Air Guilin
IATA ICAO Callsign
GT[1] CGH[1] WELKIN[1]
Founded2013 as Guangxi Airlines
Commenced operations25 June 2016
Operating basesGuilin Liangjiang International Airport
Fleet size11
Destinations22 (August 2017)
Key peopleLin Yan, chairman and Rachel Ho, chairlady

Air Guilin (Chinese: 桂林航空; pinyin: Guìlín Hángkōng) is a Chinese airline with its headquarters in Xiufeng District, Guilin, Guangxi,[2] and with Guilin Liangjiang International Airport as its main base of flight operations. A joint venture between the Guilin Municipal Government and HNA Group, the airline began operations in June 2016 using Airbus A319 aircraft. It intends to boost the tourism industry in Guilin.[3][4]


Air Guilin has its origins in Guangxi Airlines, formed in 2013 by HNA Group and the Guilin Municipal Government.[5] This airline was renamed Guilin Airlines in 2014 and planned to commence operations in May of that year, although this did not occur.[3][4] On 8 September 2015, Guilin Airlines received preliminary approval from the CAAC.[6] In October the airline decided to use Airbus A319 aircraft for its fleet.[7]

Guilin Airlines was renamed Air Guilin in late 2015. On 9 December it unveiled its logo, which incorporates Guilin landmark Elephant Trunk Hill and the slogan of the city.[8] Air Guilin commenced operations on 25 June 2016 with a flight between Guilin and Zhengzhou.[9][10]

Corporate affairs

Air Guilin is a joint venture between Guilin Tourism Development Co. (60%) and Guilin Aviation Tourism Group (40%), an HNA Group subsidiary. The groups have invested a total of ¥600 million in the airline.[6][8]


An Airbus A319 taxiing at Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
An Airbus A320 taxiing at Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport

Air Guilin flies to the following destinations in China as of August 2017:[11]

Subdivision City Airport Notes
Anhui Hefei Hefei Xinqiao International Airport
Anhui Huangshan Huangshan Tunxi International Airport
Chongqing Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Guangxi Beihai Beihai Fucheng Airport
Guangxi Guilin Guilin Liangjiang International Airport Hub
Guangxi Nanning Nanning Wuxu International Airport
Guizhou Guiyang Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport
Hainan Haikou Haikou Meilan International Airport
Hebei Shijiazhuang Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport
Hebei Tangshan Tangshan Sannühe Airport
Henan Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
Hubei Enshi Enshi Xujiaping Airport
Hubei Yichang Yichang Sanxia Airport
Inner Mongolia Hohhot Hohhot Baita International Airport
Jiangsu Xuzhou Xuzhou Guanyin Airport
Jiangsu Yangzhou Yangzhou Taizhou Airport
Jiangxi Nanchang Nanchang Changbei International Airport
Jilin Changchun Changchun Longjia International Airport
Liaoning Dalian Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
Liaoning Shenyang Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
Shandong Jinan Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
Shandong Yantai Yantai Penglai International Airport
Shanxi Datong Datong Yungang Airport
Zhejiang Ningbo Ningbo Lishe International Airport


An Airbus A320 of Air Guilin in Guilin Rice Noodles livery

As of September 2019, Air Guilin fleet consists of the following aircraft:[12]

Air Guilin Fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A319-100 3 138
Airbus A320-200 8 180
Total 11

Accidents and incidents


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  2. ^ "联系方式". Air Guilin. Retrieved 2019-12-10. 三、公司信息[...]地 址:广西桂林市秀峰区三多路32号
  3. ^ a b "HNA Group, Guilin to launch Guilin Airlines in May". ch-aviation. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b "China's 19 new passenger airlines will be mostly full service and along the east coast". CAPA - Centre for Aviation. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  5. ^ "HNA Group moves to create four new regional carriers". ch-aviation. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Guilin Airlines receives preliminary approval". CAPA - Centre for Aviation. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  7. ^ "China's Guilin Airlines eyes A319s for fleet". ch-aviation. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  8. ^ a b "HNA Group's Air Guilin Unveils Its Logo and Livery". China Aviation Daily. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  9. ^ "China's Air Guilin starts operations". ch-aviation. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  10. ^ Xu, Rejoice (27 June 2016). "Air Guilin Starts Operations in Southwest China". China Aviation Daily. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Profile on Air Guilin". CAPA Centre for Aviation. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 9.
  13. ^ "Airline suspends captain for life after safety violation". China Daily. 2019-11-04. Retrieved 2019-11-04.

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