Etihad Cargo reduces freighter fleet, parks A330-200Fs

Between 28 December and 11 January, Abu Dhabi-headquartered Etihad Airways removed all five of its A330-200Fs from service, and placed them into storage, according to various flight-tracking databases. While no public announcement has been made regarding the vast reduction in freighter capacity, it is widely believed that the shift away from A330-200 freighter operations is […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 18, 2018

Demand growth continues in August

The International Air Transport Association released its air freight market analysis for August 2016, showing a 3.9% year-over-year increase in worldwide cargo traffic (in freight tonne kilometers flown). International cargo traffic, which accounts for 87% of total traffic, was up 3.5%. The IATA August result is in line with our prediction two weeks ago that […]
  • David Harris
  • October 5, 2016

Cargo continues to shift to the Gulf

The shift of cargo traffic to the big hubs of the Middle East continues. By early February, many of the world’s big cargo airports had reported their 2014 performance, generally appearing to confirm what most of us already knew or suspected – that worldwide air freight demand growth had returned to the “old normal.” Which is […]
  • David Harris
  • February 10, 2015

First-half cargo volumes up in UAE

Cargo volume up strongly in Dubai: A temporary shift of about 600 flights per week, including all of Emirates’ freighter flights, from Dubai International (DXB) to Dubai World Central (DWC) during a runway upgrade project made year-over-year comparisons of monthly cargo volumes at the two airports meaningless for much of the second quarter. However, combining data […]
  • David Harris
  • August 21, 2014

Etihad’s Main-Deck Expansion

Seen here getting ready to head out on a test flight, Etihad Cargo’s second 777F (A6-BBD, msn: 39692) is just about ready for delivery. While you may have heard last week that Emirates has expanded its fleet of 777 Freighters, crosstown rival Etihad is also adding capacity in the form of the 777F. While the […]
  • David Harris
  • January 30, 2013