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A Korean Air A380 preparing for takeoff at Los Angeles International Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Korean Air to Cut Japan Routes in Favor of Southeast Asia, Oceania and China

Korean Air has announced major changes to its Japan flight schedule for the winter travel season. The Seoul-based carrier will be suspending and reducing some of its major routes to Japan from several of its hubs and focus cities in South Korea. While some will be temporarily suspended, others will be suspended indefinitely. At the same time, the South Korean flag carrier will introduce new services and increase the frequency of routes in Southeast Asia, Oceania and China. Korean Air…

North Korea’s Air Koryo to Relaunch Macau Flights

After a 15 years hiatus, the state-owned carrier of one of the most secretive countries in the world, North Korea, will relaunch direct flights from its capital, Pyongyang to Macau, China. The airline will operate two weekly flights services beginning on Aug. 2, 2019. According to Macau’s Civil Aviation Authority’s…

Beijing Daxing Airport Set to Open in September

The new Beijing Daxing Airport conducted its first comprehensive rehearsal on Friday. According to CCTV, Chinese state media, the jumbo airport is set to begin operations on September 30. The Chinese capital owns Beijing Capital Airport in the northeast of the city, which is the second busiest airport in the…

The Looming Chinese Threat to Airbus and Boeing

Earlier this week Canadian company Bombardier made an announcement that it was selling off subdivisions in Belfast, Ireland and Morocco. A plan to further consolidate Bombardier aerospace activities into Bombardier Aviation. While an asset sale like this isn’t completely uncommon, some of the likely bidders should raise eyebrows for some.…

China Airlines Inaugurates New Special Livery Commemorating 60 Years

Taiwan-based China Airlines is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, with the airline unveiling a series of special liveries for the occasion. An A350-900 was painted the number “60” in the shape of “GO” and the infinity symbol “∞” in the corporate identity color of blue and red. Additional aircraft…

Norway to Get its First Nonstop Link to China

Norway will soon have its own non-stop link to China once Hainan Airlines begins service between Oslo and Beijing. Hainan Airlines will be launching the service on May 15, making this the very first nonstop route between Norway and mainland China and the first non-stop Nordic service for the airline.…

Boeing’s 737 MAX: A Crisis and Opportunity for China

It is no secret that in a 20-year forecast, one of the driving markets for commercial aviation will be China, with its increasing demand for long-haul and domestic routes. In that scenario, the Boeing 737 MAX's complicated situation has created both a crisis and an opportunity. China was the first…

Several 737 MAX 8 Operators Begin to Ground Fleets

Even though information is still scarce at this point, Ethiopian’s ill-fated ET302 flight has triggered a series of decisions of aviation authorities and operators regarding the Boeing 737 MAX. The Chinese Aviation Authority requested airlines, under its jurisdiction, to suspend operations of the variant, “in line with the management principle…

China Airlines Returns to Negotiations with Pilots

After the cancellation of dozens of flights out of Taiwan left thousands of passengers stranded during the busy Lunar New Year holiday, China Airlines on Feb. 9 returned to negotiations with the Taoyuan Union of Pilots in hopes of ending a minor, yet ongoing strike that continues to make normal operations…

Hainan Airlines Announces Xi’an Service From Los Angeles

Hainan Airlines has announced plans to launch nonstop service between Xi’an and Los Angeles starting Dec. 31, 2018, making this the first scheduled non-stop service between the Chinese city and Los Angeles, as well as North America in general. China's largest privately owned carrier maintains a hub in Xi'an, serving…