Beijing Capital Airlines
Beijing Capital Airlines.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
JD CBJ CAPITAL JET
Founded1995 (as Deer Jet Airlines)
HubsBeijing Daxing International Airport
Fleet size86
Destinations66
Parent companyHainan Airlines (70%)
Key peopleZhang Kui (CEO)
Websitewww.jdair.net
Hainan Airlines facility in Beijing, which has the Capital Airlines headquarters
Hainan Airlines facility in Beijing, which has the Capital Airlines headquarters

Beijing Capital Airlines (Chinese: 首都航空; pinyin: Shǒudū Hángkōng), operating as Capital Airlines, is a Chinese low-cost airline based in Beijing Daxing International Airport. It is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines.

History

Deer Jet logo
Deer Jet logo

The company was established in 1995 as Deer Jet Airlines (Chinese: 金鹿航空; pinyin: Jīnlù Hángkōng). In 1998, it began offering international services under the Deer Air branding. In October 2007, it received its first Airbus A319 and began returning the formerly operated Boeing 737s. Deer Jet began providing charter services in December 2008 using a fleet of A319s and corporate jets. The airline was authorized by the Civil Aviation Administration of China to operate scheduled air services in 2009.

On 2 April 2010, Beijing Capital Airlines CO., LTD. launched its first service, based in Beijing Capital International Airport.[1][2] Deer Jet Airlines was divided into two companies on May 4, 2010. While the charter operation has kept the Deer Jet branding, scheduled operations using Airbus aircraft were renamed Capital Airlines. Capital Airlines operates mainly in China including the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and Taiwan, focusing on international air passenger service and cargo transport operations.[3][4][5]

Destinations

Since 2015, long-haul flights between China and other cities have been operated by Beijing Capital Airlines, with their first A330 delivered on July 11, 2015.

In July 2016 Beijing Capital Airline announced its first launch, an Australian flight from Qingdao to Melbourne on September 30, served by an Airbus A330 jet.

In July 2017 Beijing Capital Airline launched its second Australian nonstop flight from Qingdao to Sydney, served by an Airbus A330.

In November 2016, Beijing Capital Airlines announced the launch of a Hangzhou-Qingdao-Vancouver service on December 30, 2016, which is served by an Airbus A330 aircraft.[6]

Beijing Capital Airlines launched twice a week Beijing-Xian-Lisbon service starting from August 30, 2019.[7]

In September 2019, Beijing Capital Airlines announced that it would be moving some flights from Beijing Capital Airport to the newly opened Beijing Daxing Airport from October 27, 2019.

Fleet

Current fleet

A Deer Air Boeing 737-300 taxiing at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China in 2008
A Deer Air Boeing 737-300 taxiing at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China in 2008
A Beijing Capital Airlines Airbus A320-200 takes off from Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport, China in 2013.
A Beijing Capital Airlines Airbus A320-200 takes off from Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport, China in 2013.
A Beijing Capital Airlines Airbus A330-200 at Melbourne Airport, Australia in 2018
A Beijing Capital Airlines Airbus A330-200 at Melbourne Airport, Australia in 2018

As of October 2021, Beijing Capital Airlines has an all-Airbus fleet consisting of the following aircraft:[8][9]

Beijing Capital Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 16 138 138
Airbus A320-200 32 8 144 152
Airbus A320neo 7 180 180
Airbus A321-200 18 20 196 216
Airbus A321neo 2 TBA
Airbus A330-200 7 36 186 222
Airbus A330-300 4 18 288 306
Total 86

Former fleet

A Deer Air Boeing 737-300 at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China in 2011
A Deer Air Boeing 737-300 at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, China in 2011

Beijing Capital Airlines has previously operated the following aircraft:[citation needed]

Focus cities and hubs

References

  1. ^ 联系方式. Beijing Capital Airlines. Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 北京首都国际机场货运北路3号首都航空大厦
  2. ^ "youjidizhi.doc[permanent dead link]." (Archive[dead link]) Beijing Capital Airlines. Retrieved on August 26, 2012. "Address:Capital Airlines Building,No 3,North Cargo Road, Beijing Capital International Airport"
  3. ^ "Deer Air to be renamed Capital Airlines". www.chinadaily.com.cn.
  4. ^ "Capital Airlines to jet off next week". www.chinadaily.com.cn.
  5. ^ F_127. "Beijing Capital Airlines formally launched". Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Beijing Capital Airlines rolls out new Vancouver-Qingdao-Hangzhou Service". Canada NewsWire. November 24, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "Beijing Capital Airlines to launch Beijing-Xian-Lisbon route". Business Traveller. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  8. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 9.
  9. ^ a b "Beijing Capital Airlines Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.

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