SINGAPORE: SIA Cargo sees 4% rise in Sept load factor
Singapore Airlines (SIA) said it registered 68.9 per cent load factors across its passenger and cargo fleet in September, down slightly from 69.6 per cent in the same period a year earlier. Cargo traffic rose four per cent in September year-on-year, to 99,600 tonnes. Aided by a capacity contraction of 2.6 per cent, the carrier reported a 0.2 per cent rise in cargo load factor to 63.7 per cent. Europe was the best performing trade lane for SIA Cargo with a 74 per cent load factor, up 5.2 per cent year-onyear while West Asia and Africa saw the sharpest declines with a 4.9 per cent drop to 58.2 per cent. Cargo to the Americas remained in positive territory with a 1.5 per cent gain to 65.5 per cent.
Heavy, outsize market strong: Chapman Freeborn
Chapman Freeborn Airchartering says demand remains strong for heavy and outsize cargo charter services. The latest of several large movements in recent weeks saw the global air charter specialist coordinate the air transportation of a giant piece of oil and gas equipment from Malaysia to Africa’s Congo to support offshore projects in the region. The 27-tonne part was flown from Johor Bahru (JHB) to Pointe Noire (PNR) on an IL-76 charter, arranged by Chapman Freeborn’s Singapore office in close cooperation with colleagues in Italy, with the Singapore team also providing airport representation for the charter. Chapman Freeborn’s technical expertise was utilised by the Italian client to design and manufacture a specialised transport sledge in Singapore so that the piece could be loaded into the IL-76 aircraft – saving the customer more than US$500,000 on alternative cargo charter options, according to Chapman Freeborn.