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The quiet rise of Chinese express: STO launches Brescia 747F flights

The quiet rise of Chinese express: STO launches Brescia 747F flights

March 23, 2017 at 10:54 am 1 comment

Beginning today, 23 March, an SW Italia 747-400F operated for China-based Shentong Express (STO) will touch down regularly at Brescia Montichiari Airport (VBS), just 100km east of Milan. The new thrice-weekly cargo service connects Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to Brescia via Baku (GYD), reportedly carrying express parcels and ChineseRead More

One of Korean Air's first 777Fs. Photo: Alex Kwanten

South Korean air cargo traffic 7.5% higher in 2016

March 14, 2017 at 9:43 pm 0 comments

South Korean air cargo traffic 7.5% higher in 2016, compared to 2015, as total tonnage reached 3.78 million tonnes. The country’s two big carriers, Korean Air and Asiana, both operate significant freighter fleets. Korean Air accelerated its freighter fleet renewal efforts in 2016. In the last twelve months, Korean hasRead More

Bombardier delivered its first Q400 combi to Japan's Ryukyu Air Commuter.

Japanese air cargo market growth to continue, albeit more slowly

March 14, 2017 at 3:36 am 0 comments

Nittsu Research Institute and Consulting Inc, the consulting affiliate of freight forwarder Nippon Express, forecasts Japan’s air freight market to continue an upward trajectory through fiscal 2017, after a 6.7% drop in fiscal 2015 and a steady rebound in 2016. Following a rough patch in 2015, air cargo volumes roseRead More

Could Amazon's Prime Air freighters one day carry DHL Express packages?

Widebodies less likely to see second life as freighters

March 13, 2017 at 9:30 am 0 comments

SAN DIEGO – After years of stagnant demand for widebody freighter conversions, 2016 saw the market suddenly bounce back. Last year, fourteen 767 P-to-F conversions were added to the global widebody freighter fleet (eleven 767-300BDSFs and three 767-300BCFs), and a similar number will be put into service in 2017. However,Read More

YTO goes west with new joint-venture airline and hub

YTO goes west with new joint-venture airline and hub

March 2, 2017 at 10:13 am 0 comments

Last week, executives from YTO Express, and its airline subsidiary, YTO Express Airlines, were in Shaanxi Province in central China finalizing an agreement to establish a new joint-venture cargo airline in the province’s capital city, Xi’an. The launch of Northwest International Cargo Airlines (as the airline will likely be knownRead More

HNA Group buys Hahn Airport

HNA Group buys Hahn Airport

February 27, 2017 at 9:42 am 0 comments

The German state of Rhineland-Palatinate sold its 82.5% stake in Hahn Airport (HHN) to China’s aviation and travel conglomerate HNA Group for €15.1 million. According to a report in CargoForwarder, the financial transaction has been completed, and the final contract will be signed on 1 March. The fate of the remainingRead More

ATSG looks ahead

ATSG looks ahead

February 16, 2017 at 10:51 am 0 comments

In a presentation delivered at the Stifel, Nicolaus & Co Transportation & Logistics Conference, Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) Chief Executive Officer Joe Hete and Chief Commercial Officer Rich Corrado painted a picture of where the company is now, and also provided some information about near-term plans and a glimpseRead More

YTO’s rapid expansion prompts order for three 737-300P2F conversions

YTO’s rapid expansion prompts order for three 737-300P2F conversions

February 15, 2017 at 11:03 am 0 comments

Almost exactly one year ago, Hangzhou-based YTO Express Airlines announced an order for ten Boeing 737-800BCFs (Boeing Converted Freighters), with options for an additional ten. This week, the carrier went public with a separate order for three 737-300 freighter conversions with PEMCO World Air Services. YTO’s new purchase commitment highlights itsRead More