Beijing to get 44 more weekly express flights

Two of China’s major express companies have applied for more flights to/from Beijing. And not just one or two more, but almost seven more every day. According to a report in the China Aviation Daily, YTO Express Airlines, the recently-launched air arm of Shanghai-based YTO Express, applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) […]
  • David Harris
  • February 8, 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

Fifteen pallets for ST Aero

ST Aerospace, through its US subsidiary VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, received Supplemental Type Certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration for a 15-pallet passenger-to-freighter 757-200 conversion. ST Aero has converted far more 757-200s to freighter configuration than any other conversion house. But almost all of those were part of a single contract for 119 conversions […]
  • David Harris
  • December 22, 2015

SF joins the 767 league

With the attention of the air freight and express world focused on Amazon’s alleged plan to launch its own air network with twenty or more 767 freighters, it is easy to forget that there are real airlines in the world, expanding their freighter fleets now, not in the future SF Airlines is one of those, and today […]
  • David Harris
  • December 18, 2015

A record week for Precision Aircraft Solutions

It has been a good week for Precision Aircraft Solutions. In the last seven days the US-based passenger-to-freighter conversion specialist redelivered four freighter-converted 757-200PCFs, converted at four different MROs, to three different customers. And not only was it a record week, but, if our count is correct, the third of those four redeliveries marked Precision’s fiftieth 757 […]
  • David Harris
  • November 18, 2015

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 […]
  • David Harris
  • September 24, 2015

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, […]
  • David Harris
  • August 6, 2015

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 […]
  • David Harris
  • June 3, 2015
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