If you wish to fly jets as a career, another good job is flying for a cargo company. That segment of commercial aviation is growing strongly, as the demand for faster shipment of goods increases. Here's what's going on in that segment of the industry:
DHL is establishing a $175 million USD Express North Asia Hub at Shanghai Pudong Airport. This is designed to reduce transit times and distances. DHL says this new hub will allow it to provide faster service to more major cities in North Asia. The facility's capacity will be up to 20,000 parcels and 20,000 documents per hour. DHL already operates or uses space on 500 weekly flights to or from Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, China.
FedEx is also building a new air hub in Guangzhou, China.
ABX Air has acquired Cargo Holdings Int. (CHI), a leading provider for air cargo transportation to domestic and foreign air carriers. Collectively, ABX Air and CHI have a fleet of more than 135 aircraft, as well as operating the largest fleet of 767 freighter aircraft in the world.
Air Bridge Cargo, which recently added Tel AViv to its growing network, now operates five 747 freighters, and expects three more new Boeing 747-400ERF to be delivered in the next few months. The company also recently set up a dedicated freighter team in their 24/7 operations center in Bangkok.