06 Mar 2023
China Aviation Industry Newsletter
Cathay Cargo rebrands
Cathay announced the introduction of Cathay Cargo, a renaming of its cargo division from Cathay Pacific Cargo. The modification supports the airline's comprehensive brand overhaul and strengthens the positive customer perceptions and associations with the brand that already exist. Cathay Group Chief Executive Officer Ronald Lam said “Cathay’s cargo business has played a vital role in the success of the Cathay Group since 1946, when we carried our first shipment between China and Australia. Our cargo services operate out of our home base of Hong Kong, which is also the world’s busiest international air cargo hub.”
Greater Bay Airlines Announces Order for 15 737-9 Aircraft
Greater Bay Airlines (GBA) and Boeing announced an order for 15 737-9 aircraft. The Hong Kong-based carrier said the 737-9 will form the backbone of its future fleet as it seeks to operate more flights between Hong Kong and major cities in Asia. GBA plans to leverage the 737-9's enhanced capacity and range to lower trip costs and expand its network. Greater Bay Airlines (GBA) Chairman Wong Cho Bau said "The 737-9 will allow GBA to open up new routes from Hong Kong with unmatched economics. The new order will bring fantastic growth possibilities to GBA and enable us to strive for excellence in an innovative way for our valued customers."
Milestone Deliveries two Sikorsky S-92’Ss to CITIC
Dublin based Helicopter lessor Milestone Aviation Group announced the delivery of two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters to China's CITIC Offshore Helicopter (COHC). COHC is a Shenzhen Stock Exchange-listed company that operates offshore helicopter services and is part of the CITIC Group. The S-92s will support COHC’s offshore oil and gas passenger flight services. Milestone currently has one S-92 on lease to COHC.
Sichuan Aviation Industry Development (SAID) secures Airbus 321 conversions
321 Precision Conversions announced Sichuan Aviation Industry Development (SAID) has committed to the A321-200PCF conversion product. The conversion and heavy maintenance activities will be accomplished by SMECO, located in Chengdu, P.R.C. The first aircraft, MSN 1926 will be inducted into conversion in March, 2023 with others to follow later in 2023 and early 2024.
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