Open main menu

Kunming Airlines (昆明航空公司) is an airline based in Kunming, Yunnan, China established in 2005.[1]

Kunming Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operations2009
HubsKunming Changshui International Airport
Frequent-flyer programPriority Club
Fleet size27
Parent companyAir China
HeadquartersKunming, Yunnan, China
Key peopleWang Qingmin (Chief Executive)



In November 2005 it was reported that Sichuan Airlines Group would invest US$4 million to acquire a 40% stake in Kunming Airlines, which would operate passenger and cargo services. Pilots would be provided by Sichuan Airlines and private investors Wang Qingmin and Wang Hui would invest in the remaining 40 and 20% shares respectively.[2]

In December 2005 the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said it would soon approve operation of the private airline Kunming Airlines, which has a registered capital of RMB80 million, and plans to be based at Kunming Wujiaba International Airport.[3]

As of January 2009, Kunming Airlines is 80 percent owned by Shenzhen Airlines with the remaining 20% owned by a local businessman, with a total registered capital of RMB 80 million. The new airline will receive two B737-700 and one B737-800 aircraft as well as 30 pilots and 26 flight attendants from Shenzhen Airlines.[4]

The airline commenced operations on 15 February 2009 from Kunming to Changsha and Harbin.[5]

2008 strategic planEdit

As of November 2008, Kunming Airlines had a 15-year strategic plan called the '3-5-7 Plan', which has three stages.[6]

  • 2008-2010: Assemble a fleet of 30-40 planes and establish an extensive flight network throughout Yunnan. And establish routes to all provincial capitals and developed cities mainly on the east coast. Connecting these cities with top Southeast Asian destinations.
  • 2010-2015: Upgrade fleet to 80-100 planes. Establish hubs in Xi'an and Guangzhou while boosting its trunk and branch routes.
  • 2015-2022: Expand fleet to 150-200 planes. Establish hubs in Tianjin and Hangzhou. Focus on increasing international reach.


Kunming Airlines, based in Kunming Changshui International Airport, will operate flights within Yunnan province as well as routes connecting Kunming and other cities, and gradually launch flights between Kunming and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries.

Country City Airport Notes Refs
  China Baoshan Baoshan Yunrui Airport
  China Changchun Changchun Longjia International Airport
  China Changsha Changsha Huanghua International Airport
  China Chengdu Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
  China Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
  China Diqing Diqing Shangri-La Airport
  China Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
  China Hangzhou Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
  China Harbin Harbin Taiping International Airport
  China Huizhou Huizhou Pingtan Airport
  China Jinan Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
  China Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport Hub
  China Kunming Kunming Wujiaba International Airport Airport Closed
  China Lijiang Lijiang Sanyi International Airport
  China Lincang Lincang Airport
  China Mangshi Dehong Mangshi Airport
  China Nanjing Nanjing Lukou International Airport
  China Nantong Nantong Xingdong Airport
  China Pu'er Pu'er Simao Airport
  China Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport
  China Shenzhen Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
  China Shijiazhuang Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport
  China Taiyuan Taiyuan Wusu International Airport
  China Taizhou Taizhou Luqiao Airport
  China Tengchong Tengchong Tuofeng Airport
  China Xiamen Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
  China Xi'an Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
  China Xishuangbanna Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport
  China Yuncheng Yuncheng Guangong Airport
  China Zhaotong Zhaotong Airport
  China Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
  China Zunyi Zunyi Maotai Airport
  Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport [7]
  Thailand Hat Yai Hat Yai International Airport [8]
  Thailand Pattaya U-Tapao International Airport
  Thailand Phuket Phuket International Airport


Kunming Airlines Boeing 737

As of July 2019, Kunming Airlines operates an all-Boeing fleet consisting of the following aircraft:[9][10]

Kunming Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-700 9 140 140
Boeing 737-800 16 8 159 167
160 168
Boeing 737 MAX 8 2 8 TBA Grounded and delivery suspended indefinitely due to Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 incident.
Total 27 8

In 2014 Kunming Airlines agreed to purchase 10 Boeing 737 aircraft (4 Boeing 737-700 Next Gen and 6 Boeing 737 MAX) in an $897m deal.[11]


  1. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 103.
  2. ^ "Kunming to get new airline". Go Kunming/Kunming Business. 2006-12-14. Archived from the original on 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2007-06-05.
  3. ^ "CAAC To Approve Operation Of Two More Private Airlines". China Hospitality News. 2005-12-09. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-06-05.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Directory: World Airlines Part 2 (C-L)". Flight International: 31–80. 2009-04-07.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Kunming Airlines adds Kunming – Bangkok route form late-Oct 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Kunming Airlines files Hat Yai launch from April 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  9. ^ "民航休闲小站". Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  10. ^ "Kunming Airlines Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  11. ^ "China's Kunming Airlines commits to ten B737s". ch-aviation. Retrieved 2019-02-20.