YTO Airlines adds first 757F, introduces new livery

In mid-2017, Hangzhou-based YTO Airlines announced it would add its first 757-200PCF to its fleet before the year’s end. Although some were doubtful of the redelivery timeline, the aircraft (29217, ex-China Southern) was inducted for conversion by Precision Aircraft Solutions at the HAECO facility in Xiamen in 4Q17, and was redelivered during the last week […]

Is HNA becoming a new kind of air freight conglomerate?

A few weeks ago, China-based conglomerate, HNA Group gained a foothold in the global temperature-controlled logistics business when it acquired the cool chain logistics assets of Australia-based Automotive Holdings Group (AHG). Once finalized, the acquisition will add one of the final missing links to HNA’s air freight logistics portfolio, which already includes cargo and passenger […]

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 […]

7 ways cross-border e-commerce is reshaping air freight logistics today

For the past two years, “cross-border e-commerce” has been the buzz-phrase of the air freight and express industry. And it’s only natural that our industry would jump on it – no other mode of transportation is better suited to ensure expedited deliveries for parcels with origins far-removed from their final destination. But, hype aside, what has […]

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 […]

YTO Express acquires OTEL to use as springboard for international expansion

On 8 May, Shanghai-headquartered courier, YTO Express announced its intention to acquire a 61.87% stake in Hong Kong-based forwarder and logistics specialist, On Time Logistics (OTEL), and establish its international business headquarters in Hong Kong. The acquisition will support YTO’s efforts to go global by leveraging OTEL’s international business expertise, global network of 52 offices […]
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