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Air China's first 737 MAX 8 taking off (Photo: Boeing)

Boeing 737 MAX Is Taking Steps Toward Flying in China Again

Recently, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a notice of inquiry to recertify Boeing 737MAX. The jet has been grounded in China for 20 months after two fatal crashes, one each in Ethiopia and Indonesia. Internal sources say Air China and China Southern are in the process of unsealing a number of Boeing 737 MAX. Once the jet is recertified and cleared to fly in China again, the largest carrier can quickly put the capacity into the Spring…

Trip Report: Flying Through China’s Newest Mega Airport

Qingdao, China's Jiaodong International Airport is the newest mega Airport in the country. In August, the airport started its operations and replaced Liuting Airport — its predecessor — which served the city for over 30 years. The airport is designed to be a flagship of modern airports, with a smooth passenger…

Chinese Airlines Struggle While the World Slowly Reopens

On Nov. 8, as European airlines celebrate the reopening of the U.S., their peers in China are worrying about how to survive through the pandemic. Airlines released their third-quarter earnings in the past week, and only Spring Airlines, a budget airline based in Shanghai, turned a profit over the quarter.…

The All-Boeing XiamenAir Welcomes Airbus A321 Fleet

XiamenAir announced that starting January 2022, the airline will introduce 15 new Airbus A321s into its fleet. The airline is currently the largest carrier with only Boeing aircraft in China. There have long been discussions about XiamenAir intending to introduce Airbus jets into its fleet, and now, with the Boeing…

Beijing Releases Travel For 2022 Winter Olympics

On Oct. 25, the Beijing Olympic Committee, along with the International Olympics Committee (IOC), released a travel policy handbook for athletes and international officials during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Game. While a strict quarantine is not required for fully vaccinated individuals, international visitors will only be able to navigate…

Air China Looks To Domestic Growth for Pick-Up After Modest…

Air China released its 2021 third quarter earnings Wednesday, revealing 7% growth in capacity — measured in available seat kilometers (ASK) — versus the same period In 2020, remarkably lower than the 26% growth recorded in previous quarters of 2021. The decelerated pace was anticipated as China has endured multiple…

Takeaways from the 13th China International Air Show

After one year of delay due to the pandemic, the 13th China International Airshow Opened Sept. 28 in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai, China. After three restricted professional days and three public days, the airshow closed on Sept. 3. Compared to the previous event in 2018, this airshow was…

Boeing to Expand Converted Freight Production in China

On Sept. 28, the opening day of the China International Air Show, Boeing announced its plan to open two new Boeing 767-300BCF conversion lines in cooperation with Guangzhou Aircraft Manufacturing and Engineering Company (GAMECO), a joint venture between China Southern Airlines and Hutchison Whampoa. “It was mutually beneficial to continue…

First COMAC C919 Sets to Deliver by the End of…

The first deliverable COMAC C919, a Chinese-designed narrow-body jet, is now entering the final assembly process at the manufacturer’s Shanghai factory, aiming for a year-end delivery for this highly anticipated jet. China Eastern will be the owner of the first C919, and its maiden flight is projected to take off…