Hong Kong Airlines to transfer rights for two A350s to Hainan

Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) will transfer purchase rights of two Airbus A350-900s to sister company Hainan Airlines for free, as the latter moves to ramp up capacity and growth.

Hainan says in a Shanghai Stock Exchange disclosure that the two aircraft in concern, which HKA has on order with Airbus, have serial numbers 360365 and 360371.

Hainan, HKA and Airbus signed the purchase right transfer agreement, the disclosure states. As part of the deal, the HNA Group, which owns both carriers, will provide a guarantee of $509 million, and the Hainan Airlines Group will provide a counter-guarantee of $509 million.

Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows that HKA has 10 A350-900s on order. It has another six in service, and three more in storage. Meanwhile, Hainan has four A350-900s in service, and another two on order.

In the disclosure, Hainan says the transfer of the purchase rights for free was done according to its business and fleet plans.

Hainan will also borrow $234 million from China Development Bank to help with the purchase.


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Chinese carriers seek rights to Europe, North Asia

Five Chinese carriers have filed applications with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), seeking rights to operate new routes to European cities and points in North Asia.

Juneyao Airlines and Capital Airlines each filed two applications. Juneyao seeks rights to operate a thrice-weekly service from Shanghai Pudong to Manchester in March 2020, its second destination in the United Kingdom after it applied to operate Shanghai Pudong-London in July this year.

While it will be the only airline flying Shanghai Pudong-Manchester, it is not the first Chinese carrier to fly into Manchester. Cirium’s schedules data shows that Hainan Airlines flies Beijing-Manchester four times a week.

Juneyao also applied to operate Shanghai Pudong-Athens thrice weekly from March next year. Air China is currently the only other Chinese carrier that flies between China and the Greek city — it flies thrice weekly from Beijing.

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Meanwhile, Capital Airlines applied to launch thrice-weekly flights between Qingdao and Okinawa in July this year. It is also seeking CAAC approval to increase frequencies, by one additional day, for its Beijing-Xian-Lisbon flights.

China Eastern Airlines applied to the CAAC to fly to its second Italian city. It is hoping to fly Wenzhou-Milan twice weekly, in October this year. Cirium’s schedules data shows that China Eastern currently operates a daily service between Rome and Shanghai Pudong.

Other applications made to the CAAC include Shenzhen Airlines for a daily Nanning-Okinawa service in June, as well as Donghai Airlines for a thrice-weekly Shenzhen-Lianyungang-Jeju service in July.


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Hainan Airlines, Sichuan Airlines seek international rights

Hainan Airlines and Sichuan Airlines have applied to launch new international services in January 2019.

Hainan Airlines is seeking rights to operate daily services from Guangzhou to Helsinki and Tehran, to start on 7 January.

FlightGlobal schedules data shows that Mahan Airlines already operates on that route.

Sichuan Airlines meanwhile wants to operate four-times weekly between Chengdu and Istanbul from 5 January. If approved, it will be the only operator on that route.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China is seeking comments to the applications by 27 November.


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AirAsia wins new China traffic rights

AirAsia has won the rights awarded by the Malaysia Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) to launch three new services to China in December.

MAVCOM states that AirAsia was cleared to operate flights from Kota Kinabalu to Kunming and Guiyang, as well as a Penang-Guangzhou service.

Malindo Air is also cleared to launch services from Kota Kinabalu-Jinan in December, as well as Kota Kinabalu-Miri and Kuching-Miri in January 2019.

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Meanwhile, AirAsia was awarded additional traffic rights for six routes while Malindo Air was awarded additional traffic rights for two.

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At the same time, Malindo Air returned traffic rights for five routes, mainly on routes to China.

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China Southern, Capital Airlines apply for US and Korea rights

China Southern Airlines has filed an application to start Shenyang-Los Angeles flights, while Capital Airlines is seeking rights for two routes to Jeju.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) states that China Southern plans to operate thrice-weekly on the Shenyang-Los Angeles route starting in November using Airbus A330s, Boeing 777s or 787s.

If approved, FlightGlobal schedules data shows that it will be the only operator on that route.

Capital Airlines, meanwhile, has applied to operate twice-weekly Hangzhou-Jeju and thrice-weekly Qingdao-Jeju services from October. Both routes would be operated with A320 family aircraft.

It will be the sole carrier on the Qingdao-Jeju route, and will compete with Spring Airlines on Hangzhou-Jeju.

The CAAC has called on parties with comments to file their submissions by 19 July.


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Hainan Airlines, Tianjin Airlines seek new traffic rights

Hainan Airlines and Tianjin Airlines have filed applications with the Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) traffic rights to operate new international services next year.

The CAAC says Hainan Airlines plans to start twice-weekly Shenzhen-Vienna in May 2018 and Chengdu-Chicago services from June 2018 onwards.

It also sought to adjust its Beijing-Tel Aviv service to include operating a twice-weekly Chengdu-Tel Aviv route starting June 2018.

The carrier intends to deploy Airbus A330s or Boeing 787s on all three routes.

Tianjin Airlines, meanwhile, intends to begin a once weekly Chongqing-St Petersburg service in April 2018 with A330s.

FlightGlobal schedules data shows that both airlines will be the only operators of the routes they have sought to serve.

CAAC has called for comments on the applications to file their submission by 29 November.


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