Magic Figure

Airfreight is flying high

... percent – is how much the demand for airfreight transports grew last year. DB Schenker also posted a top result!

In 2017, global airfreight recorded its strongest growth rates in years. Figures released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) show that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), grew by 9.0 percent as compared to 2016. DB Schenker posted even more dynamic increases of 10.8 percent in its latest financial statement based on the exported tonnage. Customers around the world entrusted a total of 1.3 million tonnes of cargo to the airfreight specialists of the logistics service provider.


The top figures recorded by DB Schenker and the airfreight industry as a whole are the result of an overall positive economic climate as well as limited transport capacities in ocean freight at times. Nevertheless, the maritime industry reported gains in 2017 – and DB Schenker to an even greater extent: 2,169 million TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units = standard containers) was the exported ocean freight volume recorded by the service provider. That marks an increase of 163,000 or 8.1 percent over the previous year’s figures.

Specialists at work at Frankfurt Airport: in 2017 DB Schenker’s global airfreight team handled the export of 1.3 million tonnes of airfreight in total – 10.8 percent more than in the previous year

Photo: Deutsche Bahn AG /

Michael Neuhaus