Qingdao Airlines

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Qingdao Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded June 2013 (2013-06)
Qingdao, Shandong, China
Commenced operations 26 April 2014 (2014-04-26)
Operating bases
Fleet size 12
Destinations 5
Parent company Nanshan Group (55%)
Key people
  • Song Zuowen (President)
Website www.qdairlines.com
Qingdao Airlines
Simplified Chinese 青岛航空

Qingdao Airlines is a startup Chinese airline that commenced operations on 26 April 2014 (2014-04-26).[1] The carrier is based at Qingdao Liuting International Airport.[2]


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 (2013-05).[3] Approval was received by the CAAC between that month and June 2013 (2013-06),[4] when Qingdao Airlines was formed.[1]

Corporate affairs[edit]


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).[1] In July 2015 (2015-07), Shandong Airlines transferred its shares to a subsidiary of the Nanshan Group; as of August 2015, the airline plans to sell the 25% of the shares held by QTDG in order to become fully private.[5]

Key people[edit]

As of April 2014, Song Zuowen was the president of the airline.[6]


The airline's headquarters are in Chengyang District, Qingdao.[7]


Operations started on 26 April 2014 (2014-04-26) linking Qingdao with Chengdu.[1] As of May 2014, the airline's top five routes ranked by seat capacity were Qingdao–Shanghai, Qingdao–Beijing, Qingdao–Hangzhou, Qingdao–Shenyang and Qingdao–Dalian.[8] As of October 2016, Qingdao Airlines served the following destinations:[9]

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.[1]


Qingdao Airlines Airbus A320 at Qingdao Liuting International Airport

The Qingdao Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of March 2017):[10]

Qingdao Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Notes
Airbus A320-200 12

In September 2013 (2013-09), an order for five Airbus A320s and 18 A320neos was placed in a deal valued at USD2.5 billion;[11] these aircraft will be delivered in 2016.[2][12] The carrier phased in its first aircraft, a 152-seater Airbus A320, in early April 2014 (2014-04).[13][14] Qingdao Airlines plans to expand its fleet to 60 aircraft by 2020.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Cantle, Katie (28 April 2014). "Qingdao Airlines launches inaugural flight". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Waldron, Greg (25 September 2013). "China’s Qingdao Airlines orders 23 A320s". Flightglobal. Singapore. Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Hashim, Firdaus (20 May 2013). "Nanshan Group seek to establish Qingdao Airlines with two partners". Flightglobal. Singapore. Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "15 new passenger airlines to launch in China. Though small in size, they will rattle the status quo". Centre for Aviation. 3 May 2014. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Cantle, Katie (5 August 2015). "Qingdao Airlines to sell 25% stake". Air Transport World.  Archived 7 August 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Qingdao Airlines launches inaugural operations, establishing itself as a 'boutique airline'". Centre for Aviation. 28 April 2014. Archived from the original on 1 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Qingdao Airlines. Retrieved on October 26, 2014. "办公地址:青岛市城阳区长城南路6号6栋"(Archive)
  8. ^ "China's new airlines – Donghai, Loong & Qingdao – preferring to follow rather than innovate". CAPA Centre for Aviation. 9 May 2014. Archived from the original on 2 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Qingdao Airlines Route Map (Winter Season 2017)". Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  10. ^ http://www.xmyzl.com/?mod=jidui_show&id=53&typeid=43
  11. ^ Landauro, Inti (25 September 2013). "Airbus: Qingdao Airlines Orders 23 A320 Planes, Worth $2.25B at List Prices". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Qingdao Airlines orders 23 A320 Family aircraft" (Press release). Airbus. 25 September 2013. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. 
  13. ^ Blachly, Linda (10 April 2014). "Qingdao Airlines takes delivery of first A320". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "China’s Qingdao Airlines takes delivery of its first A320" (Press release). Airbus. 10 April 2014. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. 

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