3 airports to watch as Pudong continues to face flight restrictions

During a brief hiatus last year when flights into and out of Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)  met CAAC’s timeliness standard for a period of three consecutive months, it seemed the airport might be allowed to continue adding flights. That, however, is no longer the case. PVG is once again barred from accepting new flight […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 5, 2018

The wild card in the air freight game

Two weeks ago, when we analyzed the February results from some of the world’s big cargo carriers, we concluded that, once full worldwide data were available, we would see a fall-off in demand growth from January to February, and that the combined two-month growth would be below the double-digit percentages we saw last year, but […]
  • David Harris
  • April 4, 2018

FedEx launches “Purple Runway” to alleviate potential pilot shortage

FedEx, in cooperation with Empire Airlines and Mountain Air Cargo, yesterday launched “Purple Runway,” a new pilot development program, that will “promote student interest in aviation careers at selected colleges and universities,” in the expectation of ensuring a steady supply of pilots in a market in which qualified pilots are increasingly scarce. The seeds of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 3, 2018

Freighter aircraft transactions through the end of March

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is […]
  • David Harris
  • April 2, 2018

Forecasting Air Freight Demand

In 2017, IATA reported global air cargo demand up 9% – the highest growth since 2010, and the third highest since 2000. That growth was about twice the rate of last year’s global trade growth, and nearly three times the rate of growth of global GDP, leaving many wondering where growth is headed moving forward. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 30, 2018

Air freight rates continue to rise

There are patterns underlying the trends in air freight demand and rates. Even within an overall trend of rising demand, for example, we still expect to see traffic peak during “peak season,” then subside through December, January, and February, rise to a brief mini-peak in the spring, then subside again slightly in the summer until […]
  • David Harris
  • March 29, 2018

CAAC grants first commercial drone operation license to SF subsidiary

Yesterday, the eastern bureau of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) granted Jiangxi Fengyu Shuntu Technology Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of SF Holdings, the first domestic UAV Aviation License. With the license, SF Logistics now has the legal authority to operate and expand the scale of its delivery drone delivery pilot operations, which began […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 28, 2018

FedEx boosts e-commerce capabilities with acquisition of P2P

Today, FedEx announced the acquisition of UK-based P2P Mailing Limited for £92 million, in a move that bolsters the global integrator’s worldwide e-commerce delivery capabilities. P2P facilitates cross-border e-commerce deliveries with an asset-light model that relies on a proprietary IT platform to string together final-mile delivery and customs partners in different regions to deliver e-commerce […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 27, 2018
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