A version of this article appears in the July 28 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Air cargo historically has been a strong aviation growth market and a key enabler of global commerce. Fueled by trade liberalization, the emergence of global supply chains and the growth of time-definite services, it grew at an annual rate of 8% in the 1980s and 6.6% in the 1990s—faster than the growth of global trade. Air cargo could reliably absorb roughly 80 new and converted freighter ...

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