Against the backdrop of reform and liberalization in China, HNA Group has become one of the fastest-growing multinational corporations. Since its first flight in 1993, HNA has evolved from a regional airline based on Hainan Island into a giant multi-industry conglomerate as a result of international investments with a strategic focus on air-travel, hospitality, tourism, real estate, commodity retail, finance, logistics, shipbuilding and eco-tech.
HNA Group is composed of six sub-groups: Tech & Logistics, Tourism, Capital, Holdings, Innovation Finance, and Modern Logistics.These six sub-groups collectively employs over 400 thousand staffs worldwide, control or have a share in 19 airlines with a fleet of more than 1250 aircraft, manage the world’s largest aircraft leasing group, operate or have a stake in over 3100 hotels worldwide, and are responsible for operating 13 airports.
In 2015, HNA Group placed for the first time in the Global Fortune 500, ranking #464. In 2016, HNA Group ranked #353, climbing 111 positions in just one year!
HNA Group has been honored with opportunities to accompany China’s national leaders to visit the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, and the Czech Republic, among others. These national leaders witnessed the signing of contracts allowing HNA to operate flights between Beijing and Lisbon, Beijing and Manchester, and Shanghai and Brussels. HNA has also embraced international markets in other ways by acquiring ICE, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Ingram Micro Inc., and Gategroup; by becoming the largest single shareholder of Hilton Worldwide; by joining hands with Uber through strategic cooperation; and by establishing a joint venture with Rocket Space.
Even as HNA Group has grown to become a large international corporation, it has maintained a stark commitment to strong CSR practices. One of HNA’s key CSR initiatives is HNA Brightness Action, which over the last 12 years has helped over 6000 cataract patients to regain their sight in regions including the Tibetan Plateau, Xinjiang, and Inner-Mongolia as well as Africa and Southeast Asia. In 2016, HNA Group initiated the Nepal World Culture Heritage Program with UNESCO, and worked with UNICEF on the Love Gift Program. To date, HNA Group has donated over RMB 10 billion in charity.