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Editorial comment - September 2016

The September issue of Airline Cargo Management is a snapshot of an industry in full evolution

E-commerce is a hot topic at the moment, with a boom in online retail driving growth in the express sector, a rare bright spot in an industry still experiencing tough times. One survey predicts that online shopping will show a compound annual growth rate of 27.4% over the coming five years. Operators throughout the industry need to be primed to respond to this growing demand so we take an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities for the express sector in particular. 


We ask what airlines will need in terms of freighter capacity and how they will secure it. Our cover story gets under the skin of aircraft conversions, asking whether there will be enough narrowbody conversions to meet booming demand, fuelled in part by growth in the express sector. 


We ask what the evolution of the express sector of the market means for the air cargo industry across the board – how will a shake-up of processes and relationships pan out for everyone?


Elsewhere, we take a look at the growing phenomenon of forwarder alliances and how they can benefit airlines. 


Talking to Turkish Cargo, we ask about its network growth plans and what massive infrastructure investments in Istanbul mean for its future. We explore some of the challenges facing African airports and find out more about the growth in south Asia, driven by India’s economic boom – growth that operators in the region, more used to seeing growth in imports and exports further afield, are starting to enjoy. 


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts that India will be one of the top 10 international freight markets in the world by 2018. 


Fuel prices don’t only affect the passenger side of the business, but the cargo sector too. We take a look at this key issue – discovering how after historic lows, the beginnings of a rebound in prices may affect the gas and oil projects that make up a huge chunk of business for many cargo operators. And what effect will higher prices have on those operators in terms of day-to-day expenses and, further ahead, capacity and route decisions? 

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