International Air Freight Impact

Airlines transport over 52 million metric tons of goods a year, representing more than 35% of global trade by value but less than 1% of world trade by volume. That is equivalent to $6.8 trillion worth of goods annually, or $18.6 billion worth of goods every day.

The following is a list of major international air freight carriers that help facilitate this global trade.

Emirates SkyCargo

Singapore Airlines

Polar Air Cargo

Qatar Airways Cargo

Turkish Airlines

American Airlines

Cathay Pacific Airways

China Airlines

Air France - KLM Cargo

Korean Air

AirBridgeCargo Airlines



All Nippon Airways

Etihad Airways

Delta Airlines Cargo

Atlas Air

Air New Zealand


United Airlines

JAL Cargo

Air China

British Airways

Air India Cargo

China Southern Airlines

Asiana Airlines

Kalitta Air

Fun Facts About Air Freight

  • The United States exports nearly 122 million gallons of wine per year

  • There are 3,200 airports worldwide with 60,000 trade lanes

  • Air freight carriers help keep Formula 1 moving each season, carrying over 300 metric tons of equipment to 20 countries throughout the season

  • Over 2.5 millions lives are saved each year from vaccines shipped all around the world

  • More than 200 race horses are transported each day

  • Perishable goods (such as fruits, flowers, and vegetables) were among the first commodities transported via air freight