Should freighter flights be exempt from the 80:20 rule?

If you were to ask any of the foreign freighter operators calling to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), the answer would unanimously be “yes!” In recent months, the 80:20 rule has become frustratingly relevant because Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) at AMS are expected to approach the government-mandated quota of 500,000 for any single year, beginning in […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 23, 2017

Slot squeeze at Schiphol brings new ABC flights to Liege

Beginning this coming winter, Russia-based AirBridgeCargo will commence scheduled 747F freighter flights to Liege (LGG), connecting airports in Asia, Europe and North America with what could eventually ramp-up to as many as 12 weekly flights. The move to Liege is part of a contingency plan to deal with landing slot reductions the carrier expects to […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 10, 2017

Strong demand growth in August – but tougher comparisons ahead

Two weeks ago, we predicted that when worldwide data were available for August, we would see a year-over-year increase in air freight demand well into double digits. Both WorldACD and IATA have published their August analyses, and, as you can see in the charts at right, demand did indeed grow between 12% and 15% y-o-y, […]
  • David Harris
  • October 5, 2017

Overheard at Cargo Facts Symposium

MIAMI – A bustling crowd of senior executives from all links in the air cargo supply chain gathered at the Mandarin Oriental for the 23rd annual presentation of the Cargo Facts Symposium. Delegates were delighted to be greeted with news that worldwide air freight volumes for the month of August were up double-digits (12.9%) y-o-y, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 4, 2017

Defining the E-commerce variable in air freight demand

MIAMI — A bustling crowd of senior executives from all links in the air cargo supply chain gathered at the Mandarin Oriental for the 23rd annual presentation of the Cargo Facts Symposium, where once again, it was hard to avoid the topic of e-commerce, and its impact on the global air freight industry. Global e-commerce continues […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 3, 2017

Qatar Airways takes delivery of first 747-8F, reveals orders for 777Fs

SEATTLE – Yesterday, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways was onsite at Boeing’s Delivery Center in Everett, WA to celebrate the handover of Qatar Airways Cargo’s maiden 747-8F (63199). The delivery of a second 140-tonne capacity nose-loading freighter is expected in November, and beyond that,  QR Cargo’s rapidly growing freighter fleet will […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 26, 2017

New ACMI-deals highlight growing demand for 747Fs

This month, Atlas Air Worldwide (AAWW) will begin operating a 747-400F on an ACMI basis for Deutsche Post DHL Group’s forwarding subsidiary, DHL Global Forwardin. Separately, Orlando-based National Airlines announced it had placed two 747-400Fs with China-based BST Logistics. Do these deals sound familiar? They should. Atlas has recently inked ACMI/CMI deals for 747F assets […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 15, 2017

Atlas expands its fleet

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) acquired a 747-400ERF (33515) on lease from Altavair. The freighter was originally delivered to Korean Air in 2003, and has been operated by Korean until now. Altavair acquired it, along with a sister ship, in a forward sale late last year. The second of the pair (33517) will also be […]
  • David Harris
  • September 11, 2017
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