|Hubs||Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
|Focus cities||Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Spring Pass|
|Parent company||Spring Airlines Ltd.|
|Key people||Wang Zhenghua|
Spring Airlines (Chinese: 春秋航空; pinyin: Chūnqiū Hángkōng; abbreviated 春航 Chūn Háng) is a budget airline with its headquarters in the Homeyo Hotel (航友宾馆 Hángyǒu Bīnguǎn) in Changning District, Shanghai, China. While the company adopted the English name "Spring Airlines", the Chinese characters literally mean "Spring and Autumn Airlines".
Spring Airlines reported a net profit of 470 million yuan ($71.2 million) in 2010.
History and Development
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.
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.
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. 2 months later, on September 28, the airline successfully introduced its first flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong with almost full passengers on board. Spring's daily flights from Shanghai to Macau commenced on 8 April 2011 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.
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. Spring was required to find one or more local partners due to Japanese legal restrictions that would limit its investment to a minority stake. Spring Airlines Japan originally planned to begin operations in autumn 2013 but has delayed this to 2014.
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.
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.
Spring Airlines serves the following destinations:
- Beijing-Capital PEK
- Tianjin TSN
- Luoyang LYA
- Qingdao TAO
- Hangzhou HGH
- Nanjing NKG
- Sanya SYX
- Kunming KMG
- Ürümqi URC
- Lanzhou LHW
- Xi'an XIY
- Hohhot HET
- Harbin HRB
- Hong Kong HKG
- Macau MFM
- Siem Reap REP
- Singapore SIN
- Jeju CJU
- Da Nang DAD
- Makassar UPG
As of April 2015, the average fleet age of the airline is 3.9 years.
Standing seat proposal
Spring Airlines seeking approvals for 24 inch-pitch standing seats from aviation authorities.
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