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Name: CHINA SOUTHERN XINJIANG AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: XIJ
Status: Operational
Region: CHINA
City: URUMQI
Country: CHINA
Employees 4800
Web:
Email:
Telephone: +86 9 91 380 1703
Fax: +734 3265 8378
Sita: URCIRXO
Background
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XIJ-MAP-A
XIJ-NEWS

FORMED IN 1985. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
DIWOBAO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
830016, URUMQI, (XINJIANG UYGUR AUTONOMOUS REGION
PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF 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.

DECEMBER 1993: The (CAAC) (CAC) OWNS 50%, & XINJIANG PROVINCE 50%.

1 737-300 (CFM56-3-B1) DELIVERY.

JULY 1994: 1 737-300 DELIVERY.

MARCH 1995: 5 ORDERS F 50'S.

JULY 1996: CONFIRMED SELECTION OF A320'S TO REPLACE IL-86 & TU-154 AIRPLANES. RUMORED THAT 737'S ARE TO GO TO SHENZHEN AIRLINES (SHZ).

DECEMBER 1996: (CASC) REFUSED XINJIANG AIRLINES (XIJ) PERMISSION TO BUY A320/A321'S, SO is NOW AWAITING APPROVAL FOR UP TO 10 737-300'S, & 5 757'S. NEGOTIATING WITH (ILF), FOR 2 A320'S (CFM56) (/98).

FEBRUARY 1997: 1 ORDER (November 1997) 757-200, (ILF) LEASED.

JUNE 1997: 5 ORDERS (August 1997) ATR'S, 70 PAX.

JULY 1997: TRYING TO LEASE A 757 FOR TRAINING. 2 757-200ER'S (RB211-535E4) (25592; 25593), EX-(SWY), 5 YEAR LEASED.

AUGUST 1997: 1ST OF 5 ATR 72-212'S, 70 PAX, DELIVERY (TO BE OPERATED TO TOURIST TOWNS, SUCH AS ASKU, AND HOTAN).

DECEMBER 1997: 1 757-200 (NT231), (ILF) LEASED (28833) (TO SANTA BARBARA FOR POST-DELIVERY MODIFICATIONS). EXPECTS 3RD, 4TH, & 5TH ATR 72'S IN MARCH, APRIL & MAY 1998. 737-300 (PM545) "C" CHECK, AT CHINA SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (XIN).

MARCH 1998: 5 ORDERS 757-200'S (1ST (NT381) NEXT MONTH). 3RD ATR 72-210A (PW127E) DELIVERY (200TH ATR 72).

APRIL 1998: 4,597 EMPLOYEES.

4TH ATR 72-210A DELIVERY.

MAY 1998: 757-200 (NT381) DELIVERY (3RD IN JULY 1998).

JUNE 1998: ATR 72-212A (PW127E) (555) DELIVERY.

JULY 1998: 3RD 757-28S DELIVERY. RETIRED 1 TU-154.

AUGUST 1998: RETIRED 2 TU-154'S.

OCTOBER 1998: 1ST 6 MONTHS = 1.27 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC, 28.52 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC, 567,000 PASSENGERS (PAX).

FEBRUARY 1999: 757-2YO (503-26156), GECAS (GEH) LEASED, REPLACED TU-154 (B-2827).

APRIL 1999: 4,597 EMPLOYEES. SITA: URCIRXO.

MAY 1999: 1 757-2Y0 (482-26153, B-2831), TRANSFERRED FROM CHINA SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (XIN).

JUNE 1999: 6TH 757-28S (868-29217, B-2859) DELIVERY.

JULY 1999: 1ST 6 MONTHS = 30.12 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+5.6%).

DECEMBER 1999: 1 737-31L, WET-LEASED TO SHANGHAI AIRLINES (SHA) 6 MONTHS.

FEBRUARY 2000: REN JI DONG, VP GENERAL MANAGER, MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING, REPLACES XIAO YAO NAN, WHO RETIRED.

MARCH 2000: 3 ORDERS 757-200, WILL REPLACE 3 ORDERS 737-700 (WHICH ARE GOING TO ANOTHER CHINESE OPERATOR) (MAY 2001).

APRIL 2000: 4,597 EMPLOYEES.

1ST QUARTER = 659.92 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC; 17.03 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC; 318,000 PASSENGERS (PAX).

JUNE 2000: THE (CAAC) IS TO BAN ALL CHINESE-MADE, YUN AIRPLANES, & RUSSIAN TUPOLEV AIRPLANES FROM ALL SCHEDULED PASSENGER FLIGHTS, FROM JUNE 2001.

JULY 2000: 1999 = 3 BILLION (RPK) (PASSENGER TRAFFIC) (+1.7%); 58.3% LF (LOAD FACTOR); 92.12 MILLION (FTK) (FREIGHT TRAFFIC) (+10.3%); 1.44 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+7.8%); 4,598 EMPLOYEES.

POSSIBLE $100 MILLION ORDER FOR 3 IL-96-300'S (PS-90A), 230 PAX.

DECEMBER 2000: AS PART OF AIRLINE CONSOLIDATION, CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES (GUN) TAKES STEPS TO ACQUIRE XINJIANG AIRLINES (XIJ).

WANG CHANG SHUN, FORMER VP (XIJ) AND PARTY SECRETARY, BECOMES PRESIDENT, CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES (GUN).

LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) FOR 2 ORDERS 737-700, (GECAS) (GEH) LEASED.

MARCH 2001: ZHAO LIU AN, PRESIDENT, REPLACES ZHANG RUIPU, WHO RETIRED.

2 ORDERS (NOVEMBER 2001) 737-700'S, BAVARIA (BAV) LEASED.

APRIL 2001: 1 757-28S (961-32341, B-2812) DELIVERY.

JUNE 2001: TO HONG KONG (737-400, 2/WEEK).

1ST QUARTER = 585.05 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC; 9.73 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC; 281,000 PASSENGERS (PAX).

AUGUST 2001: 1ST 737-800 DELIVERY OF 3. 2 737-7K9'S (30041, B-2162; 30042, B-2163), BAVARIA (BAV) LEASED.

OCTOBER 2001: 737-31L (27276) LEASED TO SHANDONG AIRLINES (SHG).

DECEMBER 2001: 2 737-76N'S, (GECAS) (GEF) LEASED (32583, B-2698; 32596, B-2699).

JANUARY 2002: 2001 = 3.49 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC; 60,45 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC; 1.57 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX).

FEBRUARY 2002: GOVERNMENT FINALLY OK'S CONSOLIDATION OF CHINA'S AVIATION, WITH MERGER OF 9 (CAAC) (CAC) CONTROLLED OPERATORS INTO 3 GROUPS: CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES (GUN), AIR CHINA (BEJ), & CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES (CEA), AS FOLLOWS: (GUN), INCLUDING CHINA NORTHERN AIRLINES (SHY) & XINJIANG AIRLINES (XIJ), FOR LARGEST FLEET OF 180 AIRPLANES, #50.1 BILLION YUAN ($6.05 BILLION) ASSETS, & >34,000 EMPLOYEES; (BEJ), INCLUDING CHINA SOUTHWEST (XIN) & CHINA NATIONAL, FOR FLEET OF 118 AIRPLANES, #56.05 BILLION YUAN ASSETS, & >20,300 EMPLOYEES, & (CEA), INCLUDING CHINA NORTHWEST AIRLINES (CNW) & YUNNAN AIRLINES (YUN), FOR FLEET OF 118 AIRPLANES, 47.3B YUAN ASSETS, & >25,000 EMPLOYEES.

June 2002: 757-28S (32343, B-2830) delivery.

October 2002: The (CAAC) announces the formation of 6 aviation groups: Air China Group (China National Aviation Holding Company); China Eastern Airlines; China Southern Airlines; China Aviation Oil Group; China Aviation Information Group; and China Aviation Equipment Group. These groups will operate independently. The (CAAC) no longer owns the state-owned assets of these groups, and will not take responsibility for their operating losses. The (CAAC) cuts its economic ties with these companies, and retreats to functioning only as an industry regulator. The assets of the 3 consolidated airline groups, comprise 80% of the industry's total assets. Their strength and ability to compete internationally, has been significantly enhanced through this restructuring.

November 2002: To Ashkhabad - Budapest.

Plans to retire 3 IL-86's at end of 2002.

December 2002: Due to decreased passenger loads during winter months, stations 1 757-200 in Guangzhou.

January 2003: China Xinjiang Airlines (XIJ) was absorbed into China Southern Airlines (GUN) and began operating all domestic services under the China Southern name along with China Northern Airlines (SHY).

4,800 employees.

September 2003: 2002 = 3.88 Billion (RPK) Traffic (+9.8%); 1.8 Million Passengers (PAX) (+16.3%).

2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPK) (Billions):
114 (BNG) 4.33; 115 (FUA) 4.28L 116 (RJA) 4.21; 117 (CSA) 4.18; 118 (YUN) 3.97; 119 (VOZ) 3.92; 120 (CDF) BERLIN) 3.92; 121 (XIJ) 3.88; 122 (STG) 3.87; 123 (MCR) 3.87; 124 (TAC) 3.85.

April 2004: 2 757-236's (RB211-535E4) (873-29945; 7-29946), ex-National Airlines (NAB), Pembroke (PEB) leased.

May 2004: See China Southern Airlines (GUN).

Urumqui - Dushanbe (weekly).

June 2004: Kashgar - Islamabad (weekly).

July 2004: 2003 = 4.09 Billion (RPK) Traffic (+4.5%); 52.4% LF Laod Factor; 2.15 Million Passengers (PAX) (+17.5%); 60.12 Million (FTK) Freight Traffic (-17.9%).

November 2004: China Southern Airlines (GUN) purchases Xinjiang Airlines (XIJ) & China Northern Airlines (SHY) from its parent company, China Southern Holding (assets 16.91 Billion yuan/$2.04 Billion) and will assume 15.09 Million yuan debt from the 2 airlines. (GUN)'s fleet will grow from 139 to 214 airplanes. This will allow (GUN) to expand further into northern China, minimize route overlap and optimize flt schedules, enhance its ticket sales network and reduce overhead, improve allocation of airplanes, engines, spare parts & crews, reduce maintenance costs and strengthen marketing efforts.

(IATA) Code: XO - 651. (ICAO) Code: CXJ (Callsign - XINJIANG).

January 2005: 2 orders 737-700's, Bavaria (BAV) leased.

August 2005: China Southern Airlines Group (GUN) reported a hefty 1st-half net loss under IFRS of RMB907 million/$112 million, reversing income of RMB266 million in the January - June 2004 period.

The results are the 1st since the full merger with China Northern Airlines (SHY) and Xinjiang Airlines (XIJ).

Chairman Liu Shao Yong attributed the loss to rising fuel prices and intense domestic competition. He also said that the benefits of the merger with China Northern (SHY) and Xinjiang (XIJ) will take time to achieve.

Xinjiang Airlines (XIJ) will fly 2 of its ATR 72s to Finnair (FIN) Technical Services, Helsinki for heavy maintenance.

737-7K9 (34320, B-5107), Bavaria (BAV) leased.

October 2005: 737-7K9 (34321, B-5108), delivery.

February 2006: Chinese domestic airlines flew a record 138 million passengers in 2005, a rise of +15% over 2004 and double the number of 2000. The figure is expected to double again in the next 5 years, according to Gao Geng, the Vice Minister of the General Administration of Civil Aviation in China. Cargo and airmail throughput rose +14% to 3.04 million tons in 2005 and also is expected to double in the next 5 years. However, profit margins will remain tight within the sector. He noted revenues in the sector had grown to CNY170 billion/$21.09 billion at the end of 2005, but profits in the past 5 years had amounted to only CNY10 billion.

May 2010: China Southern Airlines (GUN) is accelerating its market exploration at Xinjiang with plans to launch a regional airline to serve the Autonomous Region in northwest China. (CAAC) (CAC) announced a series of measures to encourage air transport development in Xinjiang, including boosting the number of airports from 14 to 21 by 2015, providing financial aid to carriers and increasing regional flight frequencies to domestic hub airports.

(GUN) already has a branch company in Xinjiang that operates >30 airplanes and transported 4.35 million passengers last year, capturing a 51% share of the market. (GUN) is scheduled to sign a strategic cooperation agreement with the Xinjiang regional government that will lead to further capacity growth and new routes to central and S Asia, the Middle East, and Russia. Reportedly, the soon-to-be-launched regional airline may use the name "Xinjiang Air" (XIJ). The former Xinjiang Air (XIJ) was launched in 1985 and merged with (GUN) in 2002.

December 2014: The number of airports in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region will rise to 25 from the current 16 by 2020, as China attempts to transform the area into a major transportation hub on the "Silk Road Economic Belt." "We believe the new international airport in the regional capital of Urumqi will be operational by 2020, and will become one of the most influential aviation hubs in Central Asia," Duan Zixin General Manager of the Xinjiang Airport Group, said.

The new airport is expected have two runways long enough to accommodate the Airbus A380, the present world's largest passenger jet airplane.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) recently announced that it will speed up a preliminary study of the new airport, and also backed Urumqi's application to allow 72-hour visa-free entry for international transit passengers. The (CAAC) also encouraged airlines to operate more routes to connect cities in Xinjiang, China's largest and most westerly region, with the E of the country and destinations overseas. Xinjiang currently has 46 domestic and foreign airlines operating 184 routes to 25 cities or regions in 15 countries. "Our focus is to launch new routes connecting Xinjiang with key trade centers in Central Asia, E Asia, and Europe. It will be a "Silk Road" in the air," Duan said.

In a 2103 speech in Kazakhstan, President Xi Jinping proposed that China and the Central Asian countries build an "economic belt along the "Silk Road." The trans-Eurasian project would target >3 billion people, representing the single biggest market in the world with unparalleled potential. The number of air passengers to and from Xinjiang is expected to reach 34 million annually by 2020, an increase of +70% from 2013.

Xinjiang now has the largest number of airports and the longest flight routes of any part of China. The longest route is from southern Xinjiang's Kashgar city to Shenzhen, a coastal city in the southern province of Guangdong, a journey time of about 7.5 hours.

Kashgar is Xinjiang's 2nd-busiest airport, after Urumqi International, and the central government has established a special economic zone in the city that is expected to transform China's most westerly city into an international trading hub.

July 2015: A brand new 737-800 (B-1520) airplane landed smoothly at Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (URC), joining the fleet of China Southern Airlines Xinjiang Branch (XIJ) on July 27 at 8:11 pm.

The new airplane brings the branch company's 737-800 fleet size to 17 airplanes and boosts its available seats to >8,600. The introduction of new 737-800 will provide more capacity to guarantee passengers' travel demands in the summer peak season.

It's learned that the new 737-800 flew over >15,000 km from Seattle to Urumqi for 4 days, with stopovers at Hawaii, Majuro, Guam, and Guangzhou. The newly introduced 737-800 is configured with 164 seats, which is suitable to operate domestic long-haul routes. The new 737-800 also features the latest Boeing Sky Interior and streamlined luggage rack design. It is to be deployed on domestic routes such as Urumqi - Kashgar and Urumqi - Aksu.

August 2015: A new airport has opened in Altay Prefecture of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Koktokay Airport in Fuyun County received its 1st flight, carrying >100 passengers, from the regional capital Urumqi on August 1st.

The travel time from Urumqi to Fuyun has been shortened to 50 minutes from around 7 hours, said a member of staff with the Xinjiang branch of China Southern Airlines (GUN).

(XIJ) opened a new route linking Urumqi with Koktokay. The CZ6693/4 flight with >180 seats will fly to the town every day.

Koktokay, around 400 km from Urumqi, has abundant mineral and tourist resources. The new airport will bring Koktokay closer to the outside world, which officials hope will attract more tourists and boost local economic development.

Tourism in Xinjiang is improving after being hit hard last year, when there were a number of terrorist incidents in the region. In the 1st half of 2015, nearly 16 million domestic tourists and 667,700 foreign tourists visited Xinjiang.

There are now 17 airports in Xinjiang.

Fleet:
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XIJ-IL-86-B
XIJ-IL-86

October 2017:

2 737-31L (CFM56-3C1) (2556-27273, /93 B-2930; 2567-27276, /94 B-2931), (CSC) LSD, 1 WET-LST (SHA) TIL 2000-06. 27276 LST (SHG) 6 MTHS 2001-10. 145Y.

2 737-31L (CFM56-3C1) (2625-27345, /94 B-2939; 2636-27346, /94 B-2940), (CSC) LSD, 12 YR LST (SHZ). 140Y.

1 737-700 (CFM56-7B), (BOU) LSD.

3 737-7K9 (CFM56-7B20) (30169, B-2666; 30170, B-2667; 30171, B-2668), (BAV) LSD. 145Y.

2 737-7K9 (CFM56-7B20) (909-30041, /01 B-2162; 931-30042, /01 B-2163), (GUN) WET-LSD 2004-11. 145Y.

2 737-7K9 (CFM56-7B20) (34320, B-5107, 2005-08; 1802-34321, B-5108, 2005-10), (BAV) LSD. 145Y.

2 737-76N (CFM56-7B20) (994-32583, /01 B-2698, 1028-32596, /01 B-2699), (GEF) LSD 2001-12. (GUN) WET-LSD 2004-11. 140Y.

1 737-800 (CFM56-7B) (B-1520, 2015-07), 164 PAX.

0 757-236 (RB211-535E4) (873-29945, B-2860; 877-29946, B-2861), EX-(NAB), (PEB) LSD 2004-04. NTU, WENT TO (GUN) 2004-06.

2 757-2YO (RB211-535E4) (482-26153, /92 B-2831; 503-26156, /92 B-2827), EX-(XIN). (GEF) LSD. 8F, 192Y.

1 757-28A (RB211-535E4) (782-28833, /97 B-2852), (ILF) LSD. 8F, 192Y.

3 757-28S (RB211-535E4) (797-29215; /98 B-2851; 811-29216, /98 B-2853; 818-29217, /99 B-2859). ALL 757'S NOT (ETOPS). 8F, 192Y.

3 757-28S (RB211-535E4) (961-32341, /01 B-2812; 966-32342, /01 B-2813; 1015-32343, /02 B-2830). 8F, 192Y.

1 +1 ORDER A320-200 (CFM56), (ILF) LSD.

2 DHC-6 (PT6A-27) TWIN OTTERS, FOR SALE.

5 ATR 72-500 (PW127F) (521, /97 B-3022; 531, /97 B-3023; 547, /98 B-3025; 552, /98 B-3026; 555, /98 B-3027), (GUN) WET-LSD 2004-11. 70Y.

0 AN-24 (LYC AL-24A) (2 OUT OF SERVICE).

0 IL-86 (NK86), RETIRED END OF 12/02, 3 SOLD. 1 TO RUSSIAN SKY AS (RA-86142). 350Y.

0 TU-154M (SOL D-30KY) (2 LST (VDA), 1 TO (SIC) (B-2630; B-2607) ALL 5 RETIRED AND ST 2 (CIS) OPERATORS.

7 SAP Y-5 (HS5).

5 HAMC Y-12 II.

Management:
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ZHAO LIUAN, PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER (2001-03).

YANG PINGO, DIRECTOR GENERAL.

YANG BEN SHEN, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

FU PU YAN, DIRECTOR FLIGHT STANDARDS.

LI LIN RONG, DIRECTOR AVIATION SAFETY.

LUI YOUN CHANG, DIRECTOR PUBLIC SAFETY.

LI JIN FU, DIRECTOR AIRWORTHINESS.

WU QI GUANG, DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION.

REN JI DONG, VP GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (2/00).

CHEN SHAO QUIAN, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE.

YANG BAO JI, CHIEF ENGINEER (1997-06).

JIANG KE LIANG, DEPUTY CHIEF ENGINEER ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.

CHENG JI REN, GENERAL MANAGER MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (2000-04),
(T: (86 991) 380-4068) (FAX: (86 991) 380 4499).

GAN YONG JUN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE (2000-04).

LI GUANG WEI, GENERAL MANAGER AVIATION SUPPLIES.

 
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