One Air launches inaugural long-haul service from London to China, indicating its ambition in the air cargo industry.

The carrier plans to commence a regular flight program, offering two 747F flights per week between the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.

The addition of a second 747 freighter is slated for early Q4, marking a significant growth phase for the UK start-up.

LONDON —The recent inaugural long-haul journey of One Air's Boeing 747-400SF, which embarked from London Stansted to Jinan in Shandong province, marks a significant stride for the UK cargo start-up. Having successfully carried a hefty 100t payload for their client, Shandong Glory, the flight made its return to London Heathrow via the Kazakh city of Almaty.

Chris Hope, who oversees operations at One Air, has grand plans on the horizon. He divulged the company’s vision to amplify its presence in the Asia-Pacific and Europe corridor, hinting at introducing two regular weekly trips with their 747F. This strategic move comes in tandem with their aspirations to bolster their fleet with an additional 747 freighter by the early phase of the coming fourth quarter.

Prior to its landmark flight to China, One Air's pioneering 747, identified as G-UNET, was actively plying various European routes. It was spotted connecting diverse cities such as Liege, Chateauroux, and Ostend. This expanded European footprint only showcases One Air's ambition to diversify and extend its reach.

Paul Bennett, the figurehead of One Air, views the successful operation to China as a stepping stone in the company's trajectory. With an eye on global dominance, Bennett aims to position One Air prominently in prime cargo markets across the globe.

Meanwhile, Jacky Wu, the man steering the ship at Shandong Glory, extended warm wishes to the emerging British carrier. "It's heartening to witness a new entrant like One Air take flight. Their future, I believe, holds much promise in the competitive global aviation canvas," said Wu, reflecting the broader industry sentiment.