Air Cargo Posts Strongest 1st Half-Year Growth Since 2017

IATA has released data for global air cargo markets for June showing a 9.9% improvement on pre-COVID-19 performance (June 2019). This pushed first half-year air cargo growth to 8%, its strongest first half performance since 2017. Comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons to follow are to June 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.

  • Global demand for June 2021, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 9.9% compared to June 2019.
  • Regional variations in performance are significant. North American carriers contributed 5.9 percentage points (ppts) to the 9.9% growth rate in June. Middle East carriers contributed 2.1 ppts, European airlines 1.6 ppts, African airlines 0.5 ppts and Asia-Pacific carriers 0.3 ppts. Latin American carriers did not support the growth, shaving 0.5 ppts off the total.
  • Overall capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), remained constrained at 10.8% below pre-COVID-19 levels (June 2019) due to the ongoing grounding of passenger aircraft. Belly capacity was down 38.9% on June 2019 levels, partially offset by a 29.7% increase in dedicated freighter capacity.
  • Underlying economic conditions and favorable supply chain dynamics remain highly supportive for air cargo:
    • The US inventory to sales ratio is at a record low. This means that businesses have to quickly refill their stocks, and typically use air cargo to do so.
    • The Purchasing Managers Indices (PMIs) – leading indicators of air cargo demand – show that business confidence, manufacturing output and new export orders are growing at a rapid pace in most economies. Concerns of a significant consumer shift from goods to services have not materialized.
    • The cost-competitiveness and reliability of air cargo relative to that of container shipping has improved. The average price of air cargo relative to shipping has reduced considerably. And scheduling reliability of ocean carriers has dropped, in May it was around 40% compared to 70-80% prior to the crisis.

“Air cargo is doing brisk business as the global economy continues its recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. With first-half demand 8% above pre-crisis levels, air cargo is a revenue lifeline for many airlines as they struggle with border closures that continue to devastate the international passenger business. Importantly, the strong first-half performance looks set to continue,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

IATA Market Analysis – June 2021

Source: (2021, June). IATA.—june-2021/.

Now Flying, CAO Service to The Bahamas

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Parcel shipments passed 100B in 2019, will double by 2026

Shippers sent 103 billion parcels globally in 2019, at a rate of 3,248 parcels per second, according to the Pitney Bowes 2019 Parcel Shipping Index released Monday. The Index tracks parcels weighing less than 70 pounds shipped from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Germany, the U.K., France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, China, Japan, Australia and India.

China increased its lead in global parcel volume in 2019, shipping more than 63 billion parcels last year, representing 26% YoY growth and making up substantially more than half of global parcel volume. China, Japan and the U.S. volume combined represent 84% of global parcel volume.

Pitney Bowes predicts global parcel volume will reach 220-262 billion annual parcel shipments by 2026 due to the quickening pace of e-commerce offerings from retailers and adoption from consumers around the world.




Inaugural Flight, Miami, USA (MIA) to Belo Horizonte, Brazil (CNF)

Congratulations, to BAC, BH Airport, and partners that made history! On October 8th, the first cargo flight from Miami landed at Tancredo Neves International Airport, Belo Horizonte. This flight sparks a new and exciting commencement to delivering cargo to the city of Belo Horizonte and other cities in Brazil. Bringer Air Cargo, BH Airport, and partners are proud of the teamwork and dedication to making this first flight a success!

Origin: Miami, USA
Destination: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Aircraft: B767-300F
Flight No: M38421
Type: Cargo Aircraft (CAO)
Cut-off: Tuesdays @ 8:00 PM LT*
ETD: Wednesdays @ 7:10 AM LT*
ETA: Wednesdays @ 4:10 PM LT*



IATA Calls for Borders to Open and Continue Relief Measures

IATA is calling on all governments around the world to work together to urgently find ways to re-establish global connectivity by re-opening their borders and continue with relief measures to sustain the airline industry during the COVID-19 crisis. As government policies continue to frustrate the industry with actions such as closed borders, travel restrictions, and quarantines… the “summer travel season” saw minimal improvements. Total July 202 traffic was 79.8% below 2019 levels and international traffic in July 2020 was 91.9% below 2019 levels.

“Protecting their citizens must be the top priority of governments. But too many governments are fighting a global pandemic in isolation with a view that closing borders is the only solution. It’s time for governments to work together to implement measures that will enable economic and social life to resume, while controlling the spread of the virus,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

IATA calls on governments to grasp the seriousness of the crisis facing the airline industry and its consequences for their citizens; and urges governments to focus their attention on key issues: Re-opening borders, continuing relief measures, global leadership.

Click on the button below to read the official IATA press release.
Press Release No: 69


IATA approach for industry restart

IATA announced a commitment by the airline CEOs on its Board of Governors to five principles for re-connecting the world by air transport.
These principles are:

1. Aviation will always put safety and security first: Airlines commit to work with our partners in governments, institutions and across the industry to:

  • Implement a science-based bio-security regime that will keep our passengers and crew safe while enabling efficient operations.
  • Ensure that aviation is not a meaningful source for the spread of communicable diseases, including COVID-19.

2. Aviation will respond flexibly as the crisis and science evolve: Airlines commit to work with our partners in governments, institutions and across the industry to:

  • Utilize new science and technology as it becomes available, for example, reliable, scalable and efficient solutions for COVID-19 testing or immunity passports.
  • Develop a predictable and effective approach to managing any future border closures or mobility restrictions.
  • Ensure that measures are scientifically supported, economically sustainable, operationally viable, continuously reviewed, and removed/replaced when no longer necessary.

3. Aviation will be a key driver of the economic recovery: Airlines commit to work with our partners in governments, institutions and across the industry to:

  • Re-establish capacity that can meet the demands of the economic recovery as quickly as possible.
  • Ensure that affordable air transport will be available in the post-pandemic period.

4. Aviation will meet its environment targets: Airlines commit to work with our partners in governments, institutions and across the industry to:

  • Achieve our long-term goal of cutting net carbon emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2050.
  • Successfully implement the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

5. Aviation will operate to global standards which are harmonized and mutually recognized by governments: Airlines commit to work with our partners in governments, institutions and across the industry to:

  • Establish the global standards necessary for an effective re-start of aviation, particularly drawing on strong partnerships with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Ensure that agreed measures are effectively implemented and mutually recognized by governments.

“Re-starting air transport is important. Even as the pandemic continues, the foundations for an industry re-start are being laid through close collaboration of the air transport industry with ICAO, the WHO, individual governments and other parties. Much work, however, remains to be done. By committing to these principles, the leaders of the world’s airlines will guide the safe, responsible and sustainable re-start of our vital economic sector. Flying is our business. And it is everyone’s shared freedom,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.




IATA issues new guidance for PAX aircraft

May 4th, 2020, IATA (International Air Transportation Association) issues guidance covering transporting cargo and mail on aircraft that are typically used for passengers. IATA states that following the disruption caused by COVID-19, various airlines have been request guidance on how they can utilize the carriage of passengers to safely transport cargo or mail. Some operators may reconfigure their aircraft by removing passenger seats to increase volume capacity.

Read the full article by Damian Brett, Air Cargo News - Click Here



Our fight against COVID-19

On April 28th, 2020, Bringer Air Cargo with Kerry Logistics in Asia embarked on a challenging task… transport much needed medical supplies from China to Brazil. Working day and night, over the span of 2 weeks with careful planning, preparing and execution the cargo left Shanghai, China, stopped in Miami, USA, and was immediately transferred to Mato Grosso, Brazil. All supplies destined to the Metropolitan Hospital of Várzea Grande in Mato Grosso.

The cargo comprised of
> 40,000 PPEs
> 20,000 Test Kits
> 215 Monitors
> 120 Respirators
> 5,000 Face Shields
> 50,000 Surgical Masks
> 50,000 KN95-type Masks

We hope that our contribution in transporting these essentials supplies will help all healthcare works in the fight against COVID-19.

A message from the Governor Mauro Mendes…
“Estes equipamentos são de suma importância para estruturar toda a rede de leitos que o Estado está montando para atender aos pacientes com Covid-19, além de garantir a segurança necessária para os nossos profissionais da Saúde poderem atuar”

A message from Health Secretary Gilberto Figueiredo…
“Essa operação de aquisição é fruto de uma força-tarefa de toda equipe do Governo de Mato Grosso, que garantiu esse recebimento. Os materiais são fundamentais neste momento para garantir o tratamento dos pacientes do coronavírus e ficarão depois para um atendimento em saúde muito melhor para toda a população mato-grossense”, disse o secretário.”