Ezra From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 456 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 816 times:
I'm not surprised, as Urumqi and the surrounding attractions (Turpan, etc) are a major draw for Japanese tourists. Urumqi actually has pretty spiffy aviation facilities, in addition to being an all-around cool city -- v. different vibe from coastal China.
On a related note, is Xianjiang Airlines still a going concern, or has it merged into one of the other Chinese carriers?
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 368 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 808 times:
China Xinjiang Airlines(XO) has been absorbed into China Southern Airlines(CZ) considering Xinjiang is supposed to be an "autonomous" province along with Tibet, they should have been allowed to retain their own airline, but I guess China wants to integrate the region more, this way they now have a major airline representing them from Urumqi which is good, even Air China have launched operations to the city with their 777s.
CZ have gained the following from XO, all served from Urumqi with 757s:
Russia (Moscow, Novosibirsk)
Two other destinations that were served by XO, Ekatrinburg in Russia and Uzbekistan (Tashkent) were axed.