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Top 10: Air Cargo Operators 2010 According To IATA

World's top cargo operators by scheduled freight tonne - kilometres.
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Top 10: Air Cargo Operators In 2010 By Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometres, According To IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has published its latest ranking of the world’s top air cargo operators in terms of scheduled freight tonne - kilometres , with the top 10 including entries from Emirates, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific Airways, FedEx, Cargolux, Korean Air and Singapore Airlines.

NUMBER 10: Cargolux (Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometres In Millions: 4,901) - Luxembourg City-based Cargolux is one of the world's leading cargo airlines. The airline operates scheduled and charter service to destinations in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australasia, as well as providing surface transport solutions. Cargolux's fleet includes Boeing 747-400 freighter aircraft, and the airline is a launch customer of the Boeing 747-8 Freighter.

NUMBER 9: EVA Air (Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometres In Millions: 5,166) - Based at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport, EVA Air is the second largest airline in Taiwan. Operating a fleet of Boeing and Airbus narrow and wide-body aircraft, EVA Air’s network includes regional services to China as well as international service to central and south-east Asia, Australia, Europe, Canada and the United States.

NUMBER 8: UPS Airlines (Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometres In Millions: 5,215) - UPS Airlines is an American cargo airline owned by United Parcel Service Inc. The company is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Its home airport is located at Louisville International Airport. UPS flies to more than 200 countries and territories around the world, serving 388 U.S. airports with 936 flight segments, and 378 international airports with 755 flight segments daily. The pilots are represented by the Independent Pilots Association.

NUMBER 7: China Airlines (Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometres In Millions: 6,410) - China Airlines is the flag carrier of the Republic of China (Taiwan) whose majority shareholder is the China Aviation Development Foundation; a body wholly owned by the Taiwanese government. Based in Teipei, China Airlines operates a fleet which includes Boeing 737, 747 and Airbus A330/340 aircraft supporting an extensive network within Asia as well as services to North America, Canada, Europe, Australia and the Pacific. China Airlines is considering joining the Sky Team alliance.

NUMBER 6: Singapore Airlines (Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometres In Millions: 7,001) - Based at Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore Airlines is the national carrier of Singapore. Using a fleet of wide-body Boeing and Airbus aircraft, including the A380 of which Singapore Airlines was the launch customer, Singapore Airlines operates an extensive network to 93 destinations in 38 countries across Asia, North America, Australasia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Singapore Airlines is a founding member of the Star Alliance.

NUMBER 5: FedEx (Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometres In Millions: 7,421) - FedEx Express is a cargo airline based in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. It is a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation, delivering packages and freight to more than 375 destinations in nearly every country each day. Its headquarters are in Memphis with its global "SuperHub" located at Memphis International Airport. In the United States, FedEx Express has national hubs at Indianapolis International Airport, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Fort Worth Alliance Airport. Regional hubs are located at Oakland International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Miami International Airport. International regional hubs are located at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport.

NUMBER 4: Lufthansa (Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometres In Millions: 7,422) - With its headquarters in Cologne and primary hubs at Frankfurt and Munich Airports and secondary hubs in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Milan, Lufthansa is one of the largest airlines in Europe. Operating a large fleet of narrow and wide-body Airbus, Boeing and Embraer aircraft, Lufthansa operates an extensive network of regional services within Germany and Europe as well as Asia, the Middle East, North America, South America and Africa. A publicly listed company, Lufthansa is a founding member of Star Alliance.

NUMBER 3: Emirates (Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometres In Millions: 7,913) - Founded in 1985, Emirates Airline is the national carrier of the emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is based at Dubai International Airport. The world's largest airline as measure by international passengers carried, Emirates is among the fastest-growing airlines in the world, pursuing an aggressive expansion strategy across all continents. The airline operating a large fleet of all-widebody Boeing and Airbus aircraft. The airline is the largest customer for the Airbus A380. Emirates provides an extensive network of services within the Middle East as well as to Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Australasia, North America, Europe and South America.

NUMBER 2: Korean Air (Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometres In Millions: 9,487) - Korean Air is the largest airline and flag carrier of South Korea. From its base at Seoul Incheon International Airport, Korean Air serves 99 destinations across 6 continents. It is a major player in Asian aviation and the largest carrier between North America and Asia. Its cargo division, Korean Air Cargo, is the third largest cargo airline in the world. It has a wholly owned low cost airline subsidiary, Jin Air.

NUMBER 1: Cathay Pacific Airways (Scheduled Freight Tonne - Kilometres In Millions: 9,587) - As the national carrier of Hong Kong SAR and based at Hong Kong International Airport, Cathay Pacific is majority-owned by logistics corporation Swire Pacific with significant shareholdings from Air China parent CNAC. Using a fleet which includes widebody Boeing and Airbus aircraft, Cathay Pacific’s extensive network consists of services throughout Asia, Europe, North America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Cathay Pacific is a founding member of the oneworld alliance and wholly-owns short-haul operator Dragonair.

(Profile source: Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation - CAPA)

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