Production freighter orders and deliveries in 2016

Production freighter orders and deliveries in 2016

January 10, 2017 at 9:11 am 0 comments

All things considered, 2016 was a good year for the air freight industry. Full-year data are not yet available, but we expect that when the final numbers are tallied, we will see an increase in worldwide air cargo traffic of about 4% over 2015 – not spectacular compared to whatRead More

TABY begins Saab conversions

January 10, 2017 at 9:10 am 0 comments

Scotland-based regional carrier Loganair awarded a contract to Sweden-based Täby Air Maintenance (TAM) for the conversion of two Saab 340B passenger aircraft to freighter configuration. Conversion will take place at TAM’s Örebro facility, where the first unit [187, ex-Aerolitoral] has already been inducted, and is expected to be redelivered thisRead More

Lufthansa Cargo becomes doubly cool

January 10, 2017 at 9:08 am 0 comments

Lufthansa Cargo’s Frankfurt Cool Center will nearly double in size, from the current 4,500 square meters, to 8,000 square meters. This is yet another indication of the international pharma market’s growing demand for air freight. At a time when the air freight industry as a whole was chastised for itsRead More

New agreement between Etihad and Lufthansa

New agreement between Etihad and Lufthansa

January 6, 2017 at 10:40 am 0 comments

Etihad Airways and Lufthansa finalized a codeshare agreement, set to begin this month (subject to government approval). The agreement signals a strategic cooperation between two former, and often bitter, rivals. Although initially restricted to the carriers’ passenger operations, the deal may foreshadow future cargo developments. The German carrier will beginRead More

What next for Emirates — Video

What next for Emirates — Video

January 6, 2017 at 10:26 am 0 comments

It will be some time before all the cargo moved by air in 2016 is tallied, but when the numbers are finally published, it is likely that Emirates will, once again, be the world’s top international cargo carrier. The airline’s rise from a pair of airlines leased from nearby Pakistan aRead More

Qatar Airways takes 10% stake in LATAM

December 28, 2016 at 10:02 am 0 comments

On 28 December, Qatar Airways, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Qatar Airways Investments, completed the acquisition of 10% of Chile-based LATAM Airlines Group, reaching a total of almost 61 million shares at a price of US$10 per share. The two carriers already cooperate as members of the oneworld alliance, and whetherRead More

Kalitta Air pilots agree to new contract

Kalitta Air pilots agree to new contract

December 27, 2016 at 10:44 am 0 comments

Pilots at US-based ACMI and charter operator Kalitta Air voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents the Kalitta pilots, said a twenty-one day voting period ended on 20 December, with 234 pilots voting in support of the new deal, and 17 voting against.Read More

A Southwest Airlines 737-700. Source: Wikimedia

Southwest Airlines cargo to go international in 2017

December 20, 2016 at 10:48 am 0 comments

For a carrier that flies only 737 narrowbody passenger aircraft, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines carries a substantial amount of freight throughout its domestic network – some 98,400 tonnes in 2015. Despite various interline agreements with international carriers, Southwest still lacks the ability to carry cargo to any of the international destinationsRead More