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Name: 9 AIR
7JetSet7 Code: 9AL
Status: Operational
Region: CHINA
City: GUANGZHOU
Country: CHINA
Employees 77
Web: 9air.com
Email: info@9air.com
Telephone: 400-105-1999
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9AL-2014-07 - CFM SIGNING
9AL-2014-12 - 1ST FLIGHT
9AL-2014-12 - TO ZHANJIANG ZAN
9AL-2015-01 - 1ST SCHEDULED FLIGHT-A
9AL-2015-01 - 1ST SCHEDULED FLIGHT-B
9AL-2015-07 - 4th 737-800.jpg
9AL-CABIN ATTENDANTS - 2014-12
9AL-ECONOMY CABIN - 737-800
9AL-LOGO

Formed and started operations in 2014. Subsidiary of Juneyao Airlines (JYA)), Shanghai. Start-up low cost carrier, domestic, regional, & international, scheduled & charter, jet airplane services.

Address:
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN).

China (People's Republic of China) was established in 1949, it covers an area of 9,560,980 sq km, its population is 1,265 million, its capital city is Beijing, and its official language is Chinese.

May 2014: 9 Air (9AL), based at Guangzhou is China’s newest low-cost carrier (LCC). It is a subsidiary of Juneyao Airlines (JYA) (Shanghai). 9 Air is poised to become another all-Boeing operator in China with plans to finalize an order with Boeing for 50 Boeing 737s including the new 737 MAX. The new (LCC) plans to launch domestic services to meet growing air traffic demand in China later this year.

Boeing (TBC) said it is pleased that 9 Air (9AL) has committed to 50 Boeing 737s, including Next-Generation 737s and 737 MAXs. This is considered a victory for Boeing as the parent, Juneyao Airlines (JYA) is a loyal Airbus A320 operator.

July 2014: China's 9 Air (9AL), a start-up, low cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary of Juneyao Airlines (JYA), has ordered (CFM) International's (LEAP-1B) engine to power 30 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes, in addition to (CFM56-7B) engines to power 20 Next-Generation 737s. (CFM) values the order at US$3.7 billion at list prices, including spare engines and a long-term service agreement. The airplane orders were previously announced.

Under the terms of the Rate per Flight Hour (RPFH) agreement, (CFM) will guarantee maintenance costs for all 105 (LEAP-1B) and (CFM56-7B) engines on a dollar per engine flight hour basis. "We have had a great experience operating (CFM) engines in Juneyao Airlines (JYA) and we look forward to strengthening this great relationship as we launch 9 Air (9AL)," said Wang Junjing, Chairman of Juneyao Airlines (JYA). "We are confident in the reliability and operating economics of the (CFM) engines and look forward to introducing the (LEAP) engine into the mix. The exceptional fuel efficiency and low maintenance costs these engines bring, will be critical to our new low-cost carrier (LCC) operations."

"We are very pleased to welcome 9 Air (9AL) to the family of (CFM) operators," said Allen Paxson Executive VP of (CFM) International. "We have had a great relationship with its parent company, (JYA) from the very beginning and we look forward to building the same kind of great relationship with 9 Air (9AL) as it launches operations."

The (LEAP-1B), which is the sole powerplant for the Boeing 737 MAX, began ground testing in June 2014 3 days ahead of schedule. The engine is part of the most extensive ground and flight test certification program in the company's history and will encompass 60 engine builds over the next 3 years and will accumulate approximately 40,000 cycles before entry into service (EIS).

All of 9 Air (9AL)'s Next-Generation 737s will be powered by the (CFM56-7B) engine, the new production configuration introduced in mid-2011. (CFM) used advanced computer codes and 3-dimensional design techniques to improve airfoils in the high- and low-pressure turbines for better engine performance. In addition, the company improved engine durability and reduced parts count to achieve lower maintenance costs. When combined with airplane improvements, the engine provides +2% better fuel efficiency and up to -4% lower maintenance costs.

The foundation of the (LEAP) engine is heavily rooted in advanced aerodynamics, environmental, and materials technology development programs. It will provide +15% better fuel consumption and an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to today's best (CFM) engine, along with dramatic reductions in engine noise and emissions. All this technology brings with it (CFM)'s legendary reliability and low maintenance costs.

About 9 Air (9AL):

Based in Guangzhou, 9 Air (9AL) is China's newest low-cost carrier (LCC) airline and is also a subsidiary of Juneyao Airlines (JYA). The new (LCC) plans to launch domestic services to meet growing air traffic demand in China.

October 2014: Juneyao Airlines (JYA) has established its (LCC) subsidiary, 9 Air (9AL) jointly with other private companies. (JYA) aims to explore the low-cost carrier (LCC) market and enhance its comprehensive strength by setting up 9 Air (9AL). (JYA) will be the controlling stakeholder with a 69% stake, while Elion Resources Group, Ji Guangping and Macrolink Holding will own 15%, 10% and 6%, respectively. The preparation period started from February 12, 2014 and will last until February 11, 2016. 9 Air (9AL) will have a total investment of 600 million yuan, with Ji Guangping as President. The start-up will be based at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, providing domestic passenger and cargo transportation businesses.

(JYA) develops the low-cost carrier (LCC) market and extends its business levels by taking advantage of its rich operation experience in the aviation industry, combined with favorable conditions of relying on Guangzhou Baiyun Airport being close to popular tourism counties in SE Asia, high consumption ability and willingness of citizens in Pearl River Delta cities, the popularity of air travel among Chinese people, and so on. The move will expand (JYA)'s scale and improve its profit space, laying a solid foundation for its future development.

November 2014: 9 Air ((IATA) Code: AQ) (9AL), a low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary of Juneyao Airlines (JYA), postponed its inaugural Guangzhou - Zhanjiang flight to early December, using Boeing 737-800 airplanes, the "Yangcheng Evening News" reported.

According to an earlier report, 9 Air (9AL) was planned to launch its 1st passenger revenue flight in August 2014 with 3 737s. Owing to delays during government approval, the budget carrier postponed its inaugural flight to December. (9AL) is scheduled to operate its inaugural flight from Guangzhou to Zhanjiang on December 2, subject to the government approval, (9AL) confirmed on November 16.

As the 1st low-cost carrier (LCC) based in Guangzhou, (9AL) would offer -20 TO -30% lower airfares, once the airline starts business operation. As low as 9 yuan, 99 yuan, 199 yuan and 229 yuan tickets will be available on domestic routes. Also, more domestic routes and new international routes will also be put into the agenda of (9AL).

December 2014: Following the relaxation of government rules, China is witnessing something of a boom in new airline start-ups. However, many of these appear to be off-shoots, subsidiaries, or related to existing carriers. The latest to start operating flights is 9 Air (9AL), a joint venture (JV) in which Juneyao Airlines (JYA) is the majority shareholder, which operated its 1st flight on Tuesday December 2nd. Unlike its parent company which operates an all-Airbus fleet, 9 Air (9AL) has launched with 2 189Y-seat 737-800s, which it has leased from Singapore-based, Transportation Partners, a company set up by Indonesia’s Lion Air (MLI).

Claiming to be ‘The 1st (LCC) in Central and Southern China,’ (9AL)’s inaugural flight was between its base at Guangzhou and Zhanjiang. The flight was full of invited guests rather than fare-paying passengers. According to local sources, (9AL) is still working on sorting out its on-line booking system. Given the airline’s name, the fact that it plans to sell tickets for 9 Yuan, 99 Yuan and 199 Yuan will come as no surprise.

Last year, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport handled 52.5 million passengers, making it China’s 2nd busiest after Beijing. Analysis of schedule data for December shows that China Southern Airlines (GUN) accounts for almost half of all flights at the airport with no other carrier responsible for >10% of flights.

9 Air ((IATA) Code: AQ, based at Guangzhou) (9AL) commenced operations on Tuesday, December 2 with charter flights from Guangzhou to Zhanjiang. 2 737-800s currently provide capacity on the route, though it is to be recalled that (9AL) has committed to Boeing (TBC) for 50 Boeing 737s, including Next-Generation 737s and 737 MAXs.

With its focus on central south China and southwest China, (9AL) plans to develop hubs in both Guangzhou and in the SW city of Chengdu.

Founded in February this year, the Juneyao Airlines ((IATA) Code: HO, based at Shanghai Hongqiao) (JYA) subsidiary is China's latest low cost carrier (LCC) behind Spring Airlines ((IATA) Code: 9C, based at Shanghai Hongqiao) (CQH) and West Air ((IATA) Code: PN, based at Chongqing) (CHO).

January 2015: 9 Air (9AL), the latest new airline to start commercial domestic services in China, began operating scheduled flights on January 15th, 2015. The budget subsidiary of Juneyao Airlines (JYA) is operating daily flights between Guangzhou (CAN) and Wenzhou (WNZ), and Wenzhou and Harbin (HRB) using a 737-800. As a result, (9AL) also offers a 1-stop, same airplane service between Guangzhou and Harbin. All 3 routes are already served by other carriers. In the case of the 916 km route between Guangzhou and Wenzhou, 5 other carriers are providing competition.

February 2015: News Item A-1: 9 Air (9AL), which began scheduled commercial flights last month, had to change the route of its 1st service from the originally planned 1-hour flight to Zhanjiang, to a 6-hour flight to Harbin via Wenzhou. A spokesman said it was because the only departure and landing slots it could get in Guangzhou were not economical for the short-haul flight.

Qi Qi a Guangzhou-based aviation expert, said: "Slots, not safety, are the main challenge to low-cost carriers (LCC)s. He said grandfathering rules, which in principle allow existing slot holders to keep their slots, meant 9 Air (9AL) would find it impossible to compete with China Southern Airlines (GUN) in the foreseeable future.

News Item A-2: 9 Air (9AL)), the 1st low-cost carrier (LCC) based in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province, took delivery of its 3rd new colorful airplane, with the arrival of a new Boeing 737-800 at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) on February 16.

The 737-800 (B-1716), was leased from Transportation Partners, a Singapore-based lessor of Indonesia's Lion (MLI) Group. The new 737-800 starts operating (9AL)'s 2nd scheduled service: (Harbin - Nanjing - Haikou route on February 17.

(9AL) took delivery of its 1st 2 737-800s in 2014, receiving the 1st 1 (B-1715) on August 30 and the 2nd (B-1719) on September 9. Meanwhile, 9 Air (9AL) placed an order for 50 Boeing 737 and 737 Max airplanes worth US$6 billion in May 2014, which is 1 of the biggest single orders from a Chinese private airline.

Compared with (9AL)'s 1st and 2nd airplanes, the 3rd 737-800 airplane features the same livery paint but with a different color scheme (a violet red tail, wing tips and 9 dots in matching colors).

Juneyao Airlines (JYA)'s subsidiary officially commenced scheduled revenue operations on January 15, with a new flight from Guangzhou to Harbin via Wenzhou. As the 1st Guangzhou-based (LCC), (9AL) offers tickets as low as 9 yuan/US$1.45 with a fleet of all-economy (Y) Boeing 737 airplanes.

Besides, the (LCC) announced its 2nd domestic service (Harbin - Nanjing - Haikou route) on February 11. Reservation and sales are available on the airlines' official website, App and official WeChat account starting in the evening.

It's learned that the daily Harbin - Haikou flight AQ1040 is scheduled to take off from Harbin Taiping International Airport (HRB) at 2:25 pm and land at Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK) at 10:10 pm, with a stopover at Nanjing Lukou International Airport (NKG) from 5:05 pm to 7:05 pm; while the return flight AQ1039 will depart from Haikou at 10:55 am and reach Harbin at 5:05 pm, with a 2-hour stopover at (NKG).

July 2015: News Item A: Juneyao Airlines (JYA)'s low-cost subsidiary 9 Air (9AL) took delivery of its 4th colorful airplane, with a brand new Boeing 737-800 landing smoothly at Guangzhou Baiyuan International Airport (CAN) at 1:40 pm, July 9.

The newly introduced 737-800 (B-6990), is painted with 9 circles in different colors and sizes on its fuselage and the striking "9" on both its tail and wing tips. Different from 9 Air (9AL)'s 1st 3 airplanes, the 4th 737-800 features the same livery paint but with a different color scheme (a green tail, wing tips and 9 dots in matching colors).

(9AL) low-cost carrier (LCC) took delivery of its 1st 2 737-800s (B-1715, B-1719) in August and September 2014, with the 3rd one (B-1716) joining its fleet in February 2015.

9 Air (9AL) received its 5th new airplane (B-6989) on July 11. It has a yellow tail.

Meanwhile, (9AL) placed an order for 50 Boeing 737s, including Next-Generation 737s and 737 MAXs, with a total list price of >US$6 billion. (9AL) is expected to expand its fleet to 60 airplanes by 2020.

August 2015: With flight AQ1051 landing smoothly at Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (URC) Terminal 1 on July 15, 9 Air (9AL) officially started operations in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The Guangzhou - Urumqi service is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Urumqi-bound flight is scheduled to take off from Guangzhou at 6:35 am and arrive at Urumqi airport at 11:45 am, with the return flight AQ1052 leaving Urumqi at 8:25 pm and landing in Guangzhou at 1:20 am the next day.

With the joining of 9 Air (9AL), there are now 32 airlines operating domestic, regional and international scheduled services at Urumqi airport.

August 2016: 9 Air ((IATA) Code: AQ, (ICAO) Code: AYH, (Callsign: "Trans Jade") (9AL) 737-86X (61351, B-1551) delivery.

March 2017: 1 737-800 delivery.

May 2017: Juneyao Airlines (JYA) posted a (1Q) net profit of +CNY420.4 million, down -7.5% compared to net income of +CNY454.2 million in the same quarter last year. (JYA) said its Guangzhou-based low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary 9 Air (9AL) earned net income of +CNY6 million in the 1st quarter. (JYA)’s operating revenue grew +22% (YOY) to CNY31.1 billion against a +30.2% increase in operating expenses to CNY2.7 billion.

August 2017: 737-800 (CFM56-7B) (61360, B-1472) delivery.

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9AL-737-800 - 1ST 2014-12
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9AL-737-800 - 3RD-2015-02
9AL-737-8GP - 5th 2015-07.jpg

November 2017:

6 +14 ORDERS 737-8GP (CFM56-7B) (39819, B-1715, 2014-08; 39820, B-1719, 2014-09; B-1716, 2015-02; B-6990, 2015-07; B-6989, 2015-07), (MLI) LSD 2014-08. TRANSPORTATION PARTNERS (TP) LSD 2014-09. WITH WINGLETS. 189Y.

2 737-86X (CFM56-7B) (61351, B-1551; B-1592), 2016-08. 189Y.

1 737-800 (CFM56-7B) (61360, B-1472), 2017-08. 189Y.

30 ORDERS 737 MAX 8 (LEAP-1B):

Management:
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WANG JUNJING, CHAIRMAN, PARENT JUNEYAO AIRLINES (JYA).

JI GUANGPING, PRESIDENT (OWNS 10% OF (9AL)) 9 AIR (9AL).

 
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