The Freight 50: Sharpest climbs and falls among carriers

As noted in this year's Freight 50 feature, DHL reported the strongest y-o-y growth during 2018. The second-fastest grower on the list, Vietnam Airlines, made its first appearance on the Freight 50 list at the No. 46 spot thanks to year-over-year growth of 170.2% during 2018. Although many Chinese carriers have struggled to maintain growth […]

Can modest Shenyang Airport live up to its lofty ambitions?

Hong Kong’s premier air cargo handler sees promising potential in northeastern China, not far from the border with North Korea. In September, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (Hactl) subsidiary Hactl Development Holdings signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Liaoning Airport Management Group, owner of Shenyang Taoxian International Airport, in what both parties described […]

Boeing launches 737-800 freighter conversion program

Reflecting the surge in demand for domestic express services in China, Boeing formally launched a passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the 737-800. At a ceremony at the Boeing Shanghai facility this morning, the aircraft manufacturer also revealed that it has received a firm order of thirty 737-800BCF aircraft, plus commitments for another 25, from several customers, […]

China Postal deepening ties with Alibaba?

With the meteoric rise of both e-commerce and express shipping across China, a distribution relationship between Alibaba and SF Express seems to be a natural fit. However, with SF Express recently showing interest in developing its own e-commerce businesses, Alibaba may consider SF Express as more of a competitor, making China Postal Airlines a more […]

Narrow-body freighter conversion market rolls on

MIAMI – While the booming narrow-body conversion market may need to find other models as 737-400s become scarce, demand for these short- to medium-haul freighters is expected to remain strong for the next few years, according to freighter conversion panelists at the 20th annual Cargo Facts Aircraft Symposium, held last week in Miami. At a conference […]