SHUN FENG (SF) Express, China's biggest aircargo operator, has announced plans to build an aircargo hub airport at Yanji in central China, within a 100km radius of Wuhan.
The rationale for building a new airport in this location is that SF Express will be able to fly cargo to almost any point in China within 1.5 hours of Yanji, strengthening the company's domestic express delivery capability.
SF Express was founded in Shunde, Guangdong Province in 1993. As of July 2015, SF Express had 340,000 employees, 16,000 vehicles and 19 of its own freighter aircraft. By March 2016, the company's cargo airline - SF Airlines 顺丰航空公司 - had expanded its freighter fleet to 28 aircraft in total, including Boeing 737, 757 and 767 freighters.
SF Airlines was founded in 2005, was formerly granted a license to operate air services by CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) in 2009 and successfully operated its first flight on 31 December 2009.
Apart from its substantial greater China network spanning the mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, the company delivers to over 12,000 overseas locations in the USA, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and Mongolia.
The company's name in Chinese 顺丰 shunfeng means 'favourable and abundant'.