Air Freight Industry - Segmented by Service Type, Destination Type, Perspectives on End-users, and Geography - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2018-2023)


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Air Freight Industry - Segmented by Service Type, Destination Type, Perspectives on End-users, and Geography - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2018-2023)

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Air Freight Industry - Introduction

While land and ship cargo transportation remain as favorable options, goods transport by air is considered as the quickest and the unhindered mode of transportation. In terms of freight tons-kilometers (FTK), air freight transport registered a significant 9.7% growth in 2017 when compared to 3.6% growth in 2016. This signifies that the demand for air freight grew at twice the pace of the expansion in the global trade, which registered an increase of 4.3% in 2017. Furthermore, cargo airlines plan to tie up with logistics service providers to create an efficient supply chain regarding freight forwarding, storage capability, and customs clearances.

E-Commerce - A Key Driver

Despite being a costlier mode of transportation, the growing demand for perishables, chemicals and valuables, and the rising demand for just-in-time production of goods has created a massive demand for air freight services. Today, air freight is being impacted by the rise of e-commerce from both B2B and B2C perspectives. The evolving e-commerce has put pressures on sales channels for faster delivery and optimum supply chain. This scenario brings opportunities for the third-party logistics and warehousing services to integrate with the air e-commerce channel. Owing to the continued growth in online shopping, many third party logistics (3PLs) are offering more multi-modal services, which includes air cargo service as a critical mode of transportation. Furthermore, the growth in the global cross-border e-commerce is anticipated to boost the demand for the air cargo industry. Particularly, The Asia-Pacific region, which accounted for 37% market share is identified as a critical region for the air e-commerce market. The region registered a growth of 7.8% in 2017 when compared to 2016.


On the other hand, the growing demand for air freight transportation services has opened new challenges for the air cargo service providers. Airlines need to focus on implementing fuel-efficient solutions and accommodate innovative technologies to provide cost-effective services. In the logistics perspective, the storage facilities need to be developed to assist the global increase in air cargo. Special economic zones (SEZ), free trade zones (FTZ), and the bonded warehouses are projected to cater significant warehousing needs for the freight moving in and out of the airport shortly. 


The market study on the global air freight industry is segmented into transportation, forwarding, and value added business based on service type; domestic and international based on destination type; and perspectives on end users. This study covers technological trends, regional analysis, and government regulations regarding the market.

Key developments

May 2018: UPS Airlines is launching a new regular non-stop flight from its Worldport global air hub in Louisville to Dubai, which improves the time-in transit from South and North America to the key destinations in the Middle East. Furthermore, the company plans to take role as official logistics partner for Expo 2020 Dubai.

Major Players

FedEx (Federal Express) Corporation, United Parcel Service Inc., The Emirates Group, Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, Cargolux Airlines International S.A, China Airlines Ltd, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd, Qatar Airways Company QCSC, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd (ANA), and others.

Global Air Freight Industry Report Summary




Global Air Freight Industry

Study Period


Market Size in 2017

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Market Size in 2023

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Growth Rate

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Key Developments

  • May 2018: UPS Airlines is launching a new regular non-stop flight from its World port global air hub in Louisville to Dubai

Companies Covered

FedEx, United Parcel Service, Emirates, Cathay Pacific Airways, Cargolux.

Report Offerings

Global Air Freight Industry offers latest trends,   growth prospects, industry competitiveness,   major players, segment market share, and forecast to 2023.

Reasons to Purchase this Report

  • To study current, and future of the, market in the developed and emerging markets
  • Analyze various perspectives of the market with the help of Porter’s five forces analysis
  • Detailed analysis of the segment that is expected to dominate the market
  • To know the regions that are expected to witness fastest growth during the forecast period
  • Identify the latest developments, market shares, and strategies employed by the major market players
  • 3-month analyst support, along with the Market Estimate sheet (in Excel)

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1. INTRODUCTION                                          

                1.1 Scope of the Market                               

                1.2 Market Definition                     

                1.3 Executive Summary               

2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY                                  

                2.1 Study Deliverables                  

                2.2 Study Assumptions               

                2.3 Analysis Methodology                           

                2.4 Research Phases                     

3. MARKET INSIGHTS                                   

                3.1 Current Market Scenario (2017-18)                  

                3.2 Technology and Digital Trends                          

                3.3 Government Regulations and Initiatives                        

                3.4 Insights on Cargo Carrying Passenger Lines and their Belly Cargo Capacity, Freighter Aircraft Trends, Chartering Market Trends                     

                3.5 Insights on Industry Supply Chain                   

                3.6 Insights on Key Commodities Transported by Air                     

                3.7 Insights on Air Freight Rates                              

                3.8 Insights on Heavy Cargo/Project Logistics in Air Cargo Industry                        

                3.9 Insights on Key Ground Handling Equipment in Airports                       

                3.10 Insights on Standards and Regulations on the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods                              

                3.11 Impact of Cold Chain Logistics Businesses and Facilities on Air Cargo Industry                        

4. MARKET DYNAMICS (Drivers, Restraints, and Opportunities)                                 

                4.1 Emergence of E-Commerce Propels Demand for Air Freight Services                               

                4.2 Uneven Changes in the Jet Fuel Prices Restrains the Market in Some Regions                             

                4.3 Demand Growth Outpaces the Capacity Growth in Some Regions- The Trend Offers an Opportunity for Service Providers                            

                *List not Exhaustive                      

5. MARKET SEGMENTATION AND ANALYSIS (MARKET SIZE, GROWTH, AND FORECAST)                                             

                5.1 By Service                   

                                5.1.1 Transportation     

                                       Air Freight

                                       Air Mail

                                5.1.2 Forwarding             

                                5.1.3 Other Value Added Services           

                5.2 By Destination                          

                                5.2.1 Domestic 

                                5.2.2 International          

                5.3 Perspectives on End Users                  

6. REGIONAL MARKET ANALYSIS (MARKET SIZE, GROWTH, AND FORECAST)                                    

                6.1 Asia-Pacific                

                                6.1.1 China         

                                6.1.2 Japan        

                                6.1.3 India          

                                6.1.4 South Korea           

                                6.1.5 Rest of APAC         

                6.2 North America                          

                                6.2.1 United States         

                                6.2.2 Canada     

                6.3 Europe                         

                                6.3.1 United Kingdom   

                                6.3.2 Germany  

                                6.3.3 France      

                                6.3.4 Rest of Europe      

                6.4 Middle East & Africa               

                                6.4.1 Saudi Arabia           

                                6.4.2 United Arab Emirates         

                                6.4.3 Qatar         

                                6.4.4 South Africa           

                                6.4.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa            

                6.5 Latin America                            

                                6.5.1 Brazil         

                                6.5.2 Argentina

                                6.5.3 Mexico      

                                6.5.4 Rest of LATAM      

7. COMPETITVE LANDSCAPE                                     

                7.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements                 

                7.2 Market Concentration Overview                        

                7.3 Strategies Adopted by Major Players                              


                8.1 FedEx (Federal Express) Corporation                    

                8.2 United Parcel Service Inc.                           

                8.3 The Emirates Group             

                8.4 Cathay Pacific Airways Limited                      

                8.5 Cargolux Airlines International S.A.

                8.6 China Airlines Ltd              

                8.7 Japan Airlines Co., Ltd                           

                8.8 Qatar Airways Company QCSC                            

                8.9 Deutsche Lufthansa AG

                8.10 All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd (ANA)                  

                8.11 International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A.                 

                8.12 Magma Aviation Limited                    

                8.13 DHL International GmbH                     

                8.14 Nippon Express Co., Ltd                     

                8.15 Deutsche Bahn AG                           

                *List not Exhaustive                      

9. OTHER PLAYERS IN THE REPORT INCLUDE    9.1 Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd, Singapore Airlines Limited, AirBridgeCargo Airlines LLC, Etihad Airways P.J.S.C.,  Multitrans, Ltd, British Airways Plc, Asiana Airlines Inc., Kuehne + Nagel International AG, Panalpina Group, Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., Hellmann Worldwide Logistics GmbH & Co. KG, bollore logistics LLC, DSV A/S, Yusen Logistics Co., Ltd                       


11. APPENDIX                                  

                11.1 Statistical Data on Leading Airlines Worldwide, by International and Domestic                          

                11.2 Insights on Key Airports and Data on their Infrastructure and Capacity                       

                11.3 Analysis on Air Freight Industry Contribution to Economy- Key Countries                  

                10.4 Air Freight Volumes on Key Trade Routes                  

12. DISCLAIMER                                              

**Subject to Availability on Public Domain                                           

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