AEI’s CRJ200 P-to-F program certified.

The US Federal Aviation Administration granted Supplemental Type Certification to Aeronautical Engineers, Inc for its CRJ200 large-door passenger-to-freighter conversion program. The conformity aircraft (7029, ex-SkyWest Airlines) was converted at the Commercial Jet facility in Miami, but has now been ferried to Commercial Jet’s Dothan facility for painting into the livery of launch customer IFL Group. […]
  • David Harris
  • October 31, 2016

FedEx and Museum of Flight tell 100-year cargo story

With $1.5 million funding from FedEx, Seattle’s Museum of Flight this year opened what it calls “the world’s first air cargo exhibit.” In 2015, the museum approached FedEx Express about constructing an exhibit chronicling the air cargo story, and FedEx agreed. It took over a year (and the deconstruction of a 727 freighter) to put the […]
  • David Harris
  • October 21, 2016

Last-mile pick-up, and the revitalization of brick & mortar retail?

Yesterday, we provided an overview of e-commerce growth around the world. Our focus was on the disruptive impact growing cross-border e-commerce in China has had on air freight forwarders and the way in which one forwarder has responded. You can read that analysis here, while today we shift our focus to last-mile delivery, and the future role of courier […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 23, 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

FedEx bridges the GAAP

FedEx reported a net loss of $70 million in the fourth quarter of its recently completed 2016 fiscal year. Or perhaps a net profit of $897 million. As is increasingly the case, not just with FedEx, but with many companies in the air freight and express industry, the gap between GAAP and non-GAAP financial results […]
  • David Harris
  • June 22, 2016

FedEx acquires TNT – now the hard work begins

Today FedEx reached the end of its long road to the acquisition of TNT. It also started down the longer, and likely more rocky, road of making that acquisition work. To begin, nothing much will change. “In the near term, customers can expect to interact with each company as they always have,” is the official […]
  • David Harris
  • May 25, 2016

ASL acquires TNT’s airlines

It’s official: as of today, ASL Aviation Group acquired the two airlines formerly owned by TNT Express. When FedEx made its offer to acquire TNT Express, one of the conditions imposed by EU law was that TNT Express’ airlines – TNT Airways and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas – could not be part of the deal. […]
  • David Harris
  • May 24, 2016

The express fleet in 2016 – Part II

Yesterday we began an analysis of the jet freighter fleets operated by and for the world’s express companies. In Part I we looked at the fleet as a whole and the way it has changed over the years (you can read that analysis here). Today we turn to a more detailed examination on a company-by-company […]
  • David Harris
  • May 17, 2016
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