A strong year for ANA Cargo

All Nippon Airways reported cargo revenue up 15.2% to US$1.34 billion in its Fiscal Year 2013 (ended 31 March 2014). Cargo traffic for the year was up 16.4% to 3.41 billion RTKs. The gains came almost entirely on the back of the carrier’s strong performance in the international market, where its revenue was up 21.0% […]

Demand for turboprop freighters stalls

As package volumes declined in Europe and North America during the recession of 2008/2009, the big express companies cut off the expansion of their feeder freighter fleets. This ended several years of strong growth in the number of turboprop freighters in the 4-to-9 tonne payload category operated worldwide, and in 2008 the fleet actually shrank […]

Air freight rates continue to rise – barely

Drewry reports second consecutive month of rising air freight rates. According to shipping consultants Drewry, air freight rates, which began to rise in March after a long slide, continued that trend in April. In March, Drewry’s East-West Air Freight Price Index, which is based on the average of all-in rates, including surcharges,  (US dollars per kilogram) […]

Online shopping drives express growth in China

Online shopping drives a huge surge in express deliveries in China. According to reports in the Chinese media and the State Post Bureau, express deliveries in China were up 51.9% in the first quarter, to 2.6 billion. Express companies combined revenue for the quarter was up 45.6% to US$6.6 billion. The driving force behind the […]

AirBridge reports a record quarter, may add more 747-8Fs

Moscow-based AirBridgeCargo (ABC), the scheduled service subsidiary of the Volga-Dnepr Group, reported volume up 9% in the first quarter to a record 86,500 tonnes. Cargo traffic for the period was up 13%. The carrier did not provide any information about revenue or profitability, but did say the volume growth “reflects market improvements in Russia, Europe, […]

Polet wobbles as court cases continue

Polet Airlines, the Russian AN-124 operator, is feeling the pinch, writes Cargo Facts’ European editor, Alex Lennane. According to some locally placed sources, it may struggle to see out the year. The airline has faced a string of court appearances relating to its two AN-124s and various claims of debt. Although it appears to be winning […]

Synergy expands the Avianca freighter fleet

While some carriers cut back their widebody freighter operation, Brazil-based Synergy Aerospace is expanding. Synergy is the parent of the Avianca group of carriers, including Colombia-based Avianca, and Brazil-based Avianca Brasil. Avianca Cargo (formerly Tampa Cargo), the cargo arm of the Colombian subsidiary operates four A330-200Fs and one 767-300F, and now Avianca Brasil has taken […]
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