Air Cargo

Air cargo handles much of the high-value goods that don’t move by ocean vessel in international trade. Its focus on express cargo allows freight companies to depend on reliable delivery and speed to market, although at a premium prices. Many of those shipments are arranged by air freight forwarders who consolidate various goods to make up a shipment lot.

News & Analysis

15 Apr 2014
Sharply higher shipments to China and India helped Etihad Airways boost its freight traffic in the first quarter by 26 percent to an all-time high.
14 Apr 2014
Federal investigators are trying to piece together the last days of a FedEx truck driver for clues as to why he crossed a highway median and struck a tour bus, killing 10 people.
Alitalia plane
11 Apr 2014
Etihad Airways is on the verge of buying a 49 percent stake in Italy’s financially troubled national airline Alitalia in a move that would increase the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s access to Europe’s second largest air freight market.
10 Apr 2014
Lufthansa Cargo carried 2.6 percent less freight in March compared with a year ago, but it said the global market shows some signs of recovery as it posted higher revenue and an improved load factor.
08 Apr 2014
Contract truckload rates are set to rise higher than anticipated, BB&T says, as carrier try to recoup high costs and compensate for lower earnings following this winter's disruptive storms.
04 Apr 2014
As more shippers shift freight from express to deferred services or even to ocean vessels to better manage inventory and cut logistics costs, it’s natural to come to the conclusion that the air cargo industry is in a tailspin. Industry leaders, including FedEx founder and CEO Frederick W. Smith, describe a price-service flashpoint that favors slower means of transport and warn of growing protectionism. The rise of near-shoring and near-sourcing shortens supply chains, reducing the need for long-distance air transport.
03 Apr 2014
HONG KONG –– Supply chain security is being threatened by the fast growing e-commerce market, which is generating huge vo
03 Apr 2014
DHL Global Forwarding, named on April 1 by Singapore’s competition watchdog as one of 11 forwarders involved in 2002 to 2007 price-fixing of Japan to Singapore shipments, said the economic effects of its activities were “minimal.”
02 Apr 2014
Global air freight traffic grew 2.9 percent in February from a year ago, extending and strengthening the recovery that began in the second half of 2013, the International Air Transport Association reported.
02 Apr 2014
HONG KONG — The phenomenal growth of e-commerce in China has the Big Three integrators salivating as they contemplate a market that offers great opportunities yet remains largely out of reach.
01 Apr 2014
Descartes Systems Group has acquired Computer Management USA to expand its software as a service offering for logistics clients, particularly those in the U.S. air freight industry.

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NEW DELHI, India—A yellow truck festooned with black tassels and hex symbols to ward off bad luck passed our van on the right as we jounced over the potholes that slowed us to a crawl on the road between Jaipur and Jodhpur. The truck was similar to many of the trucks I saw on a three-week road trip in the northern Indian states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh this winter, except for one thing: It was carrying a 20-foot container, the only box I spotted in hundreds of miles of tortuous driving. The blue box bore the familiar APL logo.