East Star Airlines
|Ceased operations||15 March 2009 |
|Operating bases||Wuhan Tianhe International Airport|
|Parent company||East Star Airlines Company Limited|
|Headquarters||Wuhan, Hubei, People's Republic of China|
East Star Airlines (Chinese: 東星航空) was an airline based in Wuhan, Hubei, People's Republic of China. It was a privately owned airline and operated scheduled domestic services on 10 routes from Wuhan, and was expected to add more routes as its fleet grew. Its main base was at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport.
The airline received its air operator's certificate from the CAAC on 10 June 2005, and started operations on 19 May 2006. It was wholly owned by the China East Star Group and had 541 employees (at March 2007). Its inaugural flight was from Wuhan to Shenzhen using its first Airbus A319.
On 27 November 2005, the airline signed a Letter of Intent with Airbus for the purchase of 10 Airbus A320s plus a firm lease deal with GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) for another 10 Airbus A320s. The aircraft were to be delivered in batches from the second quarter of 2006.
In July 2007, it was granted rights to operate international services after only a year of service, the first privately owned Chinese airline to be granted permission to operate international flights before Civil Aviation Administration of China's (CAAC) requirement of three-year service.
On 27 August 2009, the airline officially went bankrupt, after the Intermediate People's Court of Wuhan rejected its last restructuring plan because the investment firm ChinaEquity that had promised to invest between CNY 200 and 300 million, did not specify the source of the funding, failed to provide certificates and documents, and lacked measures to protect creditors, the court stated.
East Star Airlines destinations included (at March 2009):
The East Star Airlines fleet included the following aircraft (at 2 March 2009):
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 75.
- Asia Travel Tips 26 May 2006
- China Economic Net 14 December 2005
- China Daily 17 July 2007
- East Star Airlines Fleet
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