As Coronavirus Empties The Sky Of Passenger Planes, Air Cargo Marches On...
With passenger airlines grounded, air cargo operators are carrying a heavy load...
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March 29, 2020 - by Jon Ostrower for www.theaircurrent.com
In almost the blink of an eye, nearly half of the world's airborne logistics engine has disappeared. With each grounded wide-body airplane, the global economy loses a way to move goods internationally by air. Cargo that once flew in the belly of those commercial passenger airliners now has to find its way to market on dedicated freighter aircraft. Those fleets are carrying the load under the constrained passenger fleets according to air traffic data and interviews with international cargo pilots.
An analysis by The Air Current of exclusive data provided by Flightradar24 for 30 air cargo carriers showed a 3% average increase in flights in March compared to January and February.
However, digging deeper, the data illustrated a sharp uptick in operations by non-scheduled air cargo carriers in the month of March. Flying by Boeing 747-8 freighters rose by 20% in March, and 31% for 747-400s as flights by carriers like Kalitta Air, AirBridgeCargo and Cargolux shot up by 46%, 41% and 31%, respectively...
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