More freighters vs Belly for air cargo

Ac­knowl­edg­ing the un­end­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the air cargo sec­tor, CARGOTALK sought views from air­lines on whether in­dus­try needs more freighters or a belly ca­pac­ity. Ex­perts feel that a right bal­ance be­tween the two is the an­swer.

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Anand Yed­ery Re­gional Cargo Man­ager – South Asia Mid­dle East & Africa, Cathay Pa­cific Cargo

We be­lieve in find­ing the right bal­ance be­tween util­is­ing belly ca­pac­ity on our pas­sen­ger air­craft with the com­bined main deck ca­pac­ity on our Boe­ing 747 freighters. Cathay Pa­cific’s fleet of 196 air­craft in­cludes 20 freighters and 176 pas­sen­ger air­craft. The cargo car­ry­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Boe­ing 777s, Air­bus 350s and 330s have changed game in this in­dus­try over the last few years. In many ways they have helped ma­jor­ity of the car­ri­ers in­clud­ing Cathay Pa­cific Air­ways and Cathay Dragon in car­ry­ing huge amount of cargo in th­ese bel­lies. Our cargo unit car­ries more than 1.8 mil­lion tonnes of cargo per year, more than half of which is up­lifted on pas­sen­ger flights. In some ways we re­gard our pas­sen­ger belly ca­pac­ity as mini freighters given the fre­quen­cies we op­er­ate to var­i­ous des­ti­na­tions. Whilst our pas­sen­ger flight pro­vides us with a fixed sched­ule, our freighter routes and sched­ules are more flex­i­ble based on the kind of air freight de­mand we fore­see. They also pro­vide us the right amount of pay­load and ca­pac­ity to carry large ship­ments at one go or odd di­men­sional cargo or ship­ments that are re­stricted from be­ing car­ried on pas­sen­ger flights. Syn­er­gies be­tween bel­lies and freighters also pro­vide us an ac­cess to the wider net­work of Cathay Pa­cific & Cathay Dragon. In In­dia, Cathay Pa­cific Cargo is the one-stop so­lu­tion for ship­pers and freight for­warders. We of­fer so­lu­tions from all six ma­jor air­ports in In­dia.

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