Tianjin Airlines

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See Grand China Air for the holding company of Hainan Airlines.
Tianjin Airlines
天津航空
Tianjin Airlines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
GSGCRBOHAI [1]
Founded2004 (as Grand China Express Air)
Commenced operations2007
Hubs
Secondary hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Fortune Wings Club
Subsidiaries
Fleet size101
Destinations 109
Parent company HNA Group [2]
Headquarters Tianjin Binhai International Airport, Dongli District, Tianjin
Website tianjin-air.com

Tianjin Airlines (Chinese :天津航空; pinyin :Tiānjīn Hángkōng —formerly Grand China Express Air) is a Chinese airline headquartered in Tianjin Binhai International Airport passenger terminal building, Dongli District, Tianjin, [3] operating domestic scheduled passenger and cargo flights out of Tianjin Binhai International Airport. [4]

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History

Grand China Air was established in 2004 in an effort to merge the major aviation assets of Hainan Airlines, China Xinhua Airlines, Chang An Airlines and Shanxi Airlines, and received its operating licence from the Civil Aviation Administration of China in 2007. [5] Scheduled flights were launched under the brand name Grand China Express Air, using 29-32 seat Fairchild Dornier 328JET aircraft. At that time, the company was China's largest regional airline, operating on 78 routes linking 54 cities. On 10 June 2009, the airline's name was changed to Tianjin Airlines. [6] As of August 2011, 63 destinations are served (excluding those operated on behalf of Hainan Airlines), [7] though by 2012, the airline intends to fly on more than 450 routes linking at least 90 cities, taking more than 90% of the domestic regional aviation market. [8]

In mid-2015, Tianjin Airlines signed a contract for 22 Embraer aircraft (20 Embraer 195s and 2 Embraer 190-E2s). It is part of a larger agreement made in 2014 for 40 aircraft, the remaining 18 to be approved by the Chinese authorities. The first Embraer 195 will be delivered later in 2015 and the first Embraer 190-E2 in 2018. [9]

The airline plans to launch international long-haul services and is to take delivery of its first Airbus A330 aircraft in 2016 to serve destinations in Europe, North America and southeast Asia. [10]

In 2016, Tianjin Airlines launched long-haul services to Auckland [11] in New Zealand, London-Gatwick [12] in the UK and Moscow-Sheremetyevo [13] in Russia. Long-haul services to Melbourne are to begin from October 2017. [14]

In March 2018, Tianjin Airlines has replaced previously planned Xi'an - London Gatwick service to London Heathrow, starting 7 May 2018. [15]

Destinations

Tianjin Airlines is a major player in the regional airline markets of Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia, known for shuttling passengers between the regional capitals to various feeder airports.

Fleet

A Tianjin Airlines Embraer 190 at Qingdao Liuting International Airport (2013) B-3153 - Tianjin Airlines - Embraer ERJ-190LR - TAO (11513821003).jpg
A Tianjin Airlines Embraer 190 at Qingdao Liuting International Airport (2013)
A Tianjin Airlines Airbus A320 at Qingdao Liuting International Airport (2015) B-6903 - Tianjin Airlines - Airbus A320-214 - TAO (16556349309).jpg
A Tianjin Airlines Airbus A320 at Qingdao Liuting International Airport (2015)

As of October 2019, the Tianjin Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft: [16] [17]

Tianjin Airlines fleet
AircraftIn ServiceOrdersPassengers [18] [19] Notes
CYTotal
Airbus A320-200 288150158
174174
180180
Airbus A320neo 9174174
Airbus A321-200 2220220
230230
Airbus A330-200 418242260 [20]
Airbus A330-300 224279303 [21]
Embraer 190 3269298
106106
Embraer 195 20122122
Embraer 190-E2 20TBA [22]
Tianjin Air Cargo fleet [23]
Boeing 737-300F 1Cargo
Boeing 737-400F 2Cargo
Boeing 737-800BCF 1Cargo
Total10120

Fleet History

Tianjin Airlines has previously operated the following aircraft:

Accidents and incidents

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