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FedEx has continued to hold on to the top spot as the world’s busiest cargo airline with volumes up 3.8 per cent year on year to 17.5 billion freight tonne kilometres (FTK) in 2018, according to the latest IATA World Air Transport Statistics report. The express operator is in the process of upgrading its fleet, having ordered an extra 12 Boeing 777 freighters and 12 B767Fs last year. As of May 31, 2019 its fleet comprised 681 aircraft compared with 670 aircraft in 2018 and 657 in 2017. As far as pure cargo airlines are concerned, Emirates topped the rankings in spite of demand remaining flat at 12.7 billion FTK, reported London’s Air Cargo News.   July 18, 2019, www.transportweekly.com