Alan Hedge

What Would Happen if Emirates Took Over Etihad?

How are the mighty fallen! In March 2017, Etihad had just taken delivery of its fifth A330-200F, which joined five 777Fs. At the time, the airline served forty-two destinations with its fleet of ten shiny freighters, and former CEO James Hogan boasted that Etihad Cargo was well positioned to maximize opportunities, thanks largely to the […]

New trade deal would shake up US-Mexico air freight flows

On 27 August, the United States and Mexico reached a preliminary trade deal that will affect the future of complex North American manufacturing supply chains. Under the current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), automobile manufacturing in North America has become increasingly integrated, accounting for about $135 billion in total trade between Canada, Mexico, and […]

Revisiting the 747-400 Freighter

In November 2017, air freight traffic was growing 8.0% year-over-year, jet fuel was selling for about $1.75/gallon, Cargolux CEO Richard Forson was telling journalists that he was thinking about expanding his fleet of 23 747 freighters, and Boeing’s production of new 747-8Fs had slowed to a crawl. From where were these additional freighters to come? […]

Finding the sweet spot for next-gen narrowbody conversions

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of excitement (and jockeying by conversion houses) over the newest generation of narrowbody freighters, the Boeing 737NGs (737-700/-800) and Airbus A320 family (A320/321). As these newer freighters stand poised to begin replacing older types, let’s take an early look at the new programs and the […]

Is a Trade War Coming, or is it Already Here?

Last week, President Trump allowed the exemptions on tariffs on US imports of steel and aluminum to lapse. What does this have to do with air cargo? First of all, after agriculture, one of the most likely targets of retaliation by other countries will be the US aerospace industry. In a one-two punch, Boeing would […]

Celebrating the New Year and Looking Ahead

The air cargo industry has just completed a banner year after a long, hard climb out of the depths of the Great Recession. ACMG, consulting sister company to Cargo Facts, expects the good news to continue, although 2017’s double-digit growth rates will subside to more sustainable levels in the new year. While the good fortune […]
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