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Air China Limited or "China International Airlines Company", is the flag carrier and one of the major airlines of the People's Republic of China, with its headquarters in Shunyi District, Beijing.
Air China's flight operations are based out of Beijing Capital International Airport and is the world's 10th largest airline by fleet size. The airline ranked behind its main competitors China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines in terms of total passengers carried.The enterprise logo of Air China consists of an artistic phoenix pattern, the name of the airline written in calligraphy by former national leader Deng Xiaoping, and "AIR CHINA" in English. The phoenix logo is also the artistic transfiguration of the word "VIP". Air China is a member of the Star Alliance.
In 2010, Air China carried 60 million domestic and international passengers with an average load factor of 80%. The airline reported a net profit of 12 billion yuan (USD $1.83 billion) in 2010.
China Southern Airlines: China Southern Airlines Company Limited is an airline headquartered in Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China. It is the world's sixth-largest airline measured by passengers carried, and Asia's largest airline in terms of both fleet size and passengers carried. It is also the fourth-largest airline in the world in domestic passenger traffic and the sixth-largest in scheduled domestic passenger-kilometres flown. From its main hubs at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, and Beijing Capital International Airport, the airline flies to 121 destinations using a fleet of 422 aircraft.
China Southern Airlines was established on 1 July 1988 following the restructuring of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Since then, the airline acquired and merged with a number of domestic airlines, becoming one of China's "Big Three" airlines (alongside Air China and China Eastern Airlines). China Southern Airlines is a member of SkyTeam. The airlines's logo is a red kapok on a blue vertical tail fin.
In 2010, China Southern Airlines carried 76.5 million domestic and international passengers with an average load factor of 79.2%. The airline reported a net profit of CNY5.8 billion ($883 million) in 2010.
China Eastern Airlines:China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited is an airline headquartered in the China Eastern Airlines Building, on the grounds of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport in Changning District, Shanghai, China. It is a major Chinese airline operating international, domestic and regional routes. Its main hubs are at Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, with secondary hubs at Kunming Changshui International Airport and Xi'an Xianyang International Airport. China Eastern Airlines is China's second-largest carrier by passenger numbers and the world¡¯s third-biggest carrier by market value. On 16 April 2010 China Eastern Airlines announced an initial agreement to join SkyTeam, and along with subsidiary Shanghai Airlines, became the 14th member on 21 June 2011.
In 2010 China Eastern Airlines carried 64.93 million domestic and international passengers with an average load factor of 78% and reported a net profit of CNY5.3 billion ($807 million) in 2010.
Hainan Airlines:Hainan Airlines Company Limited is an airline headquartered in Haikou, People's Republic of China. It is the largest privately owned air transport company and the fourth largest airline in terms of fleet size in the People's Republic of China. It operates scheduled domestic and international services on 500 routes from Hainan and nine locations on the mainland, as well as charter services. Its main base is Haikou Meilan International Airport,with a hub at Beijing Capital International Airport and several focus cities.
Hainan Airlines is one of only seven airlines rated as five-star by Skytrax, along with Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and ANA All Nippon.
Shanghai Airline: Shanghai Airlines is an airline headquartered in the Jing'an District, Shanghai, People's Republic of China. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines, but its operations remain separate post-merger, retaining its distinct brand and livery.
Shanghai Airlines operates domestic and international services. The logo is a white crane on a red vertical tail fin. Its bases are Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.
The airline is an affiliate member of the SkyTeam airline alliance with its parent company China Eastern Airlines.
Shenzhen Airlines is a domestic and international airline headquartered in Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport in Bao'an District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, People's Republic of China.
With a fleet of over 100 Narrowbody aircraft (a mix of A320 series aircraft and various 737 types), Shenzhen Airlines is the fourth largest domestic carrier (after China Southern Airlines, China Eastern and Air China) with around 7% of seat capacity and flights.
The carrier operates a total of 137 domestic airport-pairs involving 58 Chinese airports, plus nine international routes. In 2010, the airline carried 16.5 million passengers, up 9% on the previous year.
On 6 July 2011, Shenzhen Airlines was formally accepted as a future member of Star Alliance. On 29 November 2012 the airline officially joined Star Alliance becoming the alliance's second member in China following the departure of Shanghai Airlines in 2010.
As of 2010, Shenzhen Airlines and Henan Airlines, a subsidiary of Shenzhen Airlines, were two of the several airlines discovered to have employed a large number of pilots with falsified flight experience and qualifications. The authorities warn they cannot be sure all fake pilots have been rooted out.