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2nd Edition

Moving Boxes by Air
The Economics of International Air Cargo

ISBN 9780367669805
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
384 Pages

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Book Description

Air cargo is a key element of the global supply chain. It allows outsourcing of manufacturing to other countries and links production in both multinational and smaller enterprises. It has also been the most important driver of certain export industries in countries such as South Africa, Kenya and Chile. As a component of the air transport industry, air cargo makes the crucial difference between profit and loss on many long-haul routes.

This second edition of Moving Boxes by Air offers a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the business and practices of air cargo, with chapters dedicated to key issues such as current trends, market characteristics, regulation, airport terminal operations, pricing and revenues, and environmental impacts. The book illustrates the recent emphasis on mergers at the expense of alliances, which have not had the impact that they had on passenger operations. The section on security has been expanded to assess in more depth the threats to aircraft from terrorists, particularly in the lower cargo and passenger baggage compartments. Surcharges are examined and the book considers whether all airlines will follow the lead of some to do away with both fuel and security surcharges. The book concludes with a summary of the latest industry forecasts.

Fully updated throughout, this edition is the definitive guide to air cargo for professionals within both the aviation and freight industries.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Air cargo traffic and capacity; Chapter 2: Air cargo market characteristics; Chapter 3: Economic and technical regulation; Chapter 4: Supply – passenger and freight airlines; Chapter 5: Supply: integrated carriers, post offices and forwarders; Chapter 6: Air cargo alliances and mergers; Chapter 7: Aircraft and flight operations; Chapter 8: Airport and ground operations; Chapter 9: Distribution and marketing; Chapter 10: Pricing and revenues; Chapter 11: Airline costs; Chapter 12: Air cargo financial performance; Chapter 13: Air cargo and the environment; Chapter 14: Air cargo forecasting

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Peter S. Morrell is an independent aviation advisor and a visiting professor at Cranfield University, UK, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Air Transport Management and Tourism Economics.

Thomas Klein is vice-president, business intelligence and corporate controlling at Cargolux, and is a guest lecturer in controlling and air cargo at the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef, Germany, and other universities.


'This book is essential reading for anyone interested in air cargo, this includes students as well as people working in air transport. It gives a well-rounded and comprehensive view of the sector, covering key issues that affect this challenging area. The new edition addresses more recent developments as well as highlights the changes in this sector.' — Robert Mayer, Course Director, Cranfield University, UK

'This is an excellent book about the essential but often overlooked area of air cargo. It’s a must for all students of air transportation' — James Pearson, Coventry University, UK

'Given the fast changing environment and complexities of the air cargo industry this second edition of "Moving Boxes by Air - The Economics of International Air Cargo" is a useful update and extension of the original version. A good textbook and excellent background reading for practitioners.' — Rico Merkert, Deputy Director, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, The University of Sydney Business School, Australia

'Air Cargo may be the ‘poor relation’ of the aviation family, but the authors’ comprehensive analysis demonstrates that whilst perhaps never destined to be family head, cargo’s complexity and contribution to the family is underrated. This book proves air cargo is so much more than just ‘moving boxes by air’' — Gordon McJannett, Lecturer in Aviation Management, Coventry University

'It is great to see that this book addresses the various complexities of air cargo transportation and gives insights into every aspect of it. It is therefore truly a must-study for those who want to make a career in purchasing, transportation and logistics. The laymen will discover some of the stuff that happens behind the scenes when they click ‘buy’ while purchasing their cell phone or whatever they are buying online from their favourite e-tailer’s site' — Ram C. Menen, retired aviation and air ca