Champagne time?

It’s 31 December, the last day of 2014, and time to take a look back at what seems – at first glance – to have been a very good year for the air freight industry. But is it really time to bring out the Champagne? Let’s take a closer look. Beginning in the third quarter of 2013, airlines, airports, and […]

Rouble Trouble

Rouble Trouble for Russia’s airlines: A combination of economic sanctions and falling oil prices has sent the Russian rouble into freefall against both the euro and the dollar; and Russia’s airlines have been hit hard. Relatively little has been made public, but information from sources in Russia allows us to summarize the situation for several […]

China’s year in aviation

At China’s National Civil Aviation Work Conference (held in Beijing, 24 – 25 December), the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAC) presented a summary of the year in aviation, with statistics through 30 November, as well as predictions for full year 2014. Here, as reported by World Civil Aviation Resources Net, are some of the highlights: Commercial […]

CRJ200 P-to-F: The state of the program

As we reported at the end of last week, US-based IFL Group became the launch customer for the CRJ200 passenger-to-freighter conversion program jointly offered by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. This week we take a closer look at the state of the program, and at the CRJ200 Freighter itself. The big question […]

“Twas the overnight before Christmas”

A bit of holiday fun for you. A short — very short — history of how the express companies can get that Christmas gift you ordered online delivered on time. In the form of a poem by Kenneth Button, Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University.

Pactl and Turkish join the new-record club

To our list of record-breaking November cargo performances we now add Pactl and Turkish Airlines. And not just a record month for these two, but a record year, as both have already surpassed last year’s full-year totals. Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminals Co. Ltd (Pactl) handles just under half the cargo moving through PVG. In November, it reported its monthly handle […]

Another strong quarter for FedEx

FedEx followed up its very strong fiscal 2015 first quarter with an equally strong second quarter. The company reported net income up 23.2% y-o-y in the second quarter of its 2015 fiscal year to $616 million, as total revenue rose 4.7% to $11.94 billion. Operating income for the quarter was up 22.5% to $1.01 billion, […]

A month of broken cargo records

In yesterday’s post about the strength of air freight demand in November, we noted that two of the companies reporting – Hong Kong International Airport and Etihad Airways – achieved record volumes. But that turns out to be only the tip of this particular iceberg, as records continued to fall. Cargolux: Luxembourg-based all-cargo carrier Cargolux […]
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