Cargo Airline
Feasibility Studies

Cargo Airline Feasibility Studies

Most if not all aviation projects are only possible if feasibility studies are conducted as the first stage of any proposal. Our team has many years of succesful experience of the delivery of feasibility studies to internationally accepted standards for both commercial and military projects.

At IAG, our Cargo Airline Feasibility Studies are to EASA and FAA standard and if required we are happy to have our studies signed off by the global accountants – Grant Thornton or PWC

We are able to consider not only the direct impact of a development proposal, but also the associated impact and effects on the surrounding infrastructure, environment and economy, including airport environmental impact assessment. Our clients range from governments, private airports, airline operators and owners – to public bodies and government organisations seeking independent advice.

This wide experience is reflected in our portfolio which encompasses feasibility studies for both international, regional and domestic freight operators, whether they are start-ups or currently operting. Our cargo feasibility study services extend to cargo demand forecasting, destinations, site identification and appraisal, airport environmental impact assessment and mitigation measures leading to definitive reports and recommendations. We also cover in depth the acquisition or leasing, maintenance and disposal of cargo aviation assets specifically freight aircraft.

IAG EASA & FAA standard Airline Feasibility Studies International Aviation Group
Cargo Airline Feasibility Studies – Start-up’s and existing freight operators
Freighter Aircraft – acquisitions, maintenence, fleets, spares and servicing, disposals and upgrades (ACMI wet and dry lease)
Cargo Forecasting, Route development and competition reviews
Cargo hangars and Cargo Hub Airport Planning and Design
Support training such as aviation engineer schools and loadmaster training
Complete turn-key aviation solutions
Multi-modal Access & Associated Facilities
Cargo airline start-up’s
Cargo & Freight Planning
Freight Ground Support Facilities
Local CAA liaison and approvals
Financial Modelling
Airline Start-Ups
MRO facilities & support

Cargo Start-up Airline or Existing Freight Operator Review

Our Cargo Airline Feasibility Studies include but are not limited to the following areas. We agree a full list of criteria with our clients and whether it is a new cargo airline or an airline currently operating, this fundamental study will provide you the customer with a range of costed  options for the board and investors to approve.

Executive Summary
Project Scope / ROM / Concept
Current Market place
Network Objectives
Potential Route Network / Volumes / Seasonality
AOC requirements
Fleet Plan / Lease Options / Rates / Training Requirements
Risk Summary & General Competition Analysis
Financial summary
Implementation recommendations & proposed schedule
Annexe 1 – Document and Trade references

Detailed freight review:

  • evaluate potential routes against the anticipated volume /mass in each direction
  • compare the expected cargo sources to determine the need for pallets & ULD’s
  • consider the per kg rate expected to be achieved
  • consider regional belly hold vs. main deck cargo rates
  • determine the seasonality of the loads from discussion with suppliers
  • potential for charter during quiet periods
  • evaluate the various aircraft options – range/payload/cost per kg/financial risk/MRO risk
  • consider each type with a view to crew availability and local maintenance capability
  • request ground handling quotations from the providers at all of the target destinations
  • request maintenance support quotations from outstations and base AMO’s
  • training options for ground staff, flight crew, loadmasters and engineers
  • propose ISO:9000 processes to streamline the operation
  • prepare indicative costs and propose aircraft lease options
  • NOTE: If some of the potential routes fly through European airspace, EASA is the default.