May 2011

World Air Cargo Event Report


Law Matters




  • The crusading captain

    Charismatic and passionate, Captain Gopinath made his mark on the Indian aviation market by pioneering India’s first true low cost carrier – Air Deccan – following his dream of enabling “every Indian to fly at least once in his/her lifetime”. Next on his agenda, a role in Indian politics and a new logistics business.... Read More


  • Cargo market improving but changes afoot

    Air cargo industry leaders have expressed "cautious confidence" in the recovery of the air cargo market, according to a recent survey of 30 CEOs of top global air cargo companies by consultancy firm Oliver Wyman. The survey revealed that the recovery in the air cargo market is still fragile and subject to far-reaching changes as a result of last year's crisis. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • Jade aims to turn Chengdu into key cargo hub

    In early December Jade Cargo inked a strategic cooperation agreement with the Chengdu Municipal Government to help turn the province into an important aviation hub for Central and Western China. The airline plans to adopt a three-prong strategy to make Chengdu Shuangliu Airport a spring-board into Europe. Wong Joon San reports from Chengdu.... Read More

From the Publisher


FIATA 2010


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

AFA Supplement




Ground Handling

FREIGHTER Supplement

  • AEI selects fourth conversion centre

    Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), has announced that it has selected Commercial Jet’s (CJ’s) new 400,000 square-foot facility at the Dothan Regional Airport (DHN) in Dale County, Alabama as its fourth AEI Authorized Conversion Center (AACC). Commercial Jet’s Alabama facility will provide B737-300SF,B737- 400SF and MD80SF Passenger to Freighter Conversions and Maintenance for AEI customers.... Read More
  • Pemco to double B737-300 P2Fs

    Pemco World Air Services has said it will likely double its P2F freighter conversion of Boeing 737-300 and -400 aircraft and soon will announce a programme for a new 737 variant, according to Kevin Casey, president of the Tampa, Florida based conversion and maintenance company.... Read More
  • B757 feedstock for conversions hits sweetspot

    After a long hard winter that’s lasted for a few years, the conversion market for Precision Conversions’ niche area of B757-200 passenger to freighter and passenger to combi looks finally set to turn. And the timing couldn’t be better – record levels of feedstock are beginning to flow. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • Freighters: Going the way of the dinosaurs?

    With ongoing global economic lethargy causing continued stagnation in air cargo markets and new capacity mostly in the form of passenger bellies, continuously being added, many have questioned the long term viability of freighters. But a recent industry panel comprised of key executives from all-cargo carriers, combination carriers and a freight forwarder, unanimously agreed freighters are here to stay, but that a market correction – possibly with casualties – is inevitable. Donald Urquhart reports from Hong Kong.... Read More



    Russia intends to boost its relations with APAC countries with the aim to increase their share in Russia’s foreign trade turnover up to at least 50%. This ambitious goal was announced by the First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov not long before the recent APEC summit in Vladivostok.... Read More

EUROPEAN air cargo Supplement

  • Garuda and Jan de Rijk team up in Europe

    Together with it’s expanding fleet, Garuda looks to expand its flight network to Europe and Jan de Rijk will provide trucking services to redistribute cargo to the rest of the European cities.... Read More
  • Embracing innovation and new technology

    It looks like it’s a general consensus amongst the various sectors in the air cargo industry that the existing business models are stagnating because of the resistance to change. In essence, there needs to be an overhaul to embrace new technology – and fast.... Read More
  • Brescia on the cusp of a new era

    At the recent Air Cargo Europe even, amidst the vibrancy of the atmosphere, few significant deals were reached. One of these deals that might just turn out to be untapped goldmine is the Brescia airport which has signed an agreement with Vector Aviation to have cargo flights from Saigon to Brescia.... Read More
  • AF-KLM-Martinair press on with transformation

    After recording major losses over the past few years, Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo looks to bounce back and the progress it has been making is seemingly steady.... Read More

ULD & Perishables Supplement

  • AmSafe Bridport ‘nets’ KLM contract

    AmSafe Bridport has been awarded KLM Cargo’s prestigious Supplier Award in appreciation of an outstanding contribution to the success of their operational activities following the signing of a five year contract to replace all existing KLM / Martinair cargo pallet nets with a lighter more environmentally friendly product.... Read More
  • Korean Air awarded QEP cert in Americas

    Korean Air Cargo has received accreditation from the active temperature-controlled air cargo container manufacturer, Envirotainer, as a Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) in eight stations in the US and South America.... Read More
  • India’s cool-chain logistics needs upgrading

    One of the major obstacles that India’s perishable industry faces is poor logistics. Air cargo stakeholders never fail to point out the losses due to infrastructure – or rather the lack of it – that have now become an indispensible part of the perishable transport business. And with many authorities bringing in stringent regulations for safe and secure conditions during transport and delivery of medical supplies and pharma products, there is an urgent need to upgrade the provision of cold-chain services in India. Manfred Singh reports from New Delhi... Read More
  • CHEP sees dichotomy in the current market

    While there is simply no escaping the negative impact of an air cargo market so flat, it makes the Sahara Desert look positively hilly, but tough times also force often much needed change and a focus on efficiencies. For CHEP Aerospace Solutions, a recognised leader in Unit Load Device (ULD) management and maintenance outsourcing, the prolonged downturn in the industry has had varying impacts. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • Nordisk’s newest ULD fights fire and sheds kgs

    AAR subsidiary, Nordisk, has unveiled its lightest cargo container with advanced fire resistance capabilities – at a full 30 per cent lighter than aluminum containers and up to six hours of fire containment. Manfred Singh reports.... Read More



Typhoon Haiyan Relief

  • Air cargo comes to the aid of typhoon-devastated Philippines

    The air cargo industry – from carriers, charter brokers, logistics and express companies and others – quickly stepped up and mounted a nearly unprecedented uplift of urgently needed aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which devasted a large swath of the central Philippines with sustained winds of up to 196 km/h and gusts up to 270 km/h.... Read More

AFAAPPAAA 57th Assembly of Presidents

  • AAPA widens scope while promoting Asian voice

    The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has expanded its scope of countries whose international airlines are eligible to join as it seeks to promote the development of a more vocal and unified Asian voice in global regulatory affairs. Donald Urquhart reports from Hong Kong.... Read More


  • Miami reports 6.2% rise in Oct cargo volume

    Miami International Airport (MIA) reports that it handled a total of 154,352 tonnes of cargo in October 2013, a 6.2 per cent increase compared with the same month in 2012. The airport, which serves over 80 airlines flying to 150 destinations worldwide, handled 1.38 million tonnes of cargo between January and October, up 1.6 per cent compared with the same period in 2012.... Read More
  • American Airlines-US Airways merger completed

    AMR Corporation and US Airways Group, Inc. announced in early December the completion of their merger to officially form American Airlines Group Inc. and begin building the new American Airlines.... Read More
  • Modest growth, brighter skies for Air Canada

    The outlook for Air Canada is looking cautiously brighter although it is hard to quantify how much of an improvement they are seeing especially with significant new capacity coming on line. The first improvement is that the traditional end of season rush is happening and is compatible with previous years.... Read More
  • Edmonton International shifts into cargo high gear

    The coming year will see Edmonton International Airport (EIA) consolidate a strong ongoing performance and enhance it with some new hardware and software.... Read More
  • Global Aviation Holdings files for Chapter 11

    Global Aviation Holdings – the parent company of North American Airlines and World Airways – and the largest commercial provider of charter air services to the US Military and a major provider of worldwide commercial charter services, has filed for US Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company said it intends to continue operations during the process.... Read More
  • UTi Worldwide continues with transformation

    UTi Worldwide – a global, non-asset-based supply chain services and solutions provider – continues with its transformation efforts which includes the deployment of a new freight-forwarding operating system.... Read More
  • PANYNJ to boost streamlined goods movement

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has a long-term strategic plan to enhance regional capacity and, among others, to foster a streamlined goods movement network for faster and more reliable delivery; maintain and modernise existing facilities to ensure safety, security and environmental responsibility. It also aspires to engage its regional partners in the creation of plans, policies and investments that will provide a significantly improved quality of transportation services for regional businesses.... Read More
  • Rickenbacker sits pretty with growing int’l cargo

    Ohio’s Rickenbacker International Airport has logged the kind of growth rates, double figures in some sectors, that most in the air cargo industry can only dream of, although some other changes have worked against so stellar a performance being seen across the board. That said the airport will only break even overall for the year. But is a very interesting breaking even. “This year we... Read More

FIATA World Congress 2013

  • SAAA expands membership base and refocuses

    The Singapore Aircargo Agents Association (SAAA) has undergone a significant organisational change with a major expansion of its membership base in order to become the main industry body for the entire air cargo and aviation community in Singapore.... Read More
  • Shippers, forwarders to reap most from e-freight

    Delegates at Fiata’s World Congress in Singapore heard how shippers would gain 70 per cent of the productivity and cost savings generated by the implementation of e-freight, according to a study by the Logistics Institute of Asia Pacific, while forwarders would gain 27 per cent of the benefits.... Read More
  • IATA chief urges closer cooperation

    Marking the first time in a decade that an IATA director general has addressed the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) annual World Congress, Tony Tyler, IATA’s current director general, urged forwarders to collaborate with airlines to help boost the struggling air freight business. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More

Air Cargo & Logistics Asia

  • Mending the broken pharma cold chain

    Despite the critical nature of the drugs being handled and transported from one part of the world to another, everyone involved in the pharma cold chain agrees that there are still no enforceable documents and no standardisation of the rules when it comes to pharmaceutical transport. Moreover, executives from the freight and logistics industries say the pharma cold chain remains “broken” and that shippers see airports as the weakest links in the chain. Stephan Las Marias reports.... Read More


Market Update


IATA World Cargo Symposium

  • 8th WCS emphasis on E-Freight and quality agenda

    The 8th World Cargo Symposium (WCS) concluded in Los Angeles on 13 March with new initiatives to improve the efficiency and quality of global air freight.... Read More
  • IATA releases lithium battery guidelines

    With concern rising rapidly across the airline industry over the safety of transporting lithium batteries the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has just released the first edition of the Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG) providing comprehensive guidance on how to safely ship lithium batteries and products containing Lithium batteries.... Read More
  • Modal shift denting growth: Seabury-IATA

    Air cargo has lost a lot of ground to ocean,” said Gert-Jan Jansen, head of Seabury Cargo Advisory in detailing the results a new study undertaken by Seabury the and International Air Transport Association.... Read More
  • A clarion call to cut two days from transit time

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) commenced its 8th World Cargo Symposium in Los Angeles with an industry-wide call for the average end-to-end transit time to be cut by up to 48 hours by the end of the decade.... Read More
  • FedEx’s Smith warns on future of air cargo

    Speaking at the Opening Plenary of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Cargo Symposium 2014 in Los Angeles in mid-March, FedEx founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith gave a nod to the event’s theme – ‘Transformation through Innovation’ saying it was particularly relevant given that the air cargo industry “is in the midst of a profound transformation that requires new ways of thinking about our future.” Donald Urquhart reports from Los Angeles.... Read More


  • e-AWB push continues with new initiatives

    The international e-AWB penetration in February is up by 0.6 per cent, however the last two month performance has remained flat in part due to Chinese New Year, which impacted Asian markets, where e-AWB penetration is high, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said in its latest update.... Read More

GSA/GSSA Supplement

  • GSA sector still developing in Asia

    Although the general sales agents (GSA) industry in Hong Kong is developing, it is not as popular as in western countries, such as in Europe, says Johnson Ma, general manager of Antares International, which is the Hong Kong GSA of American Airlines Cargo. Wong Joon San has the story.... Read More
  • ECS Group foresees big boost from ASEAN

    Even as air freight continues to grow – ever so slowly – yields remain weak largely due to excess capacity. It is in such conditions that many carriers around the world want to focus on their core activity – transporting cargo and passengers – and reduce operating costs making it an ideal market for GSAs. For the ECS Group, the coming Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) economic community will also herald significant changes for the market. Manfred Singh reports.... Read More
  • Global reach with the right people is key: ALG

    The future for GSAs is bright according to Stephen Dawkins, COO and Founder of Air Logistics Group (ALG). Tough times see airlines increasing their outsourcing in a bid to cut costs and share risk which bodes well for GSA/GSSAs such as Dawkins who have the global reach and experienced people on the local ground. Michael Mackey reports.... Read More
  • ATC growing by leaps and bounds

    Ingo Zimmer CEO of ATC Aviation is a remarkably confident man given the generally weak state of the air cargo markets. “Recently I am very much positive and I am not feeling threatened by market conditions,” he said in a phone interview with Payload Asia. Michael Mackey has the story.... Read More



ULD & Cold Chain Supplement

Express & Mail Supplement

  • E-commerce fuelling China express demand

    As China moves further up the ladder to improve the quality of its manufactured products through greater value-added services and enhancing the reliability of delivery, the increase in the need for express delivery providers in the country, both domestically and internationally, is growing day-by-day. Wong Joon San reports.... Read More
  • E-commerce: Certain impact, uncertain direction

    That e-commerce is impacting the express and mail segments of air cargo is beyond dispute, but opinions vary greatly as to by how much and what the end result will be, with most agreeing it would be most unwise to underestimate its impact. Michael Mackey reports.... Read More


  • Hong Kong’s GSAs face many challenges

    While Hong Kong remains a good market for GSA/GSSAs, challenges from other markets including the southern China mainland could impinge upon this in the longer term. Wong Joon San reports.... Read More
  • Key exec changes at HK Airport Authority

    While the issue of Hong Kong International Airport’s third runway is coming to a boil, the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has undergone a major restructuring.... Read More
  • Big interest in HK’s third runway enviro study

    Submissions from companies and the general public have steadily flowed in following the Hong Kong government’s publication of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the Hong Kong International Airport’s (HKIA) proposed three runway system. Wong Joon San reports.... Read More
  • Moderate growth for air cargo in 2013

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released full year 2013 figures showing a 1.4 per cent expansion of global freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) for the year compared to 2012.... Read More
  • Asian Leaders Summit 2014

    Leading up to the start of the Singapore Airshow the annual pre-event Asian Leaders Summit kicked off on 10 February with a focus on current aviation industry trends and regulations.... Read More
  • Liberalisation of Thai aviation market overdue

    The European ASEAN Business Centre (EABC) in Thailand has outlined obstacles to Thailand’s efforts to boost its position as an airfreight hub, in its recently published European Business Position Paper. Among the issues highlighted were market and investment access, customs reforms, abolition of the postal monopoly and the need for a more open aviation market.... Read More
  • Global cargo at 25-month high, Asia lags

    While the latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) figures show a “slowbut- steady global growth picture” with cargo Freight Tonne Kilometre (FTK) growth stabilising in September at 0.5 per cent following recent months of slow growth, Asia-Pacific saw a 3.1 per cent fall in cargo activity compared to last September.... Read More
  • Swiss restarts direct Singapore-Zurich service

    Swiss International Air Lines has returned to Singapore after an absence of four years with a new daily non-stop service between Singapore and Zurich operated with an A340-300 aircraft. The opening of Singapore also offers major opportunities for the Swiss WorldCargo business unit with 17-18 tonnes of belly capacity per flight. Donald Urquhart reports.... Read More
  • Philippines ‘sick man of Asia’ no more

    Philippines looks set to take off to greater heights in the world of logistics, but they have to get more than a few things straight beforehand, says Mark Millar.... Read More
  • IBS inks €100M Luftansa Cargo deal

    “To be chosen by an iconic airline like Lufthansa is a significant step in our endeavour to make iCargo the No.1 air cargo management solution in the world.” That was a visibly happy V K Mathews, executive chairman of the Trivandrum-based IBS Group, speaking about the tie-up with Lufthansa Cargo AG (LH). Manfred Singh reports from Trivandrum.... Read More
  • [email protected] excels at catalysing markets

    Fast-growing [email protected] is looking to grow not just its existing markets but by developing other new markets as well. These efforts not only underscore the uniqueness of Changi Airport’s dedicated cold chain facility, but the growth figures which show how fast it can catalyse new markets. By Michael Mackey.... Read More
  • ME growth props up air cargo growth figures

    Global aviation traffic results for May deteriorated along with the world’s economic situation, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). May freight demand was 1.9 per cent below previous year levels. Compared to April, the freight market contracted by 0.4 per cent.... Read More
  • ICAO comes up with three ETS alternatives

    An ICAO working group has narrowed down three options for an alternative plan to the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) for the airline industry, but nothing concrete is likely until next year.... Read More
  • India’s air cargo working group submits report

    It was December 2010 that India’s Civil Aviation Economic Advisory Council (CAEAC) decided to bring about changes in the countries air cargo sector. The industry had just weathered global recession and almost every aviation stakeholder had come to the realisation that it was cargo that brought in the money – hence the sudden emphasis on enhancing infrastructure for the sector. Manfred Singh reports.... Read More
  • India’s air cargo working group submits report

    It was December 2010 that India’s Civil Aviation Economic Advisory Council (CAEAC) decided to bring about changes in the countries air cargo sector. The industry had just weathered global recession and almost every aviation stakeholder had come to the realisation that it was cargo that brought in the money – hence the sudden emphasis on enhancing infrastructure for the sector. Manfred Singh reports.... Read More
  • Menlo adopts two-pronged China approach

    Menlo Worldwide Logistics, which specialises in the integration of all functions across the supply chain, tackles the China market utilising two major strategies: Firstly, its global experience and know-how in the international market and secondly, by riding on its well-established Mainland local operations. By Wong Joon San.... Read More
  • EDIfly looks set to fly high

    A new IT tool is making waves among carriers and ground handlers for its simplicity and ability to not only save money, but provide access to more information. By Heiner Siegmund.... Read More
  • Cargo in the crosshairs of global terror

    The recent 3rd Annual Aviation Summit in Dubai left no doubt about the security threats the air cargo sector, especially in the Middle East faces, although it did suggest some ways to deal with what is a constantly evolving problem. Michael Mackey reports from Dubai.... Read More
  • Spreading the word of correct ULD procedures

    Extending an awareness of the importance of correct ULD operational procedures to the far reaches of the air cargo global operation remained the main challenge of the 2011 World Cargo Symposium (WCS) ULD track earlier this year.... 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
  • 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
  • Postal performance

    Product and service innovation plus a customer focused mindset are key factors that differentiate high performers in the postal sector. By Brian Moran and Andre Pharand.... Read More
  • Emerging economies need more efficient logistics

    DHL is urging governments and regulators to decrease the administrative burden, pursue a smarter approach to customs and security, and focus on infrastructure investment to unleash the growth potential in emerging economies. Donald Urquhart reports.... Read More
  • Capacity discipline is key priority for AF-KLM Cargo

    With cargo load factors on the rise, yields improving and money flowing once again into the coffers of Air France-KLM Cargo, one would think the Champagne corks would be popping. But uncertainty still lingers heavy in the air as global economic signals are mixed and returning and new air craft capacity looms like a menacing cloud on the horizon. Donald Urquhart reports from Paris.... Read More
  • A terrible year, but it could have been worse

    Despite unveiling its worst ever loss, Lufthansa Cargo takes satisfaction from a sharp fall in costs in 2009. But fuel prices paid a key factor in that, and a question mark still hangs over the carrier’s quality model. Peter Conway reports from Frankfurt.... Read More
  • FedEx Trade Networks paints Asia purple

    In one fell swoop, FedEx Trade Networks (FTN), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. expanded its global presence with a swath of new freight forwarding offices across Asia. Donald Urquhart reports.... Read More
  • Virgin boosts cargo capacity with new aircraft

    Despite the current global financial crisis, British entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic, a leading long-haul airline, has recently boosted its air cargo capacity with the announcement for a $2.1 billion order for 10 new Airbus A330-300 aircraft which will be delivered from early 2011 through 2012. Wong Joon San reports.... Read More
  • Safi intends to strengthen Afghan cargo business

    Dozens of aircraft are flying into Afghanistan day by day, most of them freighters bringing in supplies for the many expats that are based there working as diplomats, security guards or at some of the many official missions in the war-stricken country. On their way back however, the planes usually carry nothing but air through the skies.... Read More
  • Emirates cargo boss hopes for ‘U’ shaped recovery

    It may seem contrarian, but there is at least one air cargo executive out there that does not wish for a sharp recovery in the global economy. Speaking to Payload Asia on the sidelines of the recent Air Cargo Europe event, Ram Menon divisional senior VP for Emirates SkyCargo said he hopes for a gentle recovery.... Read More
  • BIAL belly flops with Cargo Village

    From outside, the rows of freshly whitewashed rooms look very much like soldiers’ barracks. On closer inspection, they are basically small rooms with a high roof, each separated at the top with a wire mesh. Welcome to the new air cargo office/warehouse facility at the Bengaluru International Airport (BIAL).... Read More
  • China Post expands across Asia-Pac

    As Chinese companies continue to invest overseas to expand their businesses, their activity is opening up numerous opportunities for Chinese third party logistics (3PLs) providers. Wong Joon San reports.... Read More
  • Toll aiming to make waves in Asia

    Fresh from its acquisition and integration of Hong Kong-based BALtrans Holdings, Australia¡¯s Toll Group is now setting its sights on Asia as it readies itself for substantial organic growth.... Read More
  • Viet air cargo market unstoppable

    As Vietnam's economy keeps expanding and attracting more foreign investment – surging nearly 70 per cent to a record US$20.3 billion in 2007 – dedicated cargo carriers are increasingly attracted to the northern capital of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in the south.... Read More
  • Tianjin~ The next big thing

    While much of the world¡¯s attention is focused on Beijing¡¯s new US$3 billion airport terminal, the rise of another airport some 100 km to the southeast is quietly picking up steam and attracting the likes of Lufthansa and Korean Air. Donald Urquhart reports.... Read More
  • China's first cargo airline expanding fast with pax aircraft

    China's first private sector airline has taken gracefully to the skies with a mix of cargo and passenger operations and now eyes international expansion with hopes of operating B747s to North America and Europe by 2009.... Read More
  • Shanghai Airport rapidly becoming strategic air hub

    Shanghai Airport continues to expand to meet the ever growing cargo demand with the Pudong Air Cargo Terminal Ltd (PACTL) West terminal as the latest addition hub. By Wong Joon San in Shanghai.... Read More
  • Airbus rediscovers freighters

    While the Airbus A380 freighter may be on ice for now, the European airframe maker has plenty of more freighters up its sleeve, including a possible A330-300 and A350-900 freighter.... Read More
  • Terrorists may target air cargo

    Terrorist threats to the air freight industry are mounting rapidly according to security experts.... Read More
  • Facing the challenges of China's fragmented distribution systems

    While others are struggling to cope with rising fuel surcharges and other hurdles, SITC Logistics, which has expanded into an international third party logistics services provider, is seeing excellent results in China's highly fragmented distribution system.... Read More
  • Challenging' outsourcing trend to continue

    As more and more companies are outsourcing their non-core competencies, the need for transportation providers is increasing. Edu Lopez in conversation with Vincente... Read More
  • Chinese ground handler looks to SE Asia for expansion

    Beijing Aviation Ground Services (BGS), the joint venture between Beijing-based Capital Airport Holding (CAH) and Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS), recently expanded its ground handling services in China. Now it is looking at new opportunities in Southeast Asia. Editor Nol van Fenema reports.... Read More


information technology Supplement


  • YEG: A growing force to be reckoned with

    It may not immediately strike a chord with many people, but the northern city of Edmonton in Canada’s western province of Alberta has been quietly growing its economy, based largely, but not exclusively on the oil and gas industry and this has been a windfall for the airport’s cargo group which is celebrating fi ve years of uninterrupted growth. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • Boeing (still) bullish on freighters

    Boeing projects air cargo traffic will grow at an annual rate of 4.7 per cent over the next 20 years, with global air freight traffic expected to more than double by 2033.... Read More
  • Delta optimistic on continuing market upswing

    Delta Cargo, like so many others, clocked a quiet first half of 2014 but noted an upswing in September and is optimistic the market that is currently “trending positively” in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa will continue into 2015, said Eric Wilson, director – asia cargo sales. Michael Mackey has the story.... Read More
  • Calgary scores Cathay maindeck service

    The Calgary Airport Authority has welcomed the arrival of Cathay Pacific’s B747-8 Freighter to Calgary.... Read More
  • AA Cargo focuses on a quality-imbued future

    Monday 20 October was quite simply, “a historic day” for American Airlines Cargo – historic as American Airlines Cargo president Jim Butler observed, not simply because American Airlines and US Airways reached a major milestone in their merger as the two cargo divisions combine under a single air waybill as one combined network, but also because it occurred in less than a year after the union of the two carriers. By Manfred Singh.... Read More
  • Miami continues growth with one eye on belly

    Miami International Airport (MIA) which has grown at a steady if unspectacular clip this year is preparing to add something different to its already strong intra-American position. Michael Mackey has the story.... Read More
  • Rickenbacker cargo business bustling

    It has been a busy year at Ohio’s Rickenbacker International Airport which is eagerly anticipating more of the same for 2015. Michael Mackey reports.... Read More


  • Intra-Asia growth altering networks: AAPA

    Intra-Asia cargo flows of which Asia is the end-market are growing to the extent that it is causing a shift in the structure of networks, as well as fueling growing investment in ground-based logistics across the region, according to Andrew Herdman, director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). Donald Urquhart reports from Tokyo.... Read More


  • Good times here again?

    The ‘Good Times’, perhaps ‘Better Times’ might be a better description, it appears are increasingly back, but by how much and for how much longer are lingering questions. Michael Mackey reports.... Read More
  • Airfreight confidence brighter over six months

    Confidence amongst international airfreight shippers and forwarders is down from December to January 2013 but on a positive note the forward six month view is up for the first time in eight months, according to the latest survey jointly undertaken by Stifel Nicolaus and Transport Intelligence (Ti).... Read More
  • China will continue to shape global air cargo

    China Southern Cargo’s manager of planning and strategy, business development, Huang Jianwei, gives an analysis of the air cargo market with particular reference to the Chinese market since the industry was thrown into turmoil by the 2008 global financial crisis.... 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
  • New report sees recovery underway for air cargo

    Air cargo traffic should grow by about 7-10 per cent this year with a likely recovery to the pre-recession peak by 2012, says the author of a new report on the impact of the global recession on the air cargo industry. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • Asian cargo carriers doing best they can

    Asian cargo carriers have done pretty much all they can in dealing with the ongoing economic crisis that has paralysed the air cargo sector and left the industry with no visibility as to when things will recover, said the head of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).... Read More
  • China's air industry needs talent and integrity

    The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) recently released its annual report detailing developments, deficiencies and strategies going forward as the country overhauls its massive aviation sector.... Read More
  • Rosy future for express supply chain

    David L. Cunningham Jr., president, FedEx Express, Asia Pacific looks at the trends impacting the air cargo industry as a whole and in particular the fastest growing segment of the industry - the express sector.... Read More


  • IndiGo CarGo flying high, but under the radar

    The Rahul Bhatia-led IndiGo is often compared to the tortoise that won the race. IndiGo is steadfast in its approach and does not make a song and dance about it. As of February 2015, in addition to being India’s largest low fare carrier, it is the fastest growing low cost carrier in the world. With a market share of 37.1 per cent of the Indian skies, IndiGo is also the country’s largest airline. Manfred Singh reports.... Read More
  • Korean continues impressive maindeck renewal

    For a carrier with so much going for it and what’s more, a cargo operator buying new freighters as the rest of the industry either tries, or possibly should be trying to offload maindeck capacity, Korean Air with its current fleet of 27 wide-body freighters, is very, very modest. Michael Mackey has the story.... Read More
  • ECS Group ramps up focus on Asia and LATAM

    It was a good year last year for the Paris-headquartered general sales and service agent (GSSA), ECS Group. With an extensive, well-established network across Europe which also provides good coverage of the African growth markets and well on its way to fulfilling its next two strategic focuses – Asia and Latin America – the fact the group as a whole, broached the US$1 billion turnover mark last year, is surely more than just icing on the cake. By B. Collamat.... Read More
  • Hong Kong Airlines enjoys a cargo ‘sweet spot’

    In a contrarian move to much of the industry, up and coming cargo carrier, Hong Kong Airlines continued to add freighter capacity in 2014, bucking the headwinds with rising volumes and utilisation of both its passenger belly and maindeck capacity. Manfred Singh has the story.... Read More
  • Raya Airways takes flight from former Transmile

    With a massively trimmed route network and a realistic growth plan, Malaysia’s newest cargo carrier, Raya Airways - the rebranded Transmile Air Services now under new ownership and management - looks set for a much brighter and smoother flight path than its former incarnation. Donald Urquhart reports.... Read More
  • Changi innovates with partners in evolving market

    With a still uncertain outlook for the global airfreight sector which has seen Changi Airport’s cargo throughput grow only marginally this year over the same period last year, the air hub remains committed to supporting its airline partners as it pursues new growth opportunities. Michael Mackey reports.... Read More
  • Leipzig/Halle flourishes with mix of niche clients

    It may be lacking in cargo generating manufacturing outside its doorstep and certainly the lack of passenger connectivity and related belly cargo limits its appeal for some carriers, but all this is more than made up for by its keen logistics focus, ability to easily expand and most of all, 24/7 unrestricted access. Donald Urquhart has the story.... Read More
  • Thai Cargo moves cautiously, focuses on Asia

    Thai Airways Cargo will cautiously introduce new services into the market as it waits for the world economy to show sustained signs of growth and Thailand’s overheated politics to cool down. Michael Mackey reports from Bangkok.... Read More
  • Blue Dart confident of its network and strategy

    Fresh from picking up the Regional Express Provider of the Year award at the annual Payload Asia Awards 2013, Blue Dart Express, India’s leading domestic integrated express company says it’s confident its unique air network and outsourced ground delivery service is well placed to ride out the current economic malaise and continue its growth track as the economy recovers. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • Challenging the (conversion) status quo

    It may seem unrealistic in today’s market; taking a new, unconventional and as yet unproven wide-body freighter conversion concept to a market that continues to see existing freighters parked, new-build freighter deferments and cancellations, not to mention an existing wide body conversion market practically in moth balls. But for Low Cost Freighter (LCF) Conversions the offering provides a viable and much cheaper option than currently available.... Read More
  • CHAMP ramps up in Asia

    CHAMP Cargosystems is to step up its presence in Asia through organic growth and acquisitions, its chief executive officer, John Johnston told Payload Asia on the sidelines of the 2013 Air Transport IT Summit in Brussels. By Michael Mackey.... Read More
  • Swissport keen on Asian expansion

    With its formidable presence in more than 85 airports around the world and handling in excess of 3.5 million tonnes of cargo annually, Swissport Cargo Services has a fairly major blank spot on its world map. Although it has cargo operations in Korea and Japan, nowhere else in Asia does the Swiss ground handler have cargo operations and this is something it’s keen to remedy by promoting its high level of service standards. Michael Mackey has the story.... Read More
  • A shifting cargo paradigm?

    Set against the backdrop of the ongoing depressed cargo market, massive widebody belly capacity flooding into the market over the next couple of years and a very difficult time for all-freighter operators, industry executives at the Payload Asia Conference 2012 discussed whether the current cargo paradigm is still valid. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • Envirotainer sharpens Asia focus

    Envirotainer has turned a keen eye on Asia through the opening of its Asian headquarters in Singapore recently, as part of its growth strategy to tap the dynamic and rapidly growing pharmaceutical manufacturing sector across the region. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • Atlas Air flourishing in challenging times

    As far as the air cargo industry goes, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings occupies a rare patch of ground. It has the enviable position of seeing demand for its solutions whether the global economy and hence the air cargo industry, be sky-high or down in the dumps as it currently is. Donald Urquhart has the story.... Read More
  • Atlas Air flourishing in challenging times

    As far as the air cargo industry goes, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings occupies a rare patch of ground. It has the enviable position of seeing demand for its solutions whether the global economy and hence the air cargo industry, be sky-high or down in the dumps as it currently is. Donald Urquhart has the story.... Read More
  • Panalpina puts new focus on intra-Asia trade

    Panalpina is set to reopen a regional office in Singapore not so much to remedy a currently tough air freight market but to move the company towards a more local, more Asian approach as it seeks to better tap the intra-Asian trade. Michael Mackey reports.... Read More
  • Panalpina puts new focus on intra-Asia trade

    Panalpina is set to reopen a regional office in Singapore not so much to remedy a currently tough air freight market but to move the company towards a more local, more Asian approach as it seeks to better tap the intra-Asian trade. Michael Mackey reports.... Read More
  • Garuda steps up its cargo game

    It appears a new era of well-founded optimism has descended on Garuda Indonesia, in part coinciding with solid and ongoing economic growth with the country’s gross domestic product forecast to grow about 6 per cent in 2012, largely driven by rising domestic consumption and a commodities boom. With a cautiously ambitious route expansion and fleet renewal now unfolding, the carrier expects to have a fleet of 194 aircraft by 2015, of which three will be freighters, marking the airline’s first foray into the maindeck market. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Cargo “cautiously optimistic”

    The year 2011 was a very eventful year for the air cargo industry noted Lufthansa Cargo chairman and CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt kicking off the division’s annual results press conference.... Read More
  • Ethiopian Cargo to fly solo

    The Ethiopian carrier is following a model utilised by a number of other global carriers in which strategic business segments like the Passenger Airline Group, Logistics, MRO, Catering or IT Services are spunoff and then act on their own under the umbrella of the overall Group.... Read More
  • Air Canada taps network to offset Asia decline

    Those peering into their crystal balls hope 2012 will be a better year for air cargo, but executives at Air Canada Cargo (ACC) are being realistic.... Read More
  • UPS expansions defy world economic woes

    In fact, not only is the package and freight giant aiming high for the next few years, it is also gearing up for what it expects to be one of its best peak seasons despite a clear lethargy that much of the general air cargo industry is experiencing.... Read More
  • Small size, but big ambitions for Lao Airlines

    Lao Airlines – the government-owned, national airline of Laos – is planning to build up its small cargo operation incrementally despite financial, facility and equipment limitations. Michael Mackey reports from Vientiane.... 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
  • 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
  • Maximus oportunitas for Maximus Air Cargo

    Everything is possible' seems to be the unofficial tag line at the heavyweight- and outsize-focused, Maximus Air Cargo. And while the carrier still retains its heavy lift speciality which was the raison d'être for its creation nearly six years ago as one of its core focuses, it has gone on to diversify into the wet leasing realm. But Maximus appears intent on spreading its wings much further as it eyes what it sees as numerous opportunities to leverage its wide-ranging expertise.... Read More
  • 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
  • Cargolux flies high on recovery and new fleet

    To say the last couple of years have been trying times for the air cargo industry would clearly be an understatement and no carrier's experience more typifies these trials than Luxembourg-based maindeck cargo carrier Cargolux. Donald Urquhart reports.... Read More
  • Turkish Airlines intensifies cargo focus

    Ten years ago, Turkish Airlines was a budding passenger carrier with 75 aircraft, but in that time much has changed. Driven by demand its fleet has doubled to 150 and realising the significant scope for its air cargo business, the carrier has started to build up cargo capacity via its cargo unit, Turkish Cargo.... Read More
  • Jet Airways holds onto its cargo ambitions

    India's Jet Airways has not given up its idea of starting a dedicated cargo carrier and the carrier's low-profile VP Cargo, Jay B Shelat told Payload Asia: "Jet's cargo ambitions as a dedicated freight carrier remain on hold. The business is being analysed. Once the market conditions and the environment improves, we will take another look." Manfred Singh has the story.... Read More
  • Toll on a roll as it snaps up M&A opportunities

    The global economic crisis of 2009 may have wreaked economic havoc, but it did have its good points. It has weeded out the weak from the strong in the logistics industry, allowing larger and well-managed companies like the Toll Group to take advantage of merger and acquisition (M&A) opportunities. Wong Joon San reports.... Read More
  • Bahrain offers a cargo oasis

    Although there’s no shortage of air cargo options in the Middle East, Bahrain International Airport (BIA) could be the next cargo oasis. Karen E. Thuermer explains why.... Read More
  • EVA Air accelerates from parking to expansion

    While Japan Airlines has announced its intention to stop its freighter services later this year, EVA Air Cargo’s strategy for 2010 is just the opposite as the second largest Taiwanese airline has announced plans to invest in capacity to China where yield is comparatively higher than in other areas. Wong Joon San reports.... Read More
  • TIACA reaches out to India

    The secretary general of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) recently paid a visit to India in a bid to assess the potential for a closer working relationship with the industry. Manfred Singh speaks with TIACA’s secretary general in New Delhi.... Read More
  • Asia will contribute 40% of global trade by 2028

    Despite the temporary set-back from the global economic recession last year, three trade triangles centered on Asia are expected to contribute almost 40 per cent of global trade by 2028, according to DHL Global Forwarding. Donald Urquhart reports.... Read More
  • Geodis Wilson eyes bigger market share

    International forwarding and logistics giant Geodis Wilson, which already has its roots firmly planted in Asia, is going for a bigger slice of the region’s market, banking on an 18 to 20 per cent hike in revenues over the next two years as it makes a fresh thrust into the continent. Wong Joon San reports.... Read More
  • Leipzig-Halle leapfrogs into the big time

    One thing is for sure. If you are an individual, winning the lottery is probably the best thing that can happen to you. But if you’re an airport, winning over a customer like DHL from an established competitor like Brussels, has got to be the absolute equivalent. And that is precisely what the hitherto virtually unknown eastern German airport of Leipzig-Halle did last year. Donald Urquhart reports from Leipzig-Halle.... Read More
  • Italy’s ‘reborn’ Cargoitalia takes to the skies

    Reborn from the ashes of two of Italy’s key air cargo carriers – Cargoitalia and Alitalia Cargo – the essentially all-new Cargoitalia has lofty ambitions of becoming the market leader in Italy and among the best in the world. Wong Joon San and Donald Urquhart report.... Read More
  • Innovation and quality pay off for Aramex

    Aramex, the Amman-based global transportation and logistics services company, is literally flying. Reason: Its net profits for the first half of 2009 stood at AED93.1 million (US$25.4 million) – a whopping 25 per cent growth over the AED74.6 million it posted in the same period 2008 and this, with the severe downturn. Manfred Singh reports.... Read More
  • Miami sees bright future alongside Latin America

    Clearly feeling the unavoidable sting of the global economic downturn, Miami International Airport is looking to late 2009 and early 2010 for a turnaround in its substantial perishables business with its long term future securely anchored in Latin American traffic.... Read More
  • Turkish Airlines keeps growth firmly in its sights

    There is no stopping Turkish Airlines.... Read More
  • YCH: On the rise in Asia

    We are well on our way to becoming the leading logistics services and supply chain management solutions company in the region, Robert Yap, chairman & CEO, YCH Group, tells Bob Gill.... Read More
  • Thai Cargo readies new business plan

    Determined not to repeat “the same story,” Thai Airways International Cargo’s new boss has energetic plans to revitalise the carriers’ beleagured cargo division to make it a signficant force in the air cargo market.... Read More
  • Macau scrambles to off-set declining business

    Faced with not only the worldwide economic downturn but the loss of direct air links between mainland China and Taiwan, Macau International Airport is facing a serious drop in its air cargo import and export business, forcing it to take pro-active action to reverse the trend.... Read More
  • Continental Cargo focuses on high yield markets

    Although market conditions continue to decline, Continental Airlines Cargo remains bullish on its key growth markets in China, Europe and Latin America, opening new routes as other carriers shrink their services.... Read More
  • Blue Dart stays on target

    Fresh from its recent award as one of "Best Under A Billion" companies listed by Forbes Asia in 2008, Blue Dart Express is now sitting tight, confident that its prudent business strategy over the last 25 years will enable it to ride out the global economic storm. Donald Urquhart reports from Bangalore, India.... Read More
  • Steady as she goes: RJ Cargo enjoying solid volumes

    While the majority of airlines the world-over struggle in the tough environment, Amman-based Royal Jordanian and its cargo division Royal Jordanian Cargo have ridden out the worst of the oil shocks and are now enjoying solid cargo traffic.... Read More
  • CEVA opens new Hong Kong freight hub

    Aiming to double its growth rate by 2010, Ceva Logistics has opened a new freight hub in Hong Kong.... Read More
  • PACTL volumes up despite enviro

    Although buoyed by the one-off Olympic games, Shanghai Pudong International Airport's main cargo terminal continues to buck the industry downtrend as it continues to enjoy growing cargo throughput.... Read More
  • Domodedovo victim of its own success?

    Successful in attracting international airlines away from Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport with top notch passenger and cargo facilities, Domodedovo International Airport may fall victim to its own successes as the Russian government moves to take back portions of it.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Cargo~ On track again

    It’s not long ago – the nineties and early years of this decade - when Lufthansa Cargo was one of the air cargo industry's brightest stars, but hard times dulled the shine – at least only temporarily.... Read More
  • Northwest slashes transpac freighters

    Close on the heels of the dramatic merger news, Northwest Airlines is slashing its transpacific freighter services, as the carrier becomes the latest victim of soaring fuel prices.... Read More
  • Fasten your seat belts, turbulence ahead

    As the global air industry begins to lose altitude after a profitable 2007, the chief of industry association IATA renews his attack on what he sees as the impediments to financial sustainability of the industry ¨C the triumvirate of the bilateral system, restrictive national ownership rules and attitude of competition authorities. Donald Urquhart r... Read More
  • ICCS reports strong airfreight growth in 2007

    With 18 cargo airlines in its fold, International Cargo Centre Shenzhen (ICCS) hopes to build on a healthy 2007 growth in throughput by tapping transhipment cargo and by forging strategic alliances. Wong Joon San has the story.... Read More
  • Surging Viet economy buoys flag carrier

    While the blue-skies of 2007 have lifted the fortunes of Vietnam Airlines, growing competition in its home market, a critical shortage of pilots and planes may signal turbulence ahead.... Read More
  • The worst of the turbulence is over for MASkargo

    A conservative expansion plan with a focus on existing routes and strategic tie-ups with other carriers will help MASkargo achieve single digit growth next year, according to the Malaysian cargo carriers' new boss.... Read More
  • The sky's the limit for Aeroflot-Cargo

    Newly independent as a subsidiary of the Aerofl ot group, Aeroflot -Cargo is moving rapidly to tap demand with new services and a modernization programme for its freighter fleet.... Read More
  • AUA Cargo is focusing on eastern traffic

    Severe losses forced the Austrian national carrier to reduce its fl eet and restructure its intercontinental network. As a consequence the results now look somehow brighter, also because AUA Cargo contributes to the turnaround by delivering solid black figures.... Read More
  • RPX Airlines expands regional alliance

    Last year's appointment as Indonesia's offi cial air cargo carrier has prompted Republik Express, which is better known as RPX Airlines, to go beyond its original set-up, a move which the company's CEO described as 'time to broaden the regional network.'... Read More
  • Cargoitalia spreads its wings

    Many start-ups focus on one or two routes to begin with. Not Cargoitalia, which has launched freighter services to 14 destinations already, with more planned. Peter Conway reports.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Cargo's new chairman in a hurry

    The German carrier's new cargo boss is an ambitious careerist, who is looking to achieve rapid results, Peter Conway reports from Frankfurt.... Read More
  • Air Atlanta's freighter dilemma

    The Iceland-based ACMI operator is excited to be getting its first B747-400Fs, but does that necessarily mean it is time to retire the -200Fs? Peter Conway analyses the dilemma.... Read More
  • DFW's focus on Asia is paying off

    With seven Asian airlines currently running 39 flights a week to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, plus increased interest from carriers in using DFW as a transfer hub for cargo between Latin America and Asia, DFW has become a major US hub. Karen E. Thuermer reports.... Read More