Rapid growth of China’s express market continues into 1H18

During the first half of this year, China’s domestic express delivery sector delivered 22.08 billion parcels, an increase of 27.5% y-o-y from 1H17.  International cross-border deliveries, which include parcels moving between mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong and Macau, increased by 43.1% during the same period, to 520 million parcels, according to statistics from the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 10, 2018

Is JD.com exploring own-controlled capacity?

Earlier this week, reports emerged that Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com had entered into discussions with the HNA Group over potential “participation” in one of the group’s air cargo carriers. We note that collaboration between the two companies has been expected to some extent since March of this year when JD.com and HNA Group entered into a […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 24, 2018

YTO Cargo Airlines chasing cross-border e-commerce with 757Fs

Hangzhou-based YTO Cargo Airlines this year added two Precision-converted 757-200PCFs to its fleet, which previously consisted of just six 737-300Fs, with the intention of going global. Although it has taken YTO longer than anticipated to launch international cargo flights, new flight rights may soon be granted, and the carrier’s pursuit of chasing cross-border e-commerce volumes […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 10, 2018

US tariffs on Chinese goods signal trade war has arrived

Today, the United States government followed through on earlier threats from US President Donald Trump by imposing a 25% tariff on about $50 billion worth of Chinese imports containing “industrially significant technologies,” which the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) said are related to China’s “theft of our intellectual property.” For its part, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 15, 2018

Will partnering with Alibaba’s Cainiao payoff for global carriers?

In recent weeks, Alibaba’s Cainiao Smart Logistics Network has redoubled its focus on cross-border e-commerce with a string of new investments into logistics centers at six cities around the world, and, as of this week, new partnerships with global carriers. These initiatives support the Alibaba Group’s goal of reducing average delivery times to 24-hours across […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 13, 2018

Sichuan Airlines to take Qatar Airways Cargo’s off-lease A330-200Fs?

Earlier this month at Air Cargo China in Shanghai, Qatar Airways’ Chief Officer Cargo, Guillaume Halleux confirmed to Cargo Facts that the leasing agreements for three A330-200Fs currently in its fleet will expire in early 2019, leaving many to question where these aircraft might end up. This week local media in China reported that Chengdu-based […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 30, 2018

JD Logistics adds second major airline partner, who’s next?

Last year, Chinese consumers bought more fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, meats, and other perishable products through online channels than any other country in the world — and demand shows no sign of letting up. In order to accommodate this demand, the logistics subsidiary of Beijing-based JD.com, JD Logistics, has been actively expanding its domestic last-mile […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 19, 2018

China’s domestic cargo traffic rose only slightly in 2017

During the final week of 2017, Feng Zhenglin, the director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China told delegates at a conference in Beijing that the CAAC estimated air cargo volumes carried by China-based carriers rose 6.6% y-o-y in 2017, to 7.12 million tonnes, according to a report in Xinhua. Although there was no mention […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 8, 2018

Will the Silk Road take to the skies in 2018?

As 2017 nears an end, it will go down in the history books as the most robust year for global air cargo demand growth in at least a decade. But it could have been even better. Particularly in China, where well-capitalized start-up all-cargo carriers eagerly await the green light light from the Civil Aviation Administration […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 27, 2017

Shanghai joins the 4-million-tonne club

Until now, only two cities in the world – Hong Kong and Memphis – could boast that their airports handled more than 4 million tonnes of air cargo per year. But, according to the Shanghai Airport Authority, as of today, 15 December, Shanghai joined the 4-million-tonne club. Unlike Hong Kong and Memphis, which only have […]
  • David Harris
  • December 15, 2017
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