April 2011

Cover Story

  • Changi's cargo hub continues to fly high

    While astute forward thinking coupled with meticulous planning helped vault Singapore Changi Airport into the league of major global air hubs - despite a tiny land mass and population - a constant focus on innovation, top-notch services and infrastructure has helped fend off hungry regional competition that has become ever more savvy. Manfred Singh has the story.... Read More

From the Editor



  • National expands Asian commercial focus

    "The world just became a smaller place. National is ready and able to complete any mission, anytime, anywhere." That tag line put beside what Preston Murray, president and CEO, National Air Cargo often likes to say: "Our mantra is big, heavy, ugly, and fast, so we look for industries that have that kind of requirement", encapsulates what the 25-year old freight forwarding and airlift company is doing best. Manfred Singh has the story.... Read More


  • Political unrest slows growth, Japan worrisome

    The political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa and the impact of Japan's devastating earthquake, tsunami and resultant nuclear radiation leaks have all conspired to cast a dark cloud over air cargo and passenger demand, says the International Air Transport Association (IATA). By Donald Urquhart.... Read More


  • India acts on cargo hub dev't, Malaysia needs focus

    India, largely through private-public partnerships, is taking action to address rapidly growing demand for air cargo infrastructure, while Malaysia on the other hand needs a strategic focus to realise its air cargo potential, say air cargo executives. Wong Joon San reports from Kuala Lumpur.... Read More
  • Leisure Cargo acquires TUI bellies

    A new deal with German tour operator TUI has given Air Berlin subsidiary Leisure Cargo the responsibility since 1 April for the air freight business of all TUI member airlines, excluding French carrier Corsair, substantially boosting its cargo offering. Heiner Siegmund reports.... Read More

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IATA 2011

  • Airlines, forwarders livid over TSA move

    An emergency amendment to security measures, issued by the US Transportation Security Agency (TSA) in early March, has prompted furious reactions from the airline industry and has further soured an already tense relationship between the US agency and the international air cargo industry with many saying that the US agency is simply not interested in a serious dialogue with the industry. By Nol van Fenema.... Read More
  • Industry agrees to breathe life into e-freight

    Speakers at a dedicated e-freight session of the IATA WCS pointed out that, with the exception of a number of key carriers and airports, progress toward total e-freight implementation had been slow and not progressed as much as expected. By Nol van Fenema.... Read More
  • IATA lays out competitiveness agenda

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has laid out an agenda for the air cargo value chain to improve its competitiveness with a four point agenda. "The air cargo value chain must offer better quality and improved efficiency with operations that are safer and even more secure," said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA's director general and CEO, in his opening remarks to 900 air cargo executives gathered in Istanbul for the IATA World Cargo Symposium.... Read More



  • Lufthansa Cargo returns to sparkling results

    The German cargo carrier is back on track, visibly demonstrated by the operating profit of €310 million the carrier posted in fiscal 2010, which compares dramatically with the a year earlier when Lufthansa's air freight arm lost €171 million. Heiner Siegmund reports.... Read More


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