Taobao’s hidden air cargo connections

Retail spending through online channels continues to surge in most markets around the globe. This has made it easy to identify the role of air freight in replenishing inventories and in supporting expedited deliveries. But in recent weeks, Taobao, one of China-based Alibaba’s online shopping platforms, has been auctioning-off more than just commodities that demand […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 26, 2017

SF Express Airlines opens new hub at Shanghai Pudong

Following the recent termination of CAAC restrictions which had for months blocked Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) from launching new flights, SF Express Airlines seized the opportunity to bring China’s most populous city into its rapidly expanding air freight network. A new 25,000 sq. meter airside terminal will allow SF to connect its expansive ground […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 13, 2017

Peeking ahead to peak season

Yes, it is still mid-summer, but news out of China today has us looking ahead to the fourth quarter. Peak season may not be quite the massive boost to air freight volumes that it once was, but it is still important. Retailers still make mistakes with inventory planning, and there is nothing a cargo airline […]
  • David Harris
  • July 29, 2016

YTO Express gets preliminary approval for air operations

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) granted initial approval for the launch of service later this year by YTO Express Airlines. According to data from the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, express companies in the country delivered 9.2 billion packages in 2013, up 61.6% over 2012. This raised the average annual growth rate […]
  • David Harris
  • July 28, 2014