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China Eastern Airlines is scheduled to operate 3,280 flights per day during the upcoming Spring Festival travel rush which will start on Jan 26 through to March 5, up 42 percent year-on-year, and China's first self-developed narrow-body jet C919 will serve in the peak traveling season for the first time, according to the Shanghai-based carrier.
The airline has expanded the number of flight attendants at its bases in Beijing and Shanghai, each from 25 to 50.
The airline operates daily flights connecting London and Shanghai, while the flights that connect London and Beijing operate four times a week.
Meanwhile, major Hong Kong carriers Cathay Pacific Airways and Hong Kong Airlines said they will expand flight networks connecting Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.
Both airlines recruited flight attendants from the Chinese mainland in 2023 for the first time, as passenger demand is growing and they look to provide more personalized services for Chinese-speaking customers.
Growth was particularly strong in China, as it recovered from the COVID-19 travel restrictions, according to IATA, which represents some 300 airlines comprising 83 percent of global air traffic.
- A new air cargo route was launched on Saturday morning linking Ezhou Huahu Airport in Central China's Hubei province with Lahore in Pakistan, said SF Airlines, China's largest air cargo carrier in fleet size.
The Ezhou-Lahore cargo route is the first international air cargo route launched by SF Airlines in this year departing from Ezhou Huahu Airport, China's first cargo-focused airport, the airline said.
This new route will bring a total of around 300 tons of air express capacity per week, sustaining logistics between China and Pakistan with efficient and stable air transport services, according to the airline.
SF Airlines, the aviation branch of China's leading courier enterprise SF Express, to date has launched a total of 11 international cargo routes from Ezhou to global destinations, said the cargo airline.
China's first self-developed narrow-body aircraft C919 launched commercial flights between the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and Beijing Daxing International Airport by its first global customer, China Eastern Airlines on Tuesday, becoming the second regular flight for the homegrown jet operated after the one between Shanghai and Chengdu, Sichuan province.
With the take-off of flight MU551 from South China's Sanya Phoenix International Airport to London Heathrow at 08:39 am on Friday, China Eastern Airlines became the first Chinese airliner to launch a regular passenger flight from Sanya in Hainan province to Europe since the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Shanghai-based carrier.
In January 2023, China Southern Airlines resumed the operation of B737 MAX for commercial domestic flights, marking the model's return to the skies in China.
China Southern, Air China and Hainan Airlines each own 24, 16 and 11 aircraft, respectively.
Shanghai Airlines, Xiamen Airlines and Shandong Airlines also own some B737 MAX planes.
In December, Boeing delivered a new B787 aircraft to Chinese private carrier Juneyao Airlines, its first widebody aircraft for a Chinese mainland carrier in nearly three years, indicating gradual recovery in China's international air travel market.
US aircraft manufacturer Boeing delivered a new B787 Dreamliner plane to Chinese private carrier Juneyao Airlines on Thursday in Seattle, the plane maker's first delivery of wide-body aircraft to Chinese mainland carriers in nearly three years.
"This is the seventh B787 plane that we delivered to Juneyao Airlines.
The delivery of the new B787 aircraft also indicates Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines' goal to revitalize its growth in the international market, it said.
After taking the new delivery, Juneyao Airlines boasts a fleet size of 92 aircraft.
It will help provide sufficient capacity guarantee for the growth of our international long-haul routes," said Wang Junjin, president of Juneyao Airlines.
Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines resumed operation of the B737 MAX for commercial domestic flights in January, marking the model’s return to the sky.
China Eastern Airlines' first flight between Shanghai and the Egyptian capital of Cairo took place on Monday.
This is the first passenger flight from Shanghai to North Africa operated by a Chinese airline, according to the Shanghai-based carrier.
The airline said it hopes that the new flight route will help to promote the trade and cultural exchanges between China and Africa, which is a key part of the Belt and Road Initiative.
This year, SF Airlines, the cargo arm of the group, launched a group of international cargo flights connecting Ezhou with cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Osaka.
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus anticipates delivering its new model A330neo to a Chinese airline company in the first half of 2025 after going through certification.
China Eastern Airlines launched the first flight between Jinan, capital of East China's Shandong province, and Sydney, Australia on Monday.
The group's global network comprises 1.1 million accommodation services, more than 500 airlines and more than 30,000 tourism partners.
Asia-Pacific airlines in particular saw a 92.6 percent year-on-year increase in their September traffic, continuing to lead other regions in terms of annual improvement.
Capacity climbed 82.1 percent and the load factor increased to 82.5 percent, said the IATA, which represents some 300 airlines that command 83 percent of the global air traffic.
The company is working with nearly all Chinese airlines to discuss the advantages of having this aircraft model in their fleet, it said.
"After the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines have been back in business with a clear focus on profitability and connectivity.
"Compared with Europe and the United States, the number of Chinese airlines that focus on developing business in the regional market is not much, and many carriers compete in the competitive trunk market.
China Eastern Airlines will launch direct flights between Shanghai and the Egyptian capital of Cairo on December 11.
The launch of this direct flight is expected to further facilitate trade, tourism and culture communications and collaborations between the two nations, said the airline.
China Southern Airlines said it will honor tickets sold at extremely low prices during a system malfunction on Wednesday evening, allowing passengers to travel normally.
The prices appeared on multiple ticketing channels, including the airline’s official website, mini-apps, and various online travel agencies, before they were eventually frozen and became unavailable.
The flights involved are all part of a code-sharing program between China Southern Airlines and Chengdu Airlines, and will be operated by the latter.
In a statement on Thursday, China Southern Airlines said it will not cancel the low-priced tickets, and that passengers can travel normally.
However, the airline said that passengers will not be able to request a refund or change of such flights under regular procedure, according to a report by the Nanfang Daily.
A total of 14 contracts were inked between the Shanghai-based airline and 13 companies from nine countries and regions, including Chile, Turkiye, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Russia, Germany, Switzerland and the United States, said Wang Zhiqing, chairman of the company, which operates China Eastern Airlines.
Against the backdrop of a steady recovery in Chinese aviation, the company currently operates 3,076 flights on average daily, up 7 percent from that in 2019, said Cheng Guowei, vice-general manager of China Eastern Airlines.
Xiamen Airlines signed agreements with US aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co to meet the demand of the B787 aircraft landing gear overhaul, and it signed an agreement with jet engine manufacturer CFM International to purchase engines during the ongoing sixth China International Import Expo in Shanghai.
To satisfy the need of the B787 fleet landing gear overhaul, Boeing will provide the landing gear overhaul solution with a dedicated workshop based on the landing gear real situation and the spare landing gear for exchange during the overhaul period to ensure the operation of the B787 fleet for Xiamen Airlines.
Xiamen Airlines has also signed a three-year agreement with Boeing, and the aircraft manufacturer will provide customized part packages based on the real situation of the carrier by analyzing the consumption data to ensure the need of the spare parts and help reduce the cost.
Meanwhile, Xiamen Airlines signed an agreement with CFM International to purchase 86 LEAP-1A jet engines for single-aisle aircraft.
Currently, the airline operates 180 round-trip flights connecting Hong Kong and 16 Chinese mainland cities.
The airline will also participate in the sixth China International Import Expo in Shanghai for the first time next week, as it would like to utilize the platform to promote its brand and services.
The company is expected to provide a more diverse supplement to Satair's existing aircraft material support system; enrich the options of available aircraft materials; and offer more comprehensive material services and support to major airlines, aircraft maintenance facilities and component repair centers.
China Southern Airlines, the Guangzhou-based State-owned carrier, said it will launch flights to new international destinations and resume more routes by utilizing the opportunities from the Belt and Road Initiative, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
So far, the airline has resumed 59 international routes after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, China Southern Airlines Group, grouping China Southern and Xiamen Airlines, operates a fleet of 901 aircraft.
SF Airlines, the aviation branch of logistics giant SF Express, has invested heavily in providing air cargo services and expanding its freighter fleet in Europe.
To date, 54 domestic and international airlines have operated a total of 202 air routes from Daxing airport, connecting 185 destinations.
China Eastern Airlines, the C919 China-made passenger aircraft's first global customer, announced Thursday to ink a deal with C919's manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corp of China to buy another 100 C919 aircraft, the largest single order in the history of the homemade jet, according to the Shanghai-based carrier.
Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines will start to operate direct flights between Shanghai and Istanbul of Turkiye on Thursday, which is the first of its kind between the two cities by a Chinese airliner.
Airbus said nearly all the airlines in China have expressed an interest in using SAF and the plane maker plans to further promote its use in the delivery flights of aircraft at its final assembly line in Tianjin.
New Saudi Arabian carrier bullish on travel demand between two countriesRiyadh Air, the newly established national carrier of Saudi Arabia, plans to begin operation in 2025, with direct flights to Chinese cities launching in early 2026, as the airline is bullish on growing business and leisure travel demand between China and Saudi Arabia.
The airline, which was set up earlier this year, said after it goes into operation, it plans to launch direct flights connecting Riyadh and key Chinese cities — first Beijing, then Shanghai; Guangzhou, Guangdong province; Chengdu, Sichuan province, and other cities over time.
The airline will also fully utilize digital technologies and develop its business with environmental sustainability at its core.
The airline has ordered 72 Boeing B787 widebody aircraft and plans to order more single-aisle planes to expand its fleet.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's existing national flag carrier Saudia Airlines launched direct flights between Jeddah and Beijing in August.
Riyadh Air said that with two different cities in Saudi Arabia as their hubs, the two airlines will complement each other in flight services.
Middle Eastern airlines posted a 22.6 percent increase in the July traffic compared to a year ago.
By the end of 2022, JD Logistics operated approximately 90 bonded warehouses, international direct-mail warehouses and overseas warehouses, covering an aggregated floor area of nearly 900,000 sq m. In addition, Jiangsu Jingdong Cargo Airlines Co Ltd, also known as JD Airlines, an affiliate of JD Logistics, received approval from aviation authorities to put its self-owned air cargo fleet into operation and boost its long-haul freight capacity last August.
JD Airlines launched a new all-cargo route from Beijing to Shenzhen in April.
The airline operates the route six days a week, with a daily transportation capacity of up to 20 tons, mainly transporting high-end goods, including fresh produce, fashion and luxury products, medicines and medical products.
SF Airlines, the aviation branch of logistics giant SF Express, has been expanding its freighter fleet, reaching 84 aircraft in July.
The expanding fleet helps SF Airlines enhance its air express capacity both at home and abroad.
SF Airlines said it is endeavoring to maintain the stable operation of air cargo services during peak seasons and will continuously expand its fleet size and strengthen its air logistics service capacity.
This marked the launch of the first cargo route connecting the airport with the Middle East, said SF Airlines.
Commercial Aircraft Corp of China, or COMAC, will deliver the third Chinese-developed C919 aircraft next month to China Eastern Airlines, sources at the Shanghai-based airline told local media.
"China Eastern is scheduled to receive its third C919 in October, and a few more new flights are going to be launched before June next year, to enable more Chinese passengers to take flights on the Chinese-developed passenger aircraft," an executive in charge of the airline's aircraft operations was quoted as saying by local media Jiefang Daily on Thursday.
The first C919 plane was delivered to China Eastern Airlines in December 2022.
In June, total air traffic numbers globally resumed to 94.2 percent of the level seen in June 2019, according to the International Air Transport Association, which is comprised of over 300 airlines.
In the meantime, the second C919, China's first self-developed narrow-body aircraft, was put into commercial operation by China Eastern Airlines in August, serving travelers between Shanghai and Chengdu, Sichuan province.
China Eastern Airlines will operate three direct flights between Shanghai and Los Angeles per week starting on September 1, the Shanghai-based carrier announced on Wednesday.
The airline currently operates one weekly flight between the two cities.
The airline carried 7.8 million passengers in the first half of this year, up from 335,000 passengers in the same period last year, it said.
In September, Cathay Pacific will launch a lounge at Shekou Port in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, which will become the airline's first lounge located outside of airports.
- A new air cargo route was launched on Sunday linking South China's Shenzhen with Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea, said SF Airlines, China's largest air cargo carrier in fleet size.
The Shenzhen-Port Moresby route is SF Airlines' first cargo route reaching Oceania, expanding its global air-cargo-service network that has covered Asia, Europe and North America, the company said.
The cargo airline has upgraded its key operation capabilities to provide efficient and economical services to better serve demands from local customers, according to the airline.
Headquartered in Shenzhen, SF Airlines is the aviation branch of China's leading courier enterprise SF Express.
- A new air cargo route was launched on Wednesday linking Ezhou city in Central China's Hubei province, with Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, announced SF Airlines.
This marked the launch of the first cargo route connecting the airport with the Middle East, said SF Airlines, China's largest air cargo carrier in fleet size.
The new route will mainly handle general cargo, e-commerce goods, and express shipments, providing efficient and reliable air logistics between China and the UAE, according to the cargo airline.
Lin Ling is the freight manager of China Southern Airlines' cargo business in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the transport of salmon from Europe to China is one of the projects that she has been responsible for.
So far, the Guangzhou, Guangdong province-based airline has launched four cargo flight routes to and from Amsterdam, and it operates 14 weekly cargo flights, facilitating trade between China and Europe.
China Eastern Airlines, the aircraft's first global customer, received the second C919 on July 16.
As of May, the capacity of passenger flights, in terms of available seat kilometers, a measure of an airline's carrying capacity to generate revenue, for international flights globally recovered to 89 percent of the 2019 level.
Scoot, the low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines Group, said it is fully confident in the growth potential of China's air travel market, boosted by the country's robust demand for traveling abroad.
新加坡航空集团（Singapore Airlines Group）旗下的低成本子公司Scoot表示，它对中国航空旅行市场的增长潜力充满信心，这得益于中国对海外旅行的强劲需求。
The low-cost airline is a foreign carrier that has resumed most of its flights to China since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, the number exceeds 18,000 passengers weekly, the airline said.
The airline's operating profit reached a record S$148 million ($111.3 million) for the full year ending March 31, reversing three straight years of losses.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently announced an expected strengthening of airline industry profitability in an upgrade of its outlook for 2023.
The global airline industry's net profits are expected to reach $9.8 billion, and some 4.35 billion people are expected to travel this year, which is closing in on the 4.54 billion who flew in 2019, according to a forecast by IATA.
"Airlines' financial performance in 2023 is beating expectations.
The airline plans to accept deliveries of three more aircraft from the European aircraft maker's Tianjin factory and is confident about the air travel market's growth prospects in China.