Investors from China and Hong Kong are working to establish the third dedicated domestic cargo airline in China.

Known as Jetwin Air Cargo, the would-be carrier's backers have been permitted by the regulatory Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to apply for an operations permit. Once that is secured, the company will be able to apply for an air operator's certificate.

Jetwin assistant general manager Duan Lian says the airline wants to start operations some time next year. It is owned by two companies, with China's Aidi Group owning 65% and Hong Kong property company East Pacific Holdings having the rest.

Plans call for three leased Boeing 737 freighters to be operated on routes between mainland Chinese cities such as Beijing, Dalian, Shanghai, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Zhuhai. The latter two cities, which are located near Macau and Hong Kong respectively, will be its hubs.

The bases are in the most developed areas of China, which Duan hopes will provide access to feed from international cargo airlines.

Source: Flight International