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Modest demand growth in January, but what does it signify?

Modest demand growth in January, but what does it signify?

February 15, 2017 at 10:15 am 0 comments

The Champagne bottles we uncorked last month to celebrate the growth of demand for air freight in 2016 are long since empty, and it is time for a sober look at whether that demand growth – which peaked at 10% in December – has carried into the new year. But,Read More

Asiana and Atlas in trans-Pac ACMI agreement

Asiana and Atlas in trans-Pac ACMI agreement

February 14, 2017 at 10:54 am 0 comments

Asiana Cargo, the cargo arm of South Korea-based Asiana Airlines, signed an agreement to ACMI lease a 747-400F from Atlas Air, one of the airline subsidiaries of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW). Atlas will operate the freighter, beginning this month, on trans-Pacific routes connecting South Korea “with several destinations inRead More

One of Emirates' thirteen 777Fs

Fresh flower shipments propel volumes in February

February 14, 2017 at 10:35 am 0 comments

Today on Valentine’s Day, much of the air cargo industry has reason to celebrate. If not for the chalky, sugary, heart-shaped candies with sappy phrases inscribed on them, or for that special loved one, then definitely for the seasonal boost resulting from fresh-cut flower shipments across the globe. In celebration ofRead More

More freighter orders for Boeing

More freighter orders for Boeing

February 13, 2017 at 10:39 am 0 comments

January was kind to Boeing in terms of freighter aircraft orders – especially if you consider the 767-200C a freighter. To start, Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines converted two 777 passenger aircraft orders to freighters, and an unidentified customer ordered one 777F. As shown in the chart, this brings Boeing’s total orders forRead More

JD.com sees drones as key to rural delivery strategy

JD.com sees drones as key to rural delivery strategy

February 10, 2017 at 10:57 am 0 comments

China’s second largest e-tailer, JD.com has been making commercial drone deliveries in at least four pilot regions scattered across China since June 2016, and has plans to rapidly increase its drone program in 2017, according to recode. JD already has regulatory approval to operate drones in four provinces, along twentyRead More

The widebody freighter fleet — part IV

The widebody freighter fleet — part IV

February 10, 2017 at 10:28 am 0 comments

Today we conclude our four-part analysis of the worldwide widebody freighter fleet. In the first three parts we looked at the composition of the fleet as it stands at the beginning of 2017, and how it has changed over the last twelve months. You can read Part I here, PartRead More

Cargo growth disappears in the Middle East

Cargo growth disappears in the Middle East

February 9, 2017 at 10:38 am 0 comments

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways reported 2016 cargo volume unchanged from 2015 at 593,000 tonnes. This is in stark contrast to the incredible growth Etihad has reported in previous years, but right in line with what is happening in neighboring Dubai, where Emirates is reporting a similar halt to growth. InRead More

The widebody freighter fleet — Part III

The widebody freighter fleet — Part III

February 9, 2017 at 9:59 am 0 comments

Today, in Part III of our annual widebody freighter fleet analysis, we turn from aircraft to operators. Tomorrow, we will conclude with a look into the future. (You can read Part I here, Part II here, and Part IV here). The chart in Part I shows that the 1,002 widebody freighters inRead More