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Where have all the orders gone — Part II

Where have all the orders gone — Part II

Aircraft, Carriers, Conversions, Express, News, Strategy August 31, 2017 at 9:41 am

Yesterday we looked at the sudden drop-off in orders for production jet freighters — despite surging demand for air freight. You can read Part I here (including detailed charts of the orders, deliveries, and backlogs for all of Boeing’s and Airbus’ freighters). Today we turn to an analysis of theRead More

Where have all the orders gone?

Where have all the orders gone?

Aircraft, Capacity & Demand, Carriers, Express, News, Strategy August 30, 2017 at 10:15 am

What has happened to the market for production freighter aircraft? The conversion houses can hardly keep up with demand for narrowbody and medium widebody freighters, the news is full of stories of e-commerce driving big increases in demand for air freight, and airlines the world over are reporting increasing trafficRead More

HNA’s Suparna commits to Xi’an and Hahn as air freight hubs

HNA’s Suparna commits to Xi’an and Hahn as air freight hubs

Aircraft, Airports, Asia, Carriers, News August 29, 2017 at 10:57 am

On 28 August, a Suparna Airlines (previously Yangtze River Express, then Yangtze River Airlines) 747-400F departed the central-Chinese city of Xi’an, and headed for Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany, where it landed eight hours later, formally inaugurating the carrier’s newest Xi’an – Hahn – Ordos, scheduled cargo route. Although Suparna, inRead More

747 era draws to a close at EVA Air [VIDEO]

747 era draws to a close at EVA Air [VIDEO]

Aircraft, Asia, Carriers, News, Strategy August 25, 2017 at 10:51 am

EVA Air was founded in Taiwan in 1989, and, just three years later, began adding main-deck cargo capacity in the form of 747-400 combis. Taking advantage of the boom in trans-Pacific air freight demand (Taiwan was a major manufacturing center for goods destined for the US), EVA ramped up its cargoRead More

SF Express offloads stock to purchase aircraft

SF Express offloads stock to purchase aircraft

Aircraft, Airports, Asia, Carriers, E-Commerce, News August 24, 2017 at 10:51 am

On 22 August, rapidly growing Shenzhen-based SF Express raised US$1.2 billion from a stock placement, freeing capital it plans to use for growth-focused investments including the purchase of new aircraft, pilot recruitment, and technology R&D, according to a filing on the Shenzhen Stock exchange. Local media reports suggest that SFRead More

AirBridgeCargo Airlines is in the midst of a period of phenomenal growth.

E-commerce drives China-Russia airfreight links

Aircraft, Airports, Capacity & Demand, Carriers, News, Traffic August 22, 2017 at 10:37 am

The Express Logistics arm of China Post reached an agreement with the Russian Post to have its affiliate airline, Aviastar-TU operate a TU-204-100C freighter on scheduled thrice-weekly service between Novosibirsk and Hangzhou, according to a report in Xinhua. Although flight frequencies and capacity are relatively insignificant given the volumes movingRead More

HNA increases ties with SF Airlines

HNA increases ties with SF Airlines

Aircraft, Asia, Carriers, E-Commerce, News August 21, 2017 at 9:57 am

Hainan Group (HNA) subsidiary carrier Suparna Airlines (formerly known as Yangtze River Airlines) ACMI-leased a 757-200PCF from SF Airlines, and launched twice-weekly scheduled service between Zhengzhou and Taipei. The lease is for just one year, but, given that demand has long outstripped capacity at SF Express’ air arm, why wouldRead More

The future of drones [VIDEO]

The future of drones [VIDEO]

Aircraft, Asia, Photos+Videos August 18, 2017 at 9:31 am

In the aviation industry, the future may belong to drones, but, as this video shows, there are still problems… And, of course, not all trouble comes from below…