The Novosibirsk International Airport (Tolmachevo) has become the first airport in Russia and the CIS to serve the commercial flight of the Chinese cargo airline SF Airlines.

On 14 May, the airline’s flight on a Boeing 767-300 aircraft landed at the Tolmachevo airport at 12:35 local time, en route from Xī’ān. The parking time with unloading was one hour and 35 minutes. The aircraft has been greeted with a welcoming water arch.

This flight was the first commercial flight of a foreign airline in the history of the Tolmachevo airport with the unloading of international mail.

The Tolmachevo airport is one of the largest mail and cargo hubs in Russia and ranks second after the MAH (Moscow Air Hub) in terms of cargo traffic. In 2021, the Russian Post will launch a postal logistics centre with an area of more than 45,000m², which will be equipped with the latest postal processing equipment – automated sorting lines will be able to process up to one million items a day. We expect that it will become one of the largest distribution centres in the Russian Federation, which will be an important incentive in the development of postal transportation through Novosibirsk.

Attracting cargo airlines to perform technical and commercial landings is one of the strategic objectives of the Novosibirsk International Airport. The Tolmachevo airport can serve transit cargo flows due to its favourable geographical location at the intersection of the main routes between the countries of Europe and Asia and the availability of modern infrastructure.

SF Airlines has over 60 aircraft and is the largest division of SF Holding. The main air stations of SF Airlines are Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport.