Time:matters offers 7 cities in China its Sameday Air services

TIME:MATTERS, the time-critical logistics subsidiary of Lufthansa Cargo, has added China to its Sameday Air network, after having a presence in Shanghai for 13 years, reports New York's Air Cargo World.

The new stations are located in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shanghai and Shenyang.

The company can now offer 157 weekly direct flights between Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and these major Chinese destinations to customers with urgent shipments.

"We are now connecting key Chinese marketplaces with large business hubs in Europe and the US via our Sameday Air network," said time:matters COO Lars Krosch. "We plan to integrate Asian stations, in keeping with our long-term goal of providing an efficient global Sameday Air network."

According to time:matters, shipments will be collected and cleared through customs on the same day. The Chinese stations will offer handling times as short as 1.5 hours for export shipments and two hours for import shipments. The European hubs offer transit times of just one hour.

The company established time:matters Shanghai International Freight Forwarding Ltd on June 1 of this year to support customers locally, providing services such as booking assistance, issuing air waybills and local invoicing.

The sectors targeted in China are automotive, high-tech, semiconductor, med-tech, machinery and components. Customers are able to book their own shipments via an online portal, track their progress and have guaranteed capacity access for goods weighing up to 200 kilogrammes.

The company is also reported to have set its sights on opening 10 stations in the Asia-Pacific region, and that in addition to a Europe-China network, the company also plans to widen its presence to cover the intra-Asia and transpacific markets.

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.

HK traders unfazed by Brexit but still cautious on US-China trade dispute

THE latest DHL Hong Kong Air Trade Leading Index (DTI) shows that locally based traders who use airfreight remain cautious due to the ongoing US-China trade dispute but are optimistic that the situation will be resolved in the next quarter.

The index, compiled by the Hong Kong Productivity Council, analyses the key attributes of business demand based on a survey of more than 600 Hong Kong companies that focus on inbound or outbound airfreight consignments.

The survey found the optimism on US-China trade relations was "further fueled by the growth prospects" brought on by the development of the Hong Kong Greater Bay Area, reports London's Air Cargo News.

A spokesperson for DHL Express Hong Kong, which commissioned the report, said: "Outlook on air exports and imports only exhibited a slight downturn from the previous quarter due to lower demand from the Americas and Europe, which has somewhat tempered the stronger demand in Asia Pacific.

"While markets in the Americas and Europe have seen small dips from the previous quarter, Asia Pacific has shown signs of confidence from traders. The Rest of the World has surged significantly, attributed to the sharp recovery in product variety."

Demand for both imports and exports of food and beverage has strengthened, according to the report, as it remains the "top commodity" traded this quarter. Apparel and clothing accessories, electronic products and parts, as well as watches, clocks and jewellery dropped slightly due to slower demand in the Americas offsetting the improvements seen in the European and Asia-Pacific markets.

While it continues to have significant impact in the UK, only "a small percentage of air traders" in Hong Kong are concerned about Brexit. Most of the air traders surveyed are focusing on the benefits that the Greater Bay Area will bring in terms of infrastructure, innovation and trade.

Aeroflot continues to be China's Favourite International Airline

AEROFLOT has for the third year in a row been honoured as the Favourite International Airline in China at the Flyer Award Ceremony 2019 held in Shanghai.

The awards are supported by the Civil Aviation Administration of China's (CAAC) inflight magazine and sector publication Flyer Tea. Winners are selected by the jury and by votes from frequent flyers and travellers.

The prestigious awards recognise outstanding participants in China's dynamically developing tourism market. Previous winners include leading global airlines, including carriers that hold Skytrax 5-Star Airline status.

Aeroflot won the award due to its key competitive advantages: high service quality and flexible fare policy.

"The recognition of Aeroflot as the Favourite International Airline in China is confirmation of the effectiveness of our strategic efforts in China", said Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev.

"We offer our customers a wide route network and one of the youngest fleets in the world. Millions of Chinese passengers choose our airline for affordable ticket prices, convenient transit via our hub airport Sheremetyevo and high-quality service.

"Further development of service on Europe-Asia transit routes - one of the most competitive aviation markets globally - is one of Aeroflot's key goals, along with the active expansion of the domestic route network."

The carrier's routes encompass four key locations in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Earlier the airline signed a partnership agreement with Alipay, China's most popular payment system.

AOG-247 signs with B&H Wordwide in London and Frankfurt airports

B&H WORLDWIDE, a major aerospace logistics provider, has signed a deal to provide fast-expanding aircraft and engine components supplier AOG-247 with warehouse and inventory management services at both London Heathrow and Frankfurt.

Under the terms of the contact B&H will provide full inventory management at both locations including complete consignment handling and access to the B&H FirstTrac online portal.

B&H will initially be responsible for managing the UK-headquartered company's commercial engine inventory (introducing CFM56-7 Life Limited Parts) which AOG-247 will base from B&H's Frankfurt warehouse.

"As with all component suppliers, AOG-247 needs to be very close to their markets and by utilising space at both our Heathrow and Frankfurt facilities they are well placed to meet any of their own customers' requirements while at the same time having the scope to expand their activities in the years to come," said B&H Worldwide Group CEO Stuart Allen.

Said AOG-247 managing director David Bradley: "The services offered by B&H will enable us to have a larger footprint in these markets both now and in the future."