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

10 Jul 2014
Lufthansa Cargo is cutting freighter capacity in response to continued weakness in global cargo demand that saw its volume slump by 8 percent year-on-year in June with no signs of a pickup in sight.
30 Jun 2014
While many air freight carriers have seen their cargo shift to ocean during the long recovery from the Great Recession, DHL Express has experienced the opposite.
30 Jun 2014
Rumors that the new iPhone 6 will be launched in September have not only consumers eagerly anticipating Apple’s latest model smartphone. Millions of the China-made phones will be shipped across the world in freighters and in the belly holds of airlines, providing a welcome spike in revenue and yields for the air cargo industry.
Drewry’s East-West Air Freight Price Index dropped over four points in May.
27 Jun 2014
After two months of small pricing gains, Drewry’s East-West Air Freight Price Index dropped over four points in May.
Person moving pallet of goods
27 Jun 2014
Expedited transportation companies increasingly are focusing on detailed, custom levels of service to the pharmaceutical business. But speed isn’t necessarily the most important thing they deliver for drug shippers.
27 Jun 2014
The loss-making Air China Cargo joint venture between Cathay Pacific and Air China will be given a cash injection by its shareholders of $320 million.
Alitalia aircraft
25 Jun 2014
Etihad Airways today established a foothold in Europe’s second-largest air freight market with an agreement in principle to acquire a 49 percent stake in Italian flag carrier Alitalia.
23 Jun 2014
Thai Airways is in “critical” condition, according to a report from Thailand’s State Enterprise Policy Office, as the military junta prepares to replace five board members in a management reshuffle of the troubled carrier.
20 Jun 2014
Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Ltd. (PACTL) continues to capture market share.
20 Jun 2014
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will no longer require the air cargo industry to report its pre-screened volume monthly, saving shippers and forwarders hundreds of hours of time.
19 Jun 2014
Overcapacity problems in both maritime and air freight markets will continue to hurt the industry in the coming months, according to a new Stifel survey.



Executive Editor Chris Brooks discusses what shippers are seeing, as revealed in recent surveys.