Suparna Airlines, known in Chinese as Jinpeng (Chinese: 金鹏航空; pinyin: Jīnpéng Hángkōng), is an airline based in China. It was formerly known as Yangtze River Express and later Yangtze River Airlines after launching passenger services.
|Founded||15 January 2003|
|Parent company||Hainan Airlines|
Established on 15 January 2003 as the second cargo airline in the country after China Cargo Airlines, Yangtze River Express was majority owned by the HNA Group (85%) with Hainan Airlines Co (5%) and Shanghai Airport Group (10%) holding the remaining shares. The airline took over the entire cargo operations of Hainan Airlines, China Xinhua Airlines, Chang An Airlines and Shanxi Airlines, all members of the Hainan Air Group.
In 2006, it divested 49% of its shareholdings to a consortium of companies including China Airlines, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation, Wan Hai Lines and China Container Express Lines. China Airlines became the largest foreign shareholder with a 25% stake.
Yangtze River Express applied for permission to serve Novosibirsk in Russia, Dallas–Fort Worth and Los Angeles in USA from summer 2009, pending CAAC approval, they also serve some domestic and Asian routes. From 2010 a Shanghai, Tianjin Binhai International Airport, Prague, Luxembourg, Shanghai, Schiphol Airport round trip route has been operated. As of 2014 there is also a Frankfurt Hahn, Tianjin Binhai International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport connection.
On 15 December 2015 Yangtze River Airlines launched domestic passenger flights under its revised name, from Shanghai-Pudong Airport to Guyang, Sanya and Zhuhai using a single Boeing 737-800. Permission was also granted for international flights to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
The Suparna Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft as of May 2019:
Previously operated aircraftEdit
|Boeing 787-8||1||2017||2018||Returned to Hainan Airlines.|
- "Yangtze River Express Airlines Company Limited Archived 2016-05-02 at the Wayback Machine." HNA Group. Retrieved on February 24, 2014. "Address: Pufa Tower, 588 Pudong South Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai" - Address in Chinese Archived 2014-03-01 at the Wayback Machine: "地址：上海市浦东新区浦东南路588号浦发大厦 邮编：200120"
- "China's Yangtze River Airlines rebrands as Suparna Airlines". ch-aviation. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
- Yangtse River Express launches passenger flights