What is going on in Europe?

The poet T. S. Elliot famously said “April is the cruelest month.” But for the cargo divisions of the big three European carriers, it is hard to imagine April being any crueler than March. No one would say that 2016 started well for the big three European carriers, but it did not start all that […]

Lufthansa cargo targets new customer: the passenger

Friday has rolled around again, and, as we often do, we are adding some videos to the day’s post. But first, the news: As part of an initiative to increase profitability in a challenging market environment, Lufthansa Cargo said it was enhancing its product portfolio. No surprise in that, as adapting to changing market conditions (in air […]

European cargo on the upswing?

The big three Western European carriers have all reported their January cargo results, and all three show improving performance. However, before you break out the Champagne, remember that neither January nor February data can be considered meaningful on their own. The timing of the Lunar New Year holiday in Asia can cause big shifts in […]

Stunning growth at ABC

AirBridgeCargo continues to report cargo gains other carriers can only dream about. Although worldwide growth in airfreight demand has stalled in 2015, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC, the scheduled service subsidiary of Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group) is posting astonishing numbers. The carrier said cargo volume was up 27% y-o-y in November to 50,000 tonnes. For the first eleven […]

November was cruel to Europe’s Big Three

One of the most famous English-language poems of the twentieth century begins: “April is the cruellest month.” Perhaps that was true in 1922 when T.S. Elliot wrote it, but for two of the big three European carriers – Lufthansa and IAG – April 2015 was far less cruel than November. As for the third member of the […]

What next for Lufthansa Cargo?

Lufthansa Cargo, once considered the Gold Standard for combination carriers, has faced increasing challenges in the last decade. In a wide-ranging interview in German financial daily Handelsblatt, cargo boss Peter Gerber talked about both the current situation and Lufthansa Cargo’s plans for the future. Some of the challenges have been industry-wide – wars, recession, terrorism, […]

Qatar’s grand plan for cargo

The air cargo press was rounded up last month and sent to Doha, to see a shiny new US$1 billion cargo terminal and talk to Qatar Airways. Unusually (but then there is nothing “usual” about Akbar Al Baker) the airline’s CEO was the main speaker at the press conference, a spot normally reserved solely for the […]
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