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The Comac C919 after receiving its type inspection authorization. (Photo: Comac)

First COMAC C919 Sets to Deliver by the End of 2021

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 in the first half of 2022. [caption id="attachment_12575" align="aligncenter" width="510"] The C919 roll out marked a milestone for Comac. (Photo: Zhang Anchao/Comac)[/caption] According to the news shared by the Eastern…

Air China Finishes New Base at Chengdu Tianfu Airport

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Air China's new base in Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is complete. Even though the majority of international travel remains closed, China's Tianfu International Airport is expected to launch before June 30. Chengdu becomes the third city in China, following Shanghai and…

China Eastern Airlines Sees a Huge Travel Demand

As coronavirus cases in China remain low, China Eastern Airlines is seeing a huge domestic travel demand surge during the Labor Day Holidays. Flight movements on May 1 exceed pre-pandemic levels. According to theCivil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the airline’s flight movement is expected to reached 2,700 daily, as…

Airbus Delivered 21 Aircraft in January, Received No New Orders

With the beginning of 2021, the air transport industry expects market demand to improve with the arrival of new COVID-19 vaccines. Despite that hope, most airlines have had a great part of their fleet grounded while operating half of their normal network throughout 2020, which has negatively affected the aircraft…

China’s Tianfu Airport is a Step Closer to Launch

Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is a step closer to launch after conducting its first test flight. Sichuan's government said the brand-new airport is expected to launch before June 30.  The second airport test will be held in March. China's government has spent four years completing phase one of construction. Six…

Chinese Aviation Industry Sees Speedy Recovery

The aviation industry in China is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. China Southern Airlines, the largest airline in the country is planning to take delivery of nine A321neo and two A319neo jets from Airbus. It is believed that the new aircraft could replace 24 Boeing 737…

China’s Three Major Airlines Receive First COMAC ARJ21 Aircraft

China's three largest airlines — Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines — took delivery of COMAC's ARJ21 aircraft, China’s first domestically developed regional jet, on Sunday. The  90-seater short-haul aircraft is manufactured by state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC). China’s three biggest airlines are currently slated…

The U.S.’s Chinese Air Travel Ban Takes Aim at Crippling…

This Wednesday, after the Chinese government effectively prevented Delta, United and American from resuming service to China, the U.S government stated that Chinese airlines will not be allowed to fly into or out of the U.S. starting on June 16. This order applies to Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China…

As Coronavirus Looms Large, Hong Kong Airlines Seeks Refuge in…

Looking for a lifeline in the sea of turmoil seems like a reach for cash strapped Hong Kong Airlines but talks are in the cards for the carrier to find a new home. According to the South China Morning Post, the airline is in talks with Air China for the…

Three Chinese Airlines Report Decline in Profits

Following a rise in fuel prices and weak yuan, three major Chinese airlines: Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines saw a sizable drop in profits from July to September. The third quarter income of China Eastern Airlines was 33.45 billion yuan, a 13.5 percent gain in comparison…