China’s two largest airlines are not providing a clear roadmap on their future with the Boeing 737 MAX, offering no indications on when the aircraft may return to service, or even if they will take deliveries at all.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China insists the investigation into the March crash of a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 is still in its early stages and no official preliminary conclusions have been reached.
Rising fuel costs and closed borders are keeping China’s national carriers—Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines—under pressure and, despite increases in passenger revenue, all three saw their losses widen in 2021.
Rescuers recovered China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735’s flight data recorder March 27, and investigators are encouraged that damage to the unit will not prevent it from yielding valuable clues that will help explain what brought the aircraft down.
A senior U.S. NTSB investigator and technical advisors from three key stakeholders will be among the U.S. representatives supporting the probe into the March 21 crash of China Eastern Airlines Flight MU5735.
Air France-KLM and China Eastern Airlines are to extend the scope of their partnership following the approval of a recapitalization plan for the European group in which China Eastern, an existing shareholder, is taking part.
Decades ago, China began letting private investment into what had been 100% state enterprises. The usual approach, however, was for the state to share ownership of subsidiaries with outsiders while keeping full ownership at the group level.
June operating figures for Chinese state-owned carriers Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines, as well as the country’s largest LCC Spring Airlines, show passenger demand has slowed.
China’s big three state-owned carriers Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines have recorded a cumulative loss of CNY14 billion ($2 billion) for Q1 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic brought the Chinese aviation industry to a standstill.
China’s big three state carriers Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines have released their operating numbers for February, revealing the damage of the COVID-19 lockdown on their performance.
A China Eastern subsidiary set up to fly Comac aircraft will serve coastal districts from the Yangzi River Delta and retain the business aviation operation on which it has been based, the parent company said.