SF Airlines launched its first intercontinental freighter route to Europe from China on 15 September when it flew a Boeing 747-400ERF to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport.
The Chinese carrier flew the freighter on a Wuxi-Chongqing-Frankfurt Hahn-Wuxi routing, its longest cargo connection to date.
With a maximum payload of 110 tons to accommodate cargo loaded in Wuxi, Chongqing and Hahn, the flight is able to consolidate and ship cargo between East China, West China and Hahn through air-air and air-land transit under huge support from local customs in Wuxi and Chongqing.
After the operation is normalised, the new route is able to transport more than 600 tons of shipments for SF’s international business from Chinese Mainland to Europe.
SF Airlines said it expects to build a stable air logistics channel between China and Europe for manufacturing and business trading enterprises in Wuxi, Chongqing and surrounding areas, further facilitate building of the modern air logistics system of Wuxi and Chongqing and promote local foreign trade businesses.
Since 2019, SF Airlines has launched six international air routes and gradually extended its network from Southeast Asia to Central Asia and further to European regions.
As the two B747-400ERF aircraft were put into use in succession, SF Airlines’ international air logistics service capability has been improved significantly, thus paving the way for successful launch of SF Airlines’ first intercontinental route.
SF Airlines has a fleet of 57 freighters, flying to more than 60 cities and regions.