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China Airlines Selects New Aircraft to Upgrade Regional Narrowbody Fleet

China Airlines has chosen the Airbus A321neo for its future regional narrowbody operations. The Taiwanese carrier will lease 14 A321neo aircraft that are scheduled to enter service in 2021. Furthermore, the airline will have the option to negotiate for an additional 11 firm and five option aircraft orders once the lease begins. The introduction of the new narrowbody fleet will be another milestone for China Airlines after the Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A350-900XWB. Currently, the Taiwanese carrier has a narrowbody…

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.…

South Korea’s Eastar Jet Receives its First 737 MAX 8

Eastar Jet has become the first carrier in South Korea to take delivery of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet. Boeing delivered the fuel-efficient and longer-range jet Thursday and will deliver another one of the aircraft later this month. The aircraft joins the low-cost carrier’s existing fleet of Next-Generation 737s…

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…