CAAC certifies additional 737 NG conversions

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has certified both the 737-700BDSF by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the 737-800SF by Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI), paving the way for the introduction of the two freighter-converted aircraft types by Chinese operators. All three 737 NG conversion programs currently certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are now also certified by the CAAC, which granted approval for Boeing’s […]

Central Airlines nears Chinese AOC

Zhengzhou-based startup carrier Central Airlines (“Zhongzhou” in Mandarin) is one step closer to launch. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a notice on Dec. 18 saying that it had received the carrier’s application for an AOC and that all preparatory work at the carrier had been completed. This is seen as the final step […]

Startup Zhongzhou Airlines adds first freighter

Zhengzhou-based startup carrier Zhongzhou airlines has acquired its first 737-300F  (25998, ex-Suparna Airlines). The aircraft arrived at Zhengzhou Airport (CGO) earlier this week, on Nov. 12, according to local media sources. In February, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) approved the establishment of Zhongzhou Airlines, and green-lighted the carrier’s launch with 737-300F freighters The arrival of […]

Tianjin Air Cargo inducts 737-800BCF into fleet

Tianjin Air Cargo has introduced its first 737-800BCF. The 17-year-old aircraft (32602, ex-Hainan Airlines) is on lease from Spectre Air Capital, following conversion to freighter configuration by Boeing at the Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Co., Ltd. (STAECO) facility in Jinan (TNA) [FATs 004944-004945]. In addition to the red Tianjin Air Cargo livery, the aircraft features the blue […]

CAAC warning could impact Cathay Pacific’s cargo ops

HONG KONG – The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has just issued what it called a “severe safety warning” to Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific in response to what it perceived as “safety risks recently exposed” by the airline. If enforced, the warning could impact not only flights connecting mainland China, but potentially Cathay flights passing through […]

China Postal receives first 737-800BCF

Earlier this week, China Postal Airlines took redelivery of its first 737-800BCF (30786, ex-China Southern Airlines), on lease from BBAM [FATs 005087-005088]. The air arm of China Post expects to become the first 737-800BCF operator in China, though we note it was not actually the first Chinese carrier to take redelivery of a -800BCF. That […]

China and EU sign bilateral aviation agreements

This week, the European Union and China signed bilateral agreements on civil aviation safety and a “horizontal aviation agreement,” allowing EU airlines to fly to China from any EU Member State with a bilateral air services agreement with China under which unused traffic rights are available. The agreements are expected to expand cooperation between China […]

Good news for PVG

For much of the last two years, Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) has been forbidden by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) from accepting applications by airlines for either charter flights or new scheduled routes. The restriction is put in place for any Chinese airport that fails to meet the CAAC’s on-time service standards, […]
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