David Harris

Is the end in sight for the 747?

If there is one aircraft type that symbolizes commercial aviation, it is Boeing’s 747. Since the first 747-100 entered service in January 1970 (see the historic video at the end of this post), the manufacturer has delivered over 1,500 747s in several variants, up to and including the current offering, the 747-8. Today we start […]

The ‘forwarder’s airline’ returns to its roots

There has been much talk recently about the disintermediation of forwarders. But Cargolux, once known in the industry as “the forwarder’s airline,” has taken a stand in solidarity with its forwarder partner, Expeditors International, as can be seen in this item from our sister publication, Cargo Facts.

Done Deal: FedEx buys TNT, hubs to remain open – for now

Today FedEx reached the end of its long road to the acquisition of TNT. It also started down the longer, and likely more rocky, road of making that acquisition work. In this analysis from our sister publication, Cargo Facts, David Harris describes how, in the near term, both brands, will remain and the three European […]

First 737-800 enters conversion at AEI

Lessor GECAS ferried a 737-800, most recently operated by Corendon Airlines, to Miami International Airport, where Aeronautical Engineers, Inc., inducted it for conversion to freighter configuration. Redelivery is scheduled for mid-2017. For more details, please see David Harris’ story in our sister publication, Cargo Facts.

Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific: A partnership of giants

Two of the world’s top three international cargo carriers have joined forces. Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific rank second and third, respectively, among all airlines in international cargo traffic, trailing only Emirates. So their formation of a joint network to connect Hong Kong to Europe, as announced today, is an interesting move. See details from our sister publication, Cargo […]

Airfreight dives in Asia – should we panic?

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines published February international traffic results and, for cargo, the news is bleak, down 12 percent, year-over-year. But as David Harris points out, from sister publication Cargo Facts, data from January and February are often skewed by the timing of the Chinese New Year – especially compared y-o-y during the […]

Cargolux’s dual-hub strategy pays off

If Cargolux’s 2015 full-year results are a reliable indicator, the carrier’s much-debated dual hub strategy has paid off handsomely. In a year in which the cargo arms of many airlines struggled, Cargolux posted record volume and sharply increased profit, and continued to add freighters to its fleet. Check out the analysis of these latest numbers by […]

Lufthansa Cargo targets new customer: the passenger

Friday has rolled around again, and, as we often do, we are adding some videos to the day’s post from sister publication Cargo Facts. But first, the news: As part of an initiative to increase profitability in a challenging market environment, Lufthansa Cargo said it was enhancing its product portfolio. No surprise in that, as adapting to […]

YTO Chairman among newly confirmed speakers at Cargo Facts Asia 2016

Cargo Facts, our sister pubication, is excited to announce two new speakers to be featured at Cargo Facts Asia 2016 in Hong Kong next month. The explosive growth of e-commerce is fueling the biggest revolution in the air freight and express industry in decades, and nowhere is the impact of this revolution bigger than in China, where […]

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 […]

IATA sees ‘a solid start to the year’

The International Air Transport Association released its airfreight market analysis for January 2016, showing a 2.7 percent year-over-year increase in worldwide cargo traffic (in freight tonne kilometers flown), slightly better than we had anticipated based on the results available from individual carriers, handlers and airports. David Harris, editor of our sister publication, Cargo Facts, gives […]

Boeing launches 737-800 freighter conversion program

Reflecting the surge in demand for domestic express services in China, Boeing formally launched a passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the 737-800. At a ceremony at the Boeing Shanghai facility this morning, the aircraft manufacturer also revealed that it has received a firm order of thirty 737-800BCF aircraft, plus commitments for another 25, from several customers, […]

Has ICAO banned the wrong batteries?

Against the wishes of the International Air Transport Association, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed yesterday to temporarily ban the shipment of lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircraft, which will go into effect on April 1 of this year. According to ICAO Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ban will only be in place until […]

PACAVI cements A320 conversion partnership with GAMECO

US-based PACAVI Group and Chinese MRO GAMECO expanded their A320/A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion agreement, saying they intended to jointly offer a “one-stop-shop concept, offering tailored turnkey packages of airframe sourcing, purchase, customized conversion, and leasing or sale to airline customers of all tiers, worldwide.” David Harris, editor of our sister publication, Cargo Facts, has more details…
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