November 2011

From the Editor

  • Whither the peak season?

    With the latest statistics out from both the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) confirming what has been more and more evident with each passing month to the air cargo industry, it looks as if the lethargy in global air cargo markets is set to remain until at least early next year with the traditional peak season gone the way of the Dodo bird, at least for this year.... 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


Express & Mail

  • UPS: Continued slow growth for 2011

    United Parcel Service (UPS) posted a third-quarter consolidated net income of US$1.04 billion, up five per cent from $991 million year-over-year. UPS chairman and CEO Scott Davis attributed the results to a “deceleration in exports from Asia and a challenging global economic environment.”... Read More
  • DHL adds Bangalore, Leipzig B777F service

    DHL Express has announced the launch of a B777F freighter service between Bangalore and Leipzig, in response to what it says is the growing air cargo demand into and out of South India.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • Emirates operates 1st SIN-DXB e-freight flight

    Emirates SkyCargo, a leading proponent in the industry drive towards e-freight, recently marked another milestone with its first paperless flight between Singapore and Dubai.... Read More
  • SITA launches Singapore command centre

    SITA has opened a global command centre in Singapore for the proactive monitoring and management of its communication and IT solutions used by airlines and airports around the world.... Read More
  • Portal bypasses need for freight forwarders

    Dutch logistics firms have launched an online portal that allows companies to schedule shipments without the use of freight forwarders. Although currently only available for freight originating in the Netherlands, the portal could be expanded if it proves successful, according to its creators.... Read More
  • AAR Corp acquires Telair and Nordisk

    US-based aviation services company AAR Corp has announced that it has reached a deal to purchase Telair International GmbH (Telair) and Nordisk Aviation Products, AS (Nordisk) from Teleflex Incorporated for US$280 million.... Read More


  • ACAAI annual convention

    Every year the ACAAI organises a three-day annual convention which is the key event and focal point for freight forwarders in India. Normally, about 400 delegates and their spouses participate in this convention.... Read More
  • India’s ACAAI joins government working group

    In recognition of the important role played by the Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACAAI), India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has made the Association a constituent of the Working Group on Air Cargo and Express Service Industry under which the Ministry is preparing the detailed road map for India’s aviation industry.... Read More


  • IATA on the hook

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) took its typical share of bruises over the course of the two days, with much discussion of the Cargo Account Settlement Systems (CASS) – IATA’s system for billing and settling of accounts between airlines and freight forwarders – and the requirement for freight forwarders to provide bank guarantees.... Read More
  • Of security, IATA and bank guarantees…

    Security was a key topic during the two-day congress, with Fiata’s chairman of the Advisory Body on Security Matters, David Fielder giving an overview of the status of various security programmes around the world.... Read More
  • Global forwarders meet in Egypt

    The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) held its annual World Congress 2011 recently in Cairo, Egypt, discussing a wide range of issues pertinent to the freight forwarding industry.... Read More

Belly Ache


    Having just returned last month from the annual FIATA World Congress 2011, the Belly Ache gang have half-a-dozen reflections to share on their experiences in the fascinating land of the pharaohs.... Read More



  • Reaction from industry

    Speaking to Payload Asia on the sidelines of the FIATA World Congress 2011 in Cairo, FIATA chairman of the Advisory Body on Security Matters, David Fielder said the ACAS came about as part of collaboration with industry.... Read More
  • Lufthansa, Frankfurt reel from night ban

    Should the ban become permanent the German cargo carrier may even face the possibility of having to relocate its air cargo hub to neighbouring airports like Frankfurt-Hahn, Cologne Bonn, or Liepzig where it already operates its joint venture cargo airline Aerologic with partner DHL Express.... Read More
  • Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS)

    Although it has not been identified as a replacement for the 100 per cent screening, the US is currently directing efforts at a new programme known as the Air Cargo Advance Screening Programme (ACAS), initiated jointly by the US Customs and Border Protection and the Transport Security Agency (TSA).... Read More
  • Thai supply chains brace for flood impact

    While unusually large volumes of water moving from the north of the country combined with an extremely high tide hit industrial parks north of Bangkok, the flooding largely failed to disrupt business in the capital and had no impact on cargo operations at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.... Read More

Cover Story

  • New products, new markets for Korean Cargo

    After facing the biggest demand fall in aviation’s history in 2009, businesses restarted again in 2010 with airlines ending last year slightly ahead of early-2008 volumes albeit with a dismal 2.7 per cent profit margin.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • ICCS handles outsized nuclear reactor motor

    The International Cargo Centre Shenzhen (ICCS) recently handled an oversize and heavy shipment – a hydraulic motor. The hydraulic motor is used in nuclear power stations and weights over 50 tonnes.... Read More
  • Hactl upgrades cargo management system

    Officials from Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (Hactl) have announced that Hactl SuperTerminal 1 will transition to a new airfreight management system in December.... Read More
  • Global air cargo remains in negative territory

    Figures released by Airports Council International (ACI) show that air freight growth remained in negative territory in August, for the fourth consecutive month.... Read More
  • Frankfurt, London Heathrow cargo volumes down

    An accelerating slowdown in the global air cargo market as economies in the US and Europe continue to splutter has dragged down cargo throughput figures in Europe’s major air cargo hubs.... Read More
  • Schiphol gains a new China connection

    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has expanded its Asian connections with a new twice-weekly B777F service from Amsterdam to Chongqing by China Southern Airlines.... Read More
  • Oman Air and Port of Salalah tap sea-air cargo

    The Port of Salalah and Oman Air have signed an agreement opening up a new sea-air cargo corridor through the Port of Salalah between Asia and Europe cutting 48 hours from the current transit time and 20 per cent in handling costs when compared to the current comparative products available in the market today.... Read More
  • BUD welcomes Cargolux’s B747-8F service

    Welcoming the arrival of the first B747-8F on 17 October, Budapest Airport said its arrival marks a new milestone and the beginning of a new era in Cargolux’s operations at Budapest Airport (BUD).... Read More
  • Cathay applauds HK policy address on logistics

    Cathay Pacific has welcomed the commitment made by the HKSAR chief executive, Donald Tsang, in his Policy Address that the Government would actively take forward policy measures highlighted in the National 12th Five-Year Plan, and to develop modern logistics facilities to reinforce and enhance status of Hong Kong as an international centre for financial services, trade, shipping and logistics.... Read More
  • Ferrovial sells BAA stake for €325 million

    Ferrovial, indirect shareholder of 55.87 per cent of BAA, has reached an agreement with two investment vehicles managed by Alinda Capital Partners, for the sale of a 5.88 per cent stake in FGP BAA, for €325 million.... Read More
  • Indian gov’t urged to develop Mangalore airport

    India’s Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has asked the Union Government to expedite the process of implementation of air cargo complex in Mangalore, according to a Hindu Business Line report.... Read More
  • iPhones, iPads stolen at Changi Airport

    Two men were charged last month in Singapore court with stealing electronic devices worth more than S$1.4 million (US$1.1 million) from an airfreight terminal at Changi Airport.... Read More
  • Changi Airport sees slight 2% cargo growth

    Singapore Changi Airport handled 154,400 tonnes of cargo in September, an increase of 2.2 per cent year-on-year, while the first nine months of 2011 saw airfreight volumes reach 1.38 million tonnes, representing a growth of 2.5 per cent over the corresponding period last year.... Read More
  • Dubai follows declining cargo trend

    While passenger numbers continue to soar at the United Arab Emirates with air traffic movements closing in on 2,000 movements per day, with 57,773 flights handled across the country in September – an increase of 9.7 per cent year-on-year – air cargo has not been as fortunate.... Read More
  • Hong Kong’s Sept cargo falls 6%

    Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), the world’s busiest air cargo hub, posted a 6.1 per cent decline in September cargo volumes as the European and US economic slowdown dampens consumer demand for high-value exports from Asia, especially China.... Read More
  • ATS, WFS team up to handle China Cargo Airlines

    Airport Terminal Services (ATS) in partnership with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has won the aircraft ground handling and cargo warehouse handling contract for China Cargo Airlines’ historic launch of direct cargo services between Lambert‐St. Louis International Airport in the US and Shanghai, China.... Read More