February 2012

From the Editor

  • The world is ‘FLAT’

    Ask just about anyone in the industry what 2012 holds in store and the answer is at best, “flat”, or “flat with possibly some pickup late in the year”.... Read More


IT & Equipment

  • ACG opts for TRAXON EDI

    TRAXON Europe, the international provider of value-added services to the airfreight industry in the area of e-communication and automation, has won a new contract from all-cargo airline ACG Air Cargo Germany. The carrier, with headquarters at Frankfurt-Hahn airport, has been using the EDI services of TRAXON Europe since the beginning of the year.... Read More
  • ST Aero secures $350 million in contracts

    ST Engineering’s aerospace arm, ST Aerospace announced it has sealed new contracts valued at about $350 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.... Read More
  • Nordisk wins €1M DHL contract

    AAR has announced that Nordisk Aviation Products has been selected by DHL to provide unit load devices (ULDs), containers used to load and transport luggage, freight and mail on cargo aircraft.... Read More
  • NetFreight gets major upgrade

    NetFreight – the browser-based multi-modal freight management system from Impatex – has just undergone its largest-ever upgrade, embodying many new and enhanced features, according to Impatex. The latest release is particularly designed for the needs of larger, multibranch customers.... Read More
  • Delta Cargo offers GPS cargo tracking

    Delta Air Lines has announced an exclusive marketing agreement with OnAsset Intelligence, a leading provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless asset tracking solutions, enabling Delta Cargo customers to view GPS location information on deltacargo.com.... Read More


  • AAR expands global parts distribution network

    AAR has expanded its distribution network for original Unison aerospace components to better serve aircraft operators and repair facilities in Europe.... Read More
  • Panalpina opens Moscow logistics centre

    Panalpina has opened a new state-ofthe- art logistics centre on the outskirts of Moscow, offering 6,000 sqm of storage area with 2,500 sqm dedicated to cross-docking activities and close to 1,500 sqm to Value-Added Logistics Services (VAS).... Read More
  • Panalpina wins major BP oil and gas contract

    BP and Panalpina will join hands to design a best-in-class oil and gas freight forwarding supply chain, Panalpina has announced.... Read More
  • Logwin opens in Southern China’s Foshan

    Logwin, a global provider of air and ocean freight and logistics services, has opened a new sales office in Foshan, Guangdong Province, to strengthen its market presence across South China. Foshan has a thriving manufacturing sector for home appliances, electronics products, furniture and garments.... Read More
  • Weiss Röhlig acquires JHB Express in Japan

    Logistics services company Weiss Röhlig, has acquired a JHB Express in Japan, as the international jointventure company continues to expand its presence in Asia. JHB Express is an international logistics company specialising in sea and air freight, based in Osaka.... Read More

Cover Story

  • EU emissions trading: More than just hot air

    January 1, 2012 marked the start of the European Union’s highly controversial Emissions Trading Scheme with the aviation industry falling under its tough new rules. Although the first year is essentially a monitoring and preparation period for aviation, legal challenges, threats of bi-lateral trade retaliation and industry alliances are all adding up to a potential showdown on the issue. Michael Mackey examines the issues and possible outcomes.... Read More



  • IATA Cargo tackles security

    For the cargo division at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), security is multi-faceted issue with many fronts requiring simultaneious attention and work. Two of IATA Cargo’s key drivers discuss the issues, challenges and initiatives now being developed in this fast changing and complex security environment. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More

Belly Ache


  • Qatar Airways continues with expansion plan

    Qatar Airways is set for yet another year of signficant expansion with the announcement of launch dates for new routes in Africa, Europe and Australia.... Read More
  • Volga-Dnepr adds fourth new IL-76

    Volga-Dnepr Airlines has added a fourth modernised IL-76TD-90VD freighter aircraft to its fleet. The new freighter successfully completed its first commercial flight on December 31st from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport to Bahrain before returning to Moscow.... Read More
  • AirBridgeCargo adds China’s Chengdu

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has commenced scheduled all-cargo services to Chengdu International Airport (CTU). The service, operated by B747-400 freighter, adds Chengdu – the capital of Sichuan province in Western China- to ABC’s existing route between Zhengzhou (CGO), Moscow and Amsterdam (AMS).... Read More
  • Boeing delivers first of five B747Fs to ABC

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of Volga-Dnepr Group, celebrated the delivery of the first of five new B747-8 Freighters to the airline in late January. In addition to the five B747-8 Freighters it has on order, AirBridgeCargo has options for an additional five more.... Read More
  • Air Astana announces new B767/787 order

    Air Astana, the national flag carrier of Kazakhstan, announced that it has agreed to purchase four B767-300ER aircraft and three B787-8 Dreamliners, an order worth US$1.3 billion at list prices and the largest ever in Kazakhstan’s civil aviation history. The Boeing 767s will be delivered in 2013 and 2014 and the Boeing 787s in 2017 and 2019.... Read More
  • Norwegian announces order for 222 aircraft

    In an unprecedented move to enlarge its fleet, the Nordic budget airline has ordered 222 narrow-body planes worth USD$21.5 billion at list prices.... Read More
  • Asia driving force for Lufthansa Cargo

    Lufthansa Cargo plans to expand its presence in Korea and China, forecasting that more than 50 per cent of its business will be made in Asia soon.... Read More
  • Turkish said to be eying loss-making LOT

    Shares in Turkish Airlines have risen amid speculation that the airline may be about to make a new move on Polish national carrier, Polskie Linie Lotnicze (LOT).... Read More
  • Air France-KLM finalises order for 25 B787s

    Air France-KLM Group has finalised an order for 25 B787-9 Dreamliners, with options.... Read More
  • Air France-KLM plan to cut €2 billion debt

    cAir France-KLM has presented details of its 2012-14 plan to return to profitability. The group aims to cut costs and restructure short and medium-haul routes, ultimately cutting €2 billion from its net debt.... Read More
  • Turkish Cargo launches Libya freighter

    From beginning of January Turkish Cargo has launched twice weekly scheduled freighter flights to the Libyan airport Mitiga, eight kms from Tripoli.... Read More
  • Cargolux renews of IOSA certificate

    After successfully concluding the required audits, Cargolux Airlines International S.A. has renewed its IOSA (International Air Transport Association – IATA – Operational Safety Audit) certificate for the second time.... Read More
  • Loss-making Spanair ceases operations

    Loss-making Spanish airline Spanair ceased operations last month, grounding all its aircraft after its owner, citing the country’s economic crisis, said it would not sink any more money into the company.... Read More
  • Arrivederci, Cargoitalia

    Italian maindeck carrier Cargoitalia, which suspended operations at the end of December, has now been placed in voluntary liquidation.... Read More
  • Emirates ups Milan capacity to thrice daily

    Emirates has announced a third daily flight to Milan Malpensa from 1 June using A330-200 equipment with an additional 15 tonnes of daily cargo capacity, taking the number of weekly flights offered to Italy to 49. “Our European network is growing stronger and stronger and a number of important developments are taking place in Italy,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ senior VP, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation.... Read More
  • Dubai World handles 90,000 tonnes in 2011

    Dubai World Central Airport handled almost 90,000 tonnes of air freight during its first full year of operations, according to Dubai Airports – the company that owns and manages operations and development at two airports: Dubai International and Dubai World Central (DWC).... Read More
  • Emirates ups Milan capacity to thrice daily

    Emirates has announced a third daily flight to Milan Malpensa from 1 June using A330-200 equipment with an additional 15 tonnes of daily cargo capacity, taking the number of weekly flights offered to Italy to 49. “Our European network is growing stronger and stronger and a number of important developments are taking place in Italy,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ senior VP, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation.... Read More
  • Qatar returns to Libyan capital, Tripoli

    Qatar Airways has announced plans to resume flights to the Libyan capital Tripoli from 2 February with the three times weekly scheduled services between Doha and Tripoli, via Alexandria, resuming after suspending operations last year due to the political situation.... Read More
  • Saudi receives 2 B777- 300ERs, orders 8 more

    Saudi Arabian Airlines has taken delivery of the airline’s first two B777-300ERs with the Saudi carrier announcing an additional order for eight B777-300ERs valued at US$2.4 billion at current list prices. Saudi took delivery of its first B777, a B777-200ER, in December 1997 and currently owns and operates 23 B777-200ERs.... Read More
  • RJ begins service to Libya’s Misrata

    Royal Jordanian started operating regular flights between Amman and Misrata, Libya, from 28 January with RJ president/CEO Hussein Dabbas saying that the company’s decision to open a third route between Jordan and Libya – beside Tripoli and Benghazi – is due to the high demand for travel between Misrata and Amman. This demand is seen particularly from people of Mistara who visit Jordan to receive treatment and various medical services at the Jordanian hospitals, in addition to the growing movement of Jordanian and Libyan businessmen between the two countries.... Read More
  • Jordanian opts for Globe Air Cargo in E. Europe

    Royal Jordanian Airlines has awarded its cargo GSSA contract for Austria and Eastern Europe to Globe Air Cargo, part of the ECS Group.... Read More
  • Daily Dubai-Rio for Emirates SkyCargo

    Emirates SkyCargo has increased its South American operation to meet what it says is the growing demand for air freight between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the carrier’s global network.... Read More
  • Emirates SkyCargo expands African network

    Emirates SkyCargo has boosted its operations on the booming Africa trade routes.... Read More
  • Etihad places A330 freighter orders

    Etihad Airways has ordered two more A330-200 freighters in a deal worth US$423 million, the Abu Dhabi carrier said in late-January, adding that the move was aimed at doubling the size of its Airbus fleet. Operating a cargo fleet of seven freighters at present, Etihad Crystal Cargo also has two B777 freighters on order.... Read More
  • ASSOCHAM argues for new air cargo policy

    India’s Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) has called for a separate air cargo policy to tone up infrastructure, formulate regulatory framework and induct modern technology in the fast-growing industry.... Read More
  • Tiger Airways takes 33% stake in Mandala

    Singapore-based budget airline Tiger Airways has purchased a one third stake of Indonesia’s Mandala Airlines , which halted operations in January for financial restructuring.... Read More
  • SIA, SAS sign joint venture expansion deal

    Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and have signed an initial memorandum that aims to create a joint venture agreement for a non-stop route between Stockholm and Singapore operated by both carriers.... Read More
  • China urges logistics players to expand overseas

    Speaking at an industry conference in Beijing, Wang Xuanqing, a deputy director at the Ministry of Commerce, said the government would encourage domestic logistics operators to acquire overseas distribution centres to “facilitate the nation’s trade growth”.... Read More
  • Green light for new Chinese maindeck player

    The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved the launch of Hangzhou-based CDI Cargo Airlines which will start with one B737-800 with plans to introduce two more of the type.... Read More
  • 2011 good year for aviation safety

    Last year was one of the safest years in aviation history with eight major accidents involving large westernbuilt commercial airline jets, globally last year. Five of these resulted in a total of 197 fatalities, showing further improvement on what the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) notes is already an extremely high level of aviation safety.... Read More
  • Asia Pac sees passengers up, cargo down

    Preliminary figures for the full calendar year 2011 released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed steady growth in international air passenger demand, but ongoing weakening of international air freight markets following the strong rebound in the preceding year.... Read More
  • New Malaysian-based charter airline

    Aiming to tap the passenger charter and cargo wet lease market, Malaysiabased Eaglexpress has recently signed a contract with Malaysia Airlines’ (MAS) parent, Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad (PMB), for the purchase of a former MAS B747-400, with plans to purchase two more B747-400s from PMB for delivery in March and April.... Read More
  • Hong Kong Airlines seeking 40% Hactl stake

    Hong Kong Airlines CEO Yang Jianhong was quoted in the South China Morning Post as saying the carrier – which is controlled by China’s HNA Group – was in negotiations to acquire up to a 40 per cent stake in Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl).... Read More
  • Disappointing end to challenging year: Cathay

    Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for December 2011 show ongoing declines in the cargo markets, with the airlines carrying 142,122 tonnes of cargo and mail in December, down 11.9 per cent on the same month in 2010. The cargo and mail load factor was down by 9.6 percentage points to 67.8 per cent.... Read More
  • Jade Cargo grounded due to lack of investment

    Jade Cargo International – a joint venture of Shenzhen Airlines (51 per cent), Lufthansa Cargo (25 per cent), and DEG (an investment arm of the German government, 24 per cent – has been grounded with no word of whether the move is only temporary.... Read More
  • ANA’s B787 experiences long-haul glitches

    Boeing’s Dreamliner launch customer, All Nippon Airways (ANA) of Japan, had to cancel two of its first 10 flights between Tokyo and Frankfurt, Germany, the new jet’s first long-haul route that opened 21 January.... Read More
  • Korean Air posts full-year net loss

    Seoul-based Korean Air has announced today its results for the fourth quarter and full year ended 31 December 2011 which saw the carrier swing to a consolidated net loss last year because of what it said was a surge in jet fuel expenses, a weaker local currency and sluggish cargo demand amid economic uncertainties around the globe.... Read More
  • Cebu Pacific to go long-haul in 2013

    Aiming to tap the estimated 11 million Filipinos living and working overseas, the Philippines’ largest carrier, Cebu Pacific, has announced it will commence longhaul flights in the third quarter of 2013, a development that surely will not be welcome news to troubled legacy carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL).... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • ICCS Takes Care of Boars from Denmark

    The International Cargo Centre Shenzen handled an unusual cargo shipment in the form of nearly 500 boars which arrived in late December at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport from Bilund, Denmark. The 76 tonne cargo in 19 wooden containers was shipped by China Southern Airlines on a B747 freighter.... Read More
  • Hactl sees slight year-end improvement

    Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) ended 2011 with a slight improvement in throughput, narrowing the gap between its performance for the year compared to the record results of 2010.... Read More
  • Swissport grows 7% in challenging market

    Swissport Int’l, a leading provider of ground services to the aviation industry, generated total operating revenue in 2011 of CHF1.7 billion (US$1.86 billion), which, corrected for currency fluctuations, represents a seven per cent increase over 2010.... Read More
  • Singapore’s Seletar gets new control tower

    Singapore’s Seletar Airport has recently commissioned a new control tower and runway extension, as part of the more than S$150 million (US$120.5 million) invested to date on airport upgrading and expansion works. The aim is to develop Seletar Airport – the first airbase in Singapore dating back to the pre-World War II era – and surrounding areas into the region’s premier aerospace hub. The Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP)1, was envisaged to help consolidate Singapore’s position as an aviation hub, capitalising on the aviation growth opportunities in the region.... Read More
  • Frankfurt-Han, Munich see 2011 cargo growth

    Frankfurt-Hahn airport has seen its cargo traffic surge 25 per cent in 2011 compared to a year earlier on the back of strong German exports.... Read More
  • Another record breaking year for Changi Airport

    Singapore Changi Airport registered another strong annual performance on both its cargo and passenger sides of the business in 2011, with December in particular providing a surge in volumes for both.... Read More
  • Brussels Airport does well in tough year

    Brussels Airport has enjoyed a busy 2011 where, unlike many of its European counterparts, cargo volumes have remained almost stable with over 475,000 tonnes carried in the year, driven by a strong second half of the year.... Read More
  • WFS picks up three Virgin Islands contracts

    Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has been awarded ground handling contracts with JetAirFly Airlines, Air Canada and JetBlue Airlines in the US Virgin Islands.... Read More
  • Record 2011 volumes for Budapest Airport

    Budapest Airport has announced record cargo throughput in 2011, handling more than 100,000 tonnes of cargo. Flown air cargo volumes grew by 6.4 per cent to almost 70,000 tonnes, despite the flat volumes worldwide last year, while trucked volumes more than doubled to nearly 37,000 tonnes, taking total throughput to 106,595 tonnes.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • Marseille-Provence flies high with express

    Marseille-Provence airport has posted record air cargo growth for the fourth consecutive year, due largely to continued growth in express shipments. The southern France hub handled a total of 53,000 tonnes of traffic last year, up 1.6 per cent on 2010, with express freight accounting for 46,333 tonnes (up 3.2 per cent).... Read More
  • FedEx Express expands HK facility

    FedEx Express (FedEx) has expanded its Hong Kong airport facility to enable greater cargo handling capability and to strengthen its on-time delivery commitment to customers.... Read More
  • Chinese Pandas touch down in Paris

    FedEx Express announced the safe arrival of two three-year-old giant pandas, Huan Huan and Yuan Zi, from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China, at Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport in France.... Read More
  • DHL wins HK Fashion Extravaganza contract

    DHL Express has been appointed by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) to be the logistics partner for the city’s leading fashion show event of Hong Kong Fashion Extravaganza 2012, which will be held on 16 January at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.... Read More