Lufthansa leads way in cargo tonnage
Lufthansa, the German airline, carried more freight than any other air passenger carrier last year, according to a survey by a leading aviation magazine.
The report, by Britain's Flight International, shows Lufthansa flew 1,038,000 tonnes, considerably more than its nearest rival, Korean Air, which carried 932,000 tonnes.
Four of the top 10 carriers listed in the cargo survey were from the Asia Pacific region.
This not only shows the importance air freight has in airline operations, but reinforces the region's position as a trading area, both in terms of exports and imports.
Japan Airlines was third, carrying 863,000 tonnes of freight last year.
Singapore Airlines was in sixth place, flying 651,000 tonnes.
Cathay Pacific was ninth, carrying 568,000 tonnes, just in front of strong rival British Airways, which flew 558,000 tonnes.
A separate assessment of the top 15 Asia-Pacific carriers, including China Airlines and China Southern, showed they carried more than 25.9 million tonnes of freight last year, a 9.9 per cent increase over 1995.
The figures excluded dedicated cargo carriers Federal Express, which flew 3.8 million tonnes of freight, and United Parcel Service, which carried 2.9 million tonnes last year.