Chinese carriers to need more freighter conversions than initially forecasted

Boeing has released an updated version of its Current Market Outlook, which provides a more nuanced look at its expectations for the freighter market over the next twenty years, compared to the CMO released at this year’s Paris Air Show. The updated report is more upbeat regarding the Asia Pacific region’s projected demand for freighter […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 8, 2017

YTO Express Airlines moves forward with plans for rapid fleet expansion

The carrier recently acquired three 737-300s for conversion to freighter configuration by PEMCO World Air Services at the STAECO facility in Jinan, and is reported to have also acquired three 757-200s for conversion by Precision Aircraft Solutions. Cargo Facts has confirmed that the three 737-300s are units 29407, 29408, and 27520, the last three of […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 5, 2017

No slowdown in demand for 737 Classic conversions

As orders have rolled in for freighter conversion of 737 NGs, it is easy to forget that the 737 Classic Family freighters – 737-300Fs and 737-400Fs – are still in high demand. Today, 4 July, is the Independence Day holiday in the United States, so this will be just a short note with a few […]
  • David Harris
  • July 4, 2017

Cainiao and SF come to blows over data control

Last Thursday, SF Express’ daily parcel volumes reportedly fell by one million units after a spat with Alibaba-affiliated Cainiao resulted in SF becoming temporarily de-listed as a service provider option within Cainiao’s logistics platform. This time around, the operational disruptions were short-lived. Following mediation by China’s Postal Bureau, the two companies resumed business as normal […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 7, 2017

Overheard at Cargo Facts Asia

SHANGHAI – A record crowd of senior executives from all links in the air cargo supply chain gathered at the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai late last month for Cargo Facts Asia 2017 – the sixth annual presentation of what is now undeniably the region’s premier industry event. After five years in Hong Kong, record attendance […]
  • David Harris
  • May 18, 2017

E-commerce drives expansion of express fleets worldwide

Today we begin a three-part analysis of the jet freighter fleets of express companies worldwide. We start with some background, and then a look some of the smaller (and perhaps more interesting) companies. Tomorrow and the day after, we’ll look at the big boys, and conclude with a look into the future. At the end of […]
  • David Harris
  • April 12, 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

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
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