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Formed in 2005 and started operations in 2009. Subsidiary of Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ). Domestic, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
3F & 4F, Block b Shidai Chuangxin
Kunming, Yunnan 650051, 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.
November 2005: The Sichuan Airlines Group said it would invest US$4 million to acquire a 40% stake in Kunming Airlines (KMG), which would operate passenger and cargo services. Pilots (FC) would be provided by Sichuan Airlines (SIC) and private investors, Wang Qingmin and Wang Hui would invest in the remaining 40% and 20% shares, respectively.
December 2005: The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) (CAC) said it would soon approve operation of the private airline Kunming Airlines (KMG), which has a registered capital of RMB80 million, and plans to be based at Kunming Wujiaba International Airport.
November 2008: Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) plans to launch Kunming Airlines (KMG) in January in the capital of Yunnan Province. Preparations for (KMG)'s launch have been underway since 2004 and the carrier gained (CAAC) (CAC) approval in 2005. But for various reasons, the preparations were suspended for some time, before being revived earlier this year when (SHZ) came forward to say it would be the controlling stakeholder. It also will provide airplanes and Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) support.
(KMG) Chairman, Wang Qingmin noted that (KMG) will launch with 3 airplanes, with plans to grow the fleet to 10 in 2009, 30 to 40 in 2010, 80 to 100 by 2015, and 150 to 200 by 2022. (KMG) eventually will open additional operating bases in Xi'an, Guangzhou, Tianjin, and Hangzhou.
Located in SW China, Yunnan is home to numerous resorts and is a popular tourist destination.
February 2009: Undeterred by the operating environment that has resulted in steep losses at Chinese carriers, Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) plans to go ahead with the launch of its Kunming Airlines (KMG) subsidiary on February 15 as it searches for a foothold in the Yunnan market. The new venture has registered capital of CNY80 million/$11.7 million, with Shenzhen holding an 80% stake. Private investor, Wang Qingmin will take the remaining 20% with a CNY16 million investment.
(KMG)'s inaugural flight will be a Kunming to Changsha to Harbin routing. It initially will operate 2 737-700s and 1 737-800 provided by (SHZ) as well as 30 pilots (FC) and 26 flight attendants (CA) and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) support.
(KMG) will face competition. China Eastern Airlines (CEA), which boasts the largest share (39.5%) of the Yunnan market, plans to turn its provincial branch company into a separate subsidiary by selling shares to the Yunnan government. Hainan Airlines (HNA) signed an agreement with the provincial government last June to launch Yunnan Airlines, which will be comprised mainly of the assets of Lucky Air (LKY), which accounts for a 9.6% share of the market.
The airport is located 4 km SE of metropolitan Kunming. Originally built in 1923, the airport has been renovated numerous times into a modern facility that ranks as China's 7th-largest civilian airport.
This airport is among the oldest airports in China, with a history which can be traced back >100 years to the early 1900s, when the airport was 1st built under the supervision of a local warlord, General Tang Jiyao. During World War II, the airport was expanded to accommodate the operations of the legendary "Flying Tiger" squadron led by United States Air Force Lieutenant (and later General) Claire Lee Chennault. By the end of 2007, the annual passenger flow at this airport had reached a new record high of 15,725,791, making the airport the 7th busiest in China. In terms of cargo traffic, the airport was the 7th busiest airport in 2007. The airport was also the 8th busiest airport by traffic movements.
Due to the fast expansion of the metropolitan area and limited land availability, the growth of the airport is likely to face major constraints in the near future. The local government and airport authority have decided to move all operations to a new airport site, which is being planned within 5 years.
Destinations: Dali; Diqing; Harbin; Jinan; Lijiang; Lincang; Mans; Nanning; Shenyang; XishuangBanna; & Zhengzhou.
June 2009: China Eastern Airlines (CEA) has partnered with the Yunnan provincial government to launch a joint venture based on (CEA)'s Yunnan branch subsidiary that will endeavor to build Kunming into a regional hub. (CEA) is expected to sell a stake in the branch company to the government, although it is widely speculated that (CEA) will remain the controlling shareholder.
In February, (CEA) Chairman, Liu Shaoyong noted that the Shanghai-based carrier is looking to buttress its network with regional hubs at Kunming and Xi'an. Its Yunnan branch commands 45% of the provincial market and was profitable in the 1st quarter, although it did not disclose that figure. The new venture will face competition. Hainan Airlines (HNA) signed an agreement with the provincial government last June to launch Yunnan Airlines (YUN). It will be comprised mainly of the assets of Lucky Air (LKY), which accounts for 9.6% of the market.
Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) launched Kunming Airlines (KMG) on February 15 and is looking at expanding its fleet to 10 airplanes by year end operating 10 domestic routes. It hopes to be operating 30 to 40 airplanes by the end of 2010, 80 to 100 by 2015, and 150 to 200 by 2022. It currently operates two 737-700s and one 737-800 provided by Shenzhen (SHZ).
July 2010: Kunming Airlines (KMG) is a domestic airline linking Kunming to Changsha, Dali, Diqing, Harbin, Jinan, Kincang, Lijiang, Mans, Nanning, Shenyang, and Zhangzhou. The network will gradually be expanded to other cities in China and the (ASEAN) countries.
(IATA) Code: KY. (ICAO) Code: KNA - (Callsign - KUNMING AIR).
Parent organization/shareholders: Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) (80%), and Wang Qingmin (20%).
Main Base: Kunming Wujiaba International Airport (KMG).
Domestic destinations: Changsha; Dali; Diqing; Harbin; Jinan; Kincang; Lijiang; Mans; Nanning; Shenyang; & Zhangzhou.
October 2012: Lucky Air (LKY) launched services on the 600 km domestic route in Mainland China from Kunming (KMG) to Nanning (NNG) on 28 October. Flights to the capital of the Guangxi region, located just north of the border to Vietnam, are now offered with daily frequencies and operated using 737-800s. Competition on the route comes from China Southern (GUN) and Kunming Airlines (KMG), which serve it each with also daily flights; in addition, China Eastern (CEA) offers 6x-weekly frequencies. Lucky Air (LKY) already serves Nanning with 3x-weekly flights from Xiamen.
January 2014: On January 20, a brand new Boeing 737-800 (B-1926) landed smoothly at Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG) after 19 hours' journey from Seattle, USA, and joined the fleet of Kunming Airlines (KMG), an airline based in the Yunnan province of SW China.
It is the 4th airplane introduced independently by Kunming Airlines (KMG) and also the 14th airplane in its fleet, which will be deployed on routes from Kunming to Hangzhou and Zhengzhou. The 737-800 is configured with 8F first-class seats and 159Y economy-class seats.
September 2014: Air China (BEJ) and Kunming Airlines (KMG) began code sharing on domestic services.
Air Lease Corporation (ALE) announced the long-term lease placement of 2 new Boeing 737-800s with China’s Kunming Airlines (KMG), scheduled for delivery in 2015. These airplanes are from (ALE)’s order book with Boeing (TBC).
737-87L (41120, B-1991), delivery.
October 2014: Kunming Airlines ((IATA) Code: KY, based at Kunming Changshui) (KMG) has committed to purchase 10 737s, including 4 737-700s and 6 737 MAX airplanes, from Boeing (TBC). The commitment, valued at USD897 million at current list prices, is subject to the approval of the Chinese government.
“This commitment is a major step in our growth strategy,” said Xuan Yuen, (CEO), Kunming Airlines. “The 737 is the backbone of our fleet and will continue to be in the future. These airplanes will further expand and improve our route network, contributing to our vision to build Yunnan’s gateway airport to be the forefront of the province’s economic development.”
Founded in 2009, the Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) subsidiary currently serves 28 cities across China using a fleet of 6 737-700s and 4 737-800s.
May 2015: 737-87L (42050, B-1507), with winglets delivery. The 16th airplane in the fleet. The newly-introduced airplane will be deployed on routes from Kunming to Chengdu and Nanchang from May 20.
With the arrival of the new 737-87L airplane, Kunming Airlines (KMG) will boost its capacity in the travel season and further improve its service strength in Yunnan Province.
September 2015: 737-8LY (44382, B-6493), Bank of Communications leased.
September 2016: 737-7LY (60155, B-7872), ex-(N1796B), (CDB) leasing leased.
October 2017: 737-78S (30171, B-2668), to be withdrawn from use.
June 2017: "Direct Flight to Connect Thai Resort City Pattaya with China's Kunming" by Xinhua, June 26, 2018.
Kunming Airlines (KMG), headquartered in the provincial capital of SW China's Yunnan, will open a direct flight to Pattaya of Thailand in July.
The KY8363/KY8364 flight will be operated by a 737-800 every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The 1-way trip takes around 3 hours.
Located some 150 km from Bangkok, Pattaya is a popular coastal resort in Thailand. Yunnan is a border province in SW China and a gateway to SE Asia and S Asia. 10 new international air routes have been or will be launched this year to facilitate its connection with these regions, according to the provincial development and reform commission.
July 2018: 737-800 (43911, B-1108), (ICBC) Leasing leased.
September 2018: Boeing (TBC) announced assembly on Kunming Airlines (KMG)'s 1st 737 MAX 8 airplane has commenced. (KMG) and Boeing signed an (MoU) for 10 737 MAX airplanes at the 2016 Farnborough Airshow.
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KMG-737-800 - 2014-01
KMG-737-87L - 2014-09
4 ORDERS 737-700 (CFM56-7B):
1 737-7BX (CFM56-7B20) (823-30741, /01 B-5025), EX-(N366ML), (SHZ) LEASED 2011-10. 8C, 120Y.
1 737-7BX (CFM56-7B20) (864-30742, /01 B-5026), EX-(N367ML), (SHZ) LEASED 2012-12. 8C, 120Y.
1 737-7lY (CFM56-7B) (60155, B-7872), EX-(N1796B), (CDB) LEASED 2016-09. 8C, 120Y.
2 737-76N (CFM56-7B22) (710-29893, /00 B-2679; 895-32244, /01 B-2678), (GEF) LEASED, (SHZ) WET-LEASED 2009-02. 8C, 144Y.
1 737-78S (CFM56-7B24) (631-30169, /00 B-2666), (SHZ) WET-LEASED 2009-02. 8C, 144Y.
1 737-78S (CFM56-7B24) (681-30171, /00 B2668), (SHZ) WET-LEASED 2010-06. TO BE WITHDRAWN FROM USE. 8C, 120Y.
1 737-78S (CFM56-7B24) (1023-32722, /01 B-2669), (SHZ) WET-LEASED 2011-11. 8C, 120Y.
1 737-79K (CFM56-7B24) (110-29190, /98 B-2633), (SHZ) WET-LEASED 2011-11. 8C, 144Y.
1 737-79K (CFM56-7B24) (127-29191, /98 B-2635), (SHZ) WET-LEASED 2011-09. 8C, 144Y.
1 737-800 (CFM56-7B24) (B-1926, 2014-01. WITH WINGLETS. 8F, 159Y.
1 737-800 (CFM56-7B) (43911, B-1108), (ICBC) LEASING LEASED 2018-06.
1 737-8LY (CFM56-7B) (44382, B-6493), 2015-09. WITH WINGLETS. 8C, 159Y.
1 +1 ORDER 737-87L (CFM56-7B26) (42050, B-1507), (ALE) LEASED 2015-05, WITH WINGLETS. 8C, 159Y.
2 737-87L (CFM56-7B24) (4265-39131, /12 B-5702, 2012-12; 41120, B-1991, 2014-09), (SHZ) WET-LEASED. WITH WINGLETS. 8C, 159Y.
6 ORDERS 737 MAX:
1 A320-214 (4424).
WANG QINGMIN, CHAIRMAN (20% SHAREHOLDER).
XUAN YUEN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
XIAO YU ZENG, FINANCE MANAGER.
YU EN XUAN, GENERAL MANAGER.
HONG TAO LI, OPERATIONS MANAGER.