The global economy presents its own set of opportunities and threats for businesses in a range of industries. IBISWorld’s Global Cargo Airlines global market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies globally and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Market Share of Companies
Federal Express Corporation $x.xlock
UPS Airlines $x.xlock
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022
Employment ('000)

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Global Cargo Airlines industry has lost significant altitude over the past five years. Originally benefiting from increasing globalization and world trade, the industry has suffered in recent years from volatile oil prices, excessive carrying capacity, weakening demand and currency fluctuations. However, the industry is forecast to slowly recover over the next five years. In particular, regions such as the Middle East will benefit from increased trade between developed and emerging economies. Still, chronic overcapacity and the relatively slow growth of several developed economies will continue to place downward pressure on industry profit and temper industry revenue growth...

Starting a New Business

The Global Cargo Airlines industry has high barriers to entry. Costs to purchase specialist machinery, aircraft, hangars and other airfield space can easily run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, though small-scale operators that exclusively service regional markets may be able to avoid certain capital investments. Skilled labor and stringent safety requirements can also substantially increase the cost of entry for potential players, and new entrants will be required to maintain large, costly workforces to compete with established industry operators. Furthermore, new entrants may be prevented from doing business with certain clients, since many of the industry's long-term transportation contracts are controlled by the industry's largest players. Mor..

Additional Insights for the Global Cargo Airlines Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Global Cargo Airlines Industry are

  • Prompt delivery to market
  • Ability to expand and curtail operations rapidly in line with market demand
  • Provision of a one-stop shop providing a related range of goods/services
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total value of world trade and Global consumer spending in the Global Cargo Airlines industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Global Cargo Airlines Industry?

    The Global Cargo Airlines industry includes businesses that provide air transportation for commercial and private cargo on either scheduled or nonscheduled routes. The industry also includes express services and air transportation that is part of a national postal system, while courier services are excluded from this industry's operations.

    Industry Products
    Scheduled airfreight transportation
    Charter airfreight transportation
    Airfreight transportation integrated services
    Industry Activities
    Air transportation of cargo
    Air transportation of national postal systems
    Chartered airfreight services

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total value of world trade
  • Global consumer spending
  • Industrial production index of OECD countries
  • GDP of the BRIC nations
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Weak demand and overcapacity
  • Competition
  • Profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand strengthens
  • Continued competition and profit strain
  • Room to grow
  • Table: Global Cargo Airlines Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Global Cargo Airlines Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Manufacturing
  • Global Wholesale Trade

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Airport Operation
  • Global Commercial Aircraft Manufacturing
  • Global Internet Service Providers

  • Products & Services
  • Scheduled airfreight transportation
  • Airfreight transportation integrated services
  • Charter airfreight transportation
  • Chart: Global Cargo Airlines Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Domestic and regional routes
  • Asia - North America route
  • Europe - Asia Route
  • Other long haul routes
  • Europe - North America Route
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Cargo Airlines Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent, utilities, depreciation and marketing
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Cargo Airlines

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Cargo Airlines Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Federal Express CorporationUPS Airlines
  • Table: Federal Express Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: UPS Airlines - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Cargo Airlines Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Global Cargo Airlines Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Total value of world trade (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Bric Nations
  • The countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China.
  • Freight
  • Goods or produce transported, generally for commercial gain, by ship, aircraft, train, van or truck.
  • Oecd Countries
  • Countries that have signed the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
  • Revenue Ton Miles (Rtm)
  • Calculated by multiplying the shipment's weight in tons by the number of miles that it is transported.
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