Kunming Airlines

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Kunming Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operations2009
HubsKunming Changshui International Airport
Frequent-flyer programPriority Club
Fleet size27
Parent companyAir China
HeadquartersKunming, Yunnan, China
Key peopleWang Qingmin (Chief Executive)

Kunming Airlines (昆明航空公司) is an airline based in Kunming, Yunnan, China established in 2005.[1]


In November 2005 it was reported that Sichuan Airlines Group would invest US$4 million to acquire a 40% stake in Kunming Airlines, which would operate passenger and cargo services. Pilots would be provided by Sichuan Airlines and private investors Wang Qingmin and Wang Hui would invest in the remaining 40 and 20% shares respectively.[2]

In December 2005 the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said it would soon approve operation of the private airline Kunming Airlines, which has a registered capital of RMB80 million, and plans to be based at Kunming Wujiaba International Airport.[3]

As of January 2009, Kunming Airlines is 80 percent owned by Shenzhen Airlines with the remaining 20% owned by a local businessman, with a total registered capital of RMB 80 million. The new airline will receive two B737-700 and one B737-800 aircraft as well as 30 pilots and 26 flight attendants from Shenzhen Airlines.[4]

The airline commenced operations on 15 February 2009 from Kunming to Changsha and Harbin.[5]

2008 strategic plan[edit]

As of November 2008, Kunming Airlines had a 15-year strategic plan called the '3-5-7 Plan', which has three stages.[6]

  • 2008-2010: Assemble a fleet of 30-40 planes and establish an extensive flight network throughout Yunnan. And establish routes to all provincial capitals and developed cities mainly on the east coast. Connecting these cities with top Southeast Asian destinations.
  • 2010-2015: Upgrade fleet to 80-100 planes. Establish hubs in Xi'an and Guangzhou while boosting its trunk and branch routes.
  • 2015-2022: Expand fleet to 150-200 planes. Establish hubs in Tianjin and Hangzhou. Focus on increasing international reach.


Kunming Airlines, based in Kunming Changshui International Airport, will operate flights within Yunnan province as well as routes connecting Kunming and other cities, and gradually launch flights between Kunming and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries.

Country City Airport Notes Refs
 China Baoshan Baoshan Yunrui Airport
 China Changchun Changchun Longjia International Airport
 China Changsha Changsha Huanghua International Airport
 China Chengdu Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
 China Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
 China Diqing Diqing Shangri-La Airport
 China Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
 China Hangzhou Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
 China Harbin Harbin Taiping International Airport
 China Huizhou Huizhou Pingtan Airport
 China Jinan Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
 China Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport Hub
 China Kunming Kunming Wujiaba International Airport Airport Closed
 China Lijiang Lijiang Sanyi International Airport
 China Lincang Lincang Airport
 China Mangshi Dehong Mangshi Airport
 China Nanjing Nanjing Lukou International Airport
 China Nantong Nantong Xingdong Airport
 China Pu'er Pu'er Simao Airport
 China Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport
 China Shenzhen Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
 China Shijiazhuang Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport
 China Taiyuan Taiyuan Wusu International Airport
 China Taizhou Taizhou Luqiao Airport
 China Tengchong Tengchong Tuofeng Airport
 China Xiamen Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
 China Xi'an Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
 China Xishuangbanna Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport
 China Yuncheng Yuncheng Guangong Airport
 China Zhaotong Zhaotong Airport
 China Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
 China Zunyi Zunyi Maotai Airport
 Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport [7]
 Thailand Hat Yai Hat Yai International Airport [8]
 Thailand Pattaya U-Tapao International Airport
 Thailand Phuket Phuket International Airport


Kunming Airlines operates an all-Boeing fleet consisting of the following aircraft:[9][10]

Kunming Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-700 9 140 140
Boeing 737-800 16 8 159 167
160 168
Boeing 737 MAX 8 2 8 TBA Grounded and delivery suspended indefinitely due to Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 incident.
Total 27 8

In 2014 Kunming Airlines agreed to purchase 10 Boeing 737 aircraft (4 Boeing 737-700 Next Gen and 6 Boeing 737 MAX) in an $897m deal.[11]


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  2. ^ "Kunming to get new airline". Go Kunming/Kunming Business. 2006-12-14. Archived from the original on 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2007-06-05.
  3. ^ "CAAC To Approve Operation Of Two More Private Airlines". China Hospitality News. 2005-12-09. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-06-05.
  4. ^ http://www.chinaknowledge.com/Newswires/News_Detail.aspx?type=1&NewsID=20480
  5. ^ "Directory: World Airlines Part 2 (C-L)". Flight International: 31–80. 2009-04-07.
  6. ^ http://www.gokunming.com/en/blog/item/732/kunming_airlines_to_launch_in_january_2009
  7. ^ "Kunming Airlines adds Kunming – Bangkok route form late-Oct 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Kunming Airlines files Hat Yai launch from April 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  9. ^ "民航休闲小站". www.xmyzl.com. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  10. ^ "Kunming Airlines Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  11. ^ "China's Kunming Airlines commits to ten B737s". ch-aviation. Retrieved 2019-02-20.