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China United Airlines

China United Airlines
中国联合航空
IATA
KN
ICAO
CUA
Callsign
LIANHANG
Founded 1986
Hubs Beijing Nanyuan Airport
Focus cities Foshan Shadi Airport
Fleet size 30
Destinations 20
Parent company China Eastern Airlines
Headquarters Beijing, China
Website www.cu-air.com
China United Airlines Boeing 737-800

China United Airlines Co., Ltd. (simplified Chinese: 中国联合航空有限公司; traditional Chinese: 中國聯合航空有限公司; pinyin: Zhōngguó Liánhé Hángkōng Yǒuxiàngōngsī) is a budget airline[1] with its headquarters in Fengtai District, Beijing, People's Republic of China,[2] operating scheduled flights and charter services in co-operation with local enterprises out of Beijing Nanyuan Airport, making it the only commercial airline using this airport.[3] The airline previously had its headquarters in another area in Fengtai District, Beijing.[4]

History and Development

China United Airlines was established in 1986 as an arm of the civil transport division of the People's Liberation Army. In November 2002, all scheduled services were ceased, followed by a full suspension of flight operations in 2003 due to a Chinese governmental regulation prohibiting the Army from being directly involved in commercial activities. On June 4, 2005, the Civil Aviation Administration of China the relaunch of the airline, now with Shanghai Airlines holding 80 percent of the stake, as well as CASGC as a secondary shareholder. Even though China United Airlines has since then lost its military status, it is still allowed to use military airports, in contrast to other Chinese airlines.

Criticism to the United States

In 2000, China United Airlines spent USD$120 million to buy a Boeing 767-300ER as Jiang Zemin's private jet. Several days before its first flight, a covert listening device was discovered, which was installed on toilet, corridor, and even in Jiang's headboard. The listening device was controlled and monitored by satellite. CIA, U.S embassy in China, and China United Airlines refuse to comment on this incident.[5][6]

Destinations

Fleet

As of July 2014, the China United Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft with an estimated average age of 4 years:[7]

References

  1. ^ "China Eastern Airlines turns Beijing unit into budget carrier". Yahoo News Singapore. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "联系我们." China United Airlines. Retrieved on October 12, 2012. "北京市丰台区警备东路6号西区一号院"
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines".  
  4. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 1–7 April 1998. 57. "No 14 Xisanhuan Nanlu, Beijing, 100073, China" (making it 西三环南路14号)
  5. ^ BBC:江泽民专机险遭窃听
  6. ^ China finds spy bugs in Jiang's Boeing jet by Damien McElroy and David Wastell; The Daily Telegraph
  7. ^ China United Airlines fleet ch-aviation.ch

External links

  • (Chinese) Official website
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