Tianjin Airlines

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See Grand China Air for the holding company of Hainan Airlines.
Tianjin Airlines
天津航空
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IATA
GS
ICAO
GCR
Callsign
BOHAI
Founded 2004 (as Grand China Express Air)
Commenced operations 2007
Hubs
Secondary hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Fortune Wings Club
Fleet size 84
Destinations 63
Parent company Grand China Air Company Ltd
Headquarters Tianjin, China
Website tianjin-air.com/

Tianjin Airlines (Chinese: 天津航空; pinyin: Tiānjīn Hángkōng —formerly Grand China Express Air) is a regional airline headquartered in Tianjin Binhai International Airport passenger terminal building, Dongli District, Tianjin, People's Republic of China,[1] operating domestic scheduled passenger and cargo flights out of Tianjin Binhai International Airport.[2]

History[edit]

The airline was established in 2004 in an effort to merge the major aviation assets of Hainan Airlines, China Xinhua Airlines, Chang'an Airlines and Shanxi Airlines, and received its operating licence from the Civil Aviation Administration of China in 2007.[3] Scheduled flights were launched under the brand name Grand China Express Air, using 29-32 seat Fairchild Dornier 328JET aircraft. At that time, the company was China's largest regional airline, operating on 78 routes linking 54 cities. On 10 June 2009, the company name was changed to Tianjin Airlines.[4] As of August 2011, 63 destinations are served (excluding those operated on behalf of Hainan Airlines),[5] though by 2012, the airline intends to fly on more than 450 routes linking at least 90 cities, taking more than 90% of the domestic regional aviation market.[6]

Destinations[edit]

Tianjin Airlines is a major player in the regional airline markets of Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia, known for shuttling passengers between the regional capitals to various feeder airports.

Fleet[edit]

As of April 2015, the Tianjin Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[7]

Tianjin Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers[8] Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320 17 0 8 144 152
Embraer ERJ 145 22 0 0 50 50
Embraer 190 45 0 6
0
92
106
98
106
Embraer E190-E2 0 20[9] TBA
Total 84 20

Previously operated[edit]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On June 29, 2012 there was an attempted hijacking of Tianjin Airlines Flight 7554, an Embraer ERJ-190, by six ethnic Uyghur men. Passengers and crew overpowered the hijackers. The aircraft returned to Hotan at 12:45 pm, where 11 passengers and crew and two hijackers were treated for injuries. Two hijackers died of injuries they sustained during the fight on the aircraft. The incident marked the first serious hijacking attempt in China since 1990.[10]

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