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Aegean's first A321neo seen resting at Athens International Airport. (Photo: Konstantinos Chatzigeorgiadis)

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 manufacturers which are directly dependent on airlines needing new aircraft. Despite the flimsiness of market demand, Airbus managed to deliver 21 aircraft to 15 different carriers during the month of…

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…

Hainan Airlines Puts its First Airbus A350-900 Into Service

Hainan Airlines Flight HU7607 took off from Beijing Capital International Airport and landed at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport on Oct. 13, 2018, at 11:00 am Beijing time. This marked the successful maiden flight of Hainan Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Over 300 travelers onboard the short flight to Shanghai had…

Shenzhen Airlines Launching First Flight to Europe

Shenzhen Airlines is planning to enter the long-haul market by launching a route from its hub in Shenzhen, China to London’s Heathrow Airport in late October. The new route will be operated by Shenzhen Airlines’ Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which currently services the airline’s short and medium-haul routes from China. Shenzhen…

Air China and Air Canada Sign Joint Venture as Chinese…

Wednesday marked the start of a new joint venture between Air China and Air Canada, two national carriers on opposite ends of the Pacific Ocean. The signing took place in Beijing, Air China's home base, and signifies the start of greater cooperation between the two airlines. According to a NASDAQ press…