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February 2015: News Item A-1: Hainan Airlines (HNA) parent (HNA) Groupís subsidiary, Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines (later became (GX) Airlines (GXB)) performed its inaugural flight February 13 from Nanning to Haikou, as it deepened its cooperation with local governments to further explore the market potential of Chinaís secondary and tertiary cities.
The new venture has been launched by (HNA) Group subsidiary, Tianjin Airlines (GCR) and the Guangxi Beibu Gulf Investment Group, which is wholly owned by the government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It has a registered capital of CNY3 billion/$488 million in which Tianjin Airlines (GCR) holds a 70% stake, while the Guangxi Beibu Gulf Investment Group holds the remaining 30%.
(GXB), the new Nanning-based carrier, operates 5 Embraer E190s purchased from Tianjin Airlines (GCR) on domestic routes to Changsha, Linyi, Jinjiang, Yiwu, Xiían, Tianjin, and Dalian. It plans to expand its fleet to 10 E190s at the end of this year and open more than two new international routes to neighboring (ASEAN) countries.
(GXB) is also expected to introduce 10 to 20 Airbus A320 airplanes to cover more big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and other major cities in China, Singapore, Bangkok and more (ASEAN) cities.
It is a growing trend for Chinese domestic carriers to forge agreements with local governments to receive cash support and favorable policies.
E190-100LR (0591, B-3215), ex-(PT-THQ), Tianjin to Nanning in Tiajin colors with (GX) Airlines titles.
(GXB) serves 18 destinations on 25 routes.
March 2015: (GX) Airlines (GXB) launched Yichang to Tianjin and Yichang to Nanning on March 29.
April 2015: (GX) Airlines (GXB) launched Hohhot to Zhengzhou to Nanning on April 6th; Nanning to Mian Yang to Yinchuan on April 7th; Nanning to Bijie to Xian on April 28.
July 2015: (GX) Airlines (GXB) (also known as Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines) has expanded its Chinese domestic network. (GXB), which launched operations in February 2015, is a joint venture (JV) between Hainan Airlines (HNA) Groupís Tianjin Airlines and Beibu Gulf Investment Group, and operates a small fleet of Embraer E190s. On August 21 (GXB) started daily flights between Nanning (NNG) and Nanyang (NNY) with onward, same aircraft service to Tianjin (TSN). None of these sectors are currently flown by any other carriers. GX Airlines (GXB) is based at Nanning from where it serves >12 domestic destinations. In 2014 Nanning Wuxu International Airport handled 9.41 million passengers (up 15.4% on 2013) making it the 25th busiest airport in China.
(IATA) Code: GX - 872. (ICAO) Code: CDG - (Callsign - GREEN CITY).
Main Base: Nanning Wuxu International Airport (NNG).
On July 10, (GX) Airlines (GXB) launched Nanning to Zhuhai to Nanning.
August 2015: (GX) Airlines (GXB) (also known as Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines) has expanded its Chinese domestic network. (GXB), which launched operations in February 2015, is a joint venture (JV) between Hainan Airlines Groupís Tianjin Airlines (GCR) and the Beibu Gulf Investment Group, and operates a small fleet of Embraer E190s. On August 21, (GXB) started daily flights between Nanning (NNG) and Nanyang (NNY) with onward, same aircraft service to Tianjin (TSN). None of these sectors are currently flown by any other carriers. (GX) Airlines is based at Nanning from where it serves >12 domestic destinations. In 2014 Nanning Wuxu International Airport handled 9.41 million passengers (up +15.4% on 2013) making it the 25th busiest airport in China.
On August 15, (GX) Airlines (GXB) launched Tianjin to Tokyo Haneda.
On August 20, (GX) Airlines (GXB) launched Nanning to Nanyang to Tianjin.
August 2016: A320-214 (6215, B-8655), ex-(F-WTDL) delivery.
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).
A320-216 (6096, B-8511), ex-(F-WTDR) delivery.
January 2017: Embraer E190-100LR (0417, B-3178), ex-(PT-TBO), delivery.
April 2017: A320-214 (4970, B-8388) delivery.
May 2017: Hong Kong Express (HKE) sold A320-214 (5260, B-LPE) to GX Airlines (GXB).
June 2017: A320-214 (5260, B-8850), ex-(B-LPE) delivery.
May 2018: (GX) Airlines (GXB) launched its 1st scheduled international service on May 29, the day it began a route between Nanning and Siem Reap. (GXB) will operate the 1,120 km sector 2x-weekly, with flights departing Nanning on Tuesdays and Saturdays, before returning in the early hours of Wednesdays and Sundays. The airport pair will be served by (GXB)ís A320s, of which it presently has 6 plus 15 E190s. Direct competition on the city pair comes from Lanmei Airlines, with it operating 3x-weekly flights. Another competing carrier is Cambodia Angkor Air (AOL), with it providing 2x-weekly flights between the 2 cities. (GXB) will also offer scheduled services to 32 domestic destinations from its Nanning base in 2018.