Development history and company profile

Hainan Airlines – an overview


Hainan Airlines Co Ltd (hereinafter referred to as Hainan Airlines) was founded in January, 1993 in Hainan Province, China’s largest special economic zone. The company is committed to providing passengers with a holistic and seamless flying service. Hainan Airlines abides by the concept of “Treating Passengers the Eastern Way” and promotes the service concept of “Treating the Passenger with Respect”. Starting with satisfying passengers’ innermost demands, Hainan Airlines looks to create a completely new flying experience, paying attention to every detail, every second of every minute to surpass passengers’ expectations; we are committed to becoming a world-class Chinese airline company and brand.

Development history


1993 -- Hainan Airlines formally begins its operations with its first flight from Haikou to Beijing.


1994 -- Trains its first pilot in command – Su Jilong.


1997 -- Name of the company is changed from Hainan Province Airlines to Hainan Airlines Co Ltd.


1998 -- Introduces the first Boeing 737-800 aircraft in China and the Asian-Pacific Region.


1999 -- Hainan Airlines shares (A-shares) are listed and traded on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.


2002 -- Introduces its first dual aisle, widebody passenger aircraft, the Boeing 767 luxury airliner.


2004 -- Opens up its first intercontinental flight route from Beijing to Budapest.


2007 -- Introduces its first Airbus, the widebody A330-200 aircraft.


2009 -- First airline in mainland China to be awarded a SKYTRAX 4-star rating.


2011 -- Awarded the title of “SKYTRAX 5-star Airline Company”.


2012 -- Retains the “SKYTRAX 5-star Airline Company” certification for a second year in a row.


2013 -- Retains the “SKYTRAX 5-star Airline Company” title for a third year in a row.

State of development


Starting in 1993, with Haikou as its main base, the company has set up seven flight operational bases in Beijing, Xi’an, Taiyuan, Urumqi, Guangzhou, and Dalian.


With a flight network spreading all over China, covering Asia , Europe, the Americas, Oceania and Africa, Hainan Airlines has opened up almost 500 domestic and international flight routes, reaching almost 90 destinations.


Since our initial operation and a safe record of operation for over 20 years, accumulating over 3.549 million hours of safe flying, Hainan Airlines has maintained an excellent safety record.


In 2012, the company's total operating revenue for 2012 was 27.694bn yuan, achieving a transportation revenue of 25.084bn yuan, representing 23.27 million passengers transported. So far, the total assets of the company have exceeded 90bn yuan. As of 2012, the number employees exceeds 10,000.

Fleet composition


Hainan Airlines’ fleet is composed of Boeing 737, 767 and 787 series aircraft and the Airbus 330 and 340 series. The young and well-appointed fleet forms a reliable solution for the transportation of both passengers and cargo, All aircraft interiors feature a high quality premium class (first class cabin and/or an all new spacious and comfortable business-class cabin) with plenty of personal space for passengers. As of 2013, there are 128 planes in operation, with the Boeing 737s serving as the backbone of our fleet.