First NCA aircraft returns to service

On 4 July, Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) announced that a single 747-8F (36141) passed a government safety audit, and was cleared to return to service. Shortly after, on 5 July, the aircraft went on to complete a round-trip flight between Shanghai Pudong (PVG) and Tokyo Narita (NRT) – the carrier’s first scheduled own-operated flight since […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 5, 2018


日本政府继续审核检修记录,日本货运航空(NCA)旗下的11架波音747货机已经停飞了近两周时间。作为中美贸易战的一部分,额外关税征收预计于7月6日起正式实施,日本货运航空的停航使得亚洲空运出口的运力突然下降,很多货主急于在新关税起征之前填满库存,直接导致部分跨太平洋贸易航线的运费,已经攀升至年度的最高点。 某家国际著名货代公司上海分公司的区域经理告诉《空运通讯》,只有签约多家航空公司的运力协议才能将系统性风险降到最低。尽管如此,上海浦东国际机场(PVG)在短期内损失三班跨太平洋定期货运航班,仍然对于上海空运市场带来显著的影响,尤其是在目前空运市场需求依然旺盛的情况下。随着运力缩减,运费开始相应上升。根据TAC指数公布,6月25日香港至北美航线的航空运费为4.09美元/公斤,相比于6月18日的航空运费为3.77美元/公斤,这也是2018年迄今为止的最高航空货运价格。 值得一提的是,例如上海浦东国际机场的一些出港航线,即期运费已经大幅上涨0.80至1美元/公斤,并且还有进一步上涨的趋势。 尽管其他航空公司努力增补运力,以抢占日本货运航空停航后所出现的市场真空,航空运费仍在不断上升。近期,阿特拉斯航空首席商务官Michael Steen在公司投资者日告知广大股东,作为前期签署协议的一部分,阿特拉斯航空将为日本货运航空运营两架波音747-400货机。Michael Steen表示,阿特拉斯航空正在运营额外的租赁包机,以协助日本货运航空尽可能的完成预定航班计划。根据日本货运航空的最新声明,可以肯定的消息是,七月初其货运航班还无法恢复运营。
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 3, 2018

Rates under pressure as NCA freighter audit continues and trade war looms

Nippon Cargo Airlines’ (NCA) fleet of eleven 747Fs has now been grounded for more than a week as government authorities continue to audit the carrier’s maintenance records. This sudden loss of capacity ex-Asia, combined with a number of shippers rushing to fortify inventories of Chinese goods ahead of new duties scheduled to be imposed as […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • June 26, 2018

Google looks to e-commerce in partnership with China’s

Today, Google and announced a strategic partnership leveraging one another’s areas of expertise, to develop new e-commerce products and services for global markets, including Southeast Asia, the United States, and Europe. As part of the agreement, Google is investing US$550 million in Beijing-based, which will issue discounted Class A shares to the Silicon […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 18, 2018

US tariffs on Chinese goods signal trade war has arrived

Today, the United States government followed through on earlier threats from US President Donald Trump by imposing a 25% tariff on about $50 billion worth of Chinese imports containing “industrially significant technologies,” which the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) said are related to China’s “theft of our intellectual property.” For its part, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 15, 2018

Will partnering with Alibaba’s Cainiao payoff for global carriers?

In recent weeks, Alibaba’s Cainiao Smart Logistics Network has redoubled its focus on cross-border e-commerce with a string of new investments into logistics centers at six cities around the world, and, as of this week, new partnerships with global carriers. These initiatives support the Alibaba Group’s goal of reducing average delivery times to 24-hours across […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 13, 2018

Cargo Facts Consulting Rebrands to Kick Off a New Era in Air Cargo Advisory

Cargo Facts Consulting today unveils a comprehensive rebrand, its first major reinvigoration since the consultancy’s launch in 1978. Formerly known as Air Cargo Management Group, Cargo Facts Consulting (CFC) is expanding its range of services with this relaunch, bringing in expertise that spans aviation technology, OEM, maintenance and engine overhaul (MRO), and airlines. As part […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • June 11, 2018

Alibaba refreshes blueprint for achieving global deliveries within 72 hours

  The goals remain much the same. Alibaba co-founder and chairman, Jack Ma has a steadfast vision for global e-commerce logistics that aims to make parcel shipments significantly cheaper, while boosting the speed of point-to-point deliveries so that a delivery between any two city pairs within China or between any two global cities can be […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 31, 2018
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