8th APRIL 2016  
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It has been almost three weeks since IATA hosted its 10th World Cargo Symposium in Berlin. Berlin is a great city, and we highly recommend a tour of the city before or after a conference there.

According to IATA, over 1,100 delegates flocked to Berlin to listen to presentations on Drone’s for tomorrow’s small package cargo, caring for perishables, using technology to harness the full power of data in air cargo, the revolution that e-commerce is creating in enhancing the air cargo offering and how the explosion in global pharma product movements can change the revenue structure of a traditional mode of transport like air cargo.

This is the tenth year that IATA has organized this World Cargo Symposium as a global platform to nudge the industry into changing its old ways. However, there is an increasing realization that we are dealing with a very “conservative business” where change will come in very small increments, where global standards initiated in one country might take years to be adopted in another country, and where the aggregation and classification of industry specific knowledge has a long way to go.

We at AIRCARGOPEDIA see technology as the great enabler and disrupter as data mining and data analytics reveal how different air cargo is from other similar businesses and how shamefully the world has refused to allow this business to grow on its own. Thus we predict, that the more we incorporate technology and the resulting visibility that it creates, the quicker will we adapt to change.

As revealed in Lufthansa Cargo’s press conference held in conjunction with the WCS, even a giant cargo organization with revenues of Euro 2.354 billion in 2015 is not immune from global overcapacity, exacerbated by significant infusions of belly and main deck space by well-funded carriers from the Gulf with global ambitions. Lufthansa Cargo’s leadership is clearly worried. In this lackluster revenue environment, cost reduction through programs like C40 are being implemented to extract at least Euro 40 million in cost reductions from 2018, while profit growth is expected at best to be marginal.

The creation of SPECIAL PRODUCTS is definitely on Lufthansa’s agenda as it seeks to exploit its global network for distributing these cargoes. At the present time, about 20% of Lufthansa’s cargo can be classified as SPECIAL PRODUCTS requiring special treatment, though Lufthansa also wants to renew its focus on the remaining 80%. We at AIRCARGOPEDIA like to think that in the long run, the cargo business will adopt the storied 80/20 rule, with SPECIAL PREMIUM PRODUCTS taking a 20% market share and the remaining 80% being taken for general cargo. Could the development of cargo verticals and special products be the key to the industry’s profitability? Perhaps this is a subject that can be addressed at a future IATA forum.

See you in Abu Dhabi in 2017 for the 11th edition of WCS!

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As of 1 January 2016, IATA ULD Regulations state that non-TSO C172 cargo straps are no longer permitted to be used as a primary restraint.
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April 7, 2016

ETSO C172 - We are ready!

Trip & Co is certified to design and manufacture air cargo related equipment under EASA Part 21, Section A, Subpart G. In January, we introduced our newly redesigned ETSO C172 straps. Our design team made significant changes to ensure our tie down straps meet and exceed the most stringent and highest safety standards. The Trip & Co tie down strap is the lightest and the strongest strap in it's segment. It is better than before, stronger than before, more durable than before and lighter than before. In addition, they are ETSO C172 certified, and released with an EASA form 1. Our products always meet the highest safety standards and we're proud of it!!

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Our straps are used throughout the world by international airlines and ground handlers to safely secure cargo during transport. However not everyone is aware of the details contained in the new regulations and not everyone is aware of the consequences of still using straps without the proper certification. Do you know everything? Or do you still have some questions? Please do not hesitate to contact our team of experts. We are here to help you, so just give us a call +31 (0)252 681305 or send an e-mail to sales@trip-co.nl.

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Air Freight Market Analysis - February 2016
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Released 6th April 2016

Key points from our full report on air freight markets in February:

• Air freight volumes fell sharply in annual terms in February, although the comparison is complicated by the one-off boost to air freight a year ago following the disruption at seaports on the US west coast.

• Middle Eastern airlines are the only group to have seen robust annual growth in volumes this year to date.

• Ongoing structural headwinds continue to point to a year of just modest growth for the industry as a whole.

• The industry-wide freight load factor was just 0.5 percentage points above its all-time February low, keeping intense pressure on yields and revenues

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Air Cargo Services of Vietnam Choose Hermes to run Hanoi Warehouse
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5th April 2016

We are delighted to announce that Air Cargo Services of Vietnam (ACSV) have chosen the Hermes air cargo management system to run their warehouse in Hanoi.

Mr. Pham Duc Long, Chairman of ACSV said: "The installation of the Hermes Cargo Management System is evidence of ACSV's ambitious development plan in the coming year. The system, with various modern functions, will really revolutionise our cargo handling operations on a daily basis, allowing ACSV to offer better services to all our customers from Airlines, Forwarders and to individuals."

Hermes Chief Operating Officer, Simon Elmore added, "Hermes was designed by our team of cargo experts and is proven to increase efficiency, reduce operational costs and provide dependable "Cargo Data" to analyse business trends accurately. We are delighted that ACSV have chosen Hermes and are looking forward to a long and successful partnership with them."

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CHEP to provide ULDs to support CargoLogicAir's ambitious growth plans
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6 April 2016

CHEP Aerospace Solutions, the leading global provider of outsourced Unit Load Device (ULD) pooling and repair solutions, and CargoLogicAir, the new British cargo airline, have signed a ULD management agreement.

In view of CargoLogicAir's ambitious growth plans, the new agreement caters for a significant increase in the number of ULDs provided and network stations covered within the next few years.

CargoLogicAir's Director of Ground Operations, Gary Lewis, said: "As a new carrier with plans to become one of Europe's leading cargo airlines, we need a trusted ULD partner that can ensure both product and service quality to enable us to meet our customers' expectations and focus on growing our business. We are confident that in CHEP we have chosen a partner that can meet all of our expectations."

CHEP Aerospace Solutions President, Dr. Ludwig Bertsch, said: "We believe CargoLogicAir has a very bright future and with customer satisfaction, high quality of service and sustainable growth at the top of their agenda, they align perfectly with our own business philosophy. We are pleased to be able to support this ambitious new airline and look forward to a long and growing business relationship."

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Mercator Acquires Revenue Management Systems
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Dubai and Seattle, 4 April, 2016:

Mercator, a global provider of product-enabled solutions to the travel and transportation industry, backed by Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing, today announced that it has acquired Seattle-based Revenue Management Systems, Inc. (“RMS”), the industry-leading developer of innovative revenue management products. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Over 70 of the world’s most profitable and fastest growing airlines deploy RMS’s AirRM, a cloud based state of the art, revenue management, analytics, and reporting system. AirRM increases airlines’ revenues with revolutionary approaches to managing inventory and pricing. RMS has also expanded its portfolio of revenue optimization products to focus on other segments in the travel and transportation industry, including rail, cargo, and parking.

The acquisition marks Mercator’s second transaction in the travel and transportation space in less than a year and is in line with Mercator’s vision to revolutionize the way the world moves people and products. In July 2015, Mercator acquired Catapult International, a leading provider of technology-enabled solutions for freight forwarders, shippers, and carriers worldwide.

Cormac Whelan, Mercator’s Chief Executive commented, “In today's dynamic travel and transportation marketplace, the ability to react quickly to market conditions, optimize, and drive intelligence and predictability into our customers business is a strategic imperative. RMS not only has a leadership position in airline revenue management, but is now applying its state of the art predictive and optimization models to other segments of the transportation industry, including rail and cargo. We see tremendous opportunity to expand RMS’s market scope and integrate its offerings with other products in the Mercator portfolio.”

Scott Schade, Chief Executive of RMS commented, “RMS has always operated with the philosophy that its software should generate real value for clients. Mercator shares the same strategic vision. We look forward to becoming part of the Mercator Group and continuing to bring value to travel and transportation companies around the world.”

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Osman Yılmaz, recognized throughout the Company, is appointed to the long-established Turkish civil aviation company
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Osman Yılmaz Becomes Çelebi Ground Handling’s Managing Director -

Effective from May 16, 2016, Osman Yılmaz assigned as the Managing Director at Çelebi Aviation Holding’s affiliated company, Çelebi Ground Handling, which operates in 30 airports. Çelebi Aviation Holding is Turkey’s global brand in civil aviation, providing ground handling, cargo and warehouse services in 36 airports across five countries and two continents. Mr. Yılmaz, currently serving as General Manager of the Hungary and Austria group companies, will continue to report to Atilla Korkmazoğlu, Çelebi Aviation Holding’s Ground Handling & Cargo (EMEA) President.

Aligned with Çelebi’s commitment to expand its global market, another important step was taken regarding the company’s concurrent organizational structure. Osman Yılmaz has been appointed as the new General Manager at Çelebi Ground Handling, which offers services in 30 airports across Turkey. Mr. Yılmaz will assume his new post on May 16, 2016.

A statement issued by Çelebi Aviation Holding describes Osman Yılmaz’s successful professional career within the company. The statement strongly emphasized faith in Mr. Yılmaz’s ability to firmly carry Çelebi Ground Handling forward thanks to his broad professional knowledge through extensive operational experience, as well as his exemplary track record about overseas investments. Mr. Yılmaz is expected to support Atilla Korkmazoğlu, Çelebi Ground Handling & Cargo (EMEA) President, who has been serving in dual roles, acting as the Çelebi Ground Handling General Manager since March 17, 2015.

The statement released also mentions two important appointments. Taner Sarı, Operations Director of Çelebi Ground Handling, will be appointed as Hungary Managing Director as of June 1, 2016, and Ferda Yakar as Project Coordinator in Çelebi Aviation Holding as of April 1, 2016. Ferda Yakar will be responsible for all business development projects including the new airport in Istanbul.

Osman Yılmaz

Osman Yılmaz began his career in 1996 at the Company as an Operations Officer at Çelebi Ground Handling’s Antalya Station. He was promoted to Operations Chief in 2000 and Operations Manager in the following year. Transferred to the General Directorate as Operation Planning Specialist in 2003, Yılmazpromoted in 2004 and became the Operation Planning and Business Development Manager while he continued working as Inform Project Manager. Continuing his service as the Istanbul Station’s Head Assistant Manager in 2005 and 2006, Yılmaz later worked as the Planning and Business Development Manager from 2006 to 2008, when he took on the role of the Western Stations Director. Yılmaz was appointed as the CEO for the Hungary operations in June 2010, in line with the company’s overseas expansion. In 2014, his responsibilities were expanded to Austria, and he began serving as the Managing Director for the Austria-Hungary operations.

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Osman Yılmaz obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management from Çukurova University and carried out his post-graduate studies in the Business Administrations Department at Corvinus University, Hungary. Yılmaz is married and has two daughters.

Taner Sarı

Taner Sarı, began his career in 1989 as Cargo Officer at Çelebi Ground Handling’s İzmir Station, and he has been appointed as Operations Officer then Ramp Supervisor in 1995, promoted to Çelebi Ground Handling’s Bodrum Station's Manager position, and he built up the station’s operation, He has been assigned as İzmir Station’s Manager. He has taken the role of Western Stations’ Regional Manager, between 2004-2005, responsible as well for the İzmir-Bodrum Stations managements. And he assigned to the İstanbul Atatürk Airport Station as Station Manager in 2005. He has rendered services as Antalya Station manager between 2006-2009. Mr. Taner Sarı has been appointed as CEO to Çelebi’s investment in India in 2009 and he built up the operation in Delhi until 2013. In 2013 Mr. Taner Sarı has been appointed as Çelebi Ground Handling’s Operation Director.

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Mr. Taner Sarı, graduate of Egean University/Agricultural Enginnering Faculty, is married with two children.

Ferda Yakar

Ferda Yakar, started his career at Çelebi Ground Handling’s İzmir Station as operation officer. He has been appointed as Passenger Services and Operations Manager in 1988. He promoted to Antalya Station’s Management in 1990 . He has been İzmir and Dalaman Stations’ Manager between 1992-1997. He has taken again Antalya Station’s Manager role between 2000-2005. In 2005, Mr. Ferda Yakar has been Antalya Second Airport- International Flights General Manager (in Çelebi-IC consortium) Mr. Ferda yakar took this role until 2010. He has been appointed as Çelebi Austria’s CEO and in 2014 he has been active in founding the Çlebi’s operation in Saudia. When he returned back to Turkey in 2015, he has acted as Çelebi Ground Handling’s Atatürk airport’s Manager in 2015, holding his role of Project Coordinator.

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Mr. Ferda Yakar is married with 2 children.

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Everglory Logistics Acquires Customs Broker LITESHIP International, LLC
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March 21, 2016 - Boston, MA

New Customs brokerage entity rebranded as Everglory Customs Brokers, LLC

Everglory Logisitcs, a logistics company with additional U.S. offices in Chicago and Los Angeles, announces their acquisition of Customs broker LITESHIP International, LLC.

Founded by Jay Breda in 2006, LITESHIP's areas of expertise align with many of Everglory's clients' industries.

Everglory now boasts three licensed Customs brokers capable of filing entries anywhere in the United States on behalf of our importers. They bring trained and certified personnel specializing in State Department ITAR license regulations including filing license applications and record keeping. They have additional IATA dangerous goods certified personnel and staff experienced in the operations and regulatory needs of aerospace shippers.

The acquisition of LITESHIP has also set in motion plans to create a seamless, full-service customer experience integrating forwarding and Customs brokerage. It also provides a roadmap for future software updates that will unify both processes in a single system for Everglory's customers.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Everglory and our customers. Jay built a tremendous business and we were very fortunate to have him as Everglory's Customs broker. Now, officially a part of Everglory, we have exciting new opportunities to help our importer clients with Customs clearance anywhere in the United States and LITESHIP's customers can benefit from Everglory's network of resources throughout Asia."

"Out of frustration for the way large Customs brokers were treating their clients, I founded LITESHIP in 2006. We wanted to build a company that was small enough to be able to provide personal service and yet large enough to be able to handle most everything that came our way as a Customs broker. Becoming part of the Everglory family gives us a chance to align with a company who shares our beliefs and allows us to deliver our personal brand of service to their customers and ours."

For more information, visit Everglory's website

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A new quality Award for Liege Airport”
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17th March 2016

During IATA’s 10th annual World Cargo Symposium taking place in Berlin, Liege Airport received an international Award for Excellence in Air Cargo.

Since the year 2005 the international cargo magazine “Air Cargo World” is ranking the service and the quality of different airports and airlines.

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Liege Airport is proud and honored to receive this Award for the category ‘Europe 100,000 to 499,999 tonnes’. It reconfirms its unique business model and development strategy.

The cargo traffic handled by Liege Airport in 2015 amounted to 650,000 tonnes, which represents a 10 % increase compared to 2014. The first weeks of this year confirm this traffic evolution.


Emirates SkyCargo takes leading role in advancing air cargo industry standards with IATA CargoiQ membership
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DUBAI, U.A.E; 17 March 2016

Emirates SkyCargo, the world’s largest international air cargo carrier, is taking a leading role to foster quality standards in the worldwide air cargo industry. It announced today its membership in CargoiQ, an IATA group of over 80 key global air cargo players whose mission is to collaboratively create industry standards that would result in reliable and timely delivery of shipments throughout the entire air transport supply chain.

“We are delighted to become a member of CargoiQ as its mission aligns with Emirates SkyCargo’s long-established commitment of “Delivered as Promised” to our customers. We have been following CargoiQ’s development over the years and are impressed with the solid initiatives it has developed, including the Master Operating Plan, which was conceptualized to support the implementation of quality management processes and metrics. With the rebranding of CargoiQ and the launch of their strategic transformation programme, we felt that the time was right to become a member. We look forward to making meaningful contributions to the group as well as learning from fellow members to further improve our own quality assurance programme,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.

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Emirates SkyCargo will provide representation and leadership on the Board of CargoiQ with the appointment of Mr Henrik Ambak, Senior Vice President for Emirates’ Cargo Operations Worldwide, as a board member. As a start, the company will adopt the Master Operating Plan into its shipment cycle management. The Master Operating Plan has been endorsed by IATA as a recommended practice and therefore accepted as the air cargo industry standard description of the end-to-end transportation process from shipper to consignee.

“Emirates SkyCargo has always driven industry development and it’s exciting to see them recognizing our value in setting industry standards and innovating air cargo quality. With Emirates SkyCargo on board, serving over 150 destinations in over 80 countries on 6 continents, we see our impact on the industry grow significantly. Cargo iQ will be stronger than ever in showing the value of transparent performance,” said Mr Ariaen Zimmerman, Executive Director, Cargo iQ.

Operating from its hub in Dubai, Emirates SkyCargo is the world’s largest international air cargo carrier. Renowned for the highest standards of product quality in supporting business logistics, Emirates SkyCargo uses cargo hold capacity in Emirates’ fleet of 249 aircraft, including 15 freighters – 13 Boeing 777-Fs and two B747-400ERFs.

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CHEP and Cargolux extend their successful ULD management partnership until 2020
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16 March 2016

Cargolux, Europe's largest all-cargo airline, and CHEP Aerospace Solutions, the leading global provider of outsourced Unit Load Device (ULD) pooling and repair solutions, have signed an early extension of their agreement to continue their ULD management partnership until 2020.

Cargolux is one of CHEP's largest customers, operating 26 Boeing 747 freighters and over 12,000 ULDs, which they plan to increase to 17,000 units in the next few years. CHEP has been partnering with Cargolux since 2009, providing the containers and pallets necessary to move 900,000 tonnes of freight a year to over 90 destinations.

Cargolux's Director, Global Logistics Services, Franco Nanna, said: "In the past seven years, our airline has grown significantly, and during our partnership, CHEP has always proven its ability to flexibly adjust our monthly ULD stock in line with our cargo demand. The availability of the right unit at the right time and in the right place is critical to our business and we've found a strategic partner who can provide us with service excellence and peace of mind for ULD availability. We are pleased to be able to continue our partnership with CHEP."

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CHEP Aerospace Solutions President, Dr. Ludwig Bertsch, said: "We are very proud that we have extended our partnership with one of Europe's largest and most renowned airlines, and from next year, also look forward to supplying ULDs for the entire Cargolux Group's flights. Cargolux is a valued partner who has also played an important part in supporting many of our innovation initiatives including the trial of lightweight pallets and CanTrack™, our container tracking device. We are delighted to be given the opportunity to continue our successful partnership and look forward to our future together."

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SAS to extend partnership and transition to lightweight containers with CHEP
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15 March 2016

SAS, the largest airline group in Scandinavia, and CHEP Aerospace Solutions, the leading global provider of outsourced Unit Load Device (ULD) pooling and repair solutions, are extending their ULD management partnership for a further five years with added sustainability benefits included as part of the new agreement. SAS has already made significant progress towards achieving its long-term sustainability goal but with CHEP's new lightweight containers, they will be even closer. SAS has chosen to use CHEP's 65kg containers which are over 20% lighter than its existing units and are a perfect match for its modern fuel-efficient aircraft fleet. SAS will save over 13,000 tonnes of CO2 during the five-year term of the new agreement with CHEP.

SAS's Head of Network and Revenue Management, Kenneth Fuhrmann, said: "You should never change a winning team, so the decision to extend our ULD management partnership with CHEP wasn't a difficult one. We have been very satisfied with CHEP's services, people and global network in the past five years, and are pleased the new agreement will enable us to use lightweight containers. CHEP's smart pooling model with significant synergies, network overlaps and repair shop in Copenhagen increases our cost savings and CO2 reduction and we look forward to our continued partnership."

CHEP Aerospace Solutions President, Dr. Ludwig Bertsch, said: "SAS is a valued customer who regards CHEP as a strategic partner, able and willing to help achieve corporate targets. SAS's commitment to the highest service standards towards its passengers and cargo customers requires the same business culture from its partners and we are pleased to have met SAS's expectations."

AM Linhas Aéreas for the maintenance of its V2500 engines was initiated in 1999 and was extended several times. Former LAN Airlines had agreements with MTU Maintenance for the overhaul of its CF6-80 and CFM56-7 engines.

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AmSafe Bridport wins two contracts from the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for the development and supply of internal cargo restraint nets for their NH90 and Chinook helicopters.
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Bridport, UK, March 2016

Following a tender process AmSafe Bridport Limited has been awarded two contracts from the Netherlands DMO for the development and supply of internal cargo restraint nets for their NH90 and Chinook (CH-47) helicopters. AmSafe Bridport (ASB) will utilise their extensive expertise in engineered textile restraint to fulfil the requirements of the Netherlands DMO. The Netherlands DMO already use a number of ASB products; both Cargo Pallet Nets and HUSLE (Helicopter Under-Slung Load Equipment) Nets, ASB’s pedigree in these existing products helped them when responding to the Netherlands DMO RFI (summer 2015) and the later RFQ (late 2015). It was ASB’s in-depth knowledge of cargo restraint and textiles that allowed them to propose solutions to the new demands the Netherlands DMO have for cargo restraint within their NH90 and Chinook helicopters.

The contracts involve the design, development and supply of 1 Net design for the NH90 and 3 Net designs for the Chinook. The NH90 Net is a Throw-over Net, and the Chinook Nets are; a Throw-over Net and 2 pre-formed (3-dimensional) Nets that fit over a pallet/load assembly. All 4 Nets attach to the floor attachment points within the helicopters.

The Netherlands DMO and ASB are undertaking the contracts over the coming months with a PDR in March, a CDR in May and delivery of the production volume Nets before the end of 2016.

“Helicopter internal restraint of cargo is a vital element of airworthiness, the cargo’s securement is vital to weight and balance and we are delighted to be working with the Netherlands DMO to ensure they have the right products to accomplish this safety critical aspect for both their NH90 and Chinook fleet of helicopter” – said Joe Ashton, Cargo Business Unit Manager for AmSafe Bridport.


IATA Cargo Chartbook - Q1 2016
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Released 15th March 2016

Key points from our quarterly report on the air freight industry and markets:

• Global growth continued to perform below its potential - "new mediocre" growth is now the new reality.
• Growth in FTKs had positive momentum since 2H2015 and into January of 2016 but subdued expectations on export orders and poor performance of semi-conductor shipments point to downward pressure for air cargo growth in the short term.
• In the medium term, strong consumer confidence and lagged impact of lower oil prices leave room for cautious optimism.
• Lower oil prices have brought freighter capacity out of storage, which can put further downward pressure on yields.

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