9 Things we learned during our trip to China – Part I

The Cargo Facts team has spent the past few weeks traveling up-and-down China, one of the most exciting and dynamic markets for both domestic and international air cargo. While you can expect more comprehensive and expanded stories in the upcoming issue of Cargo Facts, we thought we would take this opportunity to share 9 things […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 13, 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

CAAC cutting red tape for cargo start-ups?

After more than a year during which the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration took little action towards approving new start-up cargo airlines (we recall Guangzhou-based Longhao was the last new venture to receive its AOC in December 2016, and subsequently commence commercial service in March 2017), there is suddenly a flurry of activity. Just this week, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 13, 2017

Suparna Airlines’ growing widebody fleet

Earlier this week, we reported that Shanghai-based Suparna Airlines (formerly Yangtze River Airlines) leased a 747-400ERF (35235, ex-ASL Airlines Belgium opf Emirates) from Aircastle. We have since learned that the aircraft was not leased, but in fact purchased. In addition, Cargo Facts believes that this was the first of two ERFs Suparna is buying from […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 22, 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

Green grass and high tides for Atlas

Not only did Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) report an extremely strong second quarter and first half, CEO Bill Flynn said the company expected the good momentum “to carry through 2017, into 2018, and beyond.” In the second quarter, Atlas reported net income up 89.3% over 2Q16 to $40 million, as revenues increased 16.7% to […]
  • David Harris
  • August 2, 2017

Germany’s airports sprout cargo connections to China

Rapidly growing cross-border e-commerce coupled with the desire of Chinese express companies to add international connections to their air networks is causing a flurry of activity at German airports. Although multiple airports throughout Germany are seeing additional scheduled freighter frequencies, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN) and Hanover-Langenhagen Airport (HAJ) are two airports of particular interest for China-to-Europe […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 19, 2017

HNA Modern Logistics lifts off – with Atlas Air

Ten days ago, we reported that China-based HNA Group had established a new subsidiary in the north-central city of Xi’an. HNA Modern Logistics Group, as the company is called, will focus on developing Xi’an into a global airfreight hub, a hub which, according to CEO Zhang Weiliang, will become the “Chinese Memphis.” To twist a […]
  • David Harris
  • June 6, 2017
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