Cainiao to quadruple charter flights

Alibaba’s logistics affiliate Cainiao plans to quadruple international charter flight bookings to an estimated 1,260 flights over the next nine months as part of a series of investments totaling $140 million (RMB 1 billion) aimed at reducing average delivery times for its cross-border shipments. Cainiao expects the increased reliance on own-controlled charter flights to shorten […]

JD expands 737-300F charter operation

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has begun a second own-controlled route under its partnership with Loong Air. The Zhejiang-based carrier started flying a 737-300F (27518, ex-Air China) chartered by JD between Wuxi (WUX) and Tianjin (TSN) on June 16, ahead of JD’s June 18 anniversary sale event. Unit 27518, which features JD Express branding and offers 130 cubic […]

Atlas Air bounces back in first quarter as 747 demand surges

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., the world’s largest operator of 747 freighters, reported a net profit of $23.4 million in the first quarter of 2020 as charter demand surged. Demand for the 747 platform, which was sluggish toward the end of 2019, took a 180-degree turn in 1Q20 as a result of COVID-19 disruptions that […]

Wallace on Kalitta’s COVID-19 operations

For a cargo carrier like U.S.-based Kalitta Air, which specializes in ACMI and charter operations, the COVID-19 pandemic and its ensuing capacity crunch has resulted in extremely high fleet utilization, as shippers and forwarders have turned to freighter operators for help in flying their freight. Of course, one factor working in Kalitta’s favor is its […]

ACS sees spike in freighter charters, tight supply for aircraft

U.K.-based Air Charter Service (ACS) is responding to a surge in cargo charters on the heels of escalating Covid-19 travel restrictions and flight cancellations that have led to dramatic reductions in global bellyhold capacity. What began in late February as an uptick in requests for lift out of Asia has, in recent weeks, evolved to […]

Kalitta sees record fleet utilization

U.S.-based ACMI and charter operator Kalitta Air is experiencing one of the highest fleet utilization rates in its history. As much of the passenger fleet around the world is parked in storage for at least the next couple of months to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, cargo carriers are benefiting from the ensuing […]

Atlas says Southern to begin flying 2 Amazon 737-800Fs this month

Atlas Air Worldwide’s Southern Air subsidiary will begin flying two 737-800Fs on a CMI basis for Amazon Air this month, Atlas President and CEO Bill Flynn said today during the company’s first quarter 2019 earnings call. Those two aircraft are among five that Southern Air will begin flying for Amazon this year, and potentially among […]
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