Freighters carry medical aid from China to Europe

As the COVID-19 crisis worsens in Europe, a plethora of medical equipment and aid is now being flown in from China by a range of freighter aircraft, whether production, converted or makeshift. ASL Airlines Belgium is currently operating ten flights a week using 747-400Fs between Liege and China. While these flights transported medical supplies from […]

Central Airlines nears Chinese AOC

Zhengzhou-based startup carrier Central Airlines (“Zhongzhou” in Mandarin) is one step closer to launch. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a notice on Dec. 18 saying that it had received the carrier’s application for an AOC and that all preparatory work at the carrier had been completed. This is seen as the final step […]

Uni-top grounds fleet as it seeks new investors as part of restructure

Wuhan-based Uni-top Airlines’ fleet of freighters is currently grounded as the carrier faces financial difficulties and looks to restructure. According to Chinese business news outlet Yicai, the company has suspended all operations and has parked or returned its aircraft off lease. The last aircraft to have stopped flying appears to have been unit 763, which […]

New cargo startup, more freighters for China

Today, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) approved the establishment of a new Chinese cargo carrier, Zhongzhou Airlines Co., Ltd., that will be based out of Zhengzhou Airport (CGO). The airport, which also serves as Cargolux’s China hub, seems to be gaining traction as a hub in the domestic Chinese cargo landscape. Zhongzhou Airlines is […]

HNA Group: Big plans, but a long wait

This week, reports surfaced that the debt-laden HNA Group will seek to regain financial equilibrium by pursuing an IPO for its ground handler, Swissport, and by potentially offloading a mix of other assets. HNA claims that going public with Swissport will fuel Swissport’s long-term growth plans by providing additional liquidity. It remains unclear however, whether […]

CAAC cutting red tape for cargo start-ups?

After more than a year during which the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration took little action towards approving new start-up cargo airlines (we recall Guangzhou-based Longhao was the last new venture to receive its AOC in December 2016, and subsequently commence commercial service in March 2017), there is suddenly a flurry of activity. Just this week, […]
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