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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Air Transportation of Freight industry grew 7.0% annually over the past five years to $9.76 billion in 2017. Over that period, the volume of freight moved increased from 5.45 million tons annually to an estimated 6.88 million tons, reflecting annualized growth of 4.8%.

Between 2011 and 2012, air freight transporters were negatively affected by the weakened global economy and China's own economic slowdown. Growth in alternative transportation modes also increased external competition for industry operators. For example, the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway began operations in 2011...

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The majority of air cargo was transported on domestic and international scheduled passenger flights in the past. Domestic and international passenger airlines carried freight to maximize the utilization of aircraft space and increase revenue. However, with increased demand for air freight transportation, domestic airlines and courier companies have begun purchasing aircrafts for all-cargo transport, especially air express and parcel delivery. According to the Civil Aviation Statistical Bulletin, the total volume of air freight transported in 2015 was 6.25 million tons. Total scheduled flights were 3,326 with total flight routes of about 7.87 million kilometers.

Domestic freight transportation

In 2015, the domestic air freight transportation volume was 6.25 m..

Additional Insights for the Air Transportation of Freight Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Air Transportation of Freight Industry are

  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Domestic Goods Prices - Energy Minerals - Crude Oil and World Economy in the Air Transportation of Freight industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Air Transportation of Freight Industry?

    The Air Transportation of Freight industry in China operates aircraft for the international and domestic transportation of freight.

    Industry Products
    Domestic freight transportation
    International freight transportation
    Industry Activities
    International freight air transportation
    Domestic mainline freight air transportation
    Domestic regional freight air transportation

    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
  • Domestic Goods Prices - Energy Minerals - Crude Oil
  • World Economy
  • Industry Growth - Manufacturing
  • Legislative Compliance Requirements
  • Service Prices
  • Transport Infrastructure

  • Current Performance
  • Industry challenges
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: Air Transportation of Freight Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Air Transportation of Freight Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport Agency Services
  • Couriers
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Aircraft Manufacturing
  • Airports
  • Oil & Petroleum Refining

  • Products & Services
  • Domestic freight transportation
  • International freight transportation
  • Chart: Air Transportation of Freight Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • E-commerce
  • Developing business activities
  • Petroleum price
  • Improving quality levels

  • Major Markets
  • Freight forwarders
  • Businesses
  • Courier companies
  • Postal companies
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Air Transportation of Freight Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Rent and utilities
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Air Transportation of Freight

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Air Transportation of Freight Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    China National Aviation Holding CompanyChina Southern Airlines Company LimitedChina Eastern Air GroupSF Express Co. Ltd.Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd.
  • Table: China National Aviation Holding Company - financial performance
  • Table: China Southern Airlines Company Limited - financial performance
  • Table: China Eastern Air Group - financial performance
  • Table: SF Express Co. Ltd. - financial performance
  • Table: Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd. - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Air Transportation of Freight 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 Air Transportation of Freight Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Total Assets (2008-2022)
  • Transportation volume (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Bulk Freight
  • Goods transported unpacked in large quantities, predominately mineral and agricultural products.
  • China Post
  • The national government agency that oversees the National Post System, which provides postal services across China.
  • Load Factor
  • The ratio of the lift on an aircraft to the weight of the aircraft.
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