Top 20 cargo airports for 2016

According to preliminary data from the Airports Council International, total cargo handled (loaded and unloaded freight and mail) by airports worldwide in 2016 was up 3.3% over 2015 to about 106 million tonnes. International freight handled was up 4.3% to about 66 million tonnes, accounting for a little more than 62% of the total volume. […]

The quiet rise of Chinese express: STO launches Brescia 747F flights

Beginning today, 23 March, an SW Italia 747-400F operated for China-based Shentong Express (STO) will touch down regularly at Brescia Montichiari Airport (VBS), just 100km east of Milan. The new thrice-weekly cargo service connects Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to Brescia via Baku (GYD), reportedly carrying express parcels and Chinese exports bound for warehouses and […]

Asiana and Atlas in trans-Pac ACMI agreement

Asiana Cargo, the cargo arm of South Korea-based Asiana Airlines, signed an agreement to ACMI lease a 747-400F from Atlas Air, one of the airline subsidiaries of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW). Atlas will operate the freighter, beginning this month, on trans-Pacific routes connecting South Korea “with several destinations in the US.” Commenting on the […]

JD.com sees drones as key to rural delivery strategy

China’s second largest e-tailer, JD.com has been making commercial drone deliveries in at least four pilot regions scattered across China since June 2016, and has plans to rapidly increase its drone program in 2017, according to recode. JD already has regulatory approval to operate drones in four provinces, along twenty pre-selected routes. By the end […]

E-commerce drives massive quarterly profit for Alibaba

Chinese e-Commerce giant Alibaba reported fiscal third-quarter net income up 38% to US$2.47 billion. Total revenue for the quarter (ended 31 December 2016) was up 54% to $7.67 billion, while operating income rose 66% to $2.98 billion. Operating margin was up 4 percentage points to 39%. The chart at right shows the financial performance of […]

Yusen Logistics expands to Switzerland

Japan-based freight forwarder Yusen Logistics opened a branch office near Zurich Airport on 1 January, 2017. Home to two of the world’s largest airfreight forwarders, Panalpina and Kuehne + Nagel, Yusen called the Swiss office a “strategic step” for the company. The new outpost will offer air and ocean freight services, land transportation and customs […]

Global Buy, Global Sell

Early last year, when Daniel Zhang took over as CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, he said the company was going to globalize, that the new goal was “Global buy and global sell.” In his view, Alibaba’s market was no longer China, but the world. But how to reach the world? Over the last two […]

China’s startups that never start

By now the airfreight industry is well-aware of the proclivity of Chinese consumers to flock to online platforms to purchase goods – whether they be household items, or imported luxury goods. With skyrocketing demand for fast and reliable delivery, domestic express carriers in turn have been adding capacity as rapidly as possible. But why then, are […]
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