenic spot in Xinxiang, Central China's Henan Province on Friday morning, CCTV News reported. The crash happened at around 9:20 a.m. when the glider was performing a trail flight at Xiangshui River Water Park in Wulong Mountain in Huixian City, the source said via its official S...

AVIC launches seaplane conversion for Y-12

Chinese aviation manufacturer AVIC has expanded into the seaplane market, placing an order for 100 sets of floats to convert 19-seat Harbin Y-12s into amphibious transports, says a US supplier. Seattle-based Kenmore Air announced that AVIC is acquiring the floats for the Y-12 from EDO Floats, a subsidiary of the US company. The two-year conversion programme includes a plan to certi...