Air Cargo News’ most read stories in 2021
03 / 01 / 2022
By Damian Brett
Last year was another busy 12 months for the air cargo industry, with COVID-19 continuing to take its toll on supply chains.
Some of the challenges facing the industry were modal shift, COVID shutdowns, rising demand and ongoing capacity shortages but once again air cargo came through, playing a key role in keeping supply chains moving.
It was also a busy year for Aircargonews.net with almost 2.3m unique page views over the last 12 months.
To kick 2022 off, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at our most read stories last year:
10) Air cargo charter demand picks up due to ocean freight issues
In February of this year it became clear that ocean freight supply chains were struggling as the sector faced a box shortage in Asia, a surge in demand and port congestion.
9) Work set to start on converting the first B777 into a freighter
In April, we reported that the physical work on converting the first Boeing 777-300 into a freighter would soon get underway after the halfway phase of the Supplemental Type Certificate development was reached.
8) Air cargo faces China supply chain disruption
The ongoing disruption to supply chains was a major topic throughout the year and in August Air Cargo News reported on the new COVID quarantine rules for cargo workers at key gateways in China.
7) DHL achieves record earnings for full-year 2020
While 2020 was a tough year for the air cargo industry, it was also extremely profitable. In January the Deutsche Post DHL Group reported that it expected to report record profits for the year.
6) FedEx confirms acquisition of B777F from Etihad
Also in January, FedEx confirmed the acquisition of a Boeing 777 freighter aircraft from Etihad, as it continued its fleet modernisation.
5) No plans to sell DB Schenker as DSV rumours resurface
The ongoing saga of the potential sale of DB Schenker resurfaced again in August. This time, fast-growing Denmark-headquartered forwarder DSV was rumoured to be interested.
4) Top 25 Forwarders: DHL stays at the top despite volume decline
Our annual round-up of the world’s largest 25 airfreight forwarders once again proved popular with readers. DHL Global Forwarding was at the top of the table, but for how much longer?
3) Top 25 cargo airlines: Freighter operators to the fore
The need for freighter operations saw rapid change in the air cargo market. In our round up for the 2020 market, FedEx, UPS and Qatar were the largest air cargo carriers once again, but there were major winners and losers in the overall top 25 airlines.
2) DSV to break into top three with takeover of Agility GIL
It has been a busy few years for DSV as it embarked on rapid expansion through acquisition. Its latest deal came in April when it announced plans to purchase Agility’s logistics business.
1) Maersk set to swoop on Senator International
The last year has seen shipping line encroach into the air cargo market with CMA CGM and Maersk making moves. This story centred on rumours – later proved to be correct – that Maersk would take over Senator International, a forwarder with an established air cargo charter operation.