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.
National Industrial Transportation League President and CEO Bruce Carlton
19 May 2014
For the first time since the 2008-09 Great Recession, shippers have a “small smile on their faces” when it comes to the economy, National Industrial Transportation League President and CEO Bruce Carlton said. Their increasing optimism in the economy, however, doesn’t quell their concerns over a myriad of other issues, from tightening capacity to infrastructure investment. Carlton recently spoke with JOC senior editors William B. Cassidy and Mark Szakonyi about the expectations NITL members have for the coming months.
Janice Prezzato
14 May 2014
FedEx Trade Networks' Janice Prezzato, managing director, marketing and customer experience, discusses customer expectations for international freight forwarders and the value of measurements and transparency.
12 May 2014
It occupies only 300 square feet in the world’s biggest international airport, but American Airlines Cargo’s first European temperature-controlled facility, which opened in London Heathrow last week, underscores the rise of health care as a key driver of global transport demand.
Jack Muhs
12 May 2014
FedEx Trade Networks President/CEO Jack Muhs on the key components to getting your customers' product in the right network at the right price
08 May 2014
Profits in international forwarding are becoming increasingly squeezed as competitors drop prices to gain volumes and as underlying rates remain weak due to overcapacity and slowing growth in both ocean and air markets.
08 May 2014
A trend in shipping from air to ocean that has cost the air cargo industry 2 percentage points of average annual growth since 2000 has now resulted in a meaningful expansion of the ocean reefer market, but only a miniscule increase in total container volumes.
07 May 2014
Excess capacity and competition will keep pressure on pricing for air cargo carriers despite stronger growth.
06 May 2014
Lufthansa Cargo said it will expand its “lucrative “express products business in 2014 as first quarter profit declined 25 percent year-on-year in a stalling global air freight market.
05 May 2014
The global air cargo market has stalled but could start to grow again in the coming months due to rising export orders in the U.S. and Europe, according to the International Air Transport Association. But the stalled market is increasing the pressure on air cargo to deliver a stronger value proposition.
04 May 2014
Japan’s leading air carriers saw their profits drop in fiscal year 2013, which ended on March 31, despite rising cargo revenue, as fuel costs surged thanks to a weakening of the yen.



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