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China United Airlines Co., Ltd. (simplified Chinese: 中国联合航空公司; traditional Chinese: 中國聯合航空公司; pinyin: Zhōngguó Liánhé Hángkōng gōngsī) is a budget airline[2] with its headquarters in Fengtai District, Beijing,[3] 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.[4] The airline previously had its headquarters in another area in Fengtai District, Beijing.[5]

China United Airlines
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IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedDecember 25, 1986
HubsBeijing Nanyuan Airport (ends 29 September 2019) Beijing Daxing International Airport (begins 30 September 2019)
Focus citiesFoshan Shadi Airport
Fleet size49
Parent companyChina Eastern Airlines
HeadquartersFengtai District, Beijing



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 approved 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.

In 2000, China United Airlines spent US$120 million to buy a Boeing 767-300ER, which was previously ordered by Delta, as Jiang Zemin's private jet. Several days before its first flight, covert listening devices were found installed in toilet, corridor, and even in Jiang's headboard. Listening device were believed to be controlled and monitored by satellite. CIA, U.S embassy in China, and China United Airlines refuse to comment on this incident.[6][7] The specific aircraft was sold to Air China and later to Sunday Airlines of Kazakhstan.



China United Airlines Boeing 737-800

The China United Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of December 2018):[9]

China United Airlines Fleet Information
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-700 8 8 126 134
Boeing 737-800 41 186 186
Total 49

The airline previously operated the following aircraft:


  1. ^ "About China United Airlines". Archived from the original on 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  2. ^ "China Eastern Airlines turns Beijing unit into budget carrier". Yahoo News Singapore. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" 联系我们. China United Airlines. Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 北京市丰台区警备东路6号西区一号院CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 65.
  5. ^ "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)
  6. ^ BBC:江泽民专机险遭窃听
  7. ^ China finds spy bugs in Jiang's Boeing jet by Damien McElroy and David Wastell; The Daily Telegraph
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