July 2011

Cover Story

  • Turkish Cargo gains altitude

    Anyone with even a passing interest in commercial aviation can surely not help but notice the seemingly sudden rise on the global aviation stage of Turkish Airlines. In a relatively short span of time, the carrier - which dates back to 1933 - has now established a global presence and reputation for quality service - both passenger and cargo - that only last month garnered it a coveted Skytrax passenger award for 'Best European Airline'. Donald Urquhart reports.... Read More
  • EUROPE/CIS: Cargo traffic remains in the "doldrums" in June: IATA

    Freight and passenger traffic have hit a "speed bump" in June, with other modes of transport benefiting from the growth in the world economy, according to the latest traffic results released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).... Read More

From the Editor

  • Small can be beautiful

    In the world of big, slick and well-moneyed it's sometimes the low key, unobtrusive things that leave the most meaningful impact on one's mind.... Read More


  • Nordisk ramps up capacity to meet demand

    Due to the rapidly changing trends in the Asian air cargo industry, Nordisk, which has been present in mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore since 2004, is ramping up its capacity to meet the increased demand and activities in the region. Wong Joon San reports.... Read More


  • Hat trick' of Asian investments for DHL Express

    Fresh from record profits of nearly €500,000 last year after finally dumping its lossmaking US domestic unit, DHL Express CEO Ken Allen could certainly be forgiven for enthusiastically breaking out in song - literally - at a recent press conference in Hong Kong marking the start of a new direct flight to the express giant's US hub in Cincinnati. Donald Urquhart has the story from Hong Kong.... Read More


Belly Ache


  • Virgin Atlantic Cargo flies under the radar

    When it comes to Virgin Atlantic there is probably little need for any introduction. Famous for its off-beat humour in its advertising and seeming irreverence for all things established, its clever marketing led by enigmatic boss Richard Branson has firmly established it in the minds of most air passengers. Its cargo division on the other hand, leads a far more low-key existence, but one that never-the-less has established it as a solid quality player in the industry. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More


  • Small GSSAs face dilemma in dealing with airlines

    Today, some smaller general sales and service agents (GSSAs) are facing a paradox as a number of airlines want to work with them, because they see the larger ones as unable to offer dedicated services, but they expect the service levels to be on par or comparable with those of large GSSAs. Wong Joon San has the story.... Read More
  • Ad-hoc charters can more scheduled operations

    The present air cargo industry is in a state of flux and airlines are not likely to increase their scheduled operations as ad-hoc charter operations can be arranged if a situation warrants. So, during the high peak season demand, spare aircraft capacity can also be arranged for charter operations to enable airlines to tap the surge in volumes. By Wong Joon San.... Read More
  • Air Logistics Group to expand in Asian market

    UK-based Air Logistics Group, which has been in Asia for the last three years, wants to grow its footprint further in the region both organically, as well as through acquisition as Asian economies continue their rapid expansion. By Wong Joon San.... Read More
  • Bottom line important for IAM's winning formula

    Dublin-based International Airline Marketing (IAM), Ireland's largest Cargo General Sales and Service Agent (GSSA), says that in order to have a winning relationship between GSSA and a carrier, the job remuneration must be less than what the carrier could get if they did the job themselves, but enough for the GSSA to be able to make a fair margin for their investment. Wong Joon San reports.... Read More
  • GSAs offer options for air cargo challenges

    Despite the challenging air cargo market that has seen slowing volumes and excess capacity once again putting heavy downward pressure on yields, GSAs remain upbeat that a good business model will enable them to ride out the ebbs and flows of the market as they help their airline customers cut costs. By Karen E. Thuermer... Read More

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