Fresh flower shipments propel volumes in February

Today on Valentine’s Day, much of the air cargo industry has reason to celebrate. If not for the chalky, sugary, heart-shaped candies with sappy phrases inscribed on them, or for that special loved one, then definitely for the seasonal boost resulting from fresh-cut flower shipments across the globe. In celebration of Cargo Facts’ adoration for anything […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 14, 2017

JD.com sees drones as key to rural delivery strategy

China’s second largest e-tailer, JD.com has been making commercial drone deliveries in at least four pilot regions scattered across China since June 2016, and has plans to rapidly increase its drone program in 2017, according to recode. JD already has regulatory approval to operate drones in four provinces, along twenty pre-selected routes. By the end […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 10, 2017

50 years of flying with The Who

A lot has changed in the worlds of music and logistics in the fifty years since four young guys leveraged their success as a rock band in England to start touring. One thing that hasn’t changed in all those years is that The Who still work with IAG Cargo to move their shows from town […]
  • David Harris
  • January 20, 2017

FedEx and Museum of Flight tell 100-year cargo story

With $1.5 million funding from FedEx, Seattle’s Museum of Flight this year opened what it calls “the world’s first air cargo exhibit.” In 2015, the museum approached FedEx Express about constructing an exhibit chronicling the air cargo story, and FedEx agreed. It took over a year (and the deconstruction of a 727 freighter) to put the […]
  • David Harris
  • October 21, 2016

Psst, wanna work in China?

Well, if you happen to be a pilot, and type-rated on almost any modern aircraft, it might just be time to freshen up your resume! Chinese airlines are facing chronic flight crew shortages, and although the problem is not unique to China, the scale of the shortage is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Estimates […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 16, 2016

Antonov attempts to freeze Russian An-124 operations

Antonov is attempting to freeze Russian An-124 operations, while at the same time thawing out an old freighter that has been in the freezer for the last eight years. Yesterday we looked at the way Ukraine’s Antonov Group might market its outsize and heavylift capacity after announcing the breakup of its Ruslan International joint venture […]
  • David Harris
  • September 9, 2016

Unknown Hong Kong-based company to restart An-225 production in China?

According to a press release put out by Ukraine-based Antonov on 30 August, a two-part “cooperation agreement” was reached with a Chinese company identified as “Aerospace Industry Corporation of China (AICC)” to resume production of the An-225 Mriya (of which only one has been built to-date). Noting that “both stages would be implemented individually,” Antonov […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 2, 2016

RIP Joe Sutter — Father of the 747

Joe Sutter, “the father of the 747” died yesterday. He was the lead engineer and project manager for the development of the original 747 in the late 1960s, and below, we offer a video featuring an interview with him at the first flight of the 747-8 in 2010. But before that, here is a tribute, published yesterday […]
  • David Harris
  • August 31, 2016
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