Kunming Airlines

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Kunming Airlines
KunmingAirLogo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
KY KNA KUNMING AIR
Founded2005
Commenced operations2009
HubsKunming Changshui International Airport
Frequent-flyer programPriority Club
Fleet size30
Destinations21
Parent companyAir China
HeadquartersKunming, Yunnan
Key peopleWang Qingmin (Chief Executive)
Websitewww.airkunming.com

Kunming Airlines (Chinese: 昆明航空公司; pinyin: Kūnmíng Hángkōng Gōngsī) is a Chinese airline based in Kunming, Yunnan province, and established in 2005.[1]

History[edit]

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.

Routes[edit]

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

Fleet[edit]

Kunming Airlines Boeing 737

As of January 2020, Kunming Airlines operates an all-Boeing fleet consisting of the following aircraft:[9][10][11]

Kunming Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-700 9 140 140
Boeing 737-800 19 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 30 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.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 103.
  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. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 11.
  10. ^ 民航休闲小站. www.xmyzl.com (in Chinese). Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  11. ^ "Kunming Airlines Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  12. ^ "China's Kunming Airlines commits to ten B737s". ch-aviation. Retrieved 2019-02-20.