Philippine Airline intensifies presence in China

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Beijing, China
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(By Philippine Airlines)

MANILA — In support of the Philippine government’s campaign targeting two million annual Chinese tourist arrivals, flag carrier Philippine Airlines is ramping up operations to China by increasing flight frequency on existing routes and opening up new destinations in mainland China.

On March 25, PAL will increase its flights between the Philippines and Greater China from the current 99 times weekly to 103 times weekly.

The spike is due to the shift to DAILY Manila – Jinjiang and Manila – Guangzhou (Canton) services from the current five times weekly on each route.

The daily Manila – Jinjiang service – PR356 – leaves Manila at 11AM and arrives in Jinjiang at 1:40PM; flight PR357 departs Jinjiang at 2:30PM and touches down in Manila at 4:40PM.

The daily Manila -Guangzhou service – PR382 – departs Manila at 2:30AM and touches down in Guangzhou at 5AM ; PR383 leaves Guangzhou at 6:30AM and arrives in Manila at 8:30AM.

PAL’s multiple flights from various Chinese cities were a major factor in the huge 43.33 percent increase in the Philippines’ tourist arrivals from mainland China, a final total of 968,447 visitors for 2017.

Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan together contributed several hundred thousand more tourists, for a combined total of 1.33 million tourists hailing from the Greater China region. (Full Story Here)

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More winter flights to northeast China

(By China Daily)

BEIJING — The airport in Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin province, will see more flights in the coming winter and spring season to meet the rising demand from tourists.

The winter flight schedule runs from Oct 29 to March 24.

During the period, Changchun Longjia International Airport is expected to have 1,764 flights every week, up 12.8 percent year on year, the airport said Saturday.

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Snow in Jilin City
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Many airlines, including China Southern, China Eastern and Xiamen airlines, will open routes to cities such as Chengdu, Shantou, Guiyang, Hangzhou and Nanchang, with more passengers expected to visit the province known for winter tourism. (Full Story Here)

Airbus delivers first A320neo assembled in Tianjin, China to AirAsia

(By Airbus)

TIANJIN, China — AirAsia has taken delivery of the first A320neo assembled at the Airbus Final Assembly Line Asia (FALA) at a dedicated ceremony here.

The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, seats comfortably 186 passengers and is equipped with the innovative Space-Flex cabin.

AirAsia is the largest airline customer of the A320 Family with orders for 578 aircraft. These include 404 A320neo Family aircraft.

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AirAsia receives the first A320neo assembled at the Airbus Final Assembly Line Asia in Tianjin, China.
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Aireen Omar, AirAsia Berhad Chief Executive Officer said: “We are very proud to receive the first Airbus A320neo fully assembled in Tianjin, China and we would like to congratulate Airbus, as well as the Chinese Government for achieving yet another milestone. China is today one of the world’s most important markets for aviation, and we are honored to be part of the development and rapid growth of China’s civil aviation. We are certainly proud to take delivery of this aircraft fully assembled in Tianjin and have this historic aircraft as part of our fleet”.

“The Airbus A320 aircraft has contributed immensely towards our business model and our operations. We received our first A320neo last year and this is our thirteenth Airbus A320neo that we are receiving for the group, which is also the 184th aircraft delivered by Airbus. As we expand our network and grow our fleet, it is important for us to stay at the forefront of our business. We are very pleased with the A320neo, which provides up to 15 percent fuel savings and an additional range of 500 nautical miles, which translates to a lower fares for our guests.” she added.

“I am very pleased to hand over the first A320neo to be assembled in Tianjin to AirAsia. AirAsia will continue to benefit from the unique commonality between all variants of the Airbus Family and enjoy efficiencies throughout its existing fleet.” said Eric Chen, President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft China.

“The delivery of the NEO is a milestone for our Asia Final Assembly Line, which will help to meet the robust demand of our customers in China and the Asia-Pacific region,” he added. (Full Story Here)

Xiamen Airlines launches more direct Cebu-China flights

(By Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon, The Freeman)

CEBU, Philippines — Business and tourism opportunities await Cebu as two more direct flights this month from China are launched.

Xiamen Airlines launched its Cebu- Jinjiang and Cebu – Fuzhou routes, which are seen to strengthen air linkages between China and Cebu.

China-based Xiamen Airlines launched its first scheduled service to Cebu last March 2016 with Cebu – Xiamen flight three times weekly.

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Cebu City, Philippines
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The two additional routes begin just a little after a year from the airlines first-ever operations to Cebu.

Xiamen Airlines Flight MF8001 flies from Jinjiang to Cebu, departing at 11:30 am and arriving at 2:15 pm every Monday and Friday.

Flight MF8002 flies Cebu back to Jinjiang, departing 3:15 pm and arriving at 6:00 pm on the same days. The route started April 10.

The company operating and managing the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) welcomed the latest development.

Aines Librodo, marketing head at GMR-MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation, said Cebuanos and people from central and southern Philippines now have many options to reach United States of America and Europe. – (Full Story Here)

Delta expands service to Europe and China

(By Morgan Durrant, Delta Air Lines)

Delta has scheduled its flagship A350-900 aircraft on one of four daily flights between Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, effective March 31, 2018.

Amsterdam will be the first trans-Atlantic destination for Delta’s A350 aircraft, offering customers an elevated travel experience in every class of service throughout their flight. Delta will also deploy the A350 on Detroit-Shanghai service beginning April 19, 2018.

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Zuidas business district in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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With the addition of Amsterdam, Delta will fly five international routes from Detroit using the A350.

The first aircraft is scheduled to enter service later this month between Detroit and Tokyo-Narita on Oct. 30, with service to Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai starting Nov. 18, Jan. 17 and April 19 respectively.

The aircraft features the award-winning Delta One Suite and an all-new cabin of service in Delta Premium Select, as well as an enhanced Main Cabin. Delta is the North American launch carrier for the A350.

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Shanghai, China
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“The A350 on one of four daily Delta flights between Detroit and Amsterdam will be a great asset for its enhanced customer experience and the superb operating efficiencies it will bring,” said Dwight James, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Trans-Atlantic.

“Amsterdam is our largest European hub and we’re delighted that Delta customers and those of our joint venture partner, KLM, will be able to enjoy an all-new Delta in-flight experience between Europe and the United States,” he added. (Full Story Here)