7 airlines with the most cargo-only flights

Faced with shrinking route networks, airlines began using passenger widebody passenger aircraft solely to transport cargo in March. Now, almost six months later, these operations are not only ongoing at many of the world’s major airlines, but represent a financial lifeline against the slow recovery of the passenger market. Tens of thousands of cargo-only flights […]

CFA 2020: COVID-19 forces supply chains to reassess freighter value

The COVID-19 pandemic will permanently alter the way carriers treat cargo, and the reliance of supply chains on freighter capacity, according to speakers at this week’s Cargo Facts Asia 2020. Although the cavernous lower holds of passenger aircraft are normally efficient for transporting much of the world’s cargo, this crisis reveals that capacity is only available when […]

Okinawa’s growing cargo prowess

Although we could write about new dedicated cargo airport proposals on almost a weekly basis, the harsh reality is that the vast majority fail to break through – Okinawa’s Naha Airport is one of a few exceptions. Following the establishment of the Okinawa International Logistics Hub in 2009, airfreight tonnage grew from a modest 935 […]

A new combi enters service

Ryukyu Air Commuter took delivery of Bombardier’s first Q400 combi. When Bombardier launched the Q400 Combi program in 2014, it said it had a launch order from an unidentified customer, but it kept that customer’s identity under wraps until just three months ago, when it announced Ryukyu’s order for five of the type. Ryukyu Air Commuter is a regional […]

Ryukyu places launch order for Q400 Combi

Japan-based Ryukyu Air Commuter is the launch customer for the combi variant of Bombardier’s Q400. When Bombardier launched the Q400 Combi program last year, it said it had a launch order from an unidentified customer, and it kept that customer’s identity under wraps until today, with the announcement of Ryukyu’s order for five of the […]
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