East Star Airlines

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East Star Airlines
East Star Air logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2005
Ceased operations 15 March 2009 [1]
Operating bases Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
Fleet size 9 (+2 orders)
Destinations 21
Parent company East Star Airlines Company Limited
Headquarters Wuhan, Hubei, People's Republic of China
Website www.eaststar-air.com

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.[2] 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.[3]


The airline received its air-operators 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).[2] Its inaugural flight was from Wuhan to Shenzhen using its first Airbus A319.[4]

On 15 March 2009, the airline announced that it was suspending its flights indefinitely.[1][5]

On 30 March 2009, the airline was liquidated by the Wuhan's Mid-Court.

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.[6] China Southern Airlines later take these route of Wuhan after bankruptcy started.


East Star Airlines destinations included (at March 2009):

City Country Region IATA ICAO Airport Ref Notes
Changde  China East Asia CGD ZGCD Changde Airport [4]
Changsha  China East Asia CSX ZGHA Changsha Huanghua International Airport [4]
Chongqing  China East Asia CKG ZUCK Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport [4]
Dalian  China East Asia DLC ZYTL Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport [4]
Guangzhou  China East Asia CAN ZGGG Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport [4]
Guilin  China East Asia KWL ZGKL Guilin Liangjiang International Airport [4]
Haikou  China East Asia HAK ZJHK Haikou Meilan International Airport [4]
Hangzhou  China East Asia HGH ZSHC Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport [4]
Hong Kong  Hong Kong East Asia HKG VHHH Hong Kong International Airport [4]
Macau  Macau East Asia MFM VMMC Macau International Airport [4]
Nanjing  China East Asia NKG ZSNJ Nanjing Lukou International Airport [4]
Qingdao  China East Asia TAO ZSQD Qingdao Liuting International Airport [4]
Sanya  China East Asia SYX ZGSY Sanya Phoenix International Airport [4]
Shanghai  China East Asia SHA ZSSS Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport [4]
Shenyang  China East Asia SHE ZYTX Shenyang Taoxian International Airport [4]
Shenzhen  China East Asia SZX ZGSZ Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport [4]
Tianjin  China East Asia TSN ZBTJ Tianjin Binhai International Airport [4]
Wuhan  China East Asia WUH ZHHH Wuhan Tianhe International Airport [4] Base
Xi'an  China East Asia XIY ZLXY Xi'an Xianyang International Airport [4]
Xiamen  China East Asia XMN ZSAM Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport [4]
Zhengzhou  China East Asia CGO ZHCC Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport [4]


An Airbus A320 of East Star parking at Xiamen Airport

The East Star Airlines fleet included the following aircraft (at 2 March 2009):[7]

East Star Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Notes
Airbus A319-100 3 0
Airbus A320-200 6 2 The orders were due to be delivered in 2009
Total 9 2

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 are to be delivered in batches from the second quarter of 2006.[8]


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