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Plane changer

Tags: Belly   Capacity

Oliver Evans on Thursday, June 20, 2013 4:00 PM

Cargo headlines and forecasts offer little cheer nowadays. Indeed the main focus of debate seems to be how far the long term growth trend should be adjusted downwards from its historical level of 6% per annum, with a consensus now hovering around the 2% mark.

Due to steadily rising demand on the passenger side, a new generation of airplanes, namely the Boeing 777 and 787, with Airbus playing catch-up with the promised A350, are leaving design desks and assembly lines at an exciting, some say, alarming rate: for example, 100 B777 are (literally) flying off the assembly line every year.

Trouble is, while the passenger compartments of these planes will most probably be well filled with paying guests, the same cannot be said for their cargo compartments, because these aircrafts come with hugely expanded cargo bellies, a spaciousness far beyond that of older types of airplane.

It is this capacity, entering markets worldwide right now, that poses a double threat to existing revenue models.

First, these bellies need to be filled, and as we learned the hard way in the past (as well as in the present) this puts considerable pressure on rates that are already well below the levels of what we now call “the good ol´ days”. Secondly, and this is a fundamental change which is not yet fully understood, let alone embraced, by strategists: these new, huge bellies make it possible to ship consignments directly out of provincial or secondary airports like Newcastle, Geneva or Jakarta instead of using the truck or plane spokes of big traditional cargo hubs such as Frankfurt or Amsterdam in Europe, Singapore or Hong-Kong in Asia.

The consequences are obvious: even if rates will recover in the future, the landscape of air freight will be very different, with many more competing airports (and airlines) trying to cut out a share of the overall pie. And forwarders will be taking a long, hard look at their consolidation models.

Those of you who have read an entry or two of "Blogistics" during the last years will now expect me to end on a positive note – and you bet I will.

More choice, more complexity and an ever faster pace of change mean more customers looking for new solutions and better guidance in this unstable global landscape. If that isn’t opportunity enough for you to re-think (over and over again) your business model, then indeed, hard times are ahead for you.

But if, like me, you are surrounded by excellent minds who instead focus on change-oriented plans, then changing planes will be the least of your problems.

 The earlier we understand that adapting is how we can turn the “plane changer” into a positive game changer, the better we will be off.

 Thank you for tuning in.



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Published by Madhushree on Friday, September 06, 2013 11:28 AM
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