China Express goes international

China Express Airlines operates a fleet of Bombardier regional jets
China Express Airlines operates a fleet of Bombardier regional jets

China Express Airlines will launch its first ever international flights later this year.

The airline revealed several plans for several new routes including Guiyang-Hanoi, Hohhot-Ulaanbaatar and Beihai-Hong Kong.

China Express, which commenced operations in 2006, recently received an upgraded Air Operator’s Certificate, allowing it to expand its route map to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and international destinations.

It currently operates a fleet of Bombardier regional jets, but is also considering larger aircraft to handle its international growth, which could include destinations in Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea and Russia in future.

In total, China Express intends to build a fleet of 54 aircraft by end of 2018.

China’s Capital Airlines resumes Madrid flights

Capital Airlines, the Beijing-based airline, has resumed its weekly flight between Hangzhou and Madrid.

Flights will now run every Friday using as two-class Airbus A330 aircraft. Capital Airlines, which launched its first ever long-haul flights last year, is the currently only airline operating the Hangzhou-Madrid route.

From September 2016, it plans to increase the service to two weekly flights, including a stop in Chengdu.

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