Demand snapshot: September traffic holds steady as yields swell

Fewer carriers are reporting monthly traffic figures on a regular basis this year following monumental dislocations in capacity. Carriers based in the Asia-Pacific region are among the exceptions, and continue to report with a degree of regularity.   While the reduced availability of scheduled lowerhold capacity makes annual comparisons irrelevant for most carriers, many of the region’s carriers continued to report traffic […]

China Southern takes two 777Fs amid capacity crunch

Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of two 777Fs from Boeing (65421 and 65422) [FATs 005432-005433]. The dual deliveries boost the carrier’s freighter fleet at a time when available air cargo capacity is in short supply as passenger flight frequencies in China have yet to resume pre-COVID-19 levels. China Southern’s freighter fleet now numbers […]

Spring peak arrives early for China’s freighter operators

Freighter utilization rates by China’s “Big Three” combination carriers surged 83% month-to-month for the week of March 5-11, to nearly 3,000 flight hours, according to flight-tracking data analyzed by Cargo Facts. Compared to the same weeklong period in January, freighter flight hours were up 16%. Despite a precipitous drop in freighter hours flown between January […]

No sign of December traffic rebound for combination carriers

After a month-to-month uptick in air cargo demand between October and November 2019, there was hope that peak season demand would push annual comparisons into positive territory in December 2019. While anecdotal reports suggest some regions and commodity segments saw an increase in December cargo traffic year over year, combination carriers showed little sign of improvement […]

China Postal receives seventh 757-200PCF

China Postal Airlines has taken redelivery of its seventh 757-200PCF (32342, ex-China Southern Airlines) [FAT 005277] following conversion to freighter configuration by Precision Aircraft Solutions. The aircraft is the final conversion of a batch of seven ex-China Southern 757-200s acquired from Boeing in December 2015. Precision Aircraft Solutions confirmed to Cargo Facts that it had […]

October 2019 cargo traffic: Peak is present, but it’s no 2018

Many of the world’s major carriers have now reported their results for October 2019 cargo traffic, and, as shown in the chart at right, annual comparisons are not spectacular. Peak season has been strong in recent years, and cargo traffic rose 3.1% year-over-year in October 2018. Air cargo demand in October 2019, although lackluster compared to last […]

August airfreight demand data reveals more of the same

Airports and carriers almost unanimously reported lackluster August 2019 cargo traffic. This was no surprise given market performance over the past quarter, as air freight demand responds to slowing global trade. Indeed, FedEx cited lower volumes of German exports to China as a factor in its weaker-than-expected 1QFY20 results. This was echoed by Frankfurt Airport’s results and elsewhere […]
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