Air freight unaffected by trade war in October first look

October looks to be a difficult month for year-over-year air cargo traffic comparisons among the world’s major airports and carriers. A handful of outliers such as Turkish Airlines, China Southern Airlines, and Incheon Airport aside, most carriers and airports reporting traffic results for October noted declines, while those that did not decline were mostly flat […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 idled 747-400Fs most likely to return to service

Earlier this month, Alan Hedge, senior director, Cargo Facts Consulting, provided a census of the stored 747-400F fleet and found a total of eleven factory built 747-400Fs under the age of 20 years (you can read that analysis here). After going through the list on an aircraft-by-aircraft basis, Cargo Facts has identified the top-five parked 747-400Fs […]

Cargo growth continues in May results

May data arriving from the world’s big cargo carriers, airports, and handlers show that, with a couple of exceptions, growth in airfreight traffic has remained surprisingly strong despite increasingly tough year-over-year comparisons. While a couple of European outfits (Frankfurt Airport and Air France-KLM, in particular) posted y-o-y declines for the month, Asian operators that have […]

More mixed results in April

April data arriving from the world’s big cargo carriers, airports, and handlers suggests that the fall-off in demand growth exhibited in March was not a one-off, and that the more difficult year-over-year comparisons expected during 2018 are now materializing. With only a couple of exceptions, operators in the air cargo supply chain reported weaker growth, […]

Is the end in sight for the 747 — Part III

Today we conclude our three-part look at the future of Boeing’s 747 progam. In Part I we looked at the almost-fifty-year history of the 747, and noted Boeing’s warning that unless orders pick up, it is “reasonably possible that we could decide to end production of the 747.” Until recently, Boeing has said it believed there would be […]
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