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Korean Air Opens New Routes To Boston And Asahikawa

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Korea’s flagship airline, Korean Air, announced today that it will implement summer schedules from March 31, 2019 to October 26 and make adjustments to flight schedules, including launching new routes and increasing flight frequency on major routes with good performance. It also restores seasonal routes.

Among them, the launch of two new direct flights will effectively expand Korean Air’s international network. From April 12th, Korean Air will open regular inbound flights to Incheon-Boston. At the same time, on the basis of the combination of Korean Air flights and the strong routes of the joint venture partner Delta Air Lines in the United States, in order to provide passengers with better travel options, Korean Air’s flight from Incheon to Seattle will be changed to 4:40 pm.

In addition, starting from June 1, Korean Air will start the Incheon-Asahikawa direct flight five times a week. Located in the center of Hokkaido, Japan, Asahikawa is a popular tourist destination with picturesque scenery and cool climate.

Korean Air’s other Asian and European routes will also be adjusted. From March 31st, flights to the Incheon-Istanbul route will increase from 4 to 5 flights per week. The Incheon-Zagreb route, which sailed in September last year, has been operating three times a week. Korean Air will resume flights from Incheon to Irkutsk, Russia, from April 22, and resume flights to St. Petersburg from April 28. Although these routes are not operated in winter, they provide convenient flight options for leisure and business travellers to Russia during the summer.

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China Eastern Airlines To Increase Shanghai – Paris Route To 17 Flights Weekly

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There are two routes in China Eastern’s network that is of crucial importance for the airline’s survival, it’s domestic flight between Shanghai and Beijing(MU&FM) together with its low cost subsidiary – China United Airlines(KN), generated almost half of the airline’s annual profit in fiscal year 2018; and its most important long haul route, Shanghai Pudong to Paris Charles De Gaulle, is becoming the second most frequently operated Sino-European route after Shanghai(SHA) – London(LON) which is served by four carriers (Air China(CA), British Airways(BA), China Eastern(MU) & Virgin Atlantic(VS)) with up to 4 flights daily. In 2020, China Eastern Airlines’ Shanghai – Paris route will continue to served with a frequency increase of up to 17 flights per week and they are in the planing phase of opening a direct route from the brand new Beijing Daxing airport to Paris.

China Eastern Fleet
China Eastern Fleet Courtesy of China Eastern

“This year marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France. The heads of state of China and France have successfully exchanged visits, pushing the relationship between the two countries to a new level. Aviation cooperation is a “bridge” connecting the people of China and France. It is hoped that the aviation industry of China and France will continue to work together to contribute to the pragmatic cooperation between China and France and write a new chapter in aviation cooperation.”

Chinese Ambassador to France Lu Shaye

In 2017, China Eastern Airlines invested 375 million euros in the Air France-KLM Group, holding 10% of the shares, becoming the second largest shareholder of Air France-KLM, and co-operating with Air France-KLM on four routes from Paris to Shanghai, Kunming, Wuhan, and Qingdao.

China Eastern Air France KLM Joint Venture
China Eastern Air France KLM Joint Venture

On July 27, 2017, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines Holding(hereafter as CEA Holding) and Delta Air Lines entered into a conditional subscription agreement with Air France-KLM, respectively, to acquire 10% newly issued shares in the share capital of Air France-KLM after the completion of issuance of additional shares. CEA Holding entered into a marketing agreement with Air France-KLM to further strengthen the business partnership on the basis of good business relationship between the two parties.

On October 3, 2017, the trading of the fixed issuance of additional 10% shares to CEA Holding by Air France-KLM was completed in the Euronext. CEA Holding appointed Tang Bing, its Director and vice president as the director of Air France-KLM. According to the relevant requirements of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the daily businesses such as joint operation and service security between CEA Holding and Air France-KLM and its controlled subsidiaries constituted a related party transaction of the Company under the Rules Governing the Listing of Stocks on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

On December 22, 2017, the Board of Directors considered and approved the relevant resolution regarding the 2017-2019 daily related party transactions between Air France-KLM and CEA Holding, pursuant to which, we will provide aircraft aviation transportation cooperation and support services to Air France-KLM and Air France-KLM will provide aircraft aviation transportation cooperation and support services to CEA Holding. The Board of Directors also approved the 2017-2019 annual caps for the Air France-KLM aircraft aviation transportation cooperation and support services.

On August 10, 2018, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CEA Holding entered into the aeronautical materials and components maintenance and spare parts supply service agreement and components lease service agreement with the wholly-owned subsidiary of Air France-KLM, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, pursuant to which, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will lease and maintain aeronautical material and spare parts for CEA Holding‘s 15 B787 airplanes for 15 years. The Board of Directors considered and approved the relevant transactions.

On October 30, 2018, a wholly-owned subsidiary of us entered into the aeronautical materials and components maintenance and spare parts supply service agreement and components lease service agreement with the wholly-owned subsidiary of Air France-KLM, Societe Air France, pursuant to which, Societe Air France will lease and maintain aeronautical material and spare parts for CEA Holding‘s 20 A350 airplanes for 15 years. The Board of Directors considered and approved the relevant transactions.

For the year ended December 31, 2018, the actual amount of the Air France-KLM aircraft aviation transportation cooperation and support services received by CEA Holding was approximately RMB728 million and the actual amount of the Air France-KLM aircraft aviation transportation cooperation and support services paid by CEA Holding was approximately RMB425 million. The actual amount for the aeronautical materials, components and spare parts supply, leasing and maintenance services paid by CEA Holding to Air France-KLM was approximately RMB2 million.

Annual Report on Form 20-F for Fiscal Year 2018 of China Eastern Airlines


Shanghai - Paris Flight Schedule, Air China, China Eastern, Air France
Shanghai – Paris Flight Schedule, Carriers & Respective Aircraft Types. WS 2019-2020

Air France has been present in mainland China for close to 50 years.

Air France KLM Route Destination In China
Air France KLM Route Destination In China

Air France and KLM were the first European carriers to serve a number of Chinese routes.

Year Destination
1966Launch of the Shanghai service by Air France
1973Launch of the Beijing service by Air France and suspension of Shanghai route
1996Launch of the Beijing service by KLM
1998Resumption of the Shanghai service by Air France
1999Launch of the Shanghai service by KLM
2004Launch of the Guangzhou service by Air France*
2006Launch of the Chengdu service by KLM
2010Launch of the Hangzhou service by KLM
2011Launch of the Xiamen service by KLM
2012Launch of the Wuhan service by Air France
*Air France axed the Guangzhou route in March 2019

“China Eastern Airlines and Air France KLM have strengthened sales cooperation in their respective main markets to jointly improve the consistency of service products. Take the cooperation of the customers of the affiliated group of the two parties as an example. In Europe, the two parties have jointly owned 1,500 large, medium and small enterprise customers. In the future, the two sides will further develop in-depth cooperation at Beijing Daxing Airport and Shanghai Pudong Airport.”

Anne-Marie Kudeck, chairman of the Air France KLM Group

Currently China Eastern is operating flights to 12 destinations in the European region, with 10 sales offices, and an established European marketing center in Paris. In 2018, the Shanghai – Paris route frequency has been increased from 3 flights per week(1998) to 2 flights daily, and the number of passengers increased from 30,000 per year initially to 360,000. On this basis, China Eastern Airlines opened the Kunming – Paris route with 3 weekly frequencies at the end of 2014, and the airline opened Qingdao – Paris route with 3 weekly frequencies as well in June this year.

In March 2017, the Chinese and French Civil Aviation Administrations signed a new agreement to increase the capacity between China and France from 50 flights per week to 126 flights in three years. This allows airlines to increase the possibility for airlines’ deployment in other cities while ensuring the original capacity of first-tier cities.


AirlinesIATAChinaFranceWeekly Application Type
China EasternMUBeijing DaxingParis Charles De Gaulle7New Route
Air ChinaCABeijing CapitalParis Charles De Gaulle7Frequency Increase
China EasternMUShanghai PudongParis Charles De Gaulle3Frequency Increase
Air ChinaCAShanghai PudongParis Charles De Gaulle3Frequency Increase
China EasternMUNanjingParis Charles De Gaulle4New Route
China EasternMUWenzhouParis Charles De Gaulle3New Route (Unapproved)
China EasternMUNanchangParis Charles De Gaulle3New Route (Unapproved)
*WS 2019-2020

Air China had previously spoken to increase the number of intercontinental routes in Shanghai. At present, related plans are still in progress. The newly-added direct cities of Nanjing has respective policies from local government to foster international passenger traffic. For the Nanchang and Wenzhou direct flights to Paris applied by China Eastern Airlines earlier, although unapproved, both airports are the operating bases of China Eastern Airlines. It’s highly likely this new destinations will be approved in the coming years. In addition, China Eastern Airlines has alternately operated Wenzhou-Rome direct flights and Wenzhou-Pudong-Rome flight previously in the form of interim charter. Overall, the three places of newly-planned direct flights to Paris belong to the traditional sphere of influence of China Eastern Airlines.

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KLM Signs 21 E195-E2 Confirmation Orders

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Embraer and the Netherlands KLM Cityhopper signed 21 E195-E2 confirmation orders and 14 purchase rights. The 21 confirmed order aircraft will be purchased and leased by Airbus Industrial Leasing business partner Aircastle and ICBC Leasing. At this year’s Paris Air Show, the agreement was announced in the form of 15 confirmation orders and 20 purchase rights letters of intent. If all purchase rights are converted to confirmation orders, the total value of the agreement will be $2.48 billion. It is confirmed that the 21 aircraft in the order will be leased from Aircastle and ICBC Leasing respectively, providing 11 and 10 E195-E2 aircraft to KLM.

Embraer & KLM at the 53rd International Paris Air Show

“KLM’s decision to add a further six aircraft to this order is a significant vote of confidence in our E2 programme”, said John Slattery, President and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Delivering 30% lower emissions when compared to KLM’s current E190s, yet still providing a further 32 seats, the E195-E2 will simultaneously increase capacity for KLM at slot constrained Schiphol Airport, while also delivering huge reductions in emissions.”

John Slattery, President and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation

“For KLM this aircraft is a significant part of our commitment to improving our environmental impact. Not only is the E195-E2 the most fuel efficient lowest emission aircraft in its class, it is also the quietest by a considerable margin – a huge benefit for both our communities and our passengers.

Pieter Elbers, President and CEO of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

The economic and environmental performance of the aircraft makes the E195-E2 the ideal aircraft for growing KLM’s European business and supporting their hub-and-spoke operation, complementing the mainline fleet. This is why Embraer nicknamed the jet – The Profit Hunter. KLM Cityhopper started the process of replacing its fleet of venerable Fokker aircraft for E-Jets in 2008, in order to enhance the existing network and to permit the efficient development of new routes. KLM Cityhopper’s all Embraer fleet currently has 49 E-Jets, the largest E-Jet fleet in Europe – 32 E190s and 17 E175s.

KLM will use a 132-seat layout for the E195-E2 aircraft. Delivery will begin in the first quarter of 2021.

E195-E2 Prototype
E195-E2 Prototype

Embraer is the world leader in the manufacture of aircraft below 150 seats. At present, more than 100 customers worldwide operate the ERJ series and E-jet series aircraft of the Embraer industry.

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