September yields surge, volume growth remains strong

Two weeks ago, we predicted that when worldwide data were available for September, we would see a year-over-year increase in air freight demand within a low-double digit band. Both WorldACD and IATA have published their September analyses, and, as you can see in the charts at right, demand was slightly lower than our expectations with […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 1, 2017

Will year-over-year gains begin to decline in September?

When we summarized the worldwide air freight data from August, we predicted that, while demand would stay strong through September, the year-over-year percentage increase would probably show a slight decline. Why? Because it was in September 2016 that demand growth began to accelerate, making the year-over-year comparisons tougher. Looking back at 2016, air freight demand […]
  • David Harris
  • October 16, 2017

The good times keep rolling in July

Two weeks ago, when we analyzed the just-published July results from some of the world’s big carriers and airports, we predicted that when IATA and WorldACD published their detailed analyses of cargo traffic worldwide at the beginning of September, we would see air freight demand growth in July of 11% or 12%, year-over-year. We are still […]
  • David Harris
  • September 1, 2017

Air freight tonnage up 15% in March

Through the past two weeks, as we analyzed the March results coming in from the world’s big cargo carriers and airports, we predicted that when IATA and WorldACD published their comprehensive data for the month, they would show a double-digit increase in demand for air freight. When we saw the last results to come in, […]
  • David Harris
  • May 1, 2017

The widebody freighter fleet — part IV

Today we conclude our four-part analysis of the worldwide widebody freighter fleet. In the first three parts we looked at the composition of the fleet as it stands at the beginning of 2017, and how it has changed over the last twelve months. You can read Part I here, Part II here, and Part III […]
  • David Harris
  • February 10, 2017

The widebody freighter fleet — Part III

Today, in Part III of our annual widebody freighter fleet analysis, we turn from aircraft to operators. Tomorrow, we will conclude with a look into the future. (You can read Part I here, Part II here, and Part IV here). The chart in Part I shows that the 1,002 widebody freighters in the worldwide fleet are operated […]
  • David Harris
  • February 9, 2017

The widebody freighter fleet – Part II

We began this year’s analysis of the worldwide widebody freighter fleet yesterday, with a look at the composition of the fleet on a carrier-by-carrier basis, making particular note of the fact that despite an 18.5% increase in cargo traffic over the last five years, the total number of freighters in the fleet, and their total […]
  • David Harris
  • February 8, 2017

The widebody freighter fleet: The more things change…

Today we begin our annual review of the widebody freighter fleet with some general observations on fleet growth, and a look at the fleet on a carrier-by-carrier basis. In the days ahead will continue with an examination of how the composition of the fleet is evolving, at carriers that ceased operations and carriers that joined […]
  • David Harris
  • February 7, 2017
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