FedEx accelerates aircraft retirements

At the beginning of June, FedEx Corp announced the permanent retirement of fifteen freighter aircraft, along with twenty-one related engines. The company said it made the move as it “continues to rationalize capacity and modernize its aircraft fleet.” The permanent retirements include: Seven MD11 airframes and 12 related engines Three A300 airframes and three related […]

Finally, a look at underlying demand

The International Air Transport Association released its air freight market analysis for April 2015, showing an overall 3.3% year-over-year increase in worldwide cargo traffic. On a regional basis, however, results varied from a 6.8% decline in traffic reported by carriers in Latin America to a 14.1% increase for carriers based in the Middle East. International […]

Express competition heats up in China

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) looks set to grant YTO Express Airlines authority for scheduled domestic operation in China. The CAAC allowed YTO Express Airlines, the air arm of Shanghai-based YTO Express, to begin charter operations on an international route to Korea in March, and has now given preliminary approval to YTO’s application […]

New all-cargo carrier in China

Ningxia Cargo Airlines received preliminary approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to conduct operations from its base at Yinchuan Hedong Airport (INC) in the Ningxia Autonomous Region, 900 km west of Beijing. Ningxia Cargo, which will be licensed for domestic operation in China, including Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, has purchased three 737-300Fs (27518, […]

Volume up, yield down in April

Along with its usual monthly summary of air freight volume and yield, Netherlands-based WorldACD today published some interesting data on the forwarding and GSA industries. We’ll start with volume and yield. As shown in the chart at right, WorldACD said air freight volume was up 3.3% y-o-y in April. As we pointed out in our […]

In the cockpit and on the stage

For 39 years, from 1963 until it ceased operation in 2002, Air Djibouti was the flag carrier of the small African country of Djibouti. It was never very large, operating only a few airplanes at any one time. Nor was it ever anywhere near the cutting edge of aviation, as the aircraft it did operate […]

Crisis? What crisis?

It almost seems like there are two Luxembourg-based all-cargo carriers called Cargolux. For two years, the aviation media have been full of news about the Cargolux that was (or soon would be) in deep trouble. Bad strategic decisions, poor choice in the sale of a 35% share of the company, senior executives jumping ship, management at war with […]

Is it finally India’s time?

European aviation holding company ASL Aviation Group said today that, through subsidiary carrier Farnair, it would increase its shareholding in India-based all-cargo startup Quikjet from 50.93% to 72.59%. Is this a sign that India’s time to shine on the air freight stage has finally come? Is ASL’s plan to put one of its newly-converted 737-400Fs into […]
Get Latest Issue