Charles Kauffman

Charles Kauffman

Senior Editor

Charles Kauffman is the Senior Editor of the company’s monthly newsletter, Cargo Facts and weekly e-mail publication Cargo Facts Update. He holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington, and an MA in International Relations from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Charles speaks Mandarin and Spanish.

E-commerce and express traffic drive growth at Seattle’s airport in 2016

Last year, Seattle-based Amazon launched a dedicated air freight network, “Prime Air” and began carrying cargo between major distribution centers in the United States with a fleet of 767 freighters operated operated by Atlas Air and ATSG. With initial plans that call for a fleet of forty aircraft by 2020, at last count, eighteen aircraft have already […]

Freighter Aircraft Transactions in January 2017

Today we present a summary of the Freighter Aircraft Transactions (FATs) Cargo Facts tracked over the course of January 2017. Remember, each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT)  contains a unique FAT code linked to our FAT database. This database is available to subscribers as an interactive tool on our website at   myCargo […]

Where will your operating margins be in 2020?

Although no CEO (that we are aware of) possesses a crystal ball capable of offering-up a precise number, most companies have at least a general target for where they would like profitability to be at a certain point in the future. Swiss forwarder Panalpina is one company, with such a target.  In an interview given […]

Smaller-than-expected December decline in air freight rates.

After reaching a year-high in November 2016, air freight rates on major east-west routes fell for the first time since May 2016 in December, according to UK-based freight market analyst Drewry. Rates often taper down following peak season as capacity eases up, but this month’s drop-off was smaller than usual. In its monthly East-West Airfreight […]

Europe’s airports got busier in 2016

Almost unanimously, Europe’s major airports have reason to rejoice as they reflect on their 2016 cargo handles, which on average, were up 6.8% over 2015. Though many of the region’s legacy carriers grew in parallel, increased tonnage at European airports in 2016 was strongly reinforced by the influx of new flights from outside carriers. We […]

Aeronaves TSM continues expansion

Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM ordered two CRJ200 P-to-F conversions from Aeronautical Engineers, Inc [FATs 003688 – 3689]. The aircraft to be converted are units 7356 (ex-Air Uganda) and 7392 (ex-Air Mali). Both conversions are scheduled for redelivery this year. In other TSM news, ch-aviation reports that the carrier is now operating three DC-9-30Fs on a short-term […]

One Belt, One Road adds new London rail link

On 18 January, China’s “One Belt, One Road”overland development initiative achieved a new milestone when a freight train that originated in the Eastern Chinese city of Yiwu in Zhejiang province, arrived at London’s Eurohub terminal in Barking. Although this was not the first overland cargo train to depart from Eastern Asia and successfully arrive in […]
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