Qingdao Airlines, which launched service on Saturday 26 April with daily flights between Qingdao and Chengdu, signed an order for 23 Airbus A320-series aircraft last September at the 15th Aviation Expo China event in Beijing. Deliveries of the new aircraft are expected to begin in 2016.
- Qingdao Airlines, a new Chinese carrier, launched its first route on 26 April between Qingdao (TAO) and Chengdu (CTU), operating daily with leased A320s. The 1,640-kilometre route is already served on a daily basis by four other carriers: Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Shandong Airlines and Sichuan Airlines. Last September the airline signed a deal with Airbus for five A320CEOs and 18 A320NEOs. Qingdao Liuting International Airport ranked as China’s 17th busiest airport in 2012, handling 12.6 million passengers.