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A List of Major Chinese Airlines

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China, one of the largest and fastest-growing aviation markets in the world, has a vast array of airlines for domestic and international travel. Since many folks come to China on package tours, it is easy to be completely unaware of what airline you're traveling with. However, if you're booking your own way, knowing who operates out of where can be a big help in purchasing tickets. Discount airlines, like Spring Airlines, won't come up in search, so it's helpful to check them out for discounts. And it's also nice to know with whom the airlines are partners, so you can rack up some extra miles along the way.

Air China


Chinese Name: 中国国际航空公司
How to pronounce the Chinese Name: zhong gwoh gwoh gee hahng kong gong sih
Airline Code: CA
Website: Air China Home
Partnerships and Frequent Flyer Programs: Star Alliance and PhoenixMiles
Symbol: a stylized red phoenix
Comments: Air China is one of China's largest carriers and has flights all over China, Asia and the rest of the world. As a Star Alliance member, Air China flights on the same routes as its partner can be a cheaper option but airplanes are typically rather old with few modern amenities (like overhead lights that work).

China Eastern Airlines


Chinese Name: 中国东方航空公司
How to pronounce the Chinese Name: zhong gwoh dong fahng hahng kong gong sih
Airline Code: MU
Website: China Eastern Home
Partnerships and Frequent Flyer Programs: Star Alliance and Eastern Miles
Symbol: a white bird on a blue and red background
Comments: Based in Shanghai, China Eastern operates domestic flights all over China as well as strong international flight routes.

China Southern Airlines


Chinese Name: 中国南方航空公司
How to pronounce the Chinese Name: zhong gwoh nahn fahng hahng kong gong sih
Airline Code: CZ
Website: China Southern Home
Partnerships and Frequent Flyer Programs: Sky Pearl Club and Sky Team
Symbol: stylized red kapok flower on a blue background
Comments: Based in Guangzhou, China Southern serves mostly southern China but also operates many Asia and broader international flights. It touts a relatively modern fleet of airplanes.

Chongqing Airlines


Chinese Name: 重庆航空
How to pronounce the Chinese Name: chong ching hahng kong
Airline Code: OQ
Website: Chongqing Air Home (only Chinese language)
Symbol: a red swoosh over a blue swoosh
Comments: Based in Chongqing, this airline is a very small company serving domestic routes only.

Hainan Airlines


Chinese Name: 海南航空公司
How to pronounce the Chinese Name: hi nahn hahng kong gong sih
Airline Code: HU
Website: Hainan Air Home
Partnerships and Frequent Flyer Programs: Fortune Wings Club
Comments: Hainan Airlines is based out of Haikou, Hainan Island but has extensive domestic routes as well as limited international routes mostly in Eastern Europe.

Juneyao Airlines


Chinese Name: 吉祥航空公司
How to pronounce the Chinese Name: gee shanhg hahng kong gong sih
Airline Code: HO
Website: Juneyao Home
Partnerships and Frequent Flyer Programs: none
Comments: A discount airline based out of Shanghai.

Kunpeng Airlines


Chinese Name: 鲲鹏航空公司
How to pronounce the Chinese Name: kun peng hahng kong gong sih
Airline Code: VD
Website: Kunpeng Home
Partnerships and Frequent Flyer Programs: part of Shenzhen Airlines
Comments: A partner airline with Shenzhen Airlines. It operates out of Zhengzhou.

Lucky Air


Chinese Name: 祥鹏航空公司
How to pronounce the Chinese Name: shahng peng hahng kong gong sih
Airline Code: 8L
Website: Lucky Air Home (Chinese language only)
Partnerships and Frequent Flyer Programs: none
Comments: Lucky Air is a tiny airline operating out of Dali in Yunnan Province.

Shandong Airlines


Chinese Name: 山东航空公司
How to pronounce the Chinese Name: shan dong hahng kong gong sih
Airline Code: SC
Website: Shandong Airlines Home
Partnerships and Frequent Flyer Programs: Shandong Airlines is partnered with Air China so joins Star Alliance and PhoenixMiles loyalty programs.
Comments: Shandong Airlines serves northeast China out of Jinan the Shandong Provincial capital.

Shanghai Airlines


Chinese Name: 上海航空公司
How to pronounce the Chinese Name: shang hai hahng kong gong sih
Airline Code: FM
Website: Shanghai Airlines Home
Partnerships and Frequent Flyer Programs: Star Alliance and Crane Club
Symbol: a stylized red crane
Comments: Based in Shanghai, Shanghai Airlines operates flights all over China as well as some international destinations.
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