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A merry e-Christmas

A merry e-Christmas

December 29, 2016 at 10:51 am 0 comments

With e-commerce becoming an ever more important driver of air freight demand, we thought it fitting to close 2016 with a look at the Christmas season through the eyes of the world’s original e-tailer. According to a note just published by Amazon, the 2016 holiday season was its best-ever. ToppingRead 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

Trade is what will keep America Great

Trade is what will keep America Great

December 28, 2016 at 9:28 am 0 comments

As everyone involved in the air freight industry knows, calls for protectionism were a major feature of the US election. Donald Trump, the eventual winner, based his entire campaign on the slogan “Make America Great Again”. How would he do that? It often seemed that his plan to make America great wasRead 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

The source of this year’s peak season demand

The source of this year’s peak season demand

December 23, 2016 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Peak season varies from year-to-year, starting and ending at different points, but often wrapping-up by the end of December. Evidence from forwarders, charter brokers and carriers however, suggest  that this year’s peak season may last through the end of December, and well into January. But what exactly is driving thisRead More

Inside the beast.

Air freight rates soar in November

December 22, 2016 at 10:37 am 0 comments

Air freight rates on major east-west routes reached a year-high in November, according to UK-based freight market analyst Drewry. If that’s not reason enough to uncork the champagne during holiday celebrations this month, early indicators also suggest that high rates and strong demand have continued into December. In its monthlyRead More

Peak season boosts volumes and costs for FedEx

Peak season boosts volumes and costs for FedEx

December 21, 2016 at 10:54 am 0 comments

FedEx reported operating income up 2.6% in the second quarter of its 2017 fiscal year, driven primarily by the inclusion of TNT Express, which added revenues of $1.9 billion during the quarter. The charts at right show FedEx’s results as reported, with net income up 1.3% to $700 million, asRead More

7-Eleven gets serious with drone deliveries

December 20, 2016 at 11:00 am 0 comments

Flirtey drones and the 7-Eleven convenience store chain have been busy ramping up their drone-delivery service agreement since delivering the first iced “Slurpee” drink to a customer in Nevada this July. The partners have now announced the completion of 77 autonomous drone deliveries to customer homes in the United States.Read More