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Air France KLM Cargo

Air France-KLM, Europe's biggest air cargo carrier, said volume shrunk 14.7 percent in November from a year ago but yields and capacity utilization improve for the second month in a row. The carrier slashed capacity by 19.1 percent from November 2008, boosting the load factor, or portion of cargo space sold, by 3.7 percentage points to 72.4 percent. "As in October, unit revenues recorded a much more limited decline than in previous months," the Franco-Dutch carrier said. The Asia/Pacific region suffered a 21.4 percent slump in traffic but a 32.5 percent reduction in capacity bolstered the load factor by 11.7 points to 82.8 percent. Traffic on the Americas network fell 10 percent on a 12 percent shrinkage in capacity that lifted the load factor by 1.7 points to 74.1 percent. Cargo activity was more "dynamic" in November with the decline in traffic slowing from 19.4 per cent in October, Air France-KLM said. But the carrier has warned its cargo business, which lost $219 million in the three months to Sept. 30, won't break even for at least another eighteen months. Dec 7, 2009


Boeing has completed first engine runs on its 747-8 Freighter as the aircraft moves closer to its first flight early next year. Boeing's first 747-8F - designated RC501 - started its General Electric GEnx-2B engines just before 1800 GMT (1000 PT) on 8 December at the company's Everett, Washington facility. "We are very pleased with the engines' performance during this test," said Mo Yahyavi, vice president and general manager of the 747 program. "The engines and all the systems performed as expected." The aircraft was operating on its auxiliary power unit before starting the first of four engines. Once started, the remaining three engines were started using the cross-bleed function, says Boeing. Dec 9, 2009

China Cargo Airlines

China Cargo Airlines has signed an agreement with Boeing to use its Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) and Airplane Health Management (AHM) systems on the carrier's aircraft. The Shanghai-based airline's new Boeing 777 freighters will be equipped with class 3 EFBs, says Boeing. The 777Fs and China Cargo's two existing 747-400 ER Freighters will also have Boeing's AHM system, it adds. China Cargo will introduce six 777Fs into its fleet, with the first to be delivered in the first quarter of 2010. It will be the first carrier in China to operate the Boeing EFB and AHM combination, says Boeing. Dec 9, 2009

China Southern

China Southern Airlines has started a cargo service on the Shanghai-Urumqi-Frankfurt route. The twice-weekly service is operated on a Boeing 777 Freighter, says a spokesman at the Guangzhou-based carrier. This is China Southern's first cargo service to Frankfurt. He adds that the route was supposed to start late last year, but was delayed due to weak market conditions. Air China, British Airways, Grandstar Cargo, Jade Cargo, Lufthansa and Shanghai Airlines all offer services on the Shanghai-Frankfurt route. Dec 8, 2009

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