China’s rapidly expanding collection of airlines will see yet another new addition this week, with the launch of Yingan Airlines.
The regional start-up carrier, which is based in the southwest province of Yunnan, received its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in March 2014, and will launch its inaugural passenger services on Wednesday 23 April 2014.
The airline will initially operate flights from, Libo, in Guizhou province, to the central Chinese metropolis of Chongqing. Flights will operate daily using a Chinese-made MA-60 turboprop aircraft, with a stop in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou.
But Yingan Airlines will mainly base its operations at Simao Airport in the city of Puer, Yunnan province, providing regional passenger services across southwest China. The carrier has ordered 10 MA-60 aircraft.
Yingan Airlines is one of two airlines launching in Yunnan province this month, with Kunming-based Ruili Airlines planning to serve destinations including Lijiang, Xishuangbanna, Tengchong and Ruili using a fleet of Boeing 737s.
These two carriers join several new companies to have taken advantage of the recent liberalisation of Chinese regulations governing new start-up airlines. Zhejiang Loong Airlines commenced operations from Hangzhou late last year, while Qingdao Airlines received its first aircraft earlier this month. Other new carriers set to launch in the coming months include Donghai Airlines, Sutong Airlines and Urumqi Airlines.