A new express operator in China

A new challenger is entering the ring in the battle for express air freight in Asia, as ATSG and Okay Airways join forces with three other players to create United Star Express Airlines. Last week we published an extensive analysis of Alibaba’s planned expansion from Chinese online shopping business to worldwide e-commerce giant, and the […]

A giant step for SF Express

Draw a line on a map of China, from Beijing in the north all the way south to the Pearl River Delta, home of Hong Kong, Guanzhou and Shenzen. Now draw another line, this time from Shanghai on the east coast to the new commercial/industrial region that includes Chongqing and Chengdu in the west. Now, […]

Express competition heats up in China

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) looks set to grant YTO Express Airlines authority for scheduled domestic operation in China. The CAAC allowed YTO Express Airlines, the air arm of Shanghai-based YTO Express, to begin charter operations on an international route to Korea in March, and has now given preliminary approval to YTO’s application […]

SF Express enters joint venture with Beijing Capital Airport

According to a report in ch-aviation, Shenzhen-based SF Express signed a partnership agreement with the Beijing Capital International Airport Co, under which SF will enhance its route network through the use of the Airport’s logistics warehouse facilities. The report says that SF’s long-term goal is to use its new Beijing hub as “a primary distribution […]

SF Express eyes Europe

SF Express, China’s biggest private-sector express company, wants to expand into Europe. At the Cargo Facts Asia event in Hong Kong in April 2012, George Li Dongqi, President of Shenzhen-based SF Airlines (and VP of parent SF EXPRESS) said the carrier planned to expand its fleet from the then current 25 owned and chartered narrowbody […]

Competing for feedstock

Ireland-based Fly Leasing (which is managed and serviced by US-based BBAM LP) said it has “agreed to sell eight of the 11 Boeing 757 aircraft in its fleet.” No information was provided regarding the purchaser of the eight aircraft, but Cargo Facts believes it is likely to be either DHL Express or SF Airlines, both […]
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