K+N, JD.com launch import quality-control system

China’s largest e-commerce company by revenue, Beijing-based JD.com, is stepping-up its efforts to combat counterfeiting by testing a quality control check system, managed by Switzerland-based forwarder Kuehne + Nagel, that adds item-level visibility to JD’s import supply chain. The two companies have already implemented the ‘Transfer Center’ approach at a brand manufacturer’s warehouse in Japan, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 24, 2017

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

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 in China with Europe and North […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 18, 2017

Korean Air renews fleet amidst soaring cargo revenues

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 Air and GECAS that was reached […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 17, 2017

CAAC cutting red tape for cargo start-ups?

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 flurry of activity. Just this week, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 13, 2017

September first look: annual comparisons still looking strong

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 decline to lower growth, but with […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 9, 2017

Alibaba to invest heavily in logistics over the next five years

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 within 72 hours. Its first major […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 28, 2017

Big freighters for sale, cheap… or, maybe not

UPDATE — 21 November 2017: Two of the three freighters were purchased by SF Express through the Taobao auction. Read the full update here. 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? […]
  • David Harris
  • September 25, 2017

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

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 on lease to Shanghai-based Suparna Airlines […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 19, 2017
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