Cargo growth continues in May results

May data arriving from the world’s big cargo carriers, airports, and handlers show that, with a couple of exceptions, growth in airfreight traffic has remained surprisingly strong despite increasingly tough year-over-year comparisons. While a couple of European outfits (Frankfurt Airport and Air France-KLM, in particular) posted y-o-y declines for the month, Asian operators that have […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 14, 2018

More mixed results in April

April data arriving from the world’s big cargo carriers, airports, and handlers suggests that the fall-off in demand growth exhibited in March was not a one-off, and that the more difficult year-over-year comparisons expected during 2018 are now materializing. With only a couple of exceptions, operators in the air cargo supply chain reported weaker growth, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 16, 2018

E-commerce & express drive airport cargo growth

In Europe, the gulf between express and general cargo continues to widen. Cargo volume growth at Europe’s major cargo airports was less than stellar in the first quarter of 2018, with March being particularly weak. To some extent, this reflects the lackluster performance of the major cargo airlines with hubs at these airports: Lufthansa reported […]
  • David Harris
  • April 23, 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

First freighter aircraft transactions of February 2018

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 […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 5, 2018

5 carrier partnerships to watch in 2018

Although carrier-to-carrier cooperation is as fresh a concept as electronic waybills, 2017 has been a year during which carriers further aligned themselves into increasingly cooperative alliances. For their potential impact on the global freighter fleet, here are 5 alliances to watch in 2018. 1) Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux Airlines At the Air Cargo Europe event […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 8, 2017

Lufthansa Cargo reports solid 1H17 results

German flag carrier Lufthansa, reported 1H17 revenues for its logistics division up 18.6% year-over-year to €1.16 billion, driven in part by a 5.0% increase in revenue-tonne-kilometers over the same period. EBIT reversed course from a loss of €4 million during 1H16, swinging to an operating profit of €125 million in 1H17. In the not too […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 3, 2017

Air cargo continues upward trajectory in August

Now that many of the world’s major cargo carriers and airports have reported their August results, it seems that June was indeed the turning point for 2016 cargo traffic. For the third consecutive month, most airports and carriers are showing growth – even Taiwan-based EVA airways seems to have turned the corner from its contractionary […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 15, 2016

Recovery on the horizon at Lufthansa?

After two quarters of falling traffic demand, and a €46 million first half operating loss, more bad news from Lufthansa’s cargo unit would not have been surprising, but July traffic figures are encouraging. As shown in the chart, Lufthansa’s Group cargo traffic was up 1.6% y-o-y — not a huge gain, but a great deal better than what […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 12, 2016

FedEx & Emirates top the cargo rankings in 2015

After years of steadily rising through the ranks, Emirates became the world’s top international cargo carrier in 2013, and that dominance has grown in the two years since. The full rankings of the top fifty carriers, including international, domestic, and total traffic, are shown in the chart at the bottom of this page (and we’ll […]
  • David Harris
  • July 11, 2016
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