SF Airlines targets Indian market with second freighter route

By Damian Brett

China-based express carrier SF Airlines has expanded its operations to India with the launch of a second freighter service.

The company has added a new flight between Shenzhen and New Delhi in addition to its ShenzhenChennai service launched earlier in 2019.

Undertaken by SF Airlines’ B747-400F, the new route will see two flights per week, providing a weekly round-trip capacity of 400 tons.

The airline began exploring the possibility of adding the route in October last year, with it officially confirmed in a December press release.

“With its population of 1.4bn, India is an enormous market with a rapidly growing GDP and a thriving e-commerce market,” said Sam Sun, the head of SF Express India. “As the capital of India, New Delhi is an important location for Chinese companies to invest, develop and expand their business in the country.

“To leverage these advantages, SF Express has launched an all-new direct air freight route to New Delhi to fully penetrate the Indian market and provide comprehensive cross-border logistics coverage.”   

The airline launched SF Express India in May last year to cater for the market. The company primarily provides Economy Express (International) and Cargo Freight services between India and China.

“The latest ShenzhenNew Delhi direct route is a crucial milestone as SF Express continues to enhance its South Asian air freight network,” the company said. “In 2019, SF Express added eight international routes, all operated by SF Airlines’ all-cargo aircraft. As such, its global coverage has expanded from Southeast Asia to Central Asia and Europe, forming its global cargo aviation network.”

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