Cargo growth disappears in the Middle East

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways reported 2016 cargo volume unchanged from 2015 at 593,000 tonnes. This is in stark contrast to the incredible growth Etihad has reported in previous years, but right in line with what is happening in neighboring Dubai, where Emirates is reporting a similar halt to growth. In the five years from 2009 […]
  • David Harris
  • February 9, 2017

Who is carrying all that European traffic?

According to IATA, cargo traffic flown by carriers based in Europe was up 12.6% year-over-year in September, their biggest gain in many years. This strong performance by European carriers has now been going on for six months. But who is carrying all that cargo? In the past, the answer would have been simple: Air France-KLM, […]
  • David Harris
  • November 4, 2016

BREXIT

The votes have been counted. In yesterday’s referendum on the UK’s future in the European Union, 52% of voters said “Leave” while 48% said “Remain.” The world’s financial markets, and Britain’s political landscape, shuddered in response. Stock markets dived worldwide. Oil prices plunged while the price of gold soared. The Pound dropped against the dollar […]
  • David Harris
  • June 24, 2016

Lufthansa & Cathay

To follow up on yesterday’s post about the new Lufthansa/Cathay Pacific cargo partnership, we offer some fleet and traffic details, and (it is Friday) some videos featuring the two airlines. Starting with the fleets: Both Lufthansa and Cathay operate large fleets of widebody passenger aircraft, with significant (and growing) belly capacity. Lufthansa has 107, including A330s, A340s, […]
  • David Harris
  • May 13, 2016

What is going on in Europe?

The poet T. S. Elliot famously said “April is the cruelest month.” But for the cargo divisions of the big three European carriers, it is hard to imagine April being any crueler than March. No one would say that 2016 started well for the big three European carriers, but it did not start all that […]
  • David Harris
  • April 13, 2016

FedEx/TNT — all over but the shouting

No, FedEx did not complete the takeover of TNT today, and no, it won’t happen tomorrow, but the European Commission today granted unconditional approval of the deal, and completion is now a foregone conclusion. Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s Commissioner for Competition, said the EC had “thoroughly assessed the markets affected,” and concluded “that European consumers will not […]
  • David Harris
  • January 8, 2016

DHL-GF boards the train… and the ship

DHL Global Forwarding, the forwarding arm of Deutsche Post DHL, launched rail service connecting eastern China with eastern Europe. It seems like only yesterday that DB Schenker announced a trial rail service to connect China with Europe – an announcement that was met with widespread skepticism. But Schenker’s gamble paid off, and soon other forwarders […]
  • David Harris
  • January 7, 2016

European (dis)Union

Looked at through the lens of aviation, the European Union seems to be trying to go in two opposite directions at the same time. On one hand, the European Commission has just published what it calls “a new Aviation Strategy for Europe.” This four-part plan includes initiatives to accelerate the Single European Sky project; to […]
  • David Harris
  • December 8, 2015
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