Vietjet Air Cargo in search of 737-400Fs

Since commencing operations in December 2011, Hanoi-based VietJet Air has rapidly expanded its passenger aircraft fleet to fifty-four A320/A321-family aircraft. But the growth doesn’t stop there – the ambitious carrier has outstanding orders for one-hundred 737 MAX 200s and seventy-eight A321s. Of greater interest, however, is that freighters may finally be in the cards for […]

Up-close with Southwest Airlines’ Dallas cargo operations

DALLAS — After this week’s World Cargo Symposium in Dallas, the Cargo Facts team headed to Dallas Love Field (DAL) for our flight back to Seattle. However, our first stop — much to our driver’s confusion — took us not to departures, but to the Southwest Airlines Cargo office. There, cargo customer service manager Tracy Asher demonstrated the […]

A strong cargo performance wasn’t enough to keep Cathay in the black in 2017

Cathay Pacific Airways’ cargo business soared in 2017, but the carrier nonetheless reported a net loss of US$161 million, as  “fundamental structural changes within the airline industry continued to create a challenging operating environment for our airline businesses.” Which is executive-speak for something like “competition in the passenger business was really tough, and our yields […]

Longhao Airlines to double freighter fleet

Guangzhou-based all-cargo carrier Longhao Airlines launched eleven-months ago with a single 737-300F. By year-end 2017, the carrier, which operates charter flights almost exclusively for Shenzhen-based SF Airlines, had three 737-300Fs in service. In February, Longhao added units four and five (29108, 29109), and outlined plans to further grow its narrowbody freighter fleet to seven 737Fs […]

Expeditors flies high!

US-based forwarder and logistics services provider Expeditors International reported fourth-quarter net income up 51.2% y-o-y to $168 million, as net revenue increased 14.6% to $629 million. Operating income for the quarter was up 15.6% to $199 million. At first glance, the more than 50% increase in profit looks odd, but the quarter’s net income included […]

AirBridgeCargo exploring a dual-hub strategy

Russia-based all-cargo carrier AirBridgeCargo is seeking to further consolidate its European freighter operations with the establishment of a secondary hub in Western or Central Europe that would complement its existing Moscow Hub.  The carrier is reportedly in the process of evaluating thirteen airports across Western and Central Europe to determine their ability to add adequate […]
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