China Eastern to take over China Northwest

Eastern Air Group, parent of China Eastern Airlines, will take over Xian-based China Northwest, whose fleet includes three BAe 146 series 100s and seven series 300s. The move is part of the consolidation of Chinese airlines ordered by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). As part of the move, China Eastern has already taken over Great Wall Airlines and will also take over Yunnan Airlines. At least initially, China Northwest will continue to operate under its own brand, although it will coordinate routes and frequent flyer programs with China Eastern and cooperate on technical issues. Steps are also underway to unify equipment purchases and share spares inventories. If China Northwest were to be fully absorbed, BAe 146s would once again fly with China Eastern colors — China Eastern operated three BAe 146-100s from its formation in 1989 until 1995.

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