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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
27 August 2015[added] Haifu Airlines has secured preliminary approval from the CAAC following its establishment earlier this year
26 August 2015[added] Xichang Airlines is a planned subsidiary carrier established in south western Sichuan by Tianjin Airlines
7 August 2015Qingdao Airlines has decided to rename itself as Xinlong Air (new) after the state-owned shareholders withdraw funds, in a bid to become fully privatized
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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 China Inner Mongolia was launched with start-up capital of Yuan 1bn on 23Aug2012

 

 Air Great Wall

1992* - 2001

Renamed

 

>China Eastern Airlines

 Air Spring

(2005)

Began?

 

 

 Anhui Airlines

(2010*)

Began?

 

 

 Anui Airlines

(2010)

Began?

 

 

 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

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

CDI Cargo Airlines >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 was established on 30Jul1998 and started operations in Oct1998

China Cargo Airlines

 China Civil Aviation Corporation

1964* - 1964

Renamed

 

>Air China

 China Eastern Airlines

1988 - date

Active

China Eastern Airlines 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 was formed as Wuhan Air Lines in 1986

Wuhan Air Lines >China Eastern Airlines Wuhan

 China Eastern Xi Bei Airlines

2003 - 2007

Renamed

 

China Eastern

 China Eastern Yunnan

2011 - date

Active

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

Yunnan Airlines >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

Chongqing Airlines' AOC was on 28May2007 & started operations on 08Jul2007

 

 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

East Star Airlines started operations on 19May2006, Ceased flights on 15Mar2009 & was declared bankrupt on 27Aug2009

 

 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

GrandStar Cargo International started operations on 27Jun2008

+>Uni-Top Airlines

 Great Wall Airlines

2006 - 2011

Renamed

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

Great Wall Airlines >>China Cargo Airlines

 Guangxi Airlines

(2014)

Renamed

 

Guangxi Airlines >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

 

 GX Airlines

2015 >

Planned

GX an abbreviation of Guangxi Province in southwest China, and is based in Nanning

 

 Haifu Airlines

2015 >

Planned

Haifu Airlines has secured preliminary approval from the CAAC following its establishment earlier this year

 

 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

2015 - date

Active

 

 

 JoyAir (Xingfu Airlines)

2009 - date

Active

 

Joy Air

 Juneyao Airlines

2006 - date

Active

 

 

 Kunming Airlines

2009 - date

Active

Kunming Airlines' first flight was 15Feb2009

 

 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

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

CDI Cargo Airlines >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

Nanjing Airlines 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 - 2015

Renamed

Qingdao Airlines has decided to rename itself as Xinlong Air after the state-owned shareholders withdraw funds, in a bid to become fully privatized

Qingdao Airlines >Xinlong Air

 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

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

 

 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

Shanghai Airlines Cargo International >>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

1990 - date

Active

formed on 19Sep1986 & officially commenced operations on 14Jul1988 as Sichuan Provincial Airlines

Sichuan Provincial Airlines >Sichuan Airlines

 Sichuan Provincial Airlines

1988 - 1990

Renamed

formed on 19Sep1986 & officially commenced operations on 14Jul1988 as Sichuan Provincial Airlines

Sichuan Provincial Airlines >Sichuan Airlines

 Silk Route Airways

(2006)

Began?

 

 

 SKOGA (People's Aviation Corp. of China)

1950 - 1964

Renamed

 

>Air China

 Spring Airlines

2005 - date

Active

Spring Airlines started operations on 18Jul2005

 

 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

West Air started operations on 14Jul2007

 

 Western Airlines

(2005)

Began?

 

 

 Wuhan Air Lines (Wuhan Air Transport)

1986 - 2002

Renamed

Wuhan Air Lines was formed in 1986

Wuhan Air Lines >China Eastern Airlines Wuhan

 Xiamen Air

2012 - date

Active

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

Xiamen Airlines >Xiamen Air

 Xiamen Airlines

1992 - 2012

Renamed

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

Xiamen Airlines >Xiamen Air

 Xichang Airlines

2015 >

Planned

Xichang Airlines is a planned new subsidiary carrier established in southwestern Sichuan by Tianjin Airlines

 

 Xiedu Airlines

(2008)

Began?

 

 

 Xinjiang Airlines

1985* - 2004

Renamed

 

>China Southern Airlines

 Xinlong Air

2015 - date

Active

Qingdao Airlines has decided to rename itself as Xinlong Air after the state-owned shareholders withdraw funds, in a bid to become fully privatized

Qingdao Airlines >Xinlong Air

 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 was formed as Yunnan Airlines in 1992 & launched services on from Kunming on 02Aug2011

Yunnan Airlines >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 on 07Sep1990

>Air China

 Zhongfei Airlines

1993^ - 2006*

Status?

 

 

 Zhongyan Airlines

1986* - 2000

Renamed

Zhongyan Airlines was formed on 17May1986 & ceased operations on 04Aug2000 (acquired by China Southern Airlines)

Zhongyan Airlines >>China Southern Airlines

 Zhuhai Airlines

1996* - 1996*

Inactive

 

 

 ZYB Lily Jet

2008 - date

Active

 

 

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