SF to go public – through the back door

If they won’t let you in through the front door, go ’round to the back. That seems to be the only course open to China’s big express companies as they look to list on the Shanghai Exchange While the focus of the air cargo media in the last few days has been on FedEx’s acquisition […]
  • David Harris
  • May 26, 2016

Lufthansa & Cathay

To follow up on yesterday’s post about the new Lufthansa/Cathay Pacific cargo partnership, we offer some fleet and traffic details, and (it is Friday) some videos featuring the two airlines. Starting with the fleets: Both Lufthansa and Cathay operate large fleets of widebody passenger aircraft, with significant (and growing) belly capacity. Lufthansa has 107, including A330s, A340s, […]
  • David Harris
  • May 13, 2016

Air freight dives in Asia – should we panic?

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) published February international traffic results, and while passengers continue to board airplanes in droves, for cargo the news is bleak. As we regularly point out, neither January nor February data are meaningful on their own, as year-over-year comparisons are skewed by the timing of the Lunar New Year […]
  • David Harris
  • March 31, 2016

Express volume pushes Shenzhen into ‘Million Tonne Club’

This year Shenzhen’s Bao’an International Airport became the eleventh Asia-based airport to join the “Million Tonne Club,” a designation reserved for airports with an annual cargo volume of more than one million tonnes. The ten other airports to make the list have all appeared previously and, as can be seen in the chart at right, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 23, 2016

YTO Chairman among new speakers confirmed for Cargo Facts Asia 2016

Cargo Facts is excited to announce two new speakers to be featured at Cargo Facts Asia 2016 in Hong Kong next month. The explosive growth of e-commerce is fueling the biggest revolution in the air freight and express industry in decades, and nowhere is the impact of this revolution bigger than in China, where the domestic express […]
  • David Harris
  • March 14, 2016

Uni-top Airlines’ grand ambitions

In September 2014, Wuhan-based Uni-top Airlines announced plans to acquire seven A300-600s and have them converted to freighter configuration – taking the little-known Chinese carrier’s fleet from three 747-200Fs to a total of ten widebody freighters – many in the industry expressed doubt. After all, Uni-top had acquired GrandStar Cargo International (the former joint venture […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 3, 2016

Asian carriers drive strong worldwide air cargo gains

The International Air Transport Association released its air freight market analysis for February 2015, showing an overall 11.7% year-over-year increase in worldwide cargo traffic. The growth was driven by a 22.0% increase in international traffic reported by carriers from the Asia-Pacific region, which underpinned an overall 12.7% growth in international traffic worldwide. Domestic traffic in […]
  • David Harris
  • April 1, 2015

A first look at July cargo traffic

Early reports from some of the world’s major cargo carriers and airports indicate that the trend of increasing demand that has been underway since mid-2013 will continue in July. The big carriers in the US, and many of those in Asia posted strong results. Two of Europe’s big three, while still lagging the rest of […]
  • David Harris
  • August 18, 2014
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