NCA re-launches its first 747-F following government inspection

Today, Nippon Cargo Airlines’ first of eleven 747-Fs (36141) – resumed service with a roundtrip flight between Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Shanghai Pudong (PVG). This flight was the first scheduled flight since the airline grounded its entire fleet on June 17 after Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau discovered a discrepancy in the carrier’s maintenance records. Forwarders […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 5, 2018

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

Evidence of capacity squeeze as NCA freighter audit continues

Nippon Cargo Airlines’ (NCA) fleet of eleven 747Fs has now been grounded for more than a week as government authorities continue to audit the carrier’s maintenance records. With the sudden loss of capacity ex-Asia, forwarders and shippers active in the market are starting to feel the capacity squeeze, particularly as it translates into higher rates. A […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 25, 2018

NCA says it will be at least ‘more than another week’ before 747-Fs are back in the sky

Today, Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) released a statement saying its 747 freighter fleet will remain on the ground for another week, following last week’s news that the carrier would undergo an immediate government audit, pausing its 11 freighters from running services on its trans-Pacific routes due to the discovery of discrepancies in the airline’s maintenance […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 22, 2018

Trade War Fallout: 5 ways the Trump tariffs could impact air cargo

In trade wars, there tend to many casualties and few winners. But in the current politically charged climate, a trade war is now a reality, as the United States decided in March to adopt an aggressive protectionist policy to correct what the Trump administration believes is a crippling trade deficit between the U.S. and several […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 21, 2018

NCA audit may take longer than hoped

After Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) temporarily grounded its eleven 747-Fs due to a maintenance record discrepancy over the weekend, the forwarding community is saying the halt in air service may be longer than the Narita-based carrier’s initial estimate. Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau is scheduling an inspection of NCA’s entire fleet after finding that the carrier has […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 19, 2018

Maintenance record issues ground entire Nippon Cargo Airlines fleet

Due to an “inappropriate maintenance record” that was discovered on Saturday, Japan-based carrier Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) decided to ground its entire fleet of eleven 747 freighter aircraft on Sunday, June 17. The grounding is expected to last “about one week” while Japanese aviation officials conduct a safety audit, according to an official statement on […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 18, 2018

New service from Cargolux, Nippon Cargo takes off

Today, Cargolux operated its first 747-8 freighter service from Luxembourg Airport (LUX) to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT), putting its new deal with Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) into action. The weekly flight will depart from LUX every Tuesday evening and arrive in NRT on Wednesday at 16:25 Japan Standard Time, and return to LUX every […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 28, 2018

Cargolux to operate Nippon Cargo flight from LUX to NRT

Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) said it will commence use of capacity on Cargolux’s 747-400F and 747-8F aircraft, which fly weekly between Luxembourg (LUX) and Narita (NRT). This cooperation was initially publicized at the tail end of 2017 and is set to begin on March 27. NCA has outsourced some of its routes to other carriers […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 9, 2018

Nippon, SIA Cargo implement codeshare deal

Japan-based Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) and Singapore Airlines Cargo (SIA Cargo) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to expand their current block-space agreement with cargo codeshare agreements on routes between Tokyo and Singapore. The new codeshare routes will commence from April 1, assuming the deal receives approval from regulators. NCA operates six scheduled cargo flights […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 13, 2018

Cargolux partnerships grow with Nippon Cargo agreement

Luxembourg-based Cargolux has entered a code-share and space swap agreement with Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), granting Cargolux access to NCA flights from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN) to Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT), while NCA gains access to Cargolux flights from Luxembourg Airport (LUX) to NRT. Under the agreement, next year Cargolux will begin operating a weekly service […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 29, 2017

Atlas Air pushes into Asia Pacific with second 747 Nippon Cargo CMI deal

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings announced today that its Atlas Air unit has entered into a CMI agreement to operate a second 747-400 freighter for Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), with an option for additional aircraft in the future. Service is scheduled to begin in September 2017. As was the case with the first 747-400 freighter agreement, […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 22, 2017

Frankfurt-Hahn’s half-year cargo numbers see record growth

“All signs point toward growth,” enthused Roger Scheifele, senior vice president for cargo sales and business development at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN), following the announcement that the German hub’s cargo business had more than doubled its cargo traffic over the first half of 2017.  From January to June, 49,000 tonnes of freight were handled at HHN, […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 13, 2017