July sees strong growth in air freight demand

Measuring the health of the global air freight market is a difficult proposition, but fortunately, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) compile data to help achieve just that. In keeping with our experience at AirFreight.com, IATA reported that July was a truly encouraging month and the demand for global air freight increased by five percent for the month.

Air Freight Loading Air CargoThat increase marks the fastest rate of growth in nearly 18 months per the IATA report. The result was driven by significant growth in the Middle East and Europe while both the North American and Asian markets also improved during July. Against a backdrop of some contrasting economic and production figures the growth in air freight demand was particularly remarkable.

Global air freight capacity increased by 5.2 percent over the same period, an almost identical figure.

Whether you need assistance with air freight services throughout North America or need a quote for an urgent air freight charter we’re ready to help you every day of the year.

Air Freight Demand continues to soar

Throughout the global air freight industry companies are overjoyed at the performance of the sector for the fourth quarter of 2016 and optimism reigns supreme that the growth will be carried over into 2017. The nuts and bolts of the statistics show that Q4 2016 was the best quarter for global air cargo demand seen in more than six years.
WorldACD reported that demand for air freight services over that period of time increased by 7.5% year-over-year helped in no small part by a giant increase of 9.4% seen in December alone. What makes that even more remarkable is that December would not typically provide the best growth results when studying Q4 trending.

Air Freight DataAmongst the factors the drove the increased demand for Air Freight were consistent regional patterns of growth versus an extreme reliance on one region (most typically Asia Pacific) as has been seen frequently in recent years. Seasonal/Holiday demand was also strong than had been expected.

At AirFreight.com we’re especially excited about the prospects of helping customers with all of their air freight and air charter services this year and expect these results to continue in an upward fashion.

Impressive Air Freight growth at Chicago Rockford International

The Midwest in general and Chicago, in particular, have long been crucial hubs for both domestic and international air freight but some businesses forget to consider nearby Chicago Rockford Airport (RFO) as another valuable gateway in Northern Illinois. Rockford is an important location for commerce and also is positioned just a short distance south of the Wisconsin border in addition to being just 75 miles from O’Hare International and nearer still to Chicago’s busy suburbs to the Northwest and West.

The airport is poised for further air freight growth having seen volumes spike upward by 44% over the last year. While this has been driven by added aircraft movements by UPS, ABX and Atlas Air the airport overall is showing some great indicators of growth. UPS in particular now operates 13 flights per week which will increase over the coming months.

Air Freight Cargo HandlingThe facilities for cargo handling are also being improved as Rockford also looks to boost the potential of adding international flights most notably from Asia in the future. Capacity improvements in 2018 will see Rockford able to handle up to four Boeing 747’s simultaneously and could see the growth seen recently in air freight tonnage cemented well into the future.

The Hybrid Airship: Lockheed’s Latest Advance In Air Freight Tech

Necessity is the mother of invention, and this is never more true than in the air freight industry. Air carriers and the manufacturers who supply them have long struggled to serve inaccessible or underdeveloped regions. Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airship offers the flexibility and maneuverability to do just that.The Hybrid Airship combines the lighter-than-air lifting capacity of an airship with an advanced air cushion system.

Produced with the same technology used to create hovercrafts, the air cushion system lets the ship launch and land virtually anywhere in the world, even if there is no infrastructure there to receive it. Combined with precise propellors and a fly-by-wire guidance system, this expands the range of locations where it can land and functions that it can perform. Whether it is delivering relief aid to disaster sites, supplying mines or other industrial operations in remote locations, or providing food and medical equipment to low-income countries, the Hybrid Airship is suited to a wide range of tasks that traditional aircraft struggle to perform.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and this is never more true than in the air freight industry. Air carriers and the manufacturers who supply them have long struggled to serve inaccessible or underdeveloped regions. Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airship offers the flexibility and maneuverability to do just that.The Hybrid Airship combines the lighter-than-air lifting capacity of an airship with an advanced air cushion system. Produced with the same technology used to create hovercrafts, the air cushion system lets the ship launch and land virtually anywhere in the world, even if there is no infrastructure there to receive it. Combined with precise propellors and a fly-by-wire guidance system, this expands the range of locations where it can land and functions that it can perform. Whether it is delivering relief aid to disaster sites, supplying mines or other industrial operations in remote locations, or providing food and medical equipment to low-income countries, the Hybrid Airship is suited to a wide range of tasks that traditional aircraft struggle to perform.

2017 Ends With Strong Sign Of Air Freight Growth

After a mild slowdown in October, the global air freight industry saw promising signs in November, with an 8.8 percent increase in FTK demand compared to the previous year. 2017 had featured strong air freight statistics, but many experts feared that growth was coming to an end. November’s increase suggests that the industry will continue to expand into 2018.
While there are many different ways to measure air freight growth, virtually all show positive signs. Along with a global FTK demand increase of 8.8 percent, there was also a worldwide increase in freight capacity of 4 percent. Likewise, load factor increased by 2.2 percent.

What is most remarkable about this growth is that it is happening consistently across the globe. Every region in the world saw a substantial increase in FTK demand. The region with the least growth was the Middle East, which posted a still-strong 6.6 percent increase; on the other side of the spectrum, Africa saw a staggering 17.5 percent increase. Likewise, freight capacity expanded in every region, with growth rates ranging from 1.2 percent in Asia-Pacific to 24 percent in Africa. The air freight boom is thus not limited to one country or region, but is benefiting all of humanity in large measure.

Your Expedited Freight Partner For the Modern Era

According to one recent study, approximately 63.1 million metric tons of freight have traveled by plane across the globe in 2019. That number is on pace to eclipse the 63.3 million metric tons of freight that were shipped during the entirety of 2018.

All told, the volume of shipments has increased dramatically over the last 15 years – from “just” 40.9 million metric tons in 2004 to their current levels.

Another recent study revealed that about 35% of ALL world trade value is currently carried in the exact same way: by air cargo. This is because you’re talking about more than just a straightforward transportation service. Air freight providers play a crucial role in serving markets that demand not only speed, but also an unparalleled level of reliability for the transportation of goods – all at the exact same time.

As a concept, it’s a cornerstone of the global economy – essential for moving high value goods like electronics equipment, electrical equipment, heavy machinery and other items across the world, getting them into the hands of the people who need them the most as soon as possible.

And ultimately, none of it would mean a thing without the right partner by your side in the first place.

For many years, AirFreight.com has made it a priority to become that partner you need when you need it the most – one that guarantees that you never have to leave your logistics to chance ever again.

That has been our number one priority from the moment we originally opened our doors until now, and it’s also an objective that shows absolutely no signs of slowing down anytime soon.