Chinese cargo carrier Great Wall Airlines is launching
services from Tianjin to Europe, marking the first time the dedicated cargo
carrier will be operating long-haul flights from Beijing’s port city.
Great Wall Airlines president Tan Kaiping says that on 30
March the airline will commence a five-times-weekly cargo service from its
Shanghai Pudong base to Tianjin and the service will go on to Amsterdam.
Two of these flights will also go onto Manchester after Amsterdam,
Great Wall currently operates a fleet of three Boeing
747-400Fs and Tan says it is now “in the process of negotiating a contract” for
the lease of a fourth. This aircraft will arrive later this year in time for
the launch of services to the USA, he says.
Tan declines to provide details on the planned US services
but says the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has already granted
it traffic rights. Next month Great Wall will announce its US schedule, he
The CAAC announced last August that Great Wall had applied
for rights to operate Shanghai-Anchorage-Los Angeles return and
Shanghai-Anchorage-Chicago return services.
Tianjin is the main port city near Beijing and is being
positioned as a cargo hub. It is also where Korean Air’s new Chinese airline
cargo joint venture, Grand Star, is based. Grand Star has applied to operate
from Tianjin to destinations such as Brussels and Frankfurt in Europe.
Great Wall is a joint venture between Singapore Airlines
Cargo, Singapore investment company Dahlia Investments and Beijing Aerospace