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5 декабря 2012
Yangtze River Express - a new cargo airline at Novosibirsk International Airport
Chinese cargo airline Yangtze River Express started operations with technical stops at Novosibirsk International Airport (Tolmachevo). Flights on trans-Siberian routes are performed three times a week on Boeing 747-400F. Landings and refueling at Novosibirsk airport allows airline to optimize flights between cities in China and South-East Asia and Europe.
In 2013 Yangtze River Express plans to increase the number of flights up to six a week. Airport and airline specialists are considering also the possibility of commercial flights to Novosibirsk in the future.
Evgeniy Yankilevich, General Director of JSC "Airport Tolmachevo" noted that increasing the number of foreign cargo airlines at Novosibirsk International Airport is the result of airfield infrastructure modernization and a set of marketing activities. Also, skilled personnel and favorable geographical position of Novosibirsk airport play important role in airlines’ decision to cooperate with Tolmachevo.
The launch of operations of China’s second largest cargo airline underlines the advantages of Novosibirsk International Airport as the largest air hub in Russia east of the Urals on major transit routes between Asia and Europe and increases awareness and interest in its services among other foreign carriers. Novosibirsk International Airport continues to improve its ground handling infrastructure. In particular, it is planned to build a modern container yard and additional aircraft parking stands covering the area of over 80 000 square meters, with all necessary equipment to service wide-body cargo aircraft.
Novosibirsk International Airport (Tolmachevo) has two runways. The airport provides handling for regular flights of Russian and foreign cargo airlines such as AirBridgeCargo, Aeroflot, Volga-Dnepr, Cargolux, Air Cargo Germany, Air China Cargo and others. The capacity of cargo complex Tolmachevo Cargo is 50 000 tons per year. In 2012 it expects to handle more than 27 000 tons of cargo and mail (+28%), in 2013- 34 000 tons, in 2015 – 40 000 tons of cargo.
Yangtze River Express is one of the largest cargo airlines in China. It is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines Group, based at Shanghai airport. The airline’s fleet consists of 15 aircraft: 10 Boeing 737s and 5 Boeing 747s. The airline operates more than 200 weekly flights to 40 domestic and international destinations.