Shenzhen's SF Airlines launches route connecting Urumqi to Almaty

SHENZHEN's SF Airlines launched a new cargo route connecting Urumqi (URC) in China's western Xinjiang province to Almaty (ALA) in Kazakhstan, reports Xinhau.

The route is the airline's first dedicated freighter flight directly connecting China to Kazakhstan and supports the development of China's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.

SF Airlines will fly the new route twice weekly using a 757-200F, with a maximum load capacity of 28 tonnes. The flight is expected to carry general cargo, according to the carrier.

In addition to expanding SF Airlines' ongoing development of its network, the move also supports China's plans for development of Urumqi into a gateway for the country's sprawling Belt and Road initiative - just last November, China's state planner approved a US$6.1 billion expansion project at the airport.

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