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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cargo growth continues in Asia

Yesterday we reported strong cargo growth at Etihad Airways and American Airlines. Today, two of Asia’s biggest cargo handlers also reported exceptionally strong growth in June and for the first half of 2014. So, while the big European carriers appear to be struggling, it is beginning to look as though worldwide cargo traffic will continue […]

Farnair takes 45% stake in Thailand’s K-Mile Air

Switzerland-based Farnair acquired the 45% stake in Thailandbased K-Mile Air formerly held by Malaysia’s Transmile Group. As part of the agreement, Farnair will place a 737-400F (28492, recently redelivered to Farnair by Aeronautical Engineers Inc) with K-Mile, replacing the carrier’s single 727-200F (22080),which it recently parked. Farnair has long been a turboprop freighter operator, but last year ordered four 737-400 passengerto-freighter […]
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