AMERICAN GATEWAYS FOR ASIA~ JFK and EWR see action in Asia/Middle East markets

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) are seeing action among carriers that offer new Asian and Middle Eastern service to and fromthese two airports. Yangtze River Express, which operates 747-200F aircraft three times weekly, began freighter service from Shanghai to JFK on March 8, 2007. Qatar, which began passenger […]


John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) are seeing action among carriers that offer new Asian and Middle Eastern service to and fromthese two airports.

Yangtze River Express, which operates 747-200F aircraft three times weekly, began freighter service from Shanghai to JFK on March 8, 2007. Qatar, which began passenger operations into EWR in June 2006, operates four times weekly withA330s.

“Although their service is new, their cargo loads have been good,” reports Michael J. Bednarz, manager, Air Cargo Business Development, Aviation Department, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. China Eastern began operating three times weekly passenger fl ights with A340-600 aircraft into JFK in December 2006. This fl ight provides lower deck direct service to Shanghai.

Yangtze River Express is experiencing quick success at JFK. For the fi rst six months of 2007, it moved about 4,500tonnes in and out of JFK.

“Imports are strong, but a lot of their success is being propelled by a growing Shanghai market for US exports,” Bednarz points out. China will continue to drive the market and any new carriers that opt to serve the New York market will have an instant customer base.