Hainan Airlines is committed to exploring enterprises that participate in public welfare, helping the poor and charity work. The first steps in Hainan Airlines’ formation of a system for public welfare work include five main categories: supporting education, helping orphans and people living with disabilities, alleviating poverty and natural disasters, protection of the environment and cultural relics and constructing a better civilization.
As of December 31, 2012, Hainan Airlines' corporate and personal contributions in terms of money and materials had exceeded RMB800 million . Areas included natural disaster areas, poverty stricken areas, unions for people living with disabilities, general charities, The Red Cross, The Youth Development Foundation, The Development Fund for Women, The China Foundation for Justice and Courage and The Environmental Protection Association. The airline has made outstanding contributions to the development of the social welfare industry, gaining wide approval from society.
The Hainan Airlines Brightness Campaign
Since July 2004, when Banma County in Qinghai Province's Guoluo Autonomous Prefecture formally initiated the "Hainan Airlines Qinghai-Tibet Plateau 10-year promise movement", approximately 3,000 people living in poverty from different ethnicities living with cataracts were treated to have their eyesight recovered in Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang and Gansu successively, receiving a high level of appreciation from the local governments and the local populations.
In November 2011, Hainan Airlines held similar Brightness Campaigns in Malawi and Zimbabwe for 612 people.
Digging Water Wells
In 2003, with Hainan Airlines celebrating its 10th anniversary since its first operation, the company put the plans in place for a "Well of Kindness", with plans to invest RMB20 million into constructing 100 wells in regions of Hainan province that lack water resources over the course of 10 years, cooperating with the government to solve drinking water issues and helping local residents to live a comfortable life.
As of the end of 2012, Hainan Airlines had already constructed 71 Kindness Wells in places such as Haikou, Wenchang, Chengmai and elsewhere. This solved drinking water issues for approximately 150,000 people; and at the same time, this provided irrigation for some farm fields.
When the country is facing a crisis, Hainan Airlines does not hesitate to stand up and face it, and take on an important role. At 14:28 on May 12, 2008, the date of the deadly earthquake in Wenchuan, Sichuan Province, Hainan airlines formed a "Assisting Panel" in responding to the disaster, to carry injured people, manpower, materials, and tourists, and always ready to be dispatched to any other places where assistance was needed. According to statistics, Hainan Airlines carried out a total of approximately 100 plane trips, spent close to 200 flying hours, and flying costs over RMB12 million during the Wenchuan earthquake.
Similarly, during the Yushu earthquake and the Zhouqushan mud avalanche in 2010, Hainan Airlines immediately took the responsibility in the disasters..
From February 23 to March 5 in 2011, there was the biggest evacuation of Chinese citizens from a foreign territory since the founding of the People's Republic of China. During this 11-day evacuation, Hainan Airlines sent out 15 chartered planes, making 30 flights to the Greek island of Crete and the Tunisian island of Djerba as well as others, to take 4,054 Chinese citizens back home, with costs totalling over RMB39 million. Hainan Airlines was honoured with the title of "Advanced Entity" and "Advanced Individual" from the Civil Aviation Administration of China for the contribution in the evacuation of Chinese citizens.