Formed in 2015 and started operations in 2016. Domestic, regional and international cargo operations with probable passenger operations incorporated later.
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
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.
October 2016: 737-3WOF (29069, B-2986), delivery.
November 2016: Guangzhou-based startup Longhao Airlines (LHO) expects to receive an air operator’s certificate (AOC) soon from the Civil Aviation Administration of China and plans to make a rapid expansion after it is launched.
Longhao Airlines (LHO) was set up in August 2015. The Guangdong Longhao Aviation Group wholly owns the new entity, which has a registered capital of CNY400 million/$61 million.
The cargo carrier has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Guangdong Airport Group to establish its main cargo operating base at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport.
According to (LHO) Chairman Yao Weihui, the company has introduced 3 737-300F freighters and is scheduled to take delivery of 3 more in 2017. (LHO) plans to expand its fleet to 50 airplanes by 2025.
“Initially we will act as a startup cargo carrier and (SF) Express (SFX) will be our major customer because our cargo capacities are mainly for meeting their cargo demands,” Yao said. He noted (LHO) would expand its business scale to passenger transport at the proper time in the future.
Industry analysts point out China’s air freight market has huge growth potential as the industry currently accounts for only a 15% share of the domestic express delivery market, which has been experiencing robust growth in recent years because of fast-growing e-commerce in China.
As 1 of the biggest Chinese express delivery companies, (SF) express has also launched its own cargo carrier, (SF) Airlines (SFX), which operates a cargo fleet of 36 Boeing freighters and includes Boeing 767Fs, 757Fs and 737Fs.
Separately, (YTO) Express subsidiary, (YTO) cargo airline also plans to expand its fleet to 50 aircraft by 2020. (YTO) currently operates 5 freighters and has 15 Boeing 737-800Fs on order.
December 2016: Pemco World Air Services (PEMCO) (ASC) has redelivered its 1st 737-300 passenger-to-freighter (PTF) converted airplane to the Guangdong Longhao (LHO) Aviation Group. The Guangzhou-based Longhao Aviation Group has +2 more (PEMCO)-converted 737-300s in process with options for additional conversions to meet its expansion.
July 2018: 737-34SF (29108, N442SR), (GECAS) (GEF) leased.