Welcome back to the Air Freight Service blog for our latest update. Every couple of weeks we will analyze some of the industry reports published over the previous period that affect the air cargo industry both in North America and around the world. Take these updates as a jumping off point to access a range of data and reports that define the state of the industry in terms of capacity, airport cargo data, company reports and changes to be aware of.
Aloha Air Cargo (KH, Honolulu) began operating scheduled cargo flights to the U.S. mainland last week. This carrier is aimed at those who want to achieve better logistics with the airline’s extensive inter-island network.
Air New Zealand (NZ) won a court victory in the past 24 hours in an important case involving air cargo pricing collusion in Australia, in which 10 other airlines were squared off. Other airlines were fined nearly the Australian amount. $100 million for fixing prices for international air cargo, but Air New Zealand and Garuda successfully defended the charges in a lawsuit. A federal court in Australia dismissed all charges against Air NZ, and a retrial is scheduled for Feb. 4, 2015.
Portland, Oregon has been without direct Asian cargo service for more than a year since Asiana Cargo ceased cargo service in 2013. Portland is negotiating the possibility of adding a trans-Pacific flight with a number of carriers, which would be a positive addition to the city’s international air cargo service. Read more in the Portland Business Journal.
United Cargo has announced the selection of Crane Worldwide Logistics as its new Civil Reserve Air Freight Fleet (CRAF) partner. CRAF is a program designed to support the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) when needed.
China Airlines (CAL) ranked sixth in global air cargo volume for 2013, shipping a total of 1.2 million tons of cargo. This spot continues the Asian carrier’s rapid growth in cargo volumes, and they report a further 13% increase in 2014. Read more on Focus Taiwan’s website.
The Metropolitan Airports Commission continually publishes airport cargo data, which is a valuable benchmark and helps analyze trends in the industry. Since the launch of the blog through MAC and Bloomberg, the following reports have been published, follow the links below for details.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport September air cargo +1.4% y/y
Chicago O’Hare Airport September air cargo traffic up 11.1% y/y
Miami Airport September air cargo traffic up 4.8% y/y
San Francisco Airport August Air cargo traffic up 13.4% y/y