Qingdao Airlines is set to receive its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) ahead of the planned launch of its scheduled operations on April 27. The carrier will start with two CRJ-700s sourced from Shandong Airlines and three leased A320-200s. Qingdao Airlines will be based in the eastern Chinese coastal city of Qingdao, and says the initial routes it will cover are Qingdao to Guangzhou and Chengdu. The start-up has outlined ambitious future plans and says it aims to expand its fleet to at least 51 aircraft by 2020 and another 80-100 by 2025. In September 2013, it placed an order with Airbus for five A320ceos and 18 A320neos, the first of which will be delivered in 2016.