What Would Happen if Emirates Took Over Etihad?

How are the mighty fallen! In March 2017, Etihad had just taken delivery of its fifth A330-200F, which joined five 777Fs. At the time, the airline served forty-two destinations with its fleet of ten shiny freighters, and former CEO James Hogan boasted that Etihad Cargo was well positioned to maximize opportunities, thanks largely to the […]
  • Alan Hedge
  • October 1, 2018

Runaway e-commerce growth reshaping air freight: Part I

Today, we begin a two-part analysis of the ways in which surging demand from e-commerce is changing how participants across the air freight supply chain operate and what the future of air freight in a logistics world built around e-commerce might look like. Part I offers insights into what qualifies as e-commerce, which trade routes are […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 7, 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

Will partnering with Alibaba’s Cainiao payoff for global carriers?

In recent weeks, Alibaba’s Cainiao Smart Logistics Network has redoubled its focus on cross-border e-commerce with a string of new investments into logistics centers at six cities around the world, and, as of this week, new partnerships with global carriers. These initiatives support the Alibaba Group’s goal of reducing average delivery times to 24-hours across […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 13, 2018

Cargolux adding three 747-400Fs next year, but where will they come from?

Last week, Cargo Facts sat down with Cargolux President & CEO Richard Forson to discuss what the all-cargo carrier’s fleet might look in the future, when 747Fs are no longer available.  Today, however, 747Fs can still be acquired, and the Luxembourg-based all-cargo airline is planning to add three used 747-400Fs next year. The source of […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 25, 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

Cargolux considering more 747Fs on higher 2017 results

Last year at this time, the air cargo market had only just begun to recover from its protracted slump. The downturn hit cargo-focused airlines hard, and Luxembourg-based Cargolux was not immune. Even though Cargolux’s traffic rose by 10% in 2016, net profits fell from US$49 million the previous year, to just $5.5 million – not […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 30, 2017

Should freighter flights be exempt from the 80:20 rule?

If you were to ask any of the foreign freighter operators calling to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), the answer would unanimously be “yes!” In recent months, the 80:20 rule has become frustratingly relevant because Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) at AMS are expected to approach the government-mandated quota of 500,000 for any single year, beginning in […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 23, 2017

Emirates, Cargolux to codeshare for cargo

This week, Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux Airlines expanded the scope of a “strategic operational partnership” the two carriers reached in May of this year to include codesharing for air cargo shipments. As part of the agreement, both airlines will be able to sell space on network-wide flights operated by either carrier, regardless of whether the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 12, 2017

World’s top cargo carriers in action [VIDEO]

To finish off our multi-part analysis of the world’s top cargo carriers in 2016, and to give you some good weekend viewing, here is a series of videos of the carriers at the top of the list. If you wish to read the full analysis, Part I is here, Part II is here, and Part […]
  • David Harris
  • August 11, 2017
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