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Feb 11, 2008

Air Deccan

Air Deccan launched daily flights from Guwahati to Sichar and Aizawl aboard ATRs. Feb 4, 2008

China Eastern Airlines

China Eastern, AVIC I hope to launch Happy Air. China Eastern Airlines and AVIC I unveiled terms of their regional airline joint venture, which will be called Happy Air and eventually will fly a fleet of 50 MA60s and 50 ARJ21s, although regulatory approval may be delayed. CEA MD Cao Jianxiong said that the new venture has yet to secure CAAC approval although it submitted its plan to the regulator last August. "We are still in preparations, although there is no specific timetable on when we will get approval," Cao said. Feb 5, 2008

China Southern Airlines

China Southern Airlines launched twice-weekly Urumqi-Ashgabat with a Boeing 737. Feb 7, 2008

Hainan Airlines

Hainan Airlines to Fly Nonstop Seattle-Beijing Route. Hainan Airlines, China's largest privately owned carrier, has announced its first service to North America with nonstop flights from Seattle to Beijing beginning on June 9. It is taking reservations and selling tickets over its North American reservation and information number at 888-688-8813. The toll-free number will connect travelers to both native English and Chinese speakers to assist them with their travel needs. Hainan Airlines is expected to be the only carrier to offer nonstop service between Seattle and Beijing when it begins operations this summer. Initial flights will be on new Airbus A330-200 aircraft with two classes of service -- business and economy. There will be 36 business class seats and 186 economy class seats. Feb 6, 2008

Happy Air, CAAC

Industry analysts have suggested that Happy Air may have to wait for the government's go-ahead, as CAAC Minister Li Jiaxiang reiterated last month that the regulator will not approve any new entrants before 2010 and will impose stricter conditions and procedures for new carriers in order to slow the rapid growth of Chinese commercial aviation. China Securities Co. aviation analyst Li Lei noted there is little hope for the new venture to be profitable in the short term as Chinese regional carriers are posting collective losses and relying on government subsidies to survive. Feb 5, 2008

Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines is speeding implementation of its premium-customer-oriented strategy by introducing new seats in JAL First Class and JAL Executive Class and by introducing its JAL Shell Flat Seat and JAL Premium Economy Service onto more...

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