China Express Airlines

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China Express Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2006
Hubs Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport[3]
Focus cities Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport
Hohhot Baita International Airport
Fleet size 25
Headquarters Chongqing International Airport
Chongqing, China
Key people Li Xiaoming (Chairman), Wu Longjiang (President)
China Express Airlines
Simplified Chinese 华夏航空公司
Traditional Chinese 華夏航空公司

China Express Airlines (simplified Chinese: 华夏航空; traditional Chinese: 華夏航空; pinyin: Huáxià Hángkōng) is an airline with its corporate headquarters on the grounds of Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, Chongqing, China.[4] It provides services using all Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft.[1]


China Express Airlines, also known as Huaxia Airlines, is China‘s first private regional airline. The airline was established in May 2006 and is owned by Cathay Fortune (40%), High Zero (25%), Tampines International (24%) and others (11%).[1]

On August 28, 2011, a China Express Airlines Bombardier CRJ 200 regional jet scraped the ground on landing at Guiyang Airport in southwest China. No one was injured during the incident. On 1 September 2010, China's Civil Aviation Administration ordered the airline to suspend operations after a landing incident at Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport in which an aircraft's right wing made contact with the runway during landing. The airline was ordered to review its safety regulations and perform an investigation into the incident.[5] On 6 September, Chinese authorities allowed the airline to resume partial operations; according to a spokesperson, the company planned to resume full operations within two weeks.[6]

Corporate affairs[edit]

The airline was previously headquartered on the grounds of Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport in Guiyang, Guizhou.[7]


China Express Airlines CRJ200 at Dalian Airport
China Express Airlines CRJ900 at the Bombardier plant at Montreal-Mirabel

The China Express Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[8]

China Express Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Notes
Bombardier CRJ900 25 13
Total 25 13

In October 2011, China Express signed a conditional order for six CRJ900 NextGen aircraft with an option for an additional five. The deal was announced on February 10, 2012.[9] On July 7, 2012, the conditional order was converted into a firm order.[10]

In 2014 the airline signed a deal for a further 16 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft (including 8 options).[11]

On April 30, 2015, it retired the CRJ 200 with last flight was Shanghai Pudong to Chongqing route as G52006. On December 31, 2015, the company exercised eight of its options and placed a firm order for 10 CRJ900.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 91. 
  2. ^ Airline Codes
  3. ^ "China Express Airlines eyes international expansion". 9 November 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "联系我们." China Express Airlines. August 14, 2015. Retrieved on May 12, 2016. "重庆总部:重庆江北国际机场"
  5. ^ "China Express grounded by authorities after CRJ200 landing incident". 2 September 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "China Express resumes operations". 6 September 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "联系我们." China Express Airlines. June 13, 2013. Retrieved on May 12, 2016. "联系地址(Ad):贵州省 贵阳市 龙洞堡国际机场 华夏航空有限公司"
  8. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 11. 
  9. ^ "Bombardier wins order for up to 11 regional jets". The Globe and Mail. February 10, 2012. 
  10. ^ "China Express Airlines Confirms Order for Six Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen Aircraft". Bombardier. 2012-07-07. 
  11. ^ "CRJ900 Customer Revealed". Airliner World (January 2015): 16. 
  12. ^ "China Express Airlines Orders 10 More Bombardier CRJ900 Jetliners". 31 December 2015. 

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