Top 20 cargo airports for 2016

According to preliminary data from the Airports Council International, total cargo handled (loaded and unloaded freight and mail) by airports worldwide in 2016 was up 3.3% over 2015 to about 106 million tonnes. International freight handled was up 4.3% to about 66 million tonnes, accounting for a little more than 62% of the total volume. […]
  • David Harris
  • April 19, 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

How far can you go from Qatar?

What is the farthest point on the globe from Doha? If our map-reading is correct, the most distant point from Qatar Airways hub in Doha is somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean, between South America and Australia – right where the airline says it intends to expand its cargo operations. At the Air Cargo China […]
  • David Harris
  • June 14, 2016

Strong cargo growth at Emirates

United Arab Emirates-based carrier Emirates reported net profit up 56% to a record US$1.9 billion in its recently completed 2015/16 fiscal year, with a strong contribution from cargo operations. As has been the case with many airlines in a year of falling fuel surcharges, cargo revenue declined (down 9% to US$ 3.0 billion), but still accounted […]
  • David Harris
  • May 23, 2016

The freighter fleet moves east

Recent headlines have been full of “the death of freighters,” with the diminishing fleet of Air France-KLM and the eliminated fleet of IAG pointed out as  examples of how the big cargo players are exiting the main-deck freight business. So, belly cargo is the future, right? Not so fast! Last year at this time we […]
  • David Harris
  • July 20, 2015

Nine 777F orders on Paris Day One

Let the games begin! Day One of the Paris Air Show, and aircraft orders are pouring in. By the end of the day, thirteen airlines, five lessors, and one government had signed firm orders or letters of intent to purchase 407 commercial jets, regional jets, and turboprops. Of interest to the readers of Cargo Facts, […]
  • David Harris
  • June 15, 2015

Be careful what you wish for

According to a report in Dutch newspaper Financieele Dagblad, Netherlands Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Wilma Mansveld confirmed that her government had frozen landing rights for the big three Gulf Region carriers at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport The move comes in response to complaints by European airlines (including troubled Franco-Dutch giant Air France-KLM) that government […]
  • David Harris
  • May 21, 2015
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