When Air Canada Cargo put out the news late
last month underscoring the best air cargo quarter the airline has ever
seen we sat up and took immediate notice.
Matthieu Casey, Senior Director, Cargo Global
Sales and Revenue Optimization could not have been happier and remains
“We’re tremendously proud of
the strongest quarterly results Air Canada Cargo has ever seen,”
Matt told us.
“Our team achieved a record $358 million
in Cargo revenue for the second quarter, which represents an increase
of $89 million, or 33% compared to the same quarter in 2020.
“We’re relieved to see our passenger
network starting to rebuild and continue to provide cargo-only, flying
in markets where capacity is still constrained.
“With the arrival of our first 767
freighters in Q4, the combination of these, our continued cargo-only flying
and passenger flights resuming, paints a strong portrait for the rest
of the year,” Matt said. Canada allowing fully vaccinated people
from the USA to enter the country beginning yesterday should help boost
those AC numbers.
“The feedback has been tremendously
positive and considering these initiatives are focused on maintaining
stable and robust cargo capacity for our customers, we are delighted although
not surprised to see this positive reaction and the momentum it has created
in our growth.
“Our focus on maintaining capacity
and high service levels on strong trade lanes is a win-win that our customers
have noticed and been vocal about.”
Digitization A Must
“I cannot think of much that could
justify any stoppage or slowing in this effort, considering how beneficial
it is on so many levels throughout the entire logistics chain and across
“It’s a no-brainer!
“We’re absolutely invested and
focused on all levels of digitization within Air Canada and are building
the right team to support that effort as it continues to evolve.
“This is not unlike many of our industry
partners with whom we’re working with, from e-freight to API connectivity.
“We’re all hopeful that this
momentum picks up across the entire industry and gets the necessary traction
from industry bodies that are leading the wider collective effort.”
“Although these efforts are well under
way, we continue to be focused on the arrival of our first freighters,
due to enter the fleet later this year.
“We’re equally focused on our
ongoing investments to significantly improve and modernize our major hubs,
including a new 34,000 square foot cold chain facility in our Toronto
hub to be completed by Q4 of this year.”
On The Road Again
“We have started traveling again and
intend on attending industry events where relevant and possible.
“Web meetings have been and continue
to be useful in certain instances, but I don’t think they can bring
the same value that in-person meetings can.
“I just don’t believe that the
level of productivity and strong interaction that occurs in person, can
be recreated with virtual (or face-to-screen) meetings.”
Air Cargo More Global Awareness
“I am often surprised at how little
is known about air cargo’s role in the global economy and supply
chains around the world, how it works and the difference between belly
“Air cargo allows us to buy asparagus
in New York in the winter and it’s how vaccines are being shipped
to end the pandemic.
“I’m tremendously proud of what
we accomplish as an industry, and it would be great if more people knew
about our great industry.”
Matt’s Aviation Timeline
Matthieu Casey joined Air Canada 11 years
ago, but he has been in aviation for close to 25, 18 of which were in
“I started in Cargo as a product specialist
for business intelligence services at IATA in the early 2000s.
“The love affair with air cargo was
instant. Someone once told me that it must be easier dealing with air
cargo than passengers because it doesn’t talk back, which is of
course completely false, because everything we do in air cargo has a story
behind it and many, many voices!
“From life-saving medication, vaccines
or organs, to factory and supply chain integrity or fresh produce, air
cargo is immensely important to us all and the passion we see throughout
our industry is testament to that,” Matthieu Casey concluded