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Yangtze River Express has rebranded to Suparna Airlines

In 2015, Yangtze River Express rebranded to Suparna Airlines.

About Yangtze River Express

Before Yangtze River Express became Suparna Airlines, it offered both passenger and cargo services around China, Russia and several European cities.

Yangtze River Express was first founded in 2003 and was the second cargo airline in China at the time. The airline took over all cargo operations from Hainan Airlines, China Xinhua Airlines, Chang An Airlines and Shanxi Airlines.

In 2017, Yangtze River Express rebranded to Suparna Airlines. This move was part of the airline's strategic efforts to enhance its brand image and potentially expand its scope of operations. Upon the rebranding, Suparna Airlines continues to operate as a cargo airline as well as offering scheduled passenger services.


Yangtze River Express operated domestic passenger flights to a selection of cities including Guyan, Sanya and Zhuhai. It also occasionally flew to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Baggage Allowance

Yangtze River Express didn't officially announce its baggage allowance policies however it is highly likely that it had the same baggage rules as Suparna Airlines who is still operating today.

Carry-on Baggage

For domestic flights in China, Yangtze River Express may have allowed passengers to bring 1 piece of carry-on baggage weighing no more than 5kg and not exceeding the maximum dimensions of 20 x 40 x 55cm.

For flights originating from the US, only 1 piece of carry-on baggage may have been permitted per passenger - this could not weigh more than 10kg and not exceed the linear dimensions of 115cm (length + width + depth).

Checked Baggage

Passengers flying with Yangtze River Express may have been allowed 1 piece of checked baggage weighing no more than 23kg.

Check-In Information

Yangtze River Express did not announce its check-in information itself however it is highly likely it shared the same check-in procedures as Suparna Airlines who are still in operation today.

Online Check-In

Online check-in may have been available via Yangtze River Express' official website, however, this hasn't been confirmed.

Airport Check-In

Airport check-in would have been available for flights operated by Yangtze River Express. Passengers flying with the airline could check in via the dedicated check-in counters. These may have opened 2 hours-90 minutes before departure and closed 45-30 minutes before takeoff.

Cabin Classes

It is highly unlikely that Yangtze River Express offered multiple cabin classes onboard due to its focus on cargo operations rather than scheduled passenger operations.

The airline has now rebranded to Suparna Airlines which offers 3 cabin classes - Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class.

In-flight Entertainment

It's unknown whether Yangtze River Express offered in-flight entertainment options onboard. Passengers were advised to bring their own forms of entertainment such as a book to read or a movie to watch on their personal electronic devices to keep them entertained during their journey.

Food & Drink

It's not certain whether Yangtze River Express offered food or drink onboard, however, an in-flight menu may have been available letting passengers purchase snacks and beverages during their journey.

Frequent Flyer Program

Yangtze River Express didn't have its own frequent flyer program.

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Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Shanghai Pudong International Airport is an international airport located in Shanghai, China. Pudong Airport is a major aviation hub in East Asia, serving both international and domestic flights in the region. The airport is a hub for China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Air China and China Southern Airlines. Privately owned Juneyao Airlines and Spring Airlines also use the airport as a hub.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pudong Airport was fast-growing in passenger traffic, serving just over 76 million passengers in 2019.


Yangtze River Express only had one aircraft in its fleet - this was the Boeing 737-800. After it rebranded to Suparna Airlines, the fleet grew to a total of 11 aircraft consisting of the Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 787-9.

Frequently asked questions

What happened to Yangtze River Express?

In 2017, Yangtze River Express rebranded to Suparna Airlines. If you'd like to fly on similar routes that Yangtze River Express flew, we recommend flying with Suparna Airlines who are based at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.