Great Wall Airlines
|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. The airline was merged into China Cargo Airlines in 2011 but continue its operations with their fleet and their destinations.
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.
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. 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 has 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 have also launched scheduled service to Manchester via Amsterdam (two times weekly).
The airline operated to U.S stations including Seattle and Chicago at end of May, 2008. And started the service to Atlanta in 2009. At beginning of year 2010, the stock(51%) which owend BASA has been transferred to China Eastern Air Holding.
Great Wall Airlines operated flights to the following (as of January 2013):
- People's Republic of China
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
As of January 2013 the Great Wall Airlines fleet included: