Hainan Airlines


Hainan Airlines

Infobox_Airline
airline=Hainan Airlines
海南航空公司
"Hǎinán Hángkōng Gōngsī"
logo=Hainan Airlines logo.pnglogo_size=150px
fleet_size=120 (+166 orders) incl. cargo
destinations=90
IATA=HU
ICAO=CHH
callsign=HAINAN
parent=Grand China Air
founded=1989
headquarters=Haikou, Hainan, China
key_people=Chen Feng (Chairman)
hubs=Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK) Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
focus_cities=Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (XIY)
Taiyuan Wusu Airport (TYN) Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (URC) Sanya Phoenix International Airport (SYX) Tianjin Binhai International Airport (TSN) Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB)
frequent_flyer= Fortune Wings Club
lounge=
alliance=
website=http://www.hnair.com/

Hainan Airlines Company Limited (HNA) (SSE|600221) (Chinese: 海南航空公司; Pinyin: "Hǎinán Hángkōng Gōngsī") is an airline based in Haikou, Hainan, People's Republic of China. It is a privately-owned air group and the fourth-largest airline of China in terms of fleet size. It operates scheduled domestic and international services on 500 routes from Hainan and nine locations on the mainland, as well as charter services. Its main base is Haikou Meilan International Airportcite news | title= Directory: World Airlines | work= Flight International | page= 89 | date= 2007-04-03] , with hubs at Beijing Capital International Airport, Xi'an Xianyang International Airport, Taiyuan Wusu Airport and Urumqi Diwopu International Airport.

Name change to Grand China Air

On November 30, 2007, the four airlines under HNA group, Hainan Airlines, Shanxi Airlines, Chang'an Airlines, and China Xinhua Airlines, merged into Grand China Air (大新華航空), which will be the fourth-largest airline in China. Grand China Air is under a newly-formed parent company called Grand China Airlines Holding CO which is held jointly by Hainan province government (48.6%), George Soros (18.6%), and HNA group (32.8%).

History

The airline was established in October 1989 as Hainan Province Airlines. It was then renamed Hainan Airlines and became China's first joint-stock air-transport enterprise in January 1993 and began scheduled services on 2 May, 1993. Executive-jet operations with a Bombardier Learjet 55 were added in April 1995 . In 1998, Hainan Airlines became the first Chinese carrier to own shares in an airport when it purchased a 25% stake in Haikou Meilan International Airport. Hainan Airlines has 9,102 employees as of March 2007.

Its parent company is HNA group. Formed in 2000, HNA group also has shareholdings in a range of airlines: Shanxi Airlines (92.51%), Chang'an Airlines (73.51%), China Xinhua Airlines (60%), Lucky Air, Deer Jet, Shilin Airlines (48.9%) Grand China Express Air (20%), Yangtze River Express, Hong Kong Airlines (45%) and Hong Kong Express (45%).

HNA group, partly owned by US billionaire George Soros, plans to sell and lease back four planes for $US220 million ($280 million) to cut debt. The carrier will sell four Boeing 737-800s to affiliate, Changjiang Leasing, and then lease them back over six years, from 2008. Hainan will also lease five Fairchild Dornier 328s to its affiliate Grand China Express Air, as well as transferring 230 employees to the smaller airline. Hainan Airlines applied to join the Oneworld alliance in 2007, with Japan Airlines, a codeshare partner of Hainan Airlines, to be sponsor.Fact|date=June 2007

Hainan Airlines has been granted the service from Beijing-Seattle, which began on June 9, 2008. [citation | url=http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/2008-02-05-hainan-seattle_N.htm | title= Seattle to get nonstop China flights on Hainan Air | newspaper=USA Today | author=AP | date=2008-02-05] This makes Seattle Hainan's first North American destination. Hainan also plans to begin Beijing-Chicago and Beijing-Newark in 2009. [ [http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601082&sid=ayKziNsynIMw&refer=canada Hainan Airlines And Other Chinese Carriers Plan To Launch New U.S. Routes] (Bloomberg: September 11, 2007)]

Destinations

Fleet

The Hainan Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft as of September 2008:Fact|date=June 2008

Cargo

As the cargo subsidiary of Hainan Airlines, the Yangtze River Express fleet consists of the following aircraft as at November 2007:Fact|date=January 2008

The average age of Hainan Airlines fleet is 6.7 years old as of November 2007. [ [http://www.airfleets.net/ageflotte/?file=calcop&opp=Hainan%20Airlines Hainan Airlines Fleet Age] ]

Aircraft orders

*Hainan Airlines will take over the three A340-600 coming off-service from Cathay Pacific, to be leased from ILFC. [ [http://209.51.142.90/~ilfc01/viewArticle.php?id=168 Hainan Airlines To Lease Three Airbus A340-600's From ILFC] (ILFC: December 4, 2007)]
*On November 14, 2007, Hainan Airlines took their first Airbus A330-200. The order of seven A330-200s was announced in July 2006. These aircraft are quite similar to Air China's international A330-200 aircraft, but feature a red interior (instead of a blue interior) and different PTVs.
*On September 29, 2005, Hainan Airlines announced an order for eight Boeing 787-8s. The aircraft will enter service near the end of 2009.
*In January 2006, Hainan Airlines along with CASGC announced an order for 10 Boeing 737-800s. In September 2006, Hainan Airlines confirmed another order for 15 Boeing 737-800s. The deliveries will continue through 2010.
*In June 2007, Hainan Airlines announced an order for 13 Airbus A320-200 aircraft.
*Hainan Airlines announced an order to purchase 50 Embraer ERJ-145s and 50 Embraer E-190s with a total value of (at list price) US$ 2.7 billion. Deliveries will commence in September 2007 for the ERJ-145s. The 50-seat ERJ-145s will be produced by the joint venture Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry (HEAI), in the city of Harbin. For the Embraer E-190, deliveries are planned to start in December 2007. The 106-seater aircraft is to be configured for single class service and will be manufactured at the plant of São José dos Campos, Brazil.

Codeshare agreements

*Air Berlin
*Garuda Indonesia
*Hong Kong Airlines
*Hong Kong Express Airways
*Malév Hungarian Airlines
*Brussels Airlines
*Rossiya Airlines

References

External links

* [http://www.hnair.com/ Hainan Airlines (Chinese)]
* [http://www.hnair.com/hnairweben/Default.aspx Hainan Airlines (English)]


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