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

CAAC unveils carrier transfer strategy as Beijing prepares for second airport

On 4 January, the CAAC released a “one city, two airports” transfer scheme that further refines airport assignments for Chinese carriers as Beijing prepares to become a dual hub city. Beijing Daxing International Airport (BJB), located 50 kilometers to the south of central Beijing, is set to open in September. Once operational, Daxing is expected […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • January 7, 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

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

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, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 16, 2018

Overheard at Cargo Facts Asia Part I: It’s Safe to be Bullish

SHANGHAI – A record crowd of senior air cargo executives gathered for Cargo Facts Asia 2018, held at the Mandarin Oriental Pudong. Once again, the crowd was enlightened with presentations and discussions from some of air cargo’s best and brightest while enjoying focused networking opportunities with the people shaping the air freight industry. The opening […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • May 7, 2018

China Post to establish European HQ in Hanover

Last Tuesday, Stephan Weil, the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony in northwestern Germany, announced that, after discussions between his government and executives from China Post, the logistics company had decided to establish its European headquarters at Hanover’s Langenhagen Airport. Beginning this summer, two freighter flights per week will carry mail and express parcels between Shanghai’s […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 30, 2017

Psst, wanna work in China?

Well, if you happen to be a pilot, and type-rated on almost any modern aircraft, it might just be time to freshen up your resume! Chinese airlines are facing chronic flight crew shortages, and although the problem is not unique to China, the scale of the shortage is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Estimates […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 16, 2016
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