air cargo

Business, Logistics, TCA

Air Cargo Becoming a More Feasible Freight Alternative

An Amazon Prime Air cargo plane Recent purchases will grow Amazon's air fleet to more than 80 cargo planes. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

Manufacturers, retailers and seafood distributors have increasingly turned to air cargo planes to transport products — a more expensive, but faster and more reliable alternative to longhaul trucks, trains and ocean vessels often bogged down by current supply chain problems.

Hugo Martin | Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment, Logistics

Qatar Airways Orders 50 Boeing 777X Freighters

Qatar Airways Group signing ceremony after purchase of Boeing freighter plans White House signing ceremony with (left to right): Stan Deal of Boeing; Qatar Ambassador Sheikh Meshal Bin Hamad Al Thani; Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Akbar Al Baker of Qatar Airways. (Oliver Contreras/Sipa via Bloomberg News)

Boeing Co. formally launched its 777X freighter as Qatar Airways committed to purchasing up to 50 of the wide-body cargo haulers, kicking off sales of the planemaker’s first new jet program in nearly five years.

January 31, 2022
Business, Logistics, TCA

Boeing’s Aging Cargo Line Risks Losing Dominance to Airbus

Computer rendering of an Airbus A350F Computer rendering of an Airbus A350F. CMA CGM Group agreed to purchase four of the freighter aircraft from Airbus in November of 2021. (Airbus)

The air cargo business, booming as never before during the global pandemic, is massively dominated by Boeing jets that make up most of the worldwide air freighter fleet. Yet there is a threat to that dominance.

Dominic Gates | The Seattle Times
January 31, 2022
Business, Logistics

Supply Chain Snags, Quarantines Hurt Global Air Cargo Growth

Supply Chain Snags, Quarantines Hurt Global Air Cargo Growth Workers prepare to unload cargo from an Air Canada Airbus A330, a passenger aircraft that has been reconfigured for cargo during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg)

Global air cargo growth slowed sharply in November as demand was hit by supply chain disruptions, partly because COVID-19 restrictions left workers stuck in quarantine, causing labor shortages.

Will Davies | Bloomberg News
January 12, 2022
Business, Logistics, Top 100

UPS to Buy $1.5 Billion of Boeing Freighters as Air Cargo Booms

UPS to Buy $1.5 Billion of Boeing Freighters as Air Cargo Booms UPS Inc. cargo planes loaded with packages land and take off at UPS World Port Center at Louisville International Airport in Louisville, Ky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

UPS Inc. agreed to buy 19 Boeing Co. freighter jets as soaring e-commerce and snarled shipping lines lead to a boom in air-cargo demand.

Richard Clough | Bloomberg News
December 21, 2021
Business, Equipment

Singapore Air Picks Airbus Freighters to Renew Cargo Fleet

Singapore Air Picks Airbus Freighters to Renew Cargo Fleet An Airbus A350 freighter. (Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg)

Singapore Airlines Ltd. signed a letter of intent with Airbus SE for seven A350 freighters with an option to take five more as the carrier phases out its aging cargo fleet.

Kyunghee Park | Bloomberg News
December 15, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 50

Ports and Airports Continue Climb Back to Normalcy

Ship in port Container ship in the Port of New Orleans. (Port of New Orleans)

With a year plagued by severe weather and coronavirus recovery, ports and airports across North America are clamoring to stay ahead of the cargo backlogs and shipments.

November 12, 2021
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Amazon Seeks Used Long-Range Cargo Jets

Cargo is loaded into an airplane at the Amazon Air Hub in Cincinnati Cargo is loaded into an airplane at the Amazon Air Hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. (Jeff Dean for Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc. is shopping for used long-range Boeing Co. and Airbus SE cargo planes, according to people familiar with the matter, the latest evidence of the e-commerce giant’s ambitions to move products across borders itself.

October 13, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Electric Plane Pioneer Pivots to Cargo Drones

Pipistrel Velis Electro, first electric plane certified by European Union Aviation Safety, drives on the tarmac. (Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images) Pipistrel Velis Electro, first electric plane certified by European Union Aviation Safety, drives on the tarmac. (Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images)

The man behind the only electric plane cleared to fly quickly discovered the challenges of converting world-leading technology into profits in a hotly contested, futuristic segment of aviation.

Jan Bratanic | Bloomberg News
June 17, 2021
Business, Logistics

Amazon Spends $131 Million for Stake in Cargo Airline ATSG

Amazon signage is displayed in front of a company warehouse in Staten Island In March 2020. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News) Amazon signage is displayed in front of a company warehouse in Staten Island In March 2020. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc. has scooped up a minority stake in a cargo airline that operates a portion of its fast-growing air-cargo division, the latest sign of the retailer’s long-term ambitions to expand its airfreight operations.

Matt Day | Bloomberg News
March 8, 2021

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