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.
01 Apr 2014
Forget about steady growth in the air cargo markets. That was the blunt advice given by Denis Ilin, executive president of AirBridgeCargo Airlines, at an air cargo conference in Hong Kong today. In the best-case scenario, growth is going to be flat.
01 Apr 2014
Transportation writer Greg Knowler joined the JOC today as senior editor for Asia.
Lufthansa Cargo plane
31 Mar 2014
Lufthansa Cargo’s services face severe disruption beginning tomorrow as pilots across the German airline stage a three-day strike.
Frederick W. Smith, FedEx chairman and CEO
28 Mar 2014
Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO of FedEx, met with JOC editors William B. Cassidy, Peter T. Leach, Bill Mongelluzzo and Mark Szakonyi at the 2014 TPM Conference in Long Beach, Calif., to discuss the challenges of growing protectionism, e-commerce and serving post-recession supply chains.
26 Mar 2014
Heavy snow and frigid temperatures in the Midwest will keep Universal Truckload Services' earnings from rising to their projected levels in the first quarter, the trucking firm warned. It's not alone.
FedEx Express
19 Mar 2014
The rolling wave of storms that hit the U.S. from December through February cost $45 billion FedEx about $125 million and cut into package volumes...
19 Mar 2014
The global air cargo business has been losing market share to ocean freight over the past 13 years as shippers seek less costly transport solutions in ocean freight.
DHL Boeing 757
14 Mar 2014
The world’s largest transportation and logistics company is getting larger as demand for e-commerce, time definite international express delivery and supply chain services drives up revenue and profit at Deutsche Post DHL.
Lufthansa Cargo
13 Mar 2014
Lufthansa Cargo’s earnings slumped 27 percent in 2013, but it was one of the few airlines that turned a profit in a subdued global air freight market.
Air freight
13 Mar 2014
With more shippers choosing to defer shipment to delayed air services, ground and even ocean transport, the air cargo industry needs to respond boldly...

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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.