July 2012


Profile

  • 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

Belly Ache

  • Belly Achers wish

    Before we start on this item the Belly Achers wish to issue a heartfelt apology to our readers for appearing overly shallow and somewhat sexist, because really, we’re all progressive, non-gender biased, metrosexual, sensitive and in touch with our feminine side. In fact, we suspect there may be a closet cross dresser in our midst, but that’s another story altogether.... Read More

Supplement

  • China Cargo Airlines to join SkyTeam Cargo1

    China Cargo Airlines, a subsidiary company of China Eastern Airlines, has indicated its intent to join the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance through the signing of an MOU agreement in Shanghai last month with the carrier expected to formally join the alliance by June 2013.... Read More
  • Ensure sufficient capacity IATA urges China

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has encouraged China to continue to develop its air transport sector by ensuring sufficient capacity based on global standards and best practices because air transport plays a critical role in China’s economic development.... Read More
  • Big plans for Air China Cargo JV: Slosar

    Cathay Pacific aims to make its joint venture cargo airline, Air China Cargo, one of the largest airlines in the world, according to Cathay Pacific Airways chief executive John Slosar. Cathay has a 49 per cent stake in the cargo airline after forming a joint venture with Air China in 2010.... Read More
  • Downturn worrisome for Chinese carriers

    Lower oil prices this month have lessened the pain for struggling Chinese airlines, but a slowing domestic economy and worsening outlook for consumers worried about Europe’s debt crisis threaten the health of these carriers, industry executives said recently.... Read More

Calendar

  • ULD & Perishables Supplement in August issue

    Although ULDs have and continue to play a vital role in boosting the efficiency of air cargo, high oil prices, razor thin margins, market downturns and intensified competition have pushed carriers to look for ever lighter containers. Technology has played a key role in advancing ULDs from simple ‘tin cans’ to sophisticated composite structures and high-tech climate controlled containers.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • Air cargo facing drastic changes: Smith

    FedEx founder Fred Smith said that global freight business would see some drastic changes in the future – not only will air cargo carriers face competition from ocean freight, but customers will look for customised door-to-door delivery options.... Read More
  • Amelia Earhart search gets FedEx support

    Seventy five years ago, Amelia Earhart’s disappearance became one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history. This summer, FedEx Corp.... Read More
  • FedEx cuts capacity by retiring 24 freighters

    FedEx has cut capacity by retiring 24 freighters from the US domestic Express division as the slowing economy dents shipping volumes for the express carrier. The 18 A310-200 and six MD-10 freighters taken out of service added to five aircraft grounded last quarter and a planned retirement of 21 more in FedEx’s 2013 fiscal year.... Read More
  • UPS, FedEx get access to China domestic market

    China has approved the domestic business licenses of US-based international logistics companies FedEx and UPS with the two hoping to capture a larger share of the fast expanding Chinese delivery market.... Read More
  • UPS kicks off US$6.6B TNT takeover offer

    United Parcel Service (UPS) has launched its €5.16 billion cash bid for Dutch rival TNT Express in June with the offer period for the €9.50 per share bid running through 31 August “unless extended,” the two companies said. UPS reiterated it is seeking support from at least 80 per cent of shareholders in TNT Express, whose executive and supervisory boards backed the offer that was tabled on 19 March.... Read More
  • FedEx acquires Brazilian Rapidão Cometa

    FedEx Corp. has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Brazilian transportation and logistics company, Rapidão Cometa Logística e Transportes S.A., which has been one of FedEx’s authorised representatives in Brazil for the past 11 years, the latest step in FedEx’s strategy for profitable growth in Latin America.... Read More
  • Indian courier company opens in Bahrain

    First Flight Couriers, one of India’s domestic and international courier companies, has launched its Bahrain office.... Read More
  • UPS expands into Nicaragua, Honduras

    Global logistics provider UPS expanded its UPS Express Freight service into Nicaragua and Honduras, two emerging economies that count the US as their No. 1 trading partner.... Read More
  • Chapman Freeborn tracks in real-time

    Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has further strengthened its specialist On Board Courier (OBC) product with the introduction of a new online tool for tracking shipments globally.... Read More
  • FedEx to build new hub at Kansai

    FedEx Express, an operating company of FedEx Corp, announced its decision to establish a new FedEx North Pacific (NPAC) Regional Hub at Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka, Japan.... Read More
  • Kintetsu World Express posts record 2011

    Major Japanese international freight forwarder Kintetsu World Express, Inc. (KWE) said that its group net profit rose 21.1 per cent in fiscal 2011, which ended on 31 March, from the previous fiscal year to US$119.31 million, the largest amount on record.... Read More

Ground Handling

  • Changi sees more cargo declines

    Changi Airport registered 152,900 tonnes of cargo last month, down 2.8 per cent year-on-year. For the first five months of this year, cargo tonnage at Changi Airport decreased 1.3 per cent to 745,000 tonnes.... Read More
  • LUG handles SAA Cargo in Munich

    LUG aircargo handling has added South African Airways (SAA) Cargo to its Munich customer portfolio effective 1 July.... Read More
  • LUG wins Rossiya Russian Airlines

    LUG aircargo handling, the oldest independent ground service company at Frankfurt/Main airport, has signed up Rossiya Russian Airlines, a new client effective 1 July.... Read More
  • WFS, Aviapartner join forces

    Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) and Aviapartner have join forces to create the largest European and the second largest global player in ground handling services.... Read More

Focus

  • 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

Logistics

  • China’s services sector PMI hits three month high

    China’s services sector expanded at its fastest pace in three months in June, according to an official survey by the National Bureau of Statistics and the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP). The survey showed the purchasing managers’ index for the country’s non-manufacturing sector rose to 56.7 from 55.2 in May, the best reading since a 10-month high of 58.0 recorded in March. A reading above 50 indicates expanding activity and one below 50 signals contraction, according to the survey methodology.... Read More
  • Airgroup joins Worldwide Partners Alliance

    The Worldwide Partners Alliance, Ltd (WPA) announced today that 20 offices of Airgroup Express, a Radiant Global Logistics company have joined its global network. WPA is a rapidly expanding global network of quality focused, financially stable independently owned and operated Air & Ocean Freight Forwarders and other niche-market specialists such as Household/Relocation & Trade Show, Couriers/Messengers/ Small Package, Project/Heavy Lift Cargo, Dangerous Goods/Hazmat, etc.... Read More
  • K+N opens new aerospace logistics hub

    To enhance its dedicated spare parts logistics offering to the aerospace industry, Kuehne + Nagel has introduced a new regional hub solution in Singapore.... Read More
  • DB Schenker reaches Cargo 2000 Platinum

    Cargo 2000, the air cargo industry quality standard, has announced that DB Schenker Logistics has reached Platinum Membership.... Read More
  • UTi shows healthy rise in profits

    UTi Worldwide reported a 47 per cent increase in profit for the first quarter though revenue for the same period decreased 4.2 per cent to US$1.15 billion from $1.2 billion in the same period a year earlier, primarily due to low air freight volumes.... Read More
  • Own offices in Oman, Namibia for Schenker

    DB Schenker Logistics has announced that its joint venture Schenker Khimji’s LLC, which it established with longtime partner Khimji Ramdas Group in the Sultanate of Oman, has started operations, delivering comprehensive solutions in the fields of air and ocean freight, land transport, contract logistics, supply chain management as well as event logistics.... Read More
  • Volatile market leads to tough decisions for Toll

    The Toll Group has announced decisions to reduce the carrying value of its Footwork Express business and property assets along with a sell down of its Automotive finished vehicle distribution business in Australia.... Read More
  • Kerry wins contract from Exego Group

    Kerry Logistics, a leading global logistics service provider has announced a new contract to provide international freight forwarding and logistics services to the Exego Group, the largest retailer and supplier of after sales automotive parts and accessories in Australia and New Zealand.... Read More
  • Hacis speed its road feeder services

    Hacis (Hong Kong Air Cargo Industry Services Limited – the road feeder and added-value services arm of Hactl) is equipping all of its air cargo road feeder vehicle fleet with the new Intermodal Transshipment Facilitation Scheme (ITFS) system.... Read More
  • New Malaysian facility for Agility

    To meet what it says is the growing demand for integrated logistics services in Malaysia, Agility has relocated its Penang warehouse and office to a new state-of-the-art facility with approximately 5,574 sq m of warehouse space and 1,858 sq m of office space.... Read More
  • K+N Japan receives medical device license

    Japan’s Chiba Prefecture Government has granted Kuehne + Nagel Japan a medical device manufacturing license (packaging, labeling and storage) for its logistics facility in Ichikawa.... Read More
  • Anti-trust penalty pushes Panalpina to Q1 Loss

    The massive fines levied on numerous freight forwarding groups by the EU Anti Trust Commission in March have had a devastating effect on profits and one company at least is preparing to appeal the penalty imposed on them.... Read More
  • New DHL logistics hub at Brussels Airport

    DHL Global Forwarding is to build a new logistics centre at Brussels Airport.... Read More
  • Move One overcomes Mongolian challenges

    Logistics provider Move One recently completed a challenging shipment from the US to Mongolia for a global manufacturer of industrial tools and equipment.... Read More
  • Panalpina GDP certified at Schiphol

    Panalpina, a leading provider of supply chain solutions, continues to obtain GDP (Good Distribution Practice) certifications at strategic locations around the globe to meet the increasingly stringent global and country-specific requirements for storing and transporting temperature-sensitive products.... Read More

IT & Equipment

Cover Story

  • Saudi Cargo thriving in emerging markets

    ‘Under the radar’ is probably the best way to describe Saudi Airlines Cargo – although it is clearly a descriptor that has increasingly become less valid over the last couple of years as the carrier began a careful, but not insubstantial ramp-up of services and capacity. Donald Urquhart has the story.... Read More
  • Geodis rides Asian emerging market growth

    As traditional US and European market demand has caved in on the back of dampening world trade, global players in the retail, pharmaceutical, high-tech, healthcare and automotive sectors are increasing their expansion into the Asian emerging markets. Geodis Wilson, a leading global freight management company, is tapping this phenomenon and translating it into airfreight and logistics growth. Wong Joon San reports.... Read More

FAPAA

  • Indonesia update – opposition to RCA programme

    Being the world’s largest archipelago country with 13,000+ islands, Indonesia is catching up with the development of the air transport for the domestic and ASEAN routes by investing in new and modern aircraft.... Read More
  • Auckland hosts 39th annual FAPAA meeting

    The Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation of New Zealand (CBAFF) hosted the 39th Executive Council Meeting and AGM of the Federation of Asia Pacific Aircargo Association (FAPAA) in New Zealand for the first time in the 27-year history of FAPAA.... Read More

Airports

  • Heathrow sees low cargo figures in May

    The British Airports Authority (BAA) has released passenger and cargo traffic figures that show considerable drops largely due to the European economic woes.... Read More
  • Safi Air begins Kabul/Bahrain service

    Bahrain Airport Company welcomed the inaugural flight from Safi Airways, Afghanistan’s international airline, in late June. The first commercial flight between Afghanistan and Bahrain, using an A320, is expected to increase commercial ties between the two countries.... Read More
  • Changi Airports Int’l teams up with Russians

    Changi Airports International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Changi Airport Group, has signed a joint venture agreement with Basic Element Group, one of Russia’s leading diversified business groups and Sberbank of Russia, the largest bank in Russia, have signed a joint venture agreement to invest in and develop airports in Russia.... Read More
  • Fujairah airport hunts for cargo carriers

    The UAE’s Fujairah International Airport has invited cargo airlines to approach them with a view to establishing a regional hub at the airport. Destinations in India, Pakistan, Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS countries are initial scheduled cargo routes expected to be in operation after the successful airline has been chosen.... Read More
  • First cargo growth in 14 months for HK

    Freight volumes handled at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) in May saw year-over-year growth for the first time since March 2011. Tonnage increased by 1.1 per cent to 333,000 tonnes in May as exports grew by three per cent. HIKIA said traffic to and from Southeast Asia had outperformed other regions.... Read More
  • Cebu backs moves to decongest NAIA

    Philippine budget carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) has said it supports moves by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to decongest Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).... Read More
  • Overcrowded Suvarnabhumi to get expansion

    The Airports of Thailand (AOT) has announced it plans to spend about US$1.9 billion over the next five years to expand capacity at Bangkok’s overcrowded Suvarnabhumi airport by a third. AOT, which runs the country’s six main airports, aims to boost capacity at Suvarnabhumi by 15 million to serve up to 60 million passengers in 2017, the AOT said.... Read More
  • April cargo declines at Changi

    Changi Airport handled 4.9 per cent less cargo movements in April, reflecting the current downturn faced by most export markets around the world.... Read More
  • Schiphol spearheads Lifescience Steering Group

    Schiphol Cargo – the dedicated cargo arm of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – is forming a Lifesciences Steering Group to develop a long-term strategy for the promotion of Lifesciencesrelated activity centred around the Dutch airport.... Read More
  • DWC sees rise in cargo volumes

    Cargo volumes at Dubai World Central (DWC) have gone up in the first three months of 2012, according to the quarterly traffic report issued by Dubai Airports.... Read More
  • Chennai to get another air freight station

    The Chennai Port Trust has plans to build an air freight station (AFS), that will take care of statutory clearances, Customs documentation and examination; cargo acceptance check; security checks and palletisation, about 2km from Chennai airport.... Read More
  • Changi, Narita sign MOU on cooperation

    Changi Airport Group (CAG) and Narita International Airport Corporation (NAA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to intensify collaboration between the two major air transportation hubs.... Read More
  • Leipzig-Halle airport to get new cargo facility

    Dietz AG and Flughafen Leipzig-Halle have agreed to engage in long-term cooperation for the further development of general air cargo at Leipzig-Halle Airport.... Read More
  • CAAS and NATS to cooperate on air traffic

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and NATS, the UK’s leading air navigation service provider (ANSP), have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) today.... Read More
  • New CAAS initiatives to boost competiveness

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore has announced initiatives expand the scope of the S$100 million (US$78.1 million) Aviation Development Fund set up to develop the Singapore aviation industry.... Read More

People

  • TIACA

    Two long-time air cargo industry members were recently honoured with a place in The International Air Cargo Association’s (TIACA) Hall of Fame for their outstanding work in promoting the development of the industry.... Read More
  • Barloworld Logistics

    Barloworld Logistics has appointed William Tang as a managing director for the Far East. In 2008, Barloworld Logistics acquired leading companies in the Far East, the Middle East and Europe to position itself on the East-West global trade flow.... Read More
  • UPS

    UPS has appointed Brendan Canavan, a 31-year UPS veteran, as its new president of the UPS Asia Pacific Region with responsibility for more than 40 countries and territories throughout Asia.... Read More
  • Cool Chain Association

    The Luxembourg-based, non-profit organisation, Cool Chain Association (CCA) has announced that Sebastiaan Scholte, secretary general of the CCA and CEO of Jan de Rijk Logistics, has been appointed chairman of the Board of Directors. Scholte replaces Robert Arendal, who stepped down from his position after 10 years of service.... Read More
  • IATA

    Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker has been voted onto the Board of Governors of the global aviation industry body, International Air Transport Association (IATA).... Read More

From the Editor

  • Of fuel and emissions

    With the dire news that the world’s airlines will eek out, at best a razor thin 0.5 per cent profit margin this year, the pressure to develop sustainable biofuel for the aviation industry will certainly increase. Recent research pointed out that in 2011, spending in the US on biofuel research actually contracted 10 per cent compared to 2010, partly due to the ending of US government stimulous money, which was partly put into biofuel research.... Read More

Gateways

  • High-powered air cargo promotion board for India

    India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has announced the formation of an Inter- Ministerial Air Cargo Logistic Board headed by Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation. The move is in direct response to recommendations put forth by the air cargo working group, established by the Ministry for the purposes of setting priorities and making recommendations on policy issues.... Read More
  • Joint maindeck ops for SIA Cargo, China Cargo

    Singapore Airlines Cargo and China Cargo Airlines will operate joint freighter services between Singapore and Shanghai from 26 June 2012. The new joint services will utilise one B747-400F of SIA Cargo once a week and two China Cargo MD11F aircraft twice a week between Shanghai Hongqiao and Shanghai Pudong International Airports and Singapore Changi Airport.... Read More
  • Boeing signs training MOU with Indonesia

    of Understanding (M0U) with the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation to jointly work to establish an advanced aviation training centre, programmes and training for pilots and air traffic controllers in accordance with globally recognised standards. Under the terms of the memorandum, Boeing Flight Services and Indonesian officials will seek opportunities to develop flight, technician, dispatch and air traffic control training.... Read More
  • TIACA lauds mutual security recognition

    More countries should follow the lead of the US, the European Union, Switzerland and Canada in pursuing mutual recognition agreements for air cargo security, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has said.... Read More
  • LAN+TAM = world’s most valuable airline

    LAN+TAM = world’s most valuable airline... Read More
  • Volga-Dnepr adds fifth IL-76TD-90VD

    Volga-Dnepr Airlines has added a fifth new IL-76TD-90VD cargo aircraft to its fleet. The modernised 50 tonnes capacity... Read More
  • Cargo helps keep Air Astana profitable

    Despite a clear contribution to the bottom line Kazakhstan’s national carrier Air Astana is unlikely to become a cargo mover of either niche, or note its president Peter Foster has told Payload Asia.... Read More
  • BAE awarded two aircraft conversion deal

    BAE Systems has been awarded a £15.5 million (US$24.27 million) contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the conversion of two BAe 146-200QC (Quick Change) aircraft from commercial to military configuration for use by the Royal Air Force.... Read More
  • Flybe appoints Air Logistics as GSSA

    has appointed Air Logistics as its General Sales and Service Agent (GSSA) in the UK and network-wide. The exclusive GSSA agreement will take effect from 1 August 2012 and Air Logistics will provide the UK-based carrier with full cargo sales, marketing and customer service support across its network.... Read More
  • Air Partner soars with RSPB’s Eagles

    Charter specialist, Air Partner Freight, has worked with The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland to fly six live whitetailed sea eagle chicks from Alesund in Norway to Edinburgh as part of a major translocation project.... Read More
  • Transaero firms up order for four A380s

    Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest airline, has completed a purchase agreement with Airbus for four A380 aircraft. Transaero becomes the first customer for the A380 in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe.... Read More
  • NEO Air Charter appoints Active

    NEO Air Charter – the newly-launched broker, and co-founder of the Global Charter Alliance – has appointed Active Airline Representatives as its sales agent covering the Netherlands.... Read More
  • NEO Air Charter appoints Active

    NEO Air Charter – the newly-launched broker, and co-founder of the Global Charter Alliance – has appointed Active Airline Representatives as its sales agent covering the Netherlands.... Read More
  • FlyUs GSSA opens Budapest branch

    Says FlyUs MD, Carlo de Haas: “Hungary is really shaping up to be one of the future export hotspots of Eastern Europe and our strategy is to have presence in key locations where international trade is a growing and sustainable component of business.... Read More
  • EADS EFW redelivers 5 aircraft in June

    Wide-body freighter conversion specialist EADS EFW has seen an extremely busy month in June at its Dresden facility.... Read More
  • Qatar boosts Iraq, Japan and Africa

    Qatar Airways Cargo has given cargo traffic bound for Iraq a boost following the launch of a dedicated weekly freighter service to Erbil, effective 5 July. The move follows the launch of passenger services to the capital Baghdad, which began only two weeks after a similar launch to Erbil for a total of four flights a week Doha to Iraq. The addition of Baghdad takes Qatar Airways’ global network to 116 destinations worldwide.... Read More
  • Qatar Air eying Saudi domestic market

    Qatar Airways has expressed interest in launching an airline registered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker held talks with His Royal Highness Prince Fahad bin Abdullah Al Saud to discuss opportunities arising from the Kingdom’s newly-launched aviation liberalisation policy.... Read More
  • Oman Air sees cargo revenue climb 47%

    Oman Air said recently that the first five months of 2012 has been the most successful in its history. Oman Air’s cargo revenue increased by 47 per cent for the January to May period on the back of rising cargo tonnage which increased by 33 per cent.... Read More
  • DHL chief lays out India strategy

    Deutsche Post DHL, will invest up to €300 million in India, according to the German firm’s chief executive Frank Appel who laid out a five-pronged strategy for the country.... Read More
  • India’s airlines mired in US$20 billion debt

    India’s airlines have piled up a debt load of US$20 billion and many global investors do not see reforms on foreign ownership, which might help the troubled industry, taking place anytime soon.... Read More
  • SE Asia’s latest LCC, THAI Smile takes off

    THAI Smile, the new premium regional sub-brand of Thai Airways International (THAI), has taken delivery of its first A320 in late June, the first of 11 A320s which will be delivered by mid-2015.... Read More
  • Korean Air launches Yangon service

    Korean Air will launch nonstop B737-800 service, four times weekly from Seoul Incheon to Yangon, the largest city and the center for trade, industry, entertainment and tourism in Myanmar, starting 13 September.... Read More
  • Jetstar Japan takes off

    Jetstar Japan’s first flight has taken off as a new era of domestic low fares travel is introduced into the world’s third largest economy. Flight GK111, an Airbus A320 service with 180 passengers, departed Tokyo’s Narita Airport for the regional centre of Sapporo on 3 July. On board for the inaugural service, CEO of the Qantas Group Alan Joyce said the new airline would help to reshape domestic travel in Japan.... Read More
  • Cebu Pacific has 48% domestic cargo share

    Philippines-based low cost carrier Cebu Pacific has captured 48 per cent of the domestic air cargo market in Q1, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). It carried 22.1 million kg from January to March this year – 22.7 per cent more than the 18.01 million kg it transported last year.... Read More
  • MAS faces ASEAN liberalisation challenges

    Loss-making Malaysia Airlines (MAS) can overcome its financial turbulence and head into clearer skies when the Asean (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) air services is liberalised by 2015 if it adopts right strategies, say industry analysts.... Read More
  • MASkargo fined $6 million downunder

    The Australian Federal Court has slapped an A$6 million (US$6.17) fine on Malaysia Airlines’ cargo unit, MASkargo for price fixing as part of an international cartel. Malaysia Airlines admitted to fixing prices on fuel surcharges, security surcharges and customs fees between 2001 and 2005.... Read More
  • Cargo volumes stuck at 2007 levels: AAPA

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of May released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed continued softness in international air cargo demand, while growth continues in international air passenger traffic.... Read More
  • Garuda readies itself for A330-300Fs

    Garuda Indonesia is awaiting slot approval for its newly purchased A330- 300 freighters which are expected to enter service by 2014. Two months ago, as previously reported in Payload Asia, Garuda signed a purchase contract for three A330-200Fs worth an estimated US$600 million as part of a purchase contract with Airbus for 11 A330-300s worth $2.54 billion.... Read More
  • ST Engineering takes over Pemco assets

    Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd.’s US division, Vision Technologies Aerospace Incorporated has received bankruptcy court approval to proceed with its purchase of parts of Pemco World Air Services assets, including the company’s Tampa, Fla., maintenance business and its B737 freighter conversion Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs).... Read More
  • Boeing Shanghai MRO deal with Nok Air

    Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services (Boeing Shanghai) announced it has signed agreements with Thailand’s Nok Airlines to perform aircraft maintenance on two of the airline’s B737-400s at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.... Read More
  • Boeing expands China flight services business

    Boeing Flight Services Shanghai has announced a tripling of its offerings at its Shanghai training campus with the introduction of an advanced B787 Dreamliner training suite for pilot and maintenance training and a newly-installed B747-400 full-flight simulator. The new training devices join an existing B757/B767 full-flight simulator at the facility.... Read More
  • Jade Cargo reaches end of runway

    The deal between Jade Cargo’s shareholders – Shenzhen Airlines (51 per cent), Lufthansa Cargo (25 per cent) and German state-owned bank subsidiary DEG (24 per cent) – with China’s UniTop has failed, leaving the carrier to be liquidated.... Read More
  • US agrees to mutual recognition with EU, Canada

    The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has reached a mutual recognition agreements with Canada and the European Union on their respective air cargo security regimes starting from 1 June.... Read More
  • Cargolux begins tapping booming Chongqing

    Cargolux Airlines International has begun twice weekly freighter service from Luxembourg to Chongqing.... Read More
  • Virgin adds Vancouver, new Japan GSA

    Vancouver is the newest destination in Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s international network following the launch of four flights a week to London Heathrow in May, adding to its existing nine, long-haul destinations in the US. In May, Virgin Atlantic resumed weekly A340-600 flights between London Heathrow and Chicago having earlier also added a further three flights a week from San Francisco.... Read More
  • New weekly Zurich, Tampa service

    Swiss WorldCargo has introduced a new weekly non-stop flight between Zurich and Tampa International Airport, Florida in partnership with Edelweiss Air using A330 equipment.... Read More
  • Only India, China carriers steady on ETS opposition

    A total of 10 Chinese and Indian carriers have broken the European Union’s law requiring them to comply with the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), while all other international carriers flying to, or from Europe have complied, the EU’s climate chief said.... Read More
  • Air France Cargo to slash freighter capacity

    Air France will reduce its freighter capacity by 20 per cent as part of a costcutting and efficiency program aimed at returning to profitability.... Read More
  • LUG wins China Southern contract

    LUG air cargo handling, the oldest independent ground service company at Frankfurt/Main airport, has signed longterm contracts with two new clients since the beginning of the year: China Southern and Air Baltic. The handling contract with Guangzhou-based China Southern covers six full freighter flights per week and a potential annual cargo volume of some 45,000 tonnes.... Read More
  • First Panalpina liveried B747-8F takes off

    Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Atlas Air) took delivery of its first newgeneration B747-8 Freighter which it will operate on a wet-lease basis on behalf of Panalpina, the Swiss-based freight operator.... Read More
  • ABC becomes latest IATA member

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines, part of Volga- Dnepr Group and Russia’s largest all-cargo carrier, has become an active member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).... Read More
  • Qatar launches two Iraq services

    Qatar Airways launched, from 23 May, its 2012 Middle East route expansion with Iraq being added to the airline’s growing network. The northern Iraqi city of Erbil and capital Baghdad will join the airline’s international portfolio of routes over a period of two weeks.... Read More
  • Saudi boosts Chad service with second B747F

    Saudi Airlines Cargo has increased freighter frequency from its Jeddah hub to N’Djamena in Chad with the addition of a second B747F flight each week.... Read More
  • Emirates expands Dubai docking facility

    Emirates Airline has signed a contract with local UAE firm Excel, based in Ajman, supported by Germany’s Gunzburger Steigtechnik, to develop an additional multi-aircraft docking system at their Dubai engineering facility.... Read More
  • Oman to acquire freighter for India-China

    Muscat-based Oman Air has plans to add a dedicated freighter to its fleet, even as the airline continues to make losses.... Read More
  • SkyCargo to launch Washington belly service

    Emirates SkyCargo will launch a new service between Dubai and Washington Dulles International Airport, the seventh US airport the UAE-based cargo carrier will serve.... Read More
  • Muscat air freight capacity to more than double

    Freight capacity at Muscat International Airport – presently undergoing development – will more than double to 250,000 tonnes per year according to Vic Allen, acting CEO of the Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC).... Read More
  • Saudi joins SkyTeam alliance

    Saudia (SV), formerly Saudi Arabian Airlines, joined SkyTeam Tuesday, becoming the alliance’s first member airline from the Middle East.... Read More
  • Air Pacific, Fiji’s national airline, continues to prepare for a significant relaunch in 2013 which will see it rebrand to its original name, ‘Fiji Airways’, when the airline’s new Airbus A330-200 fleet takes to the skies in June 2013.

    The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA)’s annual outlook for fiscal 2012- 13 states that Indian aviation was facing its most uncertain phase in more than a decade.... Read More
  • Air Pacific to relaunch in 2013 as Fiji Airways

    Air Pacific, Fiji’s national airline, continues to prepare for a significant relaunch in 2013 which will see it rebrand to its original name, ‘Fiji Airways’, when the airline’s new Airbus A330-200 fleet takes to the skies in June 2013.... Read More
  • EVA Air orders three B777-300ERs

    Taipei-based EVA Air has finalised an order with Boeing for three B777-300ERs aircraft, with purchase rights for an additional four aircraft.... Read More
  • Qantas confirms major restructure

    Effective 1 July, the Qantas Group will have two distinct businesses – Qantas International and Qantas Domestic – instead of Qantas Airlines.... Read More
  • DACHSER opens Malaysia office

    Global logistics provider DACHSER is continuing its worldwide expansion plan with the recent establishment of a joint venture in Malaysia from early- May.... Read More
  • Industry must remain vigilant on safety: AAPA

    Safety performance across commercial aviation is at an all time high, with a major accident rate of just one in every three million flights, but the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has warned of the need to remain ever vigilant in further improving standards, identify continuing risks and implementing new safety initiatives.... Read More
  • Malaysia Airlines joins A380 club

    Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has taken delivery of its first of six A380s, becoming the eighth operator of the world’s largest passenger aircraft. “The A380 showcases our latest premium offering in products and services.... Read More
  • MASkargo adds Ho Chi Minh City to network

    MASkargo has commenced its inaugural A330-200F flight tapping the intra-Asia trade with a new twice weekly service to Vietnam. The service into Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and on to Bangkok (BKK) before returning to KUL.... Read More
  • Continued weakness in cargo markets: AAPA

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of April released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed ongoing weakness in international air cargo markets while growth in international air passenger numbers continues, bolstered by regional travel.... Read More
  • Thai Cargo returns to Schiphol

    Thai Cargo has returned to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol after an 18 month absence following the delivery of its newly converted B747-400 freighter in early May.... Read More
  • China Southern delivers prized Quarter Horses

    China Southern Cargo played host to some special guests at Tianjin International Airport in May, after a 13- hour long journey in a China Southern B747-400 freighter.... Read More
  • Boeing Shanghai signs deal with UTair

    Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co., Ltd has announced that it has signed two agreements with UTair Aviation for maintenance and engineering services.... Read More