Air China Cargo and China Southern Cargo to merge?

As the Chinese Government moves to pare down its outlays on state-owned behemoths, it has been widely reported that the cargo and logistics operations of Beijing-based Air China and Guangzhou-based China Southern will be divested and merged into a single entity. Sources quoted in Bloomberg have even identified potential investors for the new company, which […]

Psst, wanna work in China?

Well, if you happen to be a pilot, and type-rated on almost any modern aircraft, it might just be time to freshen up your resume! Chinese airlines are facing chronic flight crew shortages, and although the problem is not unique to China, the scale of the shortage is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Estimates […]

Air cargo continues upward trajectory in August

Now that many of the world’s major cargo carriers and airports have reported their August results, it seems that June was indeed the turning point for 2016 cargo traffic. For the third consecutive month, most airports and carriers are showing growth – even Taiwan-based EVA airways seems to have turned the corner from its contractionary […]

China’s rust belt aims to become pharma hub?

Could Shenyang’s Taoxian International Airport, situated near Liaoning province’s capital city in northeastern China become the country’s next major cargo hub? If a newly-formed “cooperative framework agreement” between HACTL subsidiary, HDHL (HACTL Development Holdings Ltd) and the airport’s owners (Hong Kong Liaoning Airport Management Group Co., Ltd) bears fruit, then the answer is yes. If […]

Air France, China Southern, and the future of alliances

Back in the dim and distant past, two of the world’s biggest cargo carriers, one in North America, one in Europe, worked out a partnership that benefited  both. Northwest Airlines is long gone, subsumed into Delta Air Lines, but once upon a time it operated fourteen 747-200 Freighters. Netherlands-based KLM, now in a somewhat unhappy marriage […]

Not much good news in early August data

As the world’s big cargo carriers and handlers begin to report their August cargo results, there is little to cheer about. When more data is available, we will publish our usual detailed monthly analysis, but from what we have seen so far we would not be surprised if IATA and WorldACD report a year-over-year decline […]

China Southern enters the e-commerce arena

Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines this week launched a cross-border e-commerce platform under the name Southern Cross-Border Purchase. This is not a service offered by the airline to carry packages for the likes of Alibaba or Amazon, but rather an in-house e-commerce business aimed at Chinese consumers who wish to buy goods from other countries, including […]
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