October 2011

From the Editor


Cover Story

  • Playing with fire: Undeclared dangerous goods

    September 2011, ‘FAA slams MIT for lithium battery shipping error’; July 2011, ‘Lithium batteries among cargo on crashed Asiana 747-400F’; and October 2010, ‘FAA issues safety alert on lithium batteries after UPS crash’ – all headlines pointing to the growing problem of undeclared dangerous goods. These headlines also sum up the concern being felt within the air cargo industry over the illegal shipment of potentially lethal products. Marie-Louise Morley examines the difficult environment surrounding this critical issue.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • Finnair negotiating with Swissport at Helsinki

    Finnair is in negotiations with Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground services to the aviation sector, about the baggage and apron services at Helsinki Airport, which are expected to conlude before the end of the year.... Read More
  • HK cargo continues downward track

    Both of Hong Kong’s two main cargo handlers Asia Airfreight Terminal Co Ltd (AAT) and Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) have reported ongoing slides in cargo volumes with export cargo hit the hardest.... Read More
  • Changi sees slight August cargo decline

    August cargo volumes dropped slightly for Singapore Changi Airport, with the airport handling 153,000 tonnes of cargo, representing a 0.9 per cent, year-on-year drop, which airport officials attribute to a marked decrease in import and export traffic.... Read More
  • Major expansion at Cologne-Bonn for UPS

    US express giant, UPS, has announced its largest facility investment outside the US, with an estimated US$200 million expansion of its Cologne-Bonn air hub in Germany.... Read More
  • India moves forward on air traffic control

    A new Flight Information System (FIR) has recently come into effect for the air space stretching from the Bay of Bengal to India’s Thiruvananthapuram in the western state of Kerala.... Read More
  • New cargo complex near Mumbai

    Halcon – a joint venture created five years ago by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and Container Corporation of India – to set up air cargo complexes, warehouses and inland container depots has recently opened its first air cargo complex at Ojhar airport, a former defence airport at Nashik, 180km from India’s commercial capital of Mumbai.... Read More
  • Munich Airport calls for third runway

    The Supervisory Board of FMG, the Munich Airport operating company, has welcomed the ruling in the planning permission process in favor of Munich Airport’s third runway, including the conditions for the protection of the airport’s neighbors and the surrounding region.... Read More
  • Demand too low for new US cargo hubs

    A consultant tasked with helping determine the future of DHL’s former Wilmington air hub has said that the key will be to look within a 50-mile radius for key new tenants or other air park users instead of starting by looking far afield or in other countries.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • UPS strong amid stalled US recovery

    UPS chairman and CEO Scott Davis has said that while he did not expect a doubledip recession, he does however, anticipate slow growth going forward.... Read More
  • DHL wet leases three B777Fs from Southern Air

    DHL Express and Southern Air have signed a new multi-year agreement, adding three new Boeing 777 Freighters to the DHL fleet as it aims to expand its capacity and boost transit times along key growing trade routes between the Americas, Asia and the Middle East.... Read More
  • TNT joins China, SE Asia road networks

    TNT Express has announced the successful integration, after one year of testing, of its Chinese day-definite domestic road network (operated by TNT Hoau) with its international Asia Road Network (ARN), creating what it says is the only scheduled pan Asia day-definite road network (China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore).... Read More

IT & Equipment


  • Joint Conference on HKIA Master Plan 2030

    The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) released its 20-year development blueprint for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to solicit feedback from stakeholders and the public on the airport’s future development direction.... 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

Belly Ache



  • GACAG gets down to business

    The Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) has announced the formation of four Task Forces to focus on security, e-commerce, customs and trade facilitation, and sustainability of the global air cargo industry.... Read More
  • HKIA risks losing large China cargo flows

    The Hong Kong government and Hong Kong Airport Authority are putting forward two options for expansion of the airport. One is to maintain the two runways with a few extra add-ons, such as an expanded terminal area, but that is a plan that barely lasts nine years.... Read More
  • IATA: A long slow struggle ahead for global airlines

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has provided a small glimmer of good news with the upgrading of its industry profit expectations to US$6.9 billion, from $4 billion projected in June.... Read More
  • 6 seconds from disaster: A near miss over Hong Kong

    Hong Kong aviation authorities are investigating an incident that occurred on 18 September in which two aircraft nearly collided over Hong Kong.... Read More
  • Cargolux stuns industry with B747-8F rejection

    Cargolux stuns industry with B747-8F rejection Luxemburg-based all-cargo carrier, Cargolux stunned Boeing and the air cargo industry in general last month when, only a handful of days before it was due to take delivery of the first of 13 of Boeing’s new B747-8 freighters it has ordered, it announced it was rejecting the first two aircraft.... Read More


  • Damco Airfreight goes heavy weight

    In an indication of its intent to further develop its air logistics business, global 3PL provider Damco recently managed the movement of a single piece compressor of 52 tonnes from Orissa via Kolkata airport in India to its final destination in Berlin.... Read More
  • Africa and Middle East

    China’s investment in infrastructure, industry and resources in Africa will mean demand for freight and logistics services will increase exponentially, Hickler explains.... Read More
  • Greencarrier expands in China

    Swedish-headquartered logistics specialist Greencarrier, which has in recent years expanded substantially within the Nordic countries and the Baltic states, is continuing with its programme to create a network of offices in China.... Read More
  • K+N China expands and takes to the road

    Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) China has announced it has incorporated road logistics into its integrated range of services and is steadily expanding its office network.... Read More
  • Contract Logistics market in good health

    The contract logistics market saw a strong recovery in 2010. The sector bounced back as most economies experienced positive GDP growth and a rebound in world trade.... Read More
  • DHL opens second China life sciences centre

    As part of its continued investment to tap the growing life sciences and healthcare industry, global logistics company DHL, has announced the launch of its Life Sciences and Healthcare Competence Center in Beijing – the second of its kind in China.... Read More
  • Rankings of 2011 Supply Chain Top 25

    T Chain Top 25 for 2011 he goal of the Supply Chain Top 25 research initiative is to raise awareness of the supply chain discipline and how it impacts the business.... Read More
  • Becoming a halal logistics hub

    Frost & Sullivan says that Malaysia’s highly recognised halal certification system has given it an advantage to develop into the region’s halal logistics hub.... Read More
  • Growth sectors

    Asked which areas of Agility’s logistics and supply management business were showing the most growth, Hickler says: “We see China, India and Southeast Asia as the growth sectors of the future and China will be the driving force for the foreseeable future with India and South East Asia with younger populations providing growth in the longer term.... Read More
  • China’s prospects

    As China plays an important part in Agility’s business in Asia, Hickler says China’s growth prospects look very positive for 2011 with most analysts forecasting about 9.3 per cent economic growth.... Read More
  • Agility rises to Asia Pac challenges

    Despite facing various challenges in the Asia Pacific region, Agility, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics, sees opportunities for providing solutions to its customers in such an environment, drawing on its legacy of building logistics networks in emerging markets. Hans Hickler, Agility’s Asia Pacific CEO outlines the company’s business in an interview with Wong Joon San.... Read More