Chinese Start-Ups To Launch This Year

Two Chinese start-up airlines are set to launch over the coming months to service the rapidly expanding domestic market, according to local reports in China. Guilin Airlines is reportedly on track to start operations in May, and is now seeking approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). A joint venture between Hainan Airlines’ parent, HNA Group, and the Guilin Municipal government, the start-up intends to commence flights using three aircraft, and aims to grow to 30 by 2017. Guilin Airlines is intended to boost the regional profile of Guilin with particular emphasis on the tourism sector. Fuzhou Airlines is also reported to have set an October 1 launch date, having recently begun the process of securing an Air Operator’s Certificate from CAAC. The new full-service carrier hopes to complete the process, and launch in time for the Chinese holidays in October. Local media reports say the start-up will initially operate a fleet of 737s on major domestic routes. The carrier is a joint venture between Hainan Airlines, Fuzhou state-owned Assets Investment Holdings, Century Golden Resources and Ningbo Ruitong Network Technology

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