ATSG adds UPS as new dry lease customer, reports strong 1Q19

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) today released its first-quarter results for the period ending 31 March, reporting customer revenues up 71% y-o-y for the quarter to $348.2 million on increased ACMI flying. Net earnings, meanwhile, were up a solid 35% to $22.7 million. Robust demand from existing customers such as Amazon and DHL, as well […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 9, 2019

How important is Amazon to the US domestic air freight and express business?

Amazon is big. In 2018, the company’s share of US e-commerce sales reached around 50%. E-commerce itself accounts for about 15% of total US retail spending. But how big is Amazon for the domestic air freight and express business? And has Amazon’s growth come at the detriment for FedEx and UPS? To be clear, Amazon […]
  • Frederic Horst
  • May 8, 2019

Freighter orders, deliveries slow in 1Q19

Freighter orders and deliveries fell 5.6% last quarter to 14 deliveries and redeliveries of production freighters and freighter conversions, Cargo Facts reports. Cargo Facts tracks global freighter aircraft transactions in its FAT database here. Starting with orders for production and converted freighters during 1Q19, totals were significantly slower than during 1Q18, when fifty-two orders or […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • May 2, 2019

UPS’ growing 747-8F fleet boosts air volumes in Q1

UPS reported first-quarter 2019 net income was down 17.4% year-over-year to $1.11 billion, on revenues that were up slightly (0.3%) at $17.1 billion. Operating profit for the quarter declined 8.3% to $1.39 billion, as the company was hit by forecasted “headwinds” and a series of severe winter storms that impacted the company’s US Domestic segment. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 26, 2019

The narrowbody freighter fleet part III: 757-200F dominates in express

Today we conclude our analysis of the worldwide fleet of narrowbody jet freighters with a look at the fleet on a type-by-type basis, with a focus on express vs. general cargo, and then by regional distribution. You can read part I on the overall composition of the fleet here, and part II on the passenger-to-freighter […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 9, 2019

Freighter aircraft transactions mid-February to mid-March

Every week in Cargo Facts Update, we include a list of recent freighter aircraft transactions, and then a comprehensive summary in the monthly issue of Cargo Facts. Each reference to a freighter aircraft transaction (FAT) in our publications contains a unique FAT code linked to the FAT database on the CargoFacts.com website. This database is […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 15, 2019

Freighter distribution within the widebody fleet: Part II

Yesterday, we began a two-part look at the way the 1,109 widebody freighters currently in operation are distributed within the fleet by type (see part I). Today, we continue the analysis by turning the focus to distribution by manufacturer, operator type, and by geographical region. The table at right shows the distribution of widebody freighters […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 6, 2019
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