Taken just 9 hours into 2019, making the best possible start to the aviation photo New Year... Bell's Turbo Dak is seen here departing Bournemouth but came back a few minutes later with a fault. The long flight from Canada was not without difficulty either, having got stuck for over a week in a snowstorm at Goose Bay, eventually arriving at Bournemouth from Reykjavik on New Year's Eve. It is apparently on its way to a survey job in Croatia.
Another member of the HNA empire, Chongqing-based West Air inaugurated service in 2010, adding its first international route to Singapore in 2016. At the time of writing the fleet comprised 30 A319/320.
Pulling off runway 04L after landing, this A320 was reportedly in store for eight months till August 2018, but now sports this special livery featuring Paul Frank, an American cartoonist and fashion designer.
Three Uni-Top B742Fs are presently stored near the end of Wuhan's runway 22L. I was fortunate in that Air France let me use the empty business-class cabin to catch some photos of them as we took off, as there were no other right-hand window seats free.
Special scheme promoting Pand-Auto, described as a car-hailing platform for new energy vehicles which will be exploring autonomous technologies, launched in conjunction with Baidu, the local equivalent of Google (barred in China).
Rather like when the state-controlled Aeroflot was broken up with the demise of the USSR, one of the benefits for the enthusiast travelling in China is discovering airlines that you'd barely if ever heard of - Kunming-based Ruili was one such example for me. Such is the nation's burgeoning airline industry that they already have 18 737NGs, including this ex-Air Berlin example, and have 737MAXs and 787s on order.
One of the original airline member of the huge HNA group, which now includes a dozen or so carriers on the Chinese market, Hainan fly to at least 90 domestic and international destinations. When new this 737 joined Hong Kong Airlines as B-KBI in 2006.
Another branch of the huge Hainan Airlines empire, Urumqi Air was set up to serve the western Xinjiang province in 2015. An AVIC ARJ-21 regional airliner in their colours was among three at the Zhuhai Airshow on the trade days at the beginning of the week, but unfortunately they departed before I had an opportunity to capture them.