HNA Group – Point To Point

With 13 airlines making up the group, and a focus on point-to-point operations rather than hubbing, HNA Group’ unique approach to air service development is delivering rapid growth.

The HNA Group consists of 13 airlines of which Hainan Airlines is the largest. Combined Group capacity is 132 million seats in the 12 months to June 2018 while Hainan Airline capacity is 50 million

Growth for the group is strong, running at 18% for the past year, and significantly higher than the other major Chinese airline groups. Hainan Airlines is driving much of this growth, adding 6.6m seats in the last year although Beijing Capital Airlines, Lucky Air and Hong Kong Airlines are also delivering strong capacity growth too, with each carrier adding between 1.8-2m seats in the last year.


Source: OAG Schedules Analyser July 2017-June 2018

The airlines within the Group operate a complex web of domestic routes.

Domestic Route Networks for Hainan Airlines Group


Source: OAG Mapper

Internationally, there is no single hub, with a focus on point-to-point air services.  Collectively the group operates to 16 destinations in Europe with 13 of these operated by Hainan Airlines, and to 12 destinations in North America, 10 of which are operated by Hainan Airlines

The HNA Group has the smallest fleet of the major Chinese airline groups, with just under 500 aircraft but has a healthy order book, with 31 long haul aircraft on order. Over half of these aircraft are on order to Hainan Airlines, reflecting their desire to expand internationally.

International Route Networks for Hainan Airlines Group Airlines


Source: OAG Mapper

As the charts below show, the Group has strength across a large number of airports, while Hainan Airlines itself is focused on Beijing (PEK), Sanya (SYX) and Haikou (HAK).



Source: OAG Schedules Analyser July 2017-June 2018

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