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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
Latest updates
28Jun15updateThree of China's largest cargo carriers - China Cargo Airlines, Air China Cargo and the cargo division of China Southern Airlines are to merge, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)
12Jun15addedNingbo Airlines: set up to operate out of Ningbo, which is located 220 kilometres south of Shanghai on the shores of the East China Sea
29May15updateNingxia Cargo Airlines: status back to 'Planned' as airline has now commenced certification

dates are searchable using xxyyyzzzz (ie 23Apr2006) format

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 9 Air

2014 - date

Active

9 Air started operations on 02Dec2014

 

 Air Changan Airlines (ACA)

1992 - 2000

Renamed

 

>Chang'an Airlines

 Air China

1988 - date

Active

 

Air China

 Air China Cargo

2003 - date

Active

 

 

 Air China Inner Mongolia

2014 - date

Active

 

 

 Air Great Wall

1992* - 2001

Renamed

 

>China Eastern Airlines

 Air Spring

(2005)

Began?

 

 

 Anhui Airlines

(2010*)

Began?

 

 

 Anui Airlines

(2010)

Began?

 

 

 Beibu Gulf Airlines

2015 >

Planned

will start operations in the Guangxi region of southern China

 

 Beijing Airlines

2012 - date

Active

 

 

 Beiya Airlines

1993 - 2003

Renamed

 

>China Southern Airlines

 Bejing Airlines

(2007)

Began?

 

>Henan Airlines

 Belya Airlines

1994^ - 1995

Inactive

 

 

 Blue Skies

(1985)

Began?

 

 

 CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China)

1964 - 1988

Renamed

CAAC changes its name to Air China on 01Jul1988

>Air China

 Capital Airlines (Beijing Capital Airlines)

2010 - date

Active

 

Capital Airlines

 CATC (Central Air Transport Corp.)

1943* - 1953*

Renamed

 

>Air China

 CDI Cargo Airlines

2012 - 2013

Renamed

 

>China Loong Airlines

 CGAC (China General Aviation)

1989* - 1997

Renamed

 

>China Eastern Airlines

 Chang'an Airlines

2000 - date

Active

Chang'an Airlines started operations on 01Jun1993 as Dapeng Airlines

Chang'an Airlines

 Chengdu Airlines

2010 - date

Active

Chengdu Airlines started operations as United Eagle Airlines on 26Jul2005

United Eagle Airlines (22Jan2010) >Chengdu Airlines

 China Air Cargo

1989* - 1989*

Inactive

 

 

 China Airways

1936* - 1937*

Renamed

 

>Air China

 China Cargo Airlines

1998 - date

Active

 

China Cargo Airlines

 China Civil Aviation Corporation

1964* - 1964

Renamed

 

>Air China

 China Eastern Airlines

1988 - date

Active

was established on 25Jun1988 under the CAAC Huadong Administration

China Eastern Airlines

 China Eastern Airlines Jiangsu

1993 - date

Active

 

 

 China Eastern Airlines Wuhan

2002 - date

Active

 

China Eastern Airlines Wuhan

 China Eastern Xi Bei Airlines

2003 - 2007

Renamed

 

China Eastern

 China Eastern Yunnan

2011 - date

Active

 

China Eastern Yunnan

 China Express Airlines

2006 - date

Active

 

 

 China Flying Dragon (Feilong Airlines)

1981 - date

Active

 

 

 China Northern Airlines

1990 - 2003

Renamed

 

>China Southern Airlines

 China Northern Swan Airlines

2003 - 2003

Renamed

 

>China Southern Airlines

 China Northwest

1989* - 2003

Renamed

 

>China Eastern

 China Postal Airlines

1997 - date

Active

 

 

 China Sonangol International

2006* - date

Active

 

 

 China Southern Airlines

1989 - date

Active

China Southern Airlines was established on 01Jul1988

China Southern Airlines

 China Southwest Airlines

1987* - 2003

Renamed

 

>Air China

 China United Airlines

1986^ - date

Active

 

 

 China Xinhua Airlines

1993 - date

Active

China Xinhua Airlines started operations on 06Jun1993

 

 Chongging Airlines

1996* - 1996*

Inactive

 

 

 Chongqing Airlines

2007 - date

Active

 

 

 Dalian Airlines

2011 - date

Active

 

 

 Dapeng Airlines

1993 - 1992

Renamed

started operations on 01Jun1993 & renamed to Air Changan Airlines

>Chang'an Airlines

 Datang Qili Airlines

(2008*)

Began?

 

 

 Dazhong Airlines

(2008)

Began?

 

 

 Deer Air

2006* - 2010

Renamed

 

>Capital Airlines

 Deer Jet Airlines (Deer Air)

2006 - date

Active

 

 

 Dehong South Asia General Airlines

2013 - date

Active

 

Dehong South Asia General Airlines

 Donghai Airlines

2006 - date

Active

 

Donghai Airlines

 Duocai Guizhou Airlines

2015 >

Planned

planning to operate scheduled domestic passenger flights out of iGuiyang

 

 Eagle United Airlines

(2005)

Began?

 

 

 East Pacific Airlines

2004 - 2006

Renamed

 

>Donghai Airlines

 East Star Airlines

2006 - 2009

Inactive

 

 

 Eastern Express

2006* - 2006*

Renamed

 

>Phoenix Airline

 Eurasia Aviation Corporation

1930 - 1942

Renamed

established by Deutsche Luft Hansa on 01Feb1930

>Air China

 Fujian Airlines

1993* - 2002

Inactive

 

 

 Fuzhou Airlines

2014 - date

Active

 

 

 Grand China Air

2007^ - date

Active

 

 

 Grand China Express Air

2007 - 2009

Renamed

established in Jun2006 & started in May2007

Grand China Express Air >Tianjin Airlines

 GrandStar Cargo International

2008 - 2012

Inactive

started operations on 27Jun2008

+ >Uni-Top Airlines

 Great Wall Airlines

2006 - 2011

Renamed

Great Wall Airlines merged into China Cargo Airlines on 01Jun2011

>China Cargo Airlines

 Guangxi Airlines

(2014)

Renamed

 

>Guilin Airlines

 Guangxi Airlines

1994* - 1996*

Inactive

 

 

 Guangxi Beibu Gulf Air

2015 - date

Active

Guangxi Beibu Gulf Air started operations 13Feb2015

 

 Guilin Airlines

(2014)

Began?

 

Guilin Airlines

 Guizhou Airlines (Air Guizhou)

1991* - date

Active

Guizhou Airlines (Air Guizhou) was founded in 1991

 

 Hainan Airlines

1993 - date

Active

Hainan Airlines started operations on 02May1993

Hainan Province Airlines >Hainan Airlines

 Hainan Province Airlines

1993 - 1993

Renamed

 

Hainan Province Airlines >Hainan Airlines

 Hainan VIP Flight Services

1995 - 2001*

Status?

 

 

 Hamiata

1939* - 1950

Renamed

Hamiata was founded in 1939

>Air China

 Hao Hai General Aviation Company

2011* - date

Active

 

 

 Happy Air

2008 - 2009*

Renamed

 

Joy Air

 Hebei Airlines

2010 - date

Active

relaunched operations on 29Jun2010 after rebrand from Northeast Airlines

Northeast Airlines >Hebei Airlines

 Hefei Airlines

2015 >

Planned

 

 

 Heilongjiang Airlines

(2014)

Began?

 

 

 Henan Airlines

2009 - 2010

Inactive

 

Henan Airlines

 Huaxia Airlines

2007 - 2009*

Status?

 

 

 IASC (Industrial Aviation Service Corp.)

(****)

Unconfirmed

 

 

 Inner Mongolian Airlines

1994 - 1995

Renamed

 

>Air China

 Jade Cargo International (Jade Air Cargo)

2006 - 2011

Inactive

 

 

 Jasmine Airways

(2008)

Began?

 

 

 Jetwin Cargo Airline

2002 - 2004

Renamed

 

>Donghai Airlines

 Jet-Yl

(2008)

Began?

 

 

 Jiangnan General Aviation

1990* - 2006*

Status?

 

 

 Jiangsu Airlines

2015 >

Planned

hopes to start before the end of 2015

 

 Jiangxi Airlines

2015 >

Planned

Jiangxi Airlines start now delayed until Jul2015

 

 Jilin Airlines

(2014)

Began?

 

 

 Jiuyuan Airlines

2014

Renamed

 

>9 Air

 JoyAir (Xingfu Airlines)

2009 - date

Active

 

Joy Air

 Juneyao Airlines

2006 - date

Active

 

 

 Kunming Airlines

2009 - date

Active

 

 

 Kunpeng Airlines

2007 - 2009

Renamed

 

>Henan Airlines

 Longjiang Airlines

2015 >

Planned

 

 

 Longken General Aviation

1988* - 1999*

Status?

 

 

 Loong Air (Zhejiang Loong Airlines)

2013 - date

Active

 

China Loong Airlines

 Lucky Air

2006 - date

Active

 

Lucky Air

 Manchurian Aviation Company (MKKK Manshu Koko Kabushiki Kaisha)

1932^ - 1945

Inactive

 

 

 Meiya Air

2012* - date

Active

 

 

 Ming Airlines

2006* - 2006*

Status?

 

 

 Nanjing Airlines

1994* - 2006*

Inactive

airline was founded in 1994

 

 Nanshan Jet

2011 - date

Active

 

 

 Ningbo Airlines

2016 >

Planned

Ningbo Airlines set up to operate out of Ningbo

 

 Ningxia Cargo Airlines

2015 >

Planned

Ningxia Cargo Airlines on track for late 3Q launch

 

 Northeast Airlines

2007 - 2010

Renamed

 

Northeast Airlines >Hebei Airlines

 Northern Air Sanya

1994* - 1994*

Inactive

 

 

 Okay Airways (Ao'Kai Airlines)

2005 - date

Active

China's first private airline made its maiden revenue flight on 11Mar2005

 

 Pan Asia Airways

(2008)

Began?

 

 

 Phoenix Airline

(2010*)

Began?

 

Phoenix Airline

 Qiantang Airways

(2008)

Began?

 

 

 Qingdao Airlines

2014 - date

Active

 

 

 Rainbow Cargo Airlines

(2008)

Began?

 

 

 Rainbow Jet

2002* - 2006*

Status?

 

 

 Ruili Airlines

2014 - date

Active

 

 

 Ruili Jingcheng Helicopter Co.

2012* - 2013

Renamed

 

>Dehong South Asia General Airlines

 SF Airlines (ShunFeng Airlines)

2009 - date

Active

 

 

 Shaanxi Delong United Airlines

(2006)

Began?

 

 

 Shandong Airlines

1994 - date

Active

 

 

 Shanghai Airlines

1985 - date

Active

 

 

 Shanghai Airlines Cargo International

2006 - 2011

Renamed

Shanghai Airlines Cargo International started operaion on 02Jul2006

>China Cargo Airlines

 Shanghai-Chengtu Airways

Early 1930s

Status?

 

 

 Shangyang General Aviation Company

1998* - 2001*

Status?

 

 

 Shantou Airlines

1993* - date

Active

Shantou Airlines was founded in 1993

 

 Shanxi Airlines

2001 - date

Active

 

 

 Shenzhen Airlines

1993 - date

Active

 

 

 Shilin Airlines

(2006)

Began?

 

>Lucky Air

 Shuangyang Aviation

2004* - 2006*

Status?

 

 

 Sichuan Airlines

1988 - date

Active

 

Sichuan Airlines

 Sichuan Provincial Airlines

1986* - 1990

Renamed

 

>Sichuan Airlines

 Silk Route Airways

(2006)

Began?

 

 

 SKOGA (People's Aviation Corp. of China)

1950 - 1964

Renamed

 

>Air China

 Spring Airlines

2005 - date

Active

 

 

 Sutong Airlines

2015 >

Planned

 

 

 Swan Airlines

1992* - 1996*

Renamed

 

>China Southern Airlines

 Tianjin Airline

1996* - 2006*

Inactive

 

 

 Tianjin Airlines

2009 - date

Active

rebranded from Grand China Express Air on 08Jun2009, first flight 10Jun2009

Grand China Express Air >Tianjin Airlines

 Tibet Airlines

1999* - 2000

Inactive

 

 

 Tibet Airlines

2011 - date

Active

Tibet Airlines was incorporated on 17Jun2010 & started ops on 26Jul2011

 

 Tibetan Airlines

(2004)

Began?

 

 

 United Eagle Airlines

2005 - 2010

Renamed

Chengdu Airlines started operations as United Eagle Airlines on 26Jul2005

United Eagle Airlines (22Jan2010) >Chengdu Airlines

 Uni-Top Airlines

2009 - date

Active

 

 

 Urumqi Airlines

2014 - date

Active

 

 

 West Air (China West Air)

2007 - date

Active

started operations on 17Jul2007

 

 Western Airlines

(2005)

Began?

 

 

 Wuhan Air Lines (Wuhan Air Transport)

1986 - 2002

Renamed

 

>China Eastern Airlines Wuhan

 Xiamen Air

2012 - date

Active

 

Xiamen Air

 Xiamen Airlines

1992 - 2012

Renamed

 

>Xiamen Air

 Xiedu Airlines

(2008)

Began?

 

 

 Xinjiang Airlines

1985* - 2004

Renamed

 

>China Southern Airlines

 Yangtze River Express

2003 - date

Active

 

 

 Ying'an Airlines

2005* - date

Active

 

 

 YTO Cargo Airlines

(2014)

Began?

 

 

 Yunnan Airlines

1992^ - 2002

Renamed

 

>China Eastern Yunnan

 Yunnan Hongtu Airlines

2015 >

Planned

a Yunnan-based start-up backed by a consortium of private investors

 

 Yunnan Ying'An Airlines

2009* - date

Active

 

 

 Zhejiang Airlines

1990* - 2003

Renamed

Zhejiang Airlines was formed in 1990

>Air China

 Zhongfei Airlines

1993^ - 2006*

Status?

 

 

 Zhongyan Airlines

1986^ - 2000

Renamed

ceased operations on 04Aug2000 (acquired by China Southern Airlines)

>China Southern Airlines

 Zhuhai Airlines

1996* - 1996*

Inactive

 

 

 ZYB Lily Jet

2008 - date

Active

 

 

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