March 2012

From the Editor

  • It’s the emerging markets

    As many in the industry are well aware, it’s the emerging markets that hold out not only great promise of future cargo growth, but also function now as a key backstop to global cargo lethargy.... Read More


  • Menlo adopts two-pronged China approach

    Menlo Worldwide Logistics, which specialises in the integration of all functions across the supply chain, tackles the China market utilising two major strategies: Firstly, its global experience and know-how in the international market and secondly, by riding on its well-established Mainland local operations. By Wong Joon San.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • TNT Express struggles as suitors emerge

    TNT Express, fresh from reporting a US$225 million net loss in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to a net profit of $5.2 million a year earlier, plans to refocus on its core European market, trim international operations and reduce its freighter fleet to stem rising losses and return to profitability.... Read More
  • FedEx enhances Asia reach to Middle East

    FedEx Express has announced the expansion of its network coverage from Asia to markets in the Middle East, providing what it said were significant service improvements to meet increasing business demand.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • HK and Singapore see January cargo drops

    Hong Kong and Singapore witnessed falling cargo volumes in January, with both airports pointing to an earlier Chinese new year holiday in 2012, compared to a year earlier, as being responsible for much of the fall-off.... Read More
  • Liege Airport sees January cargo decline

    January 2012 cargo throughput for Liege Airport – the seventh largest cargo airport in Europe – has declined 9.9 per cent to 48,341 tonne compared with the same month in 2011.... Read More
  • AF-KLM Cargo returns to Atlanta

    Air France-KLM Cargo is resuming air cargo service to the US city of Atlanta after a three-year absence.... Read More
  • Paris CDG gets e-freight boost

    A new air cargo community system at Paris CDG aimed at facilitating the adoption of e-freight will kick into high gear this year. The Cargo Information Network (CIN) initiative, started in 2011, will now be given a strong push during 2012 according to its stakeholders.... Read More
  • Paris-Vatry reverses cargo decline

    Paris-Vatry Airport has witnessed a change in fortunes with reversal of the dramatic decline in its cargo tonnage since 2009 when it lost key customers DHL and cargo airline Avient. In 2011 it handled 8,372 tonnes of air freight, an increase of just over six per cent compared with 2010.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • Maiden flight for A350’s Trent XWB engine

    The A350 XWB’s new engine – the Rolls- Royce Trent XWB – has successfully made its maiden flight aboard Airbus’ dedicated A380 ‘Flying-Test-Bed’ aircraft.... Read More
  • P&W in high gear on PurePower

    Progress on its geared turbofan is progressing with Pratt & Whitney initiating certification icing testing for its PurePower Geared Turbofan PW1524G engine that will power the Bombardier Cseries aircraft family with the company anticipating completing engine certification by the end of 2012.... Read More
  • Telair unveils ultralightweight new ULD

    Telair International, a subsidiary of AAR Corp after it and Nordisk Aviation Products were aquired from Teleflex Incorporated late last year, has introduced an innovative new nonmetallic RFID-capable Unit Load Device (ULD) product that provides increased tracking capabilities and potential cost benefits to airlines by enhancing fuel efficiency and revenue generation per flight.... Read More
  • Air Cargo Germany opts for TRAXON EDI

    Air Cargo Germany (ACG), the Frankfurt-Hahn-based all-cargo carrier has opted for TRAXON EDI services from the beginning of this year.... Read More

Cover Story


  • Ethiopian Cargo to fly solo

    The Ethiopian carrier is following a model utilised by a number of other global carriers in which strategic business segments like the Passenger Airline Group, Logistics, MRO, Catering or IT Services are spunoff and then act on their own under the umbrella of the overall Group.... Read More


  • DB Schenker

    DB Schenker has announced the appointment of Helgi Ingolfsson as its new UK managing director with effect from 1 February 2012.... Read More
  • Virgin Atlantic Cargo

    Marie Epstein has been promoted to the position of regional vice president sales – Americas by Virgin Atlantic Cargo, based in New York.... Read More
  • Emirates Airline

    Emirates Airline has appointed Marc Shedden as its new cargo manager for Western Australia, bringing almost 15 years’ experience in the cargo and freight forwarding industries to the role.... Read More
  • Cargolux Airlines

    Cargolux Airlines International S.A. has announced that the company’s Board of Directors approved Richard Forson’s appointment as chief financial officer effective 1 February 2012. Forson, who succeeds former CFO David Arendt, is also a senior VP of the company and a member of the Executive Committee of Cargolux.... Read More
  • NEO Air Charter

    Recently-launched cargo charter broker, NEO Air Charter, which has pledged only to deal with freight forwarders, has further strengthened its team with the appointment of Stefan Kohlmann as joint managing partner.... Read More
  • BOC Aviation

    BOC Aviation has announced that Chen Siqing is the new chairman of BOC Aviation, taking over from Zhang Yanling who has retired from the position.... Read More

Belly Ache

  • Nice work Scoob!

    We were aghast, shocked, even by Singabore standards at the sheer lack of imagination in the branding of Singapore Airlines’ new budget carrier.... Read More


  • Toll rides through challenging conditions

    Toll Group, a leading provider of integrated logistics in the Asian region, has released interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2011, with a net profit after tax of A$158 million, down four per cent compared to the corresponding period, and sales revenue of A$4.4 billion, up five per cent.... Read More
  • Major Paris hub expansion for Geodis

    French logistics giant Geodis has announced a major extension to its hub in Evry Lisses, in the southern suburbs of Paris, under an agreement with logistics property developer ProLogis.... Read More
  • Kerry Logistics acquires Spanish JV

    Kerry Logistics, a leading global logistics services provider, has completed the acquisition of its former joint-venture, Kerry Salvat Logistics S.A., through a buy-out of the remaining shares from its partner Salvat Logistica, S.A. Kerry Logistics has been a major player in Spain since 2005, providing a broad range of international freight and logistics services including, sourcing and buying from Asia as well as providing a platform for its Spanish customers to create opportunities to sell their products in Asia.... Read More
  • IJS Global opens Stuttgart office

    Amsterdam-headquartered IJS Global, a worldwide logistics service provider with a network spanning 77 countries, has opened a new branch office in Stuttgart, Germany.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Technik opens SG pool storage

    Lufthansa Technik AG has opened a pool storage facility in Singapore for aircraft components, effective 1 February.... Read More
  • time:matters opens Aberdeen station

    Global speed logistics company, time:matters, continues to expand its Sameday Air network with the Scottish airport Aberdeen (ABZ) available as an additional station for the transport of highly urgent and complex shipments.... Read More