Headquartered in Shanghai, China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited has a history dating back to the first Shanghai squadron of the PLA Air Force built up in 1957. In 1997, China Eastern became the first Chinese airline listed simultaneously in New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai stock market. As one of the three major airlines in mainland China, it operates 50 overseas offices and 11 domestic branches.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has in just eight years established itself as the world’s leading airline. “Etihad” is the Arabic word for “union”.
Air China Limited ("Air China") and its predecessor, the former Air China, were founded in 1988. According to the "Civil Aviation System Reform Program" which was approved and passed by the State Department in October 2002, the former Air China consolidated with China National Aviation Company and China Southwest Airlines and founded China Aviation Group Company.
The national airlines of Qatar, Qatar Airways is among the fastest growing airlines and one of the four airlines to clinch the "five star airline" status from Skytrax. Qatar Airways' main base is Doha International Airport. Qatar Airways was the first airline in the world in the year 2003 to pass IAT' s new, stringent IOSA safety audit. Qatar Airways has been recognized as among the fastest growing airlines in the world under the leadership of CEO Akbar Al Baker.
Spearheaded by one of the most admired and innovative airlines in the world, the Emirates Group is a dynamic travel and tourism operation with a global reputation for excellence spanning every aspect of the industry.