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Beijing Capital Airlines

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Beijing Capital Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1995 (as Deer Jet Airlines)
HubsBeijing Daxing International Airport
Fleet size86
Parent companyHainan Airlines (70%)
Key peopleZhang Kui (CEO)

Beijing Capital Airlines (Chinese: 首都航空; pinyin: Shǒudū Hángkōng), commonly known as Capital Airlines, is a Chinese low-cost airline based at Beijing Daxing International Airport. It is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines.


Deer Jet logo

The company was established in 1995 as Deer Jet Airlines (Chinese: 金鹿航空; pinyin: Jīnlù Hángkōng). In 1998, it began offering international services under the Deer Air branding. In October 2007, it received its first Airbus A319 and began returning the formerly operated Boeing 737s. Deer Jet began providing charter services in December 2008 using a fleet of A319s and corporate jets. The airline was authorized by the Civil Aviation Administration of China to operate scheduled air services in 2009.

On 2 April 2010, Beijing Capital Airlines CO., LTD. launched its first service, based in Beijing Capital International Airport.[2] Deer Jet Airlines was divided into two companies on 4 May 2010. While the charter operation has kept the Deer Jet branding, scheduled operations using Airbus aircraft were renamed Beijing Capital Airlines. Beijing Capital Airlines operates mainly in China including the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and Taiwan, focusing on international air passenger service and cargo transport operations.[3][4][5]


Hainan Airlines facility in Beijing, which has the Capital Airlines headquarters

Since 2015, long-haul flights between China and other cities have been operated by Beijing Capital Airlines, with their first A330 delivered on 11 July 2015.[citation needed] In July 2016, Beijing Capital Airline announced its first launch, an Australian flight from Qingdao to Melbourne on 30 September, served by an Airbus A330 jet.[citation needed] In November 2016, Beijing Capital Airlines announced the launch of a Hangzhou-Qingdao-Vancouver service on 30 December 2016, which is served by an Airbus A330 aircraft.[6]

In July 2017 Beijing Capital Airlines launched its second Australian nonstop flight from Qingdao to Sydney, served by an Airbus A330.[citation needed] Beijing Capital Airlines launched twice a week Beijing-Xian-Lisbon service starting from 30 August 2019.[7] In September 2019, Beijing Capital Airlines announced that it would be moving some flights from Beijing Capital Airport to the newly opened Beijing Daxing Airport from 27 October 2019.


Current fleet[edit]

A Deer Air Airbus A319CJ at Toulouse–Blagnac Airport in 2012
A Beijing Capital Airlines Airbus A320-200 in 2023
A Beijing Capital Airlines Airbus A330-200 at Melbourne Airport, Australia in 2018

As of October 2021, Beijing Capital Airlines has an all-Airbus fleet consisting of the following aircraft:[8][9]

Beijing Capital Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 16 138 138
Airbus A320-200 32 174 174
Airbus A320neo 7 180 180
Airbus A321-200 18 212 212
Airbus A321neo 2 TBA
Airbus A330-200 7 36 186 222
Airbus A330-300 4 18 288 306
Total 86

Former fleet[edit]

Beijing Capital Airlines has previously operated the following aircraft:[citation needed]

Focus cities and hubs[edit]


  1. ^ "Capital Airlines (China) on ch-aviation.com". ch-aviation.com. Retrieved 21 November 2023.
  2. ^ 联系方式 [Contact information] (in Chinese). Beijing Capital Airlines. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 北京首都国际机场货运北路3号首都航空大厦
  3. ^ Lei, Hou (8 February 2010). "Deer Air to be renamed Capital Airlines". China Daily. Retrieved 30 June 2023.
  4. ^ Lei, Hou (29 April 2010). "Capital Airlines to jet off next week". China Daily. Retrieved 30 June 2023.
  5. ^ "Beijing Capital Airlines formally launched". People's Daily Online. 5 May 2010. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Beijing Capital Airlines rolls out new Vancouver-Qingdao-Hangzhou Service". Canada NewsWire. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Beijing Capital Airlines to launch Beijing-Xian-Lisbon route". Business Traveller. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 9.
  9. ^ a b "Beijing Capital Airlines Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.

External links[edit]

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