Asian carriers suffer coronavirus impact in January traffic

In January’s first look, Asian carriers reported year-over-year declines in cargo traffic across the board. While the annual slowdown in manufacturing in Asia around Lunar New Year is generally anticipated, this year’s outbreak of the novel coronavirus had a significant impact on carriers’ traffic, likely a result of the adjusted schedules to and from mainland […]

Weakness persists in Asian carriers in December first look

In December’s first look, Asian carriers reported mixed year-over-year declines in cargo traffic. While the protracted impact of volatile global trade relations contributed to most carriers reporting traffic declines for the month, growth in month-over-month figures suggest the industry may see improvement into 2020. Mainland China-based Air China and Singapore Airlines were hit hardest for […]

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. […]

Mixed September results for Asia-Pacific carriers provide hope for peak season

Asia-Pacific carriers mostly reported year-over-year traffic declines for September, but some improvements from results earlier in the year suggest that the lead-up to peak season may indicate better things ahead for the remainder of 2019. Year-over-year comparisons are also becoming less difficult for carriers with the approach to 2020 because the declines that have hampered […]

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 […]

Asian carriers’ July traffic reflects continued impact of trade war

In July’s first look, Asian carriers reported year-over-year declines in cargo traffic across the board for the month, reflecting the continued impact of protectionist policies on global trade in their operations. Taiwan-based EVA Air and China Airlines both saw significant declines in year-over-year traffic, while Mainland China-based China Southern Airlines and Air China also reported lower numbers compared to the same month […]

Declines dominate Asian carriers’ June traffic reports 

Several Asia-based carriers reported year-over-year declines in their traffic for the month of June. Taiwan-based EVA Air and China Airlines both saw significant declines, while China-based China Southern Airlines and Air China also reported lower numbers compared to the year prior, but with less impact on their change in cumulative traffic for the first half of […]

Asian carriers report mixed traffic for May

In Asia, Taiwan-based EVA Air and China Airlines reported year-over-year declines, while China-based China Southern Airlines and Air China reported mixed results in their traffic for the month of May. Singapore Airlines, meanwhile, saw a continued decline in its traffic this month.  EVA Air’s cargo traffic, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) declined 6.0% year-over-year for the Month of May to 300 million FTKs. Load […]

EVA Air Cargo takes delivery of first 777 freighter

EVA Air Cargo took delivery of its first 777F yesterday and plans to put the new freighter in service on routes between Asia and North America later this month. The Taiwanese carrier ordered five 777 freighters from Boeing in 2015 and will take delivery of the remaining four by September 2019. As it adds the […]

Cargo turnaround continues into October for AAPA airlines

The turnaround in international air cargo demand has extended into the month of October with a 7.1 percent increase, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTK), for member airlines of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). Growth in demand significantly outpaced the 3.9 percent expansion in offered freight capacity, leading to a 1.9 percentage-point rise […]

Cathay Pacific leads Asian carriers in strong October for cargo

Cathay Pacific and subsidiary carrier Dragonair carried a total of 172,385 tonnes of cargo and mail in October, an increase of 5.3 percent over October 2015. The carrier’s load factor rose by 1.6 percentage points to 68.1 percent. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometers, increased by 0.6 percent, while cargo and mail revenue tonne […]

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 […]

EVA Air Cargo launches cold-chain service

EVA Air Cargo launched its EVA Pharmacare Service this month in collaboration with Environtainer, a company that manufactures and leases active, temperature-controlled containers for air transportation, following up with service and support. EVA will provide services focusing on high-value goods, including biologicals, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, healthcare products, high-end foods and high-tech semi-conductor components. Initial services will […]

Belly shift: EVA retires last combi

January 5 was a small watershed for EVA Air. The 747-400 used for flight BR868, which landed in Taipei that day, subsequently exited the carrier’s fleet, marking the demise of combi aircraft from the lineup. Its retirement leaves Asiana the lone operator of 747 combis in Asia. Stan Wraight, executive director of Strategic Aviation Solutions […]