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China Southern became China's first A380 operator in 2011 (Photo: Airbus)

Hope for the A380? French Government Pitch Super-Jumbo Jet to Chinese Officials During State Visit

French president Emmanuel Macron visited China this week. Part of his agenda is an attempt to attract Chinese interest for the Airbus A380 aircraft. He was joined by Airbus’ CEO Fabrice Brégier in what may be a last-ditch attempt to find new customers for the world’s largest commercial airliner. Airbus has seen little success selling its flagship for a number of years. The aircraft has a reputation for being a wonder of modern engineering but is increasingly struggling to convince…

United States and China Sign Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement

President Donald Trump is visiting China as part of his 13-day tour of Asia, meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss U.S.-China relations and trade deals, among other issues. The President is traveling with a delegation of U.S. business representatives seeking to secure beneficial trade deals with the…

Aviation’s Island Empire: How Hainan Continues to Purchase the Industry

While aviation conglomerates tend to lack lavish cash spending that other businesses might have, the rise of the Chinese company HNA Group has certainly caught the eyes of many people. So where did this less than 25 year old company come from and how did it manage to obtain over…

Emirates Faces Halted Expansion in China

Emirates has been blocked from adding any new routes to China for six months following two safety incidents involving the Dubai-based carrier. The ban, which will prevent the carrier from expanding its operations out towards the East, was laid out by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on Wednesday.…

Branching Out: The Growth of Chinese Airlines

At 6:02 p.m. New Zealand Standard Time on Tuesday, Airbus A330-200 B-8962 touched down at Auckland Airport. The aircraft was operating Sichuan Airlines flight 8909 from Chengdu, China. The inaugural flight not only represented a new route, but was also emblematic of a larger expansion, one that continues to reach…

China’s Comac C919 Takes off on Historic Maiden Flight

At 02:01 am Eastern Time (14:01 local) the first Comac C919 took off on its maiden flight departing from runway 34R of Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The aircraft, registered B-001A, operating under a special permit to fly by the Chinese CAA, touched back down at 15:20 pm following a one…

The Race Across the Pacific

In the early 1980s, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) began operating flights between Beijing and New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. These routes were the first between the nations operated by Chinese carriers. However, in 1988, the Chinese government split the CAAC into six separate airlines. Air…

Chinese Company Agrees to Purchase 130 Airbus Aircraft

China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) and Airbus have announced an order for 100 Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A330 aircraft following the signing of the General Terms Agreement between the two companies. The company, which is a government corporation, acts as a neutral third party. CAS is a well-known…

Boeing Begins Building a Foundation in China

This week Boeing has announced it will open a new completion center for its Boeing 737s in China. The new plant will be jointly run by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, known as Comac, and Boeing which will see the installation of interiors, painting, and ultimately the delivery of the narrow…

The Fight for the Asian Narrow Body Market

Asia is the fastest growing aviation market in the world with passenger numbers and aircraft sales growing dramatically. At the core of the boom is the narrow body market that features two major competitors: the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737. These two companies are in the thick of a…