Dalian Airlines starts operations with four routes

Air China’s Dalian-based joint venture launched operations at the end of last year with a route to Shenzhen in southern China, immediately followed by two further routes, one of which is a stopping service.

  • Dalian Airlines, the new Chinese airline analysed last week, launched operations on 31 December with the introduction of flights between Dalian (DLC) in the northeast of China and Shenzhen (SZX) in the south, on the border to Hong Kong. The following day, the airline launched further routes to Beijing (PEK) and Taiyuan (TYN) in the north of the country. Flights from Taiyuan then continue to Sanya (SYX) on the island of Hainan off the southern coast of Mainland China. Each of the four new routes is operated daily with 737-800s under the Air China code. All routes also face direct competition, as detailed in the table below.
Date Origin Destination Competition (weekly frequency)
31-Dec-11 Dalian (DLC) Shenzhen (SZX) Shenzhen Airlines (14), China Southern (7)
01-Jan-12 Dalian (DLC) Beijing (PEK) China Southern (56), Air China (40), Grand China Air (7)
01-Jan-12 Dalian (DLC) Taiyuan (TYN) China Southern (7)
01-Jan-12 Taiyuan (TYN) Sanya (SYX) Beijing Capital Airlines (7), China Eastern (7)


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