Fuzhou Airlines is an airline headquartered at Fuzhou Changle International Airport, Fuzhou, Fujian province, China. It is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines.

Fuzhou Airlines
FuzhouAirlinesLogo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
FU FZA STRAIT AIR
Operating basesFuzhou Changle International Airport
Fleet size18
Parent companyHNA Group
HeadquartersFuzhou Changle International Airport, Fuzhou, China
Websitewww.fuzhou-air.cn
Fuzhou Airlines
Simplified Chinese福州航空

HistoryEdit

The airline was formed as a joint venture subsidiary of HNA Group and Fuzhou Municipal Government. As part of its initial operation, Fuzhou Airlines' professional personnel (including pilots, MRO staff and cabin crew)[1] were provided by its parent company Hainan Airlines.[2][3]

On 17 October 2014, the carrier secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).[4][5] This certificate was needed to allow the launch later that month.[6] Operations started on 30 October 2014 with its maiden flight serving the Fuzhou–Beijing sector.[4][7][8]

OwnershipEdit

As of October 2014, Fuzhou Airlines has a registered capital of CNY2 billion ($33 million). The major shareholder of the company is the HNA Group (CNY1.2 billion, 60% stake), with the balance split between the Fuzhou State-owned Investment Holdings Co. keeping 20% of the shares and Century Golden Resources Group and Ningbo Ruitong Network Technology Co. having 10% each.[9]

DestinationsEdit

Prior to the launch of services, the airline stated it had been approved to initially fly to seven domestic destinations from Fuzhou: Chongqing, Kunming, Haikou, Hefei, Taiyuan, Tianjin and Xi'an.[5] All these routes, along with another one serving Shanghai-Pudong, commenced on 30 October 2014 (2014-10-30), when formal operations were launched.[9] The carrier plans to expand in the future in order to serve over a dozen domestic routes.[6]

FleetEdit

As of September 2019, Fuzhou Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[10][11]

Fuzhou Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-800 16 8 156 164
Boeing 737 MAX 8 2[12] Unknown
Embraer 190 20[13] TBA
Total 18 20

The company took delivery of its first aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 sourced from Hainan Airlines that was repainted in a red and white livery, in early October 2014 (2014-10).[14] Fuzhou Airlines started operations with a fleet of two of these aircraft using a seating layout able to accommodate 8 passengers in Business and 156 in Economy class.[7] There are plans to expand the number of aircraft in the fleet to 40 by 2020.[14]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cantle, Katie (September 30, 2014). "Fuzhou Airlines postpones inaugural flight until end of October". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on September 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ The Public Notice on The Subject of Approving the Preparation of Fuzhou Airlines Archived March 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Hainan Airlines to launch Fuzhou-based airline. Travel Daily Asia. 24 Jan 2014. Retrieved 26 Mar 2014.
  4. ^ a b Toh, Mavis (October 30, 2014). "PICTURE: Fuzhou Airlines launches operations". Flightglobal. Singapore. Archived from the original on October 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Fuzhou Airlines receives approval to launch seven routes initially". CAPA Centre for Aviation. October 27, 2014. Archived from the original on November 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/32038-chinese-start-up-fuzhou-airlines-secures-aoc
  7. ^ a b Nilsson, Olivier (October 31, 2014). "Chine : Fuzhou Airlines inaugure ses vols" [China: Fuzhou Airlines launched operations]. Air Journal (in French). Archived from the original on November 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.whatsonxiamen.com/news37439.html
  9. ^ a b Cantle, Katie (October 31, 2014). "HNA Group subsidiary Fuzhou Airlines launches formal operations". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on October 31, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 11.
  11. ^ http://www.xmyzl.com/?mod=jidui_show&id=43&typeid=41
  12. ^ "Ethiopian Airline Crash Updates: Data and Voice Recorders Recovered". The New York Times. March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  13. ^ https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/59320-chinas-fuzhou-airlines-orders-twenty-emb-190s
  14. ^ a b Ricci, Joël (October 11, 2014). "Fuzhou Airlines reçoit son premier Boeing 737" [Fuzhou Airlines received its first Boeing 737]. Air Journal (in French). Archived from the original on November 1, 2014. 

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