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 […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 14, 2018

6 Chinese lessors with narrowbody freighter ambitions

Seven airlines based in mainland China operate sixty-six 737 Classic freighters that comprise the backbone of the country’s domestic airfreight express fleet. In the coming years, primarily in response to surging e-commerce demand, the narrowbody freighter fleets of China-based carriers are expected to expand rapidly, with new aircraft types. As in most parts of the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 21, 2018

China Southern inks deal with Boeing for 737-800BCF conversion line

Last week, Boeing and China Southern Airlines Group quietly inked a strategic cooperative agreement that will dramatically expand the capabilities of China Southern’s Guangdong-area MRO facilities. In addition to a number of technology transfers related to repair and maintenance projects across Boeing’s widebody aircraft platforms, Boeing has also agreed to establish a 737-800 conversion line […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 8, 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

Overheard at Cargo Facts Asia

SHANGHAI – A record crowd of senior executives from all links in the air cargo supply chain gathered at the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai late last month for Cargo Facts Asia 2017 – the sixth annual presentation of what is now undeniably the region’s premier industry event. After five years in Hong Kong, record attendance […]
  • David Harris
  • May 18, 2017

Air China Cargo and China Southern Cargo to merge?

As the Chinese Government moves to pare down its outlays on state-owned behemoths, it has been widely reported that the cargo and logistics operations of Beijing-based Air China and Guangzhou-based China Southern will be divested and merged into a single entity. Sources quoted in Bloomberg have even identified potential investors for the new company, which […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 10, 2017

Air France, China Southern, and the future of alliances

Back in the dim and distant past, two of the world’s biggest cargo carriers, one in North America, one in Europe, worked out a partnership that benefited  both. Northwest Airlines is long gone, subsumed into Delta Air Lines, but once upon a time it operated fourteen 747-200 Freighters. Netherlands-based KLM, now in a somewhat unhappy marriage […]
  • David Harris
  • October 8, 2015

Not much good news in early August data

As the world’s big cargo carriers and handlers begin to report their August cargo results, there is little to cheer about. When more data is available, we will publish our usual detailed monthly analysis, but from what we have seen so far we would not be surprised if IATA and WorldACD report a year-over-year decline […]
  • David Harris
  • September 14, 2015

China Southern enters the e-commerce arena

Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines this week launched a cross-border e-commerce platform under the name Southern Cross-Border Purchase. This is not a service offered by the airline to carry packages for the likes of Alibaba or Amazon, but rather an in-house e-commerce business aimed at Chinese consumers who wish to buy goods from other countries, including […]
  • David Harris
  • September 8, 2015

GAMECO to convert prototype A321 for PACAVI

Aircraft management and engineering company PACAVI and Guangzhou-based MRO GAMECO expanded their strategic partnership, saying that GAMECO would perform passenger-to-freighter conversion of PACAVI’s first A321 Freighter LITE, with work to commence “no later than the fourth quarter of 2015.” In January of this year HAITEC began conversion of PACAVI’s prototype A320 at its Frankfurt Hahn […]
  • David Harris
  • May 13, 2015
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