Hebei Airlines (Shijiazhuang) on December 20 took delivery of its first two Embraer ERJ 190-100LRs in a ceremony held at the Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The sale of these two E190s was confirmed this month, and the purchase of another eight jets is still subject to the Chinese government approval. Based in Shijiazhuang, the capital city of China’s Hebei Province, the E190s will be deployed to support establishing a hub network within Hebei Province, while also flying from Shijiazhuang to other provincial capitals, with more routes and frequencies.
The airline commenced operations on June 29, 2010.
Hebei Airlines (Shijiazhuang) is the new airline of Hebei Province in China. The new airline launched scheduled passenger operations on June 29 using the assets of defunct Northeast Airlines (Dongbei Air) (Shenyang) per this report from ATW. The airline operates one Airbus A319-132 (B-6170, msn 2396) and two Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets (B-3040, msn 145317 and B-3041, msn 145349) on domestic routes from Shijiazhuang to Chengdu, Guilin, Hohhot, Qinhuangdao and Shanghai.
Northeast Airlines previously commenced operations on November 1, 2007 and was a joint venture between Sichuan Airlines (33.5%) and local interests. The aircraft were leased from and operated by Sichuan Airlines.
Picture of Northeast Airlines’ Airbus A319-132 B-6170 (msn 2396):
Sichuan Airlines (Chengdu) intends to launch Hebei Airlines (Shijiazhuang) on June 29 using the assets of subsidiary Dongbei Air according to this report in ATW. Dongbei Air commenced operations in February 2006 and Sichuan Airlines recently increased it share in the troubled airline to a controlling interest.