June 2012

From the Editor

  • The ‘real’ intra-Asia trade

    It seems even the most optimistic in the air cargo industry have reset their viewpoints with a reality check. The oft expressed sentiment from a few months ago that the market has bottomed and will see some pickup sometime in the fourth quarter has quietly faded, replaced by the ‘hope’ of some recovery early next year. But the bigger fear of course is of the euro-sky falling.... 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
  • 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.

    Cargolux Airlines International has begun twice weekly freighter service from Luxembourg to Chongqing. Cargolux Airlines International has started a twice-weekly freighter service linking Luxembourg to the booming Chinese interior city of 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.... 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. Air France Cargo will cut its fleet of three B747-400 and two B777 freighters to four aircraft.... 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.... 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.... 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. “Joining SkyTeam is an integral part of Saudia’s long-term transformation strategy, which includes rebranding our airline, restructuring core operations and enhancing onboard products and airport services,” Saudia director general Khalid Al-Molhem said.... 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. “Joining SkyTeam is an integral part of Saudia’s long-term transformation strategy, which includes rebranding our airline, restructuring core operations and enhancing onboard products and airport services,” Saudia director general Khalid Al-Molhem said.... Read More
  • Naki Air Cargo to begin India-UAE service

    Naki Air Cargo, an air-cargo charter company based in the US state of Florida is preparing to start all-cargo air service directly from Vishakapatnam, India, to Dubai, UAE according to Naki’s COO and director of flight operations, Roger Nair.... Read More
  • Indian aviation facing most uncertain phase

    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. The unique ‘guests’ were 59 American Quarter Horses which were specifically purchased for National Barrel Racing Championship and the Barrel Racing Grand Prix of 2nd International Horse Culture Festival.... 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
  • CHINA - China’s SF Airlines to expand cargo fleet

    While most of China’s domestic cargo airlines are experiencing operating losses due to sluggish market demand resulting from global economic uncertainty and China’s export slowdown Shun Feng (SF) Airlines, a Chinese privately run cargo operator, plans to expand its fleet. According to its chairman Li Dongqi the carrier will expand its freighter fleet from seven to more than 25 aircraft to meet growing demand for domestic express delivery services.... Read More
  • Cathay warns of hard times ahead

    Cathay Pacific Airways has warned that its financial results for the first half of 2012 are “expected to be disappointing”. In response to the changing market conditions and challenging business environment, the group is readjusting the capacity of both Cathay Pacific and Dragonair by reducing capacity on some long-haul routes while increasing capacity and introducing six new destinations in its regional network.... Read More
  • HONG KONG - April cargo plummets, Cathay ups India services

    Cathay Pacific Airways combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for April 2012 show another drop in cargo and mail tonnage against passenger numbers growing year-onyear. Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried 124,531 tonnes of cargo and mail in April, a drop of 11 per cent compared to April 2011. The cargo and mail load factor was down by five percentage points to 63.3 per cent.... Read More
  • Singapore Airlines sees net profits nosedive 69%

    High fuel prices and an uncertain global economy weighed heavily on the Singapore Airlines Group earnings in the 2011-12 financial year, pushing net profit down by S$756 million (US$589.6 million) or 69 per cent to S$336 million. Group revenue grew by $333 million (up two per cent) to $14.9 billion on the back of a 3.6 per cent improvement in passenger carriage, but partially offset by weaker yields.... Read More
  • SINGAPORE - A330 P2F conversion agreement signed

    ST Aerospace, Airbus and EADS EFW have finalised the agreement to launch the A330 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversion programme.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • 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. Bahrain has easy access to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar and continues to make significant investments in its logistics infrastructure, the company said.... 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. Tokyo-based KWE’s group operating revenue edged down 1.2 per cent in fiscal 2011 from fiscal 2010 to $3.31 billion. Its group operating profit increased 16.2 per cent to $172.80 million.... 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. With 23,000sq metres of warehouse space, the facility will unite DHL Global Forwarding Belgium’s air freight activities under one roof at Brucargo West.... 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


  • 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.... 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. ACC AirCargo Center Leipzig, a subsidiary of Dietz Group, will develop an area of approximately 60,000 square meters of the declared available land with direct apron access in the south cargo area.... 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


  • 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


  • 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

IT & Equipment


  • 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

Cover Story

  • 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

Belly Ache

  • More bang for the buck!

    More bang for the buck! Now this next item, we have to give props to Nordisk (they are still called Nordisk right? You’ll have to excuse us, we’ve been having a hard time keeping track of who has bought who lately).... Read More