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

Alibaba to invest heavily in logistics over the next five years

In what appears to be a shift away from an asset-light logistics model heavily reliant on third-party partners, China-based Alibaba Group Holding Limited announced plans to invest US $15.2 billion over the next five-years – with the ultimate aim of fulfilling domestic orders within 24 hours, and global orders within 72 hours. Its first major […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 28, 2017

Suparna adds 747-400F, ultimately bound for Cargolux’s China venture?

Update, 21 September 2017: Cargolux confirmed to Cargo Facts that there is in fact, no connection between Henan Cargo Airlines and Suparna’s recent 747-400F acquisition.  Last month, ASL Airlines Belgium returned a 747-400F (35235) to lessor Aircastle, and today the aircraft arrived in Hong Kong, where it is now on lease to Shanghai-based Suparna Airlines […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 19, 2017

HNA’s Suparna commits to Xi’an and Hahn as air freight hubs

On 28 August, a Suparna Airlines (previously Yangtze River Express, then Yangtze River Airlines) 747-400F departed the central-Chinese city of Xi’an, and headed for Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany, where it landed eight hours later, formally inaugurating the carrier’s newest Xi’an – Hahn – Ordos, scheduled cargo route. Although Suparna, in its previous Yangtze River incarnation […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 29, 2017

747 era draws to a close at EVA Air [VIDEO]

EVA Air was founded in Taiwan in 1989, and, just three years later, began adding main-deck cargo capacity in the form of 747-400 combis. Taking advantage of the boom in trans-Pacific air freight demand (Taiwan was a major manufacturing center for goods destined for the US), EVA ramped up its cargo business and quickly began adding […]
  • David Harris
  • August 25, 2017

SF Express offloads stock to purchase aircraft

On 22 August, rapidly growing Shenzhen-based SF Express raised US$1.2 billion from a stock placement, freeing capital it plans to use for growth-focused investments including the purchase of new aircraft, pilot recruitment, and technology R&D, according to a filing on the Shenzhen Stock exchange. Local media reports suggest that SF Express will allocate at least […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 24, 2017

E-commerce drives China-Russia airfreight links

The Express Logistics arm of China Post reached an agreement with the Russian Post to have its affiliate airline, Aviastar-TU operate a TU-204-100C freighter on scheduled thrice-weekly service between Novosibirsk and Hangzhou, according to a report in Xinhua. Although flight frequencies and capacity are relatively insignificant given the volumes moving between China and Russia, they […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 22, 2017
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