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Hongtu Airlines rebrands as Air Travel

Formerly Hongtu Airlines

Hongtu Airlines (Kunming) commenced scheduled operations on May 21, 2016.

In 2017 Chinese travel agency Tongcheng acquired a controlling interest in the relatively new airline.

Now the airline is apparently set to rebrand itself as Air Travel. The new livery and identity has been revealed on the pending delivery of the pictured Airbus A320 (top).

The company has not yet formally announced the change.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Travel (China) Airbus A320-214 WL F-WWIH (B-303M) (msn 8448) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 943387.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Hongtu Airlines Airbus A321-211 F-WTDB (B-8318) (msn 6268) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 933073.

Hongtu Airlines commences operations on May 21, 2016

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GECAS to lease Hongtu Airlines four Airbus A320neo aircraft

GECAS welcomed Hongtu Airlines’ to the GE Pavilion in Farnborough to commemorate the agreement to lease four Airbus A320neo aircraft from GECAS’ skyline orderbook when they enter service beginning in the first quarter of 2019.

Hongtu A320neo

Headquartered in the Yunnan Province’s capital of Kunming, Hongtu Airlines launched operations in May 2016 and presently operates a fleet of four Airbus aircraft.

“GECAS is delighted to partner with Hongtu Airlines as they look to expand their operations,” shared Alec Burger, GE Capital President, and GECAS President and CEO. “These new-technology aircraft, incorporating CFM Leap-1A engines, optimize fuel consumption while doubling Hongtu’s fleet and their capacity to serve their customers. As Hongtu Airlines grows, we wish them every success and we look forward to deepening our relationship with the carrier.”

“By leveraging the GECAS orderbook, Hongtu Airlines will be able to better serve our passengers with the latest technical and comfort enhancements as well as expand our operations to meet the needs of our travelers within China,” said Gang Liu, CEO of Hongtu Airlines.

Image: GECAS.

DAE to lease two new Airbus A320s to Hongtu Airlines

Hongtu Airlines commences operations on May 21, 2016

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Ltd. (DAE) (Dubai) has announced that its leasing division, DAE Capital and Yunnan Hongtu Airlines of China has completed a lease agreement for two new Airbus A320-200 aircraft. These modern, fuel efficient planes will be delivered in 2018 and are part of a direct order DAE has with Airbus. The aircraft will come equipped with CFM 56-5B4/3 PIP engines.

This latest addition to the Hongtu A320 family fleet will assist the carrier as it looks to capitalize on China’s increasing domestic demand for leisure and business air travel, offering a high-end, customized service to its passengers. Hongtu currently has a fleet of three Airbus A320 family aircraft and operates flights to 10 domestic destinations.

Hongtu Airlines is a Chinese airline operating domestic flights from its Kunming Changshui International Airport base in Yunnan Province. The airline launched operations on May 21, 2016.

Hongtu Airlines currently operates a pair of Airbus A321s (above) and a single A320.

Copyright Photo: Hongtu Airlines Airbus A321-211 F-WTDB (B-8318) (msn 6268) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 933073.