China Express Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded18 April 2006 (2006-04-18)
Focus cities
Fleet size64
DestinationsMore than 70
HeadquartersChongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Chongqing, China
Key people
EmployeesMore than 2,000
China Express
Simplified Chinese华夏航空股份公司
Traditional Chinese華夏航空股份公司

China Express Airlines (simplified Chinese: 华夏航空; traditional Chinese: 華夏航空; pinyin: Huáxià Hángkōng) is a regional airline with its corporate headquarters on the grounds of Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, Chongqing, China.[4]


China Express Airlines, also known as Huaxia Airlines, is China's first private regional airline. The airline was established in May 2006 and is owned by Cathay Fortune (40%), High Zero (25%), Tampines International (24%) and others (11%).[1]

On August 28, 2010, a China Express Airlines Bombardier Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet scraped the ground on landing at Guiyang Airport in southwest China. No one was injured during the incident. On 1 September 2010, China's Civil Aviation Administration ordered the airline to suspend operations after a landing incident at Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport in which an aircraft's right wing made contact with the runway during landing. The airline was ordered to review its safety regulations and perform an investigation into the incident.[5] On 6 September, Chinese authorities allowed the airline to resume partial operations; according to a spokesperson, the company planned to resume full operations within two weeks.[6]

Corporate affairs

The airline was previously headquartered on the grounds of Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport in Chongqing.[7]


China Express Airlines CRJ200 at Dalian Airport
China Express Airlines CRJ900 at the Bombardier plant at Montreal-Mirabel

As of December 2023, China Express Airlines operates the following aircraft:[8]

China Express Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 11 4 168 172
Airbus A320neo 13 1 4 168 172
Bombardier CRJ900 38 6 78 84
Comac ARJ21-700 6 44[9] 95 95
Total 64 45

In October 2011, China Express signed a conditional order for six CRJ900 NextGen aircraft with an option for an additional five. The deal was announced on February 10, 2012.[10] On July 7, 2012, the conditional order was converted into a firm order.[11]

In 2014 the airline signed a deal for a further 16 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft (including 8 options).[12]

On April 30, 2015, China Express retired its final CRJ 200 with the last flight from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport operating as flight G52006. On December 31, 2015, the company exercised eight of its options and placed a firm order for 10 CRJ 900.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 91.
  2. ^ Airline Codes
  3. ^ "China Express Airlines eyes international expansion". 9 November 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  4. ^ "联系我们." China Express Airlines. August 14, 2015. Retrieved on May 12, 2016. "重庆总部:重庆江北国际机场"
  5. ^ "China Express grounded by authorities after CRJ200 landing incident". 2 September 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  6. ^ "China Express resumes operations". 6 September 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  7. ^ "联系我们." China Express Airlines. Dec 08, 2016. Retrieved on Dec 08, 2016. "联系地址(Ad):重庆市 渝北区 江北国际机场 华夏航空股份公司"
  8. ^ "China Express Airlines fleet details and history". Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  9. ^ "China Express Air signs firm order to buy 50 ARJ21 aircraft from COMAC". Reuters. 16 October 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Bombardier wins order for up to 11 regional jets". The Globe and Mail. February 10, 2012.
  11. ^ "China Express Airlines Confirms Order for Six Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen Aircraft". Bombardier. 2012-07-07.
  12. ^ "CRJ900 Customer Revealed". Airliner World (January 2015): 16.
  13. ^ "China Express Airlines Orders 10 More Bombardier CRJ900 Jetliners (31 December 2015)". Archived from the original on 4 January 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  14. ^ "China Express Airlines Orders 10 More Bombardier CRJ900 Jetliners". 31 December 2015.