How to build an airplane in 3 minutes

As usual on a Friday, we have a video for you. Not cargo-related this time, but interesting for anyone who is any kind of aviation geek (which probably includes most of us). This is a time-lapse video showing the production of a 747-8 Intercontinental for Lufthansa.

Top Fifty Cargo Carriers in 2014

Today we begin a two-part analysis of the top cargo carriers in 2014. We will continue tomorrow, when we examine some interesting trends that emerge when we dig a little deeper into the data. After years of steadily rising through the ranks, Emirates became the world’s top international cargo carrier in 2013, and that dominance continued in […]

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 […]

All-cargo vs combination carriers

Europe’s combination carriers are having a miserable summer. While the difficulties at AF-KLM – which announced that it was to cut frequencies and routes and reconsider its aircraft orders while bringing forward cost-cutting plans – have been well-documented, airline sources say the market is hard for all the legacy carriers. A spokesman for Lufthansa Cargo […]

Don’t point your finger at China…

“China woes threaten air freight industry, Lufthansa warns.” That is the title of a news story published yesterday by Bloomberg. And if the title weren’t ominous enough, the lead sentence will surely grab your attention: “Lufthansa, Europe’s biggest cargo airline said it’s concerned that a stock market rout which wiped $3.2 trillion off the value […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cargolux punches back

For the last two years, Cargolux has been the air freight industry’s favorite punching bag. Now it appears to be punching back. The Luxembourg-based all-cargo carrier has provided an unending series of headlines for the media, and been an easy target for criticism by industry observers. Not only that, the company has been torn by […]
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