Tianjin Air Cargo outlines plans to become a major integrator

Last week, Shanghai-based Suparna Airlines announced it was selling two 737-400Fs to its sister carrier, Tianjin Air Cargo (previously translated from Chinese into English as Tianjin Cargo Airlines) in a transaction valued at US $14.5 million [FATs 004302 – 4303]. Once the aircraft transfer is complete, Tianjin Air Cargo will have the three aircraft it […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 26, 2018

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

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

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

HNA Group envisions Xi’an as future “Chinese Memphis”

If you read this headline, and thought “wait a minute, isn’t Shenzhen-based SF Express Airlines already planning a ‘Chinese Memphis’ in Ezhou,” you are not mistaken. Perhaps China has room for two Memphis-like hubs, or at least a Memphis and a “Chinese Louisville”. Either way, last week Hainan Group established a new subsidiary in the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 24, 2017