Airbus and Boeing both had good years, with record numbers of orders and deliveries. The fact that full-freighters only played an exceedingly marginal role therein is not the end of the world, in the light of the extremely spacious modern passenger units that can carry quite some cargo (see page 12). In the meantime the new year has also started well, with Airbus being awarded a long-awaited new Emirates order for up to 36 Airbus A380s on 18 January.
watch Airfreight is in rude health the world over. In 2017 Hong Kong airport achieved a unique new feat, handling more than 5 million t of airfreight and postal consignments in a year. European hubs also benefited from steady business towards the end of the year (see page 13); Italian gateways in particular have been growing steadily for years.
The economic downturn had hit them harder than hubs in other European countries, however. You can read all about Rome’s long-term plans to fortify the transport segment in our Italy Special (from page 20). We’ve also produced our first heavylift supplement of the year.