Kunming Airlines

Kunming Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2005
Commenced operations 2009
Frequent-flyer program Priority Club
Fleet size 21
Destinations 21
Parent company Shenzhen Airlines
Headquarters Kunming, Yunnan, China
Key people Wang Qingmin (Chief Executive)
Website www.airkunming.com

Kunming Airlines (昆明航空公司) is an airline based in Kunming, Yunnan, China established in 2005.[1]


In November 2005 it was reported that Sichuan Airlines Group would invest US$4 million to acquire a 40% stake in Kunming Airlines, which would operate passenger and cargo services. Pilots would be provided by Sichuan Airlines and private investors Wang Qingmin and Wang Hui would invest in the remaining 40 and 20% shares respectively.[2]

In December 2005 the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said it would soon approve operation of the private airline Kunming Airlines, which has a registered capital of RMB80 million, and plans to be based at Kunming Wujiaba International Airport.[3]

As of January 2009, Kunming Airlines is 80 percent owned by Shenzhen Airlines with the remaining 20% owned by a local businessman, with a total registered capital of RMB 80 million. The new airline will receive two B737-700 and one B737-800 aircraft as well as 30 pilots and 26 flight attendants from Shenzhen Airlines.[4]

The airline commenced operations on 15 February 2009 from Kunming to Changsha and Harbin.[5]

2008 strategic plan

As of November 2008, Kunming Airlines had a 15-year strategic plan called the '3-5-7 Plan', which has three stages.[6]

  • 2008-2010: Assemble a fleet of 30-40 planes and establish an extensive flight network throughout Yunnan. And establish routes to all provincial capitals and developed cities mainly on the east coast. Connecting these cities with top Southeast Asian destinations.
  • 2010-2015: Upgrade fleet to 80-100 planes. Establish hubs in Xi'an and Guangzhou while boosting its trunk and branch routes.
  • 2015-2022: Expand fleet to 150-200 planes. Establish hubs in Tianjin and Hangzhou. Focus on increasing international reach.


Kunming Airlines, based in Kunming Changshui International Airport, will operate flights within Yunnan province as well as routes connecting Kunming and other cities, and gradually launch flights between Kunming and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries.

  • Kunming - Diqing - Kunming
  • Kunming - XishuangBanna - Lijiang - Kunming
  • Kunming - Lijiang - Xishuangbanna - Kunming
  • Kunming - Lijiang - Kunming
  • Kunming - Dali - Kunming-
  • Kunming - Mans - Kunming
  • Kunming - Lincang - Kunming
  • Kunming - Jinan - Harbin
  • Harbin - Jinan - Kunming
  • Kunming - Nanning - Kunming
  • Kunming - Zhengzhou - Shenyang
  • Shenyang - Zhengzhou - Kunming
  • Kunming - Hat Yai[7]
  • Wuhan - Jakarta


Kunming Airlines operates an all-Boeing fleet consisting of the following aircraft (as of September 2017):[8]

Kunming Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-700 9 140 140
Boeing 737-800 13 8 159 167
160 168
Boeing 737 MAX 7 10 TBA
Total 22 10

In 2014 Kunming Airlines agreed to purchase 10 Boeing 737 aircraft (4 Boeing 737-700 Next Gen and 6 Boeing 737 MAX) in an $897m deal.[9]


  1. "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 103.
  2. "Kunming to get new airline". Go Kunming/Kunming Business. 2006-12-14. Archived from the original on 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2007-06-05.
  3. "CAAC To Approve Operation Of Two More Private Airlines". China Hospitality News. 2005-12-09. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-06-05.
  4. http://www.chinaknowledge.com/Newswires/News_Detail.aspx?type=1&NewsID=20480
  5. "Directory: World Airlines Part 2 (C-L)". Flight International: 31–80. 2009-04-07.
  6. http://www.gokunming.com/en/blog/item/732/kunming_airlines_to_launch_in_january_2009
  7. "Kunming Airlines files Hat Yai launch from April 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  8. http://www.xmyzl.com/?mod=jidui_show&id=27&typeid=43
  9. Airliner World: 17. December 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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