The Chinese airline Loong Air will begin flights on the Xiyan-Tashkent-Xiyan route. The first passenger flight is scheduled for February 10, 2023. It is planned that regular flights will be carried out on Airbus A320 type aircraft once a week – on Fridays.
Loong Airlines was originally a cargo airline named CDI Cargo Airlines, which started services in 2012 with one Boeing 737-300F freighter. It was approved to become a passenger airline by the Civil Aviation Administration of China and started domestic services in 2013. On 25 September 2013, the airline signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for the purchase of 20 Airbus A320 twin-engined aircraft. Its first flight started on 29 December 2013 from Hangzhou to Chongqing and Hangzhou to Shenzhen.