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China is a country in East Asia, the world's third largest country by area (after Russia and Canada) and the largest by population. It is bordered on the north by the Republic of Mongolia and Russia, on the northeast by Russia and North Korea, on the east by the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, on the south by the South China Sea, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar (formerly Burma), India, Bhutan, and Nepal, on the west by Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, and on the northwest by Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. China includes more than 3400 offshore islands. The total area of China is 9,571,300 sq km (3,695,500 sq mi), not including Hong Kong, Macau, and land under the control of the Republic of China on Taiwan. The capital of China is Beijing; the country's most populous urban centre is Shanghai
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June 24, 2017

Hantong Aviation was established in Aug2016 by the Xuzhou municipal government with the aim of developing Xuzhou into a civil aviation hub [added]

June 24, 2017

Tianju Airlines is a planned scheduled carrier out of Urumqi Diwopu International (URC) [added]
June 13, 2017 Cargolux has formally establishing Henan Cargo Airlines (Zhengzhou) [added] as a cargo carrier based out of Zhengzhou Xinzheng (CGO)
Airline

Status

Operating Dates

9 Air   

Active 2014 - date

^ Comments : 9 Air started operations on 02Dec2014 after being renamed from Jiu Yuan Airlines (2013-2014)

^ Genealogy : Jiu Yuan Airlines >9 Air

Air Chang'an  added

Active 2016 - date

^ Comments : Chang'an Airlines was founded on 11Apr1992 & started operations on 01Jun1993 as Dapeng Airlines. Renamed to Air Changan Airlines. Grand China Air was formed on 29Nov2007 under the initiative of the HNA group's largest operational entity. Shanxi Airlines was an airline based in Taiyuan in the People's Republic of China. It operated scheduled domestic passenger services. On 29Nov2007, it merged with China Xinhua Airlines and Chang’an Airlines to form Grand China Air. After receiving its air operator's certificate in Apr2016. Air Chang'an resumed operations as an independent airline on 09May2016

^ Genealogy : Dapeng Airlines >Air Changan Airlines (ACA) >Chang'an Airlines + Shanxi Airlines + China Xinhua Airlines =>Grand China Air <Chang'an Airlines >Air Changan

Air Changan Airlines (ACA)   

Renamed 1992 - 2000

^ Comments : [Chang'an Airlines was founded on 11Apr1992 & started operations on 01Jun1993 as Dapeng Airlines. Renamed to Air Changan Airlines. Grand China Air was formed on 29Nov2007 under the initiative of the HNA group's largest operational entity. Shanxi Airlines was an airline based in Taiyuan in the People's Republic of China. It operated scheduled domestic passenger services. On 29Nov2007, it merged with China Xinhua Airlines and Chang’an Airlines to form Grand China Air. After receiving its air operator's certificate in Apr2016. Air Chang'an resumed operations as an independent airline on 09May2016]

^ Genealogy : Dapeng Airlines >Air Changan Airlines (ACA) >Chang'an Airlines + Shanxi Airlines + China Xinhua Airlines =>Grand China Air <Chang'an Airlines >Air Chang'an

Air China   

Active 1988 - date

^ Comments : CAAC (formed on 02Nov1949) took over the operations of SKOGA (established on 01Jul1950) a joint Soviet-Communist China airline on 01Jan1955. On 01Jul1988 CAAC was split into the separate divisions and each one given it's own name (Air China (which inherited the IATA and ICAO code of the original CAAC), China Southwest Airlines (merged with Air China in 2002, originally based in Chengdu) China Eastern Airlines (based in Shanghai) China Northwest Airlines (merged with China Eastern in 2002, originally based in Xi'an) China Southern Airlines (based in Guangzhou) China Northern Airlines (merged with China Southern in 2003, originally based in Shenyang). Air China was the Beijing based international division. Absorbed Inner Mongolian Airlines in 1995 and integrated China Southwest Airlines and Zhejiang Airlines in in 2003

^ Genealogy : SKOGA +>CAAC >Air China

Air China Cargo   

Active 2003 - date

^ Comments : Air China Cargo was formerly the cargo department of Air China. Rebranded on 03May2003

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Air China Inner Mongolia   

Active 2014 - date

^ Comments : Air China Inner Mongolia was launched with start-up capital of Yuan 1bn on 23Aug2012

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Air Great Wall  updated

Renamed 1992* - 2001

^ Comments : Air Great Wall was founded in 1992 & provided regional services in the Sichuan provinceChina Eastern Airlines was established on 25Jun1988 under the CAAC Huadong Administration. Started operations on 15Aug1998. CHINA EASTERN was part of the breakup of CAAC. Took over the loss making CHINA GENERAL AVIATION in 1997 and in 2001 took over AIR GREAT WALL. Became the first Chinese airline to offer shares on the international market.International and regional, scheduled and charter passenger and cargo servicesALL]

^ Genealogy : Air Great Wall >>China Eastern Airlines

Air Guilin   

Active 2016 - date

^ Comments : Air Guilin has its origins in Guangxi Airlines, formed in 2013. Renamed Guilin Airlines in 2014 & commenced operations on 25Jun2016

^ Genealogy : Guangxi Airlines >Guilin Airlines >Air Guilin

Air Spring   

Not started (2005)

^ Comments :  

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Air Xiya  added

Active 2014* - date

^ Comments : Air Xiya is a general aviation and helicopter business, was launched by RIFA back in 2014 based at Beijing Capital (PEK). Offers a variety of services ranging from charter flights, agricultural spraying flights and air tours

^ Genealogy :  

AirAsia China  added

Planned 2018 >

^ Comments : AirAsia Bhd signed a joint venture agreement with China on 14May2017 to establish a low-cost carrier (LCC), with a base in the east-central city of Zhengzhou

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Anui Airlines   

Not started (2010*)

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Astro Air   

Active 2015* - date

^ Comments : Astro Air commenced commuter helicopter taxi flights between the Guangdong metropolises of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Zhuhai

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AVIC Cargo Airlines   

Renamed (2016)

^ Comments : AVIC Cargo Airlines was rebranded as China Air Cargo in 2016

^ Genealogy : AVIC Cargo Airlines >China Air Cargo

Beijing Airlines   

Active 2012 - date

^ Comments :  

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Beiya Airlines   

Renamed 1993 - 2003

^ Comments : [China Southern Airlines was established on 01Jul1988 following the government's decision to split the operating divisions of CAAC into separate airlines. China Southern’s acquisitions resulted in the integration into its domestic operations of Zhongyuan Airlines on 04Aug2000, followed by China Northern, its subsidiaries Beiya Airlines, China Northern Swan and Xinjiang Airlines on 31Dec2004]

^ Genealogy : Beiya Airlines >>China Southern Airlines

Bejing Airlines   

Not started (2007)

^ Comments : Henan Airlines, originally with Bejing Airlines mooted as a start neme commenced services as Kunpeng Airlines

^ Genealogy : (Beijing Airlines) >Kunpeng Airlines >Henan Airlines

Belya Airlines   

Inactive 1994* - 1995

^ Comments : Belya Airlines was a MD.80 operator that was formed in 1994

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Blue Skies   

Not started (1985)

^ Comments :  

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BrightStar Express Airlines  added

Planned 2017 >

^ Comments : BrightStar Express Airlines is a start-up cargo carrier that was rebranded from United Star Express Airlines (2015-2016). Based at Tianjin Binhai International (TSN)

^ Genealogy : United Star Express Airlines >BrightStar Express Airlines

CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China)   

Renamed 1949* - 1988

^ Comments : CAAC (formed on 02Nov1949) took over the operations of SKOGA (established on 01Jul1950) a joint Soviet-Communist China airline on 01Jan1955. On 01Jul1988 CAAC was split into the separate divisions and each one given it's own name (Air China (which inherited the IATA and ICAO code of the original CAAC), China Southwest Airlines (merged with Air China in 2002, originally based in Chengdu) China Eastern Airlines (based in Shanghai) China Northwest Airlines (merged with China Eastern in 2002, originally based in Xi'an) China Southern Airlines (based in Guangzhou) China Northern Airlines (merged with China Southern in 2003, originally based in Shenyang). Air China was the Beijing based international division. Absorbed Inner Mongolian Airlines in 1995 and integrated China Southwest Airlines and Zhejiang Airlines in in 2003

^ Genealogy : SKOGA +>CAAC >Air China

Capital Airlines (Beijing Capital Airlines)   

Active 2010 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Deer Air >Capital Airlines

Cargolux China  updated

Planned 2018 >

^ Comments : Cargolux China has delayed its start until late 2018

^ Genealogy :  

CATC (Central Air Transport Corp.)   

Renamed 1946* - 1968

^ Comments : CATC (Central Air Transport Corp.) was formed in 1943. Was taken over by SKOGA [SKOGA was formally established on 01Jul1950] [CAAC (formed on 02Nov1949) took over the operations of SKOGA (established on 01Jul1950) a joint Soviet-Communist China airline on 01Jan1955. On 01Jul1988 CAAC was split into the separate divisions and each one given it's own name. Air China was the Beijing based international division. Absorbed Inner Mongolian Airlines in 1995 and integrated China Southwest Airlines and Zhejiang Airlines in in 2003]

^ Genealogy : CATC (Central Air Transport Corp.) SKOGA >Air China

CDI Cargo Airlines   

Renamed 2012 - 2013

^ Comments : CDI Cargo Airlines launched services with a flight from Hangzhou to Qingdao on 09Aug2012

^ Genealogy : CDI Cargo Airlines >China Loong Airlines

CGAC (China General Aviation)  updated

Renamed 1989* - 1997

^ Comments : CGAC (China General Aviation) was part of the breakup of CAAC, formed in 1989. It was based in Nanjing and operated a fleet of 12 Yakovlev Yak-42D and later a few Boeing 737-300 aircraft China Eastern Airlines was established on 25Jun1988 under the CAAC Huadong Administration. Started operations on 15Aug1998. CHINA EASTERN was part of the breakup of CAAC. Took over the loss making CHINA GENERAL AVIATION in 1997 and in 2001 took over AIR GREAT WALL. Became the first Chinese airline to offer shares on the international market.International and regional, scheduled and charter passenger and cargo services

^ Genealogy : CGAC (China General Aviation) >>China Eastern Airlines

Chang'an Airlines   

Renamed 2000 - 2016

^ Comments : [Chang'an Airlines was founded on 11Apr1992 & started operations on 01Jun1993 as Dapeng Airlines. Renamed to Air Changan Airlines. Grand China Air was formed on 29Nov2007 under the initiative of the HNA group's largest operational entity. Shanxi Airlines was an airline based in Taiyuan in the People's Republic of China. It operated scheduled domestic passenger services. On 29Nov2007, it merged with China Xinhua Airlines and Chang’an Airlines to form Grand China Air. After receiving its air operator's certificate in Apr2016. Air Chang'an resumed operations as an independent airline on 09May2016]

^ Genealogy : Dapeng Airlines >Air Changan Airlines (ACA) >Chang'an Airlines + Shanxi Airlines + China Xinhua Airlines =>Grand China Air <Chang'an Airlines >Air Chang'an

Chengdu Airlines   

Active 2010 - date

^ Comments : Chengdu Airlines started operations as United Eagle Airlines on 27Jul2005 & was rebranded on 22Jan2010

^ Genealogy : United Eagle Airlines >Chengdu Airlines

China Air Cargo   

Not started (2016)

^ Comments : AVIC Cargo Airlines was rebranded as China Air Cargo in 2016

^ Genealogy : AVIC Cargo Airlines >China Air Cargo

China Air Cargo   

Inactive 1989* - 1989*

^ Comments :  

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China Airways   

Renamed 1936* - 1937*

^ Comments : China Airways was established by Curtiss-Wright on 26Aug1929, under the leadership of U.S. airline magnate Clement Melville Keys. Scheduled services began on 21Oct1929

^ Genealogy : >Air China

China Cargo Airlines   

Active 1998 - date

^ Comments : China Cargo Airlines was established on 30Jul1998 and started operations on 15Oct1998. Shanghai based freight carrier owned by China Eastern and China Ocean Shipping

^ Genealogy : Great Wall Airlines & Shanghai Airlines Cargo International =>>China Cargo Airlines

China Civil Aviation Corporation   

Renamed 1964* - 1964

^ Comments :  

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China Eastern Airlines  updated

Active 1988 - date

^ Comments : China Eastern Airlines was established on 25Jun1988 under the CAAC Huadong Administration. Started operations on 15Aug1998. CHINA EASTERN was part of the breakup of CAAC. Took over the loss making CHINA GENERAL AVIATION in 1997 and in 2001 took over AIR GREAT WALL. Became the first Chinese airline to offer shares on the international market.International and regional, scheduled and charter passenger and cargo services

^ Genealogy : >China Eastern Airlines

China Eastern Airlines Jiangsu   

Active 1993 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

China Eastern Airlines Wuhan   

Active 2002 - date

^ Comments : China Eastern Airlines Wuhan was formed as Wuhan Air Lines in 1986

^ Genealogy : Wuhan Air Lines >China Eastern Airlines Wuhan

China Eastern Xi Bei Airlines   

Inactive 2002 - 2007

^ Comments : China Northwest, part of the breakup of CAAC started operations in 1989. Renamed to China Eastern Xi Bei Airlines in 2002. Ceased operations on 30Apr2007

^ Genealogy : China Northwest Airlines >China Northwest Airlines

China Eastern Yunnan   

Active 2011 - date

^ Comments : China Eastern Yunnan was formed as Yunnan Airlines in 1992 & launched services on from Kunming on 02Aug2011

^ Genealogy : Yunnan Airlines >China Eastern Yunnan

China Express Airlines   

Active 2006 - date

^ Comments : China Express Airlines launched operations on 25Sep2006 using three Bombardier CRJ200

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China Flying Dragon (Feilong Airlines)   

Active 1981 - date

^ Comments : China Flying Dragon operations started on 30Jun1981

^ Genealogy :  

China Northern Airlines   

Renamed 1990 - 2003

^ Comments : [China Southern Airlines was established on 01Jul1988 following the government's decision to split the operating divisions of CAAC into separate airlines. China Southern’s acquisitions resulted in the integration into its domestic operations of Zhongyuan Airlines on 04Aug2000, followed by China Northern, its subsidiaries Beiya Airlines, China Northern Swan and Xinjiang Airlines on 31Dec2004]

^ Genealogy : China Northern Airlines >>China Southern Airlines

China Northern Swan Airlines   

Renamed 2003 - 2003

^ Comments : Swan Airlines was taken over by China Northern Airlines and renamed to China Northern Swan Airlines [China Southern Airlines was established on 01Jul1988 following the government's decision to split the operating divisions of CAAC into separate airlines. China Southern’s acquisitions resulted in the integration into its domestic operations of Zhongyuan Airlines on 04Aug2000, followed by China Northern, its subsidiaries Beiya Airlines, China Northern Swan and Xinjiang Airlines on 31Dec2004]

^ Genealogy : Swan Airlines >China Northern Swan Airlines >>China Southern Airlines

China Northwest Airlines   

Renamed 1989* - 2002

^ Comments : China Northwest, part of the breakup of CAAC started operations in 1989. Renamed to China Eastern Xi Bei Airlines in 2002. Ceased operations on 30Apr2007

^ Genealogy : China Northwest Airlines >China Northwest Airlines

China Postal Airlines   

Active 1997 - date

^ Comments : China Postal Airlines was established by China State Post Bureau in Shanghai in 1997, originally to operate domestic postal services. Operations started on 30Jun1997

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China Sonangol International   

Active 2006* - date

^ Comments :  

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China Southern Airlines   

Active 1991 - date

^ Comments : China Southern Airlines was established on 01Jul1988 following the government's decision to split the operating divisions of CAAC into separate airlines & began flying under its own name and livery in Feb1991. China Southern’s acquisitions resulted in the integration into its domestic operations of Zhongyuan Airlines on 04Aug2000, followed by China Northern, its subsidiaries Beiya Airlines, China Northern Swan and Xinjiang Airlines on 31Dec2004

^ Genealogy : CAAC <China Southern Airlines

China Southwest Airlines   

Renamed 1987* - 2003

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : China Southwest Airlines >>Air China

China United Airlines   

Active 2005 - date

^ Comments : China United Airlines, founded in 1986, started operations on 30Jun1986 as a division of People's Liberation Army. Relaunched under its new ownership on 04Jun2005

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China Xinhua Airlines   

Renamed 1993 - 2007

^ Comments : China Xinhua Airlines was established in Aug1992 & started operations on 06Jun1993. Grand China Air was formed on 29Nov2007 under the initiative of the HNA group's largest operational entity. Shanxi Airlines was an airline based in Taiyuan in the People's Republic of China. It operated scheduled domestic passenger services. On 29Nov2007, it merged with China Xinhua Airlines and Chang’an Airlines to form Grand China Air

^ Genealogy : Shanxi Airlines + China Xinhua Airlines + Chang’an Airlines =>Grand China Air

China Xinjiang Airlines   

Renamed 1985* - 2004

^ Comments : China Xinjiang Airlines was founded in 1985. It was based in Ürümqi, the provincial capital of Xinjiang [China Southern Airlines was established on 01Jul1988 following the government's decision to split the operating divisions of CAAC into separate airlines. China Southern’s acquisitions resulted in the integration into its domestic operations of Zhongyuan Airlines on 04Aug2000, followed by China Northern, its subsidiaries Beiya Airlines, China Northern Swan and Xinjiang Airlines on 31Dec2004]

^ Genealogy : Xinjiang Airlines >>China Southern Airlines

Chinese Air Company   

Renamed 1936* - 1937

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : China Airways + Chinese Air Company =>CNAC >Air China

Chinese Airways Federal Inc.   

Unsure 1929 - 1930*

^ Comments : Chinese Airways Federal Inc was inaugurated on 26Aug1929 & scheduled services started on 21Oct1929

^ Genealogy :  

Chongging Airlines   

Inactive 1996* - 1996*

^ Comments :  

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Chongqing Airlines  updated

Active 2007 - date

^ Comments : Chongqing Airlines' AOC was issued on 28May2007 & started operations on 08Jul2007 (Scheduled domestic carrier specialising in premium and business class passengers)

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CNAC (China National Aviation Corporation)   

Renamed 1937 - 1949

^ Comments : CNAC was established in 1928 as China Airways by Curtiss-Wright. Pan Am bought 45% of the shares in 1933. Initially flew from Shanghai to Peking and then moved to Chungking because of the invading Japanese in 1937, merging with Chinese Air Company to form the CNAC. It flew the 'hump' between India and China. CNAC ceased operations in mainland China, following the Communist revolution of 1949, when the Civil Aviation Administration of China took over to become the sole airline

^ Genealogy : China Airways + Chinese Air Company =>CNAC

CNAC Zhejiang   

Renamed 1998* - 2004

^ Comments : CNAC launched its own airline, CNAC Zhejiang, in Hangzhou. CNAC merged into Air China, along with China Southwest Airlines, in 2004, when the CAAC decided to consolidate the nine major state-owned airlines into three groups

^ Genealogy : CNAC Zhejiang >>Air China

Colorful Guizhou Airlines   

Active 2015 - date

^ Comments : Colorful Guizhou Airlines commenced commercial operations on 31Dec2015 with scheduled passenger flights between Guiyang and Bijie

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Dalian Airlines   

Active 2011 - date

^ Comments : Dalian Airlines received its public air carrier’s license from the CAAC on 08Dec2011 and launched services with a flight from Dalian to Shenzhen on 31Dec2011

^ Genealogy :  

Dapeng Airlines   

Renamed 1993 - 1992

^ Comments : [Chang'an Airlines was founded on 11Apr1992 & started operations on 01Jun1993 as Dapeng Airlines. Renamed to Air Changan Airlines. Grand China Air was formed on 29Nov2007 under the initiative of the HNA group's largest operational entity. Shanxi Airlines was an airline based in Taiyuan in the People's Republic of China. It operated scheduled domestic passenger services. On 29Nov2007, it merged with China Xinhua Airlines and Chang’an Airlines to form Grand China Air. After receiving its air operator's certificate in Apr2016. Air Chang'an resumed operations as an independent airline on 09May2016]

^ Genealogy : Dapeng Airlines >Air Changan Airlines (ACA) >Chang'an Airlines + Shanxi Airlines + China Xinhua Airlines =>Grand China Air <Chang'an Airlines >Air Chang'an

Datang Qili Airlines   

Not started (2008*)

^ Comments :  

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Dazhong Airlines   

Not started (2008)

^ Comments :  

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Deer Air   

Renamed 2006 - 2010

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Deer Air >Capital Airlines

Deer Jet Airlines (Deer Air)   

Active 2006 - date

^ Comments :  

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Dehong South Asia General Airlines   

Active 2013 - date

^ Comments : Ruili Jingcheng Helicopter Co. was formally renamed as Dehong South Asia General Airlines upon approval by Southwest Regional Administration of CAAC on 27Sep2013

^ Genealogy : Ruili Jingcheng Helicopter Co. >Dehong South Asia General Airlines

Donghai Airlines   

Active 2006 - date

^ Comments : Donghai Airlines operations started in Sep2006

^ Genealogy : Jetwin Cargo Airline >East Pacific Airlines >Donghai Airlines

Eagle United Airlines   

Not started (2005)

^ Comments :  

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East Pacific Airlines   

Renamed 2004 - 2006

^ Comments : Cargo carrier based in Shenzhen [DONGHAI AIRLINES was formed as JETWIN CARGO AIRLINES and in keeping with the name of one of it's major owners, was rebranded to EAST PACIFIC AIRLINES. Renamed to current name in 2006]

^ Genealogy : Jetwin Cargo Airline >East Pacific Airlines >Donghai Airlines

East Star Airlines   

Inactive 2006 - 2009

^ Comments : East Star Airlines was formed in 2005 & started operations on 19May2006, Ceased flights on 15Mar2009 & was declared bankrupt on 27Aug2009. Domestic scheduled services out of Wuhan

^ Genealogy :  

Eastern Express   

Renamed 2006* - 2006*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : >Phoenix Airline

Eurasia Aviation Corporation  updated

Renamed 1931 - 1943

^ Comments : Eurasia Aviation Corporation was established by Deutsche Luft Hansa on 01Feb1930 & its first service was on 01Jun1931. In Mar1943 Eurasia Airlines reorganized as the Central Air Transport Corporation (CATC)

^ Genealogy : Eurasia Aviation Corporation >Central Air Transport Corporation (CATC)...>Air China

Fujian Airlines   

Inactive 1990* - 2002

^ Comments : Fujian Airlines was a regional carrier, formed in 1993, operating scheduled services out of Fuzhou.

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Fuzhou Airlines  updated

Active 2014 - date

^ Comments : Fuzhou Airlines set a record as the fastest new airline to be established in China as from approval by the CAAC on 12Feb2014 and granting of a business licence on 17Oct2014 only 8 months later. Operations began on 30Oct2014 with the first flight connecting Fuzhou with Beijing

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Grand China Air   

Active 2007* - date

^ Comments : Grand China Air was formed on 29Nov2007 under the initiative of the HNA group's largest operational entity. Shanxi Airlines was an airline based in Taiyuan in the People's Republic of China. It operated scheduled domestic passenger services. On 29Nov2007, it merged with China Xinhua Airlines and Chang’an Airlines to form Grand China Air

^ Genealogy : Shanxi Airlines + China Xinhua Airlines + Chang’an Airlines =>Grand China Air

Grand China Express Air   

Renamed 2007 - 2009

^ Comments : Grand China Express Air was established in Jun2006 & started in May2007

^ Genealogy : Grand China Express Air >Tianjin Airlines

GrandStar Cargo International   

Inactive 2008 - 2012

^ Comments : GrandStar Cargo International stablished as a joint venture in which Chinese logistics company Sinotrans Air took a majority shareholding. Obtained its air operator’s certificate on 14Dec2007, and its ACC (air carrier certificate) on 12Jun2008. Started operations on 27Jun2008 & was suspended in May2012

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Great Wall Airlines   

Renamed 2006 - 2011

^ Comments : Great Wall Airlines launched its first flight from Shanghai to Amsterdam on 01Jun2006 & merged into China Cargo Airlines on 01Jun2011

^ Genealogy : Great Wall Airlines >>China Cargo Airlines

Guangxi Airlines   

Renamed (2014)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Guangxi Airlines >Guilin Airlines

Guangxi Airlines   

Inactive 1994* - 1996*

^ Comments :  

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Guangxi Airlines   

Renamed 2013* - 2014

^ Comments : Air Guilin has its origins in Guangxi Airlines, formed in 2013. Renamed Guilin Airlines in 2014 & planned to commence operations in May2014, although this did not occur

^ Genealogy : Guangxi Airlines >Guilin Airlines >Air Guilin

Guilin Airlines   

Not started (2014)

^ Comments : Air Guilin has its origins in Guangxi Airlines, formed in 2013. Renamed Guilin Airlines in 2014 & planned to commence operations in May2014, although this did not occur

^ Genealogy : Guangxi Airlines >Guilin Airlines >Air Guilin

Guizhou Airlines (Air Guizhou)   

Active 1991* - date

^ Comments : Guizhou Airlines (Air Guizhou) was founded in 1991

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GX Airlines (Guangxi Beibu Gulf Air)   

Active 2015 - date

^ Comments : Guangxi Beibu Gulf Air started operations on 13Feb2015

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Haifu Airlines   

Not started (2015)

^ Comments :  

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Hainan Airlines  updated

Active 1993 - date

^ Comments : Hainan Airlines was founded in 1989 as a private enterprise and became China's first joint-stock air transport enterprise in 1993 and commenced scheduled services on 02May1993. Based on the island of Hainan. Acquired Xinhua Airlines 2003

^ Genealogy : Hainan Province Airlines >Hainan Airlines

Hainan Province Airlines   

Renamed 1993 - 1993

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Hainan Province Airlines >Hainan Airlines

Hainan VIP Flight Services   

Unsure 1995 - 2001*

^ Comments :  

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Hamiata   

Renamed 1939* - 1950

^ Comments : Hamiata was founded in 1939

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Hantong Aviation  added

Planned 2018 >

^ Comments : Hantong Aviation was established in Aug2016 by the Xuzhou municipal government with the aim of developing Xuzhou into a civil aviation hub

^ Genealogy :  

Hao Hai General Aviation Company   

Active 2011* - date

^ Comments :  

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Happy Air   

Renamed 2008 - 2009

^ Comments : JoyAir was established as Happy Air on 29Mar2008 & started operations with the current name on 01Jun2009

^ Genealogy : Happy Air >Joy Air

Hebei Airlines   

Active 2010 - date

^ Comments : Northeast Airlines was founded in 2006 & was rebranded as Hebei Airlines on 29Jun2010

^ Genealogy : Northeast Airlines >Hebei Airlines

Hefei Airlines   

Not started (2015)

^ Comments :  

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Heilongjiang Airlines   

Not started (2014)

^ Comments :  

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Henan Airlines   

Inactive 2009 - 2010

^ Comments : Henan Airlines, originally with Bejing Airlines mooted as a start neme commenced services as Kunpeng Airlines

^ Genealogy : (Beijing Airlines) >Kunpeng Airlines >Henan Airlines

Henan Cargo Airlines   

Planned 2017 >

^ Comments : Cargolux has formally establishing Henan Cargo Airlines (Zhengzhou) as a cargo carrier based out of Zhengzhou Xinzheng (CGO)

^ Genealogy :  

Hongtu Airlines   

Active 2016 - date

^ Comments : Hongtu Airlines commenced revenue operations on 21May2016

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Huaxia Airlines   

Unsure 2007 - 2009*

^ Comments :  

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IASC (Industrial Aviation Service Corp.)   

Unconfirmed (****)

^ Comments :  

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Inner Mongolian Airlines   

Renamed 1994 - 1995

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Inner Mongolian Airlines >>Air China

Jade Cargo International (Jade Air Cargo)   

Inactive 2006 - 2011

^ Comments : Jade Cargo was founded by Lufthansa Cargo and Shenzhen Airlines on 21Oct2004. Began operations on 05Aug2006 & ceased flying on 31Dec2011. Eventually liquidated in Jun2012

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Jasmine Airways   

Not started (2008)

^ Comments :  

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Jetwin Cargo Airline   

Renamed 2002 - 2004

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Jetwin Cargo Airline >East Pacific Airlines >Donghai Airlines

Jet-Yl   

Not started (2008)

^ Comments :  

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Jiangnan General Aviation   

Unsure 1990* - 2006*

^ Comments :  

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Jiangsu Airlines   

Not started (2015)

^ Comments :  

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Jiangxi Airlines   

Active 2016 - date

^ Comments : Jiangxi Airlines commenced commercial operations on 29Jan2016 with scheduled passenger flights between Nanchang and Urumqi via Xi'an Xianyang

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Jilin Airlines   

Not started (2014)

^ Comments :  

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Jiu Yuan Airlines   

Renamed 2013 - 2014

^ Comments : 9 Air started operations on 02Dec2014 after being renamed from Jiu Yuan Airlines (2013-2014)

^ Genealogy : Jiu Yuan Airlines >9 Air

Jiuyuan Airlines   

Active 2015 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Joy Luzhou Air   

Not started (2016)

^ Comments : Joy Luzhou Air is a regional Chinese carrier which plans to commence revenue operations in late 2016

^ Genealogy :  

JoyAir (Xingfu Airlines)   

Active 2009 - date

^ Comments : JoyAir was established as Happy Air on 29Mar2008 & started operations with the current name on 01Jun2009

^ Genealogy : Happy Air >Joy Air

Juneyao Airlines   

Active 2006 - date

^ Comments : Juneyao Airlines was approved by the Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) in Jun2005 & made its maiden flight on 25Sep2006

^ Genealogy :  

Kunming Airlines   

Active 2009 - date

^ Comments : Kunming Airlines was established in Dec2005 & its first flight was on 15Feb2009. Domestic passenger and cargo services out of Kunming Wujiaba International

^ Genealogy :  

Kunpeng Airlines   

Renamed 2007 - 2009

^ Comments : Henan Airlines, originally with Bejing Airlines mooted as a start neme commenced services as Kunpeng Airlines

^ Genealogy : (Beijing Airlines) >Kunpeng Airlines >Henan Airlines

Longhao Airlines   

Planned 2017 >

^ Comments : The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued an AOC to Longhao Airlines

^ Genealogy :  

Longjiang Airlines  updated

Planned 2017 >

^ Comments : Longjiang Airlines had hoped to launch services in Dec2015 but was delayed until 2016. Received its AOC in early 2017

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Longken General Aviation   

Unsure 1988* - 1999*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Loong Air (Zhejiang Loong Airlines)   

Active 2013 - date

^ Comments : Loong Air launched services with a flight from Hangzhou to Qingdao on 09Aug2012 as CDI Cargo Airlines

^ Genealogy : CDI Cargo Airlines >China Loong Airlines

Lucky Air   

Active 2006 - date

^ Comments : Lucky Air was formed as Shilin Airlines in 2004 but was renamed on 23Dec2005 prior to starting operations. Scheduled domestic carrier out of Dali City

^ Genealogy : Shilin Airlines >Lucky Air

Manchuria Aviation Company (MKKK Manshu Koko Kabushiki Kaisha)  updated

Inactive 1932* - 1945

^ Comments : Manchuria Aviation Company, national airline of Manchukuo (Manchuria, China) was founded on 26Sep1932 in Fengtian by order of the Japanese Kwantung Army, out of the Manchurian branch office of Japan Air Transport, the forerunner of Imperial Japanese Airways. Ceased operations on 15Aug1945 with Japan’s surrender

^ Genealogy :  

Meiya Air   

Active 2012* - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Ming Airlines   

Unsure 2006* - 2006*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Nanjing Airlines   

Inactive 1994* - 2006*

^ Comments : Nanjing Airlines was founded in 1994

^ Genealogy :  

Nanshan Jet   

Active 2011 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Ningbo Airlines   

Not started (2016)

^ Comments : Ningbo Airlines is an HNA Group subsidiary aiming to commence operations during the last quarter of 2016

^ Genealogy :  

Ningxia Cargo Airlines   

Not started (2015)

^ Comments : NingXia Cargo Airlines did not lauch operations

^ Genealogy :  

Northeast Airlines   

Not started (2016)

^ Comments : Northeast Airlines is planning to launch budget operations in the country's north-east using a fleet of A320s

^ Genealogy :  

Northeast Airlines   

Renamed 2007 - 2010

^ Comments : Northeast Airlines was founded in 2006 & was rebranded as Hebei Airlines on 29Jun2010

^ Genealogy : Northeast Airlines >Hebei Airlines

Northern Air Sanya   

Inactive 1994* - 1994*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Okay Airways (Ao'Kai Airlines)   

Active 2005 - date

^ Comments : Okay Airways, China's first private airline received its AOC on 27Feb2005 & made its maiden revenue flight on 11Mar2005

^ Genealogy :  

Pan Asia Airways   

Not started (2008)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Phoenix Airline   

Not started (2010*)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Eastern Express >Phoenix Airline

Qianhai Airlines  added

Planned 2017 >

^ Comments : Qianhai Airlines intends to offer scheduled services out of Shenzhen Bao'an International (SZX)

^ Genealogy :  

Qiantang Airways   

Not started (2008)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Qingdao Airlines   

Renamed 2014 - 2015

^ Comments : Qingdao Airlines renamed itself as Xinlong Air after the state-owned shareholders withdraw funds, in a bid to become fully privatized. Commenced operations on 26Apr2014

^ Genealogy : Qingdao Airlines >Xinlong Air

Rainbow Cargo Airlines   

Not started (2008)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Rainbow Jet   

Unsure 2002* - 2006*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Reignwood Star Aviation   

Active 2014* - date

^ Comments : Reignwood Star Aviation is a passenger charter carrier

^ Genealogy :  

Ruili Airlines   

Active 2014 - date

^ Comments : Ruili Airlines commenced operations on 18May2014

^ Genealogy :  

Ruili Jingcheng Helicopter Co.   

Renamed 2012* - 2013

^ Comments : Ruili Jingcheng Helicopter Co. was formally renamed as Dehong South Asia General Airlines upon approval by Southwest Regional Administration of CAAC on 27Sep2013

^ Genealogy : Ruili Jingcheng Helicopter Co. >Dehong South Asia General Airlines

SF Airlines (ShunFeng Airlines)   

Active 2009 - date

^ Comments : SF Airlines was created as a subsidiary of SF Express, one of China’s largest cargo and logistics companies

^ Genealogy :  

Shaanxi Delong United Airlines   

Not started (2006)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Shandong Airlines   

Active 1994 - date

^ Comments : Shandong Airlines was formed in 1994 & operations started on 26Dec1994. Provincial carrier operating domestic trunk routes and secondary schedules from Jinan, Qingdao and Yantai to major cities in China.

^ Genealogy :  

Shanghai Airlines   

Active 1985 - date

^ Comments : Shanghai Airlines was founded by the Shanghai municipal government as the first independently-run local airline in China. Operations started on 30Jun1985

^ Genealogy :  

Shanghai Airlines Cargo International   

Renamed 2006 - 2011

^ Comments : Shanghai Airlines Cargo International started operaions on 02Jul2006

^ Genealogy : Shanghai Airlines Cargo International >>China Cargo Airlines

Shanghai-Chengtu Air Mail Line   

Renamed 1929 - 1930

^ Comments : Shanghai-Chengtu Air Mail Line was the first passenger/air mail service in China. Its inaugural flight was on 08Jul1929

^ Genealogy : Shanghai-Chengtu Air Mail Line >>CNAC >Air China

Shangyang General Aviation Company   

Unsure 1998* - 2001*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Shantou Airlines   

Active 1993* - date

^ Comments : Shantou Airlines was founded in 1993

^ Genealogy :  

Shanxi Airlines   

Renamed 2001 - 2007

^ Comments : Shanxi Airlines was established in 1988 with a domestic schedule in the eastern half of China and started operations on 06Jul2001. Grand China Air was formed on 29Nov2007 under the initiative of the HNA group's largest operational entity. Shanxi Airlines was an airline based in Taiyuan in the People's Republic of China. It operated scheduled domestic passenger services. On 29Nov2007, it merged with China Xinhua Airlines and Chang’an Airlines to form Grand China Air

^ Genealogy : Shanxi Airlines + China Xinhua Airlines + Chang’an Airlines =>Grand China Air

Shenniao Airlines   

Planned 2017 >

^ Comments : Shenniao Airlines is a planned scheduled carrier out of Chengdu Shuangliu International (CTU)

^ Genealogy :  

Shenniao Airlines  added

Planned 2018 >

^ Comments : Shenniao Airlines is a proposed low-cost carrier, probably will begin flying in early 2018. Based at Chengdu Shuangliu International (CTU)

^ Genealogy :  

Shenzhen Airlines   

Active 1993 - date

^ Comments : Shenzhen Airlines operations started on 17Sep1993

^ Genealogy :  

Shilin Airlines   

Not started (2004)

^ Comments : Yunnan province based carrier. Lucky Air was formed as Shilin Airlines in 2004 but was renamed prior to starting operations

^ Genealogy : Shilin Airlines >Lucky Air

Shuangyang Aviation   

Unsure 2004* - 2006*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Sichuan Airlines   

Active 1990 - date

^ Comments : Sichuan Airlines was formed on 19Sep1986 & officially commenced operations on 14Jul1988 as Sichuan Provincial Airlines

^ Genealogy : Sichuan Provincial Airlines >Sichuan Airlines

Sichuan Provincial Airlines   

Renamed 1988 - 1990

^ Comments : Sichuan Airlines was formed on 19Sep1986 & officially commenced operations on 14Jul1988 as Sichuan Provincial Airlines

^ Genealogy : Sichuan Provincial Airlines >Sichuan Airlines

Silk Route Airways   

Not started (2006)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

SKOGA (People's Aviation Corp. of China)   

Inactive 1950 - 1954

^ Comments : SKOGA was formally established on 01Jul1950 [CAAC (formed on 02Nov1949) took over the operations of SKOGA (established on 01Jul1950) a joint Soviet-Communist China airline on 01Jan1955. On 01Jul1988 CAAC was split into the separate divisions and each one given it's own name. Air China was the Beijing based international division. Absorbed Inner Mongolian Airlines in 1995 and integrated China Southwest Airlines and Zhejiang Airlines in in 2003]

^ Genealogy : SKOGA +>CAAC >Air China

South-Western Aviation Corporation   

Unsure Mid 1930s

^ Comments : The South-Western Aviation Corporation used Stinsons, flown by Chinese pilots. The main service operated by this company has been from Canton to Wuchow, Nanning, and Lungchow on a twice-weekly basis.

^ Genealogy :  

Spring Airlines   

Active 2005 - date

^ Comments : Spring Airlines started operations on 18Jul2005

^ Genealogy :  

Sutong Airlines   

Not started (2015)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Swan Airlines   

Renamed 1992* - 1996*

^ Comments : Swan Airlines was taken over by China Northern Airlines and renamed to China Northern Swan Airlines [China Southern Airlines was established on 01Jul1988 following the government's decision to split the operating divisions of CAAC into separate airlines. China Southern’s acquisitions resulted in the integration into its domestic operations of Zhongyuan Airlines on 04Aug2000, followed by China Northern, its subsidiaries Beiya Airlines, China Northern Swan and Xinjiang Airlines on 31Dec2004]

^ Genealogy : Swan Airlines >China Northern Swan Airlines >>China Southern Airlines

Tianjin Airline   

Inactive 1996* - 2006*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Tianjin Airlines   

Active 2009 - date

^ Comments : Tianjin Airlines is rebranded from Grand China Express Air on 08Jun2009, first flight 10Jun2009

^ Genealogy : Grand China Express Air >Tianjin Airlines

Tianju Airlines  added

Planned 2018 >

^ Comments : Tianju Airlines is a planned scheduled carrier out of Urumqi Diwopu International (URC)

^ Genealogy :  

Tibet Airlines   

Inactive 1999* - 2000

^ Comments : Tibet Airlines was formed to operate in China but failed early

^ Genealogy :  

Tibet Airlines  updated

Active 2011 - date

^ Comments : Tibet Airlines was incorporated on 17Jun2010 & started operations on 26Jul2011 (Domestic passenger and cargo service from Lhasa)

^ Genealogy :  

Tibetan Airlines   

Not started (2004)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Tongcheng Airlines   

Not started (2016)

^ Comments : Tongcheng Airlines was established by online leisure travel service provider, Tongcheng Network Technology

^ Genealogy :  

United Air Express   

Not started (2016)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

United Eagle Airlines   

Renamed 2005 - 2010

^ Comments : Chengdu Airlines started operations as United Eagle Airlines on 27Jul2005 & was rebranded on 22Jan2010. Domestic scheduled services out of Chengdu Shuangliu International (CTU)

^ Genealogy : United Eagle Airlines >Chengdu Airlines

United Star Express Airlines  added

Renamed 2015* - 2016

^ Comments : BrightStar Express Airlines is a start-up cargo carrier that was rebranded from United Star Express Airlines (2015-2016). Based at Tianjin Binhai International (TSN)

^ Genealogy : United Star Express Airlines >BrightStar Express Airlines

Uni-Top Airlines   

Active 2011 - date

^ Comments : Uni-Top were due to fly from May2009 with services to Shenzhen, Dubai, Bishkek, Almaty and Chennai but was postponed, air freight operations finally began in Apr2011

^ Genealogy :  

Urumqi Airlines   

Active 2014 - date

^ Comments : Urumqi Airlines was founded by Hainan Airlines parent HNA Group, in conjunction with the Urumqi municipal government. Commenced revenue services on 29Aug2014

^ Genealogy :  

West Air (China West Air)   

Active 2007 - date

^ Comments : West Air was founded in 2006, received its AOC on 18Jun2007 & started operations on 14Jul2007 offering Lo-cost passenger services out of Fuzhou

^ Genealogy :  

Western Airlines   

Not started (2005)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Wuhan Air Lines (Wuhan Air Transport)   

Renamed 1986 - 2002

^ Comments : Wuhan Air Lines was formed in 1986

^ Genealogy : Wuhan Air Lines >China Eastern Airlines Wuhan

Xiamen Air   

Active 2012 - date

^ Comments : Xiamen Air was established on 25Jul1984 & operations started on 30Jun1992 as Xiamen Airlines

^ Genealogy : Xiamen Airlines >Xiamen Air

Xiamen Airlines   

Renamed 1992 - 2012

^ Comments : Xiamen Air was established on 25Jul1984 & operations started on 30Jun1992 as Xiamen Airlines

^ Genealogy : Xiamen Airlines >Xiamen Air

Xichang Airlines   

Not started (2015)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Xiedu Airlines   

Not started (2008)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Xinlong Air   

Active 2015 - date

^ Comments : Qingdao Airlines renamed itself as Xinlong Air after the state-owned shareholders withdraw funds, in a bid to become fully privatized. Commenced operations on 26Apr2014

^ Genealogy : Qingdao Airlines >Xinlong Air

Yangtze River Express   

Active 2003 - date

^ Comments : Yangtze River Express was formed on 15Jan2003 to takeover the cargo operations of the airlines of its parent HNA Group and create a cargo hub from Shanghai. Operations started on 22Jan2003. Regional and domestic charter cargo carrier set up by Hainan Airlines.

^ Genealogy :  

Ying'an Airlines   

Active 2005* - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Ying'An Airlines (Yunnan Ying'An Airlines)  updated

Inactive 2009* - 2015

^ Comments : Ying'an Airlines was founded in 2005 as Yunnan Ying'an General Aviation Co Ltd, a general aviation company. It received its air operator's certificate from the CAAC on 19Jan2005. The airline suspended operations on 01Dec2015. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) cancelled Ying'an Airlines' air operator's certificate as it was not meeting the certificate's requirements

^ Genealogy :  

YTO Cargo Airlines (Yuantong Airlines)   

Active 2015 - date

^ Comments : YTO Cargo Airlines (Yuantong Airlines) commenced commercial freight operations with its maiden flight - Hangzhou-Chengdu on 26Sep2015

^ Genealogy :  

Yunnan Airlines   

Renamed 1992* - 2002

^ Comments : China Eastern Yunnan was formed as Yunnan Airlines in 1992 & launched services on from Kunming on 02Aug2011

^ Genealogy : Yunnan Airlines >China Eastern Yunnan

Yunnan Hongtu Airlines   

Not started (2015)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Zhejiang Airlines   

Renamed 1990* - 2003

^ Comments : Zhejiang Airlines was formed on 07Sep1990

^ Genealogy : Zhejiang Airlines >>Air China

Zhongfei Airlines   

Inactive 1993* - 2006

^ Comments : Zhongfei Airlines was formed in 1993. General aviation airline that ceased in 2006

^ Genealogy :  

Zhongnan Airlines   

Not started (2016)

^ Comments : Zhongnan Airlines is regional carrier preparing to launch services from Changsha Huanghua International Airport

^ Genealogy :  

Zhongyan Airlines   

Renamed 1986* - 2000

^ Comments : Zhongyan Airlines was formed on 17May1986 & ceased operations on 04Aug2000 (acquired by China Southern Airlines) Swan Airlines was taken over by China Northern Airlines and renamed to China Northern Swan Airlines [China Southern Airlines was established on 01Jul1988 following the government's decision to split the operating divisions of CAAC into separate airlines. China Southern’s acquisitions resulted in the integration into its domestic operations of Zhongyuan Airlines on 04Aug2000, followed by China Northern, its subsidiaries Beiya Airlines, China Northern Swan and Xinjiang Airlines on 31Dec2004]

^ Genealogy : Zhongyan Airlines >>China Southern Airlines

Zhuhai Airlines   

Inactive 1996* - 1996*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

ZYB Lily Jet   

Active 2008 - date

^ Comments : ZYB Lily Jet was founded in 2008 operating business jets

^ Genealogy :  

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