Air travel within China almost returns to “pre-pandemic levels”

NEW YORK: Domestic air travel in China has nearly fully recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released Wednesday by ForwardKeys, which predicted the Chinese aviation market would fully recover by the start of September. In the second week of August, domestic arrivals at Chinese airports reached 86 percent of last year’s levels, while […]

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US to sell 66 F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan amid soaring tensions with China

Taiwan formally signed an agreement to buy 66 of the latest model F-16 jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp., a move likely to further inflame tensions between the US and China. Taiwan’s purchase of the F-16s marks the first sale of advanced fighter jets to the island since President George HW Bush announced approval for […]

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China de-escalates airline spat with USA

China said Thursday foreign airlines blocked from operating in the country over virus fears would be allowed to resume limited flights, apparently de-escalating a row with Washington following US plans to ban Chinese carriers. Beijing’s announcement comes as tensions between the world’s two superpowers are sent soaring by a series of issues including Donald Trump’s […]

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Norwegian Air’s lessors including China’s BOC take main ownership

OSLO: Lessors including China’s BOC Aviation are now the biggest shareholders in Norwegian Air (NWC.OL) after the budget carrier completed a debt restructuring and secured a long-sought credit guarantee from Norway’s government. Following the grounding of almost all its fleet due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company had said it would run out of cash […]

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China tightens airport checks as imported coronavirus cases tick up

SHANGHAI/BEIJING: China tightened checks on international travellers arriving at Beijing airport on Sunday, after the number of imported new coronavirus infections surpassed locally transmitted cases for a second day in a row. China, where the epidemic began in December, appears to now face a greater threat of new infections from outside its borders as it […]

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IndiGo opens its first international call centre in China’s Guangzhou

NEW DELHI: To tap the booming Chinese market, IndiGo airlines has opened its first international call centre comprising six employees at Guangzhou in China to cater to queries from passengers that speak in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. The Guangzhou call center was started around the same time the low-cost carrier started its flight operations between […]

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Pakistan rolls out first batch of dual-seat fighter jets manufactured in collaboration with China

By Sajjad Hussain ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has rolled out the first batch of its indigenous dual-seat fighter jets, manufactured in collaboration with its all-weather ally China. To mark the occasion, a grand ceremony was held at the Aircraft Manufacturing Factory in Kamra near Islamabad on Friday, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said in a statement. Pakistan’s […]

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Airbus, China reinforce long-standing partnership

NEW DELHI: Airbus and China are strengthening their long-standing partnership as both sides commit to a further deepening and broadening of cooperation in the aviation industry. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Further Development of Industrial Cooperation was signed in Beijing by He Lifeng, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of […]

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Airbus, Alibaba Cloud to develop a Skywise Data Centre in China

NEW DELHI: Airbus has signed a cooperation agreement with Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, to cooperate on developing a Skywise Data Centre in China. Skywise is Airbus’ open data integration platform driving digital collaboration across the aerospace value chain. Skywise helps airlines to better optimise their internal operations, to save on […]

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