Joy Air is a Chinese airline launched jointly by China Eastern Airlines and AVIC I on March 29, 2008 [1] based at Xi'an. The airline started testing service in June 2009, and commenced passenger service at the end of 2009.[2]

Joy Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded29 March 2008; 11 years ago (2008-03-29)
Commenced operations1 June 2009
HubsXi'an Xianyang International Airport
Fleet size24


The airline began flying on 1 June 2009 with a fleet of 3 MA-60 turboprops.[3] This airline focuses on the northwestern part of China. The airline was testing its aircraft until the end of 2009 when it commenced passenger service with 4 MA-60 turboprops. The company is mainly owned by China Eastern Airlines, with the remaining owned by AVIC Group. China Eastern is planning to sell most of its shares in order to generate money for the company. Joy Air is expected to own 50 ACAC ARJ 21 and 50 MA-60 in 8 years.[4]

Joy Air and Okay Airways were announced as launch customers for the Xian MA700 aircraft and are to be involved with the development of the aircraft, which is due to make its maiden flight in 2017.[5]


Joy Air MA-60 at Yinchuan Airport
Model of a Joy Air ARJ-21
Joy Air MA-60 at Tianshui Maijishan Airport

As of September 2019, Joy Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[6]

Joy Air fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800 1 TBA
COMAC C919 20 156
COMAC ARJ21 50 85
Xian MA-60 23 42 60
Total 24 104


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-04-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  5. ^ "(unknown title)". Airliner World. January 2015. p. 17.
  6. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 11.

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