Low-cost carrier Lucky Air, a Kunming-based subsidiary of HNA Group, announced it will launch Kunming-Moscow services from June 12.

The carrier plans to operate the Airbus A330-300 on the route, which will be 2X-weekly in June and increase to 3X-weekly in July.  

Lucky has also applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to begin 1X-weekly Chengdu-Irkutsk, Russia, service from July using the Boeing 737-800.

Lucky operates 45 aircraft on 113 routes, comprising 99 domestic routes and 14 international routes to neighboring Asian cities.  It is the second biggest Kunming-based carrier in Yunnan province after China Eastern Yunnan, with a 14% market share in Kunming and 17% market share in Lijiang.

Lucky also has plans to launch another low-cost carrier based in Chengdu.