AVIC forecasts China’s jet freighter fleet to triple by 2038

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) forecasts China’s jet freighter fleet to more than triple over the next twenty years, growing to 723 units, up from 161 today. While the company expects narrowbody freighters to comprise the bulk of the fleet in 2038 when an expected 330 units will be in service, large and […]

SF Express earmarks $212 million for aircraft purchases in latest bond offer

This week, Shenzhen-based SF Holdings, the parent of SF Express and SF Airlines, announced the issuance of six-year convertible bonds in hopes of raising US$825 million (5.8 billion yuan). Of this amount, the largest allocation, some $212 million, will go towards aviation-related expenses including maintenance of SF Airlines’ existing freighter fleet, and to fund the […]

Movers and shakers: Amazon and Chinese Express (global express fleet – Part II)

Yesterday, in part I, we began our four-part analysis of the worldwide express freighter fleet.  Today in Part II, we’ll examine the fleets of relative newcomers to the industry, such as Amazon, SF Airlines and YTO Cargo Airlines. Tomorrow, Part III continues with a company-by-company overview of the three largest integrators, FedEx, UPS and DHL, […]

SF Airlines adds second 747-400ERF

Shenzhen-based SF Airlines’ second 747-400ERF (35174, ex-Jade Cargo) has officially joined the carrier’s freighter fleet [FAT 005129]. Including the 757-200PCF (29441, ex-TUI Airways) redelivered to SF last week, the carrier’s fleet now numbers 57 freighters. The widebody freighter was one of a pair of 747-400ERFs SF won in an auction that took place on Alibaba’s […]

SF Airlines’ 757F fleet reaches 30 units with latest Precision redelivery

Earlier this week, Shenzhen-based SF Airlines took redelivery of a 757-200PCF (29441, ex-TUI Airways) following conversion to freighter configuration by Precision Aircraft Solutions at the AMECO facility in Chengdu (CTU) [FAT 005119]. This is the carrier’s thirtieth 757-200F and fifty-sixth freighter. How many more 757-200Fs might be joining SF’s fleet? Cargo Facts believes the carrier […]

New scheduled flights to Zhengzhou suggest a larger project is underway

Scheduled freighter flights will connect Guangzhou Airport (CAN) and Zhengzhou Airport (CGO) beginning in mid-June, and although the operator has not publicly identified itself, Guangzhou-based Longhao Airlines is the only option. In a rapidly developing air cargo market like Central China where airports in Xi’an and Zhengzhou land new scheduled freighter flights almost on a […]
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