While the Chinese economic slowdown results in weaker cargo numbers for that region, it isn't all doom and gloom for the air freight industry.
According to an article in Air Cargo World, Saudia Cargo, which mainly operates in the Middle East but also flies around the world, experienced an increase in "belly cargo" by almost one-third during the first half of 2013.
The term belly cargo refers to freight stored underneath the main deck of an airplane. Such cargo can be transported on passenger flights, and a major increase is usually a good sign for the air freight business.
In addition, Saudia Cargo moved a total of 270,000 tonnes of cargo, well beyond last year's record of 250,000. This helped the carrier achieve a 6 percent increase in revenue.
"Although the current market is a bit soft, we still expect to achieve a 10 percent growth during the second half of the year," Nabil Khojah, CEO of Saudia Cargo, said. "This is principally due to the boost in our charter activity, optimization of our freighter network, adjustments to freighter schedules and increases in the number of freighters to some of our key destinations."
The news source reported that the two major contributors to the increase were the U.S. and the U.K., who saw 50 percent and 40 percent increases in cargo from the carrier, respectively.
With such strong growth, it is important for Saudia Group to maintain the quality of its supply chain. This can be achieved by employing proof of condition services like CargoSnapshot. With this service, users can monitor the state of cargo throughout a flight to ensure that it lands safely.