Narrow-body conversions set records

Narrow-bodies, with their promise of fuel efficiency, continue to rule the highly competitive market for freighter conversions. Companies that specialize in the 737 conversion niche agree that the market is at an all-time high. With no factory-built 737 freighters on the market, this is entirely a conversion realm. A lot of the demand is coming […]

Europe hits doldrums

European airlines saw air cargo demand fall by 0.7 percent in April compared with 2013, according to the International Air Transport Association, partly a result of GDP growth of 0.2 percent in the Eurozone in the first quarter. Analyst WorldACD shows that Europe recorded the lowest growth among the world’s major regions in terms of […]

Energy development helps drive outsize market

Equipment used in hydrocarbon exploration is the dominant heavyweight load for many specialists in outsize cargo. Cargolux reports receiving a steady stream of cargo that can be considered outsize, much of it on behalf of companies in the oil and gas exploration sector. Oil and gas equipment flows in a steady stream from Houston and […]

Halfway done, how does 2014 look for air cargo?

Looking back at the first half of 2014, a common complaint exists among many airlines, ground handlers and forwarders around the world: dismal load factors and yield. “That’s what keeps me up at night anyways,” Vito Losurdo, UPS vice president of global airfreight, says. The load factor on most flights is still running about 50 […]
  • June 24, 2014

The answer to the air cargo leadership crisis

One observer likens the air cargo industry to a village. As its longest-time residents retire and leave, empty spaces remain. New residents need to move to the village if it hopes to innovate. “It’s not a really big industry,” Joost van Doesburg says. “The world air cargo industry is just a small village where people […]
  • May 28, 2014

China in transition

With its economic momentum showing signs of flagging, China has lost some of its luster, but Brian McCarthy is upbeat on the market potential he sees there in the coming years. The vice president of aircraft trading of Precision Aviation Solutions expects strong interest in converted B757-200 freighters, the core of his company’s activities “We […]
  • May 28, 2014

With rapid global growth, GSSA model slow to take hold in U.S.

The U.S. air cargo sector has been slow to adopt the use of general sales agencies (GSAs) and general service and sales agencies (GSSAs) compared to Europe and Asia. However, the market is getting larger with some firms going the acquisition route and others growing organically. Jens Tubbesing, CEO of Airline Network Services (ANS), which […]

Forwarders fight against the tide

The airfreight market continues to move at a lethargic pace, with modal shift and overcapacity threatening forwarders around the world. As these pressures close in, forwarders must constantly react in order to make a profit. Air Cargo World spoke with the forwarders who move the most air cargo in the world. Supply chain consultant Armstrong […]
  • April 29, 2014

Africa airfreight down as carriers adjust to challenges

African airfreight tonnage fell by 2.7 percent in 2013, according to Airports Council International. South Africa’s economy in particular is suffering, and Johannesburg, Africa’s leading air cargo hub, saw a 5.4 percent drop in volume for the year. Ronel Rossouw, national cargo sales manager for South African Airways, says a weak rand and rising fuel […]

Hong Kong handling competition intensifies

Ground handling of air cargo is a competitive sector of the business. Perhaps the clearest example of how keen competition can be is at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), where three major cargo terminals with a collective 7.6 million tonnes of capacity are scrambling to maintain or grow their share of a 4.1-million-tonne cargo pie. […]

Cargo landscape shifts in Latin America

Asian carriers have Mexico in their sights. Cathay Pacific, which launched all-cargo flights to Guadalajara last September, added Mexico City to its freighter network in March. Korean Air also mounted freighter flights to Guadalajara. Like Cathay, it tagged the Mexican destination to an existing U.S. route. The Korean carrier intends to ramp up its presence […]

Express market stabilizes and targets growth

By John W. McCurry and Adina Solomon The express airfreight business is showing new life as of late as companies position themselves to take advantage of expanding markets while reducing costs. The early results in 2014 seem to show an upward trend. Air Cargo World recently spoke with several express carriers and forwarders to take […]
  • March 26, 2014

2013 Air Cargo Excellence Survey: Emirates, Southwest and Japan Airlines take Diamond Awards

Emirates SkyCargo, Japan Airlines and Southwest Airlines won the Diamond Awards at Air Cargo World’s Air Cargo Excellence (ACE) Awards ceremony held on March 10 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles during the International Air Transport Association’s World Cargo Symposium. Airports were awarded geographically. North American airports receiving the Diamond Awards […]
  • March 26, 2014

Balancing trade and security in the sky

The air cargo industry and governments are in a constant balancing act when it comes to security. Parties want the tightest security possible without standing in the way of trade. That’s the goal of the U.S.’s Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) program, and similar programs in the European Union and Canada. Two months after the […]
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