SF Airlines expands European cargo operations with Germany flight

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Fast-expanding SF Airlines has added a second freighter service from Ezhou Huahu Airport to Europe as the carrier continues to ramp up operations from the recently opened hub.

The twice-weekly service will operate to Frankfurt using a Boeing 747-400 freighter and joins SF Airlines’ first European service from Ezhou, which calls at Liege.

SF Airlines said the flights will mainly transport “express mail, e-commerce cargo, general cargo”.

The carrier already operates flights to Frankfurt from Wuxi and Wuhan.

Ezhou Huahu Airport airport officially opened in July last year and is promoted as China’s first “professional cargo hub airport”.

The first international flight from the airport took place in April.

“Since April this year, SF Airlines has successively opened international routes from Ezhou to Liege in Belgium, Chennai in India, Delhi in India, Los Angeles in the US, Frankfurt in Germany and other places, initially forming an air network radiating from Ezhou to Europe, South Asia and North America layout,” the carrier said.

“Next, SF Airlines will continue to develop international routes in Ezhou, improve the service capabilities of the international supply chain, help Ezhou Huahu Airport build a world-class air cargo hub, and boost the high-quality development of the local air logistics industry and export-oriented economy.”

Earlier this year, SF Airlines added its 80th freighter aircraft

The SF Airlines fleet now includes three B747-400ERFs, 19 B767-300BCFs, 41 B757-200Fs, and 17 B737-300/400Fs.

The airline has added an average of six freighters to its fleet each year since its launch in 2009.

Freighter number 80 for SF Airlines

China’s first cargo-focused airport launches international flights

China’s first professional cargo hub airport begins operations

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector. After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015. Contact me on [email protected]