The Freight 50: The world’s top carriers return to cargo growth

In an industry as cyclical as the airfreight sector, good news is usually followed by a period of mild trepidation. “If demand is up one month, surely it will fall the next months,” goes the general wisdom of veteran air carrier executives who know how the airfreight rollercoaster works. So, after the bump in airfreight […]
  • Staff Reports
  • August 1, 2017

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 […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 25, 2017

The Freight 50: Fastest growing and contracting carriers

Sources: IATA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Cargo Facts database, 2017 Figures include both freight and mail. Back to Main Article | Top 50 Carriers Chart | Carrier Groups Breakdown Chart Bookmark
  • Staff Reports
  • July 25, 2017

Freight 50: Top 50 Carriers Chart

Sources: IATA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Cargo Facts database, 2017 *See “Breakdown of Carriers Within Groups” chart for individual airlines within groups **Did not appear on Freight 50 last year. Figures include both freight and mail. (Go to next page for rest of chart) Bookmark
  • Staff Reports
  • July 25, 2017

The Freight 50: Breakdown of carriers within groups

No such thing as perfection We at Air Cargo World and Cargo Facts are proud of the nearly comprehensive portrait that this Freight 50 listing paints for the air cargo carrier business. But a perfect list is nearly impossible to compile in this maddeningly complex industry. We use multiple sources, including IATA, U.S. DOT and […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 25, 2017

The Freight 50: Top carriers vie for answers to overcapacity

One reason lists are so popular is that they bring order to a chaotic world. This is especially true of this year’s Freight 50 list, which seems at first to reflect little change among the world’s largest air cargo carriers. For the top 10 companies this year, no one carrier has moved more than two […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 31, 2016

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 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 26, 2016

The 2016 Freight 50: A few caveats…

The Freight 50 listing for 2016 is the most comprehensive snapshot of the air cargo carrier business in existence, but it is still just an “estimate,” for several reasons. Chiefly, there is not a single database that is 100 percent accurate on a global scale, so we have to rely on multiple sources (IATA, USDOT, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 26, 2016

Qatar reveals cargo ambitions for Doha hub

Already one of the “Big Three” Gulf carriers in terms of passenger traffic, Qatar Airways is intent on becoming a much larger player in the cargo business, At a press event this week, the Doha-based carrier unveiled plans to build a new airfreight terminal at Hamad International Airport (DOH) that will be able to handle […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 28, 2015

The world’s top 50 cargo carriers

The data are in. The cargo divisions have spoken. As expected, there was little drama over which carriers would top this year’s Freight 50 list of top global air cargo carriers. For the second straight year, Dubai-based Emirates reigned as the champions of scheduled interna­tional airfreight tonnage, with 2.29 mil­lion tonnes carried on the main […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 31, 2015
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