China Remains Vague On MAX Service Resumption

By Chen Chuanren May 23, 2022
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. 
Airlines & Lessors

China Downplays Reports Of Deliberate Act In China Eastern Crash

By Chen Chuanren May 18, 2022
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.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

China’s ‘Big Three’ See Losses Widen In 2021, Now Fuel Costs Rocket

By Chen Chuanren Mar 31, 2022
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.
Airlines & Lessors

MU5735’s Data Recorder Found; Work On Voice Recorder Continues

By Chen Chuanren Mar 27, 2022
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.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

CAAC Confirms Recovery Of China Eastern MU5735 Recorder

By Chen Chuanren Mar 23, 2022
Rescue personnel have recovered one of two flight recorders belonging to the ill-fated China Eastern flight MU5735, two days after the Boeing 737-800 crashed into mountains in southern China. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

U.S. To Assist CAAC In China Eastern Accident Probe

By Sean Broderick Mar 21, 2022
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.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Air France-KLM, China Eastern Deepen Partnership

By Helen Massy-Beresford Apr 13, 2021
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.
Airlines & Lessors

Air China, China Eastern Eye Long-Term Growth After Losses

By Chen Chuanren Mar 31, 2021
Air China and China Eastern Airlines both remained in the red for all four quarters of 2020, racking up annual net losses of CNY14.4 billion (£2.2 billion) and CNY11.8 billion respectively.
Airlines & Lessors

China Still Cautious About Recertifying 737 MAX

By Chen Chuanren Mar 02, 2021
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is still yet to begin recertifying the Boeing 737 MAX, saying that major safety concerns raised have “not been fully met.” 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

China Eastern Airlines To Issue $1.7B In Private Shares

By Chen Chuanren Feb 04, 2021
China Eastern Airlines will issue 2.5 billion privates shares to its parent China Eastern Air Holdings, in a bid to raise CNY10.8 billion ($1.67 billion) and improve the company’s financial stability. 
Airlines & Lessors

China Eastern’s New ARJ-21 Operator Outlines Launch Network

By David Casey Jan 05, 2021
China Eastern’s new subsidiary OTT Airlines is planning to launch at least five routes during the first quarter of 2021 as it seeks to gain a foothold in China’s domestic market. 
Airlines & Lessors

China Eastern Inks Deals Worth $1.1B For Future A320neos

By Chen Chuanren Nov 05, 2020
China Eastern Airlines signed major deals with CFM International and Honeywell on the Nov. 5 opening day of the China International Import Expo, both relating to its future Airbus A320neos.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: China Diluting State Ownership In Airlines

By Bradley Perrett Oct 22, 2020
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.
Airlines & Lessors

China Southern Raising $2.3B For A320s; China Eastern Gets Injection

By Chen Chuanren Oct 13, 2020
China Southern Airlines is issuing CNY16 billion ($2.3 billion) in convertible bonds, primarily to purchase 11 Airbus A320neo series aircraft. 
Airlines & Lessors

China Recovery Slows In June; Second Wave Prompts Cancellations

By Chen Chuanren Jul 20, 2020
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. 
Airlines & Lessors

China Eastern Building Up At Zhengzhou With Focus On Freight

By Bradley Perrett Jun 19, 2020
China Eastern Airlines will build up at the north-central city Zhengzhou, creating a freight hub for the surrounding region and helping to fill the expanding cargo capacity of the city’s airport.
Airports & Routes

China Eastern Setting Up Base Company At Xiamen

By Bradley Perrett Jun 17, 2020
China Eastern Airlines will set up a base company at Xiamen, with the aim of supporting the city’s ambition to develop as an international hub for southeastern China.
Airlines & Lessors

Sea Of Deep Red For China’s Big Three In Q1

By Chen Chuanren Apr 30, 2020
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.
Airlines & Lessors

Wuhan Airport Reopens After 76-Day City Lockdown

By Chen Chuanren Apr 08, 2020
Wuhan Tianhe Airport (WUH) reopened its gates to scheduled commercial operations on April 8, marking the end of China’s 76-day lockdown of the city and the resumption of normal service to the airport.
Airports & Routes

China’s ‘Big Three’ Release COVID-19 Lockdown Stats

By Chen Chuanren Mar 26, 2020
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.
Airlines & Lessors

China Eastern Reduces Intercontinental Services

By Bradley Perrett Mar 18, 2020
China Eastern Airlines will reduce or suspend flights on 11 European and North American routes, apparently in response to further falls in demand amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Airlines & Lessors

Comac-Operating China Eastern Subsidiary To Keep Bizjets

By Bradley Perrett Feb 26, 2020
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.
Business Aviation

China Southern, China Eastern Vie For Beijing-Amsterdam

By Bradley Perrett Jan 14, 2020
BEIJING—China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines are competing to add a daily flight between Amsterdam and Beijing’s new airport, Daxing…
Air Transport

China Eastern Morphs Frequent Flyer Program To Revenue-Based Earning

By Chen Chuanren Jan 10, 2020
China Eastern Airlines will begin revamping its frequent flyer program “Eastern Miles” from a mile-based system to a revenue-based one in the second half of 2020.
Air Transport


English Text by Bradley Perrett Jan 03, 2020
AIr Transport & MRO