||ZHEJIANG LOONG AIRLINES
Formed and started operations in 2013: Scheduled & charter, domestic, regional & international, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
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November 2013: Zhejiang Loong Airlines (ZLA) is a domestic carrier based in Hangzhou, East China, capital city of the Zhejiang Province.
(ZLA) plans to start regional and international operations in three to five years.
August 2014: 737-3J7F (27518, B-2954) converted to freighter.
(IATA) Code: GJ; (ICAO) Code: CDC - (Callsign - LOONG AIR).
Main Base: Jianqiao Airport, Hangzhou, China.
Destinations (planned): Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Kunming, Shenzhen, Wuhan, X'ian and Xiamen.
December 2013: Zhejiang Loong Airlines (ZLA), a new airline based at Hangzhou (HGH) in China, commenced scheduled operations on December 29th. Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province, and the city’s Xiaoshan International Airport handled 19.1 million passengers in 2012, making it the 10th busiest in China. Using the (IATA) code GJ code (previously used by Eurofly (EUY)) the airline currently has a fleet of 2 A320s, having signed an agreement in September with Airbus for 20 A320ceo/neo airplanes. Each of (ZLA)’s 5 initial routes will face massive competition with on average 6 other airlines already serving each route. The 5 routes from Hangzhou (HGH) are as follows:
To Chengdu (CTU), 3x weekly vs Sichuan Airlines (SIC) 2x; Air China (BEJ) 2x-; Xiamen Airlines (XIA) 7x-; China Eastern Airlines (CEA) 7x-; & Tibet Airlines (TBZ) 4x-;
To Chongqing (CKG) 4x-; vs (BEJ) 27x-; (SIC) 14x-; (XIA) 14x-; Chongqing Airlines 7x-; Hainan Airlines (HNA) 7x-;
To Shenzhen (SZX) 7x-; vs China Southern (GUN) 48x-; Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) 33x-; (HNA) 21x-; (BEJ) 19x; (XIA) 14x-; Spring Airlines (CQH) 7x-;
To Wuhan (WUH) 7x-; vs (XIA) 18x-; Beijing Capital Airlines (DER) 7x-; (CEA) 4x-; (GUN) 7x-; Chongqing Airlines 7x-; (HNA) 7x-
To Guangzhou (CAN) 7x-; vs (GUN) 44x-; (BEJ) 42x-; (HNA) 21x-; (CEA) 20x-; (DER) 7x-; China United Airlines (CUL) 7x-; Shanghai Airlines (SHA) 7x-.
(ZLA) has ordered 20 Airbus (EDS) planes of the A320 series, firming up a deal made in September. (ZLA), which is based in Hangzhou, east China, had been given the green light for the transport of passengers, when it signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus (EDS) at the 15th Aviation Expo China 2013 in Beijing.
(ZLA)’s order concerns 11 A320ceo and 9 A320neo airplanes. (ZLA) “made its 1st commercial flight with a leased A320, thereby becoming a new Airbus (EDS) user.” (ZLA) is “determined to contribute to the economic and social development of Zhejiang province offering efficient transport services,” Airbus (EDS) quoted (ZLA) (CEO), Liu Qihong as saying. (ZLA) plans to offer services within a range of 4 hours around Hangzhou.
(ZLA), which was originally a cargo carrier, received its 1st leased Airbus A320 on December 16, followed by a 2nd on December 22. (ZLA) is planning to expand its fleet rapidly to 6 passenger airplanes and 3 freighters.
A320-214s (5008, B-6868), ex-(F-WWDR), Hong Kong Airlines (CRY) and A320-214 (5656, B-9962), ex-(B-516L), Hainan Airlines (HNA) leased.
April 2014: Chinese start-up Zhejiang Loong Airlines (ZLA) will introduce 7 Airbus A320s this year on new domestic routes as it accelerates it expansion pace.
The Hangzhou-based carrier, which was originally a cargo carrier, launched passenger operations last December. It operates a fleet of 6 airplanes, comprising 3 A320s and 3 Boeing 737 freighters on routes to Shenzhen, Wuhan, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Xi’an, Yinchuan and Luoyang.
In December 2013, it placed a firm order for 20 A320s, comprising 11 A320ceos and 9 A320neos. Deliveries are scheduled to be complete by 2020.
As its fleet grows, (ZLA) plans to open more domestic routes to Beijing, Qingdao, Kunming, Xiamen, Lanzhou, Nanchang, Guilin, Urumqi, Nanning, Xining, Hohhot, Sanya, Haikou, Shijiazhuang, and Guiyang. It expects to open an international route next year.
A320-214 (6157, B-1869), ex-(D-AVVA), delivery.
July 2014: On July 16, China's Zhejiang Loong Airlines (ZLA), took delivery of its 6th brand new Airbus A320 (B-1869) landing smoothly at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH). This is the 4th passenger plane purchased by (ZLA), bringing its fleet size up to 9, including 6 A320 passenger aircraft and 3 737F cargo planes.
The newly introduced A320, equipped with large "Sharklet" wingtip devices, can improve flight performance and deliver up to 4% fuel burn and emission reduction on long-haul flights, which translates into impressive cost savings.
In order to meet the increasing travel demands during the summer travel peak, (ZLA) will cling to the market hot spots to golden tourist routes by taking full advantages of its current routes network. Apart from prime business routes already launched from Hangzhou to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Chongqing, Qingdao, and Wuhan, (ZLA) plans to open more culture routes connecting the Grand Canal and the silk road flying from Hangzhou to Luoyang, Xi'an, Yinchuan, Zhongyuan, and Guyuan in central and western regions of China, as well as summer routes linking Hangzhou with Hailar Hohhot, Xining, Guiyang, and Zhangjiajie, attempting to build up a comprehensive line layout and providing more convenient service to passengers. Starting from July 1, (ZLA)'s business and travel routes both have experienced high load factors.
As its fleet grows, (ZLA) will stick to its unique development strategy in E, S, SW and N China, planning to launch routes to Beijing, Xiamen, Lanzhou, Nanchang, Guilin, Urumqi, Nanning, Sanya, Haikou, Dalian, Harbin, and Shijiazhuang successively and expecting to open an international route next year. Besides, (ZLA) is planning to build a strong network covering the country within 4 hours and worldwide within 12 hours, aiming to provide better services and more convenient choices for local travelers. The newly-introduced A320 airplanes will help the airline build intensive domestic and international networks around Hangzhou.
September 2014: Zhejiang Loong Airlines (ZLA) signed an agreement with (CDB) Leasing to lease 14 A320 airplanes, valued at nearly US$700 million at list prices, at the 3rd China Air Finance Development (DFTP) Summit in Tianjin. The signing ceremony was attended by Wu Rongyang, Executive Vice President of (CDB) Leasing and Chairman of Loong Air. Liu Qihong.
(CDB) Leasing is a leading financial leasing company controlled by the China Development Bank. It owns 185 airplanes and ranks among the world's top ten leasing companies by assets. Currently, (CDB) Leasing has established strategic cooperation relationship with 43 customers from 23 countries and regions.
Loong Air (ZLA), a carrier based at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH), commenced services on December 29, 2013. (ZLA) continues its development at a fast pace and has launched 36 routes.
"This is the 1st cooperation between (CDB) Leasing and Loong Air (ZLA)," said Liu. "We have a pleasant cooperation with each other and achieve a win-win relationship through this leasing agreement, which will promote the fast development of Loong Air (ZLA)."
"The smooth cooperation with Loong Air (ZLA) conforms to the (CAAC)'s policy of encouraging the development of private airlines," said Wu said. "We will support the development of Chinese private airlines through airplane leasing businesses, which will in turn promote the diversification development of the domestic airplane leasing market."
November 2014: Zhejiang Loong Airlines (ZLA) has signed an agreement with (CFM) International to purchase (LEAP-1A) engines to power its 9 A320neos. The order, which was placed on December 29, 2013, is valued at $260 million at current list prices, including spare engines.
Hangzhou-based, Zhejiang Loong Airlines (ZLA) began commercial operations in December 2013 with 2 (CFM56-5B)-powered Airbus A320 airplanes and has since added 7 additional airplanes to its fleet.
(ZLA) Chairman, Liu Qihong said, “We chose the (LEAP) engine because of its fuel efficiency, which will not only keep our costs in check but also help production the environment with fewer emissions. Our goal is to contribute to the economic and social development of Zhejiang province by providing efficient transportation.”
May 2015: News Item A-1: Zhejiang Loong Air (ZLA) last month launched a 737-300F freighter service between the SW Chinese city of Kunming and the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, making it the 1st international freighter link from Kunming.
Guo Libao Vice President of the carrier was quoted as saying that some 6,000 tonnes of goods will be carried on the sector every year, including textiles, medicines, mechanical equipment, electronics products and flowers.
News Item A-2: Approved on May 8, 2015, Ningxia Cargo Airlines (NGX), the 1st cargo carrier based in West China, has filed an application to the (CAAC) SW Regional Administration for a public air operator's certificate (AOC). The (CAAC) completed its preliminary check and released details on its official website.
(NGX), based in the Ningxia Autonomous Region, has a registered capital of 120 million yuan. Shan'xi Tongyang Investment Management, which has a 53% holding, is the major stakeholder. Xi'an Huijie Logistics Company has a 44% stake and the Shannxi Xiangyu Logistics Company, the Shanghai Chongda International Freight Company, and the Shan'xi International Air Freight hold the rest.
Ningxia Cargo Airlines (NGX) is a limited company with Mr Shen Huawei, ex-General Manager of Shannxi International Freight as its legal representative and President.
Based at Yinchuan Hedong Airport in the Ningxia Autonomous Region, (NGX), the new cargo airline will be licensed for domestic cargo & mail transportation business (including Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau), using Boeing 737-300F freighters.
Currently, the new joint venture (JV) has made some preparations for getting its air operating certificate (AOC) from the (CAAC). It was approved to acquire 3 Boeing 737-300Fs from Zhejiang Loong Airlines (ZLA), Registration (B-2954, B-2949 and B-2584). Furthermore, the (CAAC) has given the green light to the painting plan of its airplanes.
(NGX) also signed a (CAAC) agreement on ground services with the China West Airport Group and the Ningxia air traffic control station of the Air Traffic Management (ATM) Bureau. The (CAAC) agreed to provide civil aviation communication, meteorology and flight information for (NGX).
Moreover, Ningxia Cargo Airlines (NGX) has received approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for its launch.
The specific timetable for its formal launch remains to be decided. According to the (CAAC), (NGX) has a registered capital of CNY120 million/$19.5 million. Shan’xi Tongyang Investment Management Company made an investment of CNY63.6 million to hold a 53% stake, while the Xi’an Huijie Industrial and Trade Company invested CNY52.8 million for a 44% stake. The Shan’xi International Air Cargo Company, the Chongda International Agency, and the Shan’xi Xiangyu Logistics hold the remaining 3% stake.
The new venture is expected to initially fly 3 Boeing 737-300F airplanes acquired from Zhejiang Loong Airlines (ZLA).
A320-214 (6608, B-1673), ex-(F-WWBR) delivery.
June 2015: The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved an air operator’s certificate (AOC) for Ningxia Cargo Airlines (NGX), which is to become the 1st local carrier in the Ningxia Autonomous Region.
The new venture, which is scheduled to launch its inaugural flight in September, will take delivery of 3 Boeing 737s acquired from Zhejiang Loong Airlines (ZLA) in August.
(NGX) plans to expand its fleet to 50 airplanes by 2020 and open some domestic routes and international routes to the Middle East, Southeast Asian, and Northeast Asia countries.
July 2015: Zhejiang Loong Airlines (ZLA) received a brand new Airbus A320 aircraft at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) at 7:30 pm on July 1, which is the second of 20 A320s that the Hangzhou-based airline has ordered.
The new A320 (B-1675), brings (ZLA)'s fleet to 9 aircraft, which is expected to expand to 16 by the end of 2015.
(ZLA) has opened tourist routes from Hangzhou to Hailar, Bijie, Lijiang, Luoyang, Wuhan, Xining, Yinchuan, Dalian, and Harbin. In order to meet the demand of the rapid growth of aviation market, (ZLA) will launch new routes to Manchuria, Tangshan, and Anshun.
Commencing services on December 29, 2013, (ZLA) continues its development at a fast pace and has launched services to 34 domestic cities from its Hangzhou base. (ZLA) plans to expand its services to Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and other international cities and regions.
A320-214 (6671, B-8145), ex-(F-WWBD), (CDB) leasing leased.
September 2015: A320-214 (6679, B-1676), ex-(F-WWDI) delivery, and A320-214 (6714, B-8146), ex-(F-WWDH) (CLC) (CDB) Leasing.
September 2016: A320-214 (7178, B-8351), ex-(B-OOOE) delivery.
October 2016: A320-214 (7258, B-8452), ex-(B-OOOW) (CDB) Leasing leased.
May 2017: A320-214 (7542, B-8983), ex-(B-OOOP) delivery.
December 2017: "Zhejiang Loong Airlines Increases Fleet to Cope with Growth" by (ATW) Alan Dron firstname.lastname@example.org , December 14, 2017.
Lessor (BOC) Aviation (SIL) has delivered a batch of 3 Airbus (EDS) A320ceos to Chinese airline Zhejiang Loong Airlines (ZLA). Zhejiang is a province in E China, immediately S of Shanghai.
Delivery to (ZLA) (known familiarly as Loong Air), is part of a 5-aircraft lease placement from Singapore-based (BOC) (SIL)’s order book. The 1st aircraft was delivered in October 2017.
The aircraft will support (ZLA)’s network growth plans in the rapidly expanding Chinese market, (BOC) Aviation (SIL) Managing Director & (CEO) Robert Martin said.
“The aviation industry is 1 of the most important priorities for the Zhejiang government, and Loong Air is well positioned to capitalize on these opportunities for growth,” Loong Air Chairman Liu Qihong added, thanking the Zhejiang provincial government and Civil Aviation Administration of China for their support. “We look forward to further deepening our cooperation with (BOC) Aviation in the future.”
Zhejiang Loong Airlines (ZLA) was founded in 2011, began passenger services in December 2013 and is the only local airline to provide both passenger and cargo services in the Zhejiang province. Based at Hangzhou Xiao Shan International Airport, it now has a fleet of 30 aircraft, according to its website (all are A320s except for 3 Boeing 737-300F freighters.
July 2018: A320-251N (8248, B-1079), ex-(B-000W) delivery.
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ZLA-737-300F - 2015-06.jpg
ZLA-A320-200 - 2013-12
ZLA-A320NEO - 2013-12
3 737-3J7F (CFM56-3C1) (25891, B-2584; 27372, B-2949; 27518, B-2954), ALL 3 LEASED TO NINGXIA CARGO AIRLINES (NGX) 2015-05. FREIGHTER.
11 ORDERS A320ceo:
9 ORDERS A320neo (LWAP-1A), WITH SHARKLETS:
3 A320-200 (B-1675, 2015-06; B-1869, 2014-07).
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B) (5008, B-6868), EX-(F-WWDR), (CRY) LEASED 2013-12.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B) (5656, B-9962), EX-(B-516L), (HNA) LEASED 2013-12.
4 A320-214 (CFM56-5B) (6157, B-1869, 2014-06; 6608, B-1673, 2015-05; 6671, B-8145, 2015-07; 6679, B-1676, 2015-09), EX-(D-AVVA, F-WWBR, F-WWBD, & F-WWDI).
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B) (6714, B-8146), EX-(F-WWDH) 2015-09.
3 A320-214 (7178, B-8351; 7258, B-8452; 7542, B-8983), EX-(B-OOOE) 2016-09, EX-(B-OOOW) 2016-10. EX-(B-OOOP) 2017-05.
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ZLA-2-LIU YI - 2013-09
LIU QIHONG, CHAIRMAN.
LIU YI, PRESIDENT.
GUO LIBAO, VICE PRESIDENT.