Asia-Pacific carrier traffic declines from 2018, despite move into peak season

Many of the major Asia-Pacific airlines have now reported their results for October 2019 cargo traffic, and annual comparisons are not spectacular. Air cargo demand in October 2019, although lackluster compared to last year, remains higher month-to-month, indicating the presence of a peak season. For many carriers reporting October statistics, the month was the busiest so far, year-to-date. […]

Do mixed August traffic reports for Asian carriers denote uptick in cargo?

In August’s first look, Asian carriers reported mixed year-over-year declines in cargo traffic. While the impact of volatile global trade relations contributed to most carriers reporting traffic declines for the month, a closer look at the numbers reflects that some airlines actually experienced slight recovery from July declines. Both Mainland China-based Air China and Singapore […]

China’s CAAC targeting private investment for 28 aviation projects

Yesterday, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) published a list of 28 aviation projects seeking private investment. Ezhou Civil Airport and Air China Cargo were two familiar names on the project list, both of which are seeking billions of dollars in new investments. China National Aviation Holding Co., which owns a controlling stake in Beijing-based […]

Air China Cargo deal expands’s sprawling cold-chain network

A partnership between Chinese e-commerce retailer and Air China Cargo that was announced this week extends the reach of’s cold-chain network to key markets around the world, connecting Chinese consumers with fresh food producers around the world, with airfreight speed and connectivity. The deal ties Air China Cargo’s global network to’s cold-chain […]

Liège cargo strategy pays off with record volumes in 2017

While other European airports were giving cargo the cold shoulder (or at least forcing them to compete for limited slots), Belgium’s Liège Airport did just the opposite, perusing cargo carriers through a strategy of unlimited slots and landing times, and massive investments into cargo facilities. Now, the airport is announcing all-time record volumes of 717,000 […]

Liège rolls out the red carpet for freighters, while competitors cut slots

Liège Airport is investing more than €20 million into new warehouses and cargo handling facilities, opening its doors to the cargo business during a time when other regional airports are struggling with overcapacity and limited cargo slots. Over the course of the next year, Liège plans to add nearly 20,000 square feet of cargo facilities, […]

Rebounding global economy pushes up yields at Air China Cargo

With global trade driving up demand for air cargo along its major trade routes, Air China Cargo reported an increase in yields by 13 percent, year-over-year, for the first half of 2017, to reach US$0.19 per revenue tonne kilometer (RTK). Volumes were up 6 percent, y-o-year, at 3.5 billion RTKs, becoming the latest among Asian […]

The Freight 50: A strong finish to 2016

A strong finish In some ways, 2016 came in like a lamb for the airfreight industry and went out like a lion – one whose roar can still be heard today as the surge in demand carried well into 2017. IATA’s WATS report noted that the particularly strong peak season in 2016 “coincided with a […]

Air China launches weekly 777f service between Shanghai and Liege, Belgium

An Air Cargo China 777F from Shanghai touched down Liege Airport yesterday, marking the start of weekly freighter services between the two airports. The additional capacity is being deployed in response to growing e-commerce volumes between China and Europe, the Belgian airport said. Steven Verhasselt, VP Commercial at Liege Airport, explained that the new freighter […]

Air China Cargo and China Southern Cargo to merge?

As the Chinese Government moves to pare down its outlays on state-owned behemoths, it has been widely reported that the cargo and logistics operations of Beijing-based Air China and Guangzhou-based China Southern will be divested and merged into a single entity. Sources quoted in Bloomberg have even identified potential investors for the new company, which […]

The 2016 Freight 50: Analysis of top cargo carriers

For most of the top 10 carriers on the Freight 50 list, growth was relatively static. Cathay Pacific, for example, managed a 5.4 percent increase in overall traffic to reach 10.59 billion FTKs, thanks to its ability to capitalize on “very strong” trans-Pacific demand in early 2015, said Mark Sutch, general manager, cargo sales and […]

Air China settles for US$50 million in cartel litigation

Air China and Air China Cargo have agreed to pay a US$50 million settlement as part of the ongoing Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation, per Kaplan Fox and Kilsheimer, the law firm that has been involved in the class action for almost 10 years. Along with co-counsel Robins Kaplan LLP, over 12 million pages […]
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