Surprised? Maybe we shouldn’t have been.

Given the big improvement in the US economy over the last twelve months, we at Air Cargo Management Group were expecting FedEx to report a jump in US domestic package volumes in this week’s quarterly report. When we saw that volumes were up just half a percent — that is, hardly up at all — […]

Be careful what you wish for…

Two recent news items caught my eye. The first was a Journal of Commerce piece quoting The Drewry Air Freight Price Index for April. Drewry, a UK-based shipping consultancy, tracks ex-Shanghai air freight rates, and their index showed an 18.4% month-over-month jump from March to April. Rates are still not quite as high as they […]

Yukon N321DL

Northern Air Cargo’s N321DL (id 23093/1024) landed briefly for a fuel stop at BFI. It had flown from Hickory Regional in North Carolina (HKY) – not one of Northern’s regular destinations – and was on it’s way back to base at Anchorage (ANC). The crew used a genuine airstair and had a walk around while […]

Potential issue for operators of CF6-50 powered freighters

We included this in last night’s issue of Cargo Facts Update (and yes, if you don’t already subscribe, you should) but I think it deserves wider notice, and I’d like to hear your comments on it, so I’ll put it up here. In a move that has potential to impact the worldwide freighter fleet, the […]

Changes in the freighter aircraft market

As evidence of the recovery in air freight demand becomes widespread, attention is shifting from survival to the future market for freighter aircraft. The just-released fifth edition of Air Cargo Management Group’s 20-Year Freighter Aircraft Forcast sheds light on where that market is headed. ACMG (Cargo Facts’ parent company) points out that the number of […]

A new freighter for Southern Air

Just after we sent out this week’s issue of Cargo Facts Update last night, we learned from US-based ACMI operator Southern Air that they have purchased another 747-200F. The freighter is an ex-Air Atlanta Icelandic unit (23476), which Southern bought from Wasps Aircraft Leasing. Southern also recently acquired two 777Fs (which it is operating for […]

What is happening at Air France-KLM Cargo?

AF-KL’s cargo operations took a big hit in the recession — no news there, because everybody’s cargo operation took a big hit. But beginning last September, and continuing right through today, a sharp resurgence in demand has most carriers reporting y-o-y monthly gains of 25% to 45%. But not Air France. What is going on? […]
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