Air Macau Company Limited (Chinese: 澳門航空股份公司, Portuguese: Companhia de Transportes Aéreos Air Macau, S.A.R.L.) is the flag carrier of Macau. It operates services to 24 destinations in Mainland China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam, from the airline's hub at Macau International Airport.[4] In 2014, Air Macau carried 2.12 million passengers with an average load factor of 68.20% and carried 15,900 tonnes of cargo and mail.[5]

Air Macau
澳門航空
IATA ICAO Callsign
NX AMU AIR MACAU[1]
Founded13 September 1994; 29 years ago (1994-09-13)
Commenced operations9 November 1995; 28 years ago (1995-11-09)
HubsMacau International Airport
Frequent-flyer programPhoenix Miles
Fleet size22
Destinations29
Parent companyAir China (66.9%)
HeadquartersMacau
Key people
RevenueIncrease MOP78.76 million (2017)
Employees1,279 (31 March 2016)[2]
Websitewww.airmacau.com.mo
Air Macau Company Limited
Traditional Chinese澳門航空股份公司
Simplified Chinese澳门航空股份公司
Portuguese name
PortugueseCompanhia de Transportes Aéreos Air Macau, S.A.R.L.[3]

History edit

The airline was established on 13 September 1994,[6] and began commercial operations on 9 November 1995, with a flight from Macau to Beijing and Shanghai. Prior to 1995, there was no air service to Macau since 1962 other than the helicopter service. Seaplane service had been provided by Macau Air Transport Company from 1948 to 1961. One-aircraft service between Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei began on 8 December 1995. The first pure-freighter service was launched on 7 October 2002, between Taipei and Shenzhen via Macau.

In 1999 the airline had 1.1 million passengers each year, with 80% of them originating from two cities in the Republic of China on Taiwan: Kaohsiung and Taipei.[7]

In 2006 Air Macau was owned by China National Aviation Holding (51%), TAP Air Portugal (20%), STDM (14%), EVA Air (5%), the government of Macau (5%) and Macau investors (5%).[4] It employs 1,245 staff (at March 2016).[citation needed] In 2009 two companies controlled by Edmund Ho, the Chief Executive of Macau sold a combined 1.25% stake to Air China for a sum undisclosed by the parties.[8] In 2010 TAP sold its share to Air China.[9]

Corporate affairs edit

 
Edifício CNAC

The head office is currently in the Edifício CNAC (中航大廈; 中航大厦; zung1 hong4 daai6 haa6; Zhòngháng Dàshà) in (Cathedral Parish) on the Macau Peninsula.[10][11] Previously it was in the Edifício Tai Wah (大華大廈; 大华大厦; daai6 waa4 daai6 haa6; Dàhuá Dàshà) in Sé.[12][13][14]

Destinations edit

The airline currently operates its own aircraft to 24 destinations including 15 destinations in mainland China.[15]

Air Macau serves the following destinations:

Country / Region City Airport Notes Refs
China Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing Daxing International Airport
Changzhou Changzhou Benniu International Airport
Chengdu Chengdu Tianfu International Airport
Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Guiyang Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport
Hangzhou Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Nanjing Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Nanning Nanning Wuxu International Airport
Ningbo Ningbo Lishe International Airport
Qingdao Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport
Shanghai Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Taiyuan Taiyuan Wusu International Airport
Tianjin Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Wenzhou Wenzhou Longwan International Airport
Xiamen Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
Yiwu Yiwu Airport
Indonesia Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta International Airport [16]
Japan Osaka Kansai International Airport
Tokyo Narita International Airport
Macau Macau International Airport Hub
Singapore Changi Airport
South Korea Seoul Incheon International Airport
Taiwan Kaohsiung Kaohsiung International Airport
Taipei Taoyuan International Airport
Thailand Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport
Suvarnabhumi Airport
Vietnam Da Nang Da Nang International Airport
Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport

Codeshare agreements edit

Air Macau has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[17]

Air Macau and All Nippon Airways officially launch frequent flyer program cooperation from July 1, 2010. Air Macau Privileges members will earn mileages on all scheduled flights operated by All Nippon Airways and marketed by All Nippon Airways or Air Macau, and redeem Award Travel on all scheduled flights operated and marketed by All Nippon Airways.[18]

Frequent flyer edit

Air Macau has its own frequent flyer program called Privileges. On 1 January 2015 Privileges merged with Phoenix Miles, which is Air China frequent flyer program.[19]

Fleet edit

Current fleet of Air Macau

Current fleet edit

As of 1 October 2023, the Air Macau fleet consists of the following aircraft:[20][21]

Air Macau fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 6 8 150 158 B-MCI in "Historic Centre of Macau" livery
Airbus A320neo 4 8 150 158 [22]
Airbus A321-200 8 12 170 182 B-MBM in "Macau Welcomes You" special livery
B-MBB in "Macao - Creative City of Gastronomy"
24 155 179
Airbus A321neo 4 12 186 198 B-MBQ in "Macau Welcomes You" special livery[23][24]
Total 22

Former fleet edit

Two Boeing 727-100Fs were rented to provide air cargo service to Shenzhen and Taiwan from 2002 to 2006; both have returned to revenue service Transmile Air Services (and repainted from Air Macau livery). Both aircraft were replaced with two A300-600RFs owned by Air Macau. These two Airbus A300 left the company in 2012. Two old A321-100 were replaced by two new A321-200 in 2013. In 2020 two Airbus A319-100 were retired.

Livery edit

Although Air Macau serves as Macau's flag carrier, the Special Administrative Region of Macau flag has never appeared on any of its aircraft, similar to Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific. However, unlike Cathay Pacific, which carried a Union Jack on its aircraft prior to the Hong Kong SAR's 1997 handover, the flag of Portugal never appeared on any Air Macau aircraft prior to the 1999 handover.

Macau Asia Express edit

Macau Asia Express was a failed low-cost airline project, which was to be based in Macau and originally to be launched in 2007, offering scheduled flights mostly to mainland China.[4] It was founded on 24 January 2006 with an initial funding of $30 million. It was owned by Air Macau (51%) and ST-CNAC (CNAC and Shun Tak Holdings) (49%).[4] The aircraft fleet would have consisted of 6 Airbus A320 short-medium haul jet aircraft, which was planned to be expanded to 15-20 aircraft over the first years in operation.[25]

In November 2007, the Macau Daily News reported that Macau Asia Express was suffering funding problems, which led to a delay at the taking-over of the already ordered aircraft, and finally the revocal of the Air Operator's Certificate in 2008.[26]

See also edit

References edit

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  2. ^ "About Air Macau". airmacau.jp. Archived from the original on 5 April 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
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  4. ^ a b c d "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 46.
  5. ^ Air China Annual Report 2014 (Page 22)
  6. ^ "Air Macau Company Limited: Private Company Information - Bloomberg". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
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  11. ^ "Contact Us Archived 2011-11-30 at the Wayback Machine." (Chinese) Air Macau. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "澳門新口岸宋玉生廣場398號中航大廈 13-18樓"
  12. ^ "Outras Empresas do Grupo TAP." TAP Portugal. p. 66 (PDF p. 15). Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "693 Av. da Praia Grande Ed. Tai Wah 5/12 Macau"
  13. ^ 澳航辦事處 - 澳航地區辦事處: 澳門 (in Chinese (Macau)). Air Macau. 2 April 2003. Archived from the original on 2003-04-02. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 澳門南灣街693號大華大廈5,8-12樓
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  15. ^ "Destination Network of Macau International Airport" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  16. ^ "AIR MACAU ADDS JAKARTA SERVICE FROM LATE-OCT 2023". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 16 October 2023.
  17. ^ "Profile on Air Macau". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-11-04. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  18. ^ "Air Macau "Privileges" and All Nippon Airways launch Frequent Flyer Program cooperation". airmacau.com.mo. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2010-06-30.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "澳門航空"澳尊會"加入"鳳凰知音"常旅客計劃". airchina.com.cn/. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  20. ^ "List of Macao Registered Aircraft". Civil Aviation Authority of Macao SAR.
  21. ^ "Air Macau Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  22. ^ "Air Macau to lease three A320neo from BOC". Ch-Aviation. 20 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Air Macau to lease two A321neo from ALC". Ch-Aviation. 6 December 2018.
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  25. ^ "Macau Asia Express to be launched later this year". m-Travel.com. 2006-01-27. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-06-15.
  26. ^ "Macau Asia Express at airlineupdate.com". Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2010-11-20.

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