China’s Express companies unfazed by outward FDI crackdown

The days of HNA Group acquiring a new airport entity every few months may be coming to an end as Chinese regulators begin enforcing stricter outbound investment rules; yet this does not seem to have China’s express companies worrying about their ability to continue expanding into international markets. As SF Express demonstrates, despite moving forward […]

What is going on with all this good news?

A quick glance through some of the recent headlines on leaves us with the feeling that there is nothing but good news. New cargo carriers starting up, one month of double-digit demand increase after another, quarterly reports trumpeting record or near-record operational and financial performance, air freight rates rising month-over month and year-over-year… And […]

Air freight rates on the rise in lead-up to peak season

Drewry’s latest East-West Airfreight Price Index indicates that market momentum for airfreight is carrying into the summer of 2017 as demand for airfreight outstrips new capacity coming onto the market, lending a boost to air freight rates, and load factors. The UK-based market intelligence firm reported rates across 21 major east-west trade lanes rose by […]

Volcano update: European airspace may reopen soon

According to a Reuters report, European Transport Ministers have reached a deal to gradually lift flight restrictions imposed because of the ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano. The agreement will become effective at 06:00 GMT on 20 April (Tuesday), but it is not yet known how quickly traffic will be allowed to resume. Air France […]

Volcanic ash disrupts air freight to and from Europe

As has been widely reported in major media sources worldwide, the eruption of a volcano in Iceland has created a huge cloud of volcanic ash, and that cloud has been blown east and south to cover much of Europe. Since volcanic ash can cause failure of jet engines, many European countries have partially or completely […]

Will Carriers Maintain Capacity Discipline?

As we have reported in Cargo Facts, several of the world's big cargo carriers have begun returning parked capacity to their fleets. Cathay has already brought one 747-400BCF back from the desert and is in the process of bringing back four more. Aeroflot is reported to be resuming a full operation schedule for its three […]

Were They Reading the Same Verdict?

Everybody is familiar with the “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus” line, but after seeing their respective responses to the WTO decision on subsidies for new aircraft programs, I wonder if “Airbus is from Saturn and Boeing is from Jupiter” might not be more appropriate. In 2006, the US filed a case with […]
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