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Okay Airways (Chinese: 奥凯航空公司; pinyin: Aòkǎi Hángkōng gōngsī) is an airline headquartered in Shunyi District, Beijing, People's Republic of China. It operates passenger flight services and dedicated cargo services. Its main hubs are Tianjin Binhai International Airport and Xi'an Xianyang International Airport, with a secondary hub is Changsha Huanghua International Airport.[1]

Okay Airways
奥凯航空公司
Aòkǎi Hángkōng Gōngsī
OKAirLogo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
BK OKA OKAYJET
Founded2004; 15 years ago (2004)
HubsTianjin Binhai International Airport

Xi'an Xianyang International Airport

Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Frequent-flyer programHoly Clouds Club
Fleet size28
Destinations50
Parent companyOkay Airways Ltd.
HeadquartersBeijing, China
Key peopleLiu Jieyin
Websitehttp://www.okair.net/
Okay Airways headquarters in an Air China facility

HistoryEdit

Okay Airways was established in June 2004 and in February 2005 received an aviation carrier business license from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). It is China's first private sector airline. The carrier's maiden flight from its base in Tianjin to Changsha was on March 11, 2005, with 81 people on board.[2]

In August 2005, the airline signed a letter of intent with Korean Air under which it and another Korean company were to have acquired 49% of the airline, but agreement could not be reached over the issue of control and the deal failed.[3] Okay Airways leased three Boeing 737-300F aircraft and started cargo services as a local partner of FedEx Express in March 2007.[4]

Flights were suspended for one month beginning on December 15, 2008, due to a dispute between the carrier and its shareholders.[5]

Okay Airways and Joy Air were announced as launch customers for the Xian MA700 aircraft and are to be involved with the development of the aircraft, which is due to make its maiden flight in 2019.[6]

Corporate affairsEdit

Its headquarters are in an Air China office facility in Zone A of the Tianzhu Industrial Zone of Shunyi District, Beijing, People's Republic of China.[7][8] Previously the headquarters of Okay Airways were in the Fengtai District, Beijing.[9][10]

DestinationsEdit

As of September 2018, Okay Airways Operate to:

Country City Airport Notes Refs
  China Changsha Changsha Huanghua International Airport Secondary Hub
  China Chaoyang Chaoyang Airport
  China Chengdu Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
  China Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
  China Dalian Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
  China Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
  China Guilin Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
  China Guiyang Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport
  China Haikou Haikou Meilan International Airport
  China Hangzhou Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
  China Harbin Harbin Taiping International Airport
  China Hefei Hefei Xinqiao International Airport
  China Heihe Heihe Airport
  China Jiagedaqi Jiagedaqi Airport
  China Jiamusi Jiamusi Dongjiao Airport
  China Jining Jining Qufu Airport
  China Jixi Jixi Xingkaihu Airport
  China Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport
  China Lanzhou Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport
  China Libo Libo Airport
  China Liping Liping Airport
  China Mohe Mohe Gulian Airport
  China Nanjing Nanjing Lukou International Airport
  China Ningbo Ningbo Lishe International Airport
  China Qingdao Qingdao Liuting International Airport
  China Quanzhou Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport
  China Sanya Sanya Phoenix International Airport
  China Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport
  China Shenyang Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
  China Tianjin Tianjin Binhai International Airport Hub
  China Tongren Tongren Fenghuang Airport
  China Ürümqi Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
  China Wuyishan Wuyishan Airport
  China Xiamen Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
  China Xi'an Xi'an Xianyang International Airport Hub
  China Xining Xining Caojiabao International Airport
  China Yanji Yanji Chaoyangchuan International Airport
  China Yantai Yantai Penglai International Airport
  China Yongzhou Yongzhou Lingling Airport
  China Yulin Yulin Yuyang Airport
  China Zhangjiajie Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport
  China Zhanjiang Zhanjiang Airport
  China Zhuhai Zhuhai Jinwan Airport
  Indonesia Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport
  Japan Aomori Aomori Airport
  Japan Hakodate Hakodate Airport [11]
  Japan Osaka Kansai International Airport
  Japan Tokyo Haneda Airport
  Philippines Cebu Mactan–Cebu International Airport Terminated
  Philippines Kalibo Kalibo International Airport
  South Korea Daegu Daegu International Airport Seasonal Terminated [12]
  South Korea Jeju Jeju International Airport Terminated
  Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  Thailand Krabi Krabi International Airport
  Thailand Phuket Phuket International Airport [13]
  Vietnam Da Nang Da Nang International Airport
  Vietnam Phu Quoc Phu Quoc International Airport [14]

FleetEdit

 
Okay Airways Boeing 737-800 in former livery
 
Okay Airways Xian MA60 in former livery

Current fleetEdit

As of September 2019, Okay Airways operates an all-Boeing fleet consisting of the following aircraft:[15]

Okay Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800 20 177
Boeing 737-900ER 6 2 200
Boeing 737 MAX 8 2 5
TBA
Boeing 737 MAX 10 8[16] TBA
Boeing 787-9 5[17]
TBA
Okay Airways Cargo fleet
Boeing 737-400SF 2 Cargo To be leased from Air Transport Services Group[18]
Total 28 23

Fleet developmentEdit

In June 2017, the airline announced an order for 15 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft consisting of 7 737 MAX 8 and 8 737 MAX 10. In November 2017, the airline signed a firm order for 5 Boeing 787-9 aircraft.[17]

Okay Airways used to have a regional fleet of 13 Xian MA-60. With the establishment of the new Joy Air on October 30, 2016, the regional fleet of Okay Airways (all the 13 Xian MA60) has been transferred to Joy Air.[19]

Former fleetEdit

The airline previously operated the following aircraft (as of August 2018):[20]

  • 2 further Boeing 737-800

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 58.
  2. ^ "Private airline launches 1st flight". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  3. ^ Air Transport World Archived May 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine 9 May 2007
  4. ^ "中国民用航空网_中国民航业门户网站_《中国民用航空》杂志社主办". Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  5. ^ "China's Okay Airways suspends flights for 1 month". USA Today. 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  6. ^ "AVIC cuts metal on MA700 turboprop". Flightglobal.com. 2018-01-02. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  7. ^ "联系方式 Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine." Okay Airways. November 21, 2011. Retrieved on December 27, 2011. "北京市顺义区天竺空港工业区A区天柱中路16号"
  8. ^ "Privacy Policy." Air China France. Retrieved on February 5, 2010. "No. 16, A TianZhu Airport Industrial Zone TianZhu West Road"
  9. ^ "北京总公司." Okay Airways. Retrieved on October 4, 2009. "北京总公司" and "北京市丰台区方庄芳星园三区18号"
  10. ^ "China to approve private airline – report.(Okay Airways Co)(Brief Article)." HighBeam Research, Airline Industry Information. February 22, 2005. Retrieved on October 4, 2009.
  11. ^ "Okay Airways schedules Xi'An – Hakodate flight in Dec 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Okay Airways Plans Tianjin – Daegu Service in late-May 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Okay Airways adds Phuket service from late-Nov 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Okay Airways adds Nanning – Phu Quoc route from Nov 2018". Routesonline. 18 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 11.
  16. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "BRIEF-Boeing, Okay Airways announce order for 15 737 MAX airplanes". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  17. ^ a b "China's Okay firms up order for five 787-9s". 23 November 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  18. ^ "China's Okay Airways to lease two B737 freighters from ATSG". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  19. ^ Cantle, Katie (25 January 2017). "China's Joy Air may not see profit for two years". ATW (Air Transport World). Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  20. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2018 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2018): 11.

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