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Air Great Wall (1992-2002) merged into China Eastern Airlines
China Northwest Airlines (1989-2002) merged into China Eastern Airlines
Wuhan Airlines (1986-2002) merged into China Eastern Airlines
China Yunnan Airlines (1995-2004) merged into China Eastern Airlines


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30 Countries served
195 Destinations served
717 Routes served




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  • Read more 14APR2014: China's Yangtze River Express applies for pax services licence
    Yangtze River Express (Y8, Shanghai Hongqiao) has lodged an application with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to expand into the scheduled passenger services market. China's WCARN newswire says the airline would focus on developing Shanghai Hongqiao into a passenger hub to compliment its existing cargo operations there. It will, however, face stiff competition from the likes of China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao), Spring Airlines (9C, Shanghai Hongqiao) and Lucky Air (China) (8L, Dali City) all of which control a significant stake of the passenger market there.

    It is also believed the airline will open its shareholding up to either fellow Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) Group member carriers or outsiders in a bid to raise the capital needed.

    Yangtze River Express operates an all-Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) fleet of B737-300(F)s, B737-400(F)s and B747-400(F)s on flights throughout China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia, Western Europe and the United States.
  • Read more 08APR2014: Air France-KLM in cooperation talks with Etihad, Chinese carriers
    Etihad Airways (EY, Abu Dhabi Int'l) is in talks with Air France (AF, Paris CDG) and partner KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam) to share revenue on routes from Abu Dhabi Int'l to Europe. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, KLM Chief Executive Camiel Eurlings said the two groups are looking to finalize an initial joint-venture aimed at increasing cooperation beyond an existing code-sharing agreement.

    One of the obstacles facing the pact is how revenue generated will be shared among the partners given the disparity in overall passenger traffic.

    Mirroring local rival Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) and its recent announcement of talks with Air China (CA, Beijing Capital), Eurlings said the Franco-Dutch carrier is also considering deeper partnerships with China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou), China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao) and Xiamen Airlines (MF, Xiamen) involving revenue sharing opportunities and combined operations.
  • Read more 07APR2014: Airbus outlines details of Chinese A330 order
    Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) has outlined some of the details of a General Terms Agreement (GTA) signed with the China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) in March. The GTA has provision for the purchase of a total of seventy one Airbus aircraft including forty-three A320 Family aircraft and twenty-eight A330s.

    The European manufacturer disclosed that out of the 28 widebody jets, China Southern Airlines (CZ, Guangzhou) will get nine A330-300s; China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao) - five A330-200s and two A330-300s; Air China (CA, Beijing Capital) - four A330-300s; and Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) - two A330-200s and six A330-300s (of which one is destined for subsidiary, Hong Kong Airlines (HX, Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok)).

    The GTA also makes provision for Airbus and its Chinese partners, Tianjin Free Trade Zone and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), to extend their Joint Venture to assemble A320 Family aircraft in China for an additional 10 years. The second phase of the FALC project, covering 2016 to 2025, will see an expansion in deliveries to the whole Asian region and will also include the final assembly of the A320neo Family from 2017 onwards.
  • Read more 06APR2014: China's Uni-Top Airlines to convert four A300s into freighters
    Uni-Top Airlines (UW, Wuhan) is to convert four A300-600s into A300-600(F)s following their purchase from China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao). According to CargoFacts, the aircraft are believed to be part of a bigger order of seven A300s, the other three of which will also will be converted.

    With a fleet of three B747-200(F)s, Uni-Top also owns a B747-400(F), acquired from GrandStar Cargo International Airlines (GD, Tianjin) after its takeover last year, though has yet to deploy the type into revenue service. It offers cargo flights throughout China as well as to South East Asia, India and the Middle East.
  • Read more 30MAR2014: Jetstar Hong Kong to take on yet another local investor?
    Jetstar Hong Kong (Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok) could take on yet another local Hong Kong-based investor in a bid to satisfy revised local shareholding requirements needed to secure its Hong Kong Air Operator's Certificate (AOC), Air Services Licence (ASL) and necessary designation.

    Following resistance to an initial licence application by founders Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingford Smith) and China Eastern Airlines (MU, Shanghai Hongqiao) in 2013, Shun Tak Holdings, a shipping and property conglomerate in Hong Kong and Macau founded by Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho, was taken onboard as a new 33% local investor. However, Australia's The Age newspaper claims Shun Tak's 33% shareholding may not be sufficient forcing Jetstar to consider taking on yet another local investor.

    On the back of the report, Cathay Pacific (CX, Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok) has reiterated its opposition to the carrier's licensing on the grounds that even with a greater than 51% local shareholding, the airline would still not meet Hong Kong's constitutional law requirements.

    "Shareholding is not the issue," Cathay's chief operating officer, Rupert Hogg, told the Age. "It is that your headquarters are here and the decisions are made here. The shareholding is inconsequential to the criteria of principle place of business. All legal advice we have had is that Jetstar would not qualify."

    Local law had originally stipulated that airlines must be incorporated in the city and have their principle place of business in Hong Kong to be considered "local" under the law. However, in wake of the controversy, regulator the Transport and Housing Bureau did state in June 2013 that it wouldn't process any further start-up applications pending a review of the law which will now likely scrutinize shareholding structure, among other unspecified factors.

    The start-up had intended to launch services in mid-2013 but on the back of regulatory delays nine new A320-200 (sl)s on order from Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) have now been parked in Toulouse Blagnac.


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Aircraft TypeActiveInactiveTotalOn Order* BØ Age P  
A300-6005 5hiddenhidden
A318-1001 1hiddenhidden
A319-10020 20hiddenhidden
A319-100 (sl)2 2hiddenhidden
A320-100/-200133 133hiddenhidden
A320-200 (sl)12 12hiddenhidden
A321-100/-20032 32hiddenhidden
A321-200 (sl)2 2hiddenhidden
A330-20023 23hiddenhidden
A330-30015 15hiddenhidden
A340-6005 5hiddenhidden
B737-30016 16hiddenhidden
B737-7006 6hiddenhidden
B737-700 WIN.35 35hiddenhidden
B737-800 WIN.34 34hiddenhidden
B767-3006 6hiddenhidden
ERJ-1352 2hiddenhidden
* Includes new or used aircraft not yet delivered for which a construction/manufacturer serial number is already known.


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