China Postal Airlines to Change IATA Code

China Postal Airlines, the air transport arm of the country's postal authority, will change its IATA code from 8Y to CF commencing March 29, which is also the start of the carrier's summer-autumn flight schedule.

Air China Cargo B757-400F
Air China Cargo B757-400F

The cargo airline, which is owned by Chinese Postal Bureau (51%) and China Southern Airlines (49%), was originally set up to operate domestic postal services, but in 2006 introduced international scheduled services to South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

It operates express mail and cargo transport services mainly for China Post to over 300 domestic destinations, as well as international scheduled and charter services. It operates from its main bases at Beijing Capital International Airport and Nanjing Lukou International Airport.

The airline will be operating under the CF code from the new flight season and all its network and operations systems are in the process of being changed.

China Postal Airlines currently operates a fleet of 26, mostly converted, freighters, including 12 Boeing 737-300Fs, two Boeing 737-300QCs, eight Boeing 737-400s and four B757-400Fs, which are operated under a charter agreement by Air China Cargo, a subsidiary of China's flag carrier Air China.

Nol van Fenema

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