November 2012


Gateways

  • MRO Supplement in Dec/Jan 2013 Issue

    The upcoming issue of Payload Asia will feature a speical supplement on the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market. MRO is a $50 billion annual business and according to a recent paper from management consultants Oliver Wyman, growth is predicted to be more than seven per cent per annum through 2013.... Read More
  • August volumes continue to shrink: IATA

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported global traffic results for August showing demand for air transport continuing to flatten-out, but with significant regional variations.... Read More
  • Kenya Air orders B737 P2F from Boeing/AEI

    Kenya Airways has placed orders for two B737-300 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions for its regional cargo operations, with options for two more.... Read More
  • New B747-8 Freighter joins Polar Air fleet

    Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc., has begun operations with its new B747-8 Freighter from 3 October. Another new aircraft is due to join service later in the fourth quarter of 2012.... Read More
  • Delta Air Lines rides out the turbulence

    Delta Air Lines posted strong growth in revenue and net income in the third quarter on the back of higher passenger fares, positive cargo growth and lower fuel costs. The carrier also managed its capacity optimally during the period resulting in 0.3 point y-o-y increase in load factor to 86.4 per cent. Revenue increased one per cent y-o-y to US$9.9 billion and net income rose 91 per cent y-o-y to $1 billion in the three months that ended 30 September 2012. Cargo revenues were down five per cent, y-o-y during the third quarter, falling to $14 million. Still, the declines were partially offset by higher airfreight volumes.... Read More
  • Cross border Air Canada, United JV gets ok

    The Competition Bureau has given the green light to a cross-border joint venture between Air Canada and United Continental Holdings Inc. provided the airlines exclude certain routes from the arrangement, including flights between Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary to certain US destinations like Chicago, Washington, Houston and others.... Read More
  • Boeing steps up 777 production

    Boeing has stepped up the production rate of its 777 assembly line by nearly 20 per cent, to 8.3 aircraft a month through the addition of new technologies such as flex-track drilling machines in the 777 body and wings area along with automated spray-painting equipment.... Read More
  • Boeing projects 20-year cargo growth of 5.2%

    Boeing has forceast the global air cargo market to expand at a 5.2 per cent annual rate over the next 20 years.... Read More
  • A350 XWB Final Assembly Line inaugurated

    The first two A350 XWB aircraft (the static aircraft and the first flyable aircraft, MSN1) are currently at different stages of final assembly.... Read More
  • IATA welcomes bid to put SES back on track

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reacted positively to statements made by Siim Kallas, VP of the European Commission, asserting that delivering a fully functioning Single European Sky (SES) is Europe’s top aviation priority.... Read More
  • Turkish Airlines orders another 15 A330

    Turkish Airlines has placed an order for 15 A330-300s, their seventh order for the A330 family of aircraft, which will be operated on medium and long haul routes from the Turkish Airlines hub in Istanbul.... Read More
  • ECS Group to continue its rapid expansion

    ECS Group, the world’s largest GSSA organisation, says China will be the next addition to its fast-growing network of international locations along with further offices in Vietnam. In the last 18 months, Paris-based ECS has opened offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmadabad in India and expects to add a fourth location in Chennai by the end of 2012. It has also established a presence in Vietnam, Hong Kong and Niger.... Read More
  • ABC expects to post 2012 cargo growth

    From January to September this year, Russia’s AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) uplifted 200,000 tonnes of cargo and by the end of the current fiscal year expects to break the 300,000 tonne mark, representing a single digit percentage increase over last year, according to ABC’s executive senior VP Sales and Marketing, Wolfgang Meier. “Today, we are clearly the number one Russian cargo carrier holding a 40 to 45 per cent market share,” he added.... Read More
  • Swiss to offer daily Singapore service

    Swiss WorldCargo division posted a six per cent increase in sales for the firstnine- month period in revenue-tonnekilometre terms. Cargo load factor (by volume) stood at 78.7 per cent, a 0.5-percentage-point improvement year-on-year.... Read More
  • IAG Cargo revenue up 4.3% year-on-year

    International Airlines Group, the merged British Airways World Cargo- Iberia Cargo carrier, reported year-overyear growth for a second month, with September traffic increasing 1.2 per cent from a year ago on a 3.8 per cent increase in available capacity, despite a weak performance by Iberia.... Read More
  • AF-KLM’s cargo woes continue in September

    Air France-KLM saw freight traffic plunge 6.6 per cent, year-on-year, in September, a drop in line with the declines the combined carrier recorded in the first eight months of the year. In response to the lower volumes, AF-KLM cut freight capacity by 4.4 per cent, year-on-year but still saw freight load factor fall 1.4 per cent, year-on-year, to 63.2 per cent. This was however, a slight improvement from the carrier’s August load factor — 60.6 per cent — and on par with AF-KLM’s eight-month statistics.... Read More
  • Confidence up, but conditions challenging: IATA

    Airline business confidence improved in October, according to International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) quarterly survey of airline CFOs and heads of cargo, of which, 48 per cent of respondents expect an improvement in profitability over the next 12 months. Although the outlook for airline performance is getting more positive, current conditions remain challenging. Responses showed profits were declining in the past three months, suggesting financial results will be down on a year ago.... Read More
  • Air Astana enjoys growing cargo volumes

    Kazakhstan-based Air Astana is making its mark in the cargo industry through offering bellyhold cargo capacities on its rapidly growing network, as well as similar cargo capacities via its partnership with other airlines. Air Astana offers capacities on its B757, A320, A319 and E190, which are bulk load aircraft. The airline’s cargo and mail services jumped 20 per cent to 19,692 tonnes in 2011 from the 16,392 tonnes it handled in 2010.... Read More
  • Lufthansa boosts Europe- Middle East capacity

    Lufthansa Cargo has boosted freighter capacity between Europe and the Middle East for its winter schedule from 28 October. The carrier said its new schedule offers flights to 300 destinations in 97 countries, including freighter services into 49 destinations worldwide.... Read More
  • Virgin doubles cargo capacity to India

    Virgin Atlantic started daily A330 passenger and cargo flights between Mumbai and London Heathrow on 29 October and has already seen the offer of strong support from customers to and from India, particularly for connections to its major US gateways, it said.... Read More
  • Airbus to push into Asia, says EADS boss

    The chief executive of EADS, the parent of Airbus, has indicated that Airbus’ next manufacturing push will be in Asia as it would be a “mistake” to insist on a Eurocentric production strategy, reported The Guardian.... Read More
  • Qatar launches Cambodia, resumes Yangon

    Qatar Airways has announced plans to launch daily scheduled flights to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh from early next year to further boost its Asia Pacific network. The Doha-based airline will be the only Middle Eastern carrier to operate into Cambodia with services due to start on 20 February.... Read More
  • Emirates SkyCargo boosts Australia trade

    Emirates SkyCargo will carry up to 14 tonnes of freight per flight between South Australia and Dubai when four weekly flights to Adelaide launch on 1 November 2012, significantly boosting trade between South Australia and Dubai. The additional 56 tonnes will take the weekly capacity to and from Australia to 1,500 tonnes and Emirates SkyCargo’s capacity – which includes three dedicated freighter services from Sydney each week – will be further strengthened from 1 March 2013, when the number of services operating from Dubai to Australia rises to 84 per week.... Read More
  • Emirates 10th carrier to plead guilty in price-fixing

    Emirates has pleaded guilty to charges that it formed part of a price-fixing cartel illegally fixing fuel prices, a fuel and security surcharge and customs fees relating to air freight between Indonesia and Australia and other countries between October 2001 and May 2006.... Read More
  • Etihad Crystal Cargo continues to grow revenue

    Etihad Crystal Cargo has reported significant growth in its operational performance in the third quarter of 2012 with freight revenues for the July-September quarter reaching US$181.6 million, an increase of six per cent yearon- year. Etihad Cargo carried a total of 93,560 tonnes of freight over the period a jump of 18 per cent when compared to the same period of 2011.... Read More
  • Bahrain’s Gulf Air launches e-AWB

    Bahrain-based Gulf Air has achieved a major milestone with the launch of its electronic Air Way Bill (e-AWB). The first cargo shipment under the e-AWB was moved from Bahrain to Dubai. “This is indeed a great achievement as it involves several stakeholders in the cargo supply chain such as freight forwarders, handling agents and customs and civil aviation authorities to ensure seamless electronic process from beginning to end,” said Gulf Air chief executive Samer Majali.... Read More
  • Qatar: “Aggressive expansion” to continue

    Qatar Airways’ aggressive expansion will continue over the coming three years, growing from 119 to more than 170 destinations starting with 15 new destinations in 2013, CEO Akbar Al Baker said in a keynote address to the UK Aviation Club in London.... Read More
  • Qatar Cargo boosts Middle East network

    Doha-based Qatar Airways Cargo has added a second A300-600 freighter service to Sharjah from 29 October and has also added flights to Abu Dhabi.... Read More
  • Kingfisher to fly again, Mallya blames gov’t

    Kingfisher’s flamboyant owner, Indian liquor baron Vijay Mallya says he will get the cash-strapped carrier, which as never made a profit, back into the air through self-financing. The carrier had its license suspended by India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation in October and has not flown since the start of October after a protest by employees, who have been unpaid since March.... Read More
  • Air cargo sector urged to be more efficient, cost-effective

    India’s air cargo sector is being urged “to try to evolve a process, which is fast, efficient and economic”, and to better understand the market, according to S Machendranathan, additional secretary and financial adviser at the Ministry of Civil Aviation.... Read More
  • Airlines now accepting cargo from Concor

    In a first for India, airlines have started accepting cargo at the Container Corporation of India’s (Concor’s) inland container depot (ICD) at Kanpur. Kanpur exports about 500 tonne a month of air cargo and imports about 115 tonnes.... Read More
  • India calls for Asia Pac opposition to ETS

    India has asked the aviation community in Asia Pacific to oppose the European Union’s emissions trading system (EU-ETS tax) on foreign airlines flying over Europe.... Read More
  • Fiji’s Air Pacific readies for rebranding

    Air Pacific, Fiji’s national airline has unveiled its new livery ahead of the first flight of its new A330s scheduled to take to the skies in 2013.... Read More
  • Qantas to boost Asian focus and capacity

    In a speech at Australia’s National Press Club Qantas CEO Alan Joyce outlined the challenges the Qantas group faces and the opportunities afforded by its recent 10-year tie-up with Emirates, including a sharper focus on Asia.... Read More
  • Philippine Airlines orders 10 more A330s

    Philippine Airlines (PAL) has placed a firm order with Airbus for an additional 10 A330-300 widebody aircraft. The latest purchase agreement follows a major order from the airline in August for 44 single aisle A321s and 10 A330s under the carrier’s fleet modernisation programme.... Read More
  • Chapman Freeborn expands On Board Courier

    Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has further expanded its specialist On Board Courier (OBC) services with the launch of a new office in Hong Kong.... Read More
  • Cathay sees slight rise in cargo demand

    Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried 134,584 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, an increase of 2.4 per cent compared to September 2011. The cargo and mail load factor was down by two percentage points to 62.8 per cent.... Read More
  • No NZ Air Force prosecution for DG cargo

    The Royal New Zealand Air Force will not be prosecuted by New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority after it put the lives of hundreds of passengers and crew at risk by illegally shipping chemical oxygen generators on a passenger flight to Canada.... Read More
  • Asia Pac cargo demand stablising

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of September from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed stable air cargo demand and a moderate growth in international passenger traffic.... Read More
  • BOC to lease A320s to China Southern

    BOC Aviation has signed agreements for the lease of three new A320-200 aircraft to China Southern Airlines and scheduled to be delivered in the first half of 2014.... Read More
  • Singapore’s Republic Poly opens training hangar

    Republic Polytechnic (RP), one of Singapore’s leading tertiary institutions, has opened The ARCH (The Aerospace Hub), a new aerospace training facility. Located at RP’s campus, The ARCH is the first purpose-built hangar at an institute of higher learning in Singapore, and will provide RP’s aerospace and aviation students with an industry-relevant, handson learning experience.... Read More
  • SIA places Airbus order, invests in V Australia

    Singapore Airlines has placed an order for five more A380s and another 20 A350s for additional capacity growth and fleet renewal. The firm order commitments are valued at US$7.5 billion based on list prices and deliveries are due to begin from 2017.... Read More
  • Korean taps new ‘Middle East boom’

    Korean Air has expanded its network to the Middle East with a direct passenger service between Seoul/ Incheon and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 9 November 2012.... Read More
  • Korean Air back in the black

    Korean Air Lines swung to a net profit in the third quarter as robust passenger demand on international routes offset high oil prices and sluggish demand in the cargo business. “Introduction of fuel-efficient jets on long-haul routes such as New York helped save costs and travel demand on the profitable lines also increased,” the company said in a statement.... Read More
  • Garuda to spin off cargo division

    Garuda Indonesia will spin off its cargo division next year into an independent business unit to better tap into the country’s growing cargo market. Garuda Indonesia vice president Rajendra Kartawiria said in late-October that the carrier would set up a new subsidiary, PT Garuda Indonesia Cargo, to handle its cargo business.... Read More

Airports

  • BUD puts cargo ambitions on hold

    Budapest BUD Airport’s ambitious plans to catapult Hungary’s major hub into a leading role as cargo gateway for central and Eastern Europe has been put paid by a number of factors including the bankruptcy of home carrier Malev in February this year.... Read More
  • India’s ASSOCHAM urges aviation reforms

    India’s chamber of commerce, ASSOCHAM has proposed the creation of an Airport Infrastructure Development Fund and Essential Airlines Services Fund, infrastructure status for the aviation industry, rationalisation of taxes on ATF, MRO and establishment of a National Aviation University to make industry to world class.... Read More
  • Frankfurt-Hahn adds new cargo carriers

    Chinese carriers Yangtze River Express and Navitrans; the new Chinese-Turkish combo MyCargo; and Japan’s Nippon Cargo Airlines have all recently signed up to provide cargo service to Frankfurt- Hahn Airport. This new intake will add another 10 flights a week to the airport’s freighter schedule, reportedly providing the potential to increase cargo traffic by as much as 10,000 tonnes a month.... Read More
  • Qatar CEO warns of ‘catastrophe’ for UK

    Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has added his voice to the Heathrow expansion debate, calling on the British government to urgently address capacity constraints at London Heathrow to avoid a “catastrophic situation” for the country’s economy. Al Baker is a vocal supporter of a third runway at the world’s busiest international airport to remain competitive with rival European airport hubs.... Read More
  • Heathrow expansion best option: Virgin Atlantic

    Virgin Atlantic Airways’ outgoing chief executive Steve Ridgway says expanding London’s Heathrow airport is the only “affordable” option to improve the UK’s links to key markets abroad, reported Dow Jones Newswires.... Read More
  • Cargo volume stagnant at Changi Airport

    Volume at Singapore’s Changi airport saw little improvement last month with the world’s 11th largest cargo airport by tonnage in 2011 recording four per cent growth in flight movements in September, but cargo volume remained stagnant, falling 0.4 per cent compared to a year earlier to 153,700 metric tonnes.... Read More
  • New pharma capacity atLuxembourg Airport

    Cargolux Airlines International S.A. has welcomed the capacity expansion at its home base, the Luxembourg Cargo- Center, where the leading cargo handler LuxairCargo is in the process of adding a dedicated Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Centre that will go into operation in Spring 2013. “As a committed and experienced expert in the transport of pharmaceuticals and other temperature sensitive items, Cargolux is renowned for its top-of-the-range solutions for the transportation of these delicate and sensitive commodities by air,” the carrier said.... Read More
  • New African maindeck service for Brussels

    Brussels Airport has gained a full freighter customer in the form of FLY Congo which operates flights between Brussels and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.... Read More
  • JFK plans for new animal-handling facility

    New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport may soon have a new US$35 million animal-handling centre for the tens of thousands of animals – from domestic pets to race horses to exotic zoo animals – passing through the airport each year that officials hope will generate millions of dollars in fees for the airport while modernising the way JFK handles live animals.... Read More
  • Schiphol’s SmartGate ahead of schedule

    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s anticipated SmartGate Cargo initiative may be operational earlier than expected, according to Enno Osinga, senior vice president of Schiphol Cargo. Schiphol SmartGate Cargo, which marks one of the first public-private initiatives in the airfreight sector, was initially slated to go live in 2014 or 2015. “Now we think we may be a little bit ahead of schedule,” Osinga said recently.... Read More
  • Athens goes to work trying to kickstart traffic

    Although life is currently tough for the Greek air freight community, an initiative by a group of top forwarders, backed by the whole air cargo community and members of the airport Cargo Community Committee (ACCC), has been launched in a drive to stimulate new business. Led and inspired by Alexis Sioris, manager cargo development at Athens International Airport and his colleagues, the aim is to target exporters and potential users of air freight capacity from Greece.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • Qantas, Australia Post rejig express JVs

    Qantas has reached an agreement to sell its 50 per cent stake in StarTrack to Australia Post and acquire 100 per cent of the air freight business Australian air Express. Under joint venture arrangements between Qantas and Australia Post, each party currently owns 50 per cent of Australian air Express and StarTrack in an arrangement that has existed since 2003. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval.... Read More
  • UPS expands Asia healthcare network

    UPS announced a significant expansion of its global healthcare distribution facility network in the Asia Pacific region with the opening of three new state-of-the-art facilities in Hangzhou and Shanghai in China, and Sydney, Australia.... Read More
  • FedEx Express to build $100m Shanghai hub

    FedEx Express has inked a deal with the Shanghai Airport (Group) Co. Ltd. to establish a $100 million logistics hub at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The facility, which will offer onsite Customs clearance and will enable FedEx to process up to 36,000 documents and packages per hour, is slated to open in early 2017.... Read More
  • UPS Q3 profit plunges 56%

    United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) reported a 56 per cent drop in thirdquarter earnings despite a rise in package volume, as soft international trade and growing numbers of lightweight, lowpriced shipments from online shopping crimped revenue. UPS’ third-quarter profit of US$469 million was down 56 per cent from $1.07 billion a year earlier. Revenue was down 0.7 per cent to $13.07 billion and operating margin fell to 5.9 per cent from 12.7 per cent.... Read More
  • EU submits ‘objections’ in UPS’ TNT takeover

    The European Commission has submitted a ‘statement of objections’ to UPS and TNT Express over their proposed €5.2 billion merger. The statement is essentially a list of interim conclusions of the competition authorities of the Commission, as result of their investigations into the potential takeover of TNT Express by UPS.... Read More
  • UPS launches Incheon Zhengzhou service

    UPS has announced the launch of a new five-times weekly flight between Zhengzhou, the capital and largest city in China’s Henan Province and Incheon in South Korea. Zhengzhou’s businesses will benefit from Incheon’s corresponding flight connections to their key export markets in the US and Europe.... Read More
  • FedEx opens new South Pacific Regional Hub in SIN

    FedEx Express (FedEx) opened its new South Pacific Regional Hub in Singapore last month. The S$97 million (US$79.5 million) South Pacific Regional Hub is the first and only express transportation facility in Singapore and the largest FedEx consolidated facility in Asia Pacific that houses air, ground and clearance operations under one roof. It is also the only hub in Singapore to house a special on-site facilitation of cargo shipment clearance by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and Singapore Customs, which translates into faster, more convenient customs clearance for FedEx customers.... Read More

Cover Story

  • China Airlines Cargo gains altitude with SkyTeam

    For Taiwan’s China Airlines (CI) Cargo the timing of its admission into the SkyTeam Cargo alliance is probably about as good as it can get, as the carrier has undertaken strategic capacity reductions to deal with the ongoing sullen air cargo environment resulting in healthy load factors and rising yields. Donald Urquhart reports.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • Turnkey ADB lighting solutions for China

    ADB Airfield Solutions has delivered turnkey lighting solutions for airports in Shenzhen and Kunming. In the southern coastal city of Shenzhen, ADB deployed an end-to-end airfield ground lighting solution to renovate Shenzhen Baoan International Airport’s original runway.... Read More
  • AcuTemp, Csafe combine to become single entity

    AcuTemp has acquired CSafe from AmSafe and has combined AcuTemp and CSafe into one company called CSafe.... Read More
  • THAI Cargo upgrades IT with Mercator

    Thai Airways International (THAI) Cargo and Mail Commercial Department has entered an agreement with UAEbased Mercator, for development of a new IT system that will “improve service provision, competitiveness and improve cargo operation management,” according to THAI.... Read More
  • CHEP makes acquisition, extends with Cargolux

    CHEP Aerospace Solutions announced, in mid-October, the acquisition of eps-Aircraft Services GmbH, the leading cargo and galley equipment repair services provider in Frankfurt, Germany.... Read More

Logistics

  • Agility opens new warehouse in Hong Kong

    Global logistics provider, Agility, has opened a new 13,000-square meter warehouse in Hong Kong. The logistics centre will provide customers in Hong Kong and South China with optimal storage and handling facilities, including dust-free and static-free zones for electronics components and climatecontrolled areas for temperature-sensitive products.... Read More
  • Aramex third quarter profit up 11%

    Logistics firm Aramex posted a 11 per cent increase in quarterly profits, boosted by its Gulf Arab operations with the Dubai-based company saying it was eyeing more acquisitions in Southern Africa region next year. Aramex reported third-quarter net profit of US$14.5 million for the period ended 30 September, up from $13 million a year ago.... Read More
  • Panalpina handles BMW’s Brazil auto parts

    Panalpina has assumed responsibility for BMW’s spare parts logistics operations in Brazil with immediate effect. Panalpina will run a new distribution center for the automotive manufacturer in the country.... Read More
  • Panalpina stings from air freight, Europe exposure

    Panalpina’s substantial exposure to air freight and its most important market Europe has left its mark on the company’s latest financial results with the company suffering significant volume decreases on most import and export European trade lanes. Panalpina’s Air Freight division accounts for almost 50 per cent of the company’s net forwarding revenue and around two thirds of the air freight volumes come from trade lanes involving Europe.... Read More
  • K + N profit up on rising air, ocean volumes

    Kuehne + Nagel’s third quarter profit grew 2.8 per cent from a year ago as the Swiss logistics giant bucked an industry-wide slowdown to boost ocean and air freight volumes. Earnings before interest and tax rose to 181 million Swiss francs (US$193.7 million) from 176 million francs ($188.3 million) in the third quarter of 2011 as revenue grew 12.4 per cent to 5.4 billion francs ($5.8 billion). “The improvement of results in the third quarter makes us confident of reaching the profitability targets we have set ourselves for the full business year 2012,” said CEO Reinhard Lange.... Read More
  • Dachser opens Wuhu automotive warehouse

    Dachser, a leading global provider of logistics services has secured a contract with international automotive parts manufacturer Continental to provide a comprehensive range of logistics services for the company’s manufacturing plant in Wuhu, Anhui Province.... Read More
  • Schenker sets up logistics academy in China

    DB Schenker has opened its own logistics academy to train employees in China. With nearly 5,000 employees in 60 cities in China, DB Schenker is one of the country’s leading logistics services providers and says there is a growing need for qualified employees in the country.... Read More

FAPAA

Supplement

  • MidAmerica teams with Ningbo for new trade route

    In a bold step, MidAmerica St. Louis Airport (BLV) and China’s Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB) have joined forces to promote a new trade route. Under wraps for nearly eight months, the deal sees two secondary airports, supported by government trade bodies teaming up to match shippers and buyers between China and Latin America. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • ACAS pilot expanded, ICAO & TIACA to work closer

    Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that it is formalising and expanding the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot. The ACAS pilot enables members of the air cargo industry to send and receive advance security filing data for their air cargo which the CBP and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) then analyse to help identify cargo shipments inbound to the US that may be high risk and require additional physical screening.... Read More
  • US gov’t pledges to work with air cargo industry

    US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood pledged to support the air cargo industry in achieving its goals because of its importance to the US economy. Speaking at the 26th International Air Cargo Forum & Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia LaHood told the audience of senior executives from across the global air cargo supply chain: “We are committed to your industry – because what’s good for air cargo is good for the US economy.”... Read More
  • Hartsfield-Jackson: Atlanta’s ‘economic engine’

    As a passenger hub Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reigns supreme – 920,000 take-offs and landings and handling over 92 million passengers last year – ranking as the world’s busiest airport for 13 years running. And while cargo clearly has a long way to go to reach such prominence, it is already firmly set in growth mode as more and more businesses, shippers, freight forwarders and carriers see the advantages of the airport as a cargo hub. By Donald Urquhart in Atlanta.... Read More

Belly Ache

  • Just look at those happy, helpful, smiling faces! It’s gonna be a great trip!!

    We’re all very excited here at Belly Ache, because now we can book our weekend getaways on our favorite airline from the convenience of our desktop! Air Koryo, the self-described “unique national flag carrier” of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (that would be NORTH Korea in case you’re confused about the ‘Democratic’ part of the name) has launched a new online booking system in English and Korean. Woohoo! The website offers flights from Pyongyang to Beijing and Shenyang in China, and Vladivostok in Russia.... Read More

From the Editor

  • Fascinating China

    This issue we bring you a slightly different cover story as it doesn’t focus directly on the air cargo industry, but rather on China and the foreign multinationals that have both been instrumental in China’s economic development and of course in growing their own global business.... Read More
  • The world is speeding up

    There really isn’t a ’sweet spot’ to be in, in the air cargo industry right now. Sure there are companies out there doing reasonably ok, but really none that can claim to be doing great and certainly far more that are just doing badly.... Read More