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Formed and started operations in 2007. Domestic, regional, & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Shauangfeng Bridge Street
Chongqing, 401120, China
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.
It has been a 50 year long journey for the Chongqingnese to witness the magic of flight. After decades of longing and hardship, the flight of Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) has now become reality. Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) is a cooperative venture between Chongqing City and China Southern Airlines (GUN), with total registered assets up to RMB1.2 billion yuan. As a local carrier with the largest (current) registered assets in the Chinese aviation industry, China Southern Airlines (GUN) and the Chongqing Municipal Development & Investment Company share Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) on a 60%, 40% share, respectively.
China Southern Airlines (GUN) is the largest carrier in The People’s Republic of China in terms of fleet, extensive network and annual passenger traffic, with more than >600 domestic and international routes to more than >150 global cities, forming an extensive network with Guangzhou and Beijing as main hubs, covering the whole of China and radiating throughout Asia with convenient connections to Africa, Australia, Europe, and the United States.
In 2006, China Southern Airlines (GUN) transported 49.21 Million passengers, pioneering the mainland Chinese carriers and today is the 9th largest airline in the world.
The Chongqing Municipal Development & Investment Company, a large, solely state-owned investment corporation, was established in 1994 by Chongqing municipal government, with a total assets of RMB11.1 billion yuan; in possession of six fully-owned, directly under control or holding enterprises, and six equity participating companies; storing lands about 40 square kilometers in the city main areas, with authorization of the municipal government, effectively supporting the local government’s constructions on important projects.
With the solid cooperation between an industry leading carrier (GUN) and a large state-owned investment company, Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) has become one of China’s newest aviation entries. Within its initial three month period, senior staff from both China Southern Airlines (GUN) and Chongqing Municipal Development & Investment Company dedicated their unique aviation talents to enable the Chongqing Airlines (CGQ)’s spirit deeply into people’s hearts and further enable more children’s dreams of flying to become true.
Currently, Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) has launched direct services to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Guilin, Nanjing, Taiyuan, Sanya, and Wenzhou. Within three years, it is anticipated to have more than >10 A320 airplanes and plans to introduce medium-range airplanes such as the A330 after 2010, to launch its outbound international services.
The A320 is the state-of-the-art single aisle airplane and an aviation pioneer by the introduction of the “fly-by-wire concept” for flight controls. All Chongqing Airlines (CGQ)’s A320 pilots (FC) previously served China Southern Airlines (GUN) – in total more than >600,000 hours flown. Some of these pilots (FC) have successfully maneuvered numerous special charter flights and some of the pilots (FC) have experienced the transpacific flights with the most professional flight skills.
“Passion, Efficiency, Responsibility and Get Things Done”! Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) is dedicated to becoming a leader of high-yield air services, offering passengers a warm and comfortable journey with its unique style of all its own. Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) provides customers with its all-new First (F) and Business (C) Class services, featured with both Cantonese and Sichuan-style cuisine, as well as fresh Kongfu Tea; accompanied with cabin attendants (CA)’s sweet smile s along the trip.
Maintenance engineers (MT) are the airplane’s “doctors.” Chongqing Airlines (CGQ)’s engineers (MT) have served China Southern Airlines (GUN). This elite team has rich experience in airplane maintenance. Each safe take-off and landing of the airplane is the best reward for their hardwork.
“Work out splendid plans to win victories in battles a thousand miles away” will not be a dream any more. With the strong support of China Southern Airlines (GUN), Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) offers the most advanced Information Technology (IT) management system in mainland China, enjoying the first-class (F) System Operations Control System to manage the real-time Flight Operations of its fleet, which has been effectively guaranteeing safe flight operations of Chongqing Airlines (CGQ).
History witnesses dreams becoming reality.
Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) is the new herald in the Chinese aviation industry and will take its rightful place among China’s best air carriers.
June 2007: Competition for passengers in western China intensified dramatically as China Southern Airlines (GUN) launched its new joint venture with the Chongqing Development & Investment Co, named "Chongqing Airlines (CGQ)," while the (HNA) Group subsidiary "Lucky Air (LKY)" began operating its Chongqing-based "West Air (CHO)."
Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) has noted that it mainly will target high-end customers and business (C) travelers. It has one A320-232 and expects its inaugural flight to take place on July 8 to Beijing, after which it will start serving Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Shanghai. It expects to be flying three airplanes by year end, and operating 10 by 2010, when it plans to introduce the A330 on international routes. But its initial priority is to develop a domestic network covering second-tier cities and tourist destinations.
Lucky Air (LKY) will forge a different path with its new carrier, which Lucky (LKY) CEO, and China West Air (CHO) President, Ma Guohua said will operate as a point-to-point Low Cost Carrier (LCC) offering tourism packages in conjunction with Lucky (LKY). Shandong Airlines (SHG), based in Jinan, also has announced its intention to start a Chongqing-based airline soon.
July 2007: Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) operated its inaugural flight, an A320 service to Shanghai. It will fly the route five-times-weekly, but eventually expects to increase service to daily.
December 2007: (ILFC) (ILF) announced a lease deal with Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) for three new A319-100s powered by (V2527M-A5)s, to be delivered in March, April and May 2009, under 12-year leases.
March 2009: Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) took delivery of the first of three 122-seat A319-133s on lease from (ILFC) (ILF). A joint venture between China Southern Airlines (GUN) and Chongqing International Invest, the carrier currently operates four A320s and will take delivery of the remaining two A319s this spring.
A319-133 (3836, B-6246), (ILF) leased.
April 2009: A319-133 (3876, B-6247), (ILF) leased.
May 2009: A319-133 (3901, B-6248), (ILF) leased.
July 2010: Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) is a Chinese domestic carrier operating premium and business class (C) services between Chongqing and Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Sanya, and Wenzhou. International services are planned, starting in 2010.
Employees = 350.
(IATA) Code: OQ. (ICAO) Code: CQN.
Parent organization/shareholders: China Southern Airlines (GUN) (60%); & Chongqing Development & Investment Corp (40%).
Main Base: Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG).
Hub: Yinchuan Donghe airport (INC).
Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Company (GAMECO) signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Chongqing Airport Group and Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) to establish a joint-venture (JV) Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility at Chongqing Jiangbei International. The facility, Chongqing (GAMECO) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company, will have two bays and initially focus on A320 line maintenance and Airplane On Ground (AOG) support, base maintenance, component (MRO) and other services for Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) and other customers. (GAMECO) will be the majority owner in the venture.
September 2010: The cities of Houston and Chongqing, China, have signed an airport cooperation agreement to enable a mutual exchange that is part and parcel of a long-term strategy of the Houston Airport System to develop air service at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Airport officials will look first to transpacific service by Continental Airlines (CAL), which plans to continue and perhaps grow its hub at the oil city as it merges with United Airlines (UAL). But other airlines, including Asian carriers, will be among those that Houston will bargain with for new service. Houston’s strategy to build international service appears to be working; next month, Emirates (EAD) will add a second daily flight from Houston and Singapore Airlines (SIA)’s service will go to daily. China is the next big target.
The city of Houston is participating in the World Expo currently underway in Shanghai. Mayor, Annise Parker and Mario Diaz, Houston’s Director of Airports, recently visited the expo and made a side trip to Chongqing, a central Chinese city that technically has the world’s largest population, some 32 million people. The Houston business community has been connecting with China since that nation opened itself to foreign interests decades ago, says Genaro Pena, Air Service Development Director for the airport. That effort, coupled with the sizable and growing population of Asia-connected people in Houston, has established Houston as a major candidate for service to Asia.
Cargo service to Asia was launched by Taiwan-based carriers to Taipei and took a big bounce two years ago, when Cathay Pacific (CAT) began operating to Hong Kong. “Houston is a global city with large Fortune 500 companies based here,” Pena notes. It expects to report a population of 6 million, based on the recent USA census, that can support industries such as its broad-based oil and gas production companies, manufacturing, engineering and infrastructure development.
Chongqing is growing as a high-technology manufacturing city, an obvious target for service to Houston, Pena adds. In the past year, Chongqing has reported $3 billion in direct foreign investment.
Houston is using its (HAS) Development Corporation, an airport consultancy and educational service, to strengthen its tie to Chongqing. The corporation typically trains 250 airport professionals each year. In recent years, a majority has come from China, Africa, and Latin America. The focus of the exchanges will be airport management, operations safety, emergency and contingency management, operations, runway safety and air traffic management.
“This is a recipe for air service down the line,” Pena said. "Chongqing may not be the first, but it is one that we have our eye on. Vehicles [such as agreements] help us make an investment in the future, connecting with the right people and agencies to support air service to cities.”
May 2011: Hainan Airlines (HNA) relaunched Chongqing-based, China West Air (CHO) in conjunction with Chongqing Yufu Capital Management Company, which is controlled by the Chongqing municipal government. (HNA) didn’t reveal the exact figure but noted the combined investment was CNY3 billion/$460.8 million.
China West Air (CHO) was initially launched in 2006 with a registered capital of CNY80 million. (HNA) subsidiary Lucky Air (LKY) and Jianying Investment Company both hold a 35% stake and Shenzhen Guorui Investment Company, Sichuan Sanxing General Aviation Company and Xinjiang Siweida Technology Company all have a 10% stake in (CHO).
China West Air (CHO) operates a total fleet of nine airplanes, comprising four A319s, two 737-300s and three A320s on more than 20 domestic routes. (CHO) is expected to open international routes to Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea by the end of 2012 and expand its fleet to 40 by 2015.
It is noteworthy that China Southern Airlines (GUN), which launched subsidiary Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) in 2006, signed a cooperation agreement this month with the Chongqing municipal government to enhance its position in Chongqing.
October 2012: China’s Qingdao municipal government is in negotiations with Air China (BEJ) and its subsidiary Shandong Airlines (SHG) to launch Qingdao Airlines, according to Qingdao Municipal Transport Committee Deputy Director, Zhao Haibin.
According to industry analysts, the Qingdao government is seeking to partner with an established Chinese carrier as new Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAC) standards for new entrants make it difficult to launch new carriers.
All major Chinese carriers have been forging closer cooperative relationships with local governments. Industry analysts say that subsidiaries enable China’s domestic carriers to receive cash support and enjoy favorable policies from different local governments.
China Southern Airlines (GUN) last month launched Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) and entered into a joint venture agreement with government-owned Henan Civil Aviation Investment to launch a subsidiary, China Southern Henan Airlines Company.
July 2013: 2 A320-232s (5643, B-9976; 5713, B-9977), ex-(D-AUBU & D-D-AVVL), (ICBC) Leasing leased.
February 2014: Chongqing Airlines ((IATA) Code: OQ, based at Chongqing) (CGQ) could be transformed into a Low Cost Carrier (LCC) by parent, China Southern Airlines ((IATA) Code: CZ, based at Guangzhou) (GUN), following reports the airline has now converted its four A319-100s into all-economy (Y) configurations. The revamped airplanes will be deployed on flights on high-altitude and tourist flights out of Chongqing to Lijiang, Lhasa, and Jiuzhaigou. (CGQ) plans to retain first (F) and business (C)-class cabins on its A320-200 services to Guangzhou and Beijing Capital for the foreseeable future, but is reportedly considering converting those airplanes into single-(Y) class layouts as well. As the domestic and regional market begins to intensify, so Chinese carriers increasingly see (LCC)s as a panacea to their problems. Local rival, China Eastern Airlines ((IATA) Code: MU, based at Shanghai Hongqiao) (CEA), is in the process of converting China United Airlines ((IATA) Code: KN, based at Beijing Nanyuan) (CUL) into its first low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary.
September 2015: Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) is planning to launch its first international service to Bangkok, Thailand at the end of this year, a local newspaper reported.
(CGQ), the regional carrier will operate Airbus A320 aircraft on the new international service. Flight OQ2349 is scheduled to take off from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG) at 11:00 pm and arrive in Bangkok at 1:00 am, the next day; while the return flight OQ2350 will leave Bangkok at 2:10 am and reach Chongqing at 6:35 am (all local time).
Specifically, Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) took delivery of an Airbus A320 aircraft on September 2, which further expands (CGQ)'s fleet and provides more capacity for the peak season.
The newly-introduced Airbus A320 (B-1827) jetliner is equipped with 152 seats in three-cabin layout, including 8F first class seats and 24PY premium economy class seats and 120Y economy class seats.
Currently, (CGQ) operates 66 flights daily on 30 domestic routes. The planned Chongqing - Bangkok service will be (CGQ)'s first international flight, marking a new chapter in the history of its development.
February 2016: Chongqing Airlines ((IATA) code OQ) (CGQ) has launched its first international service. On February 4 (CGQ), a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines (GUN), began 3x-weekly flights between Chongqing (CKG) and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) using its A320s. The 1,881 km route is already served by Thai Airways (TII) with a daily A320 service while indirect competition comes from Thai AirAsia (THA), who operates a 2x-daily service between Chongqing and Bangkok Don Mueang. (CGQ) operates a fleet of 12 narrow-body Airbus aircraft, four A319s and eight A320s. (CGQ) operates a raft of domestic routes from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, which last year handled 32.4 million passengers, making it China’s ninth busiest airport.
January 2017: A320-232 (5875, B-1826), (ICBC) Financial leasing leased.
August 2017: Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport began operations from a newly built 3rd terminal and 3rd runway August 29.
The 530,000 sq m terminal, which began construction in August 2012, can handle an annual capacity of 45 million passengers, 1.1 million tonnes of cargo and 373,000 aircraft movements. It has also added 94 aircraft parking stands.
Chongqing Airport's 1st 2 terminals have a total area of 200,000 sq m and can handle 30 million passengers annually. Last year, the airport transported 36 million passengers.
4 domestic carriers (Sichuan Airlines (SIC), West Air (CHO), China Express Airlines (HXA) and Spring Airlines (CQH)) will stay in Terminal 2 while the other carriers will move to the new Terminal 3.
Chongqing Airport said the new 3rd terminal is equipped with advanced technology including (RFID) in baggage handling.
As the 3rd runway goes into formal operation, the airport has become the 1st Chinese airport with 3 runways in West China and the 4th Chinese airport with 3 runways after Beijing Capital, Shanghai Pudong and Guangzhou Baiyun airports.
Chongqing operates 258 routes (199 domestic and 59 international routes) to 158 destinations.
According to Xinhua News Agency, Chongqing Transport Commission Deputy Director Wang Qinlin said Chongqing Airport is targeted to build an international hub (which will increase its routes to 350, including 100 international routes) by 2020.
April 2018: "New Air Route Between Chongqing and Ho Chi Minh City to Open" by Liangyu, Xinhua, March 26, 2018.
A new air route linking SW China's Chongqing municipality with Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City will open in early April, Chongqing Airlines (CGQ) announced on April 2.
The route is the 1st direct connection between Chongqing and Ho Chi Minh. The service, scheduled to open on April 2, will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The flight will leave Chongqing at 11:00 pm Beijing time and arrive in Ho Chi Minh at 1:40 am local time the next day. The return flight will depart from Ho Chi Minh at 2:40 am and arrive in Chongqing at 7:15 am.
(CGQ) now has 69 international routes. Among them, 55 are passenger routes while 14 are cargo air routes.
July 2018: A319-132 (4036, B-6407), ex-(D-AVYK) delivery.