Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa to begin cargo space agreement Sept. 1

This week, Brussels Airlines and its parent carrier, Lufthansa announced a start date for a cargo sharing agreement announced earlier this year that will allow Lufthansa to market bellyhold capacity on the Belgian subsidiary carrier, while offering Brussels Airlines access to Lufthansa’s portfolio of international destinations. For Lufthansa, the deal is a shortcut to capitalizing […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 16, 2018

Hawaiian Airlines commenced scheduled turboprop freighter flights

This week, Hawaiian Airlines’ subsidiary Ohana commenced its long-anticipated scheduled inter-island freighter services with the launch of flights between Honolulu Airport (HNL), Līhu‘e (LIH) and Hilo (ITO),  operated by Idaho-based Empire Airlines. The two freighter-converted ATR 72-200 aircraft underwent conversion to freighter configuration by Switzerland-based IPR Conversions at Empire Airlines’ MRO facility in Idaho, and can […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 16, 2018

The Freight 50: Turbulence ahead for the top cargo carriers?

When economic indicators are grim and airfreight businesses are looking for a turnaround, it’s easier to spot the positive signs of hope in the industry. But when the outlook has been rosy – like it has been for much of the last 18 months for air cargo – carriers may have a tougher time preparing […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 8, 2018

IATA reports flattening global demand for airfreight

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported a global growth in demand for airfreight measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) of 2.7 percent during June – less than half the rate experienced during the same period last year. Capacity was reported to have grown by 4.1 percent, marking the fourth consecutive month that growth in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 8, 2018

Expeditors reports Q2 growth in airfreight sector

Seattle-based freight forwarder Expeditors International of Washington today reported a stong performance in its airfreight services in its the second quarter of 2018, but said oceanfreight struggled due to pricing issues. “We continued to add profitable growth from new and existing customers during the quarter, particularly in air and some of our differentiated, best-in-class services, such […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 7, 2018

Cherries on top? Demand from China may overcome tariff concerns

The 25 percent tariff China slapped on several American exports, in retaliation for similar tariffs on Chinese goods, were expected to be bad news for the lucrative cherry crop in the Pacific Northwest. But, as editor Caryn Livingston wrote in sister publication Cargo Facts, the popular seasonal fruit seems to be moving well midway through its […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 1, 2018

The Freight 50 List for 2018

The impossibility of perfection We at Air Cargo World and Cargo Facts are proud of the nearly comprehensive portrait that this Freight 50 listing paints for the air cargo carrier business. But we also know enough to realize that a perfect list is nearly impossible to compile. While it’s a trustworthy estimate, it’s still just […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 31, 2018

IATA’s confidence index survey shows industry is hopeful, but cautious

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released the results of its latest “Airline Business Confidence Index” survey, which indicates that industry leaders are still optimistic about continued growth in demand for air freight, but cautious as they come down from the high of last year’s heyday, for a few reasons. The survey, conducted in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 26, 2018

Freightos, Lufthansa Cargo collaborate on instant ‘e-booking’ of air cargo

In an effort to hasten the digitalization of the airfreight industry, online cargo marketplace Freightos has teamed up with Lufthansa Cargo to create a new online portal through which forwarders can compare rates and book air cargo space nearly instantly. By combining Freightos WebCargo and Lufthansa Cargo’s application programming interface (API) services, enabling forwarders to […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 23, 2018

Antonov reports 42 percent growth in 2018 YTD, plans to modernize fleet

Ukrainian outsize-cargo carrier Antonov Airlines reported an overall increase in revenue of 81 percent for the airline in 2017, and a 42 percent rise in revenue for the period of January to May of this year, compared to the first five months of 2017. Antonov attributed the influx in revenue to higher demand in the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 16, 2018

AirBridgeCargo, CargoLogicAir sign on with IoT firm for pharma tracking

At the Farnborough Air Show today, two cargo carriers – Russia’s AirBridgeCargo (ABC) and London-based CargoLogicAir (CLA) – said they have signed on with “internet of things” (IoT) digital avionics firm, SITAONAIR, to provide real-time monitoring of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical cargo. Through the use of connected electronic sensors, SITAONAIR collects air cargo data provided by its […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 16, 2018

Brazil’s Azul Cargo receives first of two converted freighters

In yet another sign of Brazil’s economic recovery, Azul Cargo Express received the first of two recently converted 737-400F freighters to help support the carrier’s rapidly growing cargo division, which has already seen traffic rise by 61 percent since the start of 2018. Much of the air cargo demand has been fueled by increased industrial […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 13, 2018

IAG Cargo saves the day amidst U.K. heat wave

On a hot summer day, what’s better that a crisp, fresh salad? Consumers in the U.K. were almost forced to find out last week when the island nation was nearly left without its leafy greens due to extreme heat. In response, U.K.-based IAG Cargo shipped more than 30,000 heads of iceberg lettuce from Los Angeles to London […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 11, 2018

Alaska Air’s Berry on ‘monumental’ expansion of domestic cargo frontiers

Seattle-based Alaska Air Cargo is often thought of for its unique, but vital, role in bridging air cargo flows between the state of Alaska, and the contiguous U.S. – a role that facilitates summer salmon barbecues in the Midwest, and stocks supermarket shelves throughout the state of Alaska. But this year, the carrier has taken […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 11, 2018
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