More mixed results in September traffic first look

When many of the world’s major airports and carriers released August performance metrics, the air freight industry seemed to be rebounding from the slowdown in cargo earlier this year. Now that September results are in from some of the world’s big carriers, handlers, and airports, however, August’s rebound seems tentative at best, as operators are […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • October 22, 2018

Air cargo grows at Sea-Tac Airport

The Cargo Facts team was treated this week to a behind-the-scenes tour of the cargo operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). There, the Port of Seattle’s Air Cargo team – Tom Green, Senior Manager for Air Cargo Development, Ken Galka, Air Cargo Operations Manager, and Patrick Haley, Air Cargo Facilities Manager – drove the Cargo Facts team […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 19, 2018

Winners and losers of a US exit from the Universal Postal Union

Yesterday, the Department of State motioned to drop out of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in an attempt to mitigate the subsidization of small parcel shipments coming into the United States from abroad – notably from China. Whether the move will put a damper on flows of international airmail moving through the US, and the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 18, 2018

Belly hold will not overtake freighters by 2037

Boeing’s new World Air Cargo Forecast 2018 (WACF), released yesterday at TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum, predicts the global fleet of freighters will grow by 70% from the current total of 1,870 units to 3,260 units by 2037 as freighters are expected to continue carrying the majority of air freight. Acknowledging that capacity in the bellies of […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 17, 2018

SF’s large-scale cargo drone moves closer to commercialization after successful flight

Shenzhen-based SF Express announced this week that its Feihong-98 unmanned large cargo drone completed a successful test flight at the company’s Baotou test facility in Inner Mongolia.  SF is preparing to launch small-scale commercialization of the drone within 3-5 years, according to local media sources. Developed in partnership with the China Academy of Aerospace Electronics […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • October 17, 2018

Overheard at Cargo Facts Symposium Part II: A bright future for 737 NG conversions

SAN DIEGO – Yesterday, we started our two-part coverage of our annual “Overheard at Cargo Facts Symposium” review. You can revisit that story here. Today, in part II we take a look at what’s happening in the conversion market and what’s ahead for e-commerce. Think 737 Classic conversions are over? Not so fast! Despite a […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 16, 2018

Overheard at Cargo Facts Symposium Part I: Air cargo still on the upswing

SAN DIEGO – A crowd of senior air cargo executives gathered for Cargo Facts Symposium 2018, held this year for the first time at the Omni San Diego. Once again, attendees were enlightened with presentations and discussions from some of air cargo’s best and brightest while enjoying networking opportunities with the people shaping the air […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 15, 2018

Cargo Facts 2018: Which engine will drive the narrowbody conversion market?

SAN DIEGO – Major conversion houses agreed that, more than shortages in aircraft feedstock, the difficulty in sourcing aircraft engines at reasonable prices for passenger-to-freighter conversions will more significantly limit the number of conversions during the next few years, speakers at today’s Cargo Facts Symposium said. Responding to a question on how many conversions available […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 12, 2018

Cargo Facts 2018: The peak marches on

SAN DIEGO–Following air freight’s stellar performance in 2017 and the ongoing growth so far in 2018, industry organizations have expressed concerns about the slower rate of growth in recent months, as well as the impacts of a global trade war on the air cargo market. Not the panelists at today’s Cargo Facts Symposium here, however. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 11, 2018

AirBridgeCargo names Liège Airport as new European hub

Three months after Volga-Dnepr Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a new cargo hub at Liège Airport (LGG), the group’s Russian subsidiary, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), signed a 10-year lease at LGG to increase air cargo volumes to and from the airport and foster greater cooperation between the two parties. The airport said […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 10, 2018
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