AA accelerates fleet retirements, frees up feedstock

American Airlines’ plans to accelerate the retirement of its older aircraft in light of the sharp drop in passenger traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a feedstock situation that could be attractive for those looking to add 757 freighters. Apart from cutting much of its international traffic, Doug Parker, CEO of American […]

22 of top 25 cargo carriers operated freighters in 2018

Among the world’s top twenty-five cargo carriers in 2018, ranked by freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) carried, twenty-two of twenty-five carriers operated freighters. Expand the list to the top fifty cargo airlines and thirty-three carriers operated freighters. The remaining 34%, mostly comprised of mainline carriers with large widebody passenger fleets, made the list without significant maindeck […]

String of deals in 4Q18 set ATSG up for growth in 2019

Yesterday, we considered how an application to the Department of Transportation revealed Air Transport Services Group’s (ATSG) desire to get into 777F operations through its subsidiary, Omni Air LLC. Today, we turn to ATSG’s 4Q18 results, which on the surface look disappointing, but actually position ATSG for significant growth in 2019 and 2020. The company […]

DFW’s new cargo strategy paying off

Smack in the heart of Shanghai’s former French Concession, at the crossroads of Wulumuqi Road and Wuyuan Road, lies an unassuming store fronting a large sign that reads, “Avocado Lady.” Curious visitors to Shanghai are often intrigued by the shop’s name, and venture inside to see if there is indeed a lady offering avocados for […]

A new pharma facility for AA Cargo

American Airlines recently began work on a new pharmaceutical handling facility in Philadelphia (PHL). Once completed later this year, the 25,000 sq ft facility will be able to handle controlled-room-temperature life-science materials from the “pharma corridor” in the Northeastern US. In addition to handling passive temperature-controlled shipments at various temperature ranges, the hub will also […]

American and US Air complete cargo merger

American Airways and US Airways will complete the merger of their cargo operations and transition to a single air waybill effective 20 October, under the American Airlines Cargo brand. The carriers have been integrating their operations at shared cargo locations since the beginning of 2014.

American Airlines expands North American cargo network

American Airlines expanded its cargo service in twelve cities in the US and Mexico. In the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August, American Airlines began offering full cargo service to and from the following cities: Albuquerque (ABQ), Cleveland (CLE), Columbus (CMH), Detroit (DTW), Guadalajara (GDL), Norfolk (ORF), Omaha (OMA), […]
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