Spring Airlines

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Spring Airlines
Chūnqīu Hángkōng Gōngsī
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2004
Hubs Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Focus cities Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Spring Pass
Fleet size 70
Destinations 34
Parent company Spring Airlines Ltd.
Headquarters Shanghai, China
Key people Wang Zhenghua[1]
Website ch.com
The Homeyo Hotel buildings at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (Building 2 is the corporate headquarters of Spring Airlines)

Spring Airlines (Chinese: 春秋航空; pinyin: Chūnqiū Hángkōng; abbreviated 春航 Chūn Háng) is a low-cost carrier with its headquarters in the Homeyo Hotel (航友宾馆 Hángyǒu Bīnguǎn) in Changning District, Shanghai, China.[2][3] While the company adopted the English name "Spring Airlines", the Chinese name literally means "Spring Autumn Airlines."

Spring Airlines is the aviation subsidiary of Shanghai Spring International Travel Service. It reported a net profit of 470 million yuan ($71.2 million) in 2010.[4]

History and Development[edit]

Spring Airlines A320-200
Passengers boarding a Spring Airline aircraft via airstair

The airline was given approval to be established on 26 May 2004. Its first aircraft, an Airbus A320 (formerly of Lotus Air), was delivered on 12 July 2005, at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. Spring Airlines started operations on 18 July 2005 and the first flight on that day was between Shanghai and Yantai. Daily flights to Guilin were also initiated.

To keep operating costs low, Spring sells tickets exclusively from its springairlines.com website (and some designated ticket offices), bypassing travel agents. Spring no longer offers complimentary on-board meals nor complimentary water; however passengers are able to purchase meals and beverages on board. In December 2006, the airline offered a 1-yuan promotional price which caused trouble with government officials.[5]

In late July 2009, Spring's plan to establish overseas routes was granted by the General Administration of Civil Aviation of the People's Republic of China, making it the first budget airline in China to explore the international market. The airline plans to operate short-distance routes linking mainland Chinese cities to Hong Kong and Macau, as well as neighboring countries such as Japan, South Korea and Russia.[6]

On July 29, 2010, Spring Airlines launched its first international route linking its home city Shanghai and Japan's Ibaraki Airport, about 80 kilometers northeast of Tokyo.[7] 2 months later, on September 28, the airline successfully introduced its first flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong with almost full passengers on board.[8] Spring's daily flights from Shanghai to Macau commenced on 8 April 2011[9] with further international destinations following in the second half of 2011.

The airline is now preparing for a listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in an effort to fuel its expansion.[10]

Spring Airlines announced in 2011 that it had plans to establish a subsidiary in Japan; it would be the first Chinese airline to do so.[11] Spring was required to find one or more local partners due to Japanese legal restrictions that would limit its investment to a minority stake.[12] Spring Airlines Japan originally planned to begin operations in autumn 2013 but has delayed this to 2014.[13]

The Spring Airlines corporate logo is known as a triple spiral or triskelion in Western semiotics.[citation needed]

Spring Airlines began serving Singapore from 25 April 2014.[14]

On 28 July 2014, the airline prevented two passengers who had HIV from boarding a flight to Shijiazhuang, telling them the airline's policy was not to transport people with HIV. The passengers launched a lawsuit against Spring claiming compensation and an apology, which a court accepted. The airline denied discriminating against the passengers saying they should not have made their status known.[15]

In 2015, Spring announced plans to build a 250-300 room hotel at Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya, Japan, a rare instance of a low-cost carrier entering the hotel business.[16]



The Spring Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of May 2017):[17]

Spring Airlines
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers
Airbus A320 70 180
Airbus A320neo[18] 0 45 TBA
Airbus A321neo 0 15 TBA

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On June 6, 2014, an Airbus A320 operated by Spring Airlines experienced a runway excursion and tail strike on go-around at Xiamen. There were no injuries, but the aircraft sustained substantial damage. An investigation has been opened by China's Accident Investigation Board.[19]


  1. ^ "Spring Air Considers Hong Kong Hub in Cathay Pacific Challenge". Bangkok Post. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Spring Airlines Business Office & Airport Ticket Office." Spring Airlines. Retrieved on February 13, 2011. "Spring Airlines Head Office: [...] Mailing Address: Spring Airlines Customer Service Center. 4th Floor, Building No.3, Homeyo Hotel, No.2550 Hongqiao Road, Shanghai 200335 ." Address in Chinese: "邮寄地址:上海市虹桥路2550号航友宾馆3号楼4楼春秋航空股份有限公司客户服务中心"
  3. ^ Home. Homeyo Hotel. Retrieved on February 13, 2011. "上海市迎宾一路425号"
  4. ^ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-01/14/content_11855569.htm
  5. ^ "China's Spring Airlines", Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 1, 2007.
  6. ^ CCTV English 30 July 2009
  7. ^ July 29. 2010
  8. ^ October 8, 2010
  9. ^ [1] 12 April 2011
  10. ^ February 15, 2010
  11. ^ Wang, Ying (30 August 2011). "Spring Airlines looks to Japan for expansion". China Daily. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  12. ^ Sanders, Fay (30 September 2011). "Spring Airlines on hunt for JV partner and first five narrowbodies". Ascend. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Spring Airlines Japan approved, delays launch to 2014: report". CAPA. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Spring Airlines to begin service to Singapore" (Press release). airlineroute. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Spring Airlines sued by HIV positive passengers who were refused boarding". China News.Net. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "中国最大のLCC、中部空港近くにホテル 訪日客に的". Nihon Keizai Shimbun. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  17. ^ http://www.xmyzl.com/?mod=jidui_show&id=51&typeid=44
  18. ^ "China's Spring Airlines to buy 60 Airbus planes in $6.3 bn deal". bloombergBusiness. 2015-12-03. 
  19. ^ http://avherald.com/h?article=47600c66&opt=0

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