Qingdao Airlines

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Qingdao Airlines
青岛航空
IATA
QW
ICAO
QDA
Callsign
SKY LEGEND
Founded June 2013 (2013-06)
Qingdao, Shandong, China
Commenced operations 26 April 2014 (2014-04-26)
Operating bases
Destinations 2
Parent company Nanshan Group (55%)
Key people
  • Song Zuowen (President)

Qingdao Airlines (Chinese: 青岛航空) is a startup Chinese airline that commenced operations on 26 April 2014 (2014-04-26).[1] The carrier is based at Qingdao Liuting International Airport.[2]

History[edit]

An application for the establishment of an airline based in the Shandong province was filed with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) by the Yantai-based Nanshan Group in May 2013 (2013-05).[3] Approval was received by the CAAC between that month and June 2013 (2013-06),[4] when Qingdao Airlines was formed.[1]

In September 2013 (2013-09), an order for five Airbus A320s and 18 A320neos was placed in a deal valued at USD2.5 billion;[5] these aircraft will be delivered in 2016.[2][6] The carrier phased in its first aircraft, a 152-seater Airbus A320 equipped with a twin CFM56 powerplant and fitted with sharklets, on lease from China Aircraft Leasing, in early April 2014 (2014-04).[7][8] Qingdao Airlines plans to expand its fleet to five aircraft during 2014, and to 50 and 100 aircraft by 2020 and 2025, respectively.[9]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Ownership[edit]

The airline is owned by the Nanshan Group (55%), the Qingdao Transport Development Group (25%) and Shandong Airlines (20%). The initial capital of Qingdao Airlines is CNY1 billion (USD161 million).[1]

Key people[edit]

As of April 2014, Song Zuowen was the president of the airline.[9]

Destinations[edit]

Operations started on 26 April 2014 (2014-04-26) linking Qingdao with Chengdu.[1] As of May 2014, Qingdao Airlines serves the following destinations:[10]

The airline aims to become a ″boutique airline″ and has plans to start services to Shenzhen and Shenyang in the near future; Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai are expected to be served in the longer term.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Cantle, Katie (28 April 2014). "Qingdao Airlines launches inaugural flight". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Waldron, Greg (25 September 2013). "China’s Qingdao Airlines orders 23 A320s". Flightglobal (Singapore). Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Hashim, Firdaus (20 May 2013). "Nanshan Group seek to establish Qingdao Airlines with two partners". Flightglobal (Singapore). Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "15 new passenger airlines to launch in China. Though small in size, they will rattle the status quo". Centre for Aviation. 3 May 2014. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Landauro, Inti (25 September 2013). "Airbus: Qingdao Airlines Orders 23 A320 Planes, Worth $2.25B at List Prices". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Qingdao Airlines orders 23 A320 Family aircraft" (Press release). Airbus. 25 September 2013. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Blachly, Linda (10 April 2014). "Qingdao Airlines takes delivery of first A320". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "China’s Qingdao Airlines takes delivery of its first A320" (Press release). Airbus. 10 April 2014. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Qingdao Airlines launches inaugural operations, establishing itself as a 'boutique airline'". Centre for Aviation. 28 April 2014. Archived from the original on 1 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "China's new airlines – Donghai, Loong & Qingdao – preferring to follow rather than innovate". Centre for Aviation. 9 May 2014. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014.