1 DECEMBER 2014
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You may ask “who is Ruili Airlines?” If your business takes you to China's Yunnan province in the South West of that vast country, and bordering Laos and Myanmar, (Burma) you may need to fly on the new low-cost carrier. Only established last year the airline received its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Chinese authorities (CAAC) on 14 January 2014. It has celebrated the arrival of the airline's first direct purchase Boeing 737-700 NG.
The start-up is the first private carrier approved by CAAC after the regulator relaxed restrictions on new carriers in 2013. According to its development plan, Ruili Airlines plans to increase its fleet to 30 Boeing aeroplanes by 2020, with around 120 daily flights on 60 to 70 routes.
"This is a momentous step forward for Ruili Airlines as we continue to enhance our fleet," said Ma Zhanwei, President, Ruili Airlines. "We hope that the competitive advantages offered by the 737 will enable us to grow from a start-up airline to a driving force in China's aviation industry."
The new aircraft is the first of 14 737 orders and commitments from Ruili Airlines, including eight 737-700s and six 737 MAXs. The carrier currently operates two 737-700s and one 737-800 serving seven domestic routes in China. www.rl.gov.cn
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