Demand growth slows, but IATA optimistic

The International Air Transport Association released its air freight market analysis for May 2015, showing an overall 2.1% year-over-year increase in worldwide cargo traffic (in freight tonne kilometers flown). On a regional basis, however, results varied wildly, from a 10.5% decline in traffic reported by carriers in Latin America to an 18.1% increase for carriers […]

India: One up, one down, one waiting in the wings

  After finally winning a months-long battle with the government for permission to operate main-deck cargo service using an A330-200F ACMI-leased from Etihad, India’s Jet Airways made the following announcement: “The launch of dedicated freighter operations by Jet Airways has been deferred indefinitely due to commercial and operational reasons” Welcome to India, the most puzzling […]

Shakeup down under

Changing business relationships in Australia and New Zealand are having a big impact on the air freight scene. Virgin Australia has for some time had an agreement with Australia-based forwarder and logistics services provider Toll Group, under which Toll managed the carrier’s Australian cargo (and used the Virgin Australia fleet to move much of its […]

Atlas expands

The Paris Air Show may have ended last week, but that hasn’t stopped the flow of news about freighter aircraft transactions. Yesterday it was China Southern, today it is Atlas. In a formal announcement this morning, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) confirmed several aircraft acquisitions and outlined plans for several future leasing contracts. Cargo Facts […]

China Southern to add 5 freighters in 2 months

The air freight business must be booming in Guangzhou. If reports in the Asian and European media, as well as in several fleet tracking databases, are correct, China Southern Airlines will add five large widebody freighters to its fleet in the next two months – three new 777Fs from Boeing, and two 747-400Fs returned to service from […]

20 more 747-8Fs for AirBridge

The big news from the Paris Air Show today was a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Boeing and Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group covering the addition of twenty 747-8 Freighters to the fleet of AirBridgeCargo Airlines over the next seven years, as well as the addition of Volga-Dnepr’s An-124 heavylift freighter “to the long term logistics support for […]

Mixed messages in May

With the impact of the US West Coast ocean port crisis effectively over, May cargo statistics from the world’s major carriers and airports ought to provide a much clearer picture of the underlying trends in air freight demand for this year. Unfortunately, the messages are mixed, and we do not feel confident about making any […]
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