AAPA reports stable May growth, warns of protectionist policies’ effect on demand

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) today reported a 4.9 percent year-over-year increase in its member carriers’ cargo traffic to 6.13 billion FTKs. The AAPA said the growth was driven by generally solid economic growth across the Asia-Pacific region, combined with stronger demand for manufactured goods. The May growth is slightly lower than the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 26, 2018

AirBridgeCargo’s Lazarev: At right place, right time for further growth

Since joining the Volga-Dnepr Group in 2013, in the position of operations director of AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), Sergey Lazarev has overseen a period of rapid growth for the Russian all-cargo carrier. Two years later after joining the carrier, he was appointed general director of ABC, which had been aggressively pursuing long-haul cargo routes and achieving […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 7, 2018

Could Amazon be headed… to the Amazon?

For many years, the country of Brazil has been a conundrum. With more than 200 million people, this South American country has been blessed with enormous natural resources and the 8th-largest gross domestic product in the world (nearly US$3.4 trillion), yet has been rocked by continuous political scandals, military coups and corruption that have prevented […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 20, 2018

3 Execs to Watch: Zhao Fengsheng says it’s a good time to be big

As 2017 ends, memories of a weak air cargo market – the norm in 2015 and much of 2016 – continue to fade into the past. With an upbeat market demanding the speed of airfreight, more cargo than ever is making its way onto airplanes, and the Chinese market is no exception; in fact, it’s […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 30, 2017

Rumors swirl about Amazon acquiring more freighters

Have you heard the latest out of Amazon? In the last couple of days Air Cargo World and our sister publication Cargo Facts have received word from two separate sources that Amazon is in talks to acquire more freighter aircraft. You may want to sit down when you hear how many potential aircraft may be in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 17, 2017

More freighters hunt for loads across the pond

The North Atlantic seems to be an unlikely arena for new freighter services, but maindeck lift between Europe and North America is on the rise, thanks to several operators. In July, Qatar Airways boosted its footprint in the trans-Atlantic market with the launch of new freighter flights to New York and Halifax. The Middle Eastern […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • September 5, 2016

Vietstar Air looks to move beyond military roots into cargo

Following its application with Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport for an “air transport business license,” the commercial arm of Vietnam’s Air force, Vietstar Air, could soon become the country’s first airline to operate commercial freighters, according to local media sources.  At present, Vietstar Air provides the occasional passenger or cargo charter, alongside a host of aircraft […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 31, 2016

FAA: Air cargo to grow 3.5 percent annually through 2036

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted a bright outlook in its annual market review and forecast, noting that it expects total air cargo traffic, measured in revenue tonne kilometers (RTKs), to grow by 4.5 percent in 2016, followed by stable growth averaging 3.5 percent over the next 20 years. Its projections are based on […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 29, 2016

Amazon gains right to own 19.9 percent of ATSG

Now that the long-rumored ATSG-Amazon deal for twenty 767 freighters is out in the open, it’s time to consider what affect this monumental announcement will have on the express business. In this article from sister publication Cargo Facts, editor David Harris looks at the ramifications of the warrants for Amazon to acquire nearly 20 percent […]
  • David Harris
  • March 9, 2016

AF-KLM finds black ink, but cargo losses mount

It’s been a long, hard climb back to overall profitability for Air France-KLM, which reported a 2015 net income of €118 million, compared to its €225 million loss in the strike-plagued 2014 – its first annual net profit since March of 2011. However, cargo figures continued to show declines, with revenue tonne kilometers (RTKs) dropping […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 22, 2016

Destination Unknown: What the future may hold for freighters

By its very nature, airfreight logistics is a global, macro-economic industry, but it’s sometimes easy to fall into the habit of short-range thinking. Take freighter aircraft, for example: Earlier this year, much of the buzz in the industry was about the coming decline of maindeck cargo. With the rise of belly capacity in today’s widebody […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 9, 2015

IAG Cargo, Qatar expand freighter-sharing deal

A year and a half ago, IAG Cargo decided to get rid of its freighter fleet and focus instead on sharing limited freighter capacity with other carriers. In recent months, the controversial decision may be showing signs of bearing fruit as the carrier announced commercial revenues of €259 million for the first half of 2015, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 5, 2015

Narrowbodies: ST Aero, EFW enter conversion race

At the end of the Paris Air Show last month, Airbus and ST Aerospace announced that they have launched an A320 Family P-to-F conversion program through their EFW joint venture. The first type to be converted will be the A321. The companies said the A321 conversions will enter service in 2018, while the smaller A320, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 9, 2015

A Slim Fit: E-commerce and the narrowbody conversion boom

In recent years there has been a slimming down, as it were, regarding freighters – a turning away from the jumbo 747s and 777s and toward the squat 737s and svelte 757s. The e-commerce revolution, especially in Asia, requires smaller freighters to make more frequent stops. But because there are no current programs to build […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 8, 2015
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