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An Air China 747-8i in San Francisco (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ben Suskind)

Air China and Air Canada Sign Joint Venture as Chinese Carrier Expands North American Presence

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 release, the deal has been in the work for nearly four years and marks the first such deal for Air China with a North American carrier. The joint venture brings…

XiamenAir Takes Delivery of 200th Jet and New Aircraft Type…

On Sunday, XiamenAir took delivery of its newest aircraft, marking the 200th delivery to the airline since it began flying in 1984. The occasion is cause for double celebration, as the Fujian Province-based airline is now the sixth Chinese carrier to operate the new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The first…

Trip Report: XiamenAir’s Boeing 787 to Xiamen, China

Chinese tourism is a big deal for Los Angeles. With more than 1.1 million visitors alone in 2017, China drives more than $1 billion dollars into Los Angeles’s economy annually. With the country’s increased wealth, coupled with the nation's 'one route, one airline' policy, there is now an increased demand…

China Expects to Develop and Market the World’s Largest Amphibious…

China expects to develop and market the world’s largest amphibious aircraft by 2022. The aircraft known as the AG600 is part of a two-pronged approach by the government to advance its aviation strategy. The AG600 is approximately the size of a Boeing 737 seating 50 people and is designed to…

Glasgow Airport Makes Initial Step in Establishing First Nonstop Route…

Glasgow Airport and the Shanghai Airport Authority have formed an alliance in an effort to expand tourism between the two cities, which could see the introduction of nonstop flights for the first time. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Thursday after months of negotiation. A number of long-haul routes operate…

U.S. Condemns China Over Letter to Airlines

The United States government has condemned a letter from the Chinese government. The letter was sent last week to 36 airlines around the world, including American carriers, such as American Airlines and United Airlines. The letter called for the airlines to stop referring Hong Kong, Macau, and most importantly Taiwan…

Air China Begins Fifth Freedom Route Between Houston and Panama…

China and Panama City are now connected through Air China via Houston. Air China opened up its first fifth freedom route from the United States to Panama, an addition to its five-times-weekly flight from Beijing to Houston. Despite flying to Houston throughout the week, the flight to Panama will only…

Air Belgium Announces Commencement of Service

Air Belgium, an airline based in Belgium, will launch its online reservation platform on Tuesday, April 3, at 9 a.m. Beginning April 30, the airline will be offering direct flights to Hong Kong, with additional destinations in China to be added in the summer. Tickets as of tomorrow will be…

China’s Burgeoning Aviation Industry

China’s aviation industry has had a slow start and hadn't taken off until the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping opened up the country to significant economic reform. Since then, however, the industry has grown tremendously and is set to eclipse the United States’ aviation industry within the next decade and…

Airline Giant HNA Aviation Given Lifeline by Chinese Government

China’s HNA Group, owner of Hainan Airlines, has been granted a lifeline by the Chinese government amid recent financial troubles, mainly surrounding a large amount of debt accrued due to numerous acquisitions. One of HNA’s largest and most well-known entities is HNA Aviation which holds a majority stakes in 13 airlines…