[EXCLUSIVE] Amazon building its own overnight airfreight operation, sources say

Amazon.com Inc. is creating a logistics operation that will include overnight air operations in the US domestic market, potentially including the acquisition of at least 20 freighter aircraft, Cargo Facts has learned. Currently, Amazon ships most of its parcels through United Parcel Service, FedEx, and the United States Postal Service. The change to an inhouse […]
  • David Harris
  • December 17, 2015

[EXCLUSIVE] Details on how Amazon will build its overnight air venture

News of the ramping up of an Amazon logistics unit comes in the wake of something of an open secret that the e-commerce giant is conducting a trial air operation in the US, in partnership with Air Transport Services Group Inc, a publicly traded airfreight company. Less commonly known is that Amazon has been running […]
  • David Harris
  • December 17, 2015

Tomorrow, the world: Part II

Yesterday, we began a three-part look at Alibaba, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, and the way in which its approach to the logistics of online shopping – particularly the development of a neutral “open logistics platform” – has changed the package-delivery industry in China, and will soon spread that change worldwide. You can read Part […]
  • David Harris
  • September 16, 2015

UPS Pilot’s Union Calls for Strike Vote

The union representing pilots at UPS is frustrated by lack of progress on a new contract, and today they called for a strike vote among members. If approved, the five-pilot Executive Board of the Independent Pilots Association would have the authority to request a release from federally mediated negotiations with UPS, the first step in […]
  • David Harris
  • September 9, 2015

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 […]
  • David Harris
  • August 17, 2015

UPS 2Q: Revenue down, profit way up

UPS reported second-quarter net income up over 170% y-o-y to $1.23 billion, as total revenue declined 1.2% to $14.09 billion. Reported operating income for the quarter was up over 160% to $1.96 billion. Of course, the huge gains in reported operating income and net income shrink substantially when adjusted for a major one-time charge taken […]
  • David Harris
  • July 29, 2015

The worldwide express fleet: Part III

Two days ago, we began a three-part look at the jet freighter fleet operated by, or for, the integrated express companies. Part I looked at the way the combined fleet has changed over time, while Part II summarized the changes on a company-by-company basis. Today we look ahead at how the fleet will evolve in the coming […]
  • David Harris
  • April 17, 2015

The worldwide express fleet: Part II

Yesterday, we began a three-part look at the jet freighter fleet operated by, or for, the integrated express companies. Part I looked at the way the combined fleet has changed over time, but there were also significant changes on a company-by-company basis, and that is what we will examine today, starting with the smallest of the […]
  • David Harris
  • April 16, 2015
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