Kunming’s Lucky Air to become an LCC

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Lucky Air will operate all-economy class aircraft (photo by Nutkamol Komolvanich)
Lucky Air will operate all-economy class aircraft (photo by Nutkamol Komolvanich)

Lucky Air, the Kunming-based airline owned by the HNA Group, will become a low-cost carrier.

The airline, which is second only to China Eastern Airlines in terms of seat capacity in China’s Yunnan province, will become the region’s first LCC. The transition process is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Under the plan, Lucky Air will reconfigure its fleet of single-aisle Airbus and Boeing jets, scrapping its premium cabin and accommodating 30 more passengers in the new all-economy aircraft. It also plans to generate ancillary revenues from the sale of onboard F&B and other services.

Currently, Lucky Air operates scheduled flights from its bases in Kunming, Chengdu and Lijiang. It already operates international flights to Singapore, Koh Samui and Krabi, and plans to launch new services to Colombo, Bangkok and Jakarta later this year. The airline is planning to almost triple its fleet size to 76 aircraft by end of 2020.

The transition of Lucky Air to a low-cost business model follows a trend started in 2013, when Chongqing’s West Air, which is also owned by the HNA Group, became an LCC.

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