Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737

Chinese carriers plan for international route launches

Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737

Chinese carriers are continuing their push towards international expansions, with three carriers applying to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for rights to launch services to Australia, the Middle East and the Maldives.

Xiamen Airlines is seeking rights for daily services on the Fuzhou-Sydney route from 15 October, using Boeing 787s.

Capital Airlines meanwhile wants to launch a thrice weekly Beijing-Male service from 27 October. It will use Airbus A330s on the route.

On China Southern Airlines’ part, it is seeking to launch a daily service on the Guangzhou-Dubai-Cairo-Dubai-Guangzhou route. The services, to commence from June 2016, will be operated using Boeing 787s, 777s and Airbus A330s.

The CAAC is calling for those with comments to submit them by 4 August.

Capital Airlines will compete with Mega Maldives Airlines and sister carrier Hainan Airlines on the Beijing-Male service, while China Southern will be up against Emirates on the Guangzhou-Dubai and Dubai-Cairo legs.
Chinese carriers plan for international route launches

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