9 Air
九元航空
IATA ICAO Callsign
AQ JYH TRANS JADE
FoundedFebruary 12, 2014; 10 years ago (2014-02-12)
Commenced operationsDecember 2, 2014; 9 years ago (2014-12-02)
HubsGuangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Fleet size23
Destinations50[1]
Parent companyJuneyao Air
HeadquartersGuangzhou, Guangdong, China
Website9air.com
9 Air
Chinese九元航空公司

9 Air (九元航空) is a Chinese low-cost airline headquartered in Baiyun, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. 9 Air was created as a subsidiary of Juneyao Air in 2014.[2]

9 Air is the first and only low-cost airline in Central and Southern China, with Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport as the main operating base. It successfully launched its first flight on December 2, 2014, and officially started commercial operations on January 15, 2015.[3]

Juneyao Air currently owns 95.24% shares of 9 Air Co Ltd and the remainder 4.76% is owned by Ji Guangping.[4]

History

9 Air's daily operations were initiated on 15 January 2015 for the route from GuangzhouWenzhouHarbin.[5]

On August 30, 2014, the first aircraft of 9 Air arrived in Guangzhou, a Boeing 737-8GP(WL) with tail number B-1715 leased from CMIG Aviation Leasing. The vertical tail was painted orange.[6]

On July 15, 2016, Boeing delivered the first 9 Air-owned aircraft on the anniversary of Boeing's 100th birthday. For this Boeing 737-800, 9 Air and Boeing chose a special commemorative edition of gold tail livery.[6]

On January 23, 2018, the 9 Air's Wi-Fi Internet service test on the Boeing 737 was successful. 9 Air becomes the first domestic airline to achieve in-flight Wi-Fi access on a narrow-body aircraft.[6]

On October 30, 2018, the 17th new aircraft and the first B737MAX arrived in Guangzhou, tail number B-206J, and the vertical tail was painted in red.[6]

On July 8, 2019, 9 Air launched a direct flight from Guangzhou to Sihanoukville, Cambodia, becoming the first Chinese airline operating this route. As of June 2020, 9 Air is no longer operating this route.[7]

On March 17, 2020, 9 Air flew the first cargo charter flight between China and Myanmar, and received the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar's request for assistance. 9 Air flew flight AQ1359 Guangzhou-Yangon flight, delivering urgently needed materials to ensure the normal operation and stability of the local Chinese business plants and overseas Chinese workers. On March 19, 2020, four rescue flights were dispatched from Shenzhen and Guangzhou, and 573 Hubei citizens who were stranded in Thailand were able to return home safely.[6]

On March 31, 2020, 9 Air successfully obtained the cabin cargo operation qualification from CAAC.[6]

Services

Economy

9 Air offers all-economy seating across its fleet. The economy cabin includes extra leg room seats, the ability to buy on board meals, and non-alcoholic drinks.[2]

Destinations

9 Air serves the following destinations:

Country City/Region Airport Notes Refs
China Anshun Anshun Huangguoshu Airport
Changbaishan Changbaishan Airport
Changchun Changchun Longjia International Airport
Changsha Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Dalian Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Hub
Guiyang Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport
Haikou Haikou Meilan International Airport
Harbin Harbin Taiping International Airport
Hefei Hefei Xinqiao International Airport
Hohhot Hohhot Baita International Airport
Lanzhou Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport
Nanchang Nanchang Changbei International Airport
Nanjing Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Nanning Nanning Wuxu International Airport
Ningbo Ningbo Lishe International Airport
Qianjiang Qianjiang Wulingshan Airport
Sanya Sanya Phoenix International Airport
Shaoyang Shaoyang Wugang Airport
Shenyang Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
Tianjin Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Urumqi Urumqi Diwopu International Airport
Wenzhou Wenzhou Longwan International Airport
Wuhan Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
Wuxi Sunan Shuofang International Airport
Xi'an Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
Xishuangbanna Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport
Yanji Yanji Chaoyangchuan International Airport
Yantai Yantai Penglai International Airport
Yichang Yichang Sanxia Airport
Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
Japan Osaka Kansai International Airport [8]
Myanmar Mandalay Mandalay International Airport
Yangon Yangon International Airport
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport [7]

Fleet

Boeing 737-800

As of October 2023, 9 Air operates an all-Boeing 737 fleet, composed of the following aircraft:[9]

9 Air fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers
(Y)
Notes
Boeing 737-800 22 189
Boeing 737 MAX 8 2 3 189
Total 24 4

References

  1. ^ "9 Air on ch-aviation.com". ch-aviation.com. Retrieved 21 November 2023.
  2. ^ a b *"Contact Us". 9Air. Retrieved 2022-03-24. Postal Code:510470 Address: No.1 Lukouzibian, Xicheng Village, Renhe Town, Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, PRC.
    • "联系我们". 9Air. Retrieved 2022-03-24. 地址:广州市白云区人和镇方华公路1501号
    • Former address: "Contact Us". 9 Air. Archived from the original on 2018-10-25. Retrieved 2019-07-25. Postal Code:510470 Address: No.1 Lukouzibian, Xicheng Village, Renhe Town, Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, PRC. - Address in Chinese: "广东省广州市白云区人和镇方华公路自编1号 邮编:510470"
  3. ^ "About 9 Air". 9 Air.
  4. ^ "民航休闲小站". www.xmyzl.com. Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  5. ^ "9 Air Launches Scheduled Revenue Service from mid-Jan 2015". airlineroute.net. 12 January 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "9 Air History (in Chinese)". 9 Air.
  7. ^ a b "9 Air Destination Map". 9 Air.
  8. ^ "9 Air resumes Osaka service from mid-August 2023". aeroroutes.com. 17 July 2023.
  9. ^ "9 Air fleet details and history". Planespotters.net. Retrieved 15 April 2022.