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7JetSet7 Code: DLN
Status: Operational
Region: CHINA
Country: CHINA
Employees 27
Web: dalianairchina.com
Email: info@dalianairchina.com

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Formed and started operations in 2011. Domestic, regional & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo jet airplane services.

Dalian Airlines
Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
Liaoning Province, 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.

July 2011: The (CAAC) (CAC) gave a green light to Air China (BEJ) to launch Dalian Airlines (DLN), which is expected to enhance (BEJ)'s position in North China. According to the (CAAC), the Dalian-based carrier has a registered capital of CNY1 billion/$154.5 million. (BEJ) is the controlling stakeholder with an 80% holding. (BEJ) invested CNY800 million, while the Dalian Baishui Zhengtong Company (representing the Dalian Municipal Government) put forward CNY200 million to take the remaining 20% stake.

August 2011: Earlier this month, Air China (BEJ) launched a Dalian Airlines (DLN) subsidiary that will launch scheduled services this year. Initially, it will operate 3 737-800s on domestic routes from Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport (DLC) to Beijing (PEK), Shanghai, and Shenzhen. Dalian Airlines (DLN) plans to expand its fleet to 5 airplanes in the 1st half of 2012 and eventually open international routes to Japan and South Korea.

(BEJ) last year signed an agreement with the Dalian government to launch Dalian Airlines (DLN). Hainan Airlines (HNA) had previously reached an accord with the local government to start a Dalian-based airline, but disagreements unraveled that deal and opened the door for (BEJ).

November 2011: 1st 737-86N (36810, B-5196), (ICBC) leased delivery.

December 2011: Air China’s (BEJ) new subsidiary Dalian Airlines (DLN) launched scheduled operations on December 31 on the Dalian to Shenzhen route. It received an air operating certificate (AOC) from the (CAAC).

(DLN) will initially operate 2 737-800s and plans to expand its fleet to 5 airplanes next year and to 20 by 2015.

(DLN) plans to launch services from Dalian to Beijing, and Taiyuan to Sanya. Its network will gradually cover the main provincial capital cities across the country. It is seeking approval to operate routes to Japan and South Korea.

Dalian is a key northern gateway, with strong trade links to neighboring Japan and Korea. The focus on the NE region also reflects a shift in domestic network development patterns in China in light of increasing competition from the high-speed rail (HSR) network. Shandong Airlines (SHG), Hainan Airlines (HNA), and China Southern Airlines (GUN) have separately stated they will increase services to/from China's NE and NW regions.

(DLN) is expected to face fierce competition from China Southern Airlines (GUN), which has a 37% share of the Dalian market and serves >30 destinations non-stop from the city. In 2003, (GUN) had taken over China Northern. Parent, Air China (BEJ) has a 13.1% capacity share at Dalian and around 11 destinations served non-stop. Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) holds a 10.5% capacity share.

Dalian Airport (DLC) is a hub for China Southern Airlines (GUN) and the majority of its Japanese destinations originate from Dalian. There are 4 airline operators of service between Dalian and Tokyo Narita, namely All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan Air Lines (JAL), China Southern (GUN) and Air China (BEJ), with services also operating from Dalian to Fukuoka ((BEJ) and (GUN)), Hiroshima ((BEJ) and (GUN)), Nagoya Chubu Centrair (GUN), Osaka Kansai ((ANA), (GUN) and (BEJ)), Sapporo Chitose (GUN) and Toyama (GUN) in Japan. These services make the airport the 2nd largest airport for Japan services in China after Shanghai. China Southern (GUN), Korean Air (KAL) and Asiana Airlines (AAL), meanwhile, both operate on the Seoul Incheon to Dalian sector, while Jeju is also served non-stop from Dalian by (GUN). Hong Kong (Air China) and Taipei Taoyuan (UNI Airways (MAK), (GUN), China Airlines (BEJ) and Hainan Airlines (HNA)) are also served from Dalian. NE Asia is the airport’s only international market.

At present, 22 airlines operate at (DLC) airport (not including Dalian Airlines (DLN)), including Air China (BEJ), All Nippon Airways (ANA), Asiana Airlines (AAR), China Airlines (CHI), China Eastern Airlines (CEA), China Express Airlines (HXA), (GUN), Grand China Air (GCH), Hainan Airlines (HNA), Japan Airlines (JAL), Juneyao Airlines (JYA), Korean Air (KAL), Kunming Airlines (KMG), Lucky Air (LKY), Okay Airways (OKA), Shandong Airlines (SHG), Shanghai Airlines (SHA), Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ), Sichuan Airlines (SIC), Spring Airlines (CQH), Tianjin Airlines (GCR), and Uni Airways (MAK).

Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport (DLC), which handled 10.7 million passengers in 2010, reached its target of handling 12 million passengers in 2011, up +12% year-on-year, making it the 15th largest airport in China in terms of passenger traffic. The airport is also the 4th largest in NE China in terms of international passenger numbers.

In October 2011, the airport handled 1.2 million passengers, a +15.6% year-on-year increase. Cargo volumes weakened -12.5% to 11,575 tonnes although airplane movements increased +3.6% to 8,595 in the month.

Dalian Airport (DLC) is targeting annual passenger growth of >15% over the next 5 years with passenger numbers expected to reach 18 - 20 million by 2015. (DLC) is seeking to introduce at least 3 airlines with operating bases at the airport to operate international routes from Dalian, introduce another regional carrier to be based at the airport and one freighter carrier.

The airport has a 3,300 m runway and a 65,000 sq m terminal building, with a new 71,000 sq m terminal building completed in September 2011 as part of a CNY2257 million/USD342 million 3rd-phase expansion project at the airport. This has increased terminal capacity at the airport to 136,000 sq m to meet forecast demand over the next 5 to 10 years, with the airport’s passenger capacity increasing to 21 million passengers and 450,000 tonnes of cargo. The Phase III expansion of the airport includes the construction of the terminal building (located west of the existing terminal), a 340,000 sq m apron, taxiway reconstruction and other supporting facilities.

Meanwhile, progress continues on the CNY15 billion/USD2.3 billion new Dalian Airport project. Phase I of construction work is expected to be completed between 2014 and 2015, by which time the current Dalian Airport will have reached its capacity and will be transformed into a freight airport.

Overall, the northern part of China has the lowest density of High Speed Rail (HSR) development, while the 904km Harbin to Dalian high-speed rail (HSR) has been delayed until at least July 2012. Service was expected to commence in early 2012, but test operations on the line have been postponed due to quality problems, including excessive roadbed settlement near Dalian City.

As the 1st high-speed railway in the N China region, the Harbin to Dalian line will have 24 stops, of which 4 stops are in Dalian including Wafangdian West Railway Station, Pulandian West Railway Station, Dalian North Railway Station and Dalian Railway Station. It will take just >1 hour to cover <400 km between Dalian and Shenyang.

Once the high-speed line is put into service, most rail passengers will shift to the new line, relieving pressure on the existing Harbin to Dalian railway, the busiest in the region transporting goods such as coal, oil, agricultural products and lumber. According to a Xinhua report, the existing line will be able to transport an additional 50 million to 60 million tonnes of cargo once the new high-speed line is operational. According to the Ministry of Railways, the line is expected to carry 37 million passengers per annum by 2020 and 51 million per annum by 2030.

Dalian International Airport Deputy General Manager, Du Zhiyuan previously stated the airport would hold talks with the Ministry of Railways to establish some sort of cooperation in light of the line development. Mr Du stated the development of the (HSR) network might not necessary be a bad thing for the airport adding that the rail network can bring domestic passengers to the city and the airport, through its route network, can provide onward connections for passengers to other parts of China and/or international destinations such as Japan and Korea.

(DLN) is operating with 3 737-800s (of which 2 are owned) initially, but plans to increase its fleet size to 5 airplanes in 2012 and 20 airplanes by 2015. (DLN) is officially registered with (ICAO) and assigned the code (CCD) by China’s Air Traffic Control (ATC). Air China (BEJ), which has transferred 122 of its employees including 28 pilots (FC) to (DLN), has also agreed to allow Dalian Airlines (DLN) to operate under its (IATA) CA code.

February 2012: Dalian Airlines (DLN) will serve a domestic network linking its Dalian main base with all Chinese provincial capitals, coastal cities, and tourism destinations. Future plans include international flights starting with Japan and South Korea.

Current routes:

From its main base, Dalian, China: To Beijing; Sanya; Shenzhen; and Taiyuan.

From Beijing, China: To Dalian.

From Sanya, China: To Dalian; and Taiyuan.

From Shenzhen, China: To Dalian.

From Tanyan, China: To Dalian; and Sanya.

737-86N (36811, B5197), (GEF) leased.

May 2012: Dalian Airlines (DLN) now flies from Dalian to Hangzhou and Xi’an.

June 2012: 737-800 (B-5642) delivery.

SEE PHOTO - - "DLN-2012-06 - NEW 737-800") delivery.

July 2012: (AMECO) Beijing (BEJ) has appointed Liu Chunxi as Executive Director of its Safety & Management Division. Liu formerly served as Deputy General Manager of Dalian Airlines (DLN).

(IATA) Code: CA. (ICAO) Code: CCD - (Callsign - XIANGJIAN).

Parent organization/shareholders: Air China (BEJ) 80%; Municipal Government of Dalian 20%.

Frequent-flyer: PhoenixMiles.

Destinations: Beijing; Chengdu; Dalian; Hangzhou; Shanghai (Pudong); Shenzhen; and Xi'an.

August 2012: Hainan Airlines (HNA) has signed a cooperation agreement with the Fujian provincial government to launch a new subsidiary, Fuzhou Airlines, as it expands into the S China market. (HNA) did not give a specific timetable for the launch, which needs approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAC). The regulator has raised the bar for new entrants in recent years, citing safety concerns.

Industry analysts point out Fuzhou Airlines would compete with Xiamen Airlines (XIA), which uses Fuzhou as one of its main operating bases. (XIA) holds a dominant position in the Fuzhou market with a 50% market share.

In recent years, China’s major carriers have forged closer cooperative relationships with different local governments, enabling them to receive favorable policy support as well as cash support.

Air China (BEJ) has launched Dalian Airlines (DLN) and Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) with local government support. China Eastern Airlines (CEA) received cash injections from the Yunnan and Wuhan provincial governments to relaunch their branch companies in these 2 provinces.

September 2013: 737-800 delivery.

August 2014: Air China (BEJ) plans to spend CNY360 million/$58.4 million to raise pilot (FC) salaries, despite its continuous profit decline. (BEJ) has 4,560 pilots (FC) who work for the Beijing-based carrier and its subsidiaries Air China Cargo (CAO), Beijing Airlines (DER), Dalian Airlines (DLN) and Inner Mongolian Airlines (IML).

July 2015: At 6:30 am on July 15, a Boeing 737-89L (44917, B-6105) landed smoothly at Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport (DLC) and joined the fleet of Dalian Airlines (DLN), a subsidiary of Air China (BEJ). This is the 1st airplane received by (DLN) this year, bringing its fleet size up to 8 airplanes.

The newly-introduced Boeing 737-89L in a 2-class layout, was equipped with 8F seats in 1st class and 159Y in economy class. The 737-800 also features the latest Boeing "Sky Interior" and a streamlined luggage rack design, with a book holder at the back of each seat.

The newly introduced 737-800 is believed to further enrich (DLN)'s domestic network. It will be deployed on Dalian to Tianjin to Yinchuan, which officially launched on July 16, as well as to other popular travel routes.

As traffic increases, along with safety operation enhancements, (DLN) has been improving its route network centering in Dalian and radiating to other major cities around the whole country. The Dalian-based carrier has also made great contribution for the development of local logistics, finance and the economy.


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December 2018:

4 737-800 (CFM56-7B) (B-5642 - - SEE PHOTO - - "DLN-2012-06 - NEW 737-800;" B-1605, 2015-07), 2012-06 WITH WINGLETS. 8F, 159Y.

3 737-86N (CFM56-7B) (2699-36810, /08 B-5196; 36811, /08 B-5197, 2013-04), (ICBC) LEASED 2011-12. 8F, 159Y.

1 737-89L (CFM56-7B) (3576-40026, /09 B-5553), EX-(N1786B). 8F, 159Y.

1 737-80L (CFM56-7B) (44917, B-6105, 2015-07). 8F, 159Y.




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