Airline weather shocks come faster than ever as climate changes

Extreme weather is no longer exceptional, and that’s forcing changes at some of the world’s most diligent storm trackers: airlines. Weather delays in the U.S. have been trending higher the past four years, upending historical patterns and jumping to an 11-year high for this year’s summer storm season, according to government data for the 30 […]

Arctic blast threatens ops at US airports

An Arctic blast southward that began yesterday caused a drop in temperatures and snow storms across the U.S. resulting in flight delays and cancellations at several major airports, including Chicago O’Hare (ORD), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Charlotte (CLT), Detroit (DTW), Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Atlanta (ATL), Denver (DEN) and Minneapolis−Saint Paul (MSP).   Today, over 2,900 […]

American Airlines Cargo begins iCargo platform rollout 

American Airlines Cargo is the latest carrier to adopt the iCargo platform, developed by IBS Software, as the carrier aims to modernize its business practices and improve customers’ cargo shipping experience.  American launched the first phase of the roll out for its new end-to-end iCargo management system at the beginning of this month, on Oct. 1. […]

LATAM sees dip in Q2 cargo traffic, revenue

LATAM Airlines’ cargo traffic declined 2.9% y-o-y during the second quarter to 849 million freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), leading to a 10.2% y-o-y decline in cargo revenue to US$269.3 million, the company said today during its earnings call. LATAM said that these figures were particularly impacted by the sale of the company’s former subsidiary MasAir in the second half of […]

American Airlines’ cargo revenue falls 15% in 2Q19

American Airlines’ cargo traffic fell 16.2% during the second quarter to 644 million cargo ton miles, or about 940 million freight tonne kilometers, leading to a 15.4% decline in cargo revenue, the company said this week during its earnings call.  “Our cargo yields were slightly higher during the quarter, but year-over-year scheduled reductions and falling demand in Asia and Europe markets meant that cargo revenue fell […]

American Airlines launching two new US-Germany routes for summer 2019

Today, American Airlines announced that it will launch additional widebody service to Germany for summer 2019. The two new routes include one from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Munich (MUC), and one from Philadelphia (PHL) to Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL). American Airlines will operate the DFW-MUC route daily through October 26 using a 787-800, beginning today. […]

Grounded MAX provides temporary cargo capacity boost on some routes

Following two crashes of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 within five months of one another, the aircraft has been grounded globally. While the development is bad optics for Boeing, as carriers race to replace grounded aircraft, the impact on cargo capacity is varied and could temporarily boost available capacity on some routes. Following the crash of […]

American Airlines Cargo launches DUB–DFW route

Today, American Airlines Cargo said it is launching a nonstop 787 passenger service between Dublin (DUB) and Dallas Fort-Worth (DFW) that will operate from June to September. The carrier said it is anticipating continued growth in the manufacturing sector in Texas, naming computer parts, medical devices, machinery, oil industry equipment, aviation parts and pharmaceuticals as […]

American Airlines’ 2018 profits down, but record cargo volume made

American Airlines released its 2018 results in which net profit decreased, but its cargo volume broke a new record of 90,700 tonnes. It also increased its cargo ton miles (TCMs) from 2,788 to 2,908 million – a 4 percent increase year-over-year. The carrier had some major hurdles to overcome during the year, including the impact […]

FedEx drops plans to serve Cuba, citing chilled U.S. relations

In another sign of cooling relations between the United States and Cuba, FedEx Corp. said yesterday that it will no longer pursue scheduled cargo service to the Caribbean island nation, ending a more-than-two-year effort to establish overnight courier service to the former Cold War adversary. According to Bloomberg, FedEx issued a statement on Wednesday, saying […]

WFS opens cargo terminal at Milan Malpensa Airport

Paris-based Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has opened a 47,000-tonne per year capacity cargo terminal at Milan-Malpensa Airport (MXP) in a 10- to 15-year agreement with the airport. John Batten, executive vice president of cargo for the WFS’ Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (EMEAA) regions, said the agreement will provide a good foothold for the […]

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 […]

75th Anniversary Snapshot: Thinking inside the ‘Bunyan Box’

  Now that it’s July, when Americans are celebrating their independence, it seems fitting to spotlight a 60-year-old American innovation that changed the way the industry protected its precious cargo. Searching for a way to ensure that perishable airfreight could be quickly loaded and unloaded from cargo holds, while still protecting it from spoilage and […]

American Airlines launches cargo services to Cuba

We are finally witnessing air cargo operations launch between Cuba and the United States, after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines slots at José Martí International Airport (HAV) after a year of eerie silence surrounding what was initially a hot topic in the air freight world. […]
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