Joy Air

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Joy Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 29 March 2008
Commenced operations 1 June 2009
Hubs Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
Fleet size 8
Destinations 17
Parent company China Eastern Airlines, AVIC I

Joy Air is a Chinese airline launched jointly by China Eastern Airlines and AVIC I on March 29, 2008 [1] based at Xi'an. The airline started testing service in June 2009, and commenced passenger service at the end of 2009.[2]


The airline began flying on 1 June 2009 with a fleet of 3 MA-60 turboprops.[3] This airline focuses on the northwestern part of China. The airline was testing its aircraft until the end of 2009 when it commenced passenger service with 4 MA-60 turboprops. The company is mainly owned by China Eastern Airlines, with the remaining owned by AVIC Group. China Eastern is planning to sell most of its shares in order to generate money for the company. Joy Air is expected to own 50 ACAC ARJ 21 and 50 MA-60 in 8 years.[4]

Joy Air and Okay Airways were announced as launch customers for the Xian MA700 aircraft and are to be involved with the development of the aircraft, which is due to make its maiden flight in 2017.[5]


The Joy Air fleet includes the following aircraft (as of January 2013)[6]

Joy Air Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Notes
COMAC C919 0 20 156 International
COMAC ARJ21 0 50 85 Domestic
Xian MA-60 8 44 60 Domestic

Accidents and Inccidents[edit]

On May 5, 2015, Joy Air flight 1529, a Xian MA-60 from Hefei Airport via Yiwu Airport to Fuzhou Airport, suffered runway excursion at Fuzhou Airport. Three passengers were injured.[7]


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