Uni-top Airlines, as a model of Chinese privately owned cargo airlines based at Wuhan, Hubei Province, has been committing themselves to foreign pilots’ recruitment in recent years. Registered in 2008 and formally operating in 2011, Uni-top Airlines achieved amazing achievements in air freight transportation with the goal of “basing in China; Serving for Global”. At present, Air routes of Uni-top covers over 60 international cities. They own 3 Boeing 747-200F, 1 Boeing 747-400F and 7 Airbus 300-600. This year, Uni-top ordered another 3 Airbus 300-600, therefore they have desperate desire to A300-600 Captains right now. With the increasing demands of Chinese import and export trades, Uni-top is believed to be very promising and competitive. This company aims at expanding more air routes from Wuhan to most of overseas countries in Europe, South America, as well Asian African areas in next five years.
Sino Jet is a corporate aircraft management and charter company with bases in Hong Kong and Beijing. The company was founded in 2011 and merged with Beijing Bear Jet in 2014 after being purchased by Tsinghua Holdings. Sino Jet manages aircraft for its corporate clients and independently operates four private jets on charter services.
Fuzhou Airlines was founded in 2014 and is a joint venture between the HNA Group and Fuzhou Municipal Government. The carrier operates its fleet of Boeing 737-800s on trunk routes from its hub at Fuzhou Changle International Airport in Fujian Province, Southeast China. With a registered capital of 2 Billion Yuan, the airline has plans for significant future expansion.
China Express has been operating since 2006 with its corporate headquarters and main hub in Chongqing and bases in Dalian, Hohhot, and Guiyang. It is the first private regional airline in China and is a partnership between Cathay Fortune, High Zero, and Tampines International. The airline operates a fleet of more than two dozen Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft on regional routes from its hubs.
Ruili Airlines is a low-cost carrier that was founded in January 2014 and is based in Kunming. It is wholly owned by the Yunnan Jingcheng Group and operates domestic flights within Central and Northern China. Its fleet is composed of Boeing 737s and currently serves nine destinations from Kunming. The airline is set to receive a large fleet of 737 MAX and 787-9 aircraft over the coming years.
Qingdao Airlines was founded in 2013 and operated its first flight in April 2014. Its mission is to serve as a boutique carrier for the seaside city of Qingdao. The airline currently operates a fleet of ten Airbus A320s on eight domestic routes from Liuting International Airport in Qingdao. The airline is a partnership between Shandong Airlines, the Nanshan Group, and the Qingdao Transport Development Group.
Guanxi Beibu Gulf Airlines (GX Airlines) was founded in February 2015 as a joint venture between HNA Group’s Tianjin Airlines and the Guanxi Beibu Gulf Investment Group, GX Airlines operates a fleet of Embraer E-190s from its Nanning hub.
"Air China" was founded in Beijing in 1988. On December 15th, 2004, Air China successfully listed in Hong Kong (HKEx: 0753) and London (trading code: AIRC). With excellent profitability, Air China has made profits for 7 consecutive years since 2001, making it the leader in China's civil aviation industry.
Air China is the only airline company who carries the Chinese national flag. It became a member of Star Alliance in December 2007 and it was also the airline partner of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. It is known to all that Air China takes the responsibility of special plane tasks for Chinese national leaders visiting abroad, as well as foreign and diplomatic leaders visiting China. With the headquarters located in Beijing, Air China has several branch companies in areas such as Southwest, Zhejiang Province, Chongqing, Inner Mongolia, Tianjin, Guizhou Province, Tibet and bases in Shanghai and Southern China. (Not sure which direction the writer is going, needs to be rewritten as it makes is seem like places such as Zhejiang are branch companies.) Air China is also the biggest stockholder of Shangdong Aviation Group Co. Ltd.
Air China owns 224 Boeing and Airbus planes that operate on 243 routes covering 28 countries and districts. Among which there are 69 international routes, 6 regional routes, and 168 domestic routes. It provides more than 6.000 weekly flights and offers an overall total of 1 million seats for its passengers. Air China has 2,875 pilots; there are 369 meritorious pilots who have piloted more than 20,000 hours safely, and 800 golden prize pilots who have piloted more than 16,000 hours safely.
The strict training for pilots carried out by Air China guarantees the piloting safety and high quality service. The training center for their pilots has world-class training capability and scale, being equipped with a strong instructor group, rich teaching experience, and first-class training facilities. The piloting training team, which has its base located at Tianjin Binhai International Airport, applies the most advanced real-plane training mode with two Boeing 737-300 planes being used specifically for pilots training.
For 53 years, the flight path of Air China's planes has covered more than 100 countries and districts, piloted more than 6 million hours safely, carried more than 240 million passengers, and performed more than 5,000 special plane tasks for leaders of the Chinese party and the state. Air China has not only created the first class safe piloting record in the world, but also has 43 years (since 1965) of safe piloting on the flight course from Chengdu to Lhasa, which has the well-known difficulty of piloting and used to be deemed the "Air Forbidden Area" by the international civil aviation field.
As the only elected civil aviation enterprise in China, Air China has been listed among the World Top 500 Brands in 2007, which marks the brand of Air China as one of the world-class brands. The Financial Times of Great Britain and American McKinsey Management Consulting Company have jointly appraised the Air China brand as one of “China’s Top Ten International Brands”.
Air China will continuously take the management notion of "safety and passengers first with trust at the root", follow the mission of "meeting the requirements of customers and creating mutual values", pursue the enterprise sense of worth for "having a high level of service and get the universal approval of the public", to stand among world leading large-scale network carriers in the global aviation industry by 2017.
Air China Cargo, abbreviated for Air China Cargo Company Limited, is the only cargo company that can carry flags. Established on December 12, 2003, Air China Cargo has its headquarters located in Beijing with its major cargo operations base in Shanghai. The registered capital amounts to 3.235 billion Yuan and there are nearly 4,000 employees.
By the end of 2010, Air China Cargo owned the largest cargo plane team equipped with 9 planes of Boeing 747-400. Meanwhile it has the exclusive right to carry cargoes in the belly holds of the 272 passenger planes owned by Air China.
Up to May 2011, taking Beijing and Shanghai as the pivots, Air China Cargo has opened international and national cargo air routes to Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Paris, Vienna, Milan, New York, Chicago, Los Angles, Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, Chengdu, and Dalian. Based on the air routes of Air China, Air China Cargo has indeed 141 flight stations and nearly 300 flights. It has also opened 90 national, and 588 international truck routes, which show its strength to deliver domestically and abroad.
As an air transportation company with fifty years of history in the industry, Air China Cargo has participated in establishing many air cargo transportation standards for Air China and has developed a professional staff team with rich experience and deep devotion to provide professional and reliable transportation plans for all kinds of special goods.
With the mission “To Create Value For The Customers, To Create Opportunities For Staff, To Create Profits For Shareholders, To Create Wealth For The Society,” and the perspective “the first choice for customers in and out of China,” Air China Cargo tries to be a China-based air transportation company with international competition.
China Eastern Airlines was established in 1988 and is currently headquartered in Shanghai at Hongqiao International Airport. Its main hubs are located at Pudong International (Shanghai), Hongqiao International (Shanghai), as well as Changshui International (Kunming), and Xianyang International (Xi’an). China Eastern Airlines is China's second-largest carrier by passenger numbers serving around 80 million travelers annually. As a result of consolidation and resource integration through the years, CEAH has evolved into an integrated service system focusing on the core business of civil passenger and cargo transportation, as well as a range of additional businesses including general aviation, aviation catering, import and export, financial futures, advertising media and industrial investment.
As the core of CEAH, China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd. (CEA) became the first Chinese airlines to be listed on the New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchange in 1997. Current news reports that the company is a top business to watch as it’s stock continues to climb. As a member of the SkyTeam Alliance, CEA has, through connecting with the Alliance, built an air network starting from the Shanghai hub and reaching 1052 destinations in 177 countries and regions around the world. China Eastern Airlines has an especially strong presence in Asia, North America, and Australia. The company is looking to expand in the domestic market by increasing frequency of flights as well as the foreign market by expanding in location.
In recent years, CEAH has embraced new development and been nominated for a string of awards, including the Five-Star Flight Safety Award by CAAC, Top 25 Most Innovative Chinese Companies and Top 10 in the Social Responsibility Ranking List by Fortune magazine China, and the Top 50 Most Valuable Chinese Brands by WPP. A global survey carried out by a travel portal found that China Eastern Airlines ranks third among the world’s most dependable carriers. CEAH maintains a leading position in terms of return on net asset among central enterprises.
The airline uses 500+ aircrafts, with a large flight of A320 aircrafts (155 currently in service). The fleet also includes: B737NG, B737, A330, B777 aircrafts. As of 2012, the company employed 66,207 workers. Among the workers are Locations of where the flight carries to and from include: Beijing, Shanghai, Paris, London, Frankfurt, Moscow, Johannesburg, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Delhi.
Shenzhen Airlines Co., Ltd, was founded in November 1992 and started operations on September 17 of the following year. Shenzhen Airlines focuses on the business of passenger, cargo, and mail transportation. Up to January 2011, Shenzhen Airlines owns a fleet of more than 100 passenger and cargo aircrafts, consisting of Boeing 747’, 737’s, Airbus 320’s, and 319’s which are flying on over 200 domestic and international routes.
Shenzhen Airlines has been cultivating a scientific and efficient safety management culture in accordance with the principles of "Safety First, Prevention Oriented, and Comprehensive Control.” Shenzhen Airlines is striving to improve risk-management to ensure the overall reliability of its safety chain, so as to provide safe and trustworthy flight services to all passengers.
Having matured in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, Shenzhen Airlines is deeply rooted in Shenzhen, constructing "air corridors" to facilitate the city’s international trade and cultural exchanges. Apart from its own development, Shenzhen Airlines voluntarily engages its social responsibility and serves the community with gratitude. Thus the company is widely regarded as a "Shining Name Card of Shenzhen".
According to Shenzhen Airlines’ development blueprint, it will expand its fleet to 180 passenger aircraft by the end of 2015. It also plans to introduce wide-body aircraft in due time. The company will forge itself into a well-known national carrier with its independent brand among competitors in Asia-Pacific region. In the future, its service network will extend across Asia and other continents.
Shunfeng Airlines (SFA) was founded in 2005 and is owned by SF Express Co.; with the approval of the Civil Aviation Administration of China in 2009, SFA had its first successful maiden flight on December 31. Headquarters are based in the No. 1 Freight Depot of the International Shipping Center of Bao’an International Airport in Bao’an District Shenzhen, China.
SFA began its first flights in 2010 carrying earthquake relief materials to Yushu City, Qinghai. It was shorty after this that a second Boeing 757-200F was put into operation. In 2011 they became the first company in the industry to pass the CCAR-121-R4 for supplemental operations. Among this they have passed the International Region Supplemental Operation Assessment and became qualified to operate international routes.
Currently SFA have a total of 17 cargo aircrafts in their fleet. These aircrafts are as follows; 9 Boeing 757-200F, 5 Boeing 737-300F, 3 Boeing 737-400F. Along with these aircrafts they have announced, in October 2014, that an undisclosed number of Boeing 767-300ER will be converted by Boeing to a Freighter as part of the proven BCF Program as a move to expand the companies fleet.
Donghai Airlines, former name East Pacific Airlines, is a airline based in Shenzhen, People's Republic of China. It plans to develop a multi-aviation business on both cargo and passenger flights between major domestic Chinese cities and international routes. Its main base is Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport.
The airline's inaugural service was expected to be between Shenzhen and Shanghai, with an intention to start a service to Kunming sometime after the launch of the inaugural service. In 2008, the airlines started the service to Hong Kong - Chengdu. Now, Donghai airlines flies between Hong Kong, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hangzhou, and Wuxi.
Beijing Capital Airlines Limited (abbreviated as Capital Airlines, two-letter code “JD”) was constructed by both the Hainan Group and Beijing Tourism Group. The predecessor of the company was Deer Air Co., Ltd, founded on November 16th, 1998, was renamed Beijing Capital Airlines Limited on April 2nd, 2010, and was listed and inaugurated on May 3rd, 2010.
More than 10 years of hard work have allowed Beijing Capital Airlines to own 25 Airbus A319’s and one Airbus A320. The average age of these aircrafts are less than two years old making them very reliable.
Since Beijing Capital Airlines was founded, they have opened up to 120 new routes for both business and tourist travel (including 18 international routes). Beijing Capital Airlines created a system network where Beijing, Guangzhou, Xian, and Sanya play the major roles while Changsha, Hangzhou, and the other 15 offices offer support.
Sichuan Airlines Limited was founded on September 19th, 1986, and was inaugurated on July 19th, 1988. The company’s headquarters and primary base is located in the Sichuan Shuangliu International Airport. The secondary base is located in the Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport. Sichuan Airlines currently has 4,827 employees and the company has earned profit consistently for 14 years, yet continues to focus on high-speed development.
Sichuan Airlines currently has 57 Airbus A320 planes, three A330’s and five Brazilian manufactured EMB145 planes. They travel more than 130 routes, which extended over a large network.
Tianjin Airlines Limited (Tianjin Airlines) was listed on June 8th, 2009, and was registered for 2.3 billion RMB. The headquarters are located in the Tianjin Binhai International Airport. In July of 2011, Tianjin Airlines worked with a variety of 90 jet planes, since which they have steadily increased their fleet. Right now the airlines handle more than 3.8 million people a year, traveling through 67 cities. Those cities include Tianjin, Beijing, Urumchi, Hohehot, Xian, Nanning and Guiyang.
Since Tianjin Airlines was founded, they have added a new airplane every month. The airline expects by 2015 to have up to 130 airplanes. Tianjin Airlines also expects to cover the entire country by adding an additional 500 routes through 100 cities. Every year they provide more than 170,000 flights carrying 15 million people. In the future, Tianjin Airlines strives to be a local airline with global presence. They wish to contribute to the local economy as a leader in aviation.
Hong Kong Airlines Ltd, formerly CR Airways Limited, is a Hong Kong based airline with its corporate headquarters located in Tung Chung and its main hub at Hong Kong International Airport. Founded on March 28, 2001 as CR Airways, the name was soon changed to Hong Kong airlines Limited on September 26, 2006.
Hong Kong Airlines was awarded the highly esteemed 4-star rating from SKYTRAX for 3 consecutive years. Among this, HKA is operating one of the youngest fleets in the world; as of September, 2014 the average age of their fleet is 2.6 years.
HKA currently has a fleet of 24 aircrafts, this includes Airbus A330-300s, nine Airbus A330-200s, and seven A320s, while their cargo fleet consists of five Airbus A330-200Fs. Based in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Airlines’ network currently covers almost 30 cites regionally, includes Beijing, Shanghai, Sanya, Bangkok, Bali and Okinawa.
Chengdu Airlines Co. (CDA), is a subsidiary of Sichuan Airlines and was founded in 2004 under its original name United Eagle Airlines Co.; with is headquarters located in Chengdu, China, Chengdu airlines has its main hub in the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.
On July 27 of 2005, CDA commenced their first revenue flights, although it took delivery of its first airliner on July 8, 2005 of an Airbus A320.
As a Chinese domestic airline company, CDA flies to multiple regions and provinces of China. Some but not all of these areas include Chongqing, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, etc. The current fleet for the airline includes 3 Airbus A319-100, 13 Airbus A320-200, and 30 Comac ARJ21’s which are currently on order. This gives the airline a total of 16 current planes in there fleet with an average age of 5 years.
Xiamen Airlines (XMA) was founded on July 25, 1984 and was the first privately owned airline in the People’s Republic of China. The Airlines Headquarters is located in Xiamen, Fujian Province with hubs in Xiamen Gaoqi, Fuzhou Changle, and Hanzhou Xiaoshan International Airports.
XMA was honored with the title of “The Best Airline in Mainland China,” for 6 consecutive quarters in the “Airlines Service Survey” which is made by CARNOC.com. This is a survey which is based off of passenger’s answers to comprehensive questionnaires. Among this honor, XMA concluded the year of 2013 in profits making this the 27th consecutive year of profit since 1988. With this long and consecutive profit record and high profit rates, the airline is regarded as one of the most profitable airlines in the world.
XMA is the only Chinese airline featuring an all-Boeing fleet which consists of 122 aircrafts ranging from Boeing 737-700’s to 787-8’s. Their flight network covers major cities in China (218 domestic routes) and extends to Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Southeast Asian countries (totaling 26 international routes.)
Business Aviation Asia Ltd. (BAA) was founded in 2005 and is locally based in China and is an independently and privately owned company.
BAA was the first private joint-adventure company to obtain an AOC from the CAAC and it offers its clients operations under CCAR 91, CCAR 135, US FAA Part 91, Cayman or BVI regulations.
Okay Airways (OKA) was founded in June of 2004 and is China’s first private sector airline. The Airlines headquarters are located in Beijing, Shunyi District with its main hub located in Tianjin at the Tianjin Binhai International Airport.
The maiden flight for OKA took place on March 11, 2005 from Tianjin to Changsha with 81 people on board. Their current fleet includes 12 Boeing 737-800, 12 Xian MA60, and 1 Boeing 737-300F in its cargo division.
Loong Air (LNA) was founded in 2012 and commenced domestic services in 2013. The Airlines headquarters are located in Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport in the Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou along with this being their main hub. The company’s full name is Zhejiang Loong Airlines Co.
LNA’s current destinations include Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, and Xi’an, along with other planed future destinations such as Changsha, Kunming, and Xiamen. Currently they have 7 in service aircrafts in their fleet including 4 Airbus A320-214WL and 3 Boeing 737-300F’s. Among this, LNA has a MOU with Airbus for the purchase of 11 Airbus A320ceo and 9 Airbus A320neo.