Who is carrying all that European traffic?

According to IATA, cargo traffic flown by carriers based in Europe was up 12.6% year-over-year in September, their biggest gain in many years. This strong performance by European carriers has now been going on for six months. But who is carrying all that cargo? In the past, the answer would have been simple: Air France-KLM, […]

Troubles continue for Europe’s big three

With the publication of its first-half results, Lufthansa issued a warning that, for the first time in many years, its cargo division was likely to post a full-year operating loss. We have come to expect losses at Air France-KLM Cargo, but Lufthansa? Lufthansa’s cargo operation had always seemed proof against increased competition and a deteriorating […]

End of an era, Martinair retires its MD-11Fs

  In the last two weeks, Martinair, the all-cargo subsidiary of Air France-KLM, retired its last two MD-11Fs (48616 and 48757) [FATs 003346 – 3347]. Martinair now operates three 747-400Fs and one 747-400BCF. Founded in the Netherlands in1958 as a passenger carrier by Martin Schröder (as Martin’s Air Charter), Martinair gradually morphed into a major […]

European cargo on the upswing?

The big three Western European carriers have all reported their January cargo results, and all three show improving performance. However, before you break out the Champagne, remember that neither January nor February data can be considered meaningful on their own. The timing of the Lunar New Year holiday in Asia can cause big shifts in […]

Load it up, and fly it away

With no earthshaking news breaking in the air cargo world today, we thought it a good time to post a couple of videos. We start with one that shows, from a pilot’s perspective, that getting a big freighter into the air is mostly about waiting. This is one of the Air France-KLM 747-400ERFs operated by subsidiary […]

Stunning growth at ABC

AirBridgeCargo continues to report cargo gains other carriers can only dream about. Although worldwide growth in airfreight demand has stalled in 2015, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC, the scheduled service subsidiary of Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group) is posting astonishing numbers. The carrier said cargo volume was up 27% y-o-y in November to 50,000 tonnes. For the first eleven […]

Air France, China Southern, and the future of alliances

Back in the dim and distant past, two of the world’s biggest cargo carriers, one in North America, one in Europe, worked out a partnership that benefited  both. Northwest Airlines is long gone, subsumed into Delta Air Lines, but once upon a time it operated fourteen 747-200 Freighters. Netherlands-based KLM, now in a somewhat unhappy marriage […]
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