American and US Air complete cargo merger

American Airways and US Airways will complete the merger of their cargo operations and transition to a single air waybill effective 20 October, under the American Airlines Cargo brand. The carriers have been integrating their operations at shared cargo locations since the beginning of 2014.

What is going on in Europe?

While all indications are that carriers and airports in the rest of the world will report continuing strong cargo growth for August, Europe’s big three carriers are still appear to be operating in the cargo environment of two years ago. As has been widely reported, Air France-KLM’s cargo operation has been losing money for several […]

Qatar to order four more 777Fs

Doha-based Qatar Airways signed a Letter of Intent with Boeing for four 777Fs. The LOI was part of a firm order for fifty 777-9X passenger aircraft, signed at this summer’s Farnborough Air Show. Qatar currently operates six 777Fs and three A330-200Fs, and has two more 777Fs and five A330-200Fs on firm order. If the carrier firms […]

There’s no such thing as a free lunch

China’s express companies finally abandon “free” home delivery for online shoppers. It is no secret that the explosive growth of online shopping in China has driven equally explosive growth in the package delivery business. According to data from the State Post Bureau, China’s express companies delivered 9.2 billion pieces of goods in 2013, up 61.5% […]

Cargo joint venture for Lufthansa & ANA

Lufthansa Cargo and All Nippon Airways (ANA) will launch a strategic air cargo joint venture on routes connecting Japan and Europe. The jv, which has now received anti-trust immunity from both Japanese and EU regulators, will launch from Japan to Europe in winter 2014/2015, and from Europe to Japan in mid-2015. The carriers say this is […]

Uni-top Airlines looks at regional feeder operations

China’s Uni-top Airlines, a subsidiary of the Shenzhen-based Uni-top Group, launched 747-200F service from its base in Wuhan to Almaty in Kazakhstan on July 30. More interesting, however, is that according to a Uni-top executive, the airline is in the process of setting up a domestic China feeder operation to support its international flying. While […]

Martinair to get the chop? All eyes on Amsterdam…

Update with breaking news: Our guess, and the rumors reported below, turns out to be correct. Following the extraordinary Board meeting in Amsterdam today, Air France-KLM CEO Alexandre de Juniac announced that the carrier would “accelerate the retirement” of many of its freighters, reducing the fleet from fourteen units today, to just five – two 777Fs […]
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