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

Cargo traffic bounces back in August first look

August results are in from some of the world’s big carriers, handlers, and airports, and after lackluster June and mixed July results, cargo growth looks to have rebounded during, particularly out of Asia. However, while more of the major carriers reported year-over-year growth during August compared to the past couple of months, growth rates are […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 18, 2018

The world’s top 50 cargo carriers of 2017

Last year when we analyzed the top 50 cargo carriers of 2016, we noted FedEx’s runaway cargo traffic growth through its acquisition of TNT, which further drove a wedge between FedEx and the number two contender for highest total cargo traffic, Emirates. However, a year can make quite a difference, and what an eventful year […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 9, 2018

Cathay stays in the red, despite continued cargo strength

The Cathay Pacific Group reported a net loss of US$34 million in the first half of 2018, marking an improvement from 2017’s first half when the Hong Kong-based carrier reported a net loss of $261 million as its passenger business struggled to counter increasing competition from airlines based in mainland China. So far this year, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 8, 2018

Demand grows in Hong Kong and Singapore

When we published our first look at February cargo demand last week there were still a few of the major players to be heard from – Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airlines, and Hong Kong International Airport in Asia; and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Europe. All four of those laggards have now published their February data, […]
  • David Harris
  • March 20, 2018

A strong cargo performance wasn’t enough to keep Cathay in the black in 2017

Cathay Pacific Airways’ cargo business soared in 2017, but the carrier nonetheless reported a net loss of US$161 million, as  “fundamental structural changes within the airline industry continued to create a challenging operating environment for our airline businesses.” Which is executive-speak for something like “competition in the passenger business was really tough, and our yields […]
  • David Harris
  • March 15, 2018

5 carrier partnerships to watch in 2018

Although carrier-to-carrier cooperation is as fresh a concept as electronic waybills, 2017 has been a year during which carriers further aligned themselves into increasingly cooperative alliances. For their potential impact on the global freighter fleet, here are 5 alliances to watch in 2018. 1) Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux Airlines At the Air Cargo Europe event […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 8, 2017

Cargo shines in Cathay’s dark first half

The Cathay Pacific Group reported a net loss of US$262 million in the first half of 2017, down from a profit of $45 million in 1H16, as the carrier’s passenger business struggled in the face of increasing competition from airlines based in mainland China. On the cargo side, however, there was nothing but good news. […]
  • David Harris
  • August 18, 2017
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