China United Airlines

China United Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1986
Hubs Beijing Nanyuan Airport
Focus cities Foshan Shadi Airport
Fleet size 37
Destinations 20
Parent company China Eastern Airlines
Headquarters Fengtai District, Beijing

China United Airlines Co., Ltd. (simplified Chinese: 中国联合航空公司; traditional Chinese: 中國聯合航空公司; pinyin: Zhōngguó Liánhé Hángkōng gōngsī) is a budget airline[1] with its headquarters in Fengtai District, Beijing,[2] operating scheduled flights and charter services in co-operation with local enterprises out of Beijing Nanyuan Airport, making it the only commercial airline using this airport.[3] The airline previously had its headquarters in another area in Fengtai District, Beijing.[4]


China United Airlines was established in 1986 as an arm of the civil transport division of the People's Liberation Army. In November 2002, all scheduled services were ceased, followed by a full suspension of flight operations in 2003 due to a Chinese governmental regulation prohibiting the Army from being directly involved in commercial activities. On June 4, 2005, the Civil Aviation Administration of China approved the relaunch of the airline. Now with Shanghai Airlines holding 80 percent of the stake, as well as CASGC as a secondary shareholder. Even though China United Airlines has since then lost its military status, it is still allowed to use military airports, in contrast to other Chinese airlines.

In 2000, China United Airlines spent USD$120 million to buy a Boeing 767-300ER as Jiang Zemin's private jet. Several days before its first flight, a covert listening device was discovered, which was installed on toilet, corridor, and even in Jiang's headboard. The listening device was controlled and monitored by satellite. CIA, U.S embassy in China, and China United Airlines refuse to comment on this incident.[5][6] The specific aircraft was sold to Air China and later to Sunday Airlines.


China United Airlines only serves domestic destinations within China:


The China United Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of September 2017):[7]

China United Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Passengers
Boeing 737-700 8 149
Boeing 737-800 29 164
Total 37

The airline previously operated the following aircraft:


  1. "China Eastern Airlines turns Beijing unit into budget carrier". Yahoo News Singapore. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  2. 联系我们. China United Airlines. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 北京市丰台区警备东路6号西区一号院
  3. "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 65.
  4. "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 1–7 April 1998. 57. "No 14 Xisanhuan Nanlu, Beijing, 100073, China" (making it 西三环南路14号)
  5. BBC:江泽民专机险遭窃听
  6. China finds spy bugs in Jiang's Boeing jet by Damien McElroy and David Wastell; The Daily Telegraph

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