CAAC to regulate UAVs weighing over 25kgs

Civil aviation authorities around the globe are just starting to come to terms with how to regulate UAVs and drones. Most recently, the Civil Aviation Administration of China revealed that it would focus much of its attention on larger drones, weighing more than 25kgs. From a feasibility standpoint, UAV technologies will soon mature to a […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 4, 2017

Freighter Aircraft Transactions (through 24 November 2017)

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is available to […]
  • David Harris
  • November 23, 2017

747 freighters for SF Express

The scramble for long-haul lift continues, with SF Express acquiring two 747-400ERFs. Two months ago, we posted about three 747-400ERFs, parked since Jade Cargo International went bankrupt in late 2011, that were put up for auction on Alibaba’s Taobao website. (Read the post here.) Yes, that’s right, after you had ordered your new smartphone, and […]
  • David Harris
  • November 21, 2017

Surging international trade carries UPS in 3Q17

After a strong finish in the second-quarter of 2017, UPS reported weaker financial results in quarter three, in part because of the natural disasters which impacted Domestic Operations. The impact was minimized by higher average daily package volumes, and solid results from the company’s International Package Segment, which saw average daily package volumes jump 11.3% […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 26, 2017

UPS, SF Holding jv wins regulatory approval in China

Updated 10 October 2017. On 28 September, UPS and SF Holding (the parent company of SF Express), formally received approval from China’s Ministry of Commerce to launch the joint venture it announced in May. The joint venture will leverage the assets of both companies to enhance, and provide a wider range of international delivery services. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 2, 2017

Alibaba to invest heavily in logistics over the next five years

In what appears to be a shift away from an asset-light logistics model heavily reliant on third-party partners, China-based Alibaba Group Holding Limited announced plans to invest US $15.2 billion over the next five-years – with the ultimate aim of fulfilling domestic orders within 24 hours, and global orders within 72 hours. Its first major […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 28, 2017

SF Express offloads stock to purchase aircraft

On 22 August, rapidly growing Shenzhen-based SF Express raised US$1.2 billion from a stock placement, freeing capital it plans to use for growth-focused investments including the purchase of new aircraft, pilot recruitment, and technology R&D, according to a filing on the Shenzhen Stock exchange. Local media reports suggest that SF Express will allocate at least […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 24, 2017

HNA increases ties with SF Airlines

Hainan Group (HNA) subsidiary carrier Suparna Airlines (formerly known as Yangtze River Airlines) ACMI-leased a 757-200PCF from SF Airlines, and launched twice-weekly scheduled service between Zhengzhou and Taipei. The lease is for just one year, but, given that demand has long outstripped capacity at SF Express’ air arm, why would it reduce capacity by leasing […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 21, 2017
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