How to reflect on a year best to forget
And on the subject of freighter fleet replenishment, whatever the woes besetting the industry, you can guarantee that both Boeing and Airbus will continue to bang the drum as to how many more freighters are going to be needed in the coming decades. They certainly didn’t give up on their relentless predictions through 2013. But that is the good thing about predictions; you can always make another one.
Lastly, the one thing that certainly didn’t happen in 2013 was any sign of a tangible recovery in the airfreight market. Instead, there was a slow, bumpy ride for most carriers, ever more desperate to seek market traction in the midst of weak demand and continued overcapacity.
Lufthansa Cargo perhaps best said it all when its respected spin doctors insisted the German carrier, although not achieving any growth in the first part of the year, had nonetheless, managed to decelerate the decline.
That’s positive thinking for you.
And so, here’s to the future and a happy New Year. Let’s hope it’s a good one and brings us some cheer.