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.
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.