Qingdao Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedJune 2013 (2013-06)
Commenced operations26 April 2014 (2014-04-26)
Operating bases
Fleet size40
Parent companyNanshan Group (100%)
HeadquartersChengyang District, Qingdao, Shandong
Key people
  • Song Zuowen (President)
Qingdao Airlines
Simplified Chinese青岛航空
Traditional Chinese青島航空

Qingdao Airlines is a startup Chinese airline that commenced operations on 26 April 2014. The carrier is based at Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport.[1]


An application for the establishment of an airline based in the Shandong province was filed with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) by the Yantai-based Nanshan Group in May 2013.[2] Approval was received by the CAAC between that month and June 2013,[3] when Qingdao Airlines was formed.[4]

Corporate affairs


Initially, the airline was owned by the Nanshan Group (55%), the Qingdao Transport Development Group (QTDG) (25%) and Shandong Airlines (20%). The initial capital of Qingdao Airlines was CNY1 billion (USD161 million).[4] In July 2015, Shandong Airlines transferred its shares to a subsidiary of the Nanshan Group; as of August 2015, the airline plans to sell the 25% of the shares held by QTDG in order to become fully private.[5] Since November 2015, Qingdao Airlines was fully owned by Nanshan Group.[6]

Key people

As of April 2014, Song Zuowen was the president of the airline.[7]


The airline's headquarters are in Chengyang District, Qingdao.[8]


Operations started on 26 April 2014 (2014-04-26) linking Qingdao with Chengdu.[4] As of May 2014, the airline's top five routes ranked by seat capacity were Qingdao–Shanghai, Qingdao–Beijing, Qingdao–Hangzhou, Qingdao–Shenyang and Qingdao–Dalian.[9] As of October 2016, Qingdao Airlines served the following destinations:[10]

Qingdao Airlines operates to the following destinations (as of July 2019):[citation needed]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Cambodia Sihanoukville Sihanouk International Airport [11]
China Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport
Changchun Changchun Longjia International Airport
Changsha Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Dalian Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
Guilin Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
Guiyang Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport
Harbin Harbin Taiping International Airport
Hefei Hefei Xinqiao International Airport
Hohhot Hohhot Baita International Airport
Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport
Lanzhou Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport
Nanjing Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Nanning Nanning Wuxu International Airport
Qingdao Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport Hub
Qingdao Liuting International Airport Airport closed
Quanzhou Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport
Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Shenyang Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
Tianjin Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Ürümqi Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
Yantai Yantai Penglai International Airport
Yinchuan Yinchuan Hedong International Airport
Zunyi Zunyi Xinzhou Airport
Malaysia Penang Penang International Airport [12]
South Korea Seoul Incheon International Airport [13]
Vietnam Nha Trang Cam Ranh International Airport [14]

The airline originally aimed to become a ″boutique airline″ and had plans to start services to Shenzhen and Shenyang in the near future; Guangzhou and Shanghai were expected to be served in the longer term.[4]


Qingdao Airlines Airbus A320 at Qingdao Liuting International Airport

As of May 2023, Qingdao Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[15]

Qingdao Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders
Airbus A320-200 14 0
Airbus A320neo 23 0
Airbus A321neo 3 0
Total 40 0

In September 2013, an order for five Airbus A320s and 18 A320neos was placed in a deal valued at USD2.5 billion.[16] The carrier phased in its first aircraft, a 152-seater Airbus A320, in early April 2014.[17][18] The carrier took ownership of its first two A320neos in October 2018.[19] Qingdao Airlines planned to expand its fleet to 60 aircraft by 2020.[5]


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  18. ^ "China's Qingdao Airlines takes delivery of its first A320" (Press release). Airbus. 10 April 2014. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014.
  19. ^ Chen, Chuanren (26 October 2016). "Qingdao Airlines takes first A320neo for route expansion". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 13 November 2018.