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A Sichuan Airlines Airbus A330 on approach to Brussels. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

Operations Begin at Chengdu’s Second International Airport

China's newest international airport in Chegdu, Tianfu International Airport, began operations this Sunday. The new airport serves as a new international gateway to the Sichuan province and China and will operate as a second airport for Chengdu with the existing Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport continuing to operate. The new airport, 31 miles from Chengdu's city center, is intended for Chengdu to become the third largest airport hub in China, after Beijing and Shanghai. However, as China remains closed to most…

The Slow-But-Steady Recovery of Boeing 737 MAX Operations

Boeing's 737 MAX ungrounding was undoubtedly the best news the company received in 2020. Checkered by its safety issues, the 787 Dreamliner quality controls, the extended 777X delay and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic taking a historical toll on aircraft demand, 737 MAX's recertification allowed Boeing to resume deliveries…

Venezuela’s Conviasa Sets Plan to Reach China, Iran, Russia

Sunday, Feb. 7 marked a year since the United States banned Conviasa from entering the United States. On that occasion, the United States Department of the Treasury informed the airline that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) included 40 Conviasa airplanes on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons…

Cathay Pacific Takes Over 15 Chinese Routes From Subsidiary

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines were forced to downsize their operations. Among them was Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific decided to cut its regional subsidiary, Cathay Dragon, last October. As a result, the airline will pick up the capacity left by Cathay Dragon, specifically its portfolio of Chinese routes. Cathay…

Brazilian Airlines Again Begin Transporting COVID-Related Cargo From China

After months of stoppage, this week a Brazilian airline operated the first flight in months connecting the South American country and China in the fight against COVID-19. This time, the cargo it brought back contained material for the production of 8.6 million vaccine doses, the country's next step in its…

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…

Qatar Airways, China Southern Launch Codeshare

Qatar Airways has announced that the first stage of a codeshare cooperation with China Southern Airlines has begun with the Chinese carrier placing its code on Qatar Airways flights between Guangzhou and Doha. Flights started on Dec. 27 and are currently for sale. The codeshare partnership brings more travel opportunities…

China’s OTT Airlines to Launch on Dec. 28

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, China hasn’t stopped developing its aviation industry. A brand-new carrier, OTT Airlines, will be launched on Dec. 28. However, the airline hasn't revealed any maiden flight details thus far. OTT will provide only regional services and will be based at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. OTT a…

European Airline Asian Subsidiaries: Why Did They Exist?

The Netherlands is home to one of the most prominent airlines in Europe. In the skies over Amsterdam and surrounding Dutch countryside, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines aircraft are hustling to and from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. While Delta, Air France, Korean Air and Aeromexico founded the SkyTeam airline alliance, the Dutch…

China Airlines Hints at New Taiwan-Themed Livery with Boeing 777F…

Taiwanese carrier China Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 777F cargo jet on Tuesday. Upon arrival at Taipei's Taoyuan Airport, however, the cargo jet was not carrying China Airlines' normal livery, but instead, it featured a nearly blank livery. The carrier's name only appears in small font near the…