Friday, January 25, 2019

A quieter year for air cargo? Not according to expansion-minded carriers

Despite expectations that the air freight market could soften this year, airlines seem keen to upgrade their fleets and networks, according to several announcements this month.

Yesterday, All Nippon Airways said it would introduce a new 777 freighter, in anticipation of increased demand for routes between Asia and North America.

Partner Lufthansa Cargo has said it would bring in four 777 freighters this year, two leased, and two bought, of which two will go to DHL joint-venture Aerologic.

The German carrier, which currently operates five 777 freighters, also told media it would begin to retire its ageing 12-strong MD-11F fleet, with two set to go by the year end.
Meanwhile, CargologicGermany, soon to be launched by the owner of Volga-Dnepr Group, has received its first aircraft, before its Aircraft Operating Certificate (AOC) has arrived. The first 737-400SF, to be dedicated to the intra-Europe e-commerce market, arrived this month at Leipzig/Halle.
Volga-Dnepr subsidiary Atran, based in Russia, is about to begin operating an additional 737-800BCF, which has arrived in Moscow, while sister airline AirBridgeCargo is set to receive a 747-8F next month.
24/01/19 Load Star