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
Frequent-flyer program Holy Clouds Club
Fleet size 32
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 charter services and plans to expand into scheduled passenger and dedicated cargo services. Its main hub is Tianjin Binhai International Airport in Tianjin.[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 January 2016, Okay Airways Operate to:

China
Japan
South Korea
Thailand

Fleet[edit]

Okay Airways Boeing 737-800
Okay Airways Xian MA60

The Okay Airways fleet includes, with February 2016 announcement of fleet expansion ordering 1 Boeing 737-900ER, 3 Boeing 737 Max-9 and 8 Boeing 737 Max-8 with 8 additional options:[14]

Okay Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers
Boeing 737-300F 1 Cargo
Boeing 737–800 15 3 177
Boeing 737-900ER 3 6 200
Boeing 737-8 0 14 TBD
Boeing 737-9 0 3 TBD
Xian MA-60 13 60
Total 32 26

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[permanent dead link]." 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 Plans Tianjin – Daegu Service in late-May 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  14. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=OKA&al_op=1

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