China United to begin LCC operations end-Mar

China United Airlines is in the final stages of its transition to a budget carrier this month with ultra-low cost flights to go on sale from 29 March, with plans to establish bases at Beijing’s Nanyuan Airport, Foshan in Guangdong and an asyet- unnamed hub in Western China.


China United to begin LCC operations end-Mar


China United Airlines is in the final stages of its transition to a budget carrier this month with ultra-low cost flights to go on sale from 29 March, with plans to establish bases at Beijing’s Nanyuan Airport, Foshan in Guangdong and an asyet- unnamed hub in Western China. The carrier currently operates only domestic passenger and cargo services and it is targeting to operate services within greater China, and also to neighbouring countries.

The China Eastern Airlines subsidiary has said its aircraft will be configured with only super economy and economy seats and aims to offer tickets from as low as CNY8 (US$1.28). The carrier announced the change in business model back in July 2014 after the country’s regulator moved forward in its pledge to promote the development of lowcost carriers in the country. Early this year, China United also applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), seeking rights to operate internationally.

So far, China United Airlines, West Air, China Express Airlines, Capital Airlines, Chengdu Airlines, and JoyAir have all applied for permission to transform their operations into Low Cost Carriers.