Guangzhou-based low-cost carrier 9 Air has applied to expand its operations beyond the country.

Speaking to FlightGlobal in Shanghai, Juneyao Airlines chairman Wang Junjin says that its 9 Air subsidiary is in the midst of seeking regulatory approval for international operations, and will seek traffic rights on international routes once it receives the necessary approvals.

Destinations such as Singapore, Bali, Japan, South Korea and Thailand are being considered.

China Eastern Airlines has applied for traffic rights on the Chengdu-Irkutsk route.

The carrier plans to launch daily services using Airbus A320 family jets from July. The Civil Aviation Administration of China is calling for parties with comments to submit them by 25 May. FlightGlobal schedules data shows that China Eastern will be the only operator on the route.

 Philippine Airlines (PAL) will suspend its thrice-weekly Manila-Abu Dhabi services from 8 July onwards.

The carrier says the suspension is being made as it "undertakes route assessment initiatives." Earlier this month, PAL also announced the suspension of its Cebu-Los Angeles services on 30 May, as part of a capacity rationalisation. FlightGlobal schedules data shows that the airline competes with Etihad Airways on the Manila-Abu Dhabi route.

Flight Events and research company T2RL recently held the annual Technology & Innovation in Airline Distribution Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

The event brought together airlines, technology providers, and consultants for a frank discussion about the complex technology and distribution issues facing airline chief executives today.

No single event can answer every question on the minds of airline chief information officers, but the conference provided a broad perspective on what they need to be focusing their attention on. Here are FlightGlobal's five takeaways from the event.

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