SF Express’ first 747-400ERF ready for commercial service

On 26 October, SF Airlines’ first 747-400ERF (35173) exited maintenance and took to the skies above Shenzhen’s Bao’an International Airport (SZX) where the aircraft successfully completed its Chinese airworthiness test. The airline affiliate of SF Express confirmed that the aircraft is ready to enter commercial service and will be active ahead of this year’s “11.11” […]

First Taobao 747F takes off [VIDEO]

The ex-Jade Cargo 747-400ERF (35169) in the video below was purchased late last year by Israel-based CAL Cargo Airlines in a Taobao auction for US$23.3 million. It has been stored at Shenzhen Bao’an Airport (SZS) and was ferried today to Tel Aviv, where it will undergo maintenance at the IAI-Bedek MRO facility. CAL Cargo Airlines […]

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 […]

Freighter Aircraft Transactions (through 24 November 2017)

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is available to […]

Big freighters for sale, cheap… or, maybe not

UPDATE — 21 November 2017: Two of the three freighters were purchased by SF Express through the Taobao auction. Read the full update here. You’ve clicked “Add to cart” for those new shoes, the milk powder, and a couple of bottles of shampoo. But before you hit “Buy,” is there anything else you need? Books? […]

Crisis? What crisis?

It almost seems like there are two Luxembourg-based all-cargo carriers called Cargolux. For two years, the aviation media have been full of news about the Cargolux that was (or soon would be) in deep trouble. Bad strategic decisions, poor choice in the sale of a 35% share of the company, senior executives jumping ship, management at war with […]

Cargolux close to launching “Cargolux China” jv

In a wide-ranging interview in CargoForwarder Global, Cargolux CEO Dirk Reich confirmed that the company is on track to launch a China-based joint-venture carrier. Those of you who followed the Cargolux saga last year may remember that one of the stipulations of the agreement that saw Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Company (HNCA) take […]

Mystery freighter

Almost three years after it was parked, one of the former Jade Cargo 747-400ERFs looks like it may fly again. But for whom? In December 2011 Jade Cargo International, a joint venture of Air China and Lufthansa, ceased operation and grounded all six of its 747-400ERFs. These were relatively new aircraft, and despite the difficult […]
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