Posts: 2070
Joined: Fri Mar 01, 2002 1:29 pm

Information On Yangtze River Express

Mon Jan 06, 2003 2:30 pm

Hi all,

At HNL this morning, there was a Yangtze River Express B737-300 (B-5055). Is it a new airline that recently started up? Does anyone have more information about that airline? (Checked the search engine, found nothing.) I think it was operated by Hainan Airlines.

Beautiful color scheme . . . splashes of lime green and green on the belly, with a green tail. On the tail, there was a red and yellow figure. On one part of the fuselage, there was this smiling face with a hat and two wheels. Pretty creative color scheme I must say!

Will post photos later. Big grin

T prop
Posts: 913
Joined: Tue Apr 03, 2001 4:33 pm

RE: Information On Yangtze River Express

Mon Jan 06, 2003 6:31 pm


Saw that airplane this morning also, noticed that it's a QC. If it wasn't for Air Service's airstair rolled up to the airplane, it would have made a nice picture I think. Did you get any shots without the stairs there?

T prop.

RE: Information On Yangtze River Express

Mon Jan 06, 2003 6:43 pm

I did a quick search on Google and came up with this:

Hainan Air Group, one of China's most profitable carriers, announced yes-terday in Shanghai it will establish its own all-cargo airline, in a bid to tap into the nation's huge freight market.

The carrier, the fourth largest in the country, formally filed an application to operate the Yangtze River Express Co. Ltd. with the Eastern branch of the Civil Aviation Administration of China yesterday.

"China's cargo market, especially the air express sector, is still somewhat untapped and at a very initial stage of development," said Chen Feng, chairman of Hainan Air. "Unlike other domestic counterparts, we will provide express and logistics services in addition to the traditional transport-ation, aiming to become integrators like UPS and FedEx of the United States."

Shanghai-based Yangtze River Express is China's second all-cargo carrier, following China Cargo Airlines, an arm of China Eastern Air Group, the country's third-largest carrier.

With a registered capital of 200 million yuan (US$24 million), Yangtze River Express receives investment from Hainan Air Group, Hainan Airlines Co. Ltd. and Shanghai Airport Group, which contributes 85 percent, 5 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

Company officials said the new venture will probably begin operations in the first half of the new year, with an eye on air cargo transport-ation, express delivery, freight forwarding, ground distribution and warehous-ing as well as e-business.

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Hainan Air Group, Yangtze River Express will take over all of its cargo businesses, including Haikou-based Hainan Air, Beijing-based Xinhua Air, Xi'an-based Changan Air and Taiyuan-based Shanxi Air, and will have a domes-tic air freight network cover-ing more than 30 cities nationwide.

The company said it is planning to expand that number to 100 cities in the near future.

In addition to the new cargo unit, Hainan Air will also expand its operations in quite a few areas.

"For instance, we will in-troduce three new Boeing 737 aircraft into our fleet next year and further develop our airport and hotel business," Chen added.

Hainan Air Group, esta-blished in 1993, runs a fleet of 68 aircraft and operates more than 300 flights covering nearly 80 cities.
Posts: 3188
Joined: Mon Dec 10, 2001 12:34 am

RE: Information On Yangtze River Express

Mon Jan 06, 2003 8:09 pm

I understand that three Lufthansa Boeing 737-300QC have been sold to Hainan - so maybe they are going to the new subsidiary and it was one of them (from what I recall, one was delivered already in the old year).
Posts: 2070
Joined: Fri Mar 01, 2002 1:29 pm

RE: Information On Yangtze River Express

Mon Jan 13, 2003 4:39 pm

T_prop, the stairs were there when I got there . . . unfortunately.

Sorry I'm a bit late. Embarrassment