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Asia-NA freight traffic

Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:33 am

I don't have any data other than looking up to see what is passing overhead, and then checking FR24 immediately afterwards. But it seems like Asia-LAX traffic is down significantly over the last couple of months. Yes, there is certainly less demand for China-made widgets under the Christmas tree. But is there more to it?

Direct 777 flights seem particularly fewer, with 747F flights via ANC down by less, but still down.

Are there pax in these 77W flights from Asia to LAX? Every now and then I see a China Southern A388, so I guess there must be some pax looking to deal with all the quarantine restrictions. But really?

How can I tell if a 77W has passengers or if it is freight-only? I assume no easy answer, but are airlines still running pax-empty 77Ws just for belly freight?
 
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Re: Asia-NA freight traffic

Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:50 am

In China, it's still roughly the Chinese New Year period now, and that's when factories would suspend operation. Not sure about longer term than the most recent few weeks.
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Re: Asia-NA freight traffic

Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:57 am

MRYapproach wrote:
I don't have any data other than looking up to see what is passing overhead, and then checking FR24 immediately afterwards. But it seems like Asia-LAX traffic is down significantly over the last couple of months. Yes, there is certainly less demand for China-made widgets under the Christmas tree. But is there more to it?

Direct 777 flights seem particularly fewer, with 747F flights via ANC down by less, but still down.

Are there pax in these 77W flights from Asia to LAX? Every now and then I see a China Southern A388, so I guess there must be some pax looking to deal with all the quarantine restrictions. But really?

How can I tell if a 77W has passengers or if it is freight-only? I assume no easy answer, but are airlines still running pax-empty 77Ws just for belly freight?

The A388 does indeed go out with pax.

There's still some freight-only 777s and A330s, but most of the freight-only pax flights are operated by 787s from the remote gates to the far west of the airfield. It's not uncommon to see several Xiamen/Sichuan/Hainan/China Eastern pax birds depart in succession, carrying cargo.
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