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China jumps into growing Cuba market with Beijing flight

Air China has opened a new route for Chinese tourism and influence with a direct flight from Beijing to Havana, with a stopover in Montreal. Service began yesterday, using a 777-300ER. For Air China, it's an expansion that gives the state-owned carrier routes to all six inhabited continents, and opens a new destination for Chinese tourists and trade, and adds to the airline's direct Canada service as well. The first flight took off after ceremonies and speeches by Chinese and Cuban...

Boeing cashes in on big China order for 737 MAX

Boeing, which is racing Airbus for shares of the huge Chinese market for new planes, got a significant boost yesterday with an order for 110 more 737s, 80 of them the new 737 MAX that is just entering production, for China Southern Airlines and a subsidiary. China's government aircraft manuracturer and Boeing signed a deal 3 months ago for Boeing to build a final assembly plant in China for 737s. Presumably that plant was a factor in the order and at least some of the planes will be...

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