Urumqi Air welcomed its first 737-800 (courtesy of majority shareholder Hainan Airlines) on 20 August before commencing scheduled services on Friday 29 August. Its first two routes from Urumqi to Kashi and Yining are already very well served by existing carriers, especially the Kashi route which is currently flown by six carriers.
- Urumqi Air, a new Chinese carrier (code is UQ) in which Hainan Airlines has a significant interest has operated its first ever commercial flights on Friday 29 August. According to local sources the first flight was the 521-kilometre route from Urumqi (URC) to Yining (YIN), followed later the same day by the start of services on the 1,081-kilometre sector to Kashi (KHG). Both routes will be flown by the first of the airline’s 737-800s (provided by Hainan Airlines) and are already well served. The Yining route is currently flown by China Southern Airlines (53 weekly flights), Tianjin Airlines (28) and Air China (four), while the Kashi route is served by a total of six carriers: China Southern Airlines (49 weekly flights), Hainan Airlines (18), Air China (seven), Beijing Capital Airlines (seven), Sichuan Airlines (seven), Shandong Airlines (two).