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Fuzhou Airlines (FZH) was formed and started operations in 2014. Domestic, regional & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo jet airplane services.
Fuzhou Changle International Airport
Fuzhou, Fujian 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.
February 2014: China's start-up carrier, Fuzhou Airlines ((IATA) Code: (FU)) (FZH) will take delivery of its 1st Boeing 737-800 airplane on October 11 and take its inaugural flight in late October.
(FZH)'s main base is Fuzhou Changle International Airport. Fuzhou (SEE ATTACHED - - "FZH-MAP) is the capital city of the Fujian Province which is adjacent to the Taiwan Strait.
Fuzhou Airlines (FZH)'s 1st Boeing 737-800 airplane is scheduled to fly from Haikou to Fuzhou Changle International Airport (FOC) on October 11, which is also the verification flight of the airplane. With the arrival of 1st airplane, (FZH) will officially roll out its logo and airplane livery.
The initial fleet size of Fuzhou Airlines (FZH) will reach 5 airplanes, more than other start-up carriers in China, which usually do not have >3 airplanes before commencing operations. "With fleet expansion, we strive to operate a fleet of 40 airplanes by 2020." In order to cut costs, (FZH) has chosen a 2-cabin configuration for its 1st 5 737-800 airplanes, with 164 total seats including 8F first class seats and 156Y economy class seats.
According to the approval of the (CAAC), 3 out of the 5 737-800s will be injected as assets into (FZH) by Hainan Airlines (HNA) (including one to be leased back to the Haikou-based carrier), with 3 introduced through leasing. Currently, the 1st 3 airplanes have completed their painting jobs in Haikou.
Now, Fuzhou Airlines (FZH) is proceeding on certification-approval of its operating certificate from the (CAAC) SE Regional Administration after the aviation watchdog released a notice on September 26. It is expected to commence operation in late October, with specific schedule still unsure.
According to the new airline, (FZH) will focus on the domestic market in the initial stage, and gradually cover all major cities in China and some neighboring countries as its fleet expands. Relying on the comprehensive global network of Hainan Airlines (HNA), the new airline will extend its reach in Southeast Asia in the next 3 years. The company will cooperate with Hainan Airlines (HNA) after commencing operations, and is planning to introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the future.
Hainan Airlines (HNA) will provide aviation professionals to Fuzhou Airlines (FZH), including 50 pilots (FC), 66 Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) Maintenance Technician (MT) staff and 100 cabin crew (CA). The new subsidiary is expected to face stiff competition from China Southern (GUN) subsidiary, Xiamen Airlines (XIA), which has a 50% share of the Fuzhou market.
October 2014: Fuzhou Airlines (FZH)'s 1st 737-800 (B-5430) arrived at Fuzhou Changle International Airport (FOC) on October 11th. 3 737-800s will be put into service initially, with +2 to be added by the end of this year.
The flight numbers of Fuzhou Airlines (FZH) will start with 2 letters "FU" with the e-ticket numbers beginning with "666."
(FZH) also revealed that 7 flight routes from Fuzhou to Tianjin, Kunming, Haikou, Hefei, Taiyuan, Chongqing, and Xi'an have been approved, with other flight route applications still waiting for approval.
Fuzhou Airlines was set up and funded by 4 companies, with a registered capital of 200 million yuan. The Century Golden Resources Investment Group invested 20 million yuan in cash, accounting for 10% of the registered capital.
(FZH), based at Fuzhou Changle International Airport, provides domestic (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) and international passenger and cargo transportation services, as well as other air transportation related services.
(FZH) said October 27th it has received the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) approval to operate flights between Fuzhou and Shanghai, following its 1st batch of 7 destinations approved the previous Friday.
The uniform for cabin attendants (CA) - - SEE ATTACHED - - (FZH-CABIN ATTENDANTS - 2014-10" has been unveiled, which was the same uniform worn by Chinese famous actress Shuqi in the popular movie "If You Are the One."
Fuzhou Airlines (FZH) is holding a grand ceremony for its maiden flight on October 30, when (FZH)'s cabin attendants (CA) will be wearing their new uniforms on the maiden flight.
According to Xie Jianming Vice President of the company, 5 airplanes will be put into operation by the end of 2015. (FZH)'s 2nd airplane arrived in Fuzhou on October 27th, with the 3rd airplane expected to join the fleet on November 3. (FZH) will gradually cover all major cities in China and some neighboring countries as its fleet expands. By 2020, Fuzhou Airlines (FZH) is expected to own a fleet of 40 airplanes, which will primarily serve short-haul and high-density routes, but will also include 787 Dreamliners.
So far, (FZH) has won approval to operate 8 flight routes from Fuzhou to Shanghai Pudong, Tianjin, Kunming, Haikou, Hefei, Taiyuan, Chongqing, and Xi'an, with more destinations to be added to meet the travel demand of citizens in Fuzhou.
Challenging Xiamen Airlines (XIA) in Fuzhou is, however, likely to be extremely difficult. Figures show that 24 airlines are running businesses at Fuzhou Airport, with Xiamen Airlines (XIA) taking the lionís share at 40% of the airportís aviation activities.
November 2014: Chinese start-up carrier Fuzhou Airlines (FZH) launched its inaugural flight from Fuzhou to Beijing, with a Boeing 737-800 airplane taking off from Fuzhou Changle International Airport (FOC) at 10:38 am on October 30, marking the 1st Fuzhou-based airline to officially start operation.
Fuzhou Airlines (FZH) held a grand ceremony for its maiden flight at the No 1 apron of Fuzhou Airport, when officials from the aviation watchdog, the local government and the (HNA) Group attended the ceremony and witnessed the inaugural flight.
The inaugural flight (FU6501) is scheduled to take off from Fuzhou at 10:30 am and arrive in Beijing at 1:20 pm, with the return flight (FU6502) departing Beijing at 8:30 pm and landing in Fuzhou at 11:40 pm, according to VeryZhun, China's leading flight status service provider.
(FZH) has won approval to operate 8 flight routes from Fuzhou to Shanghai Pudong, Xi'an, Haikou, Taiyuan, Chongqing, Hefei, Kunming, and Tianjin, with more destinations to be added to meet the travel demand of citizens in Fuzhou.
Fuzhou Airlines (FZH) took delivery of its 1st 2 Boeing 737-800 airplanes on October 11 and October 27, respectively, with the 3rd airplane expected to join the fleet on November 3, which are configured with 164 seats in 2 cabins - 8F 1st class seats and 156Y economy (Y) class seats. According to Xie Jianming, Vice President of the company, 5 airplanes will be put into operation by the end of 2015.
Starting from October 31, the new airline plans to operate the approved 8 routes with its 2 737-800 airplanes. Tickets for these 8 routes went on sale on October 28, with varied discounts of up to 70% available.
Fuzhou Airlines (FZH), the 1st one based in Fuzhou, was set up with a registered capital of 2 billion yuan, of which 60% was contributed by Hainan Airlines (HNA) with 1.2 billion yuan in cash, 20% by Fuzhou State-owned Assets Investment Holding Company, Ltd with 400 million yuan, and the rest 20% by another 2 shareholders with 400 million yuan, accounting for 10%, respectively.
March 2015: 737-86J (37768, B-1906), (GEF) leased, ex-(N268SC).
July 2015: Fuzhou Airlines (FZH) plans to take delivery of its 6th and 7th Boeing 737-800 airplanes in October and November this year, in order to fulfil the goal of +130% increase in transport capacity, the "Fuzhou Evening News" reported on July 3.
Since its maiden flight last October, Fuzhou Airlines (FZH) has maintained rapid growth. Currently, it has introduced 5 airplanes, flown >8,047 hours and transported 491,600 passengers. Its passenger load factor has averaged 80% LF.
On May 2, the company's 5th 737 airplane landed smoothly at Fuzhou Changle International airport (FOC), when (FZH) increased its capacity by +67% over half a year, making a new record for capacity growth in domestic start-up carriers.
October 2015: Chinese startup, Fuzhou Airlines (FZH) welcomed its 1st direct-delivered Boeing 737-800 at Fuzhou Changle International Airport (FOC) on October 17.
The 737-84P (5612-61321, /15 B-7105), is painted with the logo of 2015 National Youth Games on its fuselage, which started operating Fuzhou - Haikou and Fuzhou - Shanghai Pudong routes after the welcoming ceremony.
Fuzhou Airlines (FZH) is a regional affiliated company of the (HNA) Group. Today's delivery marks the 6th Boeing 737-800 to join (FZH)'s all-Boeing fleet. The Fuzhou-based carrier will take delivery of another new 737-800 in November. Plans are to expand the fleet to 40 airplanes by 2020.
The airline currently operates domestic flights from Fuzhou to Chongqing, Kunming, Haikou, Hefei, Taiyuan, Tianjin, and Xi'an. In the next 2 months, Fuzhou Airlines (FZH) will launch new domestic services to Yichang, Lanzhou, Nanjing, and Wuhan.
November 2016: News Item A-1: Hainan Airlines (HNA) announced on November 28 that its subsidiary, Yunan Lucky Air (LKY) is planning to set up a new carrier in Chengdu, capital city of SW China's Sichuan Province.
Lucky Air (LKY) will partner with local state-owned companies to invest 3 billion yuan in the new Chengdu Shenniao Airlines, which could become the 8th base carrier at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport following Air China (BEJ) Southwest Brance, Sichuan Airlines (SIC), Chengdu Airlines (UEG), Tibet Airlines (TBZ), China Eastern Airlines (CEA) Sichuan, Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) and Lucky Air (LKY).
(LKY), the Kunming-based carrier expects to invest up to 1.05 billion yuan in the joint venture (JV) and will own up to 35%. Yunnan Xiangpeng Investment Company, Ltd and Chengdu Communications Investment Group Company, Ltd. will hold 45% and 20% stakes in the new airline with 1.35 billion yuan and 600 million yuan, respectively.
Based at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, the proposed airline will be a low cost carrier (LCC) operating domestic and international flights.
Hainan Airlines (HNA) said that the new proposed Shenniao Airlines aims to enhance its presence in Sichuan Province and increase its market shares in the region, so as to make profits. Shenniao Airlines becomes the latest in a series of new Chinese airlines launched by the (HNA) Group in recent years. Others include Fuzhou Airlines (FZH) in Fujian province, Urumqi Airlines (URQ) in the Xinjiang region, and GX Airlines (GXB) in Guangxi region. It has also created a new passenger airline in Shanghai, with the expansion of former cargo carrier Yangtze River Airlines (YTH).