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

SF Express offloads stock to purchase aircraft

On 22 August, rapidly growing Shenzhen-based SF Express raised US$1.2 billion from a stock placement, freeing capital it plans to use for growth-focused investments including the purchase of new aircraft, pilot recruitment, and technology R&D, according to a filing on the Shenzhen Stock exchange. Local media reports suggest that SF Express will allocate at least […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 24, 2017

Airports in Beijing and Shanghai forbidden from adding flights during peak season.

The Civil Aviation Authority of China added Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) to the list of airports banned from adding charter flights, new scheduled flights, and routes to new destinations, as punishment for failing to meet on-time performance standards. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) was already on the list. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 15, 2016

A new all-cargo carrier in China, another to follow

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said it would grant an air operator’s certificate (AOC) to Guangzhou-based China Air Cargo Corporation, unless there was a credible objection by 18 November. In early December of last year, we reported that the CAAC had granted initial approval to the establishment of the new all-cargo carrier, a […]
  • David Harris
  • November 7, 2016

China promotes the development of all-cargo airlines

In a recent CAAC policy announcement seen by Cargo Facts, the Civil Aviation Administration of China announced radical changes to the way it approves and regulates new startup airlines – changes that Cargo Facts believes will promote the development of a greater number of larger all-cargo carriers like SF Express Airlines. Cargo airlines and regional carriers […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 21, 2016

CFA 2016: 757 conversion orders keep rolling in

HONG KONG — Precision Aircraft Solutions announced another eight orders for 757-200PCF passenger-to-freighter conversions at Cargo Facts Asia 2016 here yesterday. China Postal Airlines ordered six, while recent startup China Air Cargo Corp ordered two. As we reported late last year, when Boeing announced a launch order from China Postal for ten 737-800BCF conversions, there was […]
  • David Harris
  • April 20, 2016

Peak season hit by Chinese charter ban

Just as peak season demand was beginning to grow, the Civil Aviation Administration of China has imposed a ban on charter flights from three of the country’s major airports for the entire month of November. While the 2015 peak season is not shaping up to be a record-setter, it is at least a real peak, and […]
  • David Harris
  • November 10, 2015

Air freight prices freed in China

China’s government moved away from its long-standing policy of aviation price regulation — at least for cargo. In a document jointly released in early November, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced that the country’s carriers will be allowed to set their own rates for both […]
  • David Harris
  • January 14, 2015