European carrier traffic for September reflects deteriorated global trade 

Carriers based in Europe and the Middle East reported mixed cargo traffic results for September against a backdrop of intensified downward pressure on global trade, as highlighted by IATA and WorldACD reports earlier this month. Air France-KLM, Lufthansa Group and International Airlines Group reported year-over-year declines in cargo traffic. Only Turkish Cargo reported volume growth for the month.  For the first nine months […]

France lashes out at Dutch in feud over Air France-KLM holdings

(Bloomberg) — The Netherlands has created an imbalance in the governance of Air France-KLM, a French government representative said, signaling a power struggle between the carrier’s two biggest shareholders remains unresolved. The Dutch government needs to treat the airline like a normal listed company and choose between holding a stake in the group or in the […]

European, Middle East carriers’ lag in traffic continues into August

Carrier's based in the regions Europe and the Middle East reported mixed cargo traffic results in August as protectionist policies and the upcoming Brexit continue to create friction for global trade. Both Lufthansa Group and International Airlines Group reported year-over-year declines in cargo traffic, while Air France-KLM’s August performance was flat, in comparison to August […]

DB and Lufthansa reach settlement over price-fixing saga

The long running air cargo price-fixing cartel edged closer to resolution this week, as Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa reached an undisclosed settlement for the carrier’s alleged participation in a price-fixing cartel that operated between 1999-2006.   When Deutsche Bahn first filed the claim to German courts in 2013, it sought more than US$1.5 billion in damages from 11 carriers that had been found guilty by the U.S. […]

Air France-KLM traffic declines continue into July 

Today, Air France-KLM released its preliminary figures for July traffic, marking a continued decline in demand seen during June.  Traffic for the European carrier declined by 5.8% y-o-y to 694 million FTKs. Both Air France and KLM saw similar declines in traffic of 5.7% y-o-y to 317 million FTKs and 5.9% to 377 million FTKs, respectively, […]

European carriers report mixed results for June

In the first look at European carrier results for June, mixed results indicate ongoing concerns over protectionist policies on global trade are justified. Both Lufthansa Group and Air France-KLM reported year-over-year declines in cargo traffic, while International Airlines Group’s June performance was mostly flat with 2018. Only Turkish Cargo reported significant growth for the month. […]

European carriers report rebound in May traffic 

In May, European-based carriers Air-France-KLM, International Airlines Group and Lufthansa Cargo Group reported year-over-year increases in their monthly traffic results. Carrier traffic performance this month shows a slight recovery from the declines these carriers reported in earlier months.  Air France-KLM’s May traffic rose 4.3% y-o-y across the group to 731 million FTKs. Both Air France and KLM contributed to […]

Top 10 things overheard in Dallas at IATA’s World Cargo Symposium

IATA’s World Cargo Symposium 2018 is now history, but between the 13 separate, concurrent tracks and all the networking that was done by more than 1,100 delegates in Dallas a couple weeks ago, chances are there were several words of wisdom you may have missed, even if you had attended every day. As a refresher […]

ACE Awards 2018: Top airports, carriers chosen for Air Cargo Excellence

CARRIERS The top vote-getter in the Large Carrier category (1 million tonnes of cargo handled and up) came as little surprise: Cathay Pacific Airways, which was a Platinum Award winner last year, won the Diamond Award this year. A spokesperson from Cathay Pacific Cargo said 2017 was the strongest year for growth in airfreight demand […]

ACE Awards 2018: Top Carriers chart

  CARRIER SURVEY CRITERIA Air carriers were rated by freight forwarders on the following criteria: Customer Service: Quality of customer service; tracking and tracing of shipments; electronic air waybill (e-AWB) capabilities Performance: Timeliness of delivery; space availability; availability of main-deck capacity Value: Competitiveness of rates; availability and quality of special services; route network In addition […]

Going Dutch: How Schiphol is solving cross-border e-commerce issues

Last December, clandestine teams of Chinese executives began showing up at airports across Europe, probing the facilities that they visited for strengths and weaknesses. They tracked shipments, timed customs delays, rated services and mapped out logistics infrastructure. While these cloak-and-dagger movements may seem to be wrapped in political intrigue, of a sort, this isn’t the […]

Late 2017 surge helps lift traffic figures for Air France-KLM

Air France-KLM (AF-KLM) can breathe a sigh of relief, thanks to a long-awaited turnaround in the carrier’s freight traffic, which increased 3.3 percent, year-over-year, in the fourth quarter of 2017 – a modest increase by industry standards, but a significant shift for the company after years of declining traffic volume. While the carrier’s 3.3 percent, […]

Jet Airways Cargo, Air France-KLM expand cooperation

Air France-KLM and Jet Airways Cargo are expanding their current partnership with the signing of a new memorandum of understanding (MoU), under which the carriers will aim to link their routes between India and Europe and integrate their commercial and cargo operations on the routes. Air France-KLM and Indian airline Jet Airways have had a […]

AF-KLM says third-quarter cargo gains are evidence of ‘cargo turnaround’

Air France-KLM’s self-described “cargo turnaround” seems to have finally pushed the carrier’s third-quarter results back into the black, with total cargo revenues up 1.2 percent to €493 million. Across a longer timeline however, year-to-date cargo statistics at the carrier still indicate an airline that has struggled to match the recovery rates of its regional counterparts, […]
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