August 2011

Cover Story

  • Toll Global Forwarding on a roll

    If you asked anyone outside of Australia or New Zealand a few years ago, chances are they would not have heard of Toll. But the company that had a rather low-key start back in 1888 supplying the mining community in the northwest of Australia, has in only a few short years become – via over half a dozen key acquisitions – a global player in the logistics and freight forwarding industry.... Read More


  • Focus on right product and right capacity

    Emirates SkyCargo could ask for a bigger gift – shelves are surely bursting with awards. While some are no doubt a tribute to its ample advertising budget, a very healthy number are a result of not just satisfied customers, but happy customers. While the Dubai-based carrier has come under fire from accusations by carriers in Europe and North America, it clearly has a successful formula that reverberates through not just its passenger division, but its highly regarded cargo division as well.... Read More


  • CF sees expanding opportunities Down Under

    A robust resources industry and a strongly emerging project sector, is driving a positive air charter market in Australia, particularly in the oil & gas, mining, construction, government & aid, military and entertainment sectors, according to Chapman Freeborn’s business development manager in Australia, Michael Grant.... Read More
  • Qantas domestic freight volumes & yield up

    Despite the natural disasters that devastated transport infrastructure in many parts of Australia, Qantas has seen its domestic freight results increase as it has been a good year for the domestic freight industry driven partly by the relative strength of the Australian economy and the high Australian dollar.... Read More
  • Brisbane confident of its future

    Brisbane, whilst not Australia’s largest airport for cargo, it none-the-less is a key nodal point for both Asian and Pacific cargo although it rather modestly describes itself as “currently more of a Pacific hub with Asia as an O&D market,” Cameron Macphee, general manager, Aviation Business Development tells Michael Mackey.... Read More
  • Auckland Airport punches above its weight

    Auckland Airport packs a mighty punch – a NZ$14 billion one – for a small but go-getting airport.... Read More

Belly Ache

  • Farewell Justin Bieber!

    Now we have to admit this is a bit of unprecedented move for Bellyache, we don’t ordinarily bid farewell to colleagues who have decided to turn their backs on us and head for greener pastures, but since Lou Wee seems to have made a bit of name for himself in the industry in quite a short time, we thought we’d break with protocol (actually that’s what we live for at Bellyache Central as you might have guessed!).... Read More


  • Taiwan's TransAsia begins Changi service

    Changi Airport recently gained a new carrier with the arrival of Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways which commenced a daily A320 Taipei- Singapore service.... Read More
  • Protests in Jakarta over new cargo screening rules

    Protesting new Indonesian domestic rules on air cargo security, hundreds of courier staff at the domestic cargo terminal of Jakarta's main Soekarno-Hatta Airport staged a walkout, throwing the airports cargo activities into chaos last month.... Read More
  • Dubai Airports to spend $7.8 billion on expansion

    Dubai Airports has announced it plans to spend US$7.8 billion on new and upgraded terminals – including a 30,000 sq.m. expansion of the cargo mega terminal – to lift Dubai International's annual passenger capacity from 60 million currently to 90 million by 2018.... Read More
  • Slight half year cargo growth at Frankfurt

    The Fraport Group, which operates Germany's Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and holds majority stake in a handful of other airports around the world has posted its first half throughput figures for 2011, showing air cargo at Frankfurt up one per cent year-on-year, while passenger traffic was up 8.3 per cent.... Read More
  • Sri Lanka progresses on 2nd int'l airport

    Construction work of a 4,000 metre runway of Sri Lanka's second International Airport at Mattala in the Hambantota District has been completed.... Read More
  • Chongqing aims to double cargo volume

    China’s Chongqing airport plans to double cargo volume in the coming years as the Western China city – already one of the largest and fastest growing of the city’s in China’s interior – pushes ahead with its strategy to become a major centre for technology manufacturing.... Read More

Express & Mail


  • BAFA holds 2nd Annual conference Downunder

    The 2nd Annual combined Australian Forwarders and Brokers (BAFA 2011) National Conference, held on tropical Hamilton Island North Queensland, between July 14 – 16 attracted 170 business networkers to the idyllic location.... Read More
  • Singapore Aircargo Agents Association’s 40th

    Speaking at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Singapore Aircargo Agents Association (SAAA), the association’s chairman, Steven Lee noted one of biggest challenges facing the industry is the difficulty in attracting young talent into the industry.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • Intermec launches new INcontrol software

    Intermec Technologies, a leading provider of hardware and software solutions to the Asian logistics sector, has announced the regional launch of INcontrol - device management software allowing businesses to efficiently track mobile technology assets, secure network investments and achieve a lower total cost of ownership.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Cargo goes 15% lighter

    Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo are moving to partially replace their ULD fleet, starting in the third quarter this year, with new containers made of a light plastic material.... Read More
  • Delhi cargo centre signs deal with Siemens

    India’s Delhi Cargo Services Center has signed an agreement with Siemens to deliver state-of-the-art cargo handling equipment for the new Integrated Cargo Complex at Delhi International Airport.... Read More
  • OAG Cargo launches upgraded freight rates app

    OAG Cargo has launched its new upgraded AFRA air freight rates application that allows airlines and forwarders to record online rate agreements and save time and money settling price disputes.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Cargo opts for Smiths Detection

    Smiths Detection has announced a contract with Lufthansa Cargo to provide the carrier with X-ray inspection and trace detection units for security screening.... Read More


  • Panalpina lays out strategy to 2014

    In a corporate strategy outlook to 2014, Panalpina has said it will remain focused on its air and ocean freight as its core business, but will be complemented by Supply Chain Services and Value Added Services in Logistics.... Read More
  • UK forwarders may lose out if no AEO

    Forwarders in the UK are in danger of losing out if they ignore the realities of freight forwarding in the increasingly regulated air cargo environment and fail to gain Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status, says Davies Turner.... Read More
  • Agility begins scheduled China-Lithuania service

    Global logistics provider Agility has introduced a scheduled freighter service that will directly connect key origins in China via Shanghai to Kaunas, Lithuania.... Read More
  • K+N posts first half growth of 11%

    In airfreight, Kuehne + Nagel increased tonnage by 18 per cent, in spite of sharply declining volumes in the global airfreight market during the second quarter, resulting in a market growth of just about two per cent in the first half of 2011.... Read More
  • Kerry Logistics buys two UK forwarders

    Hong Kong-based Kerry Logistics has announced two UK-based acquisitions – Manchester, England-based Bergen Freight Forwarding Limited and Yorkshire, England-based Regency Forwarding Limited.... Read More
  • Schenker closes US BAX Global hub

    DB Schenker has announced it will eliminate its US air fleet and shut down its BAX Global cargo hub in Ohio because of a drop in demand for air freight.... Read More
  • Damco eyes Indian forwarding acquisitions

    Damco, the logistics unit of the AP Moller-Maersk Group, is said to be scouting for acquisitions in India to expand its freight forwarding footprint on the back of India’s economy growth.... Read More
  • Agility opens East Malaysia branch

    Agility has opened a new branch office in Kuching, East Malaysia to strengthen its presence in Sarawak in what it says will provide a platform for further growth in the region.... Read More
  • Menlo Worldwide expands Singapore facilities

    Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc., has announced it is expanding its presence in Singapore and breaking ground on a new, 400,000-square-foot warehousing and retail distribution management centre.... Read More

Ground Handling

  • Swissport gets ISAGO certification

    Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground services to the aviation sector, has been awarded the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certificate for its corporate headquarters and Zurich station, and is now listed on the ISAGO Registry.... Read More
  • Bangkok Flight Services awarded IATA ISAGO

    Bangkok Flight Services (BFS), following the successful completion of its Corporate and Station audit in Bangkok, Thailand, has been awarded the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO).... Read More
  • Leisure goes with WFS for UK, Ireland

    Leisure Cargo, which provides total cargo management on a worldwide basis for 19 airlines, has signed a contract with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) for cargo handling in the UK and Ireland.... Read More
  • Hactl’s June throughput down 10%

    Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) has said its air cargo tonnage fell 10.3 per cent in June from a year earlier due to the slowdown of the global economic recovery and a higher base of comparison.... Read More
  • Goldair rocks with Bon Jovi in Athens

    World famous American rock band Bon Jovi stopped off on their European tour in Athens where the outbound equipment was handled at Athens International Airport.... Read More
  • ABC renews cargo contract with Fraport

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), one of the largest all-freight airlines at Frankfurt Airport, has signed another long-term freight handling contract with Fraport Cargo Services (FCS).... Read More

From the Editor

  • Clear and present danger

    The tragic crash of an Asiana Airlines freighter last month off the southern coast of South Korea is sure to once again ignite debate over the carriage of lithium batteries aboard aircraft.... Read More