E-commerce drives China-Russia airfreight links

The Express Logistics arm of China Post reached an agreement with the Russian Post to have its affiliate airline, Aviastar-TU operate a TU-204-100C freighter on scheduled thrice-weekly service between Novosibirsk and Hangzhou, according to a report in Xinhua. Although flight frequencies and capacity are relatively insignificant given the volumes moving between China and Russia, they […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 22, 2017

Moscow: the rising cargo hub

The first quarter of 2017 was almost universally a solid quarter for air freight, but if carriers from one region stood-out, it might just be those based in Moscow. Recent reports of high double-digit traffic growth figures are almost reminiscent of those seen during the heydays of the Gulf Carriers, just a few years ago. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 31, 2017

Is Moscow the new Gulf?

As we have often pointed out in recent posts, growth in demand for air freight has stalled in the Gulf Region, with both Emirates and Etihad reporting low-single-digit year-over-year gains for much of this year. But 4,000 km to the north, Moscow-based carriers AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), and Aeroflot are racking up astonishing growth numbers. AirBridge, […]
  • David Harris
  • December 1, 2016

Who will become the heavyweight champion?

It’s official. Both Ukraine-based Antonov Company and Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group have confirmed they will end their decade-long sales joint venture, and go it alone in the outsize and heavylift marketplace beginning 1 January. The two companies created the joint venture, Ruslan International, in 2006 to jointly market their combined An-124-100 fleets. Given that their airline subsidiaries, […]
  • David Harris
  • November 21, 2016

Antonov attempts to freeze Russian An-124 operations

Antonov is attempting to freeze Russian An-124 operations, while at the same time thawing out an old freighter that has been in the freezer for the last eight years. Yesterday we looked at the way Ukraine’s Antonov Group might market its outsize and heavylift capacity after announcing the breakup of its Ruslan International joint venture […]
  • David Harris
  • September 9, 2016

DHLGF, Chinese express carriers scramble for Russia

Driven in part by thriving cross-border e-commerce demand, DHL Global Forwarding expanded its Airfreight Plus service with the addition of Moscow and other Russian cities, bringing the total number of countries within its Airfreight Plus network to 54. Meanwhile, SF Express has designated Changchun as a key hub for cross-border shipments bound for Russia. Airfreight Plus […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 6, 2016

Alibaba creates a Russian subsidiary

According to a report in the Russian financial newspaper Kommersant, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has set up and registered a subsidiary company in Russia. Mark Zavadsky, who will run the new company, said its aim was “to further expand our business and support our partners, and also to facilitate cooperation with the Russian authorities.” Zavadsky […]
  • David Harris
  • July 16, 2015

Silk Way launches new freighter type with 10-unit order

Ukraine-based aircraft designer Antonov booked a firm order for ten An-178 freighters from Azerbaijan-based all-cargo carrier Silk Way Airlines. The An-178, a twin-jet freighter based on Antonov’s 99-seat An-158 passenger aircraft, logged its first flight last week, and the Silk Way order, as well as a two-unit order from China’s Beijing A-Star Science & Technology […]
  • David Harris
  • May 14, 2015
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