GE Aviation & HNA learn and grow together

HNA Group is celebrating its 24th anniversary, the company said.

Founded on Hainan Island at the southernmost tip of China, HNA Group transformed from a local air transportation company to a Global Fortune 500 company with operations spanning tourism, finance, logistics and ecological technology.

In the aviation field, GE has always been a large part of HNA´s success by providing excellent engine products and support. As of the end of March 2017, HNA Group operates and manages more than 1,250 aircraft (with 740+ as company assets and 550 leased aircraft), of which more than 50% are equipped with engines built by GE or CFM, the 50/50 joint venture between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines. At present, Hainan Airlines, a HNA Group subsidiary, operates 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which is the largest Boeing 787 fleet among all China´s airlines. The GEnx, GE´s best-selling engine, powers Hainan Airlines´ entire 787 fleet.

GE was an early adopter of Six Sigma and one of the companies that implemented the program when it was first released back in 1990s. GE was a model to the companies who were targeting the improvement on corporate core competitiveness and economic benefits through Six Sigma.

When HNA decided to bring the program in, GE asked Weiming Xiang to take the lead, together with GE Six Sigma trainer launched Six Sigma program in HNA. Over the last decade, GE has assisted HNA in training thousands of its executives, many of whom are now Six Sigma Green Belts and Black Belts.

The successful implementation of Six Sigma at HNA brought a great impact on its business management, and has been further promoted to much broader teams in the whole group. In addition to-edge business management techniques, HNA´s unique development strategy and corporate culture have also become models that have been and continue to be emulated by industry peers and partners.

HNA, by integrating the interests of the greater society, its partners and itself, has created a novel management model emphasizing personnel training has always been an important part of HNA´s corporate culture.