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E-commerce drives expansion of express fleets worldwide

E-commerce drives expansion of express fleets worldwide

April 12, 2017 at 10:24 am 0 comments

Today we begin a three-part analysis of the jet freighter fleets of express companies worldwide. We start with some background, and then a look some of the smaller (and perhaps more interesting) companies. Tomorrow and the day after, we’ll look at the big boys, and conclude with a look into theRead More

Two 777Fs are all that is left of the once-mighty Air France freighter fleet.

Surging trade delivers broad gains to March 2017 cargo traffic

April 11, 2017 at 10:58 am 0 comments

Note — 14 April 2017: This post has been updated to reflect the latest traffic results. Many of the major carriers in Europe and North America, as well as several from Asia, have now reported their March 2017 traffic figures,and  the results are almost universally good. Despite the politically tumultuous 2016Read More

Yiwu to London

First China-bound freight train departs London

April 10, 2017 at 10:57 am 0 comments

On 18 January, the first freight train arrived at London’s Barking terminal, after an 18-day journey originating in Yiwu, on China’s east coast. Today, Barking celebrated a new milestone, sending off the first eastbound train. The 7,500-mile journey will pass through nine countries, and undergo two transfers between standard andRead More

ASL Airlines Belgium leased two 747-400ERFs

April 7, 2017 at 11:11 am 0 comments

ASL Airlines Belgium leased two 747-400ERFs (33516 and 35945, both ex-Korean Air) from Altavair [FATs 003780 and 3787]. ASL Aviation Group formed ASL Airlines Belgium to take over the former TNT Airways when FedEx acquired TNT last year, and, along with a large narrowbody fleet, operates two 747-400ERFs (now ownedRead More

Where have all the pilots gone

Where have all the pilots gone

April 7, 2017 at 9:12 am 0 comments

In the last two years, the mood in the air freight industry has become increasingly optimistic. Shippers have stopped hating us, modal shift has reversed, demand growth has returned… So no more worries, right? Well, maybe there is something to worry about. We may have happy customers and full planes,Read More

UPS goes for 767 conversions

UPS goes for 767 conversions

April 6, 2017 at 10:18 am 0 comments

As I write this in Seattle this morning, a 767-300ER, in Japan Airlines livery, is passing overhead, en route from Tokyo (HND) to Goodyear (GYR) in the US. However, while the livery might make you think this is a JAL aircraft, the registration tells a different story. Until last month,Read More

YTO goes west with new joint-venture airline and hub

April 5, 2017 at 12:29 pm 0 comments

Shanghai-based YTO Express will build a new hub at Xianyang Airport (XIY) in the city of Xi’an in central China. Further, the company’s airline subsidiary, YTO Express Airlines, signed a memorandum of understanding with Western Airport Group to establish a joint-venture airline in Xi’an under the name China Northwest InternationalRead More

Cargo demand “leaps” in February

Cargo demand “leaps” in February

April 5, 2017 at 9:05 am 0 comments

Two weeks ago, when we analyzed February results from some of the world’s major cargo carriers and airports, we predicted that when IATA published it’s worldwide summary in early April, we would see demand growth in, or approaching, double digits. Looking at IATA’s report, out this morning, it turns out weRead More