HK's CR Airways buying two CRJ700s from Maersk Air

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Hong Kong’s CR Airways is buying two Bombardier CRJ700s from Danish carrier Maersk Air and plans to use the regional jets to launch more services to secondary services in China.

CR Airways chief financial officer Kelly Chang says the carrier is purchasing the two 70-seat regional jet aircraft from Maersk Air and that the first is due to arrive in Hong Kong in early July and the second in mid-August.

She says CR Airways wanted the CRJ700s – even though it currently has two CRJ200s on lease from GECAS through Chinese carrier Shandong Airlines – because the aircraft have more passenger and luggage capacity as well as more range.

CR Airways is expanding to four aircraft so it can launch new services to China. “We have already got approval to operate to four cities in China [Nanning, Jinan, Weizhou and Meixian] and have another five cities being approved,” says Chang, adding that these are Tianjin, Haikou, Sanya, Guilin and Kunming.

CR Airways currently operates scheduled services to Nanning and Jinan as well as to three places in the Philippines: the northern city of Laoag as well as Subic Bay and Clark outside Manila.

It also has charter services to the Cambodian tourist town of Siem Reap and the central Vietnamese city of Danang.

Maersk Air had five CRJ700s available because it had been leasing the aircraft to Duo Airways, a British regional carrier that went into administration in mid-2004.

Since then the Dutch carrier has also sold two CRJ700s to Turkish carrier AtlasJet.