Hainan Airlines: Wikis


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Hainan Airlines
Founded 1989
Hubs Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK)
Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
Focus cities Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (XIY)
Taiyuan Wusu Airport (TYN)
Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (URC)
Sanya Phoenix International Airport (SYX)
Tianjin Binhai International Airport (TSN)
Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB)
Frequent flyer program Fortune Wings Club
Fleet size 70 (+54 orders) incl. cargo
Destinations 90
Parent company Grand China Air
Headquarters Haikou, Hainan, China
Key people Li Xiaoming (Chairman)
Website http://www.hnair.com/

Hainan Airlines Company Limited (HNA) (SSE: 600221) (Chinese: 海南航空公司; Pinyin: Hǎinán Hángkōng Gōngsī) is an airline headquartered in the HNA Development Building in Haikou, Hainan, People's Republic of China.[1] It is the largest privately-owned air transport company and the fourth-largest airline in terms of fleet size in the People's Republic of China. It operates scheduled domestic and international services on 500 routes from Hainan and nine locations on the mainland, as well as charter services. Its main base is Haikou Meilan International Airport[2], with hubs at Beijing Capital International Airport, Xi'an Xianyang International Airport, Taiyuan Wusu Airport and Urumqi Diwopu International Airport.

On November 30, 2007, the four airlines under HNA group, Hainan Airlines, Shanxi Airlines, Chang'an Airlines, and China Xinhua Airlines, merged into Grand China Air (Chinese: 大新華航空), which will be the fourth-largest airline in China. Grand China Air is under a newly-formed parent company called Grand China Airlines Holding CO which is held jointly by Hainan province government (48.6%), George Soros (18.6%), and HNA group (32.8%).

On December 1, 2009, Hainan Airlines was awarded the "four-star airline" by Skytrax, making the first Chinese carrier to win that award[3]. It is also listed as a Skytrax quality approved Airline.



The airline was established in October 1989 as Hainan Province Airlines. It was then renamed Hainan Airlines and became China's first joint-stock air-transport enterprise in January 1993 and began scheduled services on 2 May 1993. Executive-jet operations with a Bombardier Learjet 55 were added in April 1995 . In 1998, Hainan Airlines became the first Chinese carrier to own shares in an airport when it purchased a 25% stake in Haikou Meilan International Airport. Hainan Airlines has 9,102 employees as of March 2007.[2]

Its parent company is HNA group. Formed in 2000, HNA group also has shareholdings in a range of airlines: Shanxi Airlines (92.51%), Chang'an Airlines (73.51%), China Xinhua Airlines (60%), Lucky Air, Deer Jet, Shilin Airlines (48.9%) Grand China Express Air (20%), Yangtze River Express, Hong Kong Airlines (45%) and Hong Kong Express (45%).[2]

HNA group, partly owned by US billionaire George Soros, plans to sell and lease back four planes for $US220 million ($280 million) to cut debt. The carrier will sell four Boeing 737-800s to affiliate, Changjiang Leasing, and then lease them back over six years, from 2008. Hainan will also lease five Fairchild Dornier 328s to its affiliate Grand China Express Air, as well as transferring 230 employees to the smaller airline. Hainan Airlines applied to join the Oneworld alliance in 2007, with Japan Airlines, a codeshare partner of Hainan Airlines, to be sponsor.[citation needed]

Hainan Airlines headquarters on Hai Xiu road in Haikou, Hainan, China.

Hainan Airlines has been granted the service from Beijing-Seattle, which began on June 9, 2008.[4] This makes Seattle Hainan's first North American destination. Hainan also had plans to begin Beijing-Chicago and Beijing-Newark in 2009.[5] The airline also announced plans to begin Beijing-Honolulu service later this year.[6] In October 2009, Hainan Airlines was granted service from Beijing-Honlulu, however, the flight will not begin until early 2010[7]. Service to Honolulu will make Hainan's second North American destination. Hainan Airlines plans to launch the flights by Summer 2010.[8]

Hainan Airlines will begin nonstop flights between Brussels Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport on 28 May 2010 and will be operated 3 times a week; on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Hainan Airlines also fly 4 times a week between Beijing and Brussels Airport and codeshare with Brussels Airlines. All flights to Brussels are operated by Airbus A330-200 airplanes.

The first european destination of the Hainan Airlines was Budapest with code-share agreement with the MALÉV Hungarian Airlines. Hainan Airlines operates this route from Beijing-Capital by B767 airplanes.



The Hainan Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft as of 27 November 2009: [9]

Hainan Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers
Airbus A319-100 10 2 138 (0/138) Domestic
Airbus A330-200 5 1 222 (36/186) North America, Europe
Airbus A340-600 3 0 288 (68/220) North America, Europe, Africa, Asia
Boeing 737-300 3 0 144 (0/144) Domestic
Boeing 737-400 9 0 146 (8/138) Domestic
Boeing 737-800 44 1 164 (8/156) Domestic, Asia
Boeing 767-300ER 3 0 233 (34/199) Domestic, Asia, Europe
Boeing 787-8 0 8 North America
Dornier Do-328 26 0 Domestic
Total 103 12 -- --

The average age of Hainan Airlines fleet is 5.4 years old (as of 16 January 2009).[10]


Aircraft orders

  • Hainan Airlines canceled 3 Airbus 330-200 orders, the canceled orders are taken by Garuda Indonesia. One of the 3 aircraft (registration PK-GPJ)has already arrived in Jakarta on May 2009 with Hainan livery.
  • Hainan Airlines will take over the three A340-600 coming off-service from Cathay Pacific, to be leased from ILFC.[11]
  • On November 14, 2007, Hainan Airlines took their first Airbus A330-200. The order of seven A330-200s was announced in July 2006. These aircraft are quite similar to Air China's international A330-200 aircraft, but feature a red interior (instead of a blue interior) and different PTVs.
  • On September 29, 2005, Hainan Airlines announced an order for eight Boeing 787-8s. The aircraft will enter service near the end of 2009.
  • In January 2006, Hainan Airlines along with CASGC announced an order for 10 Boeing 737-800s. In September 2006, Hainan Airlines confirmed another order for 15 Boeing 737-800s. The deliveries will continue through 2010.
  • In June 2007, Hainan Airlines announced an order for 13 Airbus A320-200 aircraft.
  • Hainan Airlines announced an order to purchase 50 Embraer ERJ-145s and 50 Embraer E-190s with a total value of (at list price) US$ 2.7 billion. Deliveries will commence in September 2007 for the ERJ-145s. The 50-seat ERJ-145s will be produced by the joint venture Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry (HEAI), in the city of Harbin. For the Embraer E-190, deliveries are planned to start in December 2007. The 106-seater aircraft is to be configured for single class service and will be manufactured at the plant of São José dos Campos, Brazil. Due to the financial crisis and huge loss in the year 2008, the number of orders has been reduced to 25.

Codeshare agreements

Fortune Wings Club

The Fortune Wings Club is the frequent flyer program for Hainan Airlines, Grand China Air, Lucky Air, Grand China Express, China West Air, Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express Airways.[12]


It is possible for passengers to collect miles in the Fortune Wings Club on the following airlines:

Hainan Airlines Subsidiaries

While operating one of China's largest commercial Airlines, Hainan Airlines also operates numerous subsidiaries in a variety of related and unrelated industries, including: 11 airports, 47 hotels and inns, 13 financial service providers, 5 marine transport firms and 2 retailers.[13]


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