China-based SF Express and Ukraine-based postal and express company Nova Poshta signed a partnership agreement under which the two will cooperate to provide fast delivery of packages from China to online shoppers in Ukraine. The service, which has been tested over the past few months, will offer full track and trace (through Nova Poshta) on orders made with most of the big Chinese e-commerce companies. SF will fly the packages from China to Kiev’s Boryspil Airport (KBP), with Nova Poshta taking over from that point to the customer’s door.
In other SF news, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) formally granted membership to SF Airlines, the air arm of China-based SF Express, at a ceremony in Shenzhen on 20 December. Among other things, this will mean that SF’s cargo data will be added to IATA’s monthly and yearly summaries of worldwide traffic. Given SF’s rapid growth, this is a significant addition. The carrier, which recently took redelivery of the fourth of five freighter-converted 767-300BCFs it ordered from Boeing, currently operates a thirty-six-unit freighter fleet, including four 767-300BCFs, sixteen 757-200PCFs, three 737-400Fs, and thirteen 737-300Fs.