STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1995. DOMESTIC, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
China is a country in East Asia, the world's third largest country by area (after Russia and Canada) and the largest by population. It is bordered on the north by the Republic of Mongolia and Russia, on the northeast by Russia and North Korea, on the east by the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, on the south by the South China Sea, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar (formerly Burma), India, Bhutan, and Nepal, on the west by Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, and on the northwest by Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. China includes more than >3,400 offshore islands. The total area of China is 9,571,300 sq km/3,695,500 sq mi, not including Hong Kong, Macau, and land under the control of the Republic of China on Taiwan. The capital of China is Beijing; the country's most populous urban center is Shanghai.
OCTOBER 1995. JOINT VENTURE OF CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES (GUN) AND ZHUHAI GOVERNMENT. ZHUHAI FLIGHT TRAINING CENTER IS OPERATED BY (GUN) TO TRAIN 777 PILOTS IN 737 FLIGHT SIMULATOR.
(GUN) OWNS 60%.
DECEMBER 1997: 1996 = 470,000 PASSENGERS (PAX).
1ST INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT TO BANGKOK (737-300).
3 737-31B'S (PS843; PS844; PS845), EX-CAAC (CAC). 2 737-500'S, EX-CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES (GUN).
OCTOBER 1999: ALL AIRPLANES PAINTED IN CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES (GUN) COLOR SCHEME.
SEPTEMBER 2000: PARENT, CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINWS (GUN) URGES ALL 4 AFFILIATED AIRLINES: ZHUHAI AIRLINES (ZHU), GUIZHOU AIRLINES (GIZ), XIAMEN AIRLINES (XIA), AND SHANTOU AIRLINES (SHT), TO APPLY CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES (GUN) LOGO AND COLORS TO ALL THEIR FLEET AIRPLANES. ALSO, SOON, (GUN) TO CENTRALIZE MANAGEMENT OF ALL 4 AIRLINES.
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 five 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 five 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 five years had amounted to only CNY10 billion.