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Formed and started operations in 2012. Full name: (CDI) Cargo Airlines Limited. Domestic, regional & international, scheduled & charter, jet airplane services.
4th Floor, Qiyun Building
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Hangzhou 311207, China
China (People's Republic of China) was established in 1949, it covers an area of 9,560,980 sq km, its population is 1,265 million, its capital city is Beijing, and its official language is Chinese.
February 2012: The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved the launch of Hangzhou-based, (CDI) Cargo. It will initially acquire one 737-300 with plans to introduce +2 more of the type. They will be converted to freighters. (CDI) will launch service from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (100 km SW of Shanghai) following conversion of the 737s to freighter configuration.
(CDC) states on its website that it would initially operate the 737-3J6F freighters on “domestic and surrounding routes” (presumably targeting Japan and/or Korea), but that it also plans to acquire wide body freighters for long-haul operation from its Hangzhou main base.
The Chinese title after "(CDI) Cargo" (see photo) could be translated as "Long Dragon Cargo." Perhaps more fitting in this Chinese New Year.
The new cargo venture has a registered capital of CNY200 million/$31.8 million. The Huixiang Industrial Investment Company, which invested CNY102 million, has a 51% ownership. The Haofu Group holds a 24% stake, the Asia Yingsheng Investment Company holds 15% and the Caulfield Investment Company holds the remaining 10%.
The (CAAC) (CAC) appears to be softening its tough stance on restricting approval of new entrants. In 2007, the (CAAC) said it would not approve any new start-ups until 2010, except for cargo carriers, West China-based carriers or those that operate domestically produced regional airplanes. This was because there were too many privately run domestic carriers after restrictions were loosened in 2004.
May 2012: 2 747-3J6s (25891, B-2584; 27372, B-2949), ferried to Jinan for conversion to freighter.
August 2012: (CDI) Cargo Airlines (CDC) has launched operations with a 737-3J6F (27372, B-2549 - - SEE PHOTO - - "CDC-737-300F - 2012-08) service: Hangzhou to Qingdao to Changchun, despite the weakening cargo demand in China.
The new cargo venture, which was approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in February, has a registered capital of CNY200 million/$31.8 million. Huixiang Industrial Investment Company, which invested CNY102 million, has a 51% ownership. Haofu Group holds a 24% stake, Asia Yingsheng Investment Company holds 15%, and Caulfield Investment Company holds the remaining 10%.
(CDI) Cargo (CDC) is expected to operate 3 737-300Fs on domestic routes. The remaining 2 airplanes are scheduled for delivery in October and December. It plans to purchase long-haul wide body airplanes and open new routes to neighboring countries such as Japan and Korea.
Cargo carriers in China have faced tough times due to a cargo recession in the domestic market. Jade Cargo International (JDC), a Lufthansa Cargo (LUB)/Shenzhen Airlines (SHZ) joint venture was liquidated after China’s UniTop abandoned its restructuring plan in June.
Grandstar Cargo International Airlines (GSC), the joint venture launched by Sinotrans Air Transportation Development Company and Korean Air (KAL), is also expected to be liquidated because of continuous operating losses in a declining cargo market.
July 2013: (CDI) Cargo Airlines (CDC) has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) (CAC) to transport passengers to meet growing demand. The cargo carrier, which is expected to receive approval, has been renamed "China Loong Airlines" (CDC).
September 2015: China Southern Airlines (GUN) has selected Thales (THL) Dual Head Up Displays (HUD) configuration across 30 of their new Airbus A320s, alongside the company’s Flight Management System (FMS) and Low Range Radio Altimeter (LRRA). The order represents Thales (THL)'s largest contract for (HUD)s and the 1st for a dual configuration system since the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) made it mandatory for all Chinese registered aircraft to be equipped with (HUD)s.
The dual configuration developed by (THL) was certified by Airbus (EDS) in early 2015. The group will equip its (HUD)s across China Eastern (CEA), Sichuan Airlines (SIC), and China Loong Air (CDC), as well as Spring Airways (CQH).
January 2017: China Loong Air (CDC) has agreed to acquire 20 aircraft from Irish lessor AerCap (DEA).
The aircraft type was not specified, but (CDC) is currently an all-narrow body operation, with 17 Airbus A320ceos and 3 Boeing 737-300F freighters. It also has A320ceos and A320neos on order.
Loong Air Chairman Liu Qihong said that since China Loong Air (CDC) was established in December 2013, it has grown rapidly and is now considering long-haul operations.
(CDC)’s Hangzhou home base grew beyond 30 million passengers in December 2016, ranking it the 5th largest in China and 1 of the busiest in the world. “The airport’s plan to expand further provides historical development opportunity for China Loong Air (CDC), consistent with our aim to become better, bigger and stronger,” Liu Qihong said.
(CDC) operates >100 passenger and cargo routes across China and SE Asia, 39 of which originate from Hangzhou.
June 2018: "China Loong Air Takes Delivery of Its 1st Airbus A320neo"
by China Aviation Daily, June 1, 2018.
China Loong Airlines (CDC) has taken delivery of its 1st A320neo and also the 1st (Leap-1A) powered A320neo to enter service in China. (CDC) currently operates 28 Airbus A320ceo aircraft.
Powered by (CFM) (Leap-1A) engine, Loong Air (CDC)'s A320neo aircraft features a comfortable 2-class cabin layout (18 premium economy and 156 economy class seats). (CDC) will operate the new aircraft on its international and domestic routes.
The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies, including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver >15% fuel savings at entry into service and up to 20% by 2020.
With >6,000 orders received from 100 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60% market share.