Fuzhou Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
FU FZA STRAIT AIR
Operating basesFuzhou Changle International Airport
Fleet size16
Parent companyHNA Group
HeadquartersFuzhou Changle International Airport, Fuzhou, China
Websitewww.fuzhou-air.cn
Fuzhou Airlines
Simplified Chinese福州航空

Fuzhou Airlines is an airline headquartered at Fuzhou Changle International Airport, Fuzhou, Fujian province, China. It is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines.

History

The airline was formed as a joint venture subsidiary of HNA Group and Fuzhou Municipal Government. As part of its initial operation, Fuzhou Airlines' professional personnel (including pilots, MRO staff and cabin crew)[1] were provided by its parent company Hainan Airlines.[2][3]

On 17 October 2014, the carrier secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).[4][5] This certificate was needed to allow the launch later that month.[6] Operations started on 30 October 2014 with its maiden flight serving the Fuzhou–Beijing sector.[4][7][8]

Ownership

As of October 2014, Fuzhou Airlines has a registered capital of CNY2 billion ($33 million). The major shareholder of the company is the HNA Group (CNY1.2 billion, 60% stake), with the balance split between the Fuzhou State-owned Investment Holdings Co. keeping 20% of the shares and Century Golden Resources Group and Ningbo Ruitong Network Technology Co. having 10% each.[9]

Destinations

Prior to the launch of services, the airline stated it had been approved to initially fly to seven domestic destinations from Fuzhou: Chongqing, Kunming, Haikou, Hefei, Taiyuan, Tianjin and Xi'an.[5] All these routes, along with another one serving Shanghai-Pudong, commenced on 30 October 2014 (2014-10-30), when formal operations were launched.[9] The carrier plans to expand in the future in order to serve over a dozen domestic routes.[6]

Fleet

Fuzhou Airlines Boeing 737-800 at Shanghai Pudong International Airport

As of May 2023, Fuzhou Airlines operates the following aircraft:[10][11]

Fuzhou Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-800 14 8 156 164
Boeing 737 MAX 8 2[12] Unknown
Total 16

The company took delivery of its first aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 sourced from Hainan Airlines that was repainted in a red and white livery, in early October 2014 (2014-10).[13] Fuzhou Airlines started operations with a fleet of two of these aircraft using a seating layout able to accommodate 8 passengers in Business and 156 in Economy class.[7] There are plans to expand the number of aircraft in the fleet to 40 by 2020.[13]

See also

References

  1. ^ Cantle, Katie (September 30, 2014). "Fuzhou Airlines postpones inaugural flight until end of October". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on September 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ The Public Notice on The Subject of Approving the Preparation of Fuzhou Airlines Archived March 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Hainan Airlines to launch Fuzhou-based airline Archived August 2, 2017, at the Wayback Machine. Travel Daily Asia. 24 Jan 2014. Retrieved 26 Mar 2014.
  4. ^ a b Toh, Mavis (October 30, 2014). "PICTURE: Fuzhou Airlines launches operations". Flightglobal. Singapore. Archived from the original on October 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Fuzhou Airlines receives approval to launch seven routes initially". CAPA Centre for Aviation. October 27, 2014. Archived from the original on November 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Chinese start-up, Fuzhou Airlines, secures AOC".
  7. ^ a b Nilsson, Olivier (October 31, 2014). "Chine : Fuzhou Airlines inaugure ses vols" [China: Fuzhou Airlines launched operations]. Air Journal (in French). Archived from the original on November 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Fuzhou Airlines inaugurated on Oct 30 - What's on Xiamen". Archived from the original on August 3, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Cantle, Katie (October 31, 2014). "HNA Group subsidiary Fuzhou Airlines launches formal operations". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on October 31, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 11.
  11. ^ "民航休闲小站".
  12. ^ "Ethiopian Airline Crash Updates: Data and Voice Recorders Recovered". The New York Times. March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  13. ^ a b Ricci, Joël (October 11, 2014). "Fuzhou Airlines reçoit son premier Boeing 737" [Fuzhou Airlines received its first Boeing 737]. Air Journal (in French). Archived from the original on November 1, 2014. 

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