Okay Airways

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Okay Airways
奥凯航空公司
Aòkǎi Hángkōng Gōngsī
OKAirLogo.png
IATA
BK
ICAO
OKA
Callsign
OKAYJET
Founded 2004
Hubs Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Secondary hubs Beijing Capital International Airport
Focus cities Beijing Tianjin
Fleet size 24 (+10 Orders)
Destinations 16
Parent company Okay Airways Ltd.
Headquarters Beijing, China
Key people Liu Jieyin
Website http://www.okair.net/
Okay Airways headquarters in an Air China facility

Okay Airways (Chinese: 奥凯航空有限公司; pinyin: Aòkǎi Hángkōng Yǒuxiàngōngsī) is an airline headquartered in Shunyi District, Beijing, People's Republic of China. It operates passenger charter services and plans to expand into scheduled passenger and dedicated cargo services. Its main hub is Tianjin Binhai International Airport in Tianjin.[1] Flights were suspended for one month beginning on December 15, 2008, due to a dispute between the carrier and its shareholders.[2]

History[edit]

Okay Airways was established in June 2004 and in February 2005 received an aviation carrier business license from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). It is China's first private sector airline. The carrier's maiden flight from its base in Tianjin to Changsha was on March 11, 2005, with 81 people on board.[3]

In August 2005, the airline signed a letter of intent with Korean Air under which it and another Korean company were to have acquired 49% of the airline, but agreement could not be reached over the issue of control and the deal failed.[4] Okay Airways leased three Boeing 737-300F aircraft and started cargo services as a local partner of FedEx Express in March 2007.[5]

On 15 December 2008 the airline suspended passenger operations.[6] Passenger operations resumed on 24 January 2009.[7]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Its headquarters are in an Air China office facility in Zone A of the Tianzhu Industrial Zone of Shunyi District, Beijing, People's Republic of China.[8][9] Previously the headquarters of Okay Airways were in the Fengtai District, Beijing.[10][11]

Destinations[edit]

Okay Airways's passenger routes include from Tianjin to Changsha, Chengdu, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Kunming, Nanjing and Zhangjiajie.

Its cargo destinations include Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Shenyang, Tianjin, Dalian and Xiamen.

Fleet[edit]

The Okay Airways fleet includes (as of April 2014) [1]:

On 25 February 2005 Boeing announced that Okay Airways had received its first Boeing 737-9B5, becoming the first Chinese airline to operate the largest model of the Boeing 737 family. The airline is sub-leasing 2 Boeing 737-900s from Korean Air. These have now been replaced by the two Boeing 737-800 aircraft leased from International Lease Finance.[citation needed]

The airline signed a letter of intent for 30 Xian MA60 aircraft. Once the order is confirmed, delivery schedules will follow.[12]

During the 2010 Farnborough Airshow, Okay Airlines ordered ten additional Boeing 737-800 aircraft.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 58. 
  2. ^ "China's Okay Airways suspends flights for 1 month". USA Today. 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  3. ^ http://in.china-embassy.org/eng/ssygd/t186922.htm
  4. ^ Air Transport World 9 May 2007
  5. ^ FedEx Announces Next-Business-Day Domestic Express Service in China
  6. ^ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2008-12/04/content_7271500.htm
  7. ^ http://airlineroute.blogspot.com/2009/01/chinas-okay-airways-returns.html
  8. ^ "联系方式." Okay Airways. November 21, 2011. Retrieved on December 27, 2011. "北京市顺义区天竺空港工业区A区天柱中路16号"
  9. ^ "Privacy Policy." Air China France. Retrieved on February 5, 2010. "No. 16, A TianZhu Airport Industrial Zone TianZhu West Road"
  10. ^ "北京总公司." Okay Airways. Retrieved on October 4, 2009. "北京总公司" and "北京市丰台区方庄芳星园三区18号"
  11. ^ "China to approve private airline - report.(Okay Airways Co)(Brief Article)." HighBeam Research, Airline Industry Information. February 22, 2005. Retrieved on October 4, 2009.
  12. ^ Airliner World January 2007
  13. ^ "More orders at Farnborough on day three". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 

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