CAAC Airlines was founded in 1949 by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, formerly the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China, and is the aviation authority under the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China.
By 1987, CAAC’s incredibly diverse fleet had reached 273 aircraft serving 25 countries and 85 cities.
In 1988 the airline division of CAAC was divided up into a number of airlines, each named after the region of China where it had its hub. Air China, China Southern, China Eastern Airlines, and so on.
Four Boeing 767-200ER and four 747SP went to Air China. Two Boeing 757-200 went to China Southern and five Airbus A310 went to China Eastern.
Since the change, CAAC acts solely as a government agency and no longer provides commercial flight service –