The capacity reduction continues…

The recent decision by IAG Cargo to terminate its ACMI leases of three 747-8 Freighters from Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (via Atlas’ UK subsidiary Global Supply Systems) has led to much speculation about whether Atlas will retire some of its 747-400 freighters if it cannot find new ACMI customers for the -8Fs. But in fact, […]

A major strategic change at IAG Cargo

Eighteen years ago, when British Airways needed main-deck freight capacity, it took the then-unusual step of leasing a freighter on an ACMI basis, rather than buying or dry-leasing its own freighter. The provider of the freighter was a relatively young US-based 747 freighter operator, Atlas Air. There have been big changes at both companies since […]

Strong air freight demand in November

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) published data showing that total air cargo traffic was up 6.1%  y-o-y in November, with international traffic up 6.7%, and domestic traffic up 2.6%. This is the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year increases, although five of those eight gains were 1.4% or less, and cargo traffic for the first […]

First glimpse of December and full-year cargo demand

It will be some time until all the major cargo carriers and handlers have reported their December and full-year statistics, but judging by what we’ve seen from the few that have reported, we feel fairly confident in predicting that the year-over-year growth that began mid-year will continue, and even strengthen, in December; and that growth […]

A very good month

November data from many of the world’s big cargo carriers and airports are now available, and the news is almost uniformly good. It will be a couple of weeks before IATA publishes its wider analysis of the month’s results, but based on reports from the key players, as well as anecdotal evidence, it seems likely […]

Air China Cargo’s new 777F

Air China Cargo’s first 777F has returned from the Portland paint shop and is now in pre-delivery testing at Boeing’s Everett Facility. The aircraft (msn:  44678) is the first of eight the carrier will receive through 2015. The new 777s were ordered in March, 2013, as part of a massive re-alignment of the fleets at […]

Delta Air Lines in the express business?

Over the last year there has been much talk by the integrators of customers shifting down from high-speed, high-price products. Next-day instead of overnight. Deferred instead of Next-day. Ground instead of air. Coping with this shift has been the motivation behind FedEx’s much publicized “this is not a restructuring” program. At the Cargo Facts Asia […]

Saudia Cargo goes big

[See update in comment at end of post] How big? Well if the latest rumor is true, Saudia Cargo is going as big as it is possible to go: with two two 747-8 Freighters. Cargo Facts is awaiting confirmation, but we believe the Saudi Arabia-based carrier has agreed to buy two of the 747-8Fs (37562 and […]
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