Nippon Cargo Airlines reorganizes freighter ops

Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) announced changes to its winter freighter schedules beginning Oct. 27, and affecting operations in North America, Asia and Europe. The changes in NCA’s North American operations include an upgauge in some of the carrier’s flights in Los Angeles (LAX). Atlas Air operates for NCA into LAX under CMI agreements using NCA’s […]

The Freight 50: Sharpest climbs and falls among carriers

As noted in this year's Freight 50 feature, DHL reported the strongest y-o-y growth during 2018. The second-fastest grower on the list, Vietnam Airlines, made its first appearance on the Freight 50 list at the No. 46 spot thanks to year-over-year growth of 170.2% during 2018. Although many Chinese carriers have struggled to maintain growth […]

NCA reports net loss in Q2 due to freighter grounding

Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) reported a US$86.1 million second-quarter loss in net income in its 2018 interim release – an over 250 percent decrease compared to the same period last year in which it saw a positive US$55.3 million net income – which was to be expected after the grounding of its eleven 747-400 freighters […]

NCA to resume NRT-ORD route after grounding

Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) is slowly taking steps to recover its freighter operations by resuming its Narita-to-Chicago service Sept. 28, just in time for peak season for trans-Pacific traffic. The Japan-based was dealt a tough blow earlier this year when the unexpected grounding of its fleet of eleven 747-Fs for reported safety violations. The first […]

NCA outlines improvement plan for resuming operations

On 17 August, Nippon Cargo Airlines submitted an improvement plan to Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT) that centers around “revising the flight scale to match the size of the staff” and according to a statement released by the carrier’s parent NYK Group, will include consolidating the fleet and maintenance operations to […]

AAPA traffic growth continued to slow in June

The latest cargo traffic results released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) continued a pattern of gradual decline in traffic growth among its member carriers since April. The organization reported a 3.4 percent year-on-year growth rate in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) handled for the month of June. The number marks a 1.5 percent drop […]

NCA slapped with ‘Business Improvement Order’ as limited flights continue

A month after the Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) halted all flight operations due to problems with its aircraft maintenance records, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT) issued a “Business Improvement Order” for violating safety procedures under the Civil Aeronautics Law of Japan. When the violations first came to light in mid-June, NCA […]

NCA re-launches its first 747-F following government inspection

Today, Nippon Cargo Airlines’ first of eleven 747-Fs (36141) – resumed service with a roundtrip flight between Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Shanghai Pudong (PVG). This flight was the first scheduled flight since the airline grounded its entire fleet on June 17 after Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau discovered a discrepancy in the carrier’s maintenance records. Forwarders […]

AAPA reports stable May growth, warns of protectionist policies’ effect on demand

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) today reported a 4.9 percent year-over-year increase in its member carriers’ cargo traffic to 6.13 billion FTKs. The AAPA said the growth was driven by generally solid economic growth across the Asia-Pacific region, combined with stronger demand for manufactured goods. The May growth is slightly lower than the […]

Evidence of capacity squeeze as NCA freighter audit continues

Nippon Cargo Airlines’ (NCA) fleet of eleven 747Fs has now been grounded for more than a week as government authorities continue to audit the carrier’s maintenance records. With the sudden loss of capacity ex-Asia, forwarders and shippers active in the market are starting to feel the capacity squeeze, particularly as it translates into higher rates. A […]

Trade War Fallout: 5 ways the Trump tariffs could impact air cargo

In trade wars, there tend to many casualties and few winners. But in the current politically charged climate, a trade war is now a reality, as the United States decided in March to adopt an aggressive protectionist policy to correct what the Trump administration believes is a crippling trade deficit between the U.S. and several […]

NCA audit may take longer than hoped

After Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) temporarily grounded its eleven 747-Fs due to a maintenance record discrepancy over the weekend, the forwarding community is saying the halt in air service may be longer than the Narita-based carrier’s initial estimate. Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau is scheduling an inspection of NCA’s entire fleet after finding that the carrier has […]

Maintenance record issues ground entire Nippon Cargo Airlines fleet

Due to an “inappropriate maintenance record” that was discovered on Saturday, Japan-based carrier Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) decided to ground its entire fleet of eleven 747 freighter aircraft on Sunday, June 17. The grounding is expected to last “about one week” while Japanese aviation officials conduct a safety audit, according to an official statement on […]
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