Will yuan devaluation help or hurt air freight?

China today devalued its currency by 1.9% against the US dollar, the biggest drop since the country aligned its market and official rates. The People’s Bank of China said “Since China’s trade in goods continues to post relatively large surpluses, the yuan’s real effective exchange rate is still relatively strong versus various global currencies, and […]

China Southern to add 5 freighters in 2 months

The air freight business must be booming in Guangzhou. If reports in the Asian and European media, as well as in several fleet tracking databases, are correct, China Southern Airlines will add five large widebody freighters to its fleet in the next two months – three new 777Fs from Boeing, and two 747-400Fs returned to service from […]

GAMECO to convert prototype A321 for PACAVI

Aircraft management and engineering company PACAVI and Guangzhou-based MRO GAMECO expanded their strategic partnership, saying that GAMECO would perform passenger-to-freighter conversion of PACAVI’s first A321 Freighter LITE, with work to commence “no later than the fourth quarter of 2015.” In January of this year HAITEC began conversion of PACAVI’s prototype A320 at its Frankfurt Hahn […]

One hundred 777 Freighters

Boeing has now delivered one hundred 777 Freighters. Just over a week ago, on 15 January, China Southern Airlines took delivery of the ninth of twelve 777Fs (41634) it has on order with Boeing. While the manufacturer does not seem to have made any effort to publicize the event, it was the 100th delivery of a […]

Record cargo volume at Guangzhou Airport

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) reported its 2014 cargo handle up 11.2% to 1.47 million tonnes. Guangzhou’s 2013 handle of 1.31 million tonnes made it the fourth-busiest cargo airport in China in 2013, behind Hong Kong (4.22 million tonnes), Shanghai Pudong (2.93 million tonnes), and Beijing (1.84 million tonnes), and it seems likely to hold […]

More good news for May

May continues to look like a solid month for the air freight industry. When we looked earlier this month at the first May cargo results reported by some of the world’s major carriers we said  the news, to that point, was generally positive. With results now in from most of the rest of the carriers […]

More 777Fs Arrive for China Southern

Painted, tested, and brand new, B-2041 (msn: 41632), the seventh 777 Freighter for China Southern Cargo, is seen here getting ready for delivery at Paine field. Guangzhou-based China Southern has put it’s very new fleet of 777Fs to good use. Year over year from 2011 to 2012, the carrier’s international cargo traffic rose 23.1% to […]
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