SF Airlines adds second cargo service to India to cater for e-commerce
08 / 11 / 2019
By Damian Brett
Fast-growing Chinese express firm SF Airlines has added a second service to India to cater for growing demand for e-commerce.
The airline said that on October 17 it carried out its first flight between Shenzhen and Delhi using a B474-400F.
The service is SF Airlines’ second operation to India – the other operating Shenzhen-Chennai – and its eighth international route.
Exported goods are mainly consumer electronics and industrial equipment, and imports are mainly e-commerce parcels and general cargo.
“[The service] can render assistance to the Sino-Indian crossborder e-commerce development and the promotion of Chinese brands in overseas markets,” SF Airlines said.
The airline pointed to statistics showing that in 2018 the Indian e-commerce market was worth more than $19.5bn, with mobile phone products the main driver of growth.
“As the e-commerce industry thrives and the trade flows are on the rise, the demands for cross-border aviation logistics between the two places are emerging,” SF Airlines said.
“On the other hand, Shenzhen is an innovation centre [for] the international science and technology industry, with highly integrated high-tech manufacturing services and dynamic import and export trades. This places greater demand on market-based and professional cross-border logistic services.”
SF Airlines has grown rapidly over recent years and today operates a fleet of 57 freighter aircraft, flying to more than 60 cities.
The carrier launched its first service to India in August last year using a 56 ton B767, which was later upgraded to a 110 ton B747F on the back on increasing demand.