Asian freighter fleet analysis part I: Fleet renewals underway at EVA and Air Hong Kong

Today we begin our two-part analysis of the freighter fleet in service with carriers based in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. We start with a look at carriers based in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Next week, we’ll continue with an analysis of the freighter fleet based in mainland China. Late last year, three ex-Jade 747-400ERFs […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 5, 2018

HNA Group: Big plans, but a long wait

This week, reports surfaced that the debt-laden HNA Group will seek to regain financial equilibrium by pursuing an IPO for its ground handler, Swissport, and by potentially offloading a mix of other assets. HNA claims that going public with Swissport will fuel Swissport’s long-term growth plans by providing additional liquidity. It remains unclear however, whether […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 25, 2018

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

Hong Kong Air Cargo receives AOC

It’s not every day a Hong Kong-based startup receives an Air Operator’s Certificate, in fact, it has been about twelve years since the last new-issue permit. Today, that changed when Hong Kong Air Cargo, a spin-off from combination carrier, Hong Kong Airlines was granted an AOC. More details are expected following a grand opening ceremony […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 21, 2017

$1.1 billion IPO for BOC Aviation, Boeing takes stake

Singapore-based BOC Aviation Ltd recently announced it had secured cornerstone investors for its initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and on 1 June shares began trading. With an estimated US $1.1 billion raised, BOC became the second largest IPO in Asia this year, and the largest aircraft lessor IPO in more than […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 2, 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

Another freighter for Yangtze River Express

Shanghai-based all-cargo carrier Yangtze River Express (YRE, a subsidiary of the Hainan Air Group) took redelivery today of a 737-400F (29915, ex-Hainan Airlines), following conversion by Aeronautical Engineers Inc, at the Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services facility at Shanghai’s Pudong Airport. The redelivery brings YRE’s freighter fleet to a total of twenty-three units, including three 747-400BDSFs, […]
  • David Harris
  • August 12, 2014

Hong Kong Airlines A330-200F takeoff

One of Hong Kong Airlines’ new A330-200Fs takes off from Kansai on a beautiful sunny day. An Air India 777-300ER and an Air China A321 and can also be seen in the background.
  • David Harris
  • May 24, 2011
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