The second domino falls!

On 12 January, Qatar Airways Cargo announced to its customers that it would abandon base-rate-plus-surcharges pricing, and move to an all-in rate structure. On New Years Eve, when Emirates announced its move to an all-in rate for cargo, the sentiment in the forwarding and shipping community was “about time!” But after that initial response, the […]

Air freight prices freed in China

China’s government moved away from its long-standing policy of aviation price regulation — at least for cargo. In a document jointly released in early November, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced that the country’s carriers will be allowed to set their own rates for both […]

Middle East Carriers lead November demand growth

The International Air Transport Association released its air freight market analysis for November 2014, showing an overall 4.2% year-over-year increase in worldwide cargo traffic. The growth was driven by a 4.6% increase in international traffic, while domestic traffic was up just 1.3%. At first glance, the November data point to a weaker performance than was […]

Sodexi launches new express freight hub at CDG

France-based express package handler Sodexi, a joint venture of Air France-KLM (65%) and Geopost (35%), began operation of a new 7,600 sq m (818,000 sq ft) express freight terminal at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport this week. The €22 million facility, owned and developed by Aéroports de Paris, but financed by Sodexi, has an annual capacity of up to […]

Emirates Skycargo moves to all-in pricing

Skycargo, the cargo arm of Dubai-based Emirates, is reportedly in the process of introducing a new, all-in pricing structure that would eliminate the present setup of a base rate plus surcharges for fuel and security, according to a report in Cargoforwarder Global. The new pricing is said to also, occasionally, eliminate other criteria such as […]

Two more 747-8Fs join NCA fleet

Nippon Cargo Airlines took delivery of its seventh and eighth 747-8Fs (37393, 36140) from Boeing in December. The seventh freighter was built in mid-2013, the eighth in mid-2014, but the carrier deferred delivery until December. In addition to the eight 747-8Fs, NCA also operates five 747-400Fs and has six more 747-8Fs on order. The carrier also owns another four 747-400Fs, of […]

Transcarga begins widebody jet freighter operations

Venezuela-based all-cargo carrier Transcarga International Airways put its first jet freighter, an A300B4F (261, ex-TNT Airways), into revenue service, connecting Caracas with Miami and Houston. Transcarga began operations in 2002, initially on an ACMI basis, and then with a handful of its own small Cessna 402B and Embraer 120s turboprop freighters. However, in 2012 it […]

Turkish to expand freighter fleet

In a statement released on the last day of 2014, Turkish Airlines announced it had received Board approval for its 2015 budget, which, among other things, appears to include the acquisition of at least three more freighters. The brief statement included the following targets for the coming year: Fleet expansion from the current 255 aircraft to […]
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