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 […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 5, 2017

YTO launches massive fleet expansion

Just a few days ago, we posted news that Shanghai-based YTO Express had launched an international expansion program, the main cost of which, according to company VP Hao Wenning,  “will come from buying aircraft to strengthen air freight services.” Our discussion in that post centered on YTO’s likely need for widebody aircraft to support the […]
  • David Harris
  • May 22, 2017

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 […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 17, 2017

The quiet rise of Chinese express: STO launches Brescia 747F flights

Beginning today, 23 March, an SW Italia 747-400F operated for China-based Shentong Express (STO) will touch down regularly at Brescia Montichiari Airport (VBS), just 100km east of Milan. The new thrice-weekly cargo service connects Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to Brescia via Baku (GYD), reportedly carrying express parcels and Chinese exports bound for warehouses and […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 23, 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

Give thanks, and shop

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and as usual, distant relatives will convene at dinner tables across the country to discuss not only what they are thankful for, but also their Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping strategies. But this year, despite the air freight industry’s arduous efforts to ensure it is equipped […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 23, 2016

YTO Express plans major airline expansion, and a new hub

Yu Weijiao, the Chairman of Shanghai-based YTO Express, has been widely quoted as saying his company’s air arm, YTO Express Airlines, will expand from its current fleet of five freighters, to fifty by 2020. And further, that this massive new fleet would have a new base at an as-yet-unbuilt airport in Jiaxing. On the surface, […]
  • David Harris
  • October 26, 2016

YTO Express takes 4th 737-300F, may have firmed 10 737-800BCF options

Last month, YTO Express Airlines took delivery of its fourth freighter-converted 737-300. Yesterday evening, on 5 July, the plane took off on its maiden flight to Beijing Capital (PEK) from Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan (HGH) airport sporting YTO livery. YTO is leasing the ex-Donghai Airlines freighter (24916) from GECAS, and plans to begin using it immediately to […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 6, 2016
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