Issue No. 805
Air Cargo Emerges From Shadows as Pandemic Lifeline
One of the Least Glamorous Parts of the Industry Proves its Worth
Pushing Back: Inside This Issue
Cargo gets its place in the sun. One of the more interesting storylines of the Covid-19 pandemic's effect on aviation has been the emergence of freight as a lifeline for industry. Some carriers are tipping into profits on the strength of cargo, and seemingly every carrier is expanding its cargo operation (and in fact, Mesa is adding more freighters — see Weekly Skies). But while it's a lifeline, cargo isn't a savior. We take a look in this week's Feature Story.
Elsewhere in this issue, lessors are confident that more airlines will lease their fleets, rather than own them, as the pandemic recedes. Lufthansa bids so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye to its Airbus A380s (and several other aircraft), and Azul reported an 11 percent fourth-quarter margin. Yup, a positive operating margin. Imagine that.
The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast
New episodes drop every Thursday and are available wherever you get your podcasts and on AirlineWeekly.com. In the latest podcast, Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan talk about all things cargo, why United is buying Maxes and taking the bus, and what's going on in Australia. Listen to the episode.
"No airline ever went out of business for having too few airplanes, but plenty of them go out of business for having too many"AerCap CEO Aengus Kelly