Previously reported to be called Beibu Gulf Airlines, the new GX Airlines has been formed following a partnership between Tianjin Airlines, a subsidiary of HNA Group, and state-owned Guangxi Beibu Gulf Investment Group. Tianjin Airlines will hold a 70% stake in GX Airlines and will initially supply the carrier with three Embraer E190 regional jets, pilots and cabin crew.
Following the launch of the Nanning-Haikou route, GX Airlines will roll out more domestic passenger services, before spreading its wings to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and destinations in Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia in future. It will also hope to take advantage of the rising volume of inbound leisure traffic to Guangxi – a popular scenic tourist area.
GX Airlines becomes the latest airline in the growing stable of the HNA Group – the Hainan-based parent company of Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, Lucky Air and West Air, among others. Last year it added two new carriers: Urumqi Airlines in the Xinjiang region of northwest China and Fuzhou Airlines in southeast China’s Fujian province.
And the group is also planning to expand its presence in Guangxi with the launch of Guilin Airlines – a new subsidiary based in the city of Guilin.
As well as its portfolio of Chinese airlines, HNA also holds stakes in Ghana’s AWA, France’s Aigle Azur, and operates large domestic cruise and tourism companies.
Tianjin Airlines flies to Bangkok
Tianjin Airlines launched its first flights to Bangkok on Saturday. The Chinese carrier will now operate daily services between Tianjin’s Binhai International Airport and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, using its Airbus A320 aircraft.