E-commerce, express traffic continue to outpace general cargo growth in Q1

With first-quarter volume figures coming in for many airports around the world, we noticed two, in particular, stood out from the crowd: Leipzig Halle Airport (LEJ) in Eastern Germany, and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) in the United States. Both of these mid-sized airports reported volumes up – way up – in Q1, reaching 12.3 percent and 34.1 percent […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 23, 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

U-Freight America expands West Coast presence

U-Freight America, the San Francisco arm of Chinese logistics company U-Freight, is opening an 80,000-square-foot facility in Industry, California – 20 miles east of Los Angeles – which will expand its capacity for its Asia-Pacific clients. Rick Keller, chief executive of U-Freight America, says the facility is in the “perfect location from which to offer […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 17, 2018

DHL expands U.S. footprint alongside global trade growth

DHL has been expanding its locations around the world to keep up with growing e-commerce and international trade demand, and its most recent expansion in southern California has doubled its intake capacity in Ontario, California. Shipments DHL processes in Ontario focus on international trade and e-commerce, and include documents, small parcels and palletized freight. The […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 13, 2018

Alibaba’s Ma cautions against U.S.-China trade war

Stakeholders in the air cargo industry have been critical of U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist rhetoric since before he took office in 2017. Yesterday, Alibaba chairman Jack Ma added to the chorus of disapproval as he discouraged pursuit of a trade war between China and the United States, while embracing “American-led globalization.” Ma’s commentary on […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 12, 2018

How will the airfreight ‘wild card’ be played in 2018?

Based on the latest combined January and February results from WorldACD and IATA, 2018 clearly got off to a strong start in terms of cargo demand. But the real question is: Now what? Except the 2018 version of “now what” also includes a new wild card. Any speculation about the future involves taking stock in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 4, 2018

WorldACD reports slower volume growth for February

Despite earlier reports from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) and others that Chinese New Year had little effect on February numbers, WorldACD noted a slowdown in growth for February, with year-over-year volumes increasing by a lower 4.4 percent – well below the 8.5 percent growth the market data group recorded for January. Worldwide […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 3, 2018

Southern Air begins Miami-Hong Kong cargo service

Beginning April 1, Atlas Air Worldwide subsidiary Southern Air will offer weekly all-cargo service at Miami International Airport (MIA) from Hong Kong via Anchorage. The scheduled routes will be flown by 777 freighters. Southern Air is the sixth airline offering all-cargo service between Asia and Miami. Others include Asiana Airlines, Korean Air and Polar Air […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 30, 2018

Airfreight rates rise through early 2018

According to the latest figures in Drewry’s East-West Airfreight Price Index, airfreight rates so far in 2018 are bucking the typical pattern of decline following the traditional “peak season” late last year. Rather than easing back as usual, freight rates increased by 3 percent, month-over-month, in February, marking only the second time in six years […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 29, 2018

DHL Global Trade Barometer calls for slight decline in air trade

According to DHL, the outlook for air trade this year has dipped slightly due to an increase in oceanfreight momentum. This is the conclusion reached by the latest figures from the integrator’s Global Trade Barometer, an index that tracks the progress of global air cargo development. Despite a one-point point drop, the air trade outlook […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 28, 2018

Pouwels will lead Schiphol cargo team in new department

Following February’s decision to move Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s (AMS) cargo department under the umbrella of the airport’s new Aviation Department, AMS has announced that the current director of business development for cargo, Bart Pouwels, will lead the cargo team in the new department, effective April 2. The new division at AMS includes five teams: Cargo; […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 19, 2018

WCS 2018: Three scenarios for air cargo market growth

DALLAS – Industry-wide air cargo traffic growth is once again an invigorating subject. Despite the increase in protectionist rhetoric threatening robust global trade, evidence suggests that “nearterm geopolitical trends will not inhibit air cargo growth,” said Brian Clancy, managing director of Logistics Capital & Strategy (LogCapStrat), during Tuesday’s Plenary Session presentation at IATA’s World Cargo […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 15, 2018

IATA January figures point to ‘solid, rather than spectacular’ growth

Airfreight’s dramatic upswing in 2017 makes the year a tough act to follow, and industry data reported by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) indicates 2018 is unlikely to outshine the volume growth of the past year. IATA reported a robust – but not remarkable – industry-wide freight tonne kilometer (FTK) growth rate of 8 […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 8, 2018

How is 2018 shaping up? Results unclear, say industry groups

With airfreight performance results in for January, indicating 9.4 percent year-over-year growth in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) among Asia-Pacific carriers, and 16.8 percent y-o-y yield growth worldwide, industry groups WorldACD and the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) are optimistic for the year ahead. However, the sunny forecast comes with a “wait and see” attitude […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 28, 2018
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