Air Cargo

Air France initiated a contingency cargo plan today as pilots begin a week-long strike that will ground more than half of the carrier’s flights.

Strong air cargo traffic out of Asia continued to lift Cathay Pacific volumes with August figures soaring almost 20 percent year-over-year and the Apple iPhone 6 launch expected to keep traffic high through September.

The acquisition of Pacer International earlier this year tapped several trends driving growth at XPO
Fast-growing third-party logistics companies are tuning into and tapping broad trends driving logistics growth in the U.S. and globally, including increased cross-border trade and the expansion of intermodal rail. Here are seven trends picked by XPO Logistics CEO Bradley S. Jacobs.

European shipping lines, ports and cargo airlines are bracing for a further loss of business and possible service interruptions as the Kremlin weighs its response to the latest EU sanctions over Russia’s role in the Ukraine conflict.

Three global funds will invest $700 million in XPO Logistics, accelerating the fast-growing company's acquisition plans for 2014.

Lufthansa Cargo saw traffic dip 1.1 percent in August from a year ago as an increasingly weak European market offset growth on reviving Asia-Pacific and North and South America routes.

The gap between the sluggish European air cargo sector and the resurgent global market looks set to widen with two of the region’s leading carriers posting declines in freight traffic in August.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China said it plans on liberalizing its air cargo market, but it’s not clear whether China will allow more foreign carriers to operate domestically.

The air cargo market is giddily awaiting tomorrow’s unveiling of Apple’s new iPhone 6 that when launched will create a spike in export traffic from the production city of Zhengzhou and add further lift to solid air freight volumes out of China.

Air France-KLM announced a major downsizing of its freighter fleet in the latest bid to return its cargo operation to profitability amid sagging global demand and increased competition from fast-growing Arab Gulf airlines.