Lufthansa Cargo switches to lightweight ULDs

Lufthansa Cargo has completed its switchover to an all-lightweight LD3 container fleet, with a weight saving of 14 kg per container. Lufthansa Cargo says it carries out close to 500,000 container movements per year, and the switch to the new lightweight LD3s will cut its annual fuel consumption by 2,000 tonnes, and reduce CO2 emissions […]

Pactl and Cathay lead a strong May

May results have begun to come in from some of the world’s big carriers and airports, and so far, the news is generally positive — particularly out of Asia, where two industry bellwethers reported an exceptional month. We will update this post and the accompanying chart as more results are published, but it looks like May will […]

Singapore Airlines continues to shrink freighter fleet

Singapore Airlines Cargo retired another 747-400 Freighter (26553). The carrier ferried the freighter to Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport (LDE) in late May for long-term storage. Singapore Airlines Cargo is also due to return a 747-400F (26558) off lease soon, which will leave it with just seven freighters, all 747-400Fs. The ongoing fleet reduction is a response to […]

Three cargo bosses gone in three days

9 June: According to the US publication Flying Typers, United Airlines parted company with Robbie Anderson, President of the carrier’s United Cargo division. The paper said a source at United had confirmed the news, but would only say: “I can confirm he decided to leave the company.” United Cargo has seriously underperformed the industry in […]

Emirates full-year cargo revenue up 9%

Dubai-based Emirates reported full year 2013/14 profit up 42.5% to US$965 million, as total revenue rose 13.0% to $22.4 billion (of which $21.0 was from airline operations). Operating profit for the year, which ended 31 March, was $1.16 billion. Cargo revenue increased 8.9% over the previous year to $3.07 billion, accounting for 14.6% of total […]

EVA confirms freighter fleet replacement

EVA confirmed its plan to replace 747-400 and MD-11 freighters with 777Fs. Speaking at a ceremony marking the simultaneous delivery of two 777-300ER passenger aircraft last month, EVA Air Chairman Zhang Wei confirmed the carrier’s intent to replace its nine 747-400Fs and three MD-11Fs with 777Fs. Various EVA executives have made similar comments in the […]

Cathay leads the e-freight race

According to IATA’s latest e‑AWB report, Cathay Pacific Airways now operates 46% of its international cargo shipments using e-Airwaybills, well ahead Emirates, which is in second place among the world’s major carriers at 28%. A recent push by Egyptair has lifted its e-AWB penetration to over 50%, but it does not carry anywhere near as […]

FAA issues a new AD affecting Rolls-powered 757s

The US Federal Aviation Administration issued an airworthiness directive (AD) for 757-200s and -300s powered by Rolls-Royce RB211-535 series engines (PW2000-powered 757s are not affected). Quoting the FAA: “This AD was prompted by reports of cracking of the forward bulkhead web, web stiffeners, attachment angles, and thermal anti-ice (TAI) spray ring assemblies of the engine […]
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