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

Where have all the freighters gone?

Where have all the freighters gone? To the Persian Gulf, that’s where. For the last two years air freight industry news has been dominated by stories of the demise of the freighter aircraft. Air freight demand may be rising, but, if you believe the headlines, all that freight will soon be moving in the bellies […]
  • David Harris
  • July 16, 2014

Cargo is alive and well at Etihad and American

It will be another month before first-half financial and operational results are in from most of the world’s major carriers, but Etihad Airways has already set the bar high, reporting cargo volume up 25% and cargo revenue up 27%. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier said cargo volume in the half rose from 215,000 tonnes in 1H13 […]
  • David Harris
  • July 8, 2014

Martinair for sale? Who will buy it?

Earlier this year we reported that Air France-KLM, which has been gradually paring back its main-deck capacity, was considering exiting the main-deck freight business altogether. The subject was discussed at a AF-KLM Board meeting early in the second quarter of this year, and while no public announcement was made at that time,  one observer at […]
  • David Harris
  • July 2, 2014

More good news for May

May continues to look like a solid month for the air freight industry. When we looked earlier this month at the first May cargo results reported by some of the world’s major carriers we said  the news, to that point, was generally positive. With results now in from most of the rest of the carriers […]
  • David Harris
  • June 18, 2014

Royal favors for Etihad?

State support: who is getting it, and how does it impact competition? “Unfair competition” is an accusation leveled regularly by European carriers at airlines based in the Gulf Region. The usual target is Emirates, which has acquired a massive fleet of expensive widebody aircraft in a very short time, but Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is […]
  • David Harris
  • May 23, 2014
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