China Postal Airlines set for Taiwan cargo flights


TAIPEI–China Postal Airlines has obtained official permission to launch direct cargo flights to Taiwan, with the first run set for Dec. 21 from Fuzhou to Taoyuan, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said yesterday. The Beijing-headquartered carrier is also planning to operate the Nanjing-Taoyuan route, according to Taiwan’s Chunghwa Post Co., which will consign some of the company’s cross-Taiwan Strait mail to the airline.

China Postal Airlines was established in 1996 and currently owns 17 Boeing 737 all-cargo aircraft. It is the first Chinese carrier dedicated to express mail and cargo transport services.

The company is one of the five Chinese carriers designated by Beijing to operate cross-strait cargo services.

The other four are Air China Cargo, China Cargo Airlines, China Southern Airlines, and Yangtze River Express. The latter has not filed an application for permission to fly the cross-strait route.

The two Taiwanese carriers operating the services are China Airlines and EVA Airways.