Qingdao Airlines launches operations in China

Qingdao Airlines launches operations in China

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.

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