Phoenix Airlines [v3, Aug2021 reset]


Welcome onboard Phoenix Airlines, China’s best airline. We operate on a hybrid airline scheme that mixes the cheap tickets of no frills airlines with the quality of service provided by so-called “Flag Carriers” of the World. We serve destinations near and far, going out of the way to ensure that we present the best routes to our passengers.

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Phoenix Airlines is based in Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). The airline serves 6 domestic destinations and 16 international destinations in total.

Destinations Served by the Airline

Mainland China
Shanghai Pudong International Airport (Shanghai, PVG) - Main Hub
Beijing Daxing International Airport (Beijing, PKX) - Secondary Hub
Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (Chongqing, CKG)
Haikou Meilan International Airport (Haikou, HAK)
Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport (Shijiazhuang, SJW)
Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport (Ürümqi, URC)

America, United States of
McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas, LAS)
Spokane International Airport (Spokane, GEG)

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (Ahmedabad, AMD)
Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport (Lucknow, LKO)

Ngurah Rai International Airport (Bali-Denpasar, DPS)

Chubu Centrair International Airport (Nagoya, NGO)

Korea, Republic of
Daegu International Airport (Daegu, TAE)

Manas International Airport (Bishkek, FRU)

Wattay International Airport (Vientiane, VTE)

Miri Airport (Miri, MYY)
Penang International Airport (Penang, PEN)

Domodedovo Mikhail Lomonosov International Airport (Moscow, DME)
Sochi International Airport (Sochi, AER)

Sri Lanka
Bandaranaike International Airport (Colombo, CMB)

Don Mueang International Airport (Bangkok, DMK)
Hat Yai International Airport (Hat Yai, HDY)

Phoenix Airline currently has the following active aircraft:

Airbus A320 series
  • 1 Airbus A319-100
  • 6 Airbus A320-200
  • 2 Airbus A321-200
  • 6 Airbus A320neo
  • 1 Airbus A321neo
  • 10 Airbus A321neoLR
    Total: 26 aircraft
Airbus A330 series
  • 4 Airbus A330-200
  • 7 Airbus A330-300
  • 1 Airbus A340-300
    Total: 12 aircraft
Boeing 737 series
  • 6 Boeing 737-300
  • 2 Boeing 737-400
  • 5 Boeing 737-500
  • 1 Boeing 737-600
  • 2 Boeing 737-700
  • 7 Boeing 737-800
    Total: 23 aircraft
Boeing 757 series
  • 2 Boeing 757-200
    Total: 2 aircraft

Phoenix Airlines announces flights to Moscow, Denpasar

Shanghai - Phoenix will kickstart international flights with its fleet of Airbus A321 aircraft, with Denpasar and Moscow being the first 2 destinations served by the airline.

Denpasar, which is the airport closest to Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, will be served by a direct flight from Chongqing. The resort island is, and continues to be a hot tourist destination for Chinese visitors, and Phoenix Airlines aims to tap into this travel market, giving an option for connection to the resort island. Currently, Phoenix Airlines serves Denpasar from Chongqing twice daily.

Moscow is the other destination to be served by the airline. Phoenix Airline currently serves the Moscow Domodedovo Airport from Shanghai and Haikou, with 5 flights daily between China and Moscow. In addition, for passengers connecting from Chongqing, the airline has made special arrangements to allow for seamless transfer at Shanghai, for connections onto the next flight. These “seamless transfer” flights will be labelled as such during booking.

Flight schedules can be found on the Phoenix Airlines website. For passengers interested in the seamless Chongqing-Shanghai-Moscow connection schedule, you may refer to the Annex below for details.

Annex A: Schedule for Chongqing-Moscow passengers

Given that the airline currently flies between Chongqing and Shanghai only once daily, the schedule was catered to the sole domestic flight. Should there be additional demand, adjustments can be made where necessary.

Chongqing - Shanghai - Moscow

PF22 CKG 1210 PVG 1415 32Q Daily
PF 3 PVG 1600 DME 1840 32Q Daily

Moscow - Shanghai - Chongqing

PF 6 DME 1935 PVG 0815 (+1) 32Q Daily
PF21 PVG 0910 CKG 1115      32Q Daily

Phoenix Airlines announces flights to Sochi

More details soon.

Phoenix Airlines announces flights to Sochi, Nagoya & Hat Yai

Haikou - Phoenix Airlines will open there new international destinations, this time round, to the winter resort of Sochi in Russia, the city of Nagoya in Japan, as well as the shopping district of Hat Yai in Thailand.

The announcement follows after Phoenix Airlines purchased 2 more additional aircrafts, 1 Boeing 737-700 and 1 Airbus A320-200, which will allow Phoenix Airlines to continue serving additional destinations while looking at good options for widebodies. All 3 cities will be served by the 3 plane types, including the A321neoLR, A320-200, and the Boeing 737-700.

Sochi is the largest resort city in Russia, located along the Black Sea in southern Russia. It also has the unique status of being the longest city in Russia, stretching over 145km. Sochi hosts a variety of sports events year round, thanks to its subtropical climate. It is, however, more famous for the winter sports, with its involvement in a variety of winter sports competitions. With the connection, it allows East Asians to gain a direct access to the resort city, which will be a really good alternative from the resort cities in this part of the world. Phoenix Airlines, for a start, will offer 6 times daily flights from Shanghai (thrice daily), Haikou (twice daily) and Chongqing (once daily).

The second destination offered is Nagoya in Japan. As one of the industrial centers of Japan, it is home to many manufacturing plants, which allows tourists to explore the history of manufacturing in Japan. The SCMaglev and Railway Park is a museum where tourists can find out more about the history of rail travel in Japan. Nagoya is also home to many shopping districts and food streets including the Osu Shopping Street. Phoenix Airlines will start with a twice daily frequency between Shanghai and Nagoya, as well as a once daily frequency between Chongqing and Nagoya.

The third destination offered is Hat Yai, a metropolitan city located in the south of Thailand. The city of Hat Yai is famous for its food and shopping districts, and would be a really good alternative from the bustlings of Bangkok. A lesser known feature of Hat Yai is its cultural aspects. The local temple, Wat Hat Yai Nai, features one of the largest reclining Buddha images in the world. There is also the Hat Yai Central Mosque, which is the biggest Mosque in Thailand. The Songkhla Old Town is also a village, steeped in historical architecture, and features local culture-inspired street arts along its main roads. Phoenix Airlines will start with a twice daily frequency between Haikou and the city.

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Flight Schedule Guide 1

This is a series by Phoenix Airlines, aimed at helping our passengers find the best connecting flight schedules onboard Phoenix Airlines, from one city to another.

Question: Hi there, I am a passenger from Thailand, living near the southern city of Hat Yai. Recently, our local airline, Thai Airways, has stopped service for various reasons, leaving your airline as the only airline serving Hat Yai. My friends and I intend to travel to Japan, and I believe your airline serves flights to Nagoya too! Could you give me some connecting flight schedules that allows us to get to Nagoya from our local airport and vice-versa? Thank you!

Answer: Phoenix Airlines currently serves Hat Yai with 4 daily flights, to Chongqing and Haikou in China. Phoenix Airlines also serves Nagoya with 4 daily flights, to Chongqing and Shanghai in China. The best route between Hat Yai and Nagoya would be to fly through Chongqing for a one-stop.

For the shortest stopover time in Chongqing, the following combinations are recommended for each direction.

From Hat Yai to Nagoya
You fly PF66 from Hat Yai, departing Hat Yai at 12.40am, and arriving 3 hours and 20 minutes later in Chongqing, at 5am. There will be a 1 hour 30 minutes stopover, before the next flight, PF49, departing Chongqing at 6.30am and arriving 3 hours and 30 minutes in Nagoya, at 11am. The time duration for these flights will be 8 hours 20 minutes.
PF66 uses an Airbus A320-200, while PF49 uses a Boeing 737-800.

From Nagoya to Hat Yai
You fly PF50 from Nagoya, which departs at 11.40am (local time) and arrive at Chongqing at 2.10pm (local time). There will be a 1 hour stopover, before you board PF65 at 3.10pm and arrive in Chongqing by 5.30pm.
PF50 uses a Boeing 737-800, while PF65 uses an Airbus A320-200.

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Flight Schedule Guide 2

This is a series by Phoenix Airlines, aimed at helping our passengers find the best connecting flight schedules onboard Phoenix Airlines, from one city to another.

Question: Hi, I am an European currently based in Malaga, and I understand that Phoenix Airlines does not fly to Spain. However, I know there is an airline that flies to Sochi from the local airport, and Phoenix Airlines flies to Sochi. May I inquire about the flight schedules for flights to Sochi, so that I can plan my connection?

Answer: Phoenix Airlines is indeed one of 2 airlines currently serving Sochi International Airport, and we currently 11 flights daily between China and Sochi, making us the biggest airline at the airport. Currently, we fly to 5 destinations in China from Sochi, namely Beijing-Daxing (PKX), Chongqing (CKG), Haikou (HAK), Shanghai-Pudong (PVG) and Ürümqi (URC). We are also in the midst of increasing our frequency to the airport to cater to increasing demand.

The following are the flight schedules for flights to and from Sochi:

From Sochi
PF84 AER 1805 PKX 0505 (+1) 322

PF42 AER 1300 CKG 2345      322
PF44 AER 1815 CKG 0500 (+1) 738

PF30 AER 0020 HAK 1205      737
PF34 AER 1720 HAK 0505 (+1) 32Q

PF36 AER 0050 PVG 1245      32Q
PF38 AER 1705 PVG 0500 (+1) 32Q
PF40 AER 1950 PVG 0745 (+1) 32Q

PF88 AER 0035 URC 0915      735
PF90 AER 1115 URC 1955      733
PF92 AER 2120 URC 0600 (+1) 735
To Sochi
PF83 PKX 1420 AER 1720      322

PF41 CKG 0910 AER 1155      322
PF43 CKG 1450 AER 1735      738

PF31 HAK 1240 AER 1625      32Q
PF33 HAK 2000 AER 2345      737

PF35 PVG 1215 AER 1610      32Q
PF37 PVG 1500 AER 1855      32Q
PF39 PVG 2000 AER 2355      32Q

PF87 URC 0955 AER 1035      735
PF89 URC 2000 AER 2040      735
PF91 URC 2315 AER 2355      735
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Phoenix Airlines has termed the past 3 months as a success, with significant market share in airports served

Shanghai - In a recent report, Phoenix Airline reiterates their aim of focusing on “point-to-point” services, by diversifying the number of routes from any of the airline’s 13 departure points. They showcase their dedication to all 13 airports by pointing out their market share in these airports.

“One unique thing about Phoenix Airlines is having market share at every airport as a key performance indicator. This is quite different from other airlines, especially those who utilise a single hub-and-spoke system for their flights. In Phoenix Airlines, we make sure that every foreign airport has a variety of options in terms of destination and departure times,” said the airline CEO, Li Mingxiang, in the report introduction. He points at the airline’s aim of being top 3 in terms of market share at every airport they are in, and also aiming to be top among foreign airlines in terms of the number of routes they serve from every international airport. “We have achieved dominance at a certain number of airports, for instance, Moscow-Domodedovo and Sochi, our first 2 foreign destinations, are shaping up to become a key part of Europe-China connections. We now serve 11 flights to Sochi, and we are slowly increasing it to 20 flights daily, while we are tapping on the inbound traffic in Moscow to ferry passengers onward to different parts of China,” the CEO wrote in his introduction.

Phoenix Airlines noted in their 13 airports they currently serve, they either achieve or are close to achieving top 3 in market share. The airline also noted that the airline will be aiming to add more flights in the upcoming month to boost their market share.

Domestic Airports

Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX)

Total number of flights: 4 daily
Market Share: 14.1% (4th)

Beijing Daxing is one of the newer destinations served by Phoenix Airlines, with 3 routes currently served - Beijing-Hat Yai (2x); Beijing-Sochi (1x); Beijing-Haikou (1x). The number of frequencies on Beijing-Sochi and Beijing-Haikou will definitely be increased over November, while Phoenix Airlines will be opening new routes to Moscow and Las Vegas, subject to regulatory approval.

Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG)

Total number of flights: 12 daily
Market Share: 80.4% (1st)

Phoenix Airlines has a huge gap to fill in Chongqing, as another airline has ended their operations at the airport, resulting in the gap. A notable route missing will be Chongqing-Moscow, something which Phoenix Airlines has always been pushing for, but hasn’t been able to obtain the route rights. Should Phoenix Airlines fly to Central Asia or South Asia, Chongqing should be the first domestic airport to serve the route, given its position in things.

Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK)

Total number of flights: 15 daily
Market Share: 42.6% (1st)

With fellow competitor Avia aiming to compete for market share in Haikou, Phoenix Airlines has established their key routes from the city. Haikou-Moscow (3 flights) was the first route established, and later more routes was established, including Haikou-Sochi (2 flights, increasing to 3), Haikou-Hat Yai (2 flights) and later Haikou-Daegu (3 flights). More routes will likely be served from Haikou, including Nagoya and Bali-Denpasar, as there has been demand for flights to the 2 destinations.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)

Total number of flights: 20 daily
Market Share: 43.2% (1st)

A lot of airlines want to take a piece of pie in Phoenix Airlines’ home airport. For many airlines, they would definitely fail. However, with Phoenix Airlines not making the airport a “fortress hub” like many other airlines, it is possible to steal a piece of the pie, with new startups Lotus and Chinair, based in neighbouring Beijing and Guangzhou respectively, trying to increase their flight capacity in the city. However, Phoenix Airlines has plans for another 10 flights from the city, aiming to serve cities they have been serving currently (Hat Yai and Urmuqi) as well as new cities around.

Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport (URC)

Total number of flights: 6 daily
Market Share: 9.5% (4th)

With most narrowbodies able to make the trip from this airport to Eastern Europe, Phoenix Airlines quickly tapped into this airport with flights to Sochi and Moscow. Of course, the airport is able to reach a variety of other destinations, with East Asian destinations Taegu and Nagoya next on the list. Domestic flights from Haikou, Beijing and Shanghai will definitely be next on the list, however, the number of airlines at the airport will make capturing market share a difficult move for the airline. The airline recognises this, and as the airline expands to more cities, they have confirmed plans to add routes from Ürümqi where possible.

International Destinations (selected)

Daegu International Airport (TAE)

Total routes: 1 (Haikou)
Market Share: 64.7% (1st)

The airline’s first destination in Korea, the airline chose the quieter city of Daegu over the heavily congested Seoul metropolis area for their first destination. With Ürümqi definitely coming next (the route has been approved, only pending confirmation from the airline on the equipment and the schedule), and Chongqing being penciled in for a December launch, the city should see around 9 flights daily by the end of the year.

Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO, Nagoya)

Total routes: 2 (Chongqing and Shanghai)
Market Share: 22.3% (2nd)

Phoenix Airlines has lots of plans for Japan, however, and Nagoya is just the first of many destinations up and coming for the airline. Currently, Phoenix Airlines are only flying 2 routes, but with a market share 2nd only to Japanese airline Aero Ghibli, there is lots of potential to expand.

Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS, Denpasar)

Total routes: 2 (Chongqing and Shanghai)
Market Share: 25.5% (1st)

An underserved market, 2 routes is enough to bring the airline’s market share to top. Bali-Denpasar will definitely get a third or a fourth route from Beijing and Haikou by the end of the year, per the current plans. And possibly even coming from Ürümqi.

McCarran International Airport (LAS, Las Vegas)

Total routes: 1 (Shanghai)
Market Share: 7.0% (3rd)

Against 2 dominant local airlines, American Transair and Ratliff Airlines, Phoneix Airlines has came out as best of rest, with 3 times daily from Shanghai serving the airport. The airline will be adding a second route from Beijing Daxing by end November to increase the capacity to the airline’s first destination in America.

Domodedovo Mikhail Lomonosov International Airport (DME, Moscow)

Total routes: 3 (Ürümqi, Haikou, Shanghai)
Market Share: 13.6% (3rd)

Phoenix Airlines will connect Beijing and Moscow to expand connections to Moscow, tapping on more passengers aiming to connect to Eastern Europe. The airline will also look towards flying to more domestic destinations from Moscow.

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Phoenix Airlines opens flights to 10 new airports for December

Shanghai - Phoenix Airlines has made it clear that they will be romping up expansion plans ahead of the upcoming festive season, with a whole variety of destinations included in the airline’s December schedule.

In mainland China, Phoenix Airlines becomes the first airline to serve Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport (SJW), the airport of Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei. The city is home to its beautiful mountains (such as Mount Cangyan and Baodu Zhai), parks (such as Chang’an Park and Century Park), as well as Buddhist monasteries including the famous Longxing Temple. Shijiazhuang will serve as another gateway to the northern parts of China, with Phoenix Airlines flying both regional and intercontinental flights from the airport.

In America, Phoenix Airlines have chosen to secure flights to Spokane, Washington state, as their second destination. After failing to reach an agreement on gates at Seattle-Tacoma, Phoenix Airlines instead chose to go for a smaller airport in the same state, becoming the first international airline to fly to the airport. The flights to Spokane will likely provide yet another alternative for travelers to the West Coast, as well as across the border in Canada.

In South Asia, Phoenix Airlines also got a breakthrough after securing slots at Lucknow and Ahmedabad. The former’s cultural significance will definitely attract lots of casual travelers to find out more about the North Indian culture; while the latter will be an important destination for businessman who are looking to work together with their Indian counterparts, especially in the tech industry. Down south, Phoenix Airlines will also be getting routes to Sri Lanka, with flights direct to Colombo from Shanghai being the first of many flights to the nation with their rich cultural heritage.

In Central Asia, Phoenix Airlines also launched flights to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The city has a rich cultural history, especially for its Soviet-era architecture, and it is one of the main cities for connection through the entire part of Central Asia.

In South-east Asia, travelers can now visit the the beautiful UNSECO world heritage site of George Town, as Phoenix Airlines now flies to Penang in Malaysia. This increases the connectivity to the towns near the Thai-Malaysia border. Meanwhile, Phoenix Airlines also retracts their policy of not serving big airports by flying to Don Mueang in Bangkok, as well as Vientiane in Laos, giving tourists from these 2 countries an opportunity to fly onboard Phoenix Airlines’ premium service to China and beyond.

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Phoenix Airlines targets 50% market share in Big 4 Hubs as Daxing, Chongqing, Haikou airports named as "Secondary Hubs"

Beijing - Phoenix Airlines has announced that they will name Beijing Daxing, Chongqing Jiangbei and Haikou Meilan as “Secondary Hubs” of the airline, following a series of new routes and flight announcements over the past month.

The announcement further cements the airline’s determination to establish a full rolling hub in key airports in China, and will be the first step in a series of moves to “establish airport market share”, according to CEO Li Mingxiang. The CEO was sharing with reporters on the airline’s plan to expand operations to more destinations, cementing around a rolling hub system in the 4 hubs of Phoenix Airlines. “The 4 airports, located at different parts of China, will be able to allow us to expand our operations more strategically.” He also added that the airline aims to capture at least 50% market share at all 4 airports. Currently, Phoenix Airlines have 57% market share at Chongqing, while market share at Beijing Daxing and Haikou remain hovering around the 50% mark. Phoenix Airlines’ market share at Shanghai Pudong is only around 40%, owing to the huge amount of other airlines flying to the destination.

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Phoenix Airlines declares new focus on Madrid; eyes Iberian expansion

Madrid - Phoenix Airlines has announced that they are targeting to have 17 departures from the Spanish capital daily by mid-February 2022, as part of greater expansion to Europe and Middle East.

In a joint press conference held in Madrid this morning, Phoenix Airlines CEO Li Mingxiang said the airline will be the “bridge” linking Asia and the Iberian peninsula, with Madrid being the focus city of the airline’s operations. “Our commitment to serve Madrid can be seen by the efforts we have taken thus far. Recently, we concluded a recruitmemt drive in Madrid where we recruited around two to three hundred staff for our operations in the Iberian peninsula. This staff will be essential as we build towards flying to multiple destinations in Spain and Portugal. And to kickstart this plan, we will be launching 17x daily departures from Madrid to various destinations in China.”

In preparations for the launch of the flights, Phoenix Airlines have been bringing some of their ground crew over to familiarise themselves with opreations in Madrid, and also train the new members on the airline’s operations. Phoenix Airlines also celebrated a milestone last Monday, when they launched their first flight from Beijinh Daxing to the Spanish capital. The arrival of the Airbus A330-300 was greeted with a water salute, as it marked the first direct flight from the Chinese capital. Phoenix Airlines deputy CEO Zhou Renfa also launched the construction of the Phoenix Royal Lounge in the airport terminal on the same day.

Mr Li was also here to launch 3 additional routes. Apart from Haikou-Madrid, which started operations 3 weeks ago, as well as Daxing-Madrid, Phoenix Airlines will launch flights from Chongqing, one of the airline’s secondary hubs, as well as Xining and Shenyang, newcomers to the Phoenix family of airports in China. He also mentions that future flights to Shanghai and Urmüqi have also been confirmed with the local authorities; together, the 7 destinations will have 17 daily departures to and from Madrid. “In fact,” Mr Li pointed out, “even though Madrid’s 17 daily frequencies may be slightly lesser than Moscow’s 18 daily frequencies by mid-February, the total passenger capacity out of Madrid will be larger, as most flights will be served by our Airbus A330 aircraft.” Currently, Moscow is only served by narrowbodies, with the CEO mentioning that they are considering “equipment changes” for certain destinations, including the Russian capital.

In other news, Phoenix Airlines expanded their operations to many other destinations in Asia, with Guam, Hiroshima, Sapporo-New Chitose, and Baku among the new destinations served. In particular, Baku joins a growing list of Central Asia destinations which has grown in popularity with Chinese passengers; the airline has mentioned Tashkent and Tehran as possible future destinations. For America, Phoenix Airlines has confirmed launches to Alaska during the Lunar New Year period; the airline also are confirming on a Canadian destination, much to the surprise of many. Phoenix Airlines also made no secret of their plans to serve the country Down Under – a previous press release confirms the airline’s new flights to Cairns.

Phoenix Airlines also marked their expansion plans with 40 Airbus A330neos joining the fleet in January 2022 onwards – the airline will join a growing list of airlines that has the newer, more efficient jets. The A330neos will be easier to transit to for the A330ceo pilots, and the type commonality will make training easier. The A330-900neo will start operations on the new Shanghai Pudong-Madrid route in mid-January, while the smaller A330-800neos will be first flown on the Beijing Daxing-Spookane and Shanghai Pudong-Spookane route which begins in end January. In other news regarding the airline’s fleet, Phoenix Airlines has begun retrofitting their Airbus A321neo aircraft with better equipment and seating; the aircraft will see a slight change in distribution across classes, but this will come with newer equipment aimed at improving the flight experience especially on the A321neoLRs, which can accomodate flights as long as 8 hours and 10 minutes. “Flying a narrowbody for 8 hours sounds like a horrific experience, but we are aiming to give the A321neos a cabin similar to that of widebody aircraft,” said Mr Li, when asled by reporters about the cabin refit. He added that Phoenix Airlines have never been holding back in terms of making the narrowbody aircrafts more comfortable, and he points out that the 4-class A321neoLR “probably has one of the smallest capacities” among realistic A321neoLRs. “The exit limit is 244, we fill in around half the number of passengers only.”

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