American Airlines has record-breaking Q2, but proceeds with caution

The cargo arm of the traditionally passenger-focused American Airlines increased its second quarter freight volume by 10 percent to 158,757 tonnes compared to the same period last year, according to its recent quarterly statement. The airline said this marks its best June performance in more than 10 years, standing out among many carriers that saw […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 9, 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

DP-DHL Group reports troubles in Post-eCommerce-Parcel sector in second quarter

While Deutsche Post-DHL Group posted operating profit (EBIT) gains in the Express, Global Forwarding and Freight, and Supply Chain segments, a year-over-year decrease of 58.5 percent in second quarter EBIT for the Post-eCommerce-Parcel (PeP) division weighed on the Group’s overall EBIT for the quarter, which declined by 11.2 percent, y-o-y, to €747 million. The Group’s […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 7, 2018

The Malay Connection: Is Kuala Lumpur the next e-commerce gateway to China?

At an abandoned house on the outskirts of Georgetown in the Malaysian State of Penang, a man and his wife stand crouched over a box of seemingly random electronic components. Inside the carton is a set of specialized audio “tweeters” the pair plans to install throughout their dilapidated ancestral home in hopes of attracting a […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 7, 2018

IAG Cargo Q2 financial results show marginal growth

United Kingdom-based IAG Cargo today, released its financial results for Q2 2018, cargo revenue increased 3.7 percent to €281 million during the three-month period. Revenue growth outpaced cargo volume growth, increasing 0.4 percent year-over-year in Q2, to 1,414 tonnes – symptomatic of the carrier’s strength in 2017, which has made for more difficult annual comparisons […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 3, 2018

ACS helps to avert Hawaiian disaster

This week, United Kingdom-based Air Charter Service (ACS) – traditionally more a private jet-oriented company than a cargo carrier – released news of the completion of a cargo charter service in late May that redefines our definition of “time critical shipment.” The company was contacted by a “specialist forwarder” to distribute fire retardant over the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 3, 2018

Delta Cargo makes all services available online

Delta Cargo today joined the ranks of carriers and logistics players making traditionally phone- and paper-based services fully bookable online. The airline said it has made its entire portfolio of services available digitally and improved its tracking tools and flight search features for forwarders. The airline joins major carriers in the push toward digitalization, including […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 2, 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

Lufthansa reports robust growth in Q2 financial report

Yesterday, Germany-based Lufthansa reported solid results for its logistics division for 1H 2018, with earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) up 48 percent year-over-year to €125 million, from €84 million on revenues that were up 12.3 percent to €1.3 billion. The carrier’s traffic rose only slightly in the first six months of 2018, with reported […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 1, 2018

WestJet reports first loss in 13 years for Q2

Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet has reported a net loss of C$20.8 million in its Q2 2018 financial release – the first quarterly loss for the carrier in 13 years, and a more than 140 percent decline compared to the same period in 2017. WestJet’s CEO, Ed Sims, said the dramatic change in bottom-line was due […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 31, 2018

Security team trains 500th dog for explosives detection

Will air cargo loads routinely be screened by bomb-sniffing dogs? New York City-based security firm MSA Security is counting on it, as it announced this week that it has trained it 500th dog in the science of explosives detection at its Windsor facility in Connecticut. Under what’s known as the Windsor Program, the human handler […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 31, 2018

The Freight 50: Analysis of air cargo growth in 2017

More room at the top The dominant carriers rarely see change at the top – and that’s true for the first three on the list. Like every year in recent memory, FedEx, was again No. 1, with 16.9 billion FTKs, rising by a decent 7.6 percent over last year. FedEx was again followed by No. […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 31, 2018
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