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Air China Takes Delivery of China’s First 737 MAX 8

Air China has taken delivery of the airline’s first 737 MAX 8. China’s national flag carrier is the first airline in the country to receive the 737 MAX. Customers throughout China will take delivery of nearly 100 737 MAXs by the end of next year. Boeing’s partnership with Air China dates back to the 1970s. […]

Higher Fuel Prices Drive Down Air China, China Southern 1H Profits

Air China and China Southern Airlines were impacted by higher fuel prices in the 2017 first half as the two carriers reported year-over-year (YOY) six-month net profit decreases of 3.8% and 11.6%, respectively, to CNY3.3 billion ($486 million) and CNY2.8 billion. Beijing-based Air China’s 1H operating revenue rose 8.7% YOY to CNY58.2 billion while operating […]

Ameco Completes Cabin Modifications on 10 A330s

Ameco has finished cabin layout modification work on 10 Air China-operated Airbus A330-200s. The cabin project began in September 2016 at Ameco’s Beijing facility with a scheduled C-check layover. Following modification, the jets were converted with a different cabin configuration in business and economic classes. The aircraft entertainment systems, seat powering systems and passenger services […]

Headphones Explode Inflight

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a passenger warning notice today related to a recent incident on board involving a battery explosion. On a flight between Beijing and Melbourne, a woman was wearing noise-canceling headphones while sleeping. After two hours of flight, she woke up in pain. “As I went to turn around I […]

Chinese Carriers Accelerate International Expansion Pace

Chinese carriers have accelerated their international expansion pace as outbound travel continues to grow. In October, Beijing-based Air China experienced an 18.6% year-over-year (YOY) growth in RPKs on international routes. Shanghai-based China Eastern reported a 30.4% YOY growth; Guangzhou-based China Southern posted a 23.9% YOY growth; and Haikou-based Hainan Airlines saw a 47.4% YOY growth. […]

One of China’s Largest Airlines Has Its Radar Set on the US Market

The number of Chinese visitors to the US is expected to reach 6.5 million by 2020, from 2.4 million last year. When Chinese president Xi Jinping visited the US last September, his first stop was a Boeing factory north of Seattle, where he toured a 787-8 Dreamliner being delivered to Xiamen Airlines. A subsidiary of […]

Air China Sees Steady Growth In Passenger, Freight Traffic

Air China said that it had witnessed steady growth in passenger and freight during the first seven months of the year. The number of passengers jumped 7.2 percent year on year to 55.4 million during the January-July period, the airline said in a statement filed to the Shanghai Stock Exchange. In July alone, Air China […]

Poland In Talks To Sell LOT Airline Stake

Poland is in talks with Chinese investors over selling a stake in LOT Polish Airlines, Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said. “LOT is our national carrier, which we are trying to save no matter the cost,” Morawiecki said. Polish national daily Rzeczpospolita earlier reported that Air China had expressed an interest in acquiring a 49 […]

Air China Introduces Its First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing and Air China officially unveiled the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner to the public at a grand ceremony in Beijing. The national flag carrier is the first airline in the country to have a 787-9 enter into service. “The 787-9 Dreamliner employs a multitude of cutting-edge technologies best represented by its electronic handling system and […]

Boeing, Inmarsat on What to Expect for Future Connected Aircraft

Executives from Boeing and Inmarsat discussed future implications for connected aircraft operations during a panel discussion held at Honeywell’s Deer Valley headquarters last week. Attendees, which were mostly journalists from around the world, received program updates from Inmarsat and Honeywell on the Global Xpress (GX) Aviation network and JetWave onboard hardware. While the reported global […]