AviationJuneyao, Okay want regional, international expansion

China airlines looking to buy widebody aircraft

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Juneyao Airlines is considering joining an airline alliance.
Juneyao Airlines is considering joining an airline alliance. Photo Credit: ShiminGu/Wikimedia

Media reports have announced that Juneyao Airlines and Okay Airways are currently in talks to purchase A330 widebody aircraft.

According to Aviation Week, the deals point to both carriers' plans to expand into the regional and international market.

Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines has already applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for permission to expand its operational scope to include international passenger and cargo traffic rights. If granted, it would allow the carrier to expand beyond the Chinese and Asian regional markets.

Juneyao Airlines currently operates 38 A320-200s and 12 A321-200s on flights across China, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea.

Juneyao's chairman Wang Junjin told reporters last week the airline is considering joining an airline alliance. According to Reuters, the carrier is currently talks with "several major global airline alliances" over its possible accession to one of them.

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