Google looks to e-commerce in partnership with China’s JD.com

Today, Google and JD.com announced a strategic partnership leveraging one another’s areas of expertise, to develop new e-commerce products and services for global markets, including Southeast Asia, the United States, and Europe. As part of the agreement, Google is investing US$550 million in Beijing-based JD.com, which will issue discounted Class A shares to the Silicon […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 18, 2018

US tariffs on Chinese goods signal trade war has arrived

Today, the United States government followed through on earlier threats from US President Donald Trump by imposing a 25% tariff on about $50 billion worth of Chinese imports containing “industrially significant technologies,” which the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) said are related to China’s “theft of our intellectual property.” For its part, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 15, 2018

Will partnering with Alibaba’s Cainiao payoff for global carriers?

In recent weeks, Alibaba’s Cainiao Smart Logistics Network has redoubled its focus on cross-border e-commerce with a string of new investments into logistics centers at six cities around the world, and, as of this week, new partnerships with global carriers. These initiatives support the Alibaba Group’s goal of reducing average delivery times to 24-hours across […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 13, 2018

Cargo Facts Consulting Rebrands to Kick Off a New Era in Air Cargo Advisory

Cargo Facts Consulting today unveils a comprehensive rebrand, its first major reinvigoration since the consultancy’s launch in 1978. Formerly known as Air Cargo Management Group, Cargo Facts Consulting (CFC) is expanding its range of services with this relaunch, bringing in expertise that spans aviation technology, OEM, maintenance and engine overhaul (MRO), and airlines. As part […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • June 11, 2018

Alibaba refreshes blueprint for achieving global deliveries within 72 hours

  The goals remain much the same. Alibaba co-founder and chairman, Jack Ma has a steadfast vision for global e-commerce logistics that aims to make parcel shipments significantly cheaper, while boosting the speed of point-to-point deliveries so that a delivery between any two city pairs within China or between any two global cities can be […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 31, 2018

Sichuan Airlines to take Qatar Airways Cargo’s off-lease A330-200Fs?

Earlier this month at Air Cargo China in Shanghai, Qatar Airways’ Chief Officer Cargo, Guillaume Halleux confirmed to Cargo Facts that the leasing agreements for three A330-200Fs currently in its fleet will expire in early 2019, leaving many to question where these aircraft might end up. This week local media in China reported that Chengdu-based […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 30, 2018

YTO Cargo Airlines looks beyond scheduled freighter services

Earlier this week, Hangzhou-based YTO Cargo Airlines opened a cargo sales office in downtown Shanghai, a move that seems to reflect a departure away from a business model previously reliant on providing lift for its parent company, YTO Express. Although “the majority of its capacity” will continue to serve YTO Express, the airline subsidiary is […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 24, 2018

Previously unreported freighter aircraft transactions

We try to keep up-to-date on transactions involving freighter aircraft, publishing a list of recent transactions every week in Cargo Facts Update, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. However, particularly in the case of used passenger aircraft being acquired and put into conversion to freighter configuration, it is easy […]
  • David Harris
  • May 24, 2018

Cargolux: How an all-747 operator plans for a future without the 747

Shanghai – It’s no secret that Europe’s largest all-cargo carrier, Cargolux is a fan of the 747. The Luxembourg-based carrier took delivery of its first 747-200F in 1979 and has remained an operator of the aircraft ever since; today Cargolux’s fleet is comprised of twenty-seven 747Fs, including fourteen -8Fs. During an interview at Air Cargo […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 22, 2018

5 takeaways from Air Cargo China

Shanghai –Last week, Cargo Facts was once again in Shanghai, this time around exploring the massive exhibition halls of the air cargo pavilion at Transport Logistic China.  A May-heatwave might have driven foot traffic to stands with cold beverages, or prime locations underneath air conditioning vents, but there was no shortage of revealing interviews and […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 21, 2018
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