Speakers from Agility, ANA Cargo, Polar Air Cargo to take part in Cargo Facts Asia

The lineup of air cargo industry visionaries speaking at the Cargo Facts Asia 2019 conference in Shanghai has grown to include Andy Vargoczky, SVP, Sales & Marketing, Asia-Pacific at Agility; Toshiya Tamada, EVP, Global Sales at ANA Cargo; and Kersti Krepp, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Asia-Pacific with Polar Air Cargo Worldwide. Andy Vargoczky heads […]

Sichuan Airlines prepares for launch with A330-200Fs

Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines has selected Brussels as the first international destination to be served by the carrier’s incoming A330-200Fs. Thrice-weekly flights are expected to launch before the end of April, according to Brussels Airport. Cargo Facts reported in May that three BOC Aviation owned A330-200Fs coming off lease with Qatar Airways would likely end up […]

Executives from Flexport, MAB Kargo, SF Express join Cargo Facts Asia speaker faculty

The lineup of air cargo industry visionaries speaking at the Cargo Facts Asia 2019 conference in Shanghai has recently expanded to include George Li, group vice president of SF Express and president of SF Airlines; Neel Jones Shah, senior vice president and global head of airfreight at full-service air and ocean forwarder Flexport; and Ibrahim Mohamed Salleh, CEO of MAB Kargo. George […]

AEI awarded STC for 737-800SF, redelivery to Ethiopian expected shortly [VIDEO]

This week, US-based Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) was awarded an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the conversion of passenger 737-800 airframes to freighter configuration. Redelivery of the first freighter-converted 737-800SF (29121, ex-Correndon Airlines) to launch operator Ethiopian Airlines is expected in a matter of weeks. Touch labor for AEI’s second 737-800SF (32613, ex-China Southern […]

Boeing’s autonomous aircraft prototype completes first flight [VIDEO]

A prototype autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV), developed by Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences under the leadership of the Boeing NeXt division, successfully completed its first test flight in Virginia this week. Although the PAV is designed for passenger transport, the technology presents major opportunities for the future of autonomous and remote pilot cargo operations. […]

Will 737 MAX 8 concerns impact freighter conversion market?

Last Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 departed Addis Ababa at 8:44 a.m. local time on flight ET 302, and had yet to reach cruising altitude when after just six minutes, the Nairobi-bound aircraft lost communication with air traffic controllers. Minutes later, the aircraft crashed, killing all 157 people on board. Although on the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 12, 2019

Alibaba acquires 14% stake in STO Express

E-commerce giant Alibaba Group will take a 14% stake in Chinese STO Express through a US$693 million deal. The move strengthens Alibaba’s access to STO’s network, while the new surge of investment will likely help the express carrier in its aims to grow its aircraft fleet.   STO Express announced that its controlling shareholder plans to set up a new […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 11, 2019

Sichuan Airlines prepares for launch with A330-200Fs

Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines has selected Brussels as the first international destination to be served by the carrier’s incoming A330-200Fs. Thrice-weekly flights are expected to launch before the end of April, according to Brussels Airport. Cargo Facts reported in May that three BOC Aviation owned A330-200Fs coming off lease with Qatar Airways would likely end up […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 8, 2019

UK and EU agree to protect flights in case of ‘no deal’ Brexit

Yesterday, the UK Department for Transport confirmed that flights to and from the European Union will continue unimpeded in the case of a “no deal” Brexit, agreeing to match a proposal from the EU to minimize flight disruptions. In a statement, the agency said that the planned policy follows UK technical notices from October 2018, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 8, 2019

Horst joins Cargo Facts Consulting as managing director

Frederic Horst, a long-time airfreight analyst, consultant, and strategist, has joined Cargo Facts Consulting as managing director. Horst’s appointment is effective immediately. Cargo Facts Consulting, the sister consultancy of this news resource, was founded in 1978 as Air Cargo Management Group. Cargo Facts Consulting has a long history of providing exceptional advisory and research to […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • March 7, 2019

DP-DHL’s 4Q Express, GF growth outweighed by PeP weakness

Despite revenue growth across all segments during the fourth quarter, and operating profit (EBIT) growth in the Express and Global Forwarding segments, Deutsche Post-DHL Group (DP-DHL) reported Group EBIT declines of 4.0% year-over-year to €1.13 billion, and 15.5% to €3.16 billion for the 4Q and FY2018 respectively, due to sharp declines in the Post-eCommerce-Parcel (PeP) segment. PeP EBIT fell 28.4% and […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 7, 2019

Freighter distribution within the widebody fleet: Part II

Yesterday, we began a two-part look at the way the 1,109 widebody freighters currently in operation are distributed within the fleet by type (see part I). Today, we continue the analysis by turning the focus to distribution by manufacturer, operator type, and by geographical region. The table at right shows the distribution of widebody freighters […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 6, 2019

Freighter distribution within the widebody fleet: Part I

Last month, Cargo Facts presented a detailed analysis of the widebody freighter fleets of airlines worldwide. The analysis showed that between 2018 and 2019, the widebody freighter fleet expanded by 7.1% as carriers adjusted capacity to meet growing demand for air cargo. As of mid-January 2019, seventy-six airlines operated 1,109 widebody jet freighters in commercial service […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 5, 2019
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