Qingdao Airlines, which is owned by Nanshan Group, started its first domestic service on April 26, flying from Qingdao Liuting International Airport to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.
The airline took delivery of its first A320 earlier in this month (see here), and the aircraft is configured in two classes with eight seats in business and 144 in economy.
The flight departs Qingdao daily at 0700 and lands in Chengdu at 0940. The return leg leaves at 1040 with a 1300 touch down in Qingdao.
Besides Chengdu the carrier will also fly to Shenzhen, Changsha and Shenyang in the first phase of operations. Following destinations will include other big cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
The carrier plans to receive 50 aircraft within six years, and is aiming to have 100 by 2025.
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