SF Airlines (O3, Shenzhen) is planning to make its North American debut later this year, US Department of Transportation (DOT) records have shown.

According to the Chinese cargo specialist's application for exemption authority, it is looking to start a scheduled 3x weekly Hangzhou-New York JFK service in September of this year. Operations will be onboard B747-400(F) equipment.

SF Airlines is wholly-owned by Shenzhen S.F. Taisen Holding (Group) Co., Ltd., which is a Chinese company and is itself wholly-owned by S.F. Holding Co., Ltd. In turn, S.F. Holding Co. is owned by Shenzhen Mingde Holding Development Co., Ltd. with 61.15% and Chinese public shareholders with 39.85%.

Specialising in hauling freight for its SF Express sister company, SF Airlines operates from hubs at Hangzhou and Beijing Capital to 39 cities across China as well as India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, and Taiwan. Its active fleet entails 53 aircraft namely fourteen B737-300(F)s, two B737-400(F)s, one B747-400(ERF), twenty-nine B757-200(F)s, and seven B767-300(ERBCF)s.