Mongolian startup adds first 737-300F to AOC, but will it make freighters work in Mongolia?

On July 20, a 737-300F (25172, ex-China Postal Airlines) landed in Ulaanbaatar (ULN) on delivery to startup carrier Mongolian Airways Cargo. Long-term plans call for the conversion of at least two more 737-300s to support continued growth of the fleet, a source familiar with the startup’s plans told Cargo Facts. Once operational, the aircraft will […]

China approves $6 billion expansion of growing Urumqi airport hub

Today, China’s state planner approved a 42.1-billion-yuan – or about US$6.1 billion – airport expansion project in Urumqi, the capital of China’s far western Xinjiang province, which will help develop the city into a key air cargo hub in the central government’s sprawling “Belt and Road” initiative. Construction of the Urumqi Airport (URC) is scheduled to run […]

Longhao launches first international cargo flights

Today, Guangzhou-based Longhao Airlines became the latest carrier in China to commence scheduled international freighter operations with the launch of three-times weekly 737-300F flights between Xi’an Xianyang Airport (XIA) in Central China and Hanoi Noi Bai Airport (HAN) in Vietnam. Longhao’s flight network is expanding as it prepares to put a fourth 737-300F into commercial […]

Volga-Dnepr, Henan Province partner on Belt and Road initiative

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group signed an agreement with Henan Airport Group and Zhongyuan Asset Management to form a “trans-Siberian air bridge” as part of China’s Belt and Road initiative, aimed at redeveloping the ancient Silk Road route between Europe and Asia. The partnership will focus on the Zhengzhou Airport (CGO) and the Zhengzhou Airport Economic Comprehensive […]

Will the Silk Road take to the skies in 2018?

As 2017 nears an end, it will go down in the history books as the most robust year for global air cargo demand growth in at least a decade. But it could have been even better. Particularly in China, where well-capitalized start-up all-cargo carriers eagerly await the green light light from the Civil Aviation Administration […]
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