Alibaba refreshes blueprint for achieving global deliveries within 72 hours

  The goals remain much the same. Alibaba co-founder and chairman, Jack Ma has a steadfast vision for global e-commerce logistics that aims to make parcel shipments significantly cheaper, while boosting the speed of point-to-point deliveries so that a delivery between any two city pairs within China or between any two global cities can be […]

Top 20 cargo airports in 2017

According to preliminary data from the Airports Council International, total cargo handled (loaded and unloaded freight and mail) by airports worldwide in 2017 was up 7.9% over 2016 to about 118 million tonnes. International freight handled was up 9.9% to about 73 million tonnes, accounting for 62% of the total volume. Looking at the total […]

Cargolux partners with Emirates — what about China?

Today, at the Air Cargo Europe event in Munich, Europe’s largest all-cargo carrier, Cargolux, and Dubai-based Emirates SkyCargo announced an MoU for an expansive “strategic operational partnership”. The deal between the all-cargo and combination carriers includes reciprocal block space and interline agreements, joint handling at each other’s major hubs (Dubai and Luxembourg), and, for Emirates, […]

Demand growth continues in August

The International Air Transport Association released its air freight market analysis for August 2016, showing a 3.9% year-over-year increase in worldwide cargo traffic (in freight tonne kilometers flown). International cargo traffic, which accounts for 87% of total traffic, was up 3.5%. The IATA August result is in line with our prediction two weeks ago that […]

Cargo continues to shift to the Gulf

The shift of cargo traffic to the big hubs of the Middle East continues. By early February, many of the world’s big cargo airports had reported their 2014 performance, generally appearing to confirm what most of us already knew or suspected – that worldwide air freight demand growth had returned to the “old normal.” Which is […]

Aviation fuels Dubai’s GDP

Emirates, Dubai Airports, and other aviation-related businesses contributed $26.7 billion to the Dubai economy in 2013, accounting for nearly 27% of Dubai’s GDP in 2013, according to a study conducted by Oxford Economics. The report, “Quantifying the Economic Impact of Aviation in Dubai,” also found that the aviation industry provides 416,500 jobs, employing 21% of […]

Blue Skies, nothing but blue skies…

Blue Sky Aviation Services, a startup all-cargo carrier based in Dubai, acquired an A300-600 Freighter (788, ex-Maximus Air) and says it will soon launch operations from Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC). This is hardly the first small all-cargo carrier to operate in the Gulf Region, and the acquisition of a 16-year-old A300 freighter is not […]

First-half cargo volumes up in UAE

Cargo volume up strongly in Dubai: A temporary shift of about 600 flights per week, including all of Emirates’ freighter flights, from Dubai International (DXB) to Dubai World Central (DWC) during a runway upgrade project made year-over-year comparisons of monthly cargo volumes at the two airports meaningless for much of the second quarter. However, combining data […]
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