United Airlines invades Delta’s backyard with Atlanta cargo route

Plastic wrapped pallets of cargo loaded in side door of white United jet, with blue tail.

United Airlines (NASDQ: UAL) has launched its first widebody passenger freighter service to Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest passenger airport in the world and home turf for rival Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL).

United Cargo’s schedule for January, updated last week, shows three weekly “ghost” flights — no passengers — from Frankfurt, Germany, to Atlanta with Boeing 787 aircraft. 

United has never offered the Frankfurt-Atlanta route pairing before, even as a...


FedEx to impose residential delivery surcharge

FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX) said Friday that it will impose a 30 cent per-package surcharge on U.S. residential delivery traffic tendered by large customers, effective Feb. 15.

The surcharge will apply to customers that shipped, on average, more than 30,000 packages per week from Jan. 4 to Jan. 31, FedEx said in a note on its website. The levy will apply to any combination of FedEx’s air, ground and last-mile delivery parcels that hit or exceed the 30,000 weekly volume threshold, FedEx said. 



Alaska Air warns of increased cash burn in January

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The jump in passenger traffic for U.S. airlines during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays was a mirage, not a sustainable source of revenue for overcoming the coronavirus crisis. On Thursday, Alaska Airlines said passenger volume and revenue since October has retreated again and Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) sounded less optimistic about the next few months.

Ahead of a Jan. 26 earnings release, Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) indicated that it will drain its pool of cash at a faster rate in the...


Delta grows cargo revenue, narrows loss to $2.1B in Q4

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Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) cranked up cargo revenue in the fourth quarter to $204 million, a 10% gain over the same period a year ago and a big improvement from the prior two quarters. Overall, the company met Wall Street expectations with an adjusted pretax loss of $2.1 billion on $4 billion in revenue.

The pretax loss of $2.53 per share came in slightly higher than the consensus among analysts of $2.50 and revenue was also above the estimate of $3.6 billion. In the third quarter, Delta’s...


Delta Air Lines adds to C-suite, cargo teams

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Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has added new leaders to its executive and cargo teams who will help with efforts for a financial turnaround in 2021. 

The Atlanta-based carrier on Thursday reported a $2.1 billion pre-tax loss in the fourth quarter. It had an adjusted loss of $9 billion for 2020.

Jannie Davel this week was named managing director-commercial, and Vishal Bhatnagar was promoted to managing director-global cargo operations.

Davel leads cargo commercial activities, including sales,...


Air Canada suspends routes as COVID restrictions bite travel

A gray/white Air Canada jet takes off on an overcast day with snow in the foreground.

Air Canada (TSX: AC) is reducing passenger system capacity by 25% and laying off 1,700 workers in the first quarter due to new Canadian travel restrictions aimed at curbing the resurgence of COVID-19, the company said Wednesday.

More than 200 employees in the airline’s regional express division are also being furloughed. Air Canada said it is working with unions to mitigate the impact on employees. The company released 20,000 workers in May.

The first-quarter reduction in flights will put...


Commentary: Electronic bills of lading necessary but not sufficient

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The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), a nonprofit formed in 2019, has been at the forefront of helping the ocean vessel sector pivot from paper to digital documents and improve the scheduling of containerized shipments. Of course, 2020 saw a lot of pivoting due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the surge in e-commerce-related imports. The DCSA has...


TSA to reveal security plan for air cargo industry

Workers at an express air hub as packages come down chutes into air cargo containers.

Companies that purchase and provide transport on all-cargo aircraft will be closely watching whether the Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday offers an alternative security arrangement many believe is designed to help one company — Amazon — avoid screening every outbound shipment for explosives.

How to comply with pending international airfreight security standards is reopening a  long-running policy debate over whether supply chains are best protected through a risk-based...


Atlas Air, DHL Express buy large Boeing freighters

Bright yellow DHL cargo jet.

Atlas Air Worldwide (NASDQ: AAWW) and DHL Express on Tuesday announced significant purchases of production freighters from Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) to help stay ahead of demand trends for the air cargo market.

Atlas Air ordered four 747-8 cargo planes, adding to the world’s largest fleet of 747s, while Deutsche Post DHL’s (DIX: DPW) express delivery arm said it will purchase eight 777 freighters.

The 747-8s earmarked for Atlas will be the last ones off the production line in Everett, Washington....


Titan Airways to operate world’s second A321 converted freighter

A white plane with a dark blue takes off.

Titan Airways last week received the first of three Airbus A321 converted passenger freighters ordered from an Airbus engineering affiliate. The U.K. charter airline is the second carrier to add the aircraft to its fleet since the plane began initial production last fall.

ST Engineering in Singapore carried out the modification. The aircraft was previously operated by Thomas Cook Airlines, which went under last year, according to Titan’s website.

The A321 enters the market at an opportune time....


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