A handful of carriers see traffic growth return in March

After a dismal February for Asia-Pacific carriers, March cargo traffic results are painting a more positive picture, with China Southern Airlines and Air China, in particular, seeing cargo traffic growth from 2018 levels of at least a few percent. Among those Asian carriers still reporting declines for the month, in all cases, March declines were […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 23, 2019

Cathay Pacific optimistic on cargo growth for 2019

Despite the “soft start to the year” for air cargo so far in 2019, in a statement yesterday, Cathay Pacific’s General Manager, Cargo Commercial, Nelson Chin, touted the Hong Kong-based airline’s positive annual results for 2019 after two consecutive years of losses. Some of the optimism stems from improved passenger figures – particularly considering that […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 28, 2019

Asian carrier traffic fell steeply in February

Major carriers based in Asia are reporting steep declines in cargo demand for the month of February, compared to the same month in 2018. Although distortions can be expected when it comes to annual comparisons for the months of January or February due to the timing of the Lunar New Year holiday, this year’s declines […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 20, 2019

New cargo startup, more freighters for China

Today, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) approved the establishment of a new Chinese cargo carrier, Zhongzhou Airlines Co., Ltd., that will be based out of Zhengzhou Airport (CGO). The airport, which also serves as Cargolux’s China hub, seems to be gaining traction as a hub in the domestic Chinese cargo landscape. Zhongzhou Airlines is […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • January 31, 2019

Air freight traffic disappoints in December first look

The disappointing November results revealed in last month’s first look were apparently a preview for an overall diminished peak season for air freight, as volumes and traffic declined across all regions. Many of the same culprits behind November’s year-over-year decline – notably an increasingly uncertain global trade environment, faltering economic performance across multiple economies, and […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 15, 2019

More mixed results in September traffic first look

When many of the world’s major airports and carriers released August performance metrics, the air freight industry seemed to be rebounding from the slowdown in cargo earlier this year. Now that September results are in from some of the world’s big carriers, handlers, and airports, however, August’s rebound seems tentative at best, as operators are […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • October 22, 2018

Air cargo grows at Sea-Tac Airport

The Cargo Facts team was treated this week to a behind-the-scenes tour of the cargo operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). There, the Port of Seattle’s Air Cargo team – Tom Green, Senior Manager for Air Cargo Development, Ken Galka, Air Cargo Operations Manager, and Patrick Haley, Air Cargo Facilities Manager – drove the Cargo Facts team […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 19, 2018

Asian freighter fleet analysis part I: Fleet renewals underway at EVA and Air Hong Kong

Today we begin our two-part analysis of the freighter fleet in service with carriers based in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. We start with a look at carriers based in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Next week, we’ll continue with an analysis of the freighter fleet based in mainland China. Late last year, three ex-Jade 747-400ERFs […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 5, 2018
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