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Delivery of a modern freighter leads to some interesting history

Delivery of a modern freighter leads to some interesting history

March 6, 2015 at 10:40 am 0 comments

Yesterday, Luxembourg-based all-cargo carrier Cargolux took delivery of the twelfth of fourteen 747-8 Freighters it has ordered from Boeing. Normally, that simple sentence above would be the extent of our reporting on the delivery. The 747-8F is no longer new, Cargolux already has eleven, so delivery of a twelfth isRead More

YTO launches air operations

YTO launches air operations

March 5, 2015 at 10:59 am 0 comments

Shanghai-based YTO Express is one of China’s largest express operators, delivering over 1.5 billion packages in 2014. For some time, the company has wanted to follow in the footsteps of China Post and Shenzhen-based SF Express, and operate its own airline. YTO applied for an operating certificate in 2013, andRead More

A different look at January

A different look at January

March 4, 2015 at 10:46 am 0 comments

Yesterday we examined IATA’s report on worldwide air cargo traffic in January, and concluded that there was limited value in an analysis that did not take into account the impact of the Lunar New Year holiday in Asia. Today we look at January from a different point of view – thatRead More

January results are in. But are they meaningful?

January results are in. But are they meaningful?

March 3, 2015 at 10:50 am 0 comments

The International Air Transport Association released its air freight market analysis for January 2015, showing an overall 3.2% year-over-year increase in worldwide cargo traffic. The growth was driven by a 3.9% increase in international traffic, while domestic traffic was down 0.9%. From this, IATA concludes that “air freight makes aRead More

Silk Way orders more 747-8Fs

Silk Way orders more 747-8Fs

March 2, 2015 at 10:56 am 0 comments

Azerbaijan-based Silk Way Group signed a firm order with Boeing to purchase three 747-8 Freighters. Rumors that Silk Way was negotiating such an order surfaced late last year, and have now been confirmed by a report late last week from the Azerbaijan State Information Agency showing photos of Aaur Akhundov, PresidentRead More

First flight for Bombardier CSeries 300

First flight for Bombardier CSeries 300

March 2, 2015 at 9:08 am 0 comments

On 27 February, Bombardier conducted the first flight of its CS300, the largest member of the companies new CSeries aircraft, capable of seating up to 149 passengers. The CSeries is not going to be a player in the cargo game, but it’s always interesting to see the debut of aRead More

Air cargo? What about space cargo?

Air cargo? What about space cargo?

February 27, 2015 at 10:46 am 0 comments

In this website we are usually focused on air cargo, but today we look up a bit higher, and think about “thin air” cargo. Or even “no air” cargo. We first reported on Stratolaunch Systems in 2011 when it was just a gleam in Paul Allen’s eye. Since then, progress onRead More

Open Skies – the cargo viewpoint

Open Skies – the cargo viewpoint

February 26, 2015 at 10:42 am 3 comments

Unless you have been hiding in a cave for the last few weeks, you will be aware that the leaders of the three big US legacy carriers – American, Delta, and United – have been calling for the US government to undertake a review of its Open Skies agreements, withRead More