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Week 17


Air China grows Chengdu hub

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April 21st 2017

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Mainland flag carrier Air China has added an A320ceo to its southwestern branch based in Chengdu. The aircraft was delivered from Airbus’ Tianjin FAL on April 14. Read More »

Air China’s Chengdu branch now has a fleet of 84 aircraft but it plans to grow this number to 91 by year-end, after adding another ceo, two A320neo, two A321ceo and two A330-300s.

In 2013, Air China placed an order for 100 A320 aircraft, comprising 40 ceo and 60 neo aircraft. Of these, 33 neo are earmarked for expansion at mainline Air China, while the other 27 will be delivered to its Shenzhen Airlines subsidiary.

Air China, a Star Alliance member, plans to significantly expand its Chengdu operations, particularly with more long-haul flights. Currently, it serves Frankfurt, Paris and Sydney with three A330 flights each per week.

In separate Air China news, the state-controlled carrier this week said it would “cancel some flights” to Pyongyang “based on the situation of ticket sales”, denying a CCTV report that said it would terminate the thrice-weekly Beijing-Pyongyang B737 route altogether.

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