China United Airlines

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 low-cost carrier[1] and a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines with its headquarters in Fengtai District, Beijing,[2] operating scheduled flights and charter services in co-operation with local enterprises out of Beijing Daxing International Airport. The airline previously had its headquarters in another area in Fengtai District, Beijing.[3]

China United Airlines
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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded25 December 1986
HubsBeijing Daxing International Airport
Fleet size57
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 Air Force. 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, uniquely enough for an airline it is still permitted to use military air base as destinations, in contrast to other Chinese airlines and other airlines in general.

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.[4][5] The specific aircraft was sold to Air China and later to Sunday Airlines of Kazakhstan.

China United Airlines was acquired by China Eastern Airlines in October 2010 as a result of acquisitions.[6]

With the opening of the Beijing Daxing International Airport on 26 September 2019, China United Airlines began service at the new airport as its main hub and ceased service from Beijing Nanyuan Airport which was its main operating base for 35 years.[7][8]





As of October 2019, the China United Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[9]

China United Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-700 8 8 126 134
Boeing 737-800 49 1 186 186
Total 57 1

The airline previously operated the following aircraft:

Special liveriesEdit

China United Airlines has a total of 7 special livery aircraft in service, all of which are named after cities in China:


  1. ^ "China Eastern Airlines turns Beijing unit into budget carrier". Yahoo News Singapore. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  2. ^ "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)
  3. ^ "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)
  4. ^ BBC:江泽民专机险遭窃听. BBC Chinese (in Chinese).
  5. ^ China finds spy bugs in Jiang's Boeing jet by Damien McElroy and David Wastell; The Daily Telegraph
  6. ^ 关于联航 [About United Airlines] (in Chinese). China United Airlines. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  7. ^ 中国联合航空将于2019年9月26日整体搬迁至北京大兴国际机场运行。原北京南苑机场始发及到达的所有航班均改至北京大兴国际机场。已购买2019年9月26日(含)以后客票的旅客,将在北京大兴国际机场出发或到达。请您仔细查看出行日期,以免影响您的行程。. China United Airlines (in Chinese).
  8. ^ 再见百年南苑,南苑机场正式结束民航运营 (in Chinese). 2019-09-25. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  9. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 11.
  10. ^ 首架国画涂装“安顺黄果树号”航班首航. Xinhua News Agency (in Chinese). 2015-10-01. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  11. ^ 中联航包头号亮相系全球首架唐艺屏风画涂装 (in Chinese). NetEase Aviation. 2016-10-29. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  12. ^ 中国联航“日照号”亮相 被赞彩绘飞机“扛把子”. Civil Aviation Resource Net of China (in Chinese). 2017-10-12. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  13. ^ 中联航“兴义号”城市主题彩绘机揭开面纱. Civil Aviation Resource Net of China (in Chinese). 2018-07-31. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  14. ^ 东航云南机务喷涂中联航“庆阳号”获2019全球经典彩绘飞机十强榜魁. CAAC News (in Chinese). 2019-02-15. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  15. ^ 腾云驾雾!刚刚,全球首架西游主题彩绘客机“连云港号”首航!. Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation (in Chinese). 2019-09-08. Retrieved 2019-10-11.

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