Okay Airways

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Okay Airways
奥凯航空公司
Aòkǎi Hángkōng Gōngsī
OKAirLogo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
BK OKA OKAYJET
Founded 2004
Hubs

Tianjin Binhai International Airport

Xi'an Xianyang International Airport

Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Holy Clouds Club
Fleet size 23
Destinations 50
Parent company Okay Airways Ltd.
Headquarters Beijing, China
Key people Liu Jieyin
Website http://www.okair.net/
Okay Airways headquarters in an Air China facility

Okay Airways (Chinese: 奥凯航空公司; pinyin: Aòkǎi Hángkōng gōngsī) is an airline headquartered in Shunyi District, Beijing, People's Republic of China. It operates passenger flight services and dedicated cargo services. Its main hub are Tianjin Binhai International Airport,Xi'an Xianyang International Airport and secondary hub is Changsha Huanghua International Airport.[1] Flights were suspended for one month beginning on December 15, 2008, due to a dispute between the carrier and its shareholders.[2]

History[edit]

Okay Airways was established in June 2004 and in February 2005 received an aviation carrier business license from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). It is China's first private sector airline. The carrier's maiden flight from its base in Tianjin to Changsha was on March 11, 2005, with 81 people on board.[3]

In August 2005, the airline signed a letter of intent with Korean Air under which it and another Korean company were to have acquired 49% of the airline, but agreement could not be reached over the issue of control and the deal failed.[4] Okay Airways leased three Boeing 737-300F aircraft and started cargo services as a local partner of FedEx Express in March 2007.[5]

On 15 December 2008 the airline suspended passenger operations.[6] Passenger operations resumed on 24 January 2009.[7]

Okay Airways and Joy Air 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.[8]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Its headquarters are in an Air China office facility in Zone A of the Tianzhu Industrial Zone of Shunyi District, Beijing, People's Republic of China.[9][10] Previously the headquarters of Okay Airways were in the Fengtai District, Beijing.[11][12]

Destinations[edit]

As of February 2017, Okay Airways Operate to:

China
Japan
South Korea
Thailand
Vietnam
Indonesia

Fleet[edit]

Okay Airways Boeing 737-800 in former livery
Okay Airways Xian MA60 in former livery

The Okay Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of July 2017):[16]

Okay Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737–800 18 177
Boeing 737-900ER 4 5 200
Boeing 737 MAX 8 7
TBA
Boeing 737 MAX 10 8[17]
TBA
Okay Airways Cargo fleet
Boeing 737-300F 1
Cargo
Total 23 20

In June 2017, the airline announced an order for 15 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft consisting of 7 737 MAX 8 and 8 737 MAX 10. The airline also signed an MOU for 5 Boeing 787-9 aircraft.[18]

Okay Airways used to have a regional fleet of 13 Xian MA-60. With the establishment of the new Joy Air on October 30, 2016, the regional fleet of Okay Airways (all the 13 Xian MA60) has been transferred to Joy Air.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 58. 
  2. ^ "China's Okay Airways suspends flights for 1 month". USA Today. 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  3. ^ "Private airline launches 1st flight". Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Air Transport World Archived May 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. 9 May 2007
  5. ^ "中国民用航空网_中国民航业门户网站_《中国民用航空》杂志社主办". Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Okay Airways suspends passenger flights, president fired". Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  7. ^ http://airlineroute.blogspot.com/2009/01/chinas-okay-airways-returns.html
  8. ^ "(unknown title)". Airliner World. January 2015. p. 17. 
  9. ^ "联系方式 Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.." Okay Airways. November 21, 2011. Retrieved on December 27, 2011. "北京市顺义区天竺空港工业区A区天柱中路16号"
  10. ^ "Privacy Policy." Air China France. Retrieved on February 5, 2010. "No. 16, A TianZhu Airport Industrial Zone TianZhu West Road"
  11. ^ "北京总公司." Okay Airways. Retrieved on October 4, 2009. "北京总公司" and "北京市丰台区方庄芳星园三区18号"
  12. ^ "China to approve private airline – report.(Okay Airways Co)(Brief Article)." HighBeam Research, Airline Industry Information. February 22, 2005. Retrieved on October 4, 2009.
  13. ^ "Okay Airways schedules Xi’An – Hakodate flight in Dec 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Okay Airways Plans Tianjin – Daegu Service in late-May 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "Okay Airways adds Phuket service from late-Nov 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  16. ^ http://www.xmyzl.com/?mod=jidui_show&id=50&typeid=44
  17. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/brief-boeing-okay-airways-announce-order-idUSFWN1JH0B4
  18. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/brief-boeing-okay-airways-announce-order-idUSFWN1JH0B4
  19. ^ Cantle, Katie (25 January 2017). "China’s Joy Air may not see profit for two years". ATW (Air Transport World). Retrieved 22 March 2017. 

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