Hongtu Airlines

Hongtu Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 16 April 2014[1]
Commenced operations 21 May 2016
Hubs Kunming Changshui International Airport
Fleet size 4
Destinations 7 (August 2017)
Headquarters Kunming, Yunnan, China
Key people Tang Longcheng, chairman
Website www.redair.cn
Hongtu Airlines
Traditional Chinese 雲南紅土航空股份有限公司
Simplified Chinese 云南红土航空股份有限公司

Yunnan Hongtu Airlines Co., Ltd., branded as Hongtu Airlines, is a Chinese airline operating domestic flights from its Kunming Changshui International Airport hub in Yunnan Province. The airline launched operations in May 2016.


Hongtu Airlines received preliminary approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on 26 March 2015.[2] In October 2015, the airline's livery was revealed. The red color represents the famous red earth of Dongchuan District in Yunnan Province; in fact, Hongtu in the airline's name translates to red soil.[3]

On 22 December 2015, Hongtu Airlines took delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A321 originally destined for UTair Aviation.[4] The aircraft is named Dai after the Dai people, an ethnic minority in Yunnan Province.[5] Hongtu Airlines held an inauguration ceremony on 20 May 2016 and began flights the following day,[6] with the inaugural flight operating between Kunming and Nanchang.[7]

Corporate affairs

Hongtu Airlines is headquartered near Kunming Changshui International Airport.[8] The airline is a joint venture between Kunming Evergreen Financing (30%); local entrepreneur Tang Longcheng (20%); and five other companies, each holding 10%. The parties have invested a total of CNY600 million (USD96.6 million) in the airline.[3][4]


As of December 2017, Hongtu Airlines flies to the following destinations in China:[9]

Subdivision City Airport Notes
GansuLanzhouLanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport
Inner MongoliaHohhotHohhot Baita International Airport
JiangsuNanjingNanjing Lukou International Airport
JiangsuWuxiSunan Shuofang International Airport
JiangsuNantongNantong Xingdong Airport
JiangxiNanchangNanchang Changbei International Airport
JilinChangchunChangchun Longjia International Airport
YunnanKunmingKunming Changshui International AirportBase


The Hongtu Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft as of August 2017:[10]

Hongtu Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200[11] 2 unknown
Airbus A321-200 2 unknown
Airbus A320neo - 4 TBA
Total 4


  1. "红航简介". Hongtu Airlines (in Chinese). Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. "Yunnan Hongtu Airlines receives preliminary CAAC approval". CAPA - Centre for Aviation. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  3. 1 2 "Photos: Livery of China's Startup Hongtu Airlines Unveiled on an Airbus A321". China Aviation Daily. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  4. 1 2 " China's Hongtu Airlines takes delivery of maiden aircraft". Ch-aviation. 28 December 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  5. "Photos: Hongtu Airlines' First A321 Aircraft Touches Down at Kunming Airport". China Aviation Daily. 23 December 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  6. Xu, Rejoice (19 May 2016). "China's Start-up Hongtu Airlines Starts Operation in Kunming". China Aviation Daily. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  7. "Yunnan Hongtu Airlines launches inaugural operation with 95% load". CAPA - Centre for Aviation. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  8. "联系我们" [Contact us]. Hongtu Airlines (in Chinese). Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  9. "Profile on Yunnan Hongtu Airlines". CAPA Centre for Aviation. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  10. "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 11.
  11. "China's Hongtu Airlines adds maiden A320". ch-aviation. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
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