China’s Xiamen Airlines to start A321neo ops in late 1Q23

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Xiamen Airlines (MF, Xiamen) has placed an order with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for forty A320-200Ns with deliveries scheduled between 2024 and 2027, parent China Southern Air Holding announced in a stock market filing.

The holding revealed that it received a “relatively large discount” on the list prices of the aircraft. Financing will be through a mix of in-house capital, bank loans, and other financial instruments.

The ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows that Xiamen Airlines is currently an all-Boeing operator with a fleet of nine B737-700s, 131 B737-800s, six B787-8s, and six B787-9s. The airline also has ten grounded B737-8s and has a further 22 of the type on order. However, the B737 MAX has yet to be recertified in China, and it is unclear when it will resume commercial flight operations in the country. The airline did not disclose whether the A320neo order would be used to replace any of the B737s or for growth.

Xiamen Airlines’ parent China Southern Airlines

US suspends 26 Chinese flights in tit-for-tat COVID politics

The stand-off between Washington and Beijing over Covid-19-related flight restrictions continues with the United States (US) government suspending with immediate effect 26 US to China passenger flights by four Chinese carriers in retaliation for a similar measure imposed recently by the Chinese government against major US airlines.

China’s action, by which it penalises US carriers when passengers test positive for COVID-19 on arrival under a so-called “circuit-breaker” measure, has long been criticised by the US as being inconsistent with the US-China Civil Air Transport Agreement and impairing the operating rights of US carriers.

Chinese airlines affected by the latest US measure are Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, and Xiamen Airlines, according to an order issued by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) on August 25, 2022.

Flights affected are as follows:

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