Modal shift – to Hyperloop?

Today, we invite you aboard the Cargo Facts time machine (TimeCargoOne™) for a trip back to early January, 1904. We will take you to a posh restaurant in New York City, where a well-dressed railroad executive at a nearby table is about to be joined by a colleague. As the newcomer hands his coat and […]

Is Moscow the new Gulf?

As we have often pointed out in recent posts, growth in demand for air freight has stalled in the Gulf Region, with both Emirates and Etihad reporting low-single-digit year-over-year gains for much of this year. But 4,000 km to the north, Moscow-based carriers AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), and Aeroflot are racking up astonishing growth numbers. AirBridge, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cargo continues to shift to the Gulf

The shift of cargo traffic to the big hubs of the Middle East continues. By early February, many of the world’s big cargo airports had reported their 2014 performance, generally appearing to confirm what most of us already knew or suspected – that worldwide air freight demand growth had returned to the “old normal.” Which is […]

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, […]
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