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Qingdao Airlines

Qingdao Airlines
青岛航空
IATA ICAO Callsign
QW QDA SKY LEGEND
Founded June 2013 (2013-06)
Qingdao, Shandong, China
Commenced operations 26 April 2014 (2014-04-26)
Operating bases
Destinations 5
Parent company Nanshan Group (55%)
Key people
  • Song Zuowen (President)
Website .com.qdairlineswww

Qingdao Airlines (Chinese: 青岛航空) 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]

History

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

Ownership

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

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

Headquarters

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

Destinations

Operations started on 26 April 2014 (2014-04-26) linking Qingdao with Chengdu.[1] As of August 2015, Qingdao Airlines served the following destinations:[5]

The airline aims to become a ″boutique airline″ and has plans to start services to Shenzhen and Shenyang in the near future; Guangzhou and Shanghai are expected to be served in the longer term.[1]

Fleet

In September 2013 (2013-09), an order for five Airbus A320s and A320neos was placed in a deal valued at USD2.5 billion;[8] these aircraft will be delivered in 2016.[2][9] The carrier phased in its first aircraft, a -seater Airbus A320, in early April 2014 (2014-04).[10][11] As of August 2015, the airline‍‍ '​‍s fleet consist of six Airbus A320s. Qingdao Airlines plans to expand its fleet to 60 aircraft by 2020.[5]

References

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  5. ^ a b c  Archived 7 August 2015 at the Wayback Machine
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  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)
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External links

  • Qingdao Airlines (simplified Chinese)
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