Yangtze River Express (Yangtze River Express Airlines Company Limited) (simplified Chinese: 扬子江快运航空有限公司; traditional Chinese: 揚子江快運航空有限公司; pinyin: Yángzǐjiāng Kuàiyùn hángkōng Xǒuxiàngōngsī, or 扬子江快运/揚子江快運 Yángzǐjiāng Kuàiyùn for short) is a cargo airline based in the People's Republic of China.
The headquarters are in the Pufa Tower (S: 浦发大厦, T: 浦发大廈, P: Pǔfā Dàshà) in Pudong, Shanghai.
Established on 15 January 2003 as the second cargo airline in the country after China Cargo Airlines, it was majority owned by the Hainan Air 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 Express have 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.
Yangtze River Express Boeing 747-400BDSF
The Yangtse River Express fleet consists of the following aircraft as of 2 October 2014: