Etihad Cargo reduces freighter fleet, parks A330-200Fs

Between 28 December and 11 January, Abu Dhabi-headquartered Etihad Airways removed all five of its A330-200Fs from service, and placed them into storage, according to various flight-tracking databases. While no public announcement has been made regarding the vast reduction in freighter capacity, it is widely believed that the shift away from A330-200 freighter operations is […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 18, 2018

Disappearing production freighter orders — Part II

Yesterday, we began this two-part analysis of the production jet freighter market in 2017 with an overview of orders and deliveries, our thoughts on why orders have all but disappeared, and when they might return. Today we conclude it with a close-up look at each of the four types currently on offer,  the carriers that ordered […]
  • David Harris
  • January 11, 2018

New and converted freighter orders to start the year

With 2018 barely over one week old, we can already report freighter orders from two airlines. First, Boeing has now confirmed that Turkish Airlines placed an order for three 777Fs. 2017 was the best year in a long time for the air freight industry, but despite the growth in 2017, and optimism about demand in […]
  • David Harris
  • January 9, 2018

China’s domestic cargo traffic rose only slightly in 2017

During the final week of 2017, Feng Zhenglin, the director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China told delegates at a conference in Beijing that the CAAC estimated air cargo volumes carried by China-based carriers rose 6.6% y-o-y in 2017, to 7.12 million tonnes, according to a report in Xinhua. Although there was no mention […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 8, 2018

Driven by e-commerce, 2017’s peak arrived earlier, lasted longer

The growth of e-commerce around peak shopping season is no longer a new story, but 2017’s peak season did raise some eyebrows for getting off to an unusually early start, with sales from 1 November to 22 November up 17.9%, year-over-year in the United States, according to Internet Retailer’s report on the peak shopping season. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 2, 2018

10 most-read stories on CargoFacts in 2017

With 2017 now in the history books, we take a look at the stories that drew the most attention from our readers in a year that turned out to be one of the best ever for our industry. 10: More Freighter Orders for Boeing. Despite the ever-increasing demand for air freight over the last two […]
  • David Harris
  • December 29, 2017

Will the Silk Road take to the skies in 2018?

As 2017 nears an end, it will go down in the history books as the most robust year for global air cargo demand growth in at least a decade. But it could have been even better. Particularly in China, where well-capitalized start-up all-cargo carriers eagerly await the green light light from the Civil Aviation Administration […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 27, 2017

Taobao’s hidden air cargo connections

Retail spending through online channels continues to surge in most markets around the globe. This has made it easy to identify the role of air freight in replenishing inventories and in supporting expedited deliveries. But in recent weeks, Taobao, one of China-based Alibaba’s online shopping platforms, has been auctioning-off more than just commodities that demand […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 26, 2017
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