The Freight 50: 2018’s top carriers standing strong in the face of headwinds

Signs of a slowdown in global trade and airfreight demand had already begun to surface last year, and in 2019 have materialized into a challenging global economic environment. This year’s headwinds, however, did not come as a major surprise to the industry, where leaders had warned of the eventual consequences of erecting trade barriers and […]
  • Staff Reports
  • August 15, 2019

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 […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 14, 2019

LATAM, Delta June traffic remains weak in volatile market climate 

In the Americas, Chile-based LATAM Cargo reported flat year-over-year cargo traffic and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines reported continued year-over-year declines for the month of June.  The former saw a reprieve from the declines in year-over-year traffic it posted over the past two months, although its year-to-date performance remains in decline, while Delta Cargo entered its third consecutive month of double-digit declines that began in […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • July 19, 2019

LATAM Airlines, Menzies Aviation renew ground handling contract out of Colombian airports

Today, Menzies Aviation announced the renewal of its contract to provide ground handling services for LATAM Airlines at four airports in Colombia – El Dorado (BOG), José María Córdova International Airport (MDE), Alfonso Bonilla Aragón (CLO) and Ernesto Cortissoz (BAQ).  The contract renewal adds three more years to the companies’ seven years of collaborative work out of the airports to date.   Beyond this development, Menzies Aviation also recently renewed its ground handling contract with Thai […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • July 15, 2019

New LATAM Cargo service connects Copenhagen and Latin America

Today, LATAM Cargo announced the launch of a new freighter service between Copenhagen and Latin America. According to the carrier, it is also the first airline to offer direct service between Scandinavia and South America.  LATAM Cargo will operate an initial weekly service with a 767-300F, connecting Copenhagen (CPH)-Viracopos (VCP)-Montevideo (MVD)-Santiago (SCL)-Quito (UIO) before returning to CPH via […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • June 27, 2019

The Last Shall Be First: South American e-commerce’s last-mile boom

If ever there was a country that encapsulates the extremes of modern society, it could be the South American country of Brazil. By far the largest of the nations on the continent, it is also the wealthiest, but also has some of the largest, most densely populated slums, located not far from enormous villas and […]
  • Staff Reports
  • June 5, 2019

LATAM Cargo and CSafe sign lease agreement

LATAM Cargo and CSafe Global have signed a master-lease agreement for the provision of CSafe’s RKN and RAP containers to LATAM’s customers with pharmaceutical shipments. Under the agreement, the RKN and RAP active temperature-controlled containers are approved for both upper and lower decks of LATAM’s aircraft. “Our top priority when shipping highly delicate and valuable […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • May 29, 2019

LATAM Cargo’s GRU cool-chain facility to open by 2019 peak season

Santiago-based LATAM Cargo is currently working on the construction of a cool-chain facility at São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) in Brazil that the carrier says will be ready in time for peak season 2019. Almost half of LATAM Cargo’s volumes are perishable commodities – such as salmon, asparagus and flowers – and, currently, 14 percent […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 30, 2019

Emirates SkyCargo, LATAM launch new South American routes

Two airlines are kicking off the year with new cargo routes in Latin America – this week, LATAM and Emirates SkyCargo announcing new services connecting their respective hubs to new destinations in the region. LATAM’s new route will link Santiago (SCL) to Chicago (ORD) starting on Feb. 19, addressing the growing demand for South American […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 10, 2019

LATAM launches flight for Panalpina to its Huntsville air cargo gateway

LATAM Cargo launched a new Colombia-United States freighter operation to the Huntsville International Airport (HSV), for customer Panalpina, supported by the forwarder’s air cargo gateway at HSV. The new weekly route, launched on Dec. 2, operates between Bogota and Huntsville, using a 50-tonne-capacity 767-300F, and takes approximately four and a half hours to fly each […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • December 5, 2018

CFS 2018: Latin American carriers face challenges in tapping future demand

SAN DIEGO – Latin America is considered one of the most promising regions in terms of growth in demand for airfreight capacity due to the recovery of its largest economy, Brazil, and an increased demand for e-commerce. But those interested in tapping the market may be remiss to find there are some major roadblocks in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 12, 2018

LATAM Cargo expands pharma-handling services in London

Chile-based LATAM Cargo is expanding its footprint in the European pharmaceutical sector, adding its “pharma passive” service in London Heathrow Airport (LHR) – a pharma-specific infrastructure that sustains the product in a 15° to 25°C range. The carrier already operates its “pharma active” service through the LHR hub, which protects commodities in the -20° to […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 4, 2018

Shifting Trade Winds: How trends, tariffs and tech create new cargo routes

As the peak season kicks into high gear, the freighters line up on the apron to be loaded with the newest basketball shoes, electronics and toys for the fourth quarter holiday rush. Nearby, companies such as Intel, Foxconn, LG, Samsung, Nike, Adidas and Puma have been pumping out products at full capacity for months. Now, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 1, 2018

LATAM reports improving cargo business, but still suffers Q2 net loss

Cargo operations continued to be a bright spot for the LATAM Airlines Group, which reported second-quarter cargo-related revenues of just under US$300 million, due to a 3.6 percent increase in cargo revenues and a 6.7 percent rise in yields. However, it was not enough to counteract to the 86.6 percent, year-over-year, decline in Q2 operating […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 22, 2018
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