Asia

Suparna's first 747-400ERF

Suparna Airlines applies for new routes, suggests more freighters on the way

Aircraft, Asia, Carriers, Express, News October 18, 2017 at 10:59 am

On 16 October, the CAAC issued a bulletin summarizing a series of routes applied for by Shanghai-based HNA Group subsidiary, Suparna Airlines (formerly Yangtze River Express Airlines, also referred to as “Jinpeng Airlines” in Mandarin). In line with previously announced plans, the routes aim to connect Suparna’s main gateways inRead More

Korean Air renews fleet amidst soaring cargo revenues

Korean Air renews fleet amidst soaring cargo revenues

Aircraft, Airports, Asia, Carriers, Earnings, News, Strategy, Traffic October 17, 2017 at 10:41 am

Yesterday, Korean Air took delivery of its twelfth 777F (62697),  as part of a plan to renew a fleet once heavily-reliant on 747-400BCFs and 400ERFs. This unit is on lease from GECAS, and was the fifth aircraft included as part of a sale-and-leaseback deal for five 777Fs between Korean AirRead More

CAAC cutting red tape for cargo start-ups?

CAAC cutting red tape for cargo start-ups?

Asia, Conversions, E-Commerce, Express, News October 13, 2017 at 10:34 am

After more than a year during which the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration took little action towards approving new start-up cargo airlines (we recall Guangzhou-based Longhao was the last new venture to receive its AOC in December 2016, and subsequently commence commercial service in March 2017), there is suddenly a flurryRead More

September first look: annual comparisons still looking strong

September first look: annual comparisons still looking strong

Asia, Traffic October 9, 2017 at 10:08 am

Monthly annual comparisons for air cargo demand have been kind in 2017, with y-o-y demand growth nearing or surpassing double-digit figures nearly every month of this year. Based on historical demand growth, Cargo Facts expected that y-o-y monthly comparisons for September 2017 might reveal the beginning of a gradual declineRead More

Alibaba-affiliate Cainiao, currently handles 70% of China's e-commerce logistics.

Alibaba to invest heavily in logistics over the next five years

Asia, Carriers, E-Commerce, Express, News September 28, 2017 at 10:35 am

In what appears to be a shift away from an asset-light logistics model heavily reliant on third-party partners, China-based Alibaba Group Holding Limited announced plans to invest US $15.2 billion over the next five-years – with the ultimate aim of fulfilling domestic orders within 24 hours, and global orders withinRead More

Big freighters for sale, cheap… or, maybe not

Big freighters for sale, cheap… or, maybe not

Aircraft, Asia, Carriers, Strategy September 25, 2017 at 10:52 am

You’ve clicked “Add to cart” for those new shoes, the milk powder, and a couple of bottles of shampoo. But before you hit “Buy,” is there anything else you need? Books? Music? Electronic gadgets? No? Well, how about a 747-400ERF? Or, since they’re so cheap, how about three 747-400ERFs? That’sRead More

Suparna adds 747-400F, ultimately bound for Cargolux’s China venture?

Suparna adds 747-400F, ultimately bound for Cargolux’s China venture?

Aircraft, Airports, Asia, Carriers September 19, 2017 at 10:46 am

Update, 21 September 2017: Cargolux confirmed to Cargo Facts that there is in fact, no connection between Henan Cargo Airlines and Suparna’s recent 747-400F acquisition.  Last month, ASL Airlines Belgium returned a 747-400F (35235) to lessor Aircastle, and today the aircraft arrived in Hong Kong, where it is now onRead More

New ACMI-deals highlight growing demand for 747Fs

New ACMI-deals highlight growing demand for 747Fs

Aircraft, Asia, Capacity & Demand, Carriers, News September 15, 2017 at 10:52 am

This month, Atlas Air Worldwide (AAWW) will begin operating a 747-400F on an ACMI basis for Deutsche Post DHL Group’s forwarding subsidiary, DHL Global Forwardin. Separately, Orlando-based National Airlines announced it had placed two 747-400Fs with China-based BST Logistics. Do these deals sound familiar? They should. Atlas has recently inkedRead More