China developing Xinjiang airport as ‘Belt and Road’ air cargo node

Today, China’s state planner approved a US$6.1-billion airport expansion project in Urumqi, capital of China’s far-western Xinjiang province, which will help develop the city into a key air cargo hub in President Xi Jinping’s sprawling “Belt and Road” initiative. Construction of the Urumqi Airport (URC) will run through 2030, when the expanded airport is expected […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 19, 2018

ASL Airlines launches first freighter flight to Europe from Urumqi

This morning at around 4:20 am, a 747-400F operated by ASL Airlines Belgium touched down at Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (URC). Two hours later, the widebody freighter took-off and headed back to Liège Airport (LGG), marking the commencement of the first all-cargo flight to Europe from the city in Western China. For the Belgian airport, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 24, 2018

ASL finalizes purchase of TNT air operations

The first ripples of the FedEx/TNT deal are about to be felt in Europe with ASL Aviation Group’s announcement today that it has completed the purchase of the airline operations of TNT Express, which includes Belgian subsidiary TNT Airways and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas, based in Spain. ASL also signed a multi-year service agreement to […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 24, 2016

ASL Aviation Group rebrands

Ireland’s ASL Aviation Group is simplifying its image by renaming its four European carriers ASL Airlines. Under the new branding system, the names will be as follows: Air Contractors will become ASL Airlines Ireland; Europe Airpost will be named ASL France; Farnair Switzerland will be called ASL Airlines Switzerland; and Farnair Hungary will become ASL Airlines […]
  • Staff Reports
  • June 5, 2015