Delta optimistic on continuing market upswing

Delta Cargo, like so many others, clocked a quiet first half of 2014 but noted an upswing in September and is optimistic the market that is currently “trending positively” in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa will continue into 2015, said Eric Wilson, director – asia cargo sales. Michael Mackey has the story.

Delta optimistic on continuing market upswing

Whilst he attributed this to strong hubs in Paris and Amsterdam he doesn’t forget Asia.

“Our business from Asia continues to grow; a key driver is the automotive industry from Japan to the US and Mexico. With our winter schedule, we are now operating ATL/LAX/JFK and NRT using B777s, expanding cargo capacity in these markets,” he told Payload Asia without commenting on the irony of air cargo being driven by cars.

Also on line is South America – important in the era of BRICS and when Asia’s dragons are being challenged by emerging market starts such as Peru, Colombia and Chile. “Delta offers same day wide-body connections from Asia to South America, where we have service to GIG, GRU LIM, SCL, EZE and most recently BSB (Brasilia),” he added.

Underpinning this is a good domestic performance which he said “has remained strong this year.” Looking ahead Delta is replacing many of its regional jets with B787s and also B737-900s replacing some B757s which provides further cargo opportunities, he added.

Helping matters is that Delta continues to invest in the cargo business – both its hardware and its software. One detail: Delta offers an extensive Road Feeder Service network on all six continents it serves, which complements the air network nicely as an expanded trucking network allows for the movement of shipments to and from locations around the globe.