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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…

Qantas Set to Form a Joint Business Agreement With Japan…

Following the drastic reduction in the number of passengers flying this year, many airlines are seeking new ways to attract travelers on board in time for next summer. Australian flag-carrier Qantas is negotiating with Japan Airlines to increase travel between Australia and Japan by a new “joint business." The two…

China Southern and American Announce Partnership Following SkyTeam Exit

A new partnership between China Southern Airlines and American Airlines has been announced with a 'significant' expansion of codeshare cooperation and the launch of reciprocal frequent flyer benefits and lounge access. From early 2019, members of either airline traveling with the other airline will have the ability to earn and…

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…

American Gets Closer to China Southern, Questions Regarding Cathay Pacific…

On Friday, China Southern completed its share issuance to American Airlines, allowing the Dallas-based carrier to take on a 2.68 percent stake in the Chinese airline. The move follows a continued path of global airlines forging equity stakes, rather than just partnerships, to develop their networks. In recent years there…

Etihad and China Southern Enter Codeshare Agreement

On Thursday, UAE-based carrier Etihad announced that they will be entering a codeshare agreement with China Southern Airlines. This new agreement now means that customer flying with China Southern have the option to book codeshare flights to and from their hub in Abu Dhabi and connect to Etihad's route network…

American Airlines Purchases $200 Million Stake in China Southern

American Airlines has become the second airline to buy a stake in a major Chinese carrier, by way of a $200 million share in Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines. The cost represents a 2.76 percent stake in China’s largest airline, which American is hoping to utilize to strengthen their connecting network…