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

Flexport’s own-operated air freight network grows

In a sign that trans-Pacific air freight capacity remains tight, and rates volatile, yet another forwarder has signed on to dedicated freighter service. Earlier this week, Florida-based Western Global Airlines and US-based digital freight forwarder Flexport inked a three-year deal under which Western Global will operate regular 747-400F flights between Hong Kong (HKG) and Los […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 9, 2018

The distribution of widebody freighters

Last month, we presented a detailed multi-part analysis of the widebody freighter fleets of airlines worldwide. That analysis (available here) showed that, as of the end of January 2018, seventy-three airlines operated 1,035 widebody jet freighters in commercial service, with 122 more widebody production freighters on order. While the number of freighters increased slightly over […]
  • David Harris
  • March 5, 2018

Saudia Cargo reactivates four 777Fs

Last week we reported that Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways had parked all five of its A330-200Fs at the end of 2017. At first glance, this did not significantly change the main-deck capacity offered by the Middle East’s four major carriers, because it came just after Saudia reactivated its four owned 777Fs – which had been […]
  • David Harris
  • January 23, 2018

Driven by e-commerce, 2017’s peak arrived earlier, lasted longer

The growth of e-commerce around peak shopping season is no longer a new story, but 2017’s peak season did raise some eyebrows for getting off to an unusually early start, with sales from 1 November to 22 November up 17.9%, year-over-year in the United States, according to Internet Retailer’s report on the peak shopping season. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 2, 2018

Details emerge about SF Express’ massive $756 million airport

Yesterday, SF Airlines and the Hubei provincial government signed a cooperation agreement that will advance the “Hubei International Logistics Key Hub Project,” or in other words, China’s first Memphis. Hubei officially pledged its support of the project and will cooperate with the rapidly growing express carrier to jointly plan, construct and operate Ezhou Airport—which the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 14, 2017


2017年10月16日,中国民航总局发布了一份公告,概述了海航集团的子公司,总部位于上海的金鹏航空(以前为扬子江速运航空)所申请的三条航线。根据之前的对外公告,金鹏航空希望通过其波音747F机队运营这些航线,增加其在中国主要门户枢纽与欧洲与北美目的港之间的连接。 具体三条的航线为: 从11月15日起,上海浦东 – 西安 – 法兰克福哈恩 – 鄂尔多斯(内蒙古) – 上海浦东,每周两班,投运机型为波音747F。 从11月15日起,上海浦东 – 郑州 – 布鲁塞尔 – 天津 – 上海浦东,每天一班,投运机型为波音747F。 从12月1日起,上海浦东 – 郑州 – 洛杉矶 – 天津 – 上海浦东,每天一班,投运机型为波音747F。 以上航线将在征询公众意见后,将于10月23日的截止日期后作出是否同意开航的决定。 值得注意的是,除非金鹏航空放弃一些现有的航线,否则必须扩编更多的货机来服务于新增路线。目前,金鹏航空的宽体货机包括三架波音747-400F,一架波音747-400ERF,以及一架由阿特拉斯航空集团租赁的波音747-400F。金鹏航空已经从Aircastle购买了一架波音747-400ERF(为ASL航空比利时分部为阿联酋航空提供运营服务的两架波音747-400ERF之一),尽管金鹏航空未发布进一步的申明,《空运通讯》认为ASL航空可能在年底停止为阿联酋航空提供运营服务,而届时金鹏航空有可能会继续购买另一架的波音747-400ERF。
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 23, 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
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