Major Airlines in China

There are nine major China’s airlines which are state airways directly supervised by the CAAC. The airways in China have developed very quickly and always provide tourists safe, warm and high quality service. Among the 9 states airways, the Air China Limited, South Airlines, Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines are the 4 largest ones.
 
In this page, we will give you a brief introduction of the ninth airways.
 
Major Airlines in China

Air China Limited

Air China, short for Air China Limited (literally China International Airlines Company), is the flag airline and also one of the 3 largest airlines in China. The headquarters of the company is located in Shunyi District, Beijing.
 
Foundation:
Air China was founded on July 1st, 1988 in Beijing
 
Headquarters:
Beijing Tianzhu Airport Industrial Zone, Shunyi District, Beijing
 
IATA: CA      ICAO: CCA
 
Main Hubs: 
Beijing Capital International Airport
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
 
Other important hubs:
Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Chongqi Jiangbei International Airport
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Hohhot Baita International Airport
Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
 
Website: www. airchina.com

China Eastern Airlines

China Eastern Airlines, short for China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited, is one of the three largest airlines in China. It is first state airway listed in Hong Kong, New York and Shanghai.
 
Foundation:
The airline was established on June 25th, 1988.
 
Headquarters:
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai, China
 
IATA: MU ICAO: CES
 
Main Hubs:
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Kunming Changshui International Airport
Shunan Shuofang International Airport
Xian Xianyang International Airport
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
 
Other important hubs:
Beijing Capital International Airport
Hefei Luogang International Airport
Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Ningbo Lishe International Airport
Qingdao Liuting International Airport
Shijiazhuang Daguocun International Airport
Taiyuan Wusu Airport
Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
Wuxi Shuofang Airport
 
Website: en.ceair.com
 

China Southern Airlines

China Southern Airlines, short for China Southern Airlines Company Limited, is also one of the 3 largest airlines in China with other two: Air China and China Eastern Airlines. On Oct. 11, 2012, China Southern Airlines took over the first Airbus A380, and became the first in China and seventh in the world operated Airbus A380.
 
Foundation:
The airline was established on July 1st, 1988.
 
Headquarters
Guangzhou, Guangdong, People's Republic of China
 
IATA: CZ  ICAO: CSN
 
 
Main Hubs:
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Beijing Capital International Airport
 
Other important hubs:
Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Shengzhen Baoan International Airport
Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Guilin liangjiang International Airport
Nanning Wuxu International Airport
 
Website: www. csair.com
 

Hainan Airlines

Hainan Airlines, short for Hainan Airlines Company Limited, is the largest privately air transport company and the 4th largest airline in terms of size in China. The airline operates domestic and international flights on 500 routes.
 
Foundation:
Hainan Airlines was established in Oct., 1989 and was called Hainan Province Airlines in Hainan. 
 
Headquarters:
Haikou, Hainan, China
 
IATA: HU   ICAO: CHH
 
Main Hubs:
Haikou Meilan Airport
Beijing Capital International Airport
Hefei Luogang International Airport
 
Other important hubs:
Xian Xianyang International Airport
Tiayuan Wusu International Airport
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Shenzhen Baoan International Airport
Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport
 
Website: global.hainan.com

Shandong Airlines

Full name: Shandong Airlines Co., Ltd.
 
Foundation:
Shandong Airlines was first established on March 12th in 1994 and operated in Sep. of the same year.
 
Headquarters: Jinan, Shandong, China
IATA: SC  ICAO: CDG
 
Main Hubs:
Jinan Yaoqian International Airport
Qingdao Liuting International Airport
 
Other important hubs:
Beijing Capital International Airport
Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
Yantai Laishan International Airport
 
Website: www.shandongair.com 

Shanghai Airlines

Shanghai Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines, but its operation remained the same before merger and it keeps its own brand and livery.
 
Foundation:
Shanghai Airlines was first established in 1985 in Shanghai
 
Headquarters:
Jingan District, Shanghai, People's Republic of China
 
IATA: FM       ICAO: CSH
 
Main Hubs:
Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
 
Website: www.shanghai-air.com

Shenzhen Airlines

Shenzhen Airlines is the fourth largest domestic carrier after China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Air China. It is the one of the subsidiary of Air China.
 
Foundation
Shenzhen Airlines was established in 1992, and operated on Sep. 17 in 1993.
 
Headquarters:
Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
Bao'an, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
 
Main Hubs:
Shenzhen Baoan International Airport
 
Other important hubs:
Nanning Wuxu International Airport
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Wuxi Shuofang International Airport
Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
Beijing Capital International Airport
Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
Nanjing Lukou International Airport
 
Website: www. shenzhenair.com

Sichuan Airlines 

Foundation:
Sichuan Airlines Company was established on Sep.19th in 1986, and officially operated on July 14th in 1988. On Aug. 29th in 2002, it was reorganized and became the Sichuan Airlines group, which used to be owned by the provincial government, becoming the major shareholder. 
 
Headquarters:
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
 
IATA: 3U   ICAO: CSC
 
Main Hubs:
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
 
Other important hubs:
Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
 
Website: www.scal.com 

Xiamen Airlines

Xiamen Airlines is the first privately owned airline in China.      
 
Foundation:
The airline was founded on July 25th in 1984 in Xiamen.
 
IATA: MF     ICAO: CXA
 
Main Hubs:
Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
Fuzhou Changle International Airport
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
 
Other important hubs:
Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Nanchang Changbei International Airport
Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport
Wuyishan Airport
 
Website: www.xiamenair.com

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