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After March crash, China Eastern will fly its 737-800s again

Four weeks ago, the crash of a China Eastern Airlines (China Eastern) Boeing 737-800 which killed all 132 passengers and crew on board saw the carrier suspend all flights involving its fleet of 223 of the aircraft. Having carried out extensive systematic tests on each aircraft to include structural checks and airworthiness data, a final flight test on each of the jets will be carried out before it returns to service.

According to Reuters news agency, those planes which have registration numbers which are close to that of the crashed aircraft are presently going through maintenance checks and evaluation. According to Flightradar24, data showed earlier on Sunday April 17 that China Eastern flight MU5843, operated by a three-year-old Boeing 737-800 aircraft, took off from the southwestern city of Kunming at 09:58 a.m. local time on Sunday and landed at 11:03 a.m. in Chengdu, also in southwestern China. That particular aircraft had undergone a test flight on Saturday 16 April.

On March 21, China Eastern flight MU5735 was en route from Kunming to Guangzhou when it crashed in the mountains of Guangxi, killing 123 passengers and nine crew in mainland China's worst aviation disaster for 28 years. Both black boxes have been retrieved and Chinese authorities have stated that they would submit a preliminary report to the U.N. aviation agency ICAO within 30 days of the event.

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Air Canada flies more than 100,000 customers again in a single day

Air Canada has flown more than 100,000 customers in a single day for the first time since early in the pandemic as passenger loads continue to rebound with customers returning to travel.

The last time Air Canada carried more than 100,000 customers in one day was March 13, 2020. During the pandemic passenger loads fell as low as 2,175 on April 23, 2020, as global air traffic ground to a virtual halt. In 2019, prior to the pandemic, Air Canada carried on average nearly 150,000 people daily and its single-day, passenger-load record was 187,000 customers on August 16, 2019.

"We were very pleased to have had 100,701 customers board our planes on April 15, 2022, as travellers steadily return. Clearly there is a pent-up demand for travel that is matched only by our enthusiasm to welcome back our customers. It is also significant that we passed this milestone smoothly, indicating Air Canada has recovered operationally from COVID-19's effects and is prepared to safely and conveniently transport customers during the busy summer ahead," said Kevin O'Connor, Vice President of Air Canada's Systems Operations Control, which manages the airline's daily operation.

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BOC Aviation appoints new Head of Treasury

BOC Aviation has announced the appointment of Chan Mui Sin as Head of Treasury, with effect from April 18, 2022. Mui Sin replaces Peter Davis who will remain with the company until his retirement on May 31, 2022, to ensure a smooth transition.

In her new role, Mui Sin will oversee all treasury functions of the company globally and will report to Steven Townend, Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer.

She has been with the company for over 16 years and was Executive Vice President and Deputy Head of Aircraft Sales. Prior to joining BOC Aviation, she spent more than eight years as an investment banker covering origination and transaction management for both the debt and equity capital markets.

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Embraer’s E190-E2 TechShark tours Vietnam

The Embraer E190-E2 has concluded a three-day tour (12 to 14 April) for representatives of Vietnam’s aviation community covering stops in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Con Dao, where the jet demonstrated its fuel-efficiency, minimal noise emissions and short runway performance.

The E190-E2 is an immediate option to serve regional airports, including those with shortened and lighter runways currently limited to handle large aircraft. The E190-E2 capability offers a unique opportunity to improve air connectivity nationwide, which in turn delivers a wide range of benefits to aviation’s customers as well as the broader economy.

The E190-E2 that toured Vietnam features a unique TechShark livery which was recently unveiled at the Singapore Airshow. The unique TechShark design on the body of the aircraft reflects the advanced engineering innovation and the streamlined efficiency of Embraer’s latest E2 jets.

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Air New Zealand resumes flights to more North American destinations

Air New Zealand resumes its non-stop service to San Francisco and will resuming services to Honolulu on July 4, and to Houston on July 7.

This follows the airline's recently announcement to commence its new service between Auckland and New York, JFK, from September 17, 2022, and the airline carrying passengers daily between Auckland and Los Angeles since March this year. Air New Zealand has also been flying three-times a week to Vancouver since February.

The services to San Francisco will initially operate three-times a week with state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, meaning that customers flying these routes will be able to enjoy the airline's uniquely kiwi Business Premier, Premium Economy and Economy Skycouch product offerings.

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Masks now optional following White House announcement

Following the ruling of a U.S. district court judge on Monday, April 18, the Biden administration announced that the Transportation Security Administration will no longer enforce the federal mandate requiring masks in all U.S. airports and on board aircraft.

Effective immediately, masks are optional for all airport employees, crew members and customers inside U.S. airports and on board all aircraft domestically, as well as on most international flights.

Local mask mandates in other countries may still be in effect. Additional updates will be provided as new information becomes available.
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