July 2019 airfreight demand: summer slump persists

As airports and carriers begin to report their July 2019 cargo traffic results, airfreight demand – unsurprisingly – continues to respond negatively to increasing trade friction on the trans-Pacific trade lane, and elsewhere. Carriers from all regions almost unanimously reported moderate year-over-year declines. There is little change from June 2019, for which IATA reported a […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 22, 2019

Lufthansa Cargo parks MD-11F in its first freighter retirement of 2019 [VIDEO]

Earlier this week, Lufthansa Cargo parked an MD-11F (48785) [FAT 005089]. The aircraft was ferried from its hub in Frankfurt (FRA) to Victorville (VCV) for storage. The retirement was the first of two MD-11Fs Lufthansa Cargo plans to withdraw from service this year, after which, a total of ten MD-11Fs will remain in the carrier’s […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 9, 2019

Steep declines follow May uptick in June first look

As airports and carriers begin to report June 2019 cargo results, the picture of generally sluggish demand remains unchanged from the previous months. Despite the return to growth of a few Asia Pacific-based carriers during May 2019, almost unanimously, carriers and airports based in the region reported lower traffic in June 2019 compared to the […]
  • Charles Kauffman and Caryn Livingston
  • July 22, 2019

Lufthansa Cargo pondering accelerated fleet renewal

Lufthansa Cargo could potentially become an all-777F operator by the time next year is over. The carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts that it is considering bringing forward the withdrawal plans for its remaining MD-11Fs in light of the current market environment. Lufthansa, which took delivery of two 777Fs (66089 and 66090) this year for a […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 3, 2019

European, Middle Eastern carriers see growth return in May first look

After a particularly weak April for air cargo traffic, carriers based in Europe and the Middle East saw growth return in our first look at May results. Among those carriers based outside Europe and the Middle East, only China Southern Airlines reported a year-over-year increase for May traffic, of 1.1%. Turkish Cargo reported the strongest […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • June 25, 2019

A handful of carriers see traffic growth return in March

After a dismal February for Asia-Pacific carriers, March cargo traffic results are painting a more positive picture, with China Southern Airlines and Air China, in particular, seeing cargo traffic growth from 2018 levels of at least a few percent. Among those Asian carriers still reporting declines for the month, in all cases, March declines were […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 23, 2019

Freighter aircraft transactions through the end of March

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 1, 2019

Asian carrier traffic fell steeply in February

Major carriers based in Asia are reporting steep declines in cargo demand for the month of February, compared to the same month in 2018. Although distortions can be expected when it comes to annual comparisons for the months of January or February due to the timing of the Lunar New Year holiday, this year’s declines […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 20, 2019
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