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Formed in 1995. Formerly "Deer Jet." Domestic, scheduled and charter, passenger and cargo, plus executive jet airplane services.
RM606, Tower A,
Eagle Run Plaza
26 Xiaoyun Road, Chaoyang District
100016 Beijing (Beijing), China
6F Macrolink Building
No 18 Daojiayuan, Dongsihuan, Chaoyang District
100025 Beijing (Beijing), 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.
September 2004: 2 737-36Q's (28662, B2608; 29326, B-3000), Hainan Airlines (HNA) wet-leased.
August 2006: Hainan Airlines (HNA) parent, the (HNA) Group will purchase 50 Embraer E190s and 50 ERJ-145s. The deal is valued at $2.7 billion at list prices and represents a huge step for the Harbin Embraer Airplane Industry joint venture with China Aviation Industry Corp II, which assembles the ERJ-145, and had yet to reach a deal with a mainland carrier, delivering just a dozen airplanes as of May. The 106-seat E190s will be built in Sao Jose dos Campos.
The airplanes are a new type for Hainan (HNA), which currently operates 12 737-300s/-400s, 18 737-800s, five A319s, five 767-300ERs and 25 Dornier 328JETs. The (HNA) Group also counts China Xinhua Airlines (XIH), Chang'an Airlines (CGN), Shangxi Airlines (CHG), Deer Jet Airlines (DER), and Yangtze River Express (YTH) among its subsidiaries.
A319-115CJ (2837, D-AIMM), delivery and outfitting in USA.
December 2006: 737-36N (28599, B-2112), Hainan Airlines (HNA) wet-leased - see photo.
December 2007: Deer Air (DER) has leased a new A319-115 (3285, B-6177), from Hainan Airlines (HNA).
August 2008: 2 A319-132s (3520, B-6182; 3580, B-6181), deliveries.
October 2008: Deer Jet (DER) is an executive jet subsidiary of Hainan Airlines (HNA). Scheduled and charter flights with 737-300s and A319s are operated under the marketing name of DEER AIR (DER) (with same head office).
(IATA) Code: JD - 898. (ICAO) Code: DER (Callsign - DEER JET).
A319-132 (3548, B-6178), delivery.
January 2009: A319-132 (3768, B-6192), (ILF) leased to Hainan Airlines (HNA), for Deer Air (DER) operations.
April 2009: A319-133 (3851, B-6245), Hainan Airlines (HNA) leased.
October 2009: A319-132 (3842, B-6401), Hainan Airlines (HNA) leased.
November 2009: Hainan Airlines (HNA) parent, the (HNA) Group launched a business jet subsidiary in Shanghai in an attempt to tap the increasing potential of the high-end business (C) and general aviation market. Deer Business Jet Company has registered capital of CNY300 million/$43.9 million, with (HNA) subsidiaries, Deer Air (DER) and Yangtze River Express (YTH) the main stakeholders. The ownership structure has not been made public. It initially will operate two Hawker 800s. China currently has no more than 30 business jets, but it is estimated the country will need 600 to 1,200 over the next 10 years.
1 A319-132 (3914, B-6402), Hainan Air (HNA) leased and A319-133CJ Corporate Jet (4042, F-WWDA - - SEE PHOTO - - "DER-A319-133CJ 2009-11"), delivery.
February 2010: Hainan Airlines (HNA) parent, the (HNA) Group is expected to launch a new Beijing-based carrier called "Capital Air" in partnership with the city government. Capital Air will be based on the assets of (HNA)'s Deer Air (DER) subsidiary, which operates 18 A319s primarily on charter services. (DER) transported 2.6 million passengers last year and has registered capital of CNY776.5 million. Beijing Capital Tourism Company will represent the city government, although the amount of its investment remains under discussion. (HNA) will be the controlling stakeholder. It is unclear whether Capital Air will focus on charters or scheduled services.
The airline/local government partnership is a growing trend in the Chinese industry. (HNA) subsidiary, Lucky Air (LKY) received a +CNY290 million/+$42.4 million capital injection from the Yunnan provincial government last June; China Eastern Airlines (CEA) sold a 35% stake in its Yunnan branch company to the Yunnan provincial government in May; and Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) is preparing to launch "Ningxia Airlines" with the government of the autonomous region in north central China. Analysts have said that one key driver of the trend is the favorable regulatory treatment afforded those airlines that align with local government, as well as the investment capital.
April 2010: Hainan Airlines (HNA) subsidiary, the Deer Jet Company said it plans to grow its business airplane fleet from 23 to 35 by year end to take advantage of China's fast-growing commercial business aviation market.
"Despite the global financial crisis's impact over the past two years, the domestic business aviation market is experiencing fast growth owing to China's rapid Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth," Deer Jet Assistant President, Zhao Hui said. He revealed that the company's operating revenue increased +21% in 2008 followed by +32% growth in 2009, although he did not disclose the exact revenue figure. "We expect our revenue will jump +60% this year," he said. "Also it is noteworthy that in the past our clients were mainly global corporations but these days domestic clients are increasing and they now make up 80% of our total clients."
Deer Jet (DER)'s fleet expansion this year will be comprised of (ACJ)s. Launched in 1995, (DER)'s fleet is composed of one BBJ, one A319, three Gulfstream 550s, two Gulfstream Vs, four Gulfstream IVs, four Gulfstream 200s, one Hawker 900XP, two Hawker 850XPs, four Hawker 800XPs and one Hawker 4000.
Francois Chazelle, Airbus (EDS) VP Executive & Private Aviation, commented that China is an untapped business aviation market with big potential. Currently, the total business jet fleet in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau numbers barely more than >50. Chazelle said (EDS) has 20 business airplanes on order for delivery to the country.
In addition to (HNA), other Chinese airlines have launched business jet companies including Air China (BEJ), Shanghai Airlines (SHA), Shandong Airlines (SHG), Sichuan Airlines (SIC) and China Eastern Airlines (CEA).
It was not until the mid-1990s that business aviation broke into the Chinese market, and it has developed slowly in large part because business jets are taxed more than commercial transports and largely have been viewed in Chinese society as a high privilege restricted to the super-wealthy.
But aviation experts in China believe that those conditions are changing and that business airplanes increasingly are becoming an acceptable means for Chinese executives to travel the vast country. It is estimated that China will need 300 to 600 business jets in the next 10 years.
May 2010: "Deer Air," a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines (HNA), has been renamed "Beijing Capital Airlines" (DER), following investment from the (HNA) Group and the Beijing Tourism Group (BTG). With a registered capital of CNY1.5 billion/$220 million, 70% from (HNA) and 30% from (BTG), the airline currently has 25 Airbus (EDS) airplanes operating on more than >120 routes, with bases in Beijing, Guangzhou, Xi'an, and Sanya. It will operate international and domestic business tourism charter flights, business jet rentals and medical rescue flights. It said it operates the largest business jet fleet in the Asia/Pacific region and accounts for more than >90% of China's business jet charter market. In the next five years, it plans to add more than >200 airplanes. Deer Air (DER) operated 18 A319s on primarily charter services and transported 2.6 million passengers last year.
August 2010: A320-232 (4412, B-6709), delivery, ex-(D-AVVH).
September 2010: A320-232 (4440, B-6710), delivery, ex-(F-WWDT), Hainan Airlines (HNA) leased.
November 2010: Hainan Airlines (HNA) is negotiating with the Shanghai municipal government to seek a capital injection for its Shanghai Deer Air (DER) subsidiary as it looks to expand its business jet fleet.
Shanghai Deer Air (DER) was launched at the end of 2009 in its namesake city with a registered capital of nearly CNY1 billion/$150 million. (HNA)’s subsidiaries, the (HNA) Tourism Company, Grand China Logistics and Yangtze River Express Airlines (YTH) are all stakeholders.
Currently, Shanghai Deer Air (DER) operates two Hawker 800s and plans to expand its fleet to 20 business jets by the end of the year to further explore the Shanghai business aviation market, which is predicted to record +10 to +15% annual growth in the years ahead.
But Shanghai Deer Air (DER) is expected to face fierce competition from Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines (CEA), which operates one Hawker 800 and plans to expand its business jet fleet to five to seven in the coming days.
It is not the first time (HNA) has sought financial support from the local government — its subsidiary, Capital Air received a capital injection of CNY450 million from the Beijing municipal government in May by selling its 30% stakes to the latter. Currently, Capital Air operates a fleet of 25 Airbus (EDS) airplanes and 24 business jets and grabs more than >90% share of the domestic business aviation market. Air China (BEJ) plans to launch a new Beijing-based business jet company in conjunction with the Beijing municipal government to compete against Capital (DER).
A319-133CJ (4042, B-6418), ex-(D-AIDR), delivery after interior outfitting.
May 2011: Deer Jet Co Ltd of Beijing, the largest VIP charter provider in the People’s Republic of China, has taken delivery of the first Airbus (EDS) corporate jetliner, an ACJ319, that it will dedicate to VIP charter flights, adding capacity to meet growing demand at the top end of the market. The new airplane joins an A319 already being used by Deer Jet (DER) to provide some charter flights, and will be based in Beijing.
(DER)’s new ACJ319 features a cabin designed and installed by the Airbus Corporate Jet Center in Toulouse. The cabin comprises a private office/bedroom with ensuite bathroom, including a shower, seats clustered around tables, and several rows of first-class (F) seats. It is certificated to carry up to 28F passengers.
July 2011: Boeing (TBC) marked the 15th anniversary of its Boeing Business Jets (BJC) division with the delivery of a 737 BBJ to Deer Jet Airlines of Beijing. This is the third of four BBJs for the airline.
While representatives from Deer Jet (DER) were in Seattle to take delivery of their new 737 BBJ, they joined dozens of current and former BBJ employees to celebrate the program’s 15-year anniversary. Zhang Zhi, President of Deer Jet Airlines (DER), said the proven success of the 737 BBJ is why his company is adding another one.
October 2011: Boeing Business Jets (BJC) unveiled the latest 737-(BBJ) to enter the Chinese charter market at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) conference in Las Vegas this week.
The new 737 BBJ, owned and operated by Deer Jet (DER) of Beijing, is the second of four 737 BBJs for the airline making it the largest BBJ charter operator in China.
“It’s no surprise the 737 BBJ is dominating the airplane charter business in Asia,” said Steve Taylor, (BJC) President. “The 737 BBJ can carry more people than traditional business jets, as well as having cabins that are around twice as wide with unequaled comfort, space and freedom of movement, which makes them ideal for carrying business teams,” said Taylor.
737 BBJ customers work with designers and interior completion centers to develop personalized interiors. The interior of Deer Jet (DER)’s new 737 BBJ was completed by Associated Air Center of Dallas, Texas and features 28 seats, a bedroom suite and full sized bathroom with a shower.
Korean Airlines (KAL), Capital Airlines (DER) and Metrojet also charter 737 BBJs in Asia.
Sales of 737 BBJs to private individuals in Asia are extremely strong as well. One reason is that the 737 BBJ can fly further than its competitor’s airplanes. Range is very important to buyers in the region, due to the great distances from Asia to Europe and North America.
January 2012: Capital Airlines (DER) is currently recruiting and interviewing 20 A320 Captains Flight Crew (FC) a month. Applicants can apply through Parc Aviation, Rishworth Aviation or WASINC. See FltOps.com and FAPA.aero.
February 2012: The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) (CAC) has granted approval for China Eastern Airlines (CEA) to a launch a business jet aviation company based on the assets of subsidiary, China Eastern Airlines Executive Air (CEAEA).
(CEAEA) was established in 1995 as a ground handling company for business jets. The new entity would operate five airplanes and is expected to expand its fleet to 10 this year, according to (CEAEA) Managing Director, Wang Taiping.
All major Chinese carriers have been exploring the burgeoning business jet aviation market in China.
Hainan Airlines (HNA) operates Beijing-based, Deer Jet Company (DER) and Shanghai Deer Jet Company. Air China (BEJ) established Beijing Airlines in conjunction with the Beijing municipal government in April 2011 to enhance its position in the fast-growing domestic business jet aviation market. China Southern Airlines (GUN) and subsidiary, Xiamen Airlines (XIA) also plan to launch business jet aviation companies.
Deer Jet (DER) (CFO), Cao Yongtao said it is not easy for domestic business jet aviation companies to make a profit initially because of the many policy and financial hurdles “such as very high tax.” It is reported that Beijing levies a 22.85% tax to the general aviation industry, which means that business jet aviation companies must pay more than >20% tax on each business jet.
August 2012: A319-133ACJ (4428, B-6435), ex-(D-ALHT), to be operated by Evergrande Real Estate Group.
October 2012: The Hainan Airlines (HNA) subsidiary, Capital Airlines (DER) connected Haikou (HAK) on the tropical island of Hainan with Changde (CGD) in the north of Mainland China’s Hunan Province on 28 October. Four weekly flights are now offered on the 1,000 km route that will be operated with 138Y-seat A319 airplane.
January 2013: A320-214 (5216, B-6958), EX-(B-511L), Hainan Airlines (HNA) leased.
June 2013: A320-214 (5630, B-6869), ex-(D-AUBP), Hainan Airlines (HNA) leased.
August 2013: Lion Air (MLI) and Garuda Indonesia (GIA) have helped Indonesia to replace China as the fastest growing Asian air travel market. The latest edition of Boeing (TBC)’s annually updated "Current Market Outlook" (2013 - 2032) predicts that demand (as measured by Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK)s in the Asia-Pacific region will grow by an average of +6.3% per annum during the next 20 years, and that by 2032 the region’s airlines will account for over one-third of the world’s fleet of commercial airplanes, up from around 24% at present.
Last year, when one looked at what was happening to Asia’s leading airlines, airports and country markets, the analysis was dominated by China’s growth, which far exceeded that of the rest of Asia. So what has changed 12 months on?
Using schedule data, a comparison has been made between the months of August 2012 and August 2013, for all the airports designated as being in Asia. Since last year, the biggest change has been that the airlines comprising the AirAsia (ASW) group, have passed Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) to break into the top 5 in the region. Hainan Airlines (HNA) and Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ), both moved up a place in the top 10, as Korean Air (KAL) dropped two places to number 10.
Of the top 30 airlines, just three (Korean Air (KAL), Cathay Pacific (CAT) and Shanghai Airlines (SHA)) have reported a drop in monthly seat capacity. New entrants in the top 30, are Tianjin Airlines (GCR) (at number 28), and Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) (at number 30). They replace Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Spring Airlines (CQH). Tianjin Airlines (GCR) is also the fastest-growing in the top 30, reporting an increase in monthly seat capacity of just over >+42%.
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After the recent problems in the Indian market, it is good to see both Jet Airways (JPL) (+4.3%), and Air India (AIN)/(IND) (+13.0%) growing once again, joining IndiGo (IGO) (+19.1%) and SpiceJet (ROJ) (+14.4%), as the Indian market appears to be regaining some growth momentum. It is worth noting that although all of the top 30 airlines are, not surprisingly, based in the region, Dubai-based Emirates (EAD) ranks only just outside the top 30, in 33rd place.
In 2012 China’s airports handled just over >680 million passengers, +9.5% more than in 2011. (CAAC) (CAC) data for the first half of 2013 indicates that Chinese airlines have carried around +11% more passengers than in the same period in 2012. Capacity growth at Chinese airports in August of this year is just over >+12%. Whereas last year, China’s capacity growth was higher than for any other country in the top 12, this year it ranks only fifth by that measure, behind Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand. Indonesia’s rapid growth has enabled it to move up to third place, pushing India down to fourth. Malaysia has benefited from the arrival of Lion Air (MLI)’s Malaysian partner airline, Malindo Air (MXD), which launched services this year.
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Japan and India both report growth of between +8% and +9%, while South Korea (+1.5%) and Taiwan (+0.6%) are the slowest growing major Asian country markets.
Asia’s top 30 airports account for around 53% of all scheduled seat capacity across Asia, but although capacity was up +8.6% at these airports, capacity across all other airports combined was up almost double, at +15.0%. Among the top 10 airports, Beijing (PEK)’s capacity is up less than <+2%, while seat capacity at Bangkok’s main airport is down just over -2%, as a number of carriers have been allowed to transfer flights back to Bangkok’s older Don Muang airport. Jakarta’s rapid growth (+20%) has seen it move past Hong Kong into third place.
The two fastest-growing airports in the top 30 are Kunming in China (+43.7%), and Surabaya in Indonesia (+37.9%), which is also the only new entry in the rankings, replacing Urumqi in China. India only has two airports in the top 30 (compared with 11 for China and six for Japan), but both Delhi (+8.5%) and Mumbai (+12.2%) are once again growing.
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According to FAPA.aero, Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) is not currently hiring pilots (FC).
June 2014: A320-214 (5997, B-1810), ex-(B-520L), Hong Kong Airlines (CRY) leased.
October 2014: (IATA) Code: JD. (ICAO) Code: CBJ.
Beijing Capital Airlines (China) ((IATA) Code: JD, based at Beijing Capital) (DER) has announced it will commence international operations later this month with flights to Japan. The Hainan Airlines (HU, Haikou) subsidiary will offer a 2x-weekly Hangzhou to Okinawa Naha service beginning October 29. The flights will operate on board an A320-200.
Capital Airlines (DER) is in the process of transforming itself into a budget carrier with its fleet consisting of 27 A319-100s, 17 A320-200s and 5 A320-200s. Until this announcement, its route network had covered China exclusively.
(DER) currently operates 49 airplanes and serves 2 countries, to 60 destinations, operating 179 routes and 199 daily flights.
January 2015: A320-232 (6426, B-1642), ex-(F-WWDX), (BOC) Aviation (SIL) leased.
February 2015: Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) launched flight services between Kansai International Airport in western Japan and Hangzhou city in eastern China, the New Kansai International Airport said. According to the airport, the round-trip flights will operate every Tuesday and Friday. (DER) will use A320 airplanes with capacity for 172Y passengers.
The flights will make traveling between China and Japan more convenient, and the number of Chinese tourists to Japan will continue to grow, said the airport.
Beijing Capital Airlines (DER), a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines (HNA), is based at Beijing Capital Airport. With a fleet of >45 airplanes, it has opened over >130 flights both in China and abroad.
A320-232 (6580, B-1691), ex-(F-WWDP), (BOC) Aviation (SIL) leased.
June 2015: Capital Airlines (DER) will add 3 A330-200 wide body jets to its fleet later this year. China's WCARN.com said the airplanes will be used in the Hainan Airlines (HNA) subsidiary's international operations slated to launch in September this year.
Garuda Indonesia (GIA) A330-200 (1020, PK-JPH) is currently undergoing painting and maintenance checks at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport ahead of its delivery to China.
(DER) plans to add 3 A330s to its fleet this year using them to open up long haul flights from Hangzhou and Beijing Capital to Copenhagen Kastrup, and possibly Helsinki Vantaa, this September.
Aside from flights from Hangzhou and Beijing Capital to Copenhagen Kastrup, (DER) is also considering service to Helsinki Vantaa.
July 2015: News Item A-1: The 1st wide body aircraft for Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) arrived in Beijing on July 10.
(DER)'s first wide body aircraft is an A330-200 dry-leased from Indonesian operator, Garuda Indonesia (GIA), which will initially operate domestic flights JD517/8 from Sanya to Chengdu.
(DER), The Beijing-based regional airline disclosed previously that three A330 wide body airplanes will join its fleet this year, using them for long-haul flights from Hangzhou and Beijing to Copenhagen this September.
Currently, (DER) owns a fleet of 52 Airbus aircraft, including 22 A319s and 30 A320s, which is one of the youngest and largest Airbus aircraft operators in China.
Capital Airlines (DER) is scheduled to introduce >30 wide body aircraft in 5 years, said Xu Xin (CEO) of Capital Airlines (DER). Taking the opportunity of using a new Beijing airport, (DER) will open more international services to popular tourist destinations, mainly to Japan, South Korea and other Southeast Asian cities, even to Europe, and the USA.
News Item A-2: Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) plans to open its 1st European route linking Beijing, Hangzhou in Zhejiang province and Copenhagen, the capital and largest city of Denmark, in September, said (DER)'s (CEO). Later Helsinki, Finland is a likely scheduled destination.
An Airbus A330, the 1st wide body jetliner of (DER) arrived in Beijing on July 11. "We plan to use the new A330 to operate the flight between the three cities," said Xu Xin (CEO) of (DER). "My company focuses on tourism market so we must open more overseas routes, which requires us to maintain a fleet of large jetliners."
In the next five years, Capital Airlines (DER) will purchase at least 30 wide body jetliners to open more international routes between Chinese cities and major overseas tourist destinations, he added.
Established in 2010, (DER) runs >200 domestic and international flights. All of its airplanes are made by Airbus (EDS).
September 2015: Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) has launched a nonstop air route to Copenhagen, Denmark, from Hangzhou and Beijing, respectively. It is the 1st time (DER) flew into the Europe and the first time a Chinese airline flies directly between Denmark and China.
(DER) started operating the Hangzhou to Copenhagen and Beijing to Copenhagen service from September 3 and September 6, using Airbus A330 aircraft.
The two routes are initially planned for September and October 2015, each with one weekly arrival in Copenhagen. (DER) will work to make the route permanent.
Using Airbus A330 aircraft and scheduled every week from early September to October 25, the flights are expected to carry >3,000 Chinese tourists to Copenhagen, a gateway to Sweden, Norway, and Iceland.
Capital Airlines (DER) will initially bring around 3,500 Chinese tourists to Copenhagen, a gateway to Sweden, Norway, and Iceland.
A320-214 (6730, B-8169), ex-(F-WWIK) delivery.
October 2015: "Capital Airlines Opens 2 International Routes"
by (ATW) Katie Cantle, October 28, 2015.
Hainan Airlines (HNA)’s subsidiary, Capital Airlines (DER) has opened two international routes (Zhanjiang to Bangkok on October 26 and Beijing to Male on October 27. (DER) has accelerated its international expansion pace as the Chinese economy grows, which has increased outbound travel for China’s citizens.
Capital Airlines (DER) operates 54 airplanes, comprising 22 Airbus A319s, 31 A320s and one A330.
It introduced the 1st A330 on its 1st weekly long-haul intercontinental route, Hangzhou to Copenhagen, on September 3, followed by a weekly, Beijing to Copenhagen service on September 6.
According to (DER), it is scheduled to take delivery of two more A330s this year and expand its long-haul fleet to more than >30 aircraft in the next five years.
It is also applying to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to open 2 new long-haul, intercontinental routes (Hangzhou to Madrid in December 2015, and Qingdao to Melbourne in July 2016).
(DER)’s parent, (HNA) Group Director, Li Xiang said the group would adopt “differentiated international expansion strategies” for Capital Airlines (DER) and Hainan Airlines (HNA), as the former mainly targets leisure travelers, while the latter focuses mainly on business (C) travelers.
November 2015: Capital Airlines (China) ((IATA) Code: JD, based at Beijing Capital) (DER) is looking to begin service to North America following a recent application to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for Canadian traffic rights.
Having recently applied for permission to start Qingdao to Melbourne Tullamarine, Australia flights next July, the Hainan Airlines (HNA) subsidiary has sought permission to start Hangzhou to Vancouver International via Qingdao flights from November 2016 onwards.
Operations will be on-board an A330-200.
Capital Airlines (DER) launched seasonal long haul flights to Copenhagen Kastrup this year with Madrid Barajas to start next month followed by Birmingham International in March of next year.
(DER) currently operates 59 aircraft, to 7 countries on 64 destinations, on 163 routes and 162 daily flights.
December 2015: "Capital Airlines (DER) Launches 1st Nonstop Flight Linking East China to Spain" by Lena Ge, China Aviation Daily, December 31, 2015.
Beijing Capital Airlines (DER)), a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines (HNA), officially launched an international round-trip service linking Hangzhou and Madrid on December 28, marking the 1st nonstop route between East China and Spain.
(DER) operated the Hangzhou (HGH) to Madrid (MAD) flight with 222-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Every Monday and Friday, the outbound flight JD361 departs Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport at 1:00 pm and arrives in Madrid at 8:15 pm, with the return flight leaving Spain at 10:45 pm and 6:45 pm the next day (all local time).
The route will be flown by (DER)’s 222-seat A330-200s, of which it now has 2. According to planespotters.net both aircraft are leased from AerCap (DEA) having previously been operated by Garuda Indonesia (GIA). In total, Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) now serves 20 destinations from Hangzhou; 14 in China, 3 in Japan and 1 each in South Korea (Jeju), Spain, and Thailand (Phuket).
In recent years, (DER) has accelerated its international expansion pace as the Chinese economy grows, which has increased outbound travel for China's citizens. In 2015, (DER) has opened 26 international services, hitting a new record in its history.
Specifically, Capital Airlines (DER) began long-haul operations earlier this year with its 1st ever intercontinental flights connecting Beijing and Hangzhou with Copenhagen in this September.
Besides, it is also applying to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to open several new long-haul, intercontinental routes Qingdao to Melbourne in July 2016 and 2 services to Birmingham from Beijing and Hangzhou in April 2016, with 3x-weekly Hangzhou to Qingdao to Vancouver route next November.
Now, Capital Airlines (DER) operates 56 aircraft, comprising 24 Airbus A319s, 32 A320s and 2 A330s. According to (DER), it is scheduled to take delivery of +2 more A330s this year and expand its long-haul fleet to >30 aircraft in the next 5 years.
(DER)'s parent (HNA) Group Director, Li Xiang said the group would adopt "differentiated international expansion strategies" for Capital Airlines (DER) and Hainan Airlines (HNA) as the former mainly targets leisure travelers, while the latter focuses mainly on business (C) travelers.
January 2016: ACJ320 (4388, B-8415), ex-(EI-FMX) delivery for Deer Jet executive VIP operations.
February 2016: "Capital Airlines Plans Nonstop Shenyang - Okinawa Service" by Lena Ge, China Aviation Daily, February 19, 2016.
Beijing Capital Airlines (DEER), a subsidiary of the (HNA) Group, has filed an application to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for launching a nonstop round-trip service from Shenyang, capital Northern China's Liaoning Province to Okinawa, Japan in March 2016.
Pending government approval, (DER), the Beijing-based carrier plans to operate the Shenyang to Okinawa service 2x-weekly, using Airbus A320 aircraft.
In January 2016, the (CAAC) released (DER)'s application for 2 new nonstop routes from Shenyang to Osaka and Shizuoka in March 2016. In early February, Spring Airlines (CQH) had submitted an application for launching Shenyang to Takamatsu route in March. (DER) competes with the Shanghai-based low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Japan market, with more flights out of Shenyang.
March 2016: News Item A-1: Capital Airlines (DER) is waiting government approval to launch a new international service from Shenyang, Liaoning Province to Melbourne, Australia with a stopover in Qingdao, Shandong Province in July 2016, in a bid to meet increasing travel demand.
Pending government approval, (DER) will operate the Shenyang to Qingdao to Melbourne service with 3x-weekly, using Airbus A330 aircraft.
Last October, (DER) filed an application to the (CAAC) for launch of a 3x-weekly Qingdao to Melbourne service in July 2016, using A330 aircraft. On March 24, (DER) announced it would start its 3x-weekly Qingdao to Melbourne in late August.
News Item A-2: Gogo has signed a term sheet with Beijing’s Shareco Technologies to install 2Ku in-flight connectivity on 50 commercial aircraft for Shareco’s airline partners, including Hainan Airlines (HNA) and Beijing Capital Airlines (DER).
May 2016: Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) has started a new international service between Shenyang (SHE) and Osaka Kansai (KIX). On May 18 (DER) began 2x-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) flights on the 1,320 km route using its A320s. China Southern Airlines (GUN) already operates the route with a daily service.
Beijing Capital Airlines now operates a total 19 international routes, of which 3 are from Shenyang. None are operated with >3 weekly frequencies. Of the 19 routes, 8 are to Japan, 4 to Thailand, 3 each to South Korea, and Vietnam, plus 1 to the Maldives.
June 2016: Imagine if you owned a 2,400-square-foot luxury home with the ability to fly you and 39 of your closest friends to anywhere you want in <17 hours. Next month, China's Beijing's Capital Airlines (formerly Deer Jet), a subsidiary of the (HNA) Group, will take delivery of a new Boeing 787-8 private jet. As configured, the 787 Boeing Business Jet, has a range of almost 9,800 miles, even when packed with 40 passengers, luggage, and fuel.
With a flying time of about 17 hours, the 787 can reach virtually any destination on earth, Kestrel Aviation Management (CEO) Stephen Vella told "Business Insider." From start to finish, the aviation consulting firm, Kestrel Aviation, oversaw the creation of this 787.
Although several 787s have been converted from passenger service to private use, this is the 1st 787 to be built specifically as a BBJ, Vella said. It is the 143rd Dreamliner to roll out of Boeing's factory and 1st flew in December 2013. The plane was delivered to Kestrel in January 2014.
Since no one had done a true Boeing 787 private jet before, Kestrel, along with partners Pierrejean Design Studios and Greenpoint Technologies, had to design and engineer the interior of the 787 from scratch. In fact, the interior took a year to engineer as well as another year and a half to fabricate and install, Vella said.
The innovative Boeing 787 BBJ is not exactly cheap. The base Boeing 787-8 carries a list price of US$224.6 million, while the modifications add another US$100 million or so to the price tag.
This Boeing 787 BBJ is expected to enter service with the (HNA) Group in July. According to Vella, the plane will likely be used by the company's Chairman as well as ultra-high-end charter customers.
August 2016: News Item A-1: Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) will begin 3x-weekly Hangzhou to Vancouver, Canada services on December 30, marking the western Canada city as the 1st North American destination for the (HNA) Group subsidiary airline.
The Airbus A330-200 service will fly Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) via Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO). The aircraft will be configured for 222 passengers, with 36C seats in business class and 186Y seats in economy.
Hangzhou is the capital city of Zhejiang province on China’s east coast. Qingdao is a port city in northeast China’s Shandong province.
Beijing Capital Airlines (DER), a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines (HNA), will be the 6th airline from mainland China flying to Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The airport has seen 10,475,024 passengers in 2016 through June, up +8.1% year-over-year (YOY), and registered 135,354 commercial airplane movements, down -0.7% (YOY). Asia-Pacific passengers year-to-date at (YVR) have risen +12.9% (YOY) to 1,622,191 passengers as of June 30.
Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) flies an all-Airbus (EDS) fleet of 67 aircraft from its core bases in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Xi’an and Hangzhou to cities across China and international destinations in Asia, Europe, and North America.
“(DER) obtained (IOSA) accreditation this May and officially became an (IATA) member,” Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) (CEO), Xu Xin said August 17. “This proves that our continuous efforts in raising our operation safety standard have been recognized by international aviation organizations. Our network [will now extend] to North America via Vancouver.”
News Item A-2: A321-231 (7288, B-8553), ex-(D-AVYA), (SMBC) Aviation Capital leased.
February 2017: News Item A-1: Chinese airlines are rapidly increasing flights to the Philippines following the relaxing of visa requirements between the 2 countries in October 2016. Since then, 675,700 Chinese tourists visited the Philippines in 2016, up +37.1% over 2015. Local industry analysts predicted this figure will continue to grow quickly this year. Over the past 3 months, >10 Chinese carriers (including China Eastern (CEA), Sichuan Airlines (SIC), Juneyao Airlines (JYA), Spring Airlines (CQH), Xiamen Airlines (XIA) and Capital Airlines (DER)) have applied to open nearly 40 international routes to Kalibo and Cebu in the Philippines. Tianjin Airlines (GCR) has applied to open 5 international routes to the Philippines from Tianjin, Ningbo, Xi’an, Wuhan, Nanjing and Chongqing.
7 Chinese carriers currently operate routes to the Philippines with 24,000 weekly flights. Local analysts point out many domestic airlines need to find new SE Asian markets (such as the Philippines) to make up for decreased demand in the Thailand market after the government tightened tourism restrictions following the death of Thailand’s king last year. However, analysts also expressed concern about the Philippine’s infrastructure and aviation safety that may impact the fast-growing Sino-Philippine market.
May 2017: A330-243 (1775, B-8981), ex-(F-WWKJ) delivery.
October 2017: Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) began services from Qingdao (TAO) to Sydney (SYD) on October 29. The 8,428 km sector will operate 2x-weekly during the 1st week of service, but will increase to 4x-weekly during November. The route will be operated by (DER)’s A330-200s and there is no direct competition.
Sydney Airport Managing Director and (CEO) Kerrie Mather said (DER), the new operator would boost business and tourism to Sydney. “As a world-leading airport for Chinese long-haul routes, we’re very proud to welcome this new airline and new route. We’re thrilled that Beijing Capital Airlines (DER)’s new service is expected to bring an additional 24,000 Chinese visitors annually and generate $100 million in additional visitor expenditure per year for New South Wales.”
November 2017: Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) has become the 4th Chinese airline to serve London Heathrow (LHR) after Air China (BEJ), China Eastern Airlines (CEA and China Southern Airlines (GUN), with (DER) beginning flights to (LHR), the UK hub from Qingdao (TAO) on November 17. The Hainan (HNA) Group carrier will offer a 2x-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service on the 8,686 km sector using its 212-seat (36C, 186Y) A330-243s.
For (LHR), Qingdao becomes its 4th destination in China after Beijing, Shanghai Pudong, and Guangzhou. The hub was connected to Chengdu until the end of 2016, with British Airways (BAB) pulling its 787-8-operated service after a 3-year operation. Qingdao services will face no direct competition, with the launch of these flights meaning (LHR) will see 55x-weekly departures to China this winter, with the 4 Chinese airlines, along with British Airways (BAB) and Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA), also serving the country market. While Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) serves (LHR), fellow Hainan (HNA) Group operator Tianjin Airlines (GCR) operates into London Gatwick (LGW) from Tianjin via Chongqing. Hainan Airlines (HNA) itself also operates to the UK, with it serving the route between Beijing and Manchester. (DER) already serves Lisbon, Madrid and Moscow Sheremetyevo with regular scheduled services from China in Winter 2017/2018.
February 2018: Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) signed a General Sales Agreement (GSA) agreement with (TAL) Aviation for 8 European markets: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Switzerland.
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0 737-36N (CFM56-3C1) (3115-28599, /99 B-2112 - SEE PHOTO; 3118-28602, /99 B-2113; 3124-28606, B-2115), (GEF) LSD, (HNA) WET-LSD 2006-12. RTND. 144Y.
0 737-36Q (CFM56-3C1) (2914-28662, /97 B-2608; 3020-29326, /98 B-3000), (CGP) LSD, (HNA) WET-LSD 2004-09. RTND. 144Y.
3 +1 ORDER 737-700 BBJ, 28F FOR DEER JET EXEC (VIP) OPERATIONS. 28F.
1 787-8 BBJ, 2016-07. EXEC (VIP) OPERATIONS. 40F.
1 A319-115CJ CORPORATE JET (2837, D-AIMM), 2006-08.
5 A319-100 (CFM56-5B6/P), (HNA) WET-LSD. 138Y.
3 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/P) (2849, /06 B-6156; 2985, /06 B-6169; 3285, /07 B-6177 - SEE PHOTO), (GEF) LSD, (HNA) WET-LSD 2007-12. 138Y.
3 A319-132 (CFM56-5B6/P) (3520, B-6182; 3548, B-6178, 2008-12 - - SEE PHOTO - - "DER-A319-VIP-2010-11;" 3580, B-6181), (HNA) WET LSD. 138Y.
5 A319-132 (CFM56-5B6/P) (3768, B-6192, 2009-01; 3842, B-6401, 2009-10; 3849, B-6193, 2009-03; 3851, B-6245, 2009-04; 3914, B-6402, 2009-11), (HNA) WET-LSD. 138Y.
1 A319-133CJ CORPORATE JET (V2527M-A5) (4042, /09 B-6418 - - SEE PHOTO - - "DER-A319-133CJ 2009-11"), 2009-11. DELIVERED 2011-04 AFTER INTERIOR OUTFITTING. EXEC.
1 A319-133ACJ CORPORATE JET (V2527M-A5) (4428, B-6425), EX-(D-AHLT), OPS FOR EVERGRANDE REAL ESTATE GROUP 2012-08. EXEC.
1 A320-214 (5216, B-6958), EX-(B-511L), HAINAN AIRLINES (HNA) LSD 2013-01.
1 A320-214 (5997, B-1810), EX-(B-520L), (CRY) LSD 2014-06.
1 A320-214 (6730, B-8169), ex-(F-WWIK), 2015-09.
1 A320-232 (4412, B-6709), EX-(D-AVVH) 2010-08.
1 A320-232 (4440, B-6710), (HNA) LSD 2010-09. EX-(F-WWDT).
1 A320-232 (5630, B-6869), (HNA) LSD 2013-06. EX-(D-AUBP).
2 A320-232 (6426, B-1642, 2015-01; 6580, B-1691, 2015-05), EX-(F-WWDX & F-WWDP), (BOC) AVIATION (SIL) LSD.
1 A321-231 (7288, B-8553), EX-(D-AVYA) 2016-08.
3 A330-243 (1020, B-8019), (GIA) WET-LSD, EX-(PK-GPH), 36C, 186Y.
1 A330-243 (1775, B-8981), ex-(F-WWKJ) 36C, 186Y.
1 ACJ319, AIRBUS CORPORATE JET FOR DEER JET VIP CHARTER FLIGHTS. 28F.
1 ACJ320 (4388, B-8415), AIRBUS CORPORATE JET, EX-(EI-FMX) 2016-01, FOR DEER JET VIP CHARTER FLIGHTS. 28F.
1 BEECHCRAFT PREMIER 1 (FJ44-2A) (RB-87, /04 B-8006), EXEC. 6Y.
1 GULFSTREAM GIV (TAY 611-8) (1100, /89 B-8080), EXEC. 12Y.
5 HAWKER 800XP (TFE731-5BR-1H) (258408, /99 B-3990; 258470, /00 B-3991; 358501, /00 B-3992; 358525, /01 B-3993; 258536, /01 B-3995), EXEC. 8Y.
2 HAWKER 850XP. EXEC.
1 HAWKER 900XP. EXEC.
4 GULFSTREAM 200. EXEC.
3 GULFSTREAM 550. EXEC.
4 GULFSTREAM IV. EXEC.
2 GULFSTREAM V. EXEC.
LIU KAIHONG, CHAIRMAN, DEER JET COMPANY LTD.
XU XIN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) CAPITAL AIRLINES (DER).
YONGQIANG WANG, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
ZHANG LI, PRESIDENT, DEER JET AIRLINES.
CAO YONGTAO, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) DEER JET.