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First flight of the CRJ200 SF

First flight of the CRJ200 SF

July 22, 2016 at 10:42 am 0 comments

US-based conversion specialist Aeronautical Engineers, Inc completed the first flight of the freighter-converted CRJ200. As we do whenever a new freighter type flies for the first time, we will welcome the newcomer with a few photos. AEI launched the program in cooperation with Bombardier (the CRJ’s manufacturer) in 2013. At firstRead More

Top cargo carriers change their strategies

Top cargo carriers change their strategies

July 21, 2016 at 10:44 am 0 comments

The top three international cargo carriers in 2015 were Emirates, Cathay Pacific, and Lufthansa. One might expect, given that all three have been at, or near, the top of the rankings for many years, that their approach to the business would be stable. Your business model has made you anRead More

K+N steals the show in 2Q16

K+N steals the show in 2Q16

July 20, 2016 at 10:27 am 0 comments

The head offices of two of the world’s largest forwarders are less than 100 km apart in Switzerland. But despite their geographical proximity (and exposure to the same foreign exchange and market effects), second-quarter financial and operating results were once again strikingly different for Kuehne + Nagel and Panalpina. We’llRead More

Silk Way goes big

Silk Way goes big

July 19, 2016 at 10:52 am 0 comments

Passing almost unnoticed at the Farnborough Air Show last week was an agreement signed by Silk Way Airlines and Ilyushin Finance Company (IFC), concerning the lease of an An-124-100. This was not a firm order, but the companies said they expected to firm the deal within a month. Azerbaijan-based charterRead More

Cargo on the upswing in June

Cargo on the upswing in June

July 18, 2016 at 10:54 am 0 comments

With June results now in from many of the world’s major cargo carriers and airports, it appears that there has been something of a rebound from the lackluster performance of the industry in May. Asia-based carriers in particular had a strong month, and we expect that when IATA and WorldACDRead More

The “forwarder’s airline” returns to its roots

The “forwarder’s airline” returns to its roots

July 15, 2016 at 10:33 am 0 comments

There has been much talk recently about the disintermediation of forwarders. Talk about cargo carriers bypassing their traditional forwarder customers and dealing directly with shippers. Even talk about e-commerce eliminating the need for forwarders altogether. But Cargolux, once known in the industry as “the forwarder’s airline,” has taken a stand inRead More

Happy 100th birthday, Boeing!

Happy 100th birthday, Boeing!

July 15, 2016 at 10:32 am 0 comments

On 15 July, 2016 – exactly 100 years ago today — Boeing began making airplanes. We join the rest of the aviation world in toasting “Happy 100th Birthday,” and you can visit Boeing’s celebration webpage to see what the company itself has to say, but who better to have the lastRead More

Jolly good show (for freighters)

Jolly good show (for freighters)

July 14, 2016 at 9:33 am 0 comments

The 2016 edition of the Farnborough Air Show saw a considerable reduction in orders compared to recent shows, but on the freighter side of things, there was plenty of good news. Seven customers signed orders for forty-two freighters/freighter conversions, and an eighth customer signed a commitment for two conversions. Volga-DneprRead More