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Hainan Airlines Company Limited (HNA) is an airline headquartered in Haikou, People's Republic of China.

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, with a hub at Beijing Capital International Airport and several focus cities.

Hainan Airlines is one of only seven airlines rated as five-star by Skytrax, along with Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and ANA All Nippon.



Hainan Airlines was established in October 1989 as Hainan Province Airlines in Hainan , the largest special economy zone in China. It was then renamed as Hainan Airlines and became China's first joint-stock air-transport enterprise in January 1993 and began scheduled services on 2 May 1993.

Fleet expansion and purchased the airport

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 after it purchased 25% stake of Haikou Meilan International Airport.

Merger of subsidiaries and Grand China Airlines Holding Company

On November 30, 2007, a new company called Grand China Airlines Holding Company (GCAHC) was formed under the initiative of the HNA group's largest operational entity, Hainan Airlines. The airline planned to merge its operations with all HNA Group's aviaition subsidiaries. The new holding company was held jointly by Hainan province government (48.6%), HNA group (32.8%) and George Soros (18.6%). As a result, a new airline called Grand China Air was founded. According to the plan, the former four airlines under HNA group, Hainan Airlines, Shanxi Airlines, Chang'an Airlines, and China Xinhua Airlines should be transferred into Grand China Air in the near future.

In addition, HNA Group also invests in other airlines, including

Beijing Capital Airlines (70%)

Lucky Air (67.95%)

Zest Airways (undisclosed but approximated to be at 40%)

Africa World Airlines (42%)

Tianjin Airlines (20%)

Yangtze River Express (51%)

Hong Kong Airlines (45%)

Hong Kong Express Airways (45%)

Aigle Azur (49%).

Contemporary history (2012–present)

Hainan Airlines also plan to set up a Cargo division operating freighter aircraft in 2012 and invest in Turkish carrier ACT Airlines Cargo


As of January 2013, the Hainan Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 5.7 years:


Hainan Airlines has established seven airline bases in Beijing , Xian, Taiyuan, Urumqi, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Dalian and Shenzhen, as well as an extensive network across the People's Republic of China, and connecting Asia, Europe, America and Africa. It serves nearly 500 domestic and international routes and flies to more than 90 cities.

Hainan operates international regular flights and offers charter flights to various destinations such as flights from Beijing to Almaty, Toronto, Berlin, Brussels, Zurich, Seattle, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, and Moscow; Beijing to Luanda (transfer in Dubai); Beijing , Xian, Dalian, Ningbo, Guangzhou, Haikou to Taipei; Urumqi to Astana; Sanya to Seoul; Beijing , Haikou, Hangzhou to Bangkok; Dalian via Hefei to Singapore and others.

Hainan also received approval from the US DOT to begin nonstop flights between Beijing and Chicago. The airline plans to begin service in the second quarter of 2013 with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. It will become the first Chinese carrier to offer flights between the two cities.

The flights between Beijing and Chicago are to begin on 3 September 2013 but will use Airbus A330-200 aircraft instead of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner


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