Airlink mobilizes for coronavirus response

As regular readers know, Cargo Facts has for several years supported Airlink, the rapid-response humanitarian relief organization uniting commercial and charter airlines within its network with pre-qualified nonprofits. As confirmed cases of the new coronavirus increase — to 17,391 as of the World Health Organization’s most recent report Feb. 3 — Airlink announced the activation […]

Kalitta converts freighter into pax configuration for Wuhan evacuation ops

Kalitta Air temporarily installed passenger seats on one of its 747-400Fs in order to evacuate more than 200 Americans from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the new coronavirus. The aircraft (26413, ex-Korean Air) was chartered by the U.S. State Department. At numerous MRO sites around the world, aircraft that previously operated in passenger configuration can […]

Details emerge about SF Express’ massive $756 million airport

Yesterday, SF Airlines and the Hubei provincial government signed a cooperation agreement that will advance the “Hubei International Logistics Key Hub Project,” or in other words, China’s first Memphis. Hubei officially pledged its support of the project and will cooperate with the rapidly growing express carrier to jointly plan, construct and operate Ezhou Airport—which the […]

E-commerce to drive peak season into January?

On 9 December, a Kalitta Airlines 747-400F (25868) arrived at Wuhan’s Tianhe Airport (WUH), the first flight of a new thrice-weekly service between Chicago (ORD) and the airport in central China. The flights are being organized by China-based forwarder, Apex Logistics. Onboard the first flight were some of the hottest-selling cross-border commodities on e-commerce platforms: […]

China’s B2B express volume to grow dramatically

SHANGHAI – The freighter fleets of China’s express companies are growing rapidly as an increasing proportion of retail spending moves online—but that’s only half the reason express companies are adding airfreight capacity as quickly as possible. Yesterday at Cargo Facts Asia 2017 in Shanghai, Peter Huang, director of corporate planning at SF Airlines, said that the […]

CAAC approves Wuhan hub for SF

The Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) approved SF Express’ application to build a new airport in Yanji, a small town near Wuhan. Assuming SF goes ahead with the project, it will have an express air hub that is within two hours flying time of a billion people. Draw a line on a map of China, […]

Uni-top Airlines’ grand ambitions

In September 2014, Wuhan-based Uni-top Airlines announced plans to acquire seven A300-600s and have them converted to freighter configuration – taking the little-known Chinese carrier’s fleet from three 747-200Fs to a total of ten widebody freighters – many in the industry expressed doubt. After all, Uni-top had acquired GrandStar Cargo International (the former joint venture […]

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, […]
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