Okay takes delivery of first Boeing 737 aircraft
China’s first private airline, Tianjin-based Okay Airways Co. Ltd., has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-900.
According to Boeing, Okay Airways will be the first Chinese carrier to operate the largest model of the 737 type aircraft, primarily in passenger services.
Okay Airways received its business license as a public aviation carrier from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on Feb. 27, and is expected to begin operating early next month. The airline has an agreement to sublease two 737-900s from Korean Airlines. The airplanes are owned by Boeing Capital Corp.
The new airline will begin with charter passenger services, domestic air cargo, and mail transport and express service from its Tianjin base with some cargo operations and maintenance possibly involving Korean Airlines, Boeing said.