Qingdao, Shandong, China
|Commenced operations||26 April 2014|
|Parent company||Nanshan Group (55%)|
An application for the establishment of an airline based in the Shandong province was filed with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) by the Yantai-based Nanshan Group in May 2013 . Approval was received by the CAAC between that month and June 2013 , when Qingdao Airlines was formed.
Initially, the airline was owned by the Nanshan Group (55%), the Qingdao Transport Development Group (QTDG) (25%) and Shandong Airlines (20%). The initial capital of Qingdao Airlines was CNY1 billion (USD161 million). In July 2015 , Shandong Airlines transferred its shares to a subsidiary of the Nanshan Group; as of August 2015[update], the airline plans to sell the 25% of the shares held by QTDG in order to become fully private.
Operations started on 26 April 2014Qingdao with Chengdu. As of May 2014[update], the airline's top five routes ranked by seat capacity were Qingdao–Shanghai, Qingdao–Beijing, Qingdao–Hangzhou, Qingdao–Shenyang and Qingdao–Dalian. As of October 2016[update], Qingdao Airlines served the following destinations:linking
- Beijing – Beijing Capital International Airport
- Changsha – Changsha Huanghua International Airport
- Chengdu – Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
- Harbin – Harbin Taiping International Airport
- Shanghai – Shanghai Pudong International Airport
- Quanzhou – Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport
- Ürümqi – Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
- Lanzhou – Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport
- Yinchuan – Yinchuan Hedong International Airport
- Guiyang – Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport
- Nanning – Nanning Wuxu International Airport
- Kunming – Kunming Changshui International Airport
- Hohhot – Hohhot Baita International Airport
- Guilin – Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
- Haikou – Haikou Meilan International Airport
- Nanjing – Nanjing Lukou International Airport
- Hefei – Hefei Xinqiao International Airport
- Zunyi – Zunyi Xinzhou Airport
- Tianjin – Tianjin Binhai International Airport
- Dalian – Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
- Yantai – Yantai Penglai International Airport
- Shenyang – Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
- Changchun – Changchun Longjia International Airport
- Qingdao – Qingdao Liuting International Airport
The airline originally aimed to become a ″boutique airline″ and had plans to start services to Shenzhen and Shenyang in the near future; Guangzhou and Shanghai were expected to be served in the longer term.
The Qingdao Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of March 2017):
In September 2013Airbus A320s and 18 A320neos was placed in a deal valued at USD2.5 billion; these aircraft will be delivered in 2016. The carrier phased in its first aircraft, a 152-seater Airbus A320, in early April 2014 . Qingdao Airlines plans to expand its fleet to 60 aircraft by 2020., an order for five
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