7 airlines with the most cargo-only flights

Faced with shrinking route networks, airlines began using passenger widebody passenger aircraft solely to transport cargo in March. Now, almost six months later, these operations are not only ongoing at many of the world’s major airlines, but represent a financial lifeline against the slow recovery of the passenger market. Tens of thousands of cargo-only flights […]

Top 25 carrier rankings scrambled by fleet changes

While the mix of carriers in the top-five bracket remained the same in 2019, the order in which they are ranked looks very different compared to a year ago, thanks to changes to their freighter fleets.  In our list of Top 25 Carriers by total FTKs, the top five leaders collectively added a net of twenty-three freighters in 2019. The […]

10 carriers where cargo contributes the most

Between 2018 and 2019, the contribution of cargo to a combination carrier’s top line decreased almost unanimously as the airfreight market entered cool-down mode after a multi-year growth streak. With the exception of Qatar Airways, all of the top-ten carriers by cargo revenue contribution saw cargo play a reduced or unchanged role in 2019. With […]

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 […]

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 […]

July 2019 airfreight demand: summer slump persists

As airports and carriers begin to report their July 2019 cargo traffic results, airfreight demand – unsurprisingly – continues to respond negatively to increasing trade friction on the trans-Pacific trade lane, and elsewhere. Carriers from all regions almost unanimously reported moderate year-over-year declines. There is little change from June 2019, for which IATA reported a […]
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