Best Chinese Airlines List – Major, Minor, & Cargo

Best Chinese Airlines List – Major, Minor, & Cargo

When it comes to official Chinese Airlines which hold an air operator certificate, there are a total of 9 major airlines and more than 28 minor airlines in Mainland China. There are also more than 200 airports in China which continues to grow. Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan also have their own airlines as well. All of the Chinese airlines in this list below have registered certificates with the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

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Major Airlines In China

 

#1: Air China

(中国国际航空)

  • Callsign: AIR CHINA
  • IATA: CA
  • ICAO: CCA
  • Size Of Fleet: 414

Website: www.airchina.com

Phone: 0086-95583 | 0086-10-95583

air china airline

air china logo

Air China was founded in 1998 and is hardhearted in the capital of China, Beijing. It’s main hubs are Beijing and Chengdu with Shanghai as a secondary hub. The focused cities of this airline are Chongqing, Hangzhou, Hohhot, Shenzhen, and Tianjin. This is the largest fleet of our entire best Chinese Airlines list, which is why it’s listed as number 1.

See Also >> Air China Review

#2 – China Eastern Airlines

(中国东方航空)

  • Callsign: CHINA EASTERN
  • IATA: MU
  • ICAO: CES
  • Size Of Fleet: 541

Website: www.ceair.com

Phone: H.K.: 852-3665 8388

china eastern airlines

china eastern airlines logo

China Eastern Airlines is headquartered at the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport in Changning District, Shanghai. Founded over 30 years ago in 1988, it’s main hubs are Shanghai, Kunming, and Xi’an. With Secondary hubs in Beijing and Qingdao. The airline focus on these cities in China: Chengdu, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Hong Kong, Lanzhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Ningbo, Taiyuan, Wuhan, and Yantai.

See Also >> China Eastern Airlines Review

#3 – China Southern Airlines

(中国南方航空)

  • Callsign: CHINA SOUTHERN
  • IATA: CZ
  • ICAO: CSN
  • Size Of Fleet: 616

Website: www.csair.com

Phone: 00 86 400 869 5539

china southern airlines

china southern airlines logo

China Southern Airlines founded in 1988 is headquartered in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. Main hubs of the airline are Beijing and Guangzhou city. Secondary hubs are Chongqing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Urumqi. Focused cities are: Bangkok, Changchun, Chengdu, Changsha, Dalian, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Seoul, Jieyang, Kunming, Sanya, Shenyang, Wuhan, Xi’an, Zhengzhou, and Zuhai.

See Also >> China Southern Airlines Review

#4 – Hainan Airlines

(海南航空)

  • Callsign: HAINAN
  • IATA: HU
  • ICAO: CHH
  • Size Of Fleet: 240

Website: www.hainanairlines.com

Phone: +86-898-95339

hainan airlines

hainan airlines logo

Hainan airlines is the 4th largest airline in China when it comes to fleet size. Founded in 1993, it’s headquarters are in Haikou, Hainan, China. It has main hubs in Beijing, Haikou, and Xi’an. Focused cites for this Chinese airline are Changsha, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Sanya, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, and Urumqi. With 110 total destinations.

See Also >> Hainan Airlines Review

#5 – Shandong Airlines

(山东航空)

  • Callsign: SHANDONG
  • IATA: SC
  • ICAO: CDG
  • Size Of Fleet: 123

Website: www.sda.cn

Phone: +86-531-95369

shandong airlines

shandong airlines logo

Shandong airlines which was founded in 1994 is headquartered in in the Shandong Airlines Center in Jinan, Shandong, China. It operates out of it’s main hubs in Jinan and Qingdao. Focus cities for this airline are Beijing, Chongqing, Xiamen, and Yantai. This airline has 60 destinations which include other countries such as India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.

#6 – Shanghai Airlines

(上海航空)

  • Callsign: SHANGHAI AIR
  • IATA: FM
  • ICAO: CSH
  • Size Of Fleet: 104

Website: www.ceair.com

Phone: H.K.: 852-3665 8388

shanghai airlines

shanghai airlines logo

Shanghai airlines is an airline hardhearted at the Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai, China which merged together with China Eastern Airlines in 2010.  Although they have merged together, both airlines continue to operate separately. The airline itself was founded in 1985 and it’s main hub is in Shanghai at Pudong and Hongqiao international airports. The fleet size is 104 aircraft carriers with 140 travel destinations. They operate both domestically and international flights.

See Also >> Shanghai Airlines Review

#7 – Shenzhen Airlines

(深圳航空)

  • Callsign: SHENZHEN AIR
  • IATA: FM
  • ICAO: CSZ
  • Size Of Fleet: 189

Website: www.shenzhenair.com

Phone: +86-755-88814023 | H.K. 817-95080

shenzhen airlines

shenzhen airlines logo

Shenzhen Airlines, founded in November 1992, is headquartered at the Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport in Shenzhen, China. It’s main operating hub is in Shenzhen. It is also one of the two Chinese airlines which is in the global airline network along with Air China. Secondary hubs the airline operates out of are Guangzhou, Nanjing, Nanning, Shenyang, Wuxi, Xi’an, Zhengzhou, and Chengdu. Shenzhen airlines focuses mainly in 3 cities of Beijing, Quanzhou, and Yangzhou. Total domestic  travel destinations are 74.

See Also >> Shenzhen Airlines Review

#8 – Sichuan Airlines

(四川航空)

  • Callsign: SI CHUAN
  • IATA: 3U
  • ICAO: CSC
  • Size Of Fleet: 151

Website: www.global.sichuanair.com

Phone: +86 28 8888 8888

sichuan airlines

sichuan airlines logo

Sichuan Airlines is headquartered in the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, China. Founded in September of 1986, this airline is listed as number 8 in our list of best Chinese Airlines. It operates out of it’s main hubs in Chengdu, Chongqing, and Kunming city. With it’s focused cities on Beijing, Harbin, Hangzhou, Sanya, Xi’an, and Nanning. Operating as both domestic and international flights, it has 94 total travel destinations and 151 aircraft carriers in it’s fleet.

See Also >> Sichuan Airlines Review

#9 – XiamenAir

(厦门航空)

  • Callsign: XIAMEN AIR
  • IATA: MF
  • ICAO: CXA
  • Size Of Fleet: 167

Website: www.xiamenair.com

Phone: +86-592-5739888

xiamenair

xiamenair logo

XiamenAir or also known as “Xiamen Airlines” is a Chinese domestic and International Airline located in Xiamen, Fujian, China. Founded in July of 1984. Main operating hubs for XiamenAir are Xiamen, Fuzhou, and Hangzhou city. Focus cities in China for the airline are Beijing, Changsha, Quangzhou, and Tianjin. China Southern Airlines owns 55% of XiamenAir. With 170 total carriers in it’s fleet and 70 traveling destinations which include routes to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

See Also >> Xiamen Airlines Review

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Major Airlines In Hong Kong

 

#1 – Cathay Dragon

(國泰港龍航空)

  • Callsign: DRAGON
  • IATA: KA
  • ICAO: HDA
  • Size Of Fleet: 48

Website: www.dragonair.com

Phone: +852 2747-3333

cathay dragon airlines

cathay dragon airlines logo

Cathay Dragon Airlines is major airline based in Hong Kong which was formally known as Dragonair. Founded in May of 1985, it’s main hub operates out of Hong Kong International Airport. The parent company of this Chinese airline is Cathay Pacific. Total number of carriers in it’s fleet is 48 with 51 destinations which include charter.

#2 – Cathay Pacific

(國泰航空公司)

  • Callsign: CATHAY
  • IATA: CX
  • ICAO: CPA
  • Size Of Fleet: 153

Website: www.cathaypacific.com

Phone: +852 2747-3333

cathay pacific airlines

cathay pacific airlines logo

Cathay Pacific is the biggest carrier in headquartered in Hong Kong. It’s main hub is also based out of the Hong Kong International Airport. The airline was founded in September of 1946, and it also owns and operates Cathay Dragon Airlines (DragonAir). This large domestic and International airline hosts a fleet size of 153 total carriers and makes destinations to 77 cities across the world.

#3 – Hong Kong Airlines

(香港航空)

  • Callsign: BAUHINIA
  • IATA: HX
  • ICAO: CRK
  • Size Of Fleet: 43

Website: www.hongkongairlines.com

Phone: +852-3916-3666

hong kong airlines

hong kong airlines logo

Hong Kong Airlines was founded in 2006 and bases it’s main headquarters in Tung Chung district with it’s main hub at the Hong Kong International Airport. This domestic and International airline focus travels over 30 across the world. Some cities are Auckland, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Bangkok, Bali, Taipei, Tokyo, Vancouver, and Los Angeles. Total number of carriers in it’s fleet is 43.

See Also >> Hong Kong Airlines Review

#4 – HK Express

(香港快運航空)

  • Callsign: HONGKONG SHUTTLE
  • IATA: UO
  • ICAO: HKE
  • Size Of Fleet: 24

Website: www.hkexpress.com

Phone: (852) 3902 0288

hk express airlines

hk express airlines logo

HK Express Airways is an airline based in Hong Kong which was founded in 2004. It’s a lower cost airline which has flight destinations to more than 26 cities across Asia. Some of the counties include China, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Thailand. Total number of aircraft carriers in it’s fleet is 24.

Minor Airlines In China

 

#1 – 9 Air

9 air logo

Main Hub: Guangzhou

Size Of Fleet: 18

#2 – Air Guilin

air guilin logo

Main Hub: Guilin

Size Of Fleet: 11

#3 – Air Changan

air changan logo

Main Hub: Xi’an

Size Of Fleet: 11

#4 – Beijing Capital Airlines

beijing capital airlines logo

Main Hub: Beijing

Size Of Fleet: 86

#5 – Chengdu Airlines

chengdu airlines logo

Main Hub: Chengdu

Size Of Fleet: 43

#6 – China Express Airlines

china express airlines logo

Main Hub: Chongqing

Size Of Fleet: 47

#7 – China United Airlines

china united airlines logo

Main Hub: Beijing

Size Of Fleet: 49

#8 – Chongqing Airlines

chongqing airlines logo

Main Hub: Chongqing

Size Of Fleet: 29

#9 – Dalian Airlines

dalian airlines logo

Main Hub: Dalian

Size Of Fleet: 10

#10 – Donghai Airlines

donghai airlines logo

Main Hub: Shenzhen

Size Of Fleet: 22

#11 – Fuzhou Airlines

fuzhou airlines logo

Main Hub: Fuzhou

Size Of Fleet: 17

#12 – Grand China Air

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Main Hub: Beijing

Size Of Fleet: 3

#13 – Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines

guangxi beibu gulf airlines logo

Main Hub: Nanning

Size Of Fleet: 27

#14 – Hebei Airlines

hebei airlines logo

Main Hub: Shijiazhuang

Size Of Fleet: 28

#15 – Joy Air

joy air logo

Main Hub: Xi’an

Size Of Fleet: 23

#16 – Juneyao Airlines

juneyao airlines logo

Main Hub: Shanghai

Size Of Fleet: 72

See Also >> Juneyao Airlines Review

#17 – Kunming Airlines

kunming airlines logo

Main Hub: Kunming

Size Of Fleet: 26

#18 – Loong Air

loong air logo

Main Hub: Hangzhou

Size Of Fleet: 42

#19 – Lucky Air

lucky air logo

Main Hub: Kunming

Size Of Fleet: 55

#20 – Okay Airways

okay airways logo

Main Hub: Tianjin, Xi’an, Changsha

Size Of Fleet: 30

#21 – Qingdao Airlines

qingdao airlines logo

Main Hub: Qingdao

Size Of Fleet: 16

#22 – Ruili Airlines

ruili airlines logo

Main Hub: Kunming

Size Of Fleet: 18

#23 – Spring Airlines

spring airlines logo

Main Hub: Shanghai

Size Of Fleet: 84

See Also >> Spring Airlines Review

#24 – Suparna Airlines

suparna airlines logo

Main Hub: Shanghai

Size Of Fleet: 25

#25 – Tianjin Airlines

tianjin airlines logo

Main Hub: Tianjin

Size Of Fleet: 95

#26 – Tibet Airlines

tibet airlines logo

Main Hub: Chengdu

Size Of Fleet: 29

#27 – Urumqi Air

urumqi air logo

Main Hub: Urumqi

Size Of Fleet: 18

#28 – West Air

west air logo

Main Hub: Chongqing

Size Of Fleet: 34

Cargo Airlines In China

 

#1 – Air China Cargo

air china cargo logo

Main Hub: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou

Size Of Fleet: 15

#2 – China Cargo Airlines

china cargo airlines logo

Main Hub: Shanghai

Size Of Fleet: 9

#3 – China Postal Airlines

china postal airlines logo

Main Hub: Nanjing

Size Of Fleet: 25

#4 – China Southern Cargo

china southern airlines logo

Main Hub: Beijing, Guangzhou

Size Of Fleet: 223

#5 – Donghai Airlines Cargo

donghai airlines logo

Main Hub: Shenzhen

Size Of Fleet: 22

#6 – SF Airlines

SF airlines logo

Main Hub: Shenzhen

Size Of Fleet: 50

#7 – Uni-Top Airlines

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Main Hub: Wuhan

Size Of Fleet: 11

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