U.S.-based cargo carrier, Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. has commenced service to Singapore Changi Airport. The carrier will operate a weekly Cincinnati–Anchorage–Incheon–Singapore–Hong
Kong service with a B747 freighter.
Meanwhile, Chinese carrier YTO Express Airlines has received its first own Boeing 737-300 freighter.
Polar is majority owned by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. and minority owned by DHL Network Operations (USA), Inc.
Singapore is the first Southeast Asian destination for Polar, with the commencement of its operations at Changi Airport.
The new freighter service by Polar connects DHL Express’ South Asia Hub in Singapore to its Cincinnati and Hong Kong global hubs, as part of DHL’s multi-hub strategy to strengthen its market position in Asia by leveraging on Changi Airport’s connectivity.
Robert Hyslop, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, said: “We are pleased to begin flying to Changi Airport. With the addition of this route, we continue to expand our global reach while providing our customers with on-time, reliable and quality service.”
YTO Express Airlines Set to Launch Freighter Services
China's start-up cargo carrier, Hangzhou-based YTO Express Airlines, has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-300 freighter. The aircraft arrived at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport last week with Chinese characters "Taobao website" painted on the body, indicating the carrier's close links with Alibaba's main e-commerce platform, Taobao.
YTO Express has already two 737-300Fs on lease from Donghai Airlines.
On June 1, the country's regulator Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) granted an operating license to Hangzhou YTO Express Airlines to provide scheduled domestic and international air cargo services, using an initial fleet of three 737-300Fs.
Nol van Fenema