CHINA: Carriers to start transpacific flights

Four Chinese carriers have applied to CAAC for the right to operate transpacifi c services in a market traditionally dominated by the country’s big three and their US counterparts. The four carriers – Shanghai Airlines Cargo, Hainan Airlines, Jade Cargo International and Great Wall Airlines – plan to operate transpacifi c services and each has […]


Four Chinese carriers have applied to CAAC for the right to operate transpacifi c services in a market traditionally dominated by the country’s big three and their US counterparts.

The four carriers – Shanghai Airlines Cargo, Hainan Airlines, Jade Cargo International and Great Wall Airlines – plan to operate transpacifi c services and each has received approval from CAAC, according to a CAAC statement.

Shanghai Airlines plans to fl y from Pudong to Los Angeles via Anchorage beginning in September and to Dallas/ Fort Worth via Anchorage from next April. Jade intends to operate a Shenzhen-Shanghai-Portland-DFWPortland- Shanghai routing and a Shenzhen-Anchorage-Chicago fl ight beginning this month.

In March, Great Wall expects to fl y freighters to Los Angeles and Chicago via Shanghai-Seoul-Anchorage and beginning June 8, Hainan will operate passenger fl ights between Beijing and Seattle.

Hainan never before has applied to serve the US. It also has applied to serve Mexico City from Beijing from March 30 and last month it started fl ights to St. Petersburg. The carriers hope that the seven new cargo routes to the US will help domestic airlines improve on the 30 percent market share they currently hold in the international freight market.