Ruili Airlines launches operations with first Chinese route

Ruili Airlines launched operation on 18 May 2014, with a flight from Kunming Airport to Mangshi Airport. There was a flashmob to celebrate the inaugural flights at the opening ceremony, while cabin crew posed for photos in front of one of the airline’s 737-700s. The route is already served by five other airlines.

  • Ruili Airlines, the latest Chinese airline to launch services, began operations on 18 May with its first route from Kunming (KMG) to Mangshi (LUX). The 450-kilometre route will be served twice-daily by the airline’s 737-800, and will face intense competition from China Eastern Airlines (52 weekly departures), Lucky Air (31), Beijing Capital Airlines (seven), Sichuan Airlines (seven) and Kunming Airlines (seven). Ruili Airlines is 100% owned by Yunnan Jingcheng Group and last August it ordered 18 Boeing 737 series aircraft, of which three have been delivered so far, two -700s and one -800.

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