Suparna Airlines applies for new routes, suggests more freighters on the way

On 16 October, the CAAC issued a bulletin summarizing a series of routes applied for by Shanghai-based HNA Group subsidiary, Suparna Airlines (formerly Yangtze River Express Airlines, also referred to as “Jinpeng Airlines” in Mandarin). In line with previously announced plans, the routes aim to connect Suparna’s main gateways in China with Europe and North […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 18, 2017

Suparna Airlines’ growing widebody fleet

Earlier this week, we reported that Shanghai-based Suparna Airlines (formerly Yangtze River Airlines) leased a 747-400ERF (35235, ex-ASL Airlines Belgium opf Emirates) from Aircastle. We have since learned that the aircraft was not leased, but in fact purchased. In addition, Cargo Facts believes that this was the first of two ERFs Suparna is buying from […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 22, 2017

5 recent freighter deals that caught our eye

The velocity at which freighter aircraft are bought, sold, leased and traded can be quite rapid, especially in a healthy market for air cargo. The past few months have been no exception, and there have been numerous freighter transactions that caught our attention. But just what makes a freighter transaction stand out among the sea […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 21, 2017

Suparna adds 747-400F, ultimately bound for Cargolux’s China venture?

Update, 21 September 2017: Cargolux confirmed to Cargo Facts that there is in fact, no connection between Henan Cargo Airlines and Suparna’s recent 747-400F acquisition.  Last month, ASL Airlines Belgium returned a 747-400F (35235) to lessor Aircastle, and today the aircraft arrived in Hong Kong, where it is now on lease to Shanghai-based Suparna Airlines […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 19, 2017

HNA’s Suparna commits to Xi’an and Hahn as air freight hubs

On 28 August, a Suparna Airlines (previously Yangtze River Express, then Yangtze River Airlines) 747-400F departed the central-Chinese city of Xi’an, and headed for Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany, where it landed eight hours later, formally inaugurating the carrier’s newest Xi’an – Hahn – Ordos, scheduled cargo route. Although Suparna, in its previous Yangtze River incarnation […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 29, 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

Green grass and high tides for Atlas

Not only did Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) report an extremely strong second quarter and first half, CEO Bill Flynn said the company expected the good momentum “to carry through 2017, into 2018, and beyond.” In the second quarter, Atlas reported net income up 89.3% over 2Q16 to $40 million, as revenues increased 16.7% to […]
  • David Harris
  • August 2, 2017

Germany’s airports sprout cargo connections to China

Rapidly growing cross-border e-commerce coupled with the desire of Chinese express companies to add international connections to their air networks is causing a flurry of activity at German airports. Although multiple airports throughout Germany are seeing additional scheduled freighter frequencies, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN) and Hanover-Langenhagen Airport (HAJ) are two airports of particular interest for China-to-Europe […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 19, 2017
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