Mixed fortunes #3: Cargo carriers face slowdown
This year's theme for the Flight front cover competition is "The essence of this great industry". The essence this year is, I think, that fortunes are mixed, with growth in some areas and slowdown in others. I selected four images to reflect or symbolize developments in four areas: passenger airlines, business aviation, cargo carriers and the helicopter industry. Cargo cariers were doing relatively well until mid 2011, but cargo volume is falling dramatically. Even in China factories are slowing down production after demand from the rich western countries went down, which means that even from that part of the world less cargo will be transported. The third image in my "Mixed fortunes" series shows Boeing 747-406F c/n 33695 PH-CKB, named "Leeuwin" (the Dutch word for lioness) climbing away from Schiphol Amsterdam airport (EHAM) on 8 April 2011. The aircraft s operated by Martinair, the former charter company and 100% KLM daughter, that this nyear has ceased passenger operations and has become a dedicated cargo airline.
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