HNA Group’s cargo subsidiary Yangtze River Express has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to enter the passenger market. The move comes as HNA Group, parent of Hainan Airlines, plans to raise its profile in the Shanghai market, which is high in business premium traffic. Launched in July 2002, Shanghai Pudong-based Yangtze River Express operates 18 freighters—comprising 15 Boeing 737Fs, which provide domestic express deliveries, and three 747Fs that ...

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