Longhao launches first international cargo flights

Today, Guangzhou-based Longhao Airlines became the latest carrier in China to commence scheduled international freighter operations with the launch of three-times weekly 737-300F flights between Xi’an Xianyang Airport (XIA) in Central China and Hanoi Noi Bai Airport (HAN) in Vietnam. Longhao’s flight network is expanding as it prepares to put a fourth 737-300F into commercial […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 27, 2018

YTO Cargo Airlines looks beyond scheduled freighter services

Earlier this week, Hangzhou-based YTO Cargo Airlines opened a cargo sales office in downtown Shanghai, a move that seems to reflect a departure away from a business model previously reliant on providing lift for its parent company, YTO Express. Although “the majority of its capacity” will continue to serve YTO Express, the airline subsidiary is […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 24, 2018

Chengdu launches air cargo development scheme

With air freight demand expected to soar across west and central China, cargo carriers and forwarders have a choice when it comes to selecting sites to develop their regional hubs. Although geography and infrastructure are among the top considerations, government subsidies and preferential policies are two factors which absolutely must be considered in China’s case. Many […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 20, 2017

HNA Modern Logistics lifts off – with Atlas Air

Ten days ago, we reported that China-based HNA Group had established a new subsidiary in the north-central city of Xi’an. HNA Modern Logistics Group, as the company is called, will focus on developing Xi’an into a global airfreight hub, a hub which, according to CEO Zhang Weiliang, will become the “Chinese Memphis.” To twist a […]
  • David Harris
  • June 6, 2017

HNA Group envisions Xi’an as future “Chinese Memphis”

If you read this headline, and thought “wait a minute, isn’t Shenzhen-based SF Express Airlines already planning a ‘Chinese Memphis’ in Ezhou,” you are not mistaken. Perhaps China has room for two Memphis-like hubs, or at least a Memphis and a “Chinese Louisville”. Either way, last week Hainan Group established a new subsidiary in the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 24, 2017

YTO goes west with new joint-venture airline and hub

Shanghai-based YTO Express will build a new hub at Xianyang Airport (XIY) in the city of Xi’an in central China. Further, the company’s airline subsidiary, YTO Express Airlines, signed a memorandum of understanding with Western Airport Group to establish a joint-venture airline in Xi’an under the name China Northwest International Cargo Airlines. YTO’s CEO, Yu […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 5, 2017

YTO goes west with new joint-venture airline and hub

Last week, executives from YTO Express, and its airline subsidiary, YTO Express Airlines, were in Shaanxi Province in central China finalizing an agreement to establish a new joint-venture cargo airline in the province’s capital city, Xi’an. The launch of Northwest International Cargo Airlines (as the airline will likely be known in English) will coincide with […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 2, 2017

The first Xian MA600F

It isn’t often we get to report on a brand new, new-build freighter type, but today we bring you the Xi’an MA-600F. Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation, sometimes called Xi’an Aircraft Company (XAC), a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (commonly called AVIC), is based in Xi’an, Shaanxi province. Xi’an is a major hub […]
  • David Harris
  • January 15, 2013