Air cargo overcapacity could cause problems

Research cautions freighter operators to scale back fleet additions


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Overcapacity in air cargo could torment freighter owners in the next few years. According to a new research by Air Cargo Management Group (ACMG), “there is a growing threat of overcapacity of widebody freighter aircraft globally”. Unless worldwide air freight demand rises, the industry will have to scale back fleet additions over the next five years. At least 213 freighters are on order and there would be 9 per cent excess main-deck capacity in the market by 2016. ACMG’s Alan Hedge, research director, has concluded that “the threat is significant and could become critical”.