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Air freight rates up in July

Air freight rates up in July

August 28, 2015 at 10:33 am 0 comments

According to data published by UK-based shipping consultancy Drewry, air freight rates on major east-west routes were up slightly in July from their three-year low point established in June, although still down 12% on a year-over year basis. Drewry’s air freight price index is a weighted average of all-in airRead More

China’s economy and the air freight industry

China’s economy and the air freight industry

August 27, 2015 at 10:50 am 0 comments

There has been much talk lately in the offices of Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Management Group (ACMG, Cargo Facts’ parent) about the economic situation in China, and its potential impact on the air freight and express industry. There are a few things that seem obvious and indisputable – “facts”Read More

FedEx settles with pilots, takes next step with TNT

FedEx settles with pilots, takes next step with TNT

August 26, 2015 at 10:50 am 0 comments

It has been an interesting week for FedEx. First, the company reached a tentative agreement on an amended collective bargaining agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA, the union which represents FedEx’s pilots). This puts an end to four years of negotiations, the last ten months of which haveRead More

Uni-Top takes first A300-600F… now what?

Uni-Top takes first A300-600F… now what?

August 25, 2015 at 9:30 am 0 comments

China-based Uni-Top Airlines took redelivery of an A300-600F (763, ex-China Eastern), following conversion to freighter configuration by EFW. This is the first of seven A300-600s Uni-Top is having converted by EFW, and marks a significant change in the carrier’s strategy. Uni-Top currently operates three 747-200Fs in international service to India fromRead More

Military aircraft woes for Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer

Military aircraft woes for Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer

August 24, 2015 at 10:37 am 0 comments

While there has been considerable positive news recently from Airbus and Boeing regarding their passenger-to-freighter conversion programs, the opposite has been the case regarding their production of military transport and tanker aircraft. Brazil-based Embraer is having similar trouble, and all three manufacturers have taken financial hits as a result. AirbusRead More

Delivering the dragon

Delivering the dragon

August 21, 2015 at 9:40 am 0 comments

Two years ago we reported that Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba was leading a consortium of companies in the development of an advanced package delivery network. The consortium set up a new company, Cainiao, to manage the network, in which they, and various financial backers, planned to invest a total ofRead More

Silk Way is flying its new 747-8 freighter to where?

Silk Way is flying its new 747-8 freighter to where?

August 20, 2015 at 10:47 am 0 comments

Azerbaijan-based Silk Way West Airlines took delivery of its third 747-8F (60102) from Boeing. The carrier said it would use this third 747-8F to launch new services to Singapore and Komatsu, which had us scrambling for the maps. Sure, everyone knows where Singapore is and why a freighter operator would flyRead More

First reports do not bode well for July

First reports do not bode well for July

August 19, 2015 at 8:26 am 0 comments

As the months of the second quarter of 2015 rolled by, it became clear that the growth in airfreight demand seen in the last half of 2014 had not continued – that despite the one-time bump from modal shift in the first quarter of this year, underlying demand growth in 2015Read More