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GENEVA: Air France, KLM and Martinair Cargo are not among IATA's top 10 global airfreight carriers.

Air France-KLM reported an overall drop of 0.9 percent in cargo revenue tonne-kilometers for July and an essentially unchanged result (-0.1 percent) for the first seven months of 2014 compared to the previous year.

fedex nightimeAccording to IATA's latest data released on August 12, 2014, the world's top five carriers expressed in freight tonne-kilometers are: 1. Federal Express (16.127 billion), 2. UPS Airlines (10.584 billion), 3. Emirates (10.459 billion), 4. Cathay Pacific Airways (8.241 billion), and 5. Korean Air Lines (7.666 billion).

Rounding out the top ten in IATA's 58th World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) publication are Lufthansa (7.218 billion), Singapore (6.240 billion), Cargolux (5.225 billion), Qatar Airways (4.972 billion) and China Airways (4.813 billion).

In terms of tonnage, WATS data indicates the top five cargo carriers in 2013 were: Federal Express (7.1 million); UPS Airlines (4.1 million); Emirates (2.1 million); Korean Air (1.4 million) and Cathay Pacific Airways (1.3 million).

Global cargo traffic rose 1.8 percent last year over 2012 - a reversal of the 1.1 percent decline compared to 2011.

IATA CEO Tony Tyler noted the cost of shipping by air fell 7.1 percent in real terms in 2013. He said commercial aviation's economic impact is estimated at US$2.4 trillion and it supports 3.4 percent of global GDP. By value, over a third of goods traded internationally are delivered by air and some 58.1 million jobs are supported by aviation.

Airlines added over 1,100 direct airport-pair services and 600,000 frequencies in 2013, for a new total of 50,000 direct airport-pair services and 31.5 million frequencies.

Delta Air Lines remains the world's largest aircraft operator with 743 units followed by United with 693; Federal Express, 647; American Airlines, 627; and China Southern Airlines with 558 aircraft.

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