Cargolux considering more 747Fs on higher 2017 results

Last year at this time, the air cargo market had only just begun to recover from its protracted slump. The downturn hit cargo-focused airlines hard, and Luxembourg-based Cargolux was not immune. Even though Cargolux’s traffic rose by 10% in 2016, net profits fell from US$49 million the previous year, to just $5.5 million – not […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 30, 2017

Just how many freighters will China need in 2036?

Looking ahead, China is expected to be one of the most promising markets for freighter aircraft, as the country’s rapidly-growing middle class continues to drive demand for high-value commodities which move by air. In parallel, the government’s outwardly-focused ‘Belt and Road’ initiative encourage domestic carriers to establish new routes, which in turn translates into demand […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 27, 2017

Tianjin Cargo Airlines prepares to fly, as HNA looks to the future

China-based all-cargo startup Tianjin Cargo Airlines received certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, and will likely start service in early 2018. The carrier is a joint venture among three consortia (Tianjin Aviation Logistics Development Co., Ltd., Sky Holdings Co., Ltd., and Yang Hang Investment) that are controlled by heavy-hitting players in the industry, […]
  • David Harris
  • November 22, 2017

11.11 – Let the e-Commerce Madness Begin [VIDEO]

Today is Friday. But not just any Friday. Today is Friday, the 10th of November. 11.10 or 10.11, depending on how your write your dates. But tomorrow, no matter what convention you adopt for writing the day and the month, it will be 11.11. In fact, by the time you read this, it will already […]
  • David Harris
  • November 10, 2017

World’s Top 50 Cargo Airports — Part II, The View From Space

Last week we began our annual analysis of the cargo airport scene with a look at the overall state of the air freight market in 2016, and a chart showing the top 50 airports worldwide, ranked for international freight, domestic freight, and total freight handled. Today we carry on with a more in-depth analysis, breaking […]
  • David Harris
  • November 6, 2017

K+N, JD.com launch import quality-control system

China’s largest e-commerce company by revenue, Beijing-based JD.com, is stepping-up its efforts to combat counterfeiting by testing a quality control check system, managed by Switzerland-based forwarder Kuehne + Nagel, that adds item-level visibility to JD’s import supply chain. The two companies have already implemented the ‘Transfer Center’ approach at a brand manufacturer’s warehouse in Japan, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 24, 2017

Suparna Airlines applies for new routes, suggests more freighters on the way

On 16 October, the CAAC issued a bulletin summarizing a series of routes applied for by Shanghai-based HNA Group subsidiary, Suparna Airlines (formerly Yangtze River Express Airlines, also referred to as “Jinpeng Airlines” in Mandarin). In line with previously announced plans, the routes aim to connect Suparna’s main gateways in China with Europe and North […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 18, 2017

UPS, SF Holding jv wins regulatory approval in China

Updated 10 October 2017. On 28 September, UPS and SF Holding (the parent company of SF Express), formally received approval from China’s Ministry of Commerce to launch the joint venture it announced in May. The joint venture will leverage the assets of both companies to enhance, and provide a wider range of international delivery services. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 2, 2017
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