Top cargo carriers change their strategies

The top three international cargo carriers in 2015 were Emirates, Cathay Pacific, and Lufthansa. One might expect, given that all three have been at, or near, the top of the rankings for many years, that their approach to the business would be stable. Your business model has made you an industry leader, so why make […]
  • David Harris
  • July 21, 2016

FedEx & Emirates top the cargo rankings in 2015

After years of steadily rising through the ranks, Emirates became the world’s top international cargo carrier in 2013, and that dominance has grown in the two years since. The full rankings of the top fifty carriers, including international, domestic, and total traffic, are shown in the chart at the bottom of this page (and we’ll […]
  • David Harris
  • July 11, 2016

Strong cargo growth at Emirates

United Arab Emirates-based carrier Emirates reported net profit up 56% to a record US$1.9 billion in its recently completed 2015/16 fiscal year, with a strong contribution from cargo operations. As has been the case with many airlines in a year of falling fuel surcharges, cargo revenue declined (down 9% to US$ 3.0 billion), but still accounted […]
  • David Harris
  • May 23, 2016

Emirates focuses on ‘routing’

Emirates SkyCargo will not be adding freighters, a senior executive has told Cargo Facts, but rather will concentrate on the most efficient use of the freighters it already has. While Emirates’ cargo business is heavily dependent on belly space in its widebody passenger fleet – the company has called its 777-300ERs “invisible freighters” – it also […]
  • David Harris
  • February 26, 2016

777 Freighter milestone for Emirates

Emirates took delivery of a 777F today. Nothing unusual in that, as the Dubai-based carrier has, over the last few years, taken delivery of twelve other 777Fs. But this one was different, and special in more than one way. First, this freighter (taken on lease from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise) is the last 777F Emirates has […]
  • David Harris
  • September 3, 2015

Top Fifty Cargo Carriers in 2014

Today we begin a two-part analysis of the top cargo carriers in 2014. We will continue tomorrow, when we examine some interesting trends that emerge when we dig a little deeper into the data. After years of steadily rising through the ranks, Emirates became the world’s top international cargo carrier in 2013, and that dominance continued in […]
  • David Harris
  • August 17, 2015

The freighter fleet moves east

Recent headlines have been full of “the death of freighters,” with the diminishing fleet of Air France-KLM and the eliminated fleet of IAG pointed out as  examples of how the big cargo players are exiting the main-deck freight business. So, belly cargo is the future, right? Not so fast! Last year at this time we […]
  • David Harris
  • July 20, 2015

What next for air freight demand?

The 2015 edition of Cargo Facts Asia took place this week at the Langham Hotel in Hong Kong. A record crowd of senior air cargo executives joined us from all over the world, and over the next few weeks we will pass on some of the highlights of the event here on our website. Starting […]
  • David Harris
  • April 24, 2015
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