Is it finally India’s time?

European aviation holding company ASL Aviation Group said today that, through subsidiary carrier Farnair, it would increase its shareholding in India-based all-cargo startup Quikjet from 50.93% to 72.59%. Is this a sign that India’s time to shine on the air freight stage has finally come? Is ASL’s plan to put one of its newly-converted 737-400Fs into […]
  • David Harris
  • May 27, 2015

Be careful what you wish for

According to a report in Dutch newspaper Financieele Dagblad, Netherlands Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Wilma Mansveld confirmed that her government had frozen landing rights for the big three Gulf Region carriers at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport The move comes in response to complaints by European airlines (including troubled Franco-Dutch giant Air France-KLM) that government […]
  • David Harris
  • May 21, 2015

The ABCs of market share

The big three Western European carriers – Lufthansa, Air France-KLM, and IAG – all reported dismal first-quarter cargo results. While there have been some internal issues for those carriers, most observers will be quick to assume that the real problem is an ongoing loss of market share to airlines based in the Gulf Region. But […]
  • David Harris
  • April 13, 2015

Freighter operation: Jet Airways in, Thai out

With regulatory approval in place from the Indian aviation authority, Jet Airways plans to launch freighter operations in April with an A330-200F ACMI-leased from Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways. At almost the same time, just across the Bay of Bengal, Thai Airways International will exit the main-deck freighter business and park its two 747-400BCFs The moves […]
  • David Harris
  • March 24, 2015

Etihad cargo continues record-breaking performance

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways reported 2014 cargo volume  up 16.8% to a record 569,000 tonnes. This is just over half the 32% growth rate it reported in 2013, but an enviable performance nonetheless. Worth noting is that the gains in volume do not appear to be coming at the expense of yield. Revenue figures for […]
  • David Harris
  • February 4, 2015

A record year for AirBridge

Moscow-based AirBridgeCargo, the scheduled-service subsidiary of Volga-Dnepr Group, reported 2014 cargo volume up 17.6% over 2013 to 401,000 tonnes. While volume growth in prior years was not as high as the 17.6% seen in 2014, AirBridge nonetheless has achieved compound annual volume growth of 11% over the past five years – no mean feat in […]
  • David Harris
  • January 30, 2015

Let’s fly to Milan

Readily available fifth freedom rights have made Milan the hottest spot on the globe for freighter operators. Two months ago, the government of Italy announced that, in an effort to boost the country’s economy, “the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs and International Cooperation, shall promote the conclusion […]
  • David Harris
  • January 16, 2015

Champagne time?

It’s 31 December, the last day of 2014, and time to take a look back at what seems – at first glance – to have been a very good year for the air freight industry. But is it really time to bring out the Champagne? Let’s take a closer look. Beginning in the third quarter of 2013, airlines, airports, and […]
  • David Harris
  • December 31, 2014

Etihad and Avianca enter cargo alliance

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Cargo signed an airfreight agreement with Colombia’s Avianca Cargo to provide twice-weekly 747-400F service between Malpensa International Airport (MXP) in Milan, Italy, and El Dorado International (BOG) in Bogotá, Colombia, beginning 11 November. Etihad Cargo’s freighter fleet currently includes three 777Fs and four A330-200Fs, and the carrier ACMI-leases one 747-8F and two […]
  • David Harris
  • December 1, 2014

Middle East carriers add freighters

Etihad Airways took delivery of an A330-200F (1524) from Airbus, bringing the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s freighter fleet to a total of ten units. Seven owned: Etihad now operates seven freighters of its own, including three 777Fs as well as four A330 freighters. Three ACMI leased: Etihad ACMI leases one 747-8F and one 747-400F from Atlas Air, […]
  • David Harris
  • July 30, 2014
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