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Beijing Capital Airlines operates under the marketing brand Capital Airlines.
Beijing Capital Airlines was established in 1995 originally as Deer Jet Airlines. Under the Deer Air branding, the airline began offering internaiotnal services In 1998. In October 2007, it received its first Airbus A319 and began returning the formerly operated Boeing 737s.
Deer Jet began providing charter services in December 2008 using a fleet of A319s and corporate jets. A year later in 2009, the airline was authorised by the Civil Aviation Administration of China to operate scheduled air services.
In April 2010, Beijing Capital Airlines CO., LTD. launched its first service, based in Beijing Capital International Airport. Deer Jet Airlines was divided into two companies on May 4, 2010.
While the charter operation has kept the Deer Jet branding, scheduled operations using Airbus aircraft were renamed Capital Airlines. Capital Airlines operates mainly in China (including Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan), focusing on international air passenger service and cargo transport operations.
26th April 2018
Beijing Airlines takes on new business venture
A worker labors at the construction site of the main terminal for the new airport in Daxing district, Beijing.
Seven years after its establishment, a subsidiary company under Air China has once again come under the spotlight.
A note posted on the website of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on Tuesday showed that Beijing Airlines, which previously focused on the business jet, now plans to expand to civil transportation.
The move shows not only that Air China is reminding the industry of its right of way in Beijing, a market that is becoming ever fiercer with the arrival of more competitors, but also Air China's big ambitions in the new airport being built in the capital's southern Daxing district.
According to the note, Beijing Airlines has a registered capital of 1 billion yuan ($158.1 million), with 510 million yuan of that coming from Air China.
As part of its new business venture, the carrier plans to adopt B737-800 aircraft, and Air China will be in charge of its slots, flights and staff.
For many years, Air China has been the biggest carrier in Beijing in terms of market share, but recently, its major rivals - Hainan Airlines, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines - have been tapping further into the capital's market, posing harsh competition for the Beijing-based airline giant.
For example, in 2005, China Southern set up its Beijing branch, and so far, the carrier has inputted about 70 fleets, including a fleet of 5 jumbo jet A380s. On top of that, the Guangdong-based airline has opened more than 50 domestic and international routes departing from Beijing.
A survey conducted in October 2017 by the big data institute under VariFlight, a Chinese aviation data provider, showed that the transport capacity of Air China in Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) accounted for 38 percent of the total at that time, while China Southern and China Eastern accounted for 12 and 11 percent, respectively.
With the help of BCIA, Air China has become the largest Chinese carrier in the markets to and from Europe and to and from the US.
However, as slots in BCIA are always in hot demand, leaving more and more carriers scrambling to enter the Beijing market, the new airport under construction in Daxing has provided some hope for those players desperate to expand to the capital.
The new airport has an investment of 79.98 billion yuan and is scheduled to be completed in 2019. Its location is 46 kilometers south of Tiananmen Square in downtown Beijing and a direct distance of 70 kilometers from BCIA, with the annual passenger flow expected to reach 100 million by 2040.
According to earlier plans made by the CAAC, China Eastern and China Southern will be moved to the new airport, a relocation that could take up to four years, while Star Alliance members such as Air China will stay at BCIA.
Both China Eastern and China Southern have set their construction targets so that they are able to shoulder 40 percent each of the passenger flow at the new airport.
In 2017, China Southern unveiled that it plans to put 250 aircraft in the new airport by 2025 as part of its aim to build twin hubs in Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong Province, as well as in Beijing.
Meanwhile, China Eastern said it will input 150 to 250 aircraft in the new airport, and build twin hubs in Beijing and Shanghai.
Also, budget carriers such as Spring Airlines have signed relocation agreements and thus plan to move to the new airport along with those giants.
It is clear that the new airport must serve not only the capital as a whole, but also the Xiongan New Area, a rising star about 100 kilometers south of the capital.
Although Air China will stay at BCIA, the carrier does not want to miss any chances at the new airport.
As such, its subsidiary Beijing Airlines is expected to grab those opportunities, as the new airport and BCIA morph into the twin hubs of the aviation industry in Beijing.
Nevertheless, we should take note of the fact that, according to the CAAC's website post, Beijing Airlines has actually applied for a base at BCIA as part of its new venture. Its fate at the new airport therefore will remain a mystery until the airport's opening in 2019.
27th February 2018
Beijing-Based Capital Airlines Wants To Fly To Helsinki
HNA Group’s Capital Airlines is again trying to open a service between Beijing and Helsinki, two years after first applying to do so and three years after considering the idea. The carrier wants to operate Airbus A330s or A350s three times a week between the Chinese and Finnish capitals, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Beijing-based Capital Airlines proposes to begin flying on the route in May.
23rd January 2018
Beijing Capital Airlines flies to Brazil on a code-share with TAP-Air Portugal
Beijing Capital Airlines has started selling airline tickets with connections in Lisbon, Portugal, to seven cities in Brazil – Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Salvador and Recife – under a “Code-share” agreement, Portuguese airline TAP-Air Portugal said on Monday.
These cities “thus become closer and more convenient for Beijing Capital Airlines customers,” TAP said in the statement, adding it expected “a significant increase in passengers starting their journeys in China in the TAP network and starting or ending their journeys in Brazil in the network of Beijing Capital.”
TAP-Air Portugal also said that it was “expanding the code-share agreement” that it has had since July 2017 with Beijing Capital Airlines, which includes adding the Chinese company’s JD code on flights selected and operated by TAP between Portugal and Brazil.
The option to expand the agreement to flights to Brazil is the result of cooperation between the two airlines and had been put forward by TAP’s Vice President of Network and Revenue Management, Elton D’Souza, who noted that the shortest route from China to Sao Paulo is via Lisbon.
Beijing Capital Airlines, an airline controlled by the HNA group, started flights in July 2017 between Hangzhou and Lisbon, with stops in Beijing.
The HNA group, based on the island of Hainan, has an indirect stake in Portuguese air carrier TAP-Portugal, through Brazilian airline Azul, which controls 23.7% of the share capital.
21st November 2017
Beijing’s Capital Airlines begins Qingdao-London service
HNA Group subsidiary Capital Airlines launched Qingdao-London services Nov. 17, as part of its international expansion plan. The new twice-weekly service uses an Airbus A330.
In recent years, Capital Airlines has accelerated the pace of its international expansion as demand grows for outbound travel.
Beijing-based Capital Airlines was established in 2010 as a joint venture between HNA Group and the Beijing municipal government. The carrier operates 72 aircraft, comprising seven A330s, 20 A319s, 34 A320s and 11 A321s.
In addition to the new Qingdao-London service, this year Capital Airlines opened four intercontinental routes: Beijing-Lisbon; Beijing-Qingdao-Sydney; Qingdao-Moscow and Hangzhou-Saipan.
The airline also plans to open more than 30 international services from Beijing’s new airport, which is scheduled to open in 2019.
26th September 2017
Beijing Capital Airlines doubles planned Qingdao – Sydney route in NW17
Beijing Capital Airlines in latest schedule update revised planned frequency for Qingdao – Sydney route, effective from 29OCT17. Upon service launch, the airline will operate 4 weekly flights with Airbus A330, instead of previously scheduled 2 weekly.
JD479 TAO1550 – 0655+1SYD 330 x246
JD480 SYD0935 – 1905TAO 330 6
JD480 SYD1100 – 2005TAO 330 124
24th July 2017
Brazil’s Azul and China’s Beijing Capital establish codeshare for Brazil-Beijing-Brazil route
Brazilian airline Azul Linhas Aéreas and China’s Beijing Capital Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement allowing passengers of both airlines to use the Brazil-China-Brazil route as soon as the Chinese-owned airline starts flights to Lisbon, Portugal.
Azul Linhas Aéreas has a daily flight to Lisbon from the airport of Campinas, in the state of São Paulo, which allows the connection to Beijing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Both Azul Linhas Aéreas and Beijing Capital Airlines have Chinese group HNA as a shareholder.
Both carriers use Airbus 330s for the route between the airport of Campinas and Lisbon and between Beijing and the Portuguese capital.
Beijing Capital Airlines’ flights between Beijing and Lisbon are due to start on 26 July.
8th May 2017
Capital Airlines has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Jiaozhou Municipal People's Government and the Qingdao International Airport Group Co. over route development as well as the set-up of a base at Qingdao Liuting International Airport. They will be used to develop flights to Chengdu, Guilin, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shenyang, Xi'an Xianyang, and Zhengzhou in China along with Melbourne Tullamarine and Vancouver Int'l internationally. Service to Moscow Domodedovo and Sydney Kingsford Smith will launch in Summer 2017.
Capital Airlines currently has a total of more than 10 overnight bases around China including Beijing Capital, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Sanya, Haikou, Xi'an Xianyang, Lijiang, Shenyang, Nanjing, and Qingdao.
20 Airbus A319-100
34 Airbus A320-200
11 Airbus A321-200
4 Airbus A330-200
2 Airbus A330-300
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