IATA Responds to Reintroduction of COVID-19 Testing

Chinese authorities are now allowing citizens to travel internationally again after almost three years of strict bans due to the pandemic. However, as a result, airlines are again facing the prospect of managing passenger testing in several countries. Since the lifting of the Chinese government’s COVID-19 elimination policy last month,…

After Three Years, China Set to Eliminate Travel Restrictions

After being closed for three years, China will reopen its borders on January 8, 2023, and will eliminate the mandatory quarantine requirement for entry into the country, according to reports from the South China Morning Post. The Asian giant was the first nation to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,…

COMAC ARJ21: Opening China’s Regional Network?

For many aviation enthusiasts outside of China, the COMAC ARJ21 is not an aircraft that they are often familiar with. The “Advanced Regional Jets of the 21st Century” was only operated by Chinese carriers as of this moment. Since the certification of COMAC ARJ in 2014 and its first flight…

International Flights Continue Returning to China

On October 12, Singapore Airlines announced that the carrier will resume another service to China, in the city of Xiamen, flight number SQ868/SQ869. After the resumption of this flight, Singapore Airlines Group, which includes Singapore Airlines, Silk Air, and Scoot Air, will provide as many as 14 weekly flights between…

COMAC’s C919 Gains Certification from CAAC

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China's (COMAC) C919 received its Type Certificate (TC) from the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) on September 29, 2022. The milestone came five years after the type's maiden flight in May 2017. Following certification, the company expects to deliver the first aircraft to its…

Where Does the 737 MAX Stand in China: Carriers Wait…

Despite all the hype built up around the two COMAC C919s that flew from Shanghai to Beijing last week, the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) — the country's civil aviation regulator — did not award the plane its type certificate (TC) on Sept. 19. Regulators typically don't set target…

Hainan Airlines Resumes Flights to Manchester, U.K.

The U.K ‘s Manchester Airport has expanded its route map to mainland China again, after a two-year hiatus. The Chinese government has approved an agreement with the U.K. government to renew flights between Manchester, U.K. and China. As a result, Hainan Airlines will resume its Beijing to Manchester, U.K., operating…

Beijing Reopens Its Doors to International Flights

On July 27, Lufthansa resumed its first Beijing flight, LH722, service from Frankfurt. The flight has been suspended for 907 days due to the pandemic. Lufthansa previously served the one-way flight from Beijing to Frankfurt, with the plane entering China in Shenyang, and then repositioning to Beijing. The resumed direct…

COMAC’s C919 Finishes Testing Stages, Nears Certification

According to a social media post by The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China(COMAC) on July 23, the COMAC C919 has completed all flight test tasks and is in the final certification phase. The completion marks a significant milestone for the program and could mean certification in the coming months. For reference,…