Air cargo continues upward trajectory in August

Now that many of the world’s major cargo carriers and airports have reported their August results, it seems that June was indeed the turning point for 2016 cargo traffic. For the third consecutive month, most airports and carriers are showing growth – even Taiwan-based EVA airways seems to have turned the corner from its contractionary […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 15, 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

A partnership of giants

Two of the world’s top three international cargo carriers have joined forces. Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific rank second and third, respectively, among all airlines in international cargo traffic, trailing only Emirates. So their formation of a joint network to connect Hong Kong to Europe, as announced today, is an interesting move. Regarding the agreement itself, the carriers said […]
  • David Harris
  • May 12, 2016

Cathay cargo volume up, revenue down in 2015

Cathay Pacific Airways’ cargo business saw the same top-line declines reported by many other carriers, as falling fuel surcharges led to a 9.0% drop in cargo revenue to US$3.0 billion. Cathay did not release separate operating income data for its cargo division, but given that cargo traffic for the year was up 5.4% to 10.58 […]
  • David Harris
  • March 11, 2016

China’s freighter fleet grows – and the pace is accelerating

Two themes that have featured heavily in the air logistics media recently are the lack of growth in air freight demand, and the shift of what volume remains from freighters to the bellies of the current generation of widebody passenger aircraft. Moving from air cargo news to worldwide political and economic news, the current big […]
  • David Harris
  • January 27, 2016

Happy 10th birthday 747-8F

Ten years ago, in November 2005, Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) placed launch orders for ten and eight 747-8Fs, respectively. They were both well-established all-cargo carriers with significant 747-400F fleets, and both had been operators of the 747-200F. So it was not surprising that they would be first in line for the next generation […]
  • David Harris
  • November 3, 2015

Air China Cargo flies high

Air China Cargo took delivery of its seventh 777F (44684) from Boeing, with the eighth, and final, 777F from the carrier’s 2013 order scheduled for delivery later this year. While the ups and downs of air freight demand over the last few years have shaken the resolve of some carriers to continue to operate freighters, […]
  • David Harris
  • July 16, 2015

Change at Cathay Pacific Cargo

Goodbye James, Hello Simon! The Swire Group, parent of Cathay Pacific Airways, made several management changes at the carrier. Of particular interest to the air freight community is the appointment of Simon Large as Director Cargo, replacing James Woodrow, who will become Managing director at The China Navigation Company (another Swire subsidiary). All of us […]
  • David Harris
  • June 10, 2015
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