Zhejiang Loong Airlines launches operations from Hangzhou

Zhejiang Loong Airlines’ Hangzhou to Chengdu,
Chongqing, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Guangzhou

Zhejiang Loong Airlines celebrated the launch of its first scheduled flight on 29 December with the help of Airbus. The airline's first five routes from Hangzhou will all face massive competition from incumbent carriers. The airline has placed an order with Airbus for 20 A320ceo/neo aircraft. However, the first two aircraft that are currently operating with the airline have been leased from Airbus.

  • Zhejiang Loong Airlines, a new airline based at Hangzhou (HGH) in China, commenced scheduled operations on 29 December. Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province, and the city’s Xiaoshan International Airport handled 19.1 million passengers in 2012, making it the 10th busiest in China. Using the IATA code GJ code (previously used by Eurofly) the airline currently has a fleet of two A320s, having signed an agreement in September with Airbus for 20 A320ceo/neo aircraft. Each of the airline’s five initial routes will face massive competition with on average six other airlines already serving each route.
Launch date Origin Destination WF Aircraft Competition (WF)
29 December Hangzhou (HGH) Chengdu (CTU) 3 A320 Sichuan Airlines (21), Air China (21), Xiamen Airlines (7), China Eastern Airlines (7), Tibet Airlines (4)
29 December Hangzhou (HGH) Chongqing (CKG) 4 A320 Air China (27), Sichuan Airlines (14), Xiamen Airlines (14), Chongqing Airlines (7), Hainan Airlines (7)
29 December Hangzhou (HGH) Shenzhen (SZX) 7 A320 China Southern Airlines (48), Shenzhen Airlines (33), Hainan Airlines (21), Air China (19), Xiamen Airlines (14), Spring Airlines (7)
29 December Hangzhou (HGH) Wuhan (WUH) 7 A320 Xiamen Airlines (18), Beijing Capital Airlines (7), China Eastern Airlines (4), China Southern Airlines (7), Chongqing Airlines (7), Hainan Airlines (7)
5 January Hangzhou (HGH) Guangzhou (CAN) 7 A320 China Southern Airlines (44), Air China (42), Hainan Airlines (21), China Eastern Airlines (20), Beijing Capital Airlines (7), China United Airlines (7), Shanghai Airlines (7)
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi w/c 7 January 2014

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