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- Yangtze River Express will operate at least ten 737-300Fs, five A330-200Fs, and (we believe) seven 747-400Fs
- Hong Kong Airlines will operate at least three 737-300Fs, three A330-200Fs, and six 777Fs. It is also rumored to be negotiating with Boeing for at least two 747-8Fs, but this is unconfirmed. (HKA will also have belly capacity available in thirty-two 787s, fifteen A350s, and some thirty A330s.)
This gives the Hainan Group a total of at least thirteen narrowbody and at least twenty-one widebody freighters, based in two of the most important airfreight hubs in the world. It also puts Hong Kong Airlines in direct competition with Cathay Pacific — one of the most well-run and deep-pocketed airlines in the world.
Those interested in a more in-depth analysis of the changes in China’s airfreight scene should attend the upcoming ACMG Workshop, May 2 & 3 in Atlanta. For more information, or to register, go to www.acmgworkshop.com