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Breaking news: UPS and SF Holdings to establish JV

May 25, 2017 at 7:45 pm 0 comments

On Friday morning (Beijing Standard Time), SF Holdings, the parent company of China-based SF Express and SF Airlines, and US-based express giant UPS announced plans to enter into a joint venture, in which the two companies will use their respective assets and expertise to “collaborate to develop and provide international delivery services.”Read More

Lockheed Martin’s LM-100J commercial freighter had a successful first flight, May 25, 2017. by Todd R. McQueen (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Com)

Lockheed Martin’s LM 100J completed its first test flight

May 25, 2017 at 3:42 pm 0 comments

Earlier today, the commercial variant of Lockheed’s popular C-130J “Super Hercules” completed its first test flight, following the same flight path over North Georgia, and Alabama that test pilots usually chart for its military counterpart. Like the Super Hercules, the LM-100J will be capable of operating in rugged terrain unsuitableRead More

In a surprise move, Heathrow begins to develop cargo community

In a surprise move, Heathrow begins to develop cargo community

May 25, 2017 at 10:56 am 0 comments

Today, Heathrow Airport took a major step towards developing an airport cargo community with the introduction of the ‘Heahtrow CargoCloud’.  Next month, the airport will test the waters for cargo community participation by piloting a load consolidation app developed by Belgium-based data sharing platform, nallian (which also powers Brussels Airport’sRead More

HNA Group envisions Xi’an as future “Chinese Memphis”

HNA Group envisions Xi’an as future “Chinese Memphis”

May 24, 2017 at 10:58 am 0 comments

If you read this headline, and thought “wait a minute, isn’t Shenzhen-based SF Express Airlines already planning a ‘Chinese Memphis’ in Ezhou,” you are not mistaken. Perhaps China has room for two Memphis-like hubs, or at least a Memphis and a “Chinese Louisville”. Either way, last week Hainan Group establishedRead More

Air Cargo recovery on the horizon for Latin America?

Air Cargo recovery on the horizon for Latin America?

May 23, 2017 at 10:57 am 0 comments

Politics aside, there are signs that after years of declining traffic, the air cargo market in Latin America is finally beginning to pivot. The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) recently reported March intra-Latin American cargo traffic transported by carriers headquartered in the region up 3.0% y-o-y, toRead More

YTO Express Airlines recently ordered ten 737-800BCF conversions from Boeing.

YTO launches massive fleet expansion

May 22, 2017 at 10:55 am 0 comments

Just a few days ago, we posted news that Shanghai-based YTO Express had launched an international expansion program, the main cost of which, according to company VP Hao Wenning,  “will come from buying aircraft to strengthen air freight services.” Our discussion in that post centered on YTO’s likely need forRead More

AVIC rolls out the AG600, the largest amphibious  aircraft in the world.

Avic readies amphibious AG600 for maiden flight by month’s end

May 19, 2017 at 9:53 am 0 comments

Following a series of successful ground evaluations, the AG600 manufactured by Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC, China’s state-owned aerospace conglomerate) is expected to take off from land for the first time later this month. It’s first departure from sea is planned a few months later, during the second halfRead More

Overheard at Cargo Facts Asia

Overheard at Cargo Facts Asia

May 18, 2017 at 10:04 am 0 comments

SHANGHAI – A record crowd of senior executives from all links in the air cargo supply chain gathered at the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai late last month for Cargo Facts Asia 2017 – the sixth annual presentation of what is now undeniably the region’s premier industry event. After five yearsRead More