History
2017

Oct. 2017

Hainan Airlines launches new routes between New York and Chengdu and Chongqing.

Apr. 2017

Avolon, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bohai Capital Holding, acquired the aircraft leasing business of CIT Group Inc., becoming the third largest aircraft leasing company in the world.

2016

Dec. 2016

HNA Technology Group established.

Dec. 2016

HNA acquired Ingram Micro, the world’s largest IT product distributor and supply chain service provider.

Jul. 2016

HNA Aviation acquired majority stake in SR Technics, leading Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul operator.

Jul. 2016

HNA acquired Gategroup, one of the leading aviation catering companies in the world.

Jun. 2016

Air Guilin successfully initiated its first flight from Guilin to Zhengzhou.

Jan. 2016

HNA reached a strategic partnership with Uber China.

Jan. 2016

Bohai Leasing, now Bohai Capital Holding, acquired a 100% stake in Avolon Holdings Ltd., an aircraft leasing company, becoming the fourth largest aircraft leasing company in the world.

2015

Dec. 2015

HNA Group obtained "AAA” top credit rating from Dagong Global Credit Rating Co., Ltd.

Nov. 2015

HNA acquired a 23.7% stake in Azul Brazilian Airlines, the third largest airline in Brazil, becoming its largest single shareholder.

Nov. 2015

HNA Tourism Group becomes the first investor in tuniu.com, holding 24.1% shares.

Oct. 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister David Cameron attended the signing of a cooperation agreement between Mr. Chen Feng, Chairman of the Board of HNA Group, and Warren East, CEO of Rolls-Royce.

Jul. 2015

HNA listed for the first time on the Global Fortune 500.

Jul. 2015

HNA acquired 100% equity in Swissport, the world’s largest ground and cargo handling services provider.

Jun. 2015

HNA North America acquired 15% equity in Red Lion Hotel.

Feb. 2015

Urumqi Air, Fuzhou Airlines and Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines commence operation.

Jan. 2015

Bohai Leasing acquired Cronos, becoming the largest container leasing service provider in the world.

2014

Nov. 2014

After acquiring a 20% stake in NH Hotel Group in April 2013, HNA further increased its equity holding to 29.5%, becoming the largest shareholder of NH Hotel Group.

Mar. 2014

Meilan International Airport won "Best Airport in China Region" award of SKYTRAX, and Phoenix Airport won "Best Global VIP Terminal" award of SKYTRAX.

2013

Oct. 2013

HNA completed the acquisition of TIP Trailer Leasing Company, the largest trailer leasing company in Europe.

May. 2013

HNA successfully acquired 80% stake in Arena Flight Academy, renamed International Aviation College of Australia.

Apr. 2013

HNA completed the acquisition of a 20% stake in NH Hotel Group, the third largest hotel chain in Europe.

2012

Oct. 2012

HNA acquired 48% stake in AigleAzur Airlines.

Sep. 2012

HNA founded Ghana AWA Airlines.

Aug. 2012

HNA Holding (Group) Co., Ltd. established as an industrial group organization.

2011

Dec. 2011

HNA acquired GE SEACO, the world’s fifth-largest container leasing company.

Jul. 2011

HNA invested in ACT Airlines, a major cargo airline in Turkey.

Jan. 2011

Hainan Airlines became the seventh SKYTRAX five-star airline, an honor which continues today.

Jan. 2011

HNA Tourism acquired Hong Thai Travel to promote Hong Kong outbound tourism and South China inbound tourism.

2010

Nov. 2010

HNA acquired myTECHNIC, a major aircraft maintenance company in Turkey.

Jan. 2010

HNA acquired the Australian aircraft leasing business of Allco Finance Group.

2009

May. 2009

Capital Airlines launches maiden flight.

2008

Aug. 2008

Renowned international aviation ratings Agency Skytrax names Hainan Airlines for the first time as ‘Best Chinese Airline’.

2007

Jun. 2007

West Air launched.

Mar. 2007

The first flight of Grand China Express launched; company later renamed Tianjin Airlines in 2009.

2006

Feb. 2006

The first flight of Lucky Air was successfully undertaken.

2005

Jul. 2005

The ‘HNA-Tibet Brightness Action’ program was launched in the Yingbin Hotel, Lhasa. Over 200 patients with cataracts received free eyesight surgery, regaining their vision.

May. 2005

The academic study HNA Group: “A Miracle in Civil Aviation” was published by Harvard Business School, as part of the OPM training program for senior managers.

2004

Nov. 2004

Hainan Airlines passenger levels reached 10 million a year.

Aug. 2004

Hainan Airlines launches its first intercontinental flight route jointly operated with Malév Hungarian Airlines, from Beijing to Budapest.

2003

Jul. 2003

Hainan Airlines Company Limited was listed as 2002’s top Chinese listed company in Fortune (Chinese edition), ranking in 83th place.

May. 2003

HNA Group conducted equity restructuring cooperation with Xi'an Minsheng Group Co., Ltd.

Jan. 2003

Yangtze River Express Airlines Co., Ltd. begins operations.

2002

Nov. 2002

The Hainan Meilan International Airport Company Limited listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

Oct. 2002

Hainan Airlines, China Xinhua Airlines, Air Changan and Shan Xi Airlines, began operations under the code of HU.

2001

May. 2001

HNA received the right to establish operations for a flight route between Sanya and Seoul.

2000

Aug. 2000

Hainan Airlines became the holding company of Haikou Meilan International Airport; it was the first airlines that held an airport.

Aug. 2000

HNA Hotel Group was established.

Jan. 2000

In 2000, HNA Group Company Limited was formally established and started operation.

1999

Nov. 1999

Shares of Hainan Airlines Company Limited were formally listed and transacted on Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Mar. 1999

Hainan Airlines becomes the first Chinese airline to achieve the ISO9002:1994 Quality Standard Registration Certificate issued by China Quality Certification Centre for Imported and Exported Goods.

1995

Sep. 1995

HNA Group signed an agreement with American Airlines Investment Co., Ltd.; the first air transport enterprise of Sino-foreign joint venture in China.

Jul. 1995

HNA Group signed an agreement with Chatterjee Group to raise 25 million US dollars of foreign shares; creating the first Sino-foreign joint venture airline company in China.

1994

Apr. 1994

HNA and Hudson International Group reached an agreement on the issuance of 70 million foreign shares.

1993

Jun. 1993

Hainan Airlines shares were officially listed and transacted in Securities Trading Automated Quotations System (STAQ system), becoming China’s first listed air transport company.

May. 1993

Hainan Airlines launched its first flight, between Haikou-Beijing.

May. 1993

Haikou-Wenzhou Airline was formally opened. It was the first non-stop airline independently operated by the company.

1992

Oct. 1992

As the company founders meet at the Haikou Hotel, the foundation of Hainan Airlines is officially announced.

1989

Sep. 1989

The People's Government of Hainan Province approved the establishment of Hainan Airlines.