The worldwide express fleet: Part II

Yesterday, we began a three-part look at the jet freighter fleet operated by, or for, the integrated express companies. Part I looked at the way the combined fleet has changed over time, but there were also significant changes on a company-by-company basis, and that is what we will examine today, starting with the smallest of the […]
  • David Harris
  • April 16, 2015

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 […]
  • David Harris
  • December 12, 2014

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 […]
  • David Harris
  • November 18, 2014

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 […]
  • David Harris
  • November 14, 2014

First freighter lands at Hefei’s new Xinqiao Airport

A year-and-a-half after opening in May 2013, Hefei Xinqiao International Airport (HFE), in China’s Anhui Province, received its first-ever all-cargo aircraft: A 737-300F, operated by SF Airlines. The freighter flew the route from Shenzhen Bao’an International (SZX) to Hefei on 30 September and 1 October on a trial basis, and will begin regular, five-times-per-week flights […]
  • David Harris
  • October 31, 2014

767 freighters for SF Airlines?

Note: SF Express has now (19 October 2014) confirmed to Cargo Facts that it has indeed ordered 767-300 P-to-F conversions from Boeing  At the Cargo Facts Asia event in Hong Kong in 2012, George Li Dongqi, VP of Shenzhen-based SF Express, announced the company’s intention to add widebody freighters to the fleet of its air arm, […]
  • David Harris
  • October 16, 2014

Precision to convert ninth 757 for SF Airlines

Shenzhen-based SF Airlines ordered a ninth 757-200 passenger-to-freighter conversion from Precision Aircraft Solutions. To meet the exploding demand for express package delivery, Chinese express giant SF Express has been rapidly expanding the fleet of its airline subsidiary, SF Airlines, from a single Precision-converted 757-200PCF redelivered in October 2009, to the mixed fleet of four 737-300Fs, […]
  • David Harris
  • August 20, 2014
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