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Formed and started operations in 2002. Founded as Jetwin Cargo Airlines. Domestic, scheduled & charter, jet airplane cargo services.
2nd Fl Ling Tian Ge
Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
518128 Shenzhen (Guangdong), China
Formerly "Jetwin Cargo Airlines" when established by Hong Kong-based Orient Holdings Group (65%) and the East Pacific Group (35%) in 2002. Re-branded as "East Pacific Airlines" in 2004, but re-branded again as "Donghai Airlines" in July 2006, as part of a reorganization, that saw Shenzhen Donggang Trade Company become the majority owner.
July 2006: Inaugural service, Shenzhen to Shanghai.
September 2006: 2 737-3WOSFs (23396, B-2517; 23397, B-2518), deliveries.
April 2008: Donghai Airlines (EPA) operates cargo jet airplane services from its base in Shenzhen to over half a dozen domestic destinations. International cargo and passenger services are planned.
Parent organization/shareholders: Shenzhen Donggang Trade Company (51%); Donghai United Group Company (24%); Yonggang Co (24%); & others (1%).
(IATA) Code: J5 - 844. (ICAO) Code: EPA (Callsign - DONGHAI AIR).
Main Base: Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (SZX).
October 2010: Donghai Airlines (EPA) 737-3WO/SF (23397, B2518 - - SEE PHOTO - - "EPA-737-3WOSF-2010-10"), seen at Osaka-Kansai airport.
November 2010: 5 orders (2011-03) Bombardier Challenger 300 business jets.
March 2011: The first of five orders Bombardier Challenger 300 business jets was handed over during a special ceremony with Donghai Airlines (EPA) and Bombardier (BMB) executives at Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress 2011 in Hong Kong. The Challenger 300 business jet joins a Challenger 605 business jet, already in operation in (EPA)'s fleet - - SEE PHOTO - - "EPA-CHALLENGER 300 BUSINESS JET - 2011-03."
July 2013: 737-360F (28657, B-2505), ex-(N657AG), Aviation Capital Group (CGP) leased.
December 2013: Shenzhen-based cargo carrier, Donghai Airlines (EPA) plans to shift its focus to passenger transport.
January 2014: Donghai Airlines(EPA) may launch passenger operations in February to help compensate for the stagnant cargo market.
February 2014: Donghai Airlines (EPA) announced an order for 25 Boeing 737-800 airplanes. (EPA) plans to introduce 6 new 737-800s annually in the next few years.
(EPA) said it has inked a deal with (ILFC) (ILF) to lease 4 737-800s. The 25 airplane order with Boeing will boost the airline's capacity.
The carrier was founded in 2002 as Jetwin Cargo Airline and began using its current name from June 2004. On December 18, 2013, the airline was given green light by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to expand its business scope to cover passenger flights.
Donghai Airlines (EPA) took delivery of its 1st 737-800 passenger airplane on February 16, which is scheduled to make its maiden flight on March 1.
March 2014: International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has entered into a lease agreement with Donghai Airlines (EPA) for 2 used Boeing 737-800 airplanes, which have already been delivered to the airline.
July 2014: 737-86J (39387, B-1705), airBerlin (BER) leased.
January 2015: 737-8Q8 (41802, B-1770), AerCap (DEA) leased.
July 2015: Donghai Airlines (EPA) will take delivery of 4 Boeing 737 airplanes in the 2nd half of this year to meet traffic growth.
According to the statistics released from (EPA), Donghai Airlines (EPA) accumulated 1,605 airplane movements and 330,000 passengers last year, with 7,338 hours of safe flying.
As its traffic grows, (EPA) will expand its fleet gradually, with 6 new 737-800 airplanes annually in the next few years. On February 28, 2014, Donghai Airlines (EPA) placed an order for 25 737-800s.
Currently, (EPA) owns a fleet of 12 Boeing airplanes including 7 737-300F all-cargo freighters and 5 737-800 passenger planes. According to (EPA)'s fleet expansion plan, +4 new 737-800 airplanes will join its fleet this year, expanding its fleet to 9 airplanes and providing more capacity for (EPA).
(EPA) has been offering cargo services and corporate jet services since its establishment in 2002. (EPA) received approval to provide scheduled passenger services in December 2013 and commenced domestic services from its hub at Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport to the cities of Ningbo and Dalian in March 2014.
September 2015: Donghai Airlines (EPA) takes delivery of a brand new 737-800 on September 22, expanding its fleet size up to 15.
For the new passenger airplane's qualification requirement, (EPA) sent staff to Boeing's Seattle headquarter for acceptance check work, especially on the airliner's cabin hardware facilities and on board electric systems, to further guarantee the delivery flight's safety.
The new 737-800 (B-6980) landed in Shenzhen on September 22 via Hawaii, Guam, and Tianjin. It will be put into service between Haikou, Changsha, Lanzhou, and Nanning.
Registered in 2002 in Zhuhai, Donghai Airlines (EPA) is the 1st private airline established in China. In 2004 it moved to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (SZX) at the invitation of the municipal government and now remains as a Shenzhen-based carrier.
To date, the company has 14 airplanes, with its cargo route network covering >10 cities at home and abroad, including Seoul, Osaka, Manila, Hanoi, and Phnom Penh.
In March 2004, it accomplished transformation from a cargo carrier to a passenger carrier. Now it has opened 9 passenger routes from Shenzhen to 13 cities such as Shanghai, Harbin, Shenyang, Halar, Kunming, etc.
The new airplane is the Shenzhen-based carrier's 6th passenger airplane.
737-8Q8 (45818, N418AR), (DEA) leased, 2 737-83Z (61268, B-6980; 61269, B-6983), ex-(N1786B) deliveries.
October 2015: Donghai Airlines (EPA) plans to launch an initial public offering (IPO) in May 2016 on the Shanghai Stock Exchange to fund its rapid fleet expansion.
(EPA), the Shenzhen-based carrier is making various preparations for its (IPO) launch next year, despite a suspension of an (IPO) application in July. (EPA) operates a fleet of 7 airplanes and has on order 10 Boeing 737-800s and 15 737 MAX airplanes.
It also plans to introduce 50 additional airplanes, including the 737-800, 737 MAX and Boeing 787, which would expand the carrier’s fleet number to 70 by 2020.
Donghai Airlines (EPA) began as a cargo carrier; it launched passenger operations in February 2014. (EPA) operates 11 domestic passenger routes, and 14 cargo routes domestically, and on international charters to neighboring Asian countries. (EPA) is expected to use the 787 on new international routes.
(EPA) transported 645,700 passengers with an average load factor of 85.33% LF for the 1st 8 months of this year. It is expected to transport 1.15 million passengers for 2015.
October 2016: Boeing (TBC) booked order from Donghai Airlines (EPA) for 25 737 MAXs.
December 2016: 2 737-83Z (42156, B-1532; 42157, B-1533) deliveries.
February 2017: 2 737-800 deliveries.
June 2017: Donghai Airlines (EPA) will convert 10 Boeing 737 MAXs it now has on order to Boeing’s new 737 MAX 10 variant, (EPA) announced June 21 at the Paris Air Show. (EPA)’s order is valued at $1.2 billion at list prices.
(EPA) launched passenger service operations in early 2014 after 8 years solely as a cargo airline. (EPA) operates a fleet of 15 737-800s, serving over 35 cities across China, and plans to begin international long-haul flights between 2021 and 2023. (EPA) aims to grow its fleet to 100 airplanes by 2025.
Donghai (EPA) firmed its order for 25 737 MAX airplanes in September 2016. (EPA) announced its intent to order the 737 MAXs at the Farnborough Airshow in July 2016, along with 5 787-9s. Boeing (TBC) reported the order for the 787-9s was finalized in November 2016.
May 2018: "China’s Donghai Airlines Launches 737 Australian Service on May 30" by (ATW) Katie Cantle, May 29, 2018.
Shenzhen-based Donghai Airlines (EPA) is set to become the 1st Chinese carrier to begin long-haul services with a Boeing 737-800 on a 2x-weekly Shenzhen to Darwin, Australia route on May 30. Flying time will be 5.4 hours.
“The new route opens a new chapter of China’s intercontinental flight operations. Uniquely, (EPA) becomes the 1st airline from China to serve Australia with a Boeing 737-800, providing a more cost-effective and economically efficient way that will enable very competitive fares for passengers,” Boeing China VP Sales & Marketing Charlie Gu said at the launch ceremony.
Donghai President Yang Jianhong said Donghai Airlines (EPA) can cut operating costs in half by using the 737 narrow body instead of a wide body on the intercontinental route. “We are also considering changing this route into Shenzhen to Bali to Darwin or Shenzhen to Darwin to Bali at the proper time, as there are a lot of passenger traffic between Bali and Australia,” he added.
Yang also said (EPA) and Darwin-based Airnorth are in talks on a partnership to use Airnorth’s network to transfer to different Australian destinations.
Gu said the Boeing 737 MAX 8 is expected to replace the 737-800 on the Shenzhen to Darwin service when (EPA) begins taking delivery of 737 MAX airplanes next year.
Launched in 2002, Donghai Airlines (EPA) switched to passenger operations from cargo transport in 2013. (EPA) operates a single fleet of 19 Boeing 737-800s on >30 domestic and international routes. In addition, (EPA) also has a backlog order of >40 Boeing airplanes, including Boeing 737 MAX 8s, 737 MAX 10s and 787s.
“As the local carrier in Shenzhen, we will continue to explore the international market and [contribute to enhance] the position of Shenzhen airport as an international aviation hub and improve its competitiveness” Yang noted.
(EPA) is preparing to open the following new international services: Haiphong (Vietnam), Kalibo (Philippines) and Mandalay (Myanmar). Additionally, (EPA) is scheduled to open Zhuhai to Wanzhou to Pattaya, Thailand international service on May 31.