Challenging times for European carriers

Emirates’ introduction of a daily passenger B777 from Dubai to Lisbon singlehandedly more than doubled airfreight capacity from Portugal, one of the Eurozone’s weakest economies, to the Near East and Asia. Nothing could better illustrate the problems afflicting the European airfreight market and its native carriers. Demand is weak, and competition intensifying. The growth in […]
  • June 3, 2013

Is ‘slow-steaming’ a trend?

Are carriers effectively adopting a strategy of “slow-steaming” to combat the downturn in traffic and to keep their depleted freighter fleets in business? Ironically, the shift by shippers from air to seafreight is probably exacerbating the apparent phenomenon. It was the major container shipping lines, particularly on routes from Asia to Europe, which first introduced […]
  • May 2, 2013

Airfreight in India: Tax reform, FDI progress offer hope

India remains irritatingly out of reach. There is a growing sense of frustration that what is destined to become the world’s largest consumer market remains resolutely disconnected from the global economy. The stark contrast is made with China, which, with a population of 1.3 billion, has come from virtually nowhere to grab a 14 percent […]
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