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Top 10 Air Freight Companies

Supply Chain Digital looks at ten of the biggest air freight companies, based on air freight (in metric tonnes) from 2019.

10 | Hellman Worldwide Logistics - 595,300 metric tonnes

Founded in 1871, Hellman Worldwide Logistics has a parent holding company with all central divisions, as well as three business units: air & sea, road & rail and contract logistics. Hellman provides an in-depth range of air freight solutions, standardised products, charter of less-than-container and full-container loads and door-to-door deliveries.

HQ: Osnabrück, Germany

CEO: Reiner Heiken

Revenue: US$2.7bn

9 | Kintetsu World Express (KWE) - 600,849 metric tonnes

A leading provider of air freight, ocean freight, customs brokerage, surface logistics and distribution (3PL), KWE delivers to all markets globally. Headquartered in Japan, KWE strives to provide customers with logistics solutions to help them gain a competitive advantage.

HQ: Minato City, Tokyo, Japan 

CEO: Shatoshi Ishizaki

Revenue: US$4.3bn

8 | DSV - 689,045 metric tonnes

Founded in 1976, DSV has evolved to become a renowned supplier of transport and logistics. DSV manages supply chain solutions for thousands of companies every day. The company is organised into three divisions: air & sea, road and solutions, in a bid to support their customer’s supply chain. DSV has 60,000 employees in over 80 countries. In 2019, DSV acquired Panalpina. Upon the acquisition Panalpina joined under the DSV name.

HQ: Hedehusene, Denmark

CEO: Jens Bjørn Andersen

Revenue: US$11.4bn

 

Image: DSV.

7 | Bolloré Logistics - 690,000 metric tonnes

As a well-renowned leader in international transport and logistics, Bolloré brings together four core areas of the business: Ports, Logistics, Railways and Energy. With over 20,000 employees in 107 different countries, Bolloré offers a range of different solutions and serves several different industries, such as aerospace, mining and oil and gas.

HQ: Puteaux, France

CEO: David Smith, CEO Northern Europe

Revenue: US$17mn

6 | Nippon Express - 899,116 metric tonnes

Founded in 1937, Nippon Express offers several different transportation solutions, such as cross-border freight, air freight, ocean freight, ground freight and railway freight. Its global air freight network covers over 1,000 routes with state-of-the-art logistics facilities throughout.

HQ: Tokyo, Japan

CEO: Mitsuru Saito

Revenue: US$16bn

5 | UPS Supply Chain - 935,000 metric tonnes

Established in 1988, UPS Supply Chain Solutions offers a range of different solutions to create a competitive edge. It offers a variety of different transportation solutions, such as air freight, ocean freight and rail/intermodal services. As one of the world’s largest custom brokers, the firm has offices in more than 60 countries worldwide. 

HQ: Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

CEO: David Abney

Revenue: US$13bn

4 | Expeditors International of Washington - 1,011,563 metric tonnes

As a Fortune 500 service-based logistics company, Expeditors creates highly optimised and customised supply chain solutions for clients through unified technology solutions. It has a global network and operates in 322 locations worldwide. Expeditors delivers a flexible approach and are effective at finding the best route and pricing options.

HQ: Seattle, USA

CEO: Jeff Musser

Revenue: US$8.1bn

3 | DB Schenker USA - 1,304,000 metric tonnes

DB Schenker in the USA is considered one of the largest integrated logistics services providers in the United States. DB Schenker provides air and ocean freight, land transport, customs brokerage services as well as trade and risk solutions. Its United States hubs include: Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco. The company has more than 8,100 employees, across 47 branches in 55 logistics centres.

HQ: Miami, USA

CEO: Jochen Thewes

Revenue: US$17.7bn 

Image: DB Schenker.

2 | Kuehne + Nagel - 1,743,000 metric tonnes

Founded in 1890, Kuehne + Nagel has become a leading logistics provider. Kuehne + Nagel provides a comprehensive range of air freight solutions. With over 300 global air freight teams, Kuehne + Nagel’s suite of air freight services has been developed to meet their customer’s challenges head-on.

HQ: Schindellegi, Feusisberg, Switzerland

CEO: Detlef Trezger

Revenue: US$19bn

1 | DHL Supply Chain - 2,150,000 metric tonnes

DHL Supply Chain is a logistics giant. Serving a diverse range of sectors, DHL Supply Chain offers transport, warehousing, management and integrated solutions. The company is active in over 55 countries and territories and possesses 1,400 warehouses. Its air freight offering is flexible in order to cater to every individual customer’s demand and is just one of many services and solutions that DHL Supply Chain provides.

HQ: Bonn, Germany

CEO: Oscar de Bok, CEO

Revenue: US$15.1bn

 

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10 | Hellman Worldwide Logistics - 595,300 metric tonnes

Founded in 1871, Hellman Worldwide Logistics has a parent holding company with all central divisions, as well as three business units: air & sea, road & rail and contract logistics. Hellman provides an in-depth range of air freight solutions, standardised products, charter of less-than-container and full-container loads and door-to-door deliveries.

HQ: Osnabrück, Germany

CEO: Reiner Heiken

Revenue: US$2.7bn

9 | Kintetsu World Express (KWE) - 600,849 metric tonnes

A leading provider of air freight, ocean freight, customs brokerage, surface logistics and distribution (3PL), KWE delivers to all markets globally. Headquartered in Japan, KWE strives to provide customers with logistics solutions to help them gain a competitive advantage.

HQ: Minato City, Tokyo, Japan 

CEO: Shatoshi Ishizaki

Revenue: US$4.3bn

8 | DSV - 689,045 metric tonnes

Founded in 1976, DSV has evolved to become a renowned supplier of transport and logistics. DSV manages supply chain solutions for thousands of companies every day. The company is organised into three divisions: air & sea, road and solutions, in a bid to support their customer’s supply chain. DSV has 60,000 employees in over 80 countries. In 2019, DSV acquired Panalpina. Upon the acquisition Panalpina joined under the DSV name.

HQ: Hedehusene, Denmark

CEO: Jens Bjørn Andersen

Revenue: US$11.4bn

 

Image: DSV.

7 | Bolloré Logistics - 690,000 metric tonnes

As a well-renowned leader in international transport and logistics, Bolloré brings together four core areas of the business: Ports, Logistics, Railways and Energy. With over 20,000 employees in 107 different countries, Bolloré offers a range of different solutions and serves several different industries, such as aerospace, mining and oil and gas.

HQ: Puteaux, France

CEO: David Smith, CEO Northern Europe

Revenue: US$17mn

6 | Nippon Express - 899,116 metric tonnes

Founded in 1937, Nippon Express offers several different transportation solutions, such as cross-border freight, air freight, ocean freight, ground freight and railway freight. Its global air freight network covers over 1,000 routes with state-of-the-art logistics facilities throughout.

HQ: Tokyo, Japan

CEO: Mitsuru Saito

Revenue: US$16bn

5 | UPS Supply Chain - 935,000 metric tonnes

Established in 1988, UPS Supply Chain Solutions offers a range of different solutions to create a competitive edge. It offers a variety of different transportation solutions, such as air freight, ocean freight and rail/intermodal services. As one of the world’s largest custom brokers, the firm has offices in more than 60 countries worldwide. 

HQ: Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

CEO: David Abney

Revenue: US$13bn

4 | Expeditors International of Washington - 1,011,563 metric tonnes

As a Fortune 500 service-based logistics company, Expeditors creates highly optimised and customised supply chain solutions for clients through unified technology solutions. It has a global network and operates in 322 locations worldwide. Expeditors delivers a flexible approach and are effective at finding the best route and pricing options.

HQ: Seattle, USA

CEO: Jeff Musser

Revenue: US$8.1bn

3 | DB Schenker USA - 1,304,000 metric tonnes

DB Schenker in the USA is considered one of the largest integrated logistics services providers in the United States. DB Schenker provides air and ocean freight, land transport, customs brokerage services as well as trade and risk solutions. Its United States hubs include: Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco. The company has more than 8,100 employees, across 47 branches in 55 logistics centres.

HQ: Miami, USA

CEO: Jochen Thewes

Revenue: US$17.7bn 

Image: DB Schenker.

2 | Kuehne + Nagel - 1,743,000 metric tonnes

Founded in 1890, Kuehne + Nagel has become a leading logistics provider. Kuehne + Nagel provides a comprehensive range of air freight solutions. With over 300 global air freight teams, Kuehne + Nagel’s suite of air freight services has been developed to meet their customer’s challenges head-on.

HQ: Schindellegi, Feusisberg, Switzerland

CEO: Detlef Trezger

Revenue: US$19bn

1 | DHL Supply Chain - 2,150,000 metric tonnes

DHL Supply Chain is a logistics giant. Serving a diverse range of sectors, DHL Supply Chain offers transport, warehousing, management and integrated solutions. The company is active in over 55 countries and territories and possesses 1,400 warehouses. Its air freight offering is flexible in order to cater to every individual customer’s demand and is just one of many services and solutions that DHL Supply Chain provides.

HQ: Bonn, Germany

CEO: Oscar de Bok, CEO

Revenue: US$15.1bn

 

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