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Top 20 cargo airports for 2016

Top 20 cargo airports for 2016

April 19, 2017 at 9:55 am 1 comment

According to preliminary data from the Airports Council International, total cargo handled (loaded and unloaded freight and mail) by airports worldwide in 2016 was up 3.3% over 2015 to about 106 million tonnes. International freight handled was up 4.3% to about 66 million tonnes, accounting for a little more thanRead More

First A330-200 enters freighter conversion

First A330-200 enters freighter conversion

April 19, 2017 at 9:55 am 0 comments

EFW inducted the first A330-200 for conversion to freighter configuration. The Chairman of EgyptAir Cargo (a pilot himself) flew it from Cairo to Dresden. And the plane actually carried revenue cargo on the flight – EFW tells Cargo Facts that with the cabin removed, the aircraft needed ballast, and, rather than useRead More

AEI adds conversion capacity

AEI adds conversion capacity

April 18, 2017 at 10:54 am 0 comments

It’s a well-known fact among Cargo Facts readers that the market for narrowbody passenger-to-freighter conversions is hot, and that customers must queue-up to nab a conversion slot. Yesterday we reported that Bulgarian specialist cargo carrier, Cargo Air has ACMI-leased one of its 737s to a Greek passenger airline while itRead More

Conversion slot scarcity has Cargo Air carrying passengers

Conversion slot scarcity has Cargo Air carrying passengers

April 17, 2017 at 10:55 am 1 comment

Specialist (formerly) all-cargo carrier, Bulgaria-based Cargo Air has begun ferrying a new type of freight: passengers. Using one of two recently-acquired ex-Enter Air 737-400s , Cargo Air has has ACMI-leased one of the passenger-configured airframes (28038) to Greece’s Astra Airlines on a temporary summer lease. This venture into passenger ops isRead More

Cathay Pacific's cargo division ended 2016 with a strong performance in December.

Huge jump in Hong Kong cargo volume

April 17, 2017 at 10:52 am 0 comments

Hong Kong International Airport reported cargo volume in March up 17.7% y-o-y, to 433,000 tonnes. In 2015, cargo volume growth at HKIA  stalled, and the Airport’s full-year handle was up just one-tenth of one percent over 2014. This stagnation continued through the first half of 2016, and, despite a strong finish inRead More

E-commerce drives express fleet expansion — Part III

E-commerce drives express fleet expansion — Part III

April 14, 2017 at 10:10 am 0 comments

Today we conclude our three-part analysis of the worldwide express fleet. In Part I, we started with some background, and then a look at some of the smaller (and perhaps more interesting) companies. In Part II we looked at changes to the fleets of two of the three biggest players – FedExRead More

E-commerce drives express fleet expansion — Part II

E-commerce drives express fleet expansion — Part II

April 13, 2017 at 10:40 am 0 comments

Today, in Part II of our annual analysis of the worldwide express fleet, we look at changes to the fleets of two of the three biggest players – FedEx and UPS. We start with TNT, which was acquired by FedEx last year. (You can read Part I here.) As part of FedEx’sRead More

Alibaba and K+N sign logistics MoU

Alibaba and K+N sign logistics MoU

April 12, 2017 at 10:59 am 1 comment

Today, the world’s second largest air freight forwarder by volume, Switzerland-based Kuehne + Nagel, signed an MoU to offer outbound logistics services to shippers listed on China’s largest business-to-business platform, Alibaba.com. The MoU will expand the scope of a pilot program launched last year which integrated the forwarder’s “KN FreightNet”Read More