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Strong demand growth in October, and an even stronger peak

Strong demand growth in October, and an even stronger peak

December 2, 2016 at 10:14 am 0 comments

Two weeks ago, when we published our analysis of the October data from some of the early-reporting major players, we predicted that when IATA and WorldACD published their worldwide summaries, growth in air freight demand would be 6% or higher. Today’s report from WorldACD of 6.2% year-over-year growth confirms our prediction. Netherlands-basedRead More

Is Moscow the new Gulf?

Is Moscow the new Gulf?

December 1, 2016 at 10:24 am 0 comments

As we have often pointed out in recent posts, growth in demand for air freight has stalled in the Gulf Region, with both Emirates and Etihad reporting low-single-digit year-over-year gains for much of this year. But 4,000 km to the north, Moscow-based carriers AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), and Aeroflot are rackingRead More

The narrowbody freighter fleet in 2016 — Part III

The narrowbody freighter fleet in 2016 — Part III

November 30, 2016 at 10:01 am 0 comments

Today we conclude our three-part analysis of the worldwide narrowbody jet freighter fleet with a look at the state of the passenger-to-freighter conversion market at the end of 2016. You can read Part I here, and Part II here. Conversion from passenger configuration is the only source of narrowbody jet freighters.Read More

Global Buy, Global Sell

Global Buy, Global Sell

November 29, 2016 at 10:51 am 0 comments

Early last year, when Daniel Zhang took over as CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, he said the company was going to globalize, that the new goal was “Global buy and global sell.” In his view, Alibaba’s market was no longer China, but the world. But how to reach theRead More

The narrowbody freighter fleet in 2016 – Part II

The narrowbody freighter fleet in 2016 – Part II

November 29, 2016 at 9:28 am 0 comments

Yesterday, in Part I of this three-part analysis, we began with an overview of the worldwide narrowbody jet freighter fleet as it stood at the end of October 2016, then looked at the currently available and recently launched passenger-to-freighter conversion programs, concluding with the observation that, even before the firstRead More

The narrowbody freighter fleet in 2016 — Part I

The narrowbody freighter fleet in 2016 — Part I

November 28, 2016 at 10:07 am 0 comments

Today we begin a three-part analysis of the worldwide narrowbody freighter fleet. You can read Part II here, and Part III here. When we looked at the fleet at this time two years ago, the most striking thing was the number of 757-200s flying in freighter configuration. With 242 unitsRead More

Judge’s decision ends ABX pilot strike

Judge’s decision ends ABX pilot strike

November 24, 2016 at 10:38 am 0 comments

Late yesterday, US District Court Judge Timothy Black ruled that a strike by pilots at ABX Air was not permissible, and that the pilots must return to work. While this is good news for US consumers planning to shop online with Amazon over the Thanksgiving holiday, and for businesses planningRead More

Amazon will use its Amazon Prime service as the basis for its air fleet branding.

Give thanks, and shop

November 23, 2016 at 10:21 am 0 comments

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and as usual, distant relatives will convene at dinner tables across the country to discuss not only what they are thankful for, but also their Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping strategies. But this year, despite the air freight industry’s arduous effortsRead More