China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines have filed applications with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) seeking to operate international services.

China Eastern is seeking to fly daily Nanjing-Okinawa services from July with A320s, and launch thrice-weekly Kunming-Sydney flights in September with A330s.

At the same time, it also plans to extend its Hangzhou-Shizuoka service to Chengdu from July onwards.

Meanwhile, China Southern Airlines intends to launch a twice-weekly Harbin-Irkutsk service in July. It also intends to begin twice-weekly Beijing-Urumqi-Tbilisi, and thrice-weekly Lanzhou-Urumqi-Moscow services in September.

The CAAC calls on parties with comments to file their submissions by 22 June.

FlightMaps Analytics shows that China Eastern will be the only operator on the Nanjing-Okinawa and Kunming-Sydney routes.

It also shows that China Southern will be the only operator on the Urumqi-Moscow and Urumqi-Tbilisi routes. The airline will compete with IrAero and Ural Airlines on the Harbin-Irkutsk route.

Source: Cirium Dashboard