Let’s fly to Milan

Readily available fifth freedom rights have made Milan the hottest spot on the globe for freighter operators. Two months ago, the government of Italy announced that, in an effort to boost the country’s economy, “the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs and International Cooperation, shall promote the conclusion […]
  • David Harris
  • January 16, 2015

A tough year for Europe’s cargo carriers

What do we know about December and about full year 2014? December results from many of the world’s big carriers and airports are still not in, but we know that, worldwide, the year through November was good, with traffic up just a little under 5%. Anecdotal evidence suggests that December may not have been as strong […]
  • David Harris
  • January 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

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

Europe’s big three carriers miss out on June cargo

Airlines in Asia, the Middle East, and North America are mostly reporting solid year-over-year increases in cargo traffic in June. Likewise, handlers at Asia’s big cargo airports are reporting strong volume growth, as are some of the European airports that have so far reported. But Air France-KLM, Lufthansa, and IAG all saw their cargo traffic decline. […]
  • David Harris
  • July 18, 2014

1,500 747s

Forty five years (and a few months) after the first flight of the 747, Boeing marked a milestone for the program on Saturday when Lufthansa took delivery of 747 #1,500. The German carrier was the launch customer for the 747-8 Intercontinental, which we first brought to you on Cargo Facts back in February of 2012.
  • David Harris
  • July 1, 2014

Olá Brazil

Just in time for the Brazil-hosted world cup, Lufthansa Cargo has taken delivery of its fourth 777F (D-ALFD, MSN: 41677), featuring the name "Olá Brazil." All four of the carrier's new 777Fs greet the markets in which they will operate as locals - "Good Day, USA," "Jambo Kenya," and "Ni Hao, China" came previously.
  • David Harris
  • June 26, 2014

Lufthansa Cargo switches to lightweight ULDs

Lufthansa Cargo has completed its switchover to an all-lightweight LD3 container fleet, with a weight saving of 14 kg per container. Lufthansa Cargo says it carries out close to 500,000 container movements per year, and the switch to the new lightweight LD3s will cut its annual fuel consumption by 2,000 tonnes, and reduce CO2 emissions […]
  • David Harris
  • June 13, 2014
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