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.
From left: Susan Pellechio, Staples; Mark D. Schweitzer, Archer Daniels Midland; and John Bowe, American Maritime Group.
07 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, CALIF. — The transportation and logistics industry is dealing with “significant” issues surrounding human capital and succession planning...
Air cargo being loaded on an Emirates plane.
06 Mar 2014
Global air cargo surged 4.5 percent in January from a year earlier, driven by solid growth across all regions, but rising protectionism could clip growth, the International Air Transport Association said.
Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx, speaking at the JOC's TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif.
03 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Ocean shipping lines will grab even more freight from airplane cargo bellies, as international shippers shift freight toward lower cost transportation options, according to Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of $45 billion transport operator FedEx.
03 Mar 2014
The latest figures from Asia’s airlines confirm that air cargo demand got off to a solid start in 2014.
03 Mar 2014
Kuehne+Nagel’s operating earnings soared 20 percent in 2013 driven by market-beating growth in air freight volumes, almost doubled contract logistics profit and increased market share on the transpacific and transatlantic container trades.
03 Mar 2014
International Airlines Group posted a double-digit decline in fourth quarter and full-year cargo revenue as soft demand and lower yields widened the gap with the Anglo-Spanish carrier’s reviving passenger operations.
28 Feb 2014
On a recent day in mid-December, two 747 freighters flew into MidAmerica St. Louis Airport loaded with 250,000 pounds of Chilean blueberries. Just days later, another 160,000 pounds of the fruit landed at the airport.
26 Feb 2014
More than half of Expeditors International of Washington’s revenue came from the Asia-Pacific region in 2013, which may be a good sign for the third-party logistics provider...
26 Feb 2014
Encouraged by signs of a stronger U.S. economy and recent acquisitions, XPO Logistics is raising its revenue run rate target for 2014 to $2.75 billion, almost triple the $1 billion run rate the company achieved in 2013.
25 Feb 2014
Air freight operators have almost completed their shift of capacity back into China following the Lunar New Year celebrations.

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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.