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Berlin airports Schonefeld and Tegel experienced record passenger numbers during the first six months of the year, but air cargo volume decreased by 4.3 percent, year-over-year, during the same time period. In June, air cargo volumes fell by 6.8-percent, year-over-year, ending the month at 2,735 tonnes.
American Airlines’ system-wide cargo tonne miles increased 1.1 percent, year-over-year, in June. For the first sixth months of 2012, cargo tonnage is up 0.3 percent when compared to the first half of 2011.
Hermes Aviation has inked a deal to sell freight space on Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s twice-weekly Boeing 747-400 flights from Cancun, Mexico, to London Gatwick Airport and beyond. Perishable goods, such as ferns, fish, lemons, berries and mangoes, are expected to be the chief exports out of Cancun.
IAG reported a 6.9 percent, year-over-year, increase in freight revenue last month, although volumes only climbed 0.6 percent from June 2011. British Airways — the group’s most profitable brand for cargo — saw tonnage increase 4.5 percent, year-over-year, in June, while Iberia experienced a 14.5 percent, year-over-year, drop in freight traffic last month.
Air Logistics Group has continued its push into Central and Eastern Europe, opening a new office at Tbilisi International Airport in Georgia. The addition of this facility brings the total number of offices Air Logistics Group currently operates to 57.
GE Capital Aviation Services agreed to purchased 75 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 25 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s at the Farnborough International Airshow. This deal was forged the same day Kuwait aircraft leasing company ALAFCO committed to buying 20 737 MAX 8s, an order valued at $1.9 billion.
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