Great Wall Airlines

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Great Wall Airlines
Greatwall.png
IATA
IJ
ICAO
GWL
Callsign
GREAT WALL
Founded 2006
Ceased operations 2011
Hubs Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Fleet size 4
Destinations 12
Parent company China Great Wall Industry Corporation
Headquarters Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Key people Mr. Kuah Boon Kiam (President)

Great Wall Airlines Company Limited is a cargo airline based in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. It operated cargo services to Europe, USA and Asia. Its main base was Shanghai Pudong International Airport.[1] The airline was merged into China Cargo Airlines in 2011.

A Great Wall Airlines Boeing 747-400F landing in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

History[edit]

The airline launched its first flight from Shanghai to Amsterdam on 1 June 2006 with an initial frequency of six flights per week, becoming the first local-foreign partnership airline to take flight in China.[2]

It was co-owned by China Eastern Airlines (51%), Singapore Airlines Cargo (25%), and Dahlia Investments (24%), a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings based in Singapore.[3]

The airline suspended operations on 18 August 2006 after its parent company, China Great Wall Industry, had sanctions imposed on it by the United States Department of the Treasury for allegedly supplying missile technology to Iran.[1] All aircraft were returned to Singapore Airlines Cargo. On 13 December 2006, it was announced that sanctions against Great Wall Airlines had been lifted, and that the airline would resume service in February 2007. The airline resumed scheduled services to Amsterdam (six times weekly), Incheon (six times weekly) and Mumbai/Chennai (three times weekly). As of April 30, 2007 Great Wall Airlines also launched scheduled services to Manchester via Amsterdam (two times weekly).[citation needed]

The airline operated to U.S stations including Seattle and Chicago beginning end of May 2008. It started services to Atlanta in 2009.

Merger[edit]

In the first half of 2011, the company was merged into China Cargo Airlines, together with Shanghai Airlines Cargo, which was the freight division of Shanghai Airlines.

Destinations[edit]

Great Wall Airlines operated flights to the following (as of January 2013):[4]

Fleet[edit]

As of January 2013 the Great Wall Airlines fleet included:[5]

Following the merger with China Cargo Airlines, all aircraft were transferred to China Cargo Airlines.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 88. 
  2. ^ Cargo News Asia
  3. ^ Singapore Airlines Cargo news 19 May 2005
  4. ^ Great Wall Airlines Summer 2010 Flight Schedule PDF format
  5. ^ CH-Aviation