Air Chang'an

Air Chang'an
长安航空
Cháng'ān Hángkōng
IATA ICAO Callsign
9H CGN CHANG AN
Founded 11 April 1992
Commenced operations 5 January 1993
Operating bases Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
Fleet size 9
Destinations 33
Parent company Hainan Airlines (59.43%)
Headquarters Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Website www.airchangan.com

Air Chang'an (simplified Chinese: 长安航空; traditional Chinese: 長安航空; pinyin: Cháng'ān Hángkōng) is a Chinese domestic airline. Its main operating base is Xi'an Xianyang International Airport, serving several cities in Shaanxi Province. Initially an independent carrier, Air Chang'an merged with Hainan Airlines in 2000 and was later absorbed into that airline. Air Chang'an resumed service as an independent airline in May 2016, providing flights to four Chinese cities with three Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

History

In order to develop the local economy and aviation industry, in September 1990, the Shaanxi provincial government and local aircraft manufacturers began planning for a local airline, to operate with three Xian Y-7 aircraft. On 2 March 1992, the provincial government named the airline as Air Chang'an. On 11 April 1992, Air Chang'an was formally founded, merging Dapeng Airlines in to the new entity. On 5 January 1993, the first flight of Air Chang'an operated, from Xi'an to Yulin. Then was transfer to be operated by the provincial government only, after the aircraft manufacturers left the venture due to new regulations coming into effect.

On 30 August 2000, Air Chang'an was purchased by Hainan Airlines (HNA) and renamed Chang'an Airlines. On 1 July 2002, the first Boeing 737-400 was put into operation. In October 2002, Chang'an Airlines, Xinhua Airlines and Shanxi Airlines were merged into Hainan Airlines.

In December 2015, HNA Group began talks with the Shaanxi provincial government regarding the restoration of Chang'an Airlines as an independent carrier. The airline would return to its original focus of flights within and out of Shaanxi Province.[1] The airline rebranded as its original name and unveiled its own livery.[2] After receiving its air operator certificate in April 2016,[2] Air Chang'an resumed operations as an independent airline the following month on 9 May. The inaugural flight was from Xi'an to Zhuhai. During the customary water salute upon arrival in Zhuhai, the fire engines accidentally sprayed foam instead. As a result, the aircraft had to undergo a safety check, and the return flight was cancelled.[3]

Corporate affairs

Hainan Airlines holds an 83.3% stake in the airline, up 21.9% following a 1.01 billion yuan share purchase in September 2015.[4]

Destinations

People's Republic of China

Fleet

As of August 2018, Air Chang'an operates the following aircraft:[5]

Air Chang'an fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800 9
Total 9 0

Previously operated

Air Chang'an has previously operated the following aircraft:[6][7][8]

References

  1. "HNA Group to Restore Chang An Air as Independent Carrier". China Aviation Daily. 27 December 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  2. 1 2 Ge, Lena (19 April 2016). "Revived Air Changan Unveils Brand New Livery". China Aviation Daily. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  3. "Video: Air ChangAn Inaugural Flight Grounded Due to Foam Canon Salute Instead of Water". China Aviation Daily. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  4. "China's Air ChangAn Returns to Independent Operations". China Aviation Daily. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  5. http://www.xmyzl.com/?mod=jidui_show&id=177&typeid=41
  6. Flight International, 3–9 October 2006
  7. ":: 长安航空公司 ::". travel.news.cn. Retrieved 2016-07-11.
  8. "新舟60介绍". www.caac.gov.cn. Retrieved 2016-07-11.
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