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CAAC, acronym of Civil Aviation Administration of China, began operating scheduled domestic flights to cities in China in 1949. In 1962, CAAC began operating international services, initially to other countries in the Communist bloc such as the Soviet Union, Mongolia, North Korea, Burma, Bangladesh, North Vietnam, and Cambodia. By the mid-1980s, CAAC had long-haul service to the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia, mainly using American Boeing aircraft, while continuing to use Soviet aircraft on routes to Eastern Europe. The Boeing customer code for CAAC was J6, which was inherited by Air China until 1999. In 1987, CAAC's airline operations split into 6 separate airlines each named after the geographic region of the location of their headquarters and main operation areas:
Air China which inherited the IATA and ICAO code of the original CAAC.
China Southwest Airlines which merged with Air China in 2002, originally based in Chengdu.
China Eastern Airlines, based in Shanghai.
China Northwest Airlines which merged with China Eastern Airlines in 2002, originally based in Xi'an.
China Southern Airlines, based in Guangzhou.
China Northern Airlines which merged with China Southern Airlines in 2003, originally based in Shenyang.
CAAC used the IATA code CA on international flights only; domestic flights were not prefixed with the airline code. CAAC aircraft livery featured Chinese national flag on the vertical stabilizer, with blue stripes and Chinese version of CAAC logo (autographed by Zhou Enlai) on a white fuselage.
This page lists all films, TV series, and video games that feature aircraft of CAAC.