SF Airlines, a division of China’s SF Express, has continued its international expansion with the start of a new B767-300F Shenzhen (SZX)-Chennai (MAA) service on 5 August tapping general cargo and consumer electronics mainly from Xiaomi Corporation.
The division of SF Express (Group) Co. and China’s largest express carrier has been on an international expansion phase in the recent years with Chennai the twelfth city in SF Airlines’ international route map, following earlier openings to Dhaka, Bangladesh and Hanoi, Vietnam.
SF said the new services would benefit from China’s Belt and Road Initiative as well as the “stable growth of fleet size and sustainable improvement of operation quality.” The new Shenzhen-Chennai service is an “air logistics solution of SF Airlines customised for customers’ demands,” the company said.
The opening of the opening of the service follows SF Airlines’ development philosophy of putting “achieving win-win logistics based on aviation” into practice. SF Airlines said the smooth launch of the new service was a result of “huge support from units such as Shenzhen Airport Customs, Shenzhen Station of Exit and Entry Frontier Inspection, and Shenzhen Airport Group throughout the processes like project planning and maiden flight.”
Founded in 2009, SF Airlines is the cargo airline of S.F. Holding and is dedicated to providing safe and efficient air express services and customised air solutions. SF has formed an integrated logistics service network of “aviation network + ground network + information network” at home and abroad, and SF Airlines serves as the key to support the “aviation network” to play its role.
SF Airlines is headquartered in the No.1 Freight Depot of the International Shipping Center of Bao’an International Airport in Shenzhen. The carrier has an all-Boeing fleet of 40 aircraft including: Five B767-300ER/BCFs and orders for one; two B757-200SFs and orders for two; 21 B757-200PCFs; three B737-400SFs and 13 B757-300SFs.
The carrier also has two former Jade Cargo International B747-400ERF Freighters which it bought on Taobao, China’s Alibaba-owned version of eBay, for CNY 322.8 million (USD 49 million), which it is preparing for service.
SF Express also announced earlier this year that its wholly-owned subsidiary Shenzhen SF Tyson Holdings had signed a cooperation agreement with the Hubei Provincial Government to build the freight-focused Ezhou Hub Airport.