Aviastar-TU plans to add more 757Fs

Russia-based Aviastar-TU will “most probably” expand its fleet with more 757Fs in 2020, the carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts. Aviastar-TU currently operates three 757-200Fs and four TU-204-100Cs. The carrier joined the ranks of those who operate the freighter version of the 757 when it took delivery of its first 757-200PCF (25731, ex-American Airlines) in August […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 22, 2019

E-commerce and freighters part II: Partnering on Asia-Pacific fulfillment

Yesterday, in part I of our feature on e-commerce and freighters, we explored the rise of the own-operated network for e-commerce fulfillment in the United States. In part II today, we consider how e-tailers in the Asia-Pacific region are utilizing partner capacity to fulfill growing e-commerce demand in the region.  Across the Pacific Ocean, Chinese e-tail […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 27, 2019

YTO to launch China-Malaysia ops for Cainiao next month

YTO Cargo Airlines said it will launch a service between Changsha (CSX) and Kuala Lumpur (KUL) on behalf of Chinese e-giant Alibaba’s logistics arm, Cainiao, in July. In the second half of the year, YTO Cargo Airlines will also seek to expand its network to Pakistan, while increasing frequencies to Saigon (SGN) and Manila (MNL). […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • June 7, 2019

Cainiao shifts focus to import logistics as trade war intensifies

China-based Alibaba Group made no attempt to avoid discussion of the trade war following the release of its Q419 earnings. Instead, during a call with analysts this week, company CEO Daniel Zhang called the tense negotiations between the United States and China, “an opportunity for the Chinese economy.” Rather than focus on export declines, “China […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 21, 2019

Atran’s new Cainiao cross-border flight one piece to carrier’s 737-800BCF puzzle

Russia-based Atran will operate a weekly scheduled flight between Hangzhou (HGH) and Riga (RIX) via Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) and other intermediate airports for Alibaba’s logistics-arm, Cainiao. The flight will utilize the carrier’s sole 737-800BCF, which Atran added to its fleet in January (32616, ex-NOK air) on lease from GECAS [FAT 004768]. Although the new route […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 20, 2019

CFA: Alibaba planning additional charter flights to accommodate growth [VIDEO]

Last month at Cargo Facts Asia in Shanghai, Terry Xie, Head of Global Linehaul & Planning, Cainiao, told conference delegates that the smart logistics platform expects that as cross-border e-commerce volumes grow, it will rely on an increasing number of charter flights to meet demand. “When we try to plan our network globally, there are […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 9, 2019

Cainiao, Volga-Dnepr discuss e-commerce impact on load balance [VIDEO]

During a roundtable panel discussion at the 8th annual Cargo Facts Asia symposium held earlier this month in Shanghai, executives from Cainiao and the Volga-Dnepr Group discussed whether e-commerce might one day be the key to balanced loads on freighter aircraft. After all, freighters, just like passenger aircraft, need to fly roundtrip. “Load imbalance has […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 30, 2019

Speakers from Cainiao, Finnair Cargo join Cargo Facts Asia speaker faculty

The lineup of air cargo industry visionaries speaking at Cargo Facts Asia 2019 in Shanghai has recently expanded to include Terry Xie, head of linehaul & planning, Cainiao and Fredrik Wildtgrube, head of global sales, Finnair Cargo. Cargo Facts Asia 2019 will be held 15-17 April at the Langham Shanghai. For more information, or to register, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 25, 2019
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