Air cargo is any product that is to be carried in an aircraft. Some of the cargo airlines are subsidiaries or divisions of larger passenger airlines. Air cargo is available in two types such as air freight, and airmail. The global air cargo market is expected to reach a valuation of US$143.9 bn by the end of 2027. During the forecast period of 2017 and 2027, the global market is expected to surge at a CAGR of 4.9%. Air freight segment is expected to account for the largest market in 2018. Growth of infrastructure of cargo hubs at global level will drive the market demand. Infrastructural development will further accounted for the high accessibility to their recipients.
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It has been observed that over the past few years, growth in e-commerce segment is transforming the air cargo industry. Moreover, factors such as building of cargo hubs, rapid development of businesses will also work as a favorable factor. New policies and strategies is expected to ensure for the growth in the market. For instance, ‘Open skies’ is an international policy that calls for the liberalization of the rules and regulations in the aviation industry especially air cargo industry has greater impact of this policy.
Some of the different aircraft types are cargo, passenger, and combi aircraft. Cargo aircraft carry freight by nose-loading or side loading and dedicated mainly for carrying parcels. Main deck and belly are meant for carrying goods in cargo aircraft. Passenger aircraft is different from cargo aircraft. In passenger aircraft, the space not occupied by passenger luggage is used for cargo. The spare volume is used by side-loading in the airplane. Combi aircraft carry goods or commodities by nose-loading and side-loading on the main deck and in the belly with passenger’s luggage.
Demand of Time-Sensitive Materials Will Boost the Sales from Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Segment
The market has been segmented on the basis of type, service, end-user, destination, and geography. The type segmented is bifurcated into air freight and air mail. Air freight segment is likely the lead the global market in the coming years. This segment is further broken down into express service and regular service. End-user the market is segmented into consumer electronics, retail, third party logistics, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, and others. The report suggests that the pharmaceuticals and healthcare industry is likely to offer the global market a plethora of opportunities. Growing demand of immediate medical attention in several areas that are affected by natural calamities and war-torn areas are likely to augment this segment. The demand for time-sensitive materials belonging to the healthcare sector are also expected to boost the segment. The air cargo market is also segmented by destination which includes domestic and international.
Global air cargo market is segmented into geographical regions such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and South America. In terms of geography, the APAC region currently controls the global air cargo market and is expected to grow progressively to gain more market share throughout the forecast period. Factors such as the growing demand for the just-in-time production and sales through ecommerce channel will further boost the market demand in next few years.
Some of the major players operating in this market are
- Cathay Pacific Cargo
- FedEx Express
- UPS Airlines
- DHL Aviation
- Korean Air Caro
- Lufthansa Cargo
- China Airlines Cargo
- Singapore Airlines Cargo
- Emirates SkyCargo