Wallace on Kalitta’s COVID-19 operations

For a cargo carrier like U.S.-based Kalitta Air, which specializes in ACMI and charter operations, the COVID-19 pandemic and its ensuing capacity crunch has resulted in extremely high fleet utilization, as shippers and forwarders have turned to freighter operators for help in flying their freight. Of course, one factor working in Kalitta’s favor is its […]

ACS sees spike in freighter charters, tight supply for aircraft

U.K.-based Air Charter Service (ACS) is responding to a surge in cargo charters on the heels of escalating Covid-19 travel restrictions and flight cancellations that have led to dramatic reductions in global bellyhold capacity. What began in late February as an uptick in requests for lift out of Asia has, in recent weeks, evolved to […]

Kalitta sees record fleet utilization

U.S.-based ACMI and charter operator Kalitta Air is experiencing one of the highest fleet utilization rates in its history. As much of the passenger fleet around the world is parked in storage for at least the next couple of months to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, cargo carriers are benefiting from the ensuing […]

Atlas says Southern to begin flying 2 Amazon 737-800Fs this month

Atlas Air Worldwide’s Southern Air subsidiary will begin flying two 737-800Fs on a CMI basis for Amazon Air this month, Atlas President and CEO Bill Flynn said today during the company’s first quarter 2019 earnings call. Those two aircraft are among five that Southern Air will begin flying for Amazon this year, and potentially among […]

Dachser again offering air freight charters for peak season

During this year’s peak air freight season, Germany-based logistics provider Dachser, will be organizing weekly round-trip charter flights between Frankfurt and Shanghai using a 747F. Dachser will operate the aircraft, which has a freight capacity of 105 tonnes per flight, within its own network to avoid potential bottlenecks. The company says customers will also be […]

A boom year for charters?

Total air cargo traffic grew 5.4% y-o-y through March 2018, according to IATA. The cargo charters business meanwhile, which represents a much smaller sub-segment of the overall air cargo market, appears to be growing even faster. UK-headquartered Air Charter Service (ACS) reported the number of cargo charters it handled during the first three months of […]

Flexport’s own-operated air freight network grows

In a sign that trans-Pacific air freight capacity remains tight, and rates volatile, yet another forwarder has signed on to dedicated freighter service. Earlier this week, Florida-based Western Global Airlines and US-based digital freight forwarder Flexport inked a three-year deal under which Western Global will operate regular 747-400F flights between Hong Kong (HKG) and Los […]
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