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Keeping your Supply Chains running during COVID-19

Aircraft charter solutions for the changing global market

We want to keep you up to date with charter trends and availability during the development of COVID-19 and the effects it is having on global supply chains. Flight operations have been dramatically affected and the situation has forced many airlines to reduce freight capacity or even suspend all services to and from affected regions. The situation is constantly evolving with new developments every day. Our experienced Freight team, with the backing of our range of world-leading aviation services, will work closely with you during this time to offer you the best solution.

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COVID-19: Cargo Updates


There are pockets of availability during May on widebody aircraft for China routes to Europe and to US. Good availability for passenger aircraft to move cargo, in smaller volumes. From the United States and the Latin Americas to Europe, there are significant capacity reductions. For operations within Europe, there is still good availability for small-medium narrow body aircraft throughout the region.

Price & Demand

Urgent demand for medical and relief supplies from China and Southeast Asia to US and Europe continues. Increased demand for freighters on the trans-Pacific routings is again impacting the globally, and increased rates especially within the congested Intra Asia market. To secure the best price and availability for future charters, it is recommended to make arrangements as soon as possible and to book the aircraft on the same day as requesting.

Global Capacity

From US and Latin America to Asia, capacity remains constrained. Global air capacity is still estimated 30% less than 2019, which is a 5% improvement from the prior week. Global freighter capacity however is 20% higher than last year, indicating that the increased capacity provided by passenger freighters compensates slightly for the general lack of global capacity.

Aircraft Activity

An increasing number of passenger operators from B737 size upwards are now operating their aircraft as freighters. IATA have released new regulations regarding the safe transport of cargo within passenger cabins, so increased operators are becoming open to the idea of cabin loading to provide the extra volume, especially while oil prices remain low.

Cargo Restrictions

New export restrictions in China require licenses requirements for outbound medical shipments. Recent changes to customs formalities and the simple increase of cargo traffic is causing considerable cargo terminal congestion which is becoming a significant operational issue at numerous Chinese airports. The Air Partner team can advise on any current airport difficulties and can arrange alternative departure points.

Cargo Trends

There is a pickup in activity for transpacific cargo flights on passenger aircraft due to the demand. New customs and traffic rights restrictions are making transport more challenging ex-China, especially with very short notice flights. Diplomatic assistance has become vital in providing permissions in some particular projects. Our team at Air Partner have been able to guide our clients through these processes to completion.

Charter Availabilities

We have widebody charter options available:

Any route to any region.

We have full access to any cargo aircraft. It is highly recommended to plan ahead and book your charter as much in advance as possible for best availability and pricing.

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Our recent COVID-19 Case studies

Delivery of urgent commodities into China during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 we have seen a large increase in requests coming from our existing client base to transport a number of different commodities into and out of Asia. With the reduction in scheduled services and airline restrictions in some areas, it has made it more challenging for goods to get where they need to be. At Air Partner, we have remained ahead of the game to ensure we are up to date with the progressions of the COVID-19 epidemic, which has allowed us to service our clients quickly. Most recently, we were able to move hand sanitizer from the US to China. Time was of the essence for our team to work quickly on a solution, as it could have a significant impact on the business if this cargo didn’t arrive quickly. The solution for this charter was 2 Boeing 747F operating from the US to China. All permits, loading and compulsory processes were handled by us to ensure smooth running of the operation. A dedicated Freight team from our US base were on site for loading and coordination of the aircraft and the client was kept up to date every step of the way to ensure that they were aware of the timings around delivery. While the team had to solve a number of documentation issues, our experience and relationships meant we could work quickly and get the aircraft airborne with no delay.

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Your benefits with Air Partner

Experience – Over 55 years of experience in global aviation

Worldwide presence – Global network, local connections

Global Representatives  – including South East Asia with 24/7 support

Financial strength – Transparency and security

Strong supplier relations – Global buying power

Worldwide Empty legs – Cost savings with one-way charter flights

24/7 operations department – Diplomatic permissions & traffic rights

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