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Air China Increases Wide-body Orders, 20 A350-900s To Boost Long Haul Expansion



On July 11, China International Airlines Co., Ltd. (“Air China”) announced that the company and its wholly-owned subsidiary Air China Import and Export Co., Ltd. (“Air China Import and Export Corporation”) intend to purchase 20 A350-900 aircraft from Airbus.

The statement shows that the basic price of each aircraft in this transaction includes the fuselage, additional components and engines. According to the open market offer, the listing price of the 20 Airbus A350-900 aircraft traded totaled approximately $6.537 billion. Airbus will give Air China a larger preferential price in the form of a credit memo. Therefore, the actual consideration for this transaction is lower than the listing price of the aircraft mentioned above.

The 20 aircraft to be purchased are scheduled to be delivered in batches between 2020 and 2022. In addition, the last five aircraft have the right to convert to A350-1000s.

Air China said that the transaction will expand the transportation capacity of their fleet. Regardless of their potential fleet adjustment based on the market environment and their fleet age, this order will increase the transportation capacity of Air China by approximately 9.7%, based on the available ton-kilometer ratio as of December 31, 2018.

  • On August 8, 2018, Air China introduced the first A350-900 aircraft in mainland China.
  • On August 14, the first Airbus A350-900 aircraft debuted in Shanghai.

According to the financial report, in 2018, Air China introduced a total of six A350 series aircraft. During the four-month operation period, the A350 series had a passenger load factor of 79.71% and a daily utilization rate of 11.25 hours.

Air China believes that this transaction will help optimize the fleet structure and capacity supplement, and it is expected that the cost-effective performance of Airbus aircraft will be better improved.

On June 12 this year, Air China opened a direct flight to Rome from and to Hangzhou. This is the first long-haul intercontinental route opened by Air China in the Zhejiang provience. It is also the fourth European scheduled passenger route opened by Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport following Hangzhou-Amsterdam, Moscow and Madrid.

The flight number of the route is CA731/732, 3 flights per week, and the schedule is Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. The route is operated by Airbus 330-200, with 180-degree full-flat seats in business class, cabin-wide personal entertainment system, which can bring better flight experience for passengers.

Air China’s Paris sales department announced that it will open a direct flight from Beijing to Nice. Air China will thus become the first airline in China to open direct flights to a second French city other than Paris.

Air China will open the Beijing-Nice route on August 2rd and fly the route three times weekly. Air China will also launch Airbus’s latest wide-body passenger aircraft A350 on the Beijing-Paris route on August 1st.

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Emirates Restores Passenger Services To 7 More Cities, Allow Transit Between 48 Cities



Emirates Boeing 777-300er
According to a statement from the Dubai Tourism Board, from July 7, Dubai will allow foreign tourists to enter, and foreign residents holding a Dubai residence visa will be able to enter the country today.
Emirates will be offering scheduled flights for passengers from seven additional cities in the month of July. This will add the total number of destinations that Emirates is offering to 48.

According to Emirates, from July 15, the Emirates A380 will return to the sky and fly to London Heathrow Airport and Paris. No airline in the world is as closely linked to the A380 as Emirates. Before the outbreak, Emirates operated 8 A380 flights daily on the Dubai-London Heathrow route alone.

Other airlines only operate a few A380s, but Emirates’ A380 fleet exceeds 100. In January of this year, Emirates was operating a total of 123 A380s.

Added DestinationDate Of Resumption
from 03 July
from 05 July
Osakafrom 07 July
Naritafrom 08 July
Athensfrom 15 July
from 15 July
Romefrom 15 July

Emirates will be offering scheduled flights for passengers from the above seven additional cities in the month of July.

Passengers can now transit from Emirates’ network of 48 destinations through Dubai airport following the announcement that the city will be open for business and leisure visitors from 07 July, with new air travel protocols that facilitate travel for UAE citizens, residents and tourists while safeguarding the health and safety of visitors and communities.

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Delta Air Lines Returns To Shanghai On June 25, First U.S. Airline Resume Flights To China



Delta A350 Take Off In Toulouse
Delta Air Lines announced today that it will resume the Seattle-Shanghai Pudong route on June 25, the route will have a stopover at Seoul Incheon Airport and the route is operated twice a week.
From July onwards, Delta Air Lines will resume the Seattle-Shanghai Pudong and Detroit-Shanghai Pudong routes, which will also have a stopover at Incheon Airport and each route is to be operated once a week.
Since the suspension of Sino-US routes caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in February this year, Delta Air Lines is the first American airline to resume Sino-US routes.
At present, several Chinese airlines have announced flight schedules to the United States for July, including Air China’s route between Beijing and Los Angeles, China Southern Airlines’ route between Guangzhou and Los Angeles, and China Eastern Airlines’ Shanghai-New York route etc.

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Shanghai neon city, Nanjing Road

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in China at the end of January, Delta Air Lines announced on January 31 that it will suspend all scheduled passenger flights to China. The flight suspension was extended at the end of April and it has continued till this day. However, as China’s domestic pandemic situation is controlled, the market demand for flights from the United States to China has increased significantly. The situation coincided with the China Civil Aviation Administration’s targeted strict restrictions imposed on the Sino-US routes as an effort to cooperate with the overall national pandemic prevention strategy.

Delta Cargo Flights To Asia
Delta Cargo Flights To Asia, Image by James Jones

After several rounds of “confrontation” between the relevant departments of the two countries, the current weekly flight volume is set at the scale of four flights each week between China and the United States, and American airlines have finally been approved to reopen Chinese routes.

According to the press statement released by Delta Air Lines, the Shanghai-Seattle route will be operated by the Airbus A350-900 aircraft, and Delta Air Lines is committed to providing clean and safe travel services for passengers.

“We are excited to resume our services between the U.S. and China, as economic and social activities start to recover, with a mission to connect the world, Delta is committed to getting our customers to their destinations safely and confidently, especially at this critical time. We are implementing unprecedented health and safety measures and practices, so customers are assured of ease and safety at all points of their journey.”

Wong Hong, Delta’s President – Greater China and Singapore

Delta Air Lines schedule for June, July and beyond:
RouteFlightDepartureArrivalOperating DaysFleet
SEA-ICN-PVG28723:304:45June 25-26 A350
PVG-ICN-SEA2889:157:15June 27-28 A350

Passenger service (June 25 – 30)
RouteFlightDepartureArrivalOperating DaysFleet*

Passenger service (July 1 – Oct. 24)
*Note: Transitions to A330-900 starting August 1.

RouteFlightDepartureArrivalOperating DaysFleet

Passenger service (July 1 – Oct. 24)

In addition to Delta Air Lines, another U.S. carrier, United Airlines, has also been approved to resume scheduled passenger flights in China, and it should soon announce its latest related flight plans.

On June 19, the US Department of Transportation rejected China’s application for further increase in the number of weekly flights and insisted on maintaining the current plan for 4 flights each.

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