Saudia Cargo reactivates four 777Fs

Last week we reported that Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways had parked all five of its A330-200Fs at the end of 2017. At first glance, this did not significantly change the main-deck capacity offered by the Middle East’s four major carriers, because it came just after Saudia reactivated its four owned 777Fs – which had been […]
  • David Harris
  • January 23, 2018

Cargo growth disappears in the Middle East

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways reported 2016 cargo volume unchanged from 2015 at 593,000 tonnes. This is in stark contrast to the incredible growth Etihad has reported in previous years, but right in line with what is happening in neighboring Dubai, where Emirates is reporting a similar halt to growth. In the five years from 2009 […]
  • David Harris
  • February 9, 2017

Qatar Airways takes 10% stake in LATAM

On 28 December, Qatar Airways, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Qatar Airways Investments, completed the acquisition of 10% of Chile-based LATAM Airlines Group, reaching a total of almost 61 million shares at a price of US$10 per share. The two carriers already cooperate as members of the oneworld alliance, and whether the acquisition of the stake […]
  • David Harris
  • December 28, 2016

Qatar targets Americas for expansion

Qatar Airways Cargo will begin serving four new destinations with its 777Fs, beginning in February 2017. New destinations in South America include Buenos Aires, São Paulo and Quito. The twice-weekly flights from the carrier’s Doha hub reach the South American cities via Luxembourg. On the return leg, the freighters will stop in another new destination, […]
  • David Harris
  • December 20, 2016

Demand growth continues in August

The International Air Transport Association released its air freight market analysis for August 2016, showing a 3.9% year-over-year increase in worldwide cargo traffic (in freight tonne kilometers flown). International cargo traffic, which accounts for 87% of total traffic, was up 3.5%. The IATA August result is in line with our prediction two weeks ago that […]
  • David Harris
  • October 5, 2016

2015: The results are in

The International Air Transport Association released its air freight market analysis for December 2015, showing a slight (0.8%) year-over-year increase in worldwide cargo traffic (in freight tonne kilometers flown). This 0.8% overall gain was the result of a 0.7% increase in international traffic and a 1.4% increase in domestic traffic. For the full year 2015, […]
  • David Harris
  • February 3, 2016

Middle East, Asian Airports lead 2014 growth

According to Airports Council International, total cargo handled (loaded and unloaded freight and mail) by the 1,095 airports that have so far reported their full-year 2014 results was up 4.5% over 2012 to 100.5 million tonnes. International freight handled was up 5.4% to 61.8 million tonnes, accounting for 61.5% of the total volume. As shown […]
  • David Harris
  • April 9, 2015

Open Skies – the cargo viewpoint

Unless you have been hiding in a cave for the last few weeks, you will be aware that the leaders of the three big US legacy carriers – American, Delta, and United – have been calling for the US government to undertake a review of its Open Skies agreements, with a view to limiting US […]
  • David Harris
  • February 26, 2015
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