Suparna Airlines

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Suparna Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 15 January 2003
Fleet size 25
Destinations 8
Parent company Hainan Airlines
Headquarters Shanghai, China

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.

The company's headquarters are in "Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Tower" (Chinese: 浦发大厦; pinyin: Pǔ fā dà shà) in Pudong, Shanghai.[1]


former logo

Established on 15 January 2003 as the second cargo airline in the country after China Cargo Airlines,[2] 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.

The airline rebranded as Suparna Airlines on 7 July 2017.[3]



Suparna Airlines has 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 Suparna Airlines launched domestic passenger flights under revised name Yangtze River Airlines, 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.[4]


Yangtze River Express Boeing 747-400BDSF

The Suparna Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft as of August 2017:[5]

Suparna Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-800 8 189 189
Cargo Fleet
Boeing 737-300F 10 Cargo
Boeing 737-400F 3 Cargo
Boeing 747-400BDSF 3 Cargo
Boeing 747-400ERF 1 Cargo
Total 25


  1. ^ "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"
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  3. ^ "China's Yangtze River Airlines rebrands as Suparna Airlines". ch-aviation. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2017. 
  4. ^ Yangtse River Express launches passenger flights
  5. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 12. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Yangtze River Express at Wikimedia Commons