Founded: Juneyao Airlines was founded in 2005 and began operations in September 2006 – the same year fellow Chinese carriers, Kunming-based Lucky Air and Chongqing-based China Express, were founded. Meanwhile in 2014, it launched its Guangzhou-based low-cost carrier subsidiary, 9air.

Home base: Based out of Shanghai, China, Juneyao operates from its two hubs in the city at Hongqiao International Airport and Pudong International Airport.

Fleet sizeAs of February 2017, Juneyao Airlines’ fleet comprises 61 aircraft, according to These include 41 Airbus A320s, 19 A321s and one A319. Its A320s offer 158 seats in a two-class configuration (eight business and 150 economy), while its A321s come in 190-seat and 198-seat two-class variants with 12 and eight seats in business class respectively.

In February 2017, the carrier finalised its first order with US-based manufacturer Boeing for five B787-9 Dreamliners, with options for five additional Dreamliners.

Route network: The Chinese carrier’s network currently comprises domestic and short-haul regional flights. These include: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi and Phuket in Thailand; Fukuoka, Nagoya, Okinawa, Osaka and Tokyo in Japan; Taipei and Kaohsiung in Taiwan; Jeju in South Korea; and Hong Kong and Macau.

Juneyao Airlines aims to expand its operations as an international airline. As of February 2017, it has plans to expand its international route network to include long-haul flights to destinations in North America, Europe and Australia.

Future plans: In October 2016, the airline announced it would be joining Star Alliance as a Connecting Partner, which is expected to come into effect in the second quarter of 2017.