Tianjin Airlines

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Tianjin Airlines
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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2004 (as Grand China Express Air)
Commenced operations 2007
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]


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]

In mid-2015, Tianjin Airlines signed a contract for 22 Embraer aircraft (20 Embraer 195s and 2 Embraer 190-E2s). It is part of a larger agreement made in 2014 for 40 aircraft, the remaining 18 to be approved by the Chinese authorities. The first Embraer 195 will be delivered later in 2015 and the first Embraer 190-E2 in 2018.[7]

The airline plans to launch international long-haul services and is to take delivery of its first Airbus A330 aircraft in 2016 to serve destinations in Europe, North America and southeast Asia.[8]


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.


As of August 2015, the Tianjin Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[9]

Tianjin Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers[10] Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 18 0 8 144 152
Airbus A330-200 0 1 TBA TBA TBA To be delivered new from Airbus in 2016[11]
Embraer ERJ-145 22 0 0 50 50
Embraer ERJ-190 45 0 6
Embraer ERJ-190-E2 0 20[12] TBA
Total 85 20

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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.[13]


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