Express volume pushes Shenzhen into ‘Million Tonne Club’

This year Shenzhen’s Bao’an International Airport became the eleventh Asia-based airport to join the “Million Tonne Club,” a designation reserved for airports with an annual cargo volume of more than one million tonnes. The ten other airports to make the list have all appeared previously and, as can be seen in the chart at right, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 23, 2016

Cainiao joins e-commerce panel at Cargo Facts Asia 2016

Cargo Facts Asia 2016 has added yet another key speaker to its “E-commerce Explosion and Air Freight” panel: Steven Li, Director of Cross-Border E-Commerce Logistics for Cainiao. It is widely known that e-commerce in China owes much of its success to the most renowned of Cainiao’s founding partners, Alibaba, which launched the company with a 48 percent […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 21, 2016

Uni-top Airlines’ grand ambitions

In September 2014, Wuhan-based Uni-top Airlines announced plans to acquire seven A300-600s and have them converted to freighter configuration – taking the little-known Chinese carrier’s fleet from three 747-200Fs to a total of ten widebody freighters – many in the industry expressed doubt. After all, Uni-top had acquired GrandStar Cargo International (the former joint venture […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 3, 2016

Beijing to get 44 more weekly express flights

Two of China’s major express companies have applied for more flights to/from Beijing. And not just one or two more, but almost seven more every day. According to a report in the China Aviation Daily, YTO Express Airlines, the recently-launched air arm of Shanghai-based YTO Express, applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) […]
  • David Harris
  • February 8, 2016

China’s freighter fleet grows – and the pace is accelerating

Two themes that have featured heavily in the air logistics media recently are the lack of growth in air freight demand, and the shift of what volume remains from freighters to the bellies of the current generation of widebody passenger aircraft. Moving from air cargo news to worldwide political and economic news, the current big […]
  • David Harris
  • January 27, 2016

Cargolux looks back at 2015 and ahead to 2017

Luxembourg-based all-cargo carrier Cargolux spent much of 2015 locked in battle with one of its unions, but emerged from the year not only with labor peace finally achieved, but also reporting significant operational gains. Cargolux said cargo volume in 2015 was up 7.4% (well above the industry average) to 890,000 tonnes. How this volume increase […]
  • David Harris
  • January 20, 2016

Amazon Global Logistics

Amazon has been much in the news lately, as it has moved toward its own air network, and its own trucking fleet. Today brings the news that ocean has now joined air and road on the e-commerce giant’s “To Do” list. The US Federal Maritime Commission granted a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) license to an […]
  • David Harris
  • January 15, 2016

Cargolux China is about to take off

Early next week – Tuesday, 19 January – the Cargolux Board of Directors will meet, with the final details of the Cargolux China joint venture airline dominating the agenda. In advance of the meeting, Cargolux is staying quiet on details, but a report in the daily Luxemburger Wort quotes François Bausch, Luxembourg’s Minister for Sustainable […]
  • David Harris
  • January 14, 2016
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