Qatar breaches cargo Top 10, SIA and China Eastern slip

The top 10 global cargo carriers uplifted 21.3 million freight tonnes last year, representing 41.5 per cent of all air freight carried globally in 2014.


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In 2014 airlines operated some 100,000 flights per day and transported 51.3 million tonnes of cargo, equivalent to around 35 per cent of the total value of all goods traded internationally, according to figures released on 16 September by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in its 59th annual World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) report.

Globally, cargo markets in 2014 saw a 5.8 per cent expansion in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), outstripping a capacity increase of 5.0 per cent lifting load factors to 48 per cent.  The top 10 global cargo carriers uplifted 21.3 million freight tonnes last year, representing 41.5 per cent of all air freight carried globally in 2014.

While the top five largest cargo carriers in terms of freight tonnes carried remained the same as last year – Federal Express (7.1 million) UPS Airlines (4.2 million) Emirates (2.3 million) Korean Air (1.5 million) Cathay Pacific Airways (1.5 million) – there was movement in the second half of the group.

China Southern Airlines (1.3 million) moved up two places to the number-six position ahead of Taiwan’s China Airlines (1.3 million) at number seven position, with All Nippon Airways (1.2 million) jumping three places from outside the top 10, to the number eight spot.  Air China (1.2 million) maintained its position at number nine and Qatar Airways (1.2 million) breached the top 10 for the first time. Singapore Airlines and China Eastern Airlines were both edged out from the top 10 rankings for 2014.