EU carriers continue to struggle

In the European Union, just four airline groups – Air France-KLM, Cargolux, IAG, and Lufthansa – carry almost 90% of the cargo flown by EU-based carriers. Historically, these have been some of the most respected and successful airlines in the world, but history doesn’t stand still, and all of these once-mighty cargo operations have struggled […]
  • David Harris
  • August 3, 2015

Lufthansa rising

April results from many of the world’s major cargo carriers are now available, and today we look at the three big European combination carriers. In recent years, all three have been faced with increased competition from carriers in the Gulf Region, Turkey, and Russia; and each has adopted a different strategy to cope. We analyzed these […]
  • David Harris
  • May 19, 2015

Differing strategies in Europe

The big-three European combination carriers continued to pursue their widely diverging cargo strategies in the first quarter, with – no surprise here – widely diverging results. Historically, all three have had a strong focus on cargo, but all three have seen their cargo traffic fall while the general trend worldwide has been steady growth for […]
  • David Harris
  • May 12, 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

Lufthansa cargo up despite pilot strikes

It is no secret that Europe has not enjoyed the economic recovery seen elsewhere in the world, but despite the tough economic conditions that have kept its rivals in negative territory, and in the face of continuing strikes by pilots, Lufthansa reported increased cargo traffic in November. Compare the details below to Air France-KLM and […]
  • David Harris
  • December 11, 2014

IAG Cargo and Qatar Airways consider expanding partnership

IAG Cargo and Qatar Airways Cargo signed a block space agreement in May, under which Qatar provides space on five weekly Hong Kong-London 777F flights. Now the two are considering expanding the agreement to cover more routes in Asia. Speaking with Cargo Forwarder Global, Dave Shepherd, Head of Commercial at IAG Cargo, said that the […]
  • David Harris
  • September 15, 2014

What is going on in Europe?

While all indications are that carriers and airports in the rest of the world will report continuing strong cargo growth for August, Europe’s big three carriers are still appear to be operating in the cargo environment of two years ago. As has been widely reported, Air France-KLM’s cargo operation has been losing money for several […]
  • David Harris
  • September 10, 2014

Belly service updates

Two carriers have announced changes: AA Cargo expands China presence: American Airlines Cargo launched two belly cargo services from Dallas/Forth Worth to Shanghai and Hong Kong in June in an effort to expand its presence in the Asia Pacific region. The daily Hong Kong service, the airline’s first, is operated with a 777-300ER, marking the […]
  • David Harris
  • August 4, 2014
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