October 2012

From the Editor

  • Rolling with the punches

    Two interesting developments in the aviation industry last month have given the world yet another example of just how dynamic, even in lean times such as these, that the aviation business is in Asia and the Middle East truly is.... Read More


  • Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of first B777F

    Ethiopian Airlines became the first African airline to take delivery of a B777 freighter on 19 September. The aircraft, leased from GECAS, was the first of six B777Fs it ordered with the carrier receiving its second freighter in October while the remaining four will join the fleet in 2014.... Read More
  • Evergreen Int’l begins Miami-Brazil service

    US-based Evergreen International Airlines has begun twice-weekly service between Miami International Airport and three Brazilian cities.... Read More
  • Volaris to launch int’l cargo service

    Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris (Y4) will launch cargo services on its international network later this year, starting with flights to/from Los Angeles.... Read More
  • Hawaiian, American, Delta & United vie for Haneda

    Hawaiian Airlines is among four airlines bidding for flight rights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, proposing nonstop flights to the city of Kona on the ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii. The slot pair was originally awarded to Delta Air Lines in 2010 for service from Detroit but the US Department of Transportation (DOT) put the flight rights back out to bid after Delta decided to suspend the Detroit route.... Read More
  • Aerolíneas Argentinas first S. American SkyTeam member

    Aerolíneas Argentinas (AR) has become SkyTeam’s 18th member and the alliance’s first South American member, with SkyTeam MD Michael Wisbrun saying the addition of AR will help the alliance strengthen its South American network.... Read More
  • US airline industry urges Obama to block ETS

    Nineteen aviation industry groups called on President Barack Obama to initiate an Article 84 proceeding in the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), whose governing council will convene from 29 October to 6 November, in a bid to halt the European Union’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS).... Read More
  • Precision ok’ed for B757 conversions with winglets

    Precision Conversions has received US FAA approval to perform 15 cargo modifications for B757-200s with winglets, marking the first time it has been allowed to carry out the work on winglet-equipped B757s.... Read More
  • Cargo growth slows again in July: IATA

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global traffic results for July showing slower growth in both freight and passengers, but with considerable variation by region and market.... Read More
  • Lufthansa to merge flights under new LCC

    Lufthansa has announced it will merge its European and German domestic routes under a new low-cost brand from next year, hoping to improve profits and fend off growing competition from low-cost carriers.... Read More
  • Cargolux takes thorough look at business model

    Following a difficult fourth quarter to 2011 that saw no real peak season and a first seven months of 2012 that was “even more challenging” and which saw Cargolux make an operating loss over the period – the carrier is making an intensive review of whether its current business model is sustainable over the long term.... Read More
  • EU looking into Ryanair- Aer Lingus deal… again

    The EU Commission has begun an indepth investigation – known as a Phase II review – of the proposed merger between Ryanair and Aer Lingus, a development that brought up competition concerns when the commission originally looked into the deal.... Read More
  • Heathrow’s third runway argument heats up again

    The UK government is under increasing pressure to solve London Heathrow’s capacity crisis as senior Conservatives have urged prime minister David Cameron to allow building a third runway at London Heathrow Airport (LHR).... Read More
  • MNG Airlines takes delivery of first A330-200F

    MNG Airlines, Turkey’s dedicated freight operator, has taken delivery of its first of four A330-200Fs on order.... Read More
  • EFIS AIR takes 180 cows to Mongolia

    Châteauroux-Déols airport in France took on the image of a farmyard when 180 breeding cows arrived at the airport to catch a flight to Mongolia with a little help from EFIS AIR, part of ECS Group.... Read More
  • EU may suspend emissions fees

    European officials signaled that they may recommend the suspension of the continent’s carbon emission fees for airlines to avert a trade war with major economic powers such as China and the US, allowing time to forge a global agreement on climate charges for the aviation industry, reported Associated Press Newswires.... Read More
  • Air France-KLM reports August cargo drop

    Air France-KLM Cargo recorded a 7.8 per cent, year-on-year decrease in freight traffic in August, a decline that was propelled by sluggish demand in the Asia- Pacific and the Americas – AF-KLM’s top two regions for cargo.... Read More
  • Airbus forecasts near doubling of freighter fleet

    In Airbus’ most recent Global Market Forecast, the European aircraft manufacturer projected that the global aviation sector will generate a demand for 3,000 freighters by 2031.... Read More
  • El Al makes Q2 gains, amid challenges

    El Al Israel Airlines saw freight revenue plunge seven per cent, year-on-year, to US$47.6 million, in the second quarter of 2012.... Read More
  • Etihad increases stake in Virgin Australia to 10%

    Etihad Airways has increased its equity stake in Virgin Australia Holdings to the maximum allowed in Australia – 10 per cent. This represented 221 million shares that have been bought from the open market over recent months. Six weeks ago Etihad Airways received the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval to increase its holding from five to 10 per cent.... Read More
  • Etihad to tap into South American market

    Etihad Airways (EY) is exploring potential commercial partnerships with South American-based carriers in a bid to “expand its footprint” in the region, according to president and CEO James Hogan. Discussions are underway, he said.... Read More
  • IATA calls for Middle East aviation reforms

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for liberalisation of the Middle East market, including new freedoms for airlines to price services and more readily access capital at a time when the industry group claims excessive regulation has stunted the growth of vital players, especially in Saudi Arabia.... Read More
  • flydubai Cargo interlines its way across the globe

    Low cost carrier flydubai Cargo has grown its freight network across the globe to include points in Europe, US, Australasia and the Far East in addition to destinations in the GCC, Middle East, North Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Asia and Central & Eastern Europe.... Read More
  • Emirates’ Washington service to boost trade

    The recent launch of a new, nonstop, daily Emirates flight service from Dubai to Washington, DC will bring hundreds of millions of dollars into the regional economy as well create jobs, say business and government officials in the US capital. Washington is the seventh destination in the US for Emirates and the added service now brings up its cargo capacity to 790 tonnes of cargo per week to the US.... Read More
  • Maximus Air consolidates European operations

    Abu Dhabi-based Maximus Air has set up a new eastern European hub in near Kiev in the Ukraine.... Read More
  • India to be a $175 billion aircraft market: Boeing

    Boeing projects India’s commercial aviation fleet will grow more than 4.5 times in size over the next 20 years, according to the Boeing 2012 India Current Market Outlook.... Read More
  • Kingfisher’s lessors paying to get aircraft back

    Foreign aircraft leasing companies wishing to repossess their planes from near bankrupt Kingfisher are paying the Airports Authority of India (AAI) around US$190,000 for flying each plane out of India.... Read More
  • India lifts FDI restrictions on airlines

    The Indian government has finally given in to calls to ease restrictions on foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country’s struggling airlines.... Read More
  • Air NZ forecasts doubling of profit next year

    Air New Zealand has announced a profit of NZ$71 million (US$57 million) for the year to June, down 12 per cent from the previous year due to a sharp rise in fuel prices. Before-tax profit was $91 million on operating revenues of $4.5 billion.... Read More
  • PAL places 54 aircraft order worth $7 billion

    Philippine Airlines (PAL) has placed a firm US$7 billion order with Airbus covering 54 aircraft, part of the 100 aircraft total required for itself and Air Philippines in the next three years, PAL president Ramon S. Ang announced recently.... Read More
  • IATA urges Japan to improve aviation competitiveness

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on Japan to capitalise on the economic benefits of air transport by improving the sector’s competitiveness and reducing costs, particularly landing fees.... Read More
  • Cathay launches direct HK-Hyderabad flight

    Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific today announced its plans to expand its operations in India with a new four-times a week flight to Hyderabad.... Read More
  • Nippon Cargo Airlines looks outside of Japan

    Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) is reportedly eying joint ventures or leasing agreements for its grounded B747-400Fs, which have been replaced by B747-8Fs. Besides avoiding expensive parking or mothballing costs of sidelined cargo aircraft, it would enable NCA to push into new markets.... Read More
  • JAL sets IPO price at top of range

    Japan Airlines hopes to raise US$8.5 billion after pricing its initial public offering at 3,790 yen (US$48) per share, the top of its tentative price range, thanks to robust investor demand for the world’s second-biggest IPO this year, according to Dow Jones Newswires.... Read More
  • China Air post solid Q3 but unsure on Q4

    Driven by seasonal booms, China Airlines Ltd. (CAL), one of Taiwan’s top two airlines, is confident of scoring banner profits in the third quarter of this year, according to CAL chairman C.J. Chang.... Read More
  • Air China Cargo begins Schiphol service

    Air China Cargo has commenced B747-400 freighter service to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol from Shanghai Pudong International Airport.... Read More
  • China Southern Cargo launches Osaka service

    China Southern Cargo has commenced a five-times per week B747-400F service from its Shanghai Pudong International Airport hub to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport and marks the carriers first dedicated Asian freight route.... Read More
  • China Southern Cargo launches Osaka service

    CDI Cargo Airlines has launched operations with a B737-300 freighter service to Hangzhou-Qingdao-Changchun, despite the weakening cargo demand in China.... Read More
  • China’s CDI Cargo Airlines begins operations

    CDI Cargo Airlines has launched operations with a B737-300 freighter service to Hangzhou-Qingdao-Changchun, despite the weakening cargo demand in China.... Read More
  • Qantas and Emirates ink long-term collaboration

    Qantas and Emirates have announced a new global aviation partnership that will see Qantas ditching its longterm partner British Airways with whom Qantas has collaborated with on the so-called ‘Kangaroo Route’ for over 15 years.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • ADB partners with Exel Composites

    ADB – a leading airfield ground lighting solutions provider – has partnered with Exel Composites, a leading technology company based in Finland to offer frangible (a structure is frangible, if it breaks, distorts or yields on impact) masts and towers for airfield lighting. ADB said the partnership will help it expand its solution offering, while ensuring a safer landing for pilots.... Read More
  • Malaysian forwarders boycott RFID plan

    Airfreight forwarders in Malaysia are planning to boycott the so-called secured trade system using radio frequency identification (RFID) seals, which was supposed to go live in mid-September as they felt that the revised agreement drafted by its promoter was lopsided.... Read More
  • US Data Comm Trials set to begin in Nov

    FedEx Express will become the first US airline to begin operational trials of data communications between pilots and air traffic controllers in continental US airspace under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Data Comm programme, a key component of the Next Generation Air Transportation System.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • China gives green light to FedEx, UPS

    After years of waiting, FedEx and UPS received notice from China’s National Post Office that they had been granted licenses to operate in China’s domestic express market – with a catch – the two integrators can only operate in select cities and mail handling will still be done by Chinese domestic express providers.... Read More
  • UPS polls global healthcare companies

    Results from the fifth annual UPS healthcare survey titled ‘Pain in the (Supply) Chain’ point to the top two future investments for healthcare companies being; tapping new global markets and investing in new technologies. UPS says the 83 per cent of survey respondents that highlighted these two areas plan to employ both strategies over the next three to five years to increase their competitiveness, maintain product integrity and gain efficiencies.... Read More
  • DHL Express continues India investments

    Global logistics company, DHL inaugurated a new, modernised Service Centre facility in Pune, India in late August. The new facility spread over 12,000 sqft has the capacity to handle a volume of over 20,000 shipments per month.... Read More
  • DHL reduces stake in Blue Dart Express

    Deutsche Post DHL has announced its intention to reduce its stake held through its subsidiary, DHL Express Singapore in India’s Blue Dart Express in order to enable Blue Dart Express to comply with the minimum public shareholding requirements.... Read More
  • FedEx cuts outlook as cargo moves to sea

    FedEx Corp lowered its fiscal 2013 forecast saying earnings could slide as much as six per cent for the year, as a weakening economy prompts customers to shift toward lower-priced and slower shipping options.... Read More
  • UPS extends offer period for TNT takeover

    United Parcel Service (UPS) announced the Offer Period for its public offer for TNT Express has extended its initial deadline of 31 August 2012 to 9 November 2012 because it has not as yet fulfilled the conditions for completion of the offer, in particular the antitrust condition. UPS and TNT Express anticipate completion of the offer and close of the transaction in the fourth quarter of 2012.... Read More


  • Panalpina uses active RFID sensors for cold chain

    Global logistics provider, Panalpina is integrating its cool chain network with SmartView RFID technology which is also being integrated into the company’s IT platforms for seamless launching.... Read More
  • Logwin opens new Ahmedabad sales office

    Logwin, a global leader provider of air and ocean freight and logistics services, has opened a new sales office in Ahmedabad, the largest city of Gujarat State in western India. Ahmedabad was ranked as the third fastest growing city in the world in 2010 by Forbes magazine and Gujarat, with a population of 60 million people, has some of the largest businesses in India. Major industries include textiles, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, cement, oil refineries and chemicals.... Read More
  • DHL opens new logistics hub in Busan

    DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight division of Deutsche Post DHL, has opened a global logistics hub in South Korea’s southern port city of Busan, the eighth of its kind globally and first in Northeast Asia.... Read More
  • Navitrans partners Evergreen and Hahn

    Chinese air charter and cargo forwarding company Navitrans has begun weekly cargo service between Shanghai and Frankfurt Hahn Airport as part of its Shanghai-New York-Frankfurt Hahn-Chengdu-Shanghai route. The flights are handled by the Navitrans office in Frankfurt am Main.... Read More


  • Munich expands with new forwarding facility

    FMG, Munich Airport’s operating company, recently celebrated the official launch of a new €12.5 million freight forwarders facility. This latest addition to the airport’s air cargo facilities ensures that sufficient capacity is available to smoothly handle projected gains in airfreight traffic, the airport said. In the two decades since the airport opened in 1992, the annual volume of air cargo handled at MUC has increased more than fivefold.... Read More
  • Nigeria To Build 11 Terminals

    The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved NGN106bn (US$666.8 million) for the construction of five new international terminals and six new cargo terminals.... Read More
  • Global cargo traffic flat in ‘11 at 0.2% growth

    ACI released its 2011 World Annual Traffic Report showing passenger traffic remained strong as cargo traffic weakened.... Read More
  • Dubai Int’l gets cargo facility boost

    A major upgrade of Dubai International Airport will increase freight capacity to more than 3.1 million tonnes per year by 2018. The US$7.8 billion Strategic Plan 2020 will see construction start later this year on a 9,100 sqm site adjacent to the airport’s existing 1.2 million tonne capacity Cargo Mega Terminal to add an extra 300,000 tonnes of capacity. The construction of the new facilities will take place in several stages to ensure the day-to-day working of the airport is not disrupted, according to Dubai Airports.... Read More
  • Frankfurt cargo down 4.1 per cent in August

    Frankfurt airport’s freight traffic dipped 4.1 per cent in August from a year ago as the night flight ban, an uncertain global economy and the deepening euro crisis continue to impact Europe’s second-largest air cargo hub.... Read More
  • Oman floats cargo terminal tenders

    One of the last major packages in the multi-billion-dollar expansion and modernisation of the Muscat and Salalah international airports was floated by the Tender Board, on behalf of the Ministry of Transport and Communications recently. The much-awaited MC-12 package will pave the way for the construction of world-class Air Cargo Terminals and Aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) hangars at the two international gateways.... Read More
  • Cargo volumes soar at DWC in Q2

    Freight volumes at Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport rose considerably during the second quarter of 2012, surging 153 per cent, year-on-year, to 56,271 tonnes. The new Dubai airport recorded even more dramatic growth from a six-month perspective, with cargo traffic increasing 226 per cent, year-on-year.... Read More
  • World Logistics Hub planned for Manchester

    Manchester Airports Group (MAG) will develop a new ‘World Logistics Hub’ in the southern part of Greater Manchester’s Enterprise Zone at Manchester Airport. The planned development will create around 130,000 sqm of new logistics space, and will generate more than 1,800 new jobs over the next 10-15 years.... Read More
  • Cargo down at Schiphol but optimism rising

    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol saw cargo drop 3.2 per cent over the first six months of 2012, but added that its performance was still “above the average” for Europe. The gateway handled a total of 729,174 tonnes of cargo in the first six months of the year, which is down 3.2 per cent on the same period in 2011.... Read More
  • Bahrain Airport welcomes Mihin Lanka

    The Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) welcomed the inaugural flight of Mihin Lanka to the Kingdom of Bahrain on 2 September 2012. The new milestone of Mihin Lanka, 100 per cent owned airline by the government of Sri Lanka, is a reflection of its progressively growing operations.... Read More


  • A shifting cargo paradigm?

    Set against the backdrop of the ongoing depressed cargo market, massive widebody belly capacity flooding into the market over the next couple of years and a very difficult time for all-freighter operators, industry executives at the Payload Asia Conference 2012 discussed whether the current cargo paradigm is still valid. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • Envirotainer sharpens Asia focus

    Envirotainer has turned a keen eye on Asia through the opening of its Asian headquarters in Singapore recently, as part of its growth strategy to tap the dynamic and rapidly growing pharmaceutical manufacturing sector across the region. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More


  • KIFFA members expect flat 2012 cargo growth

    The Korea International Freight Forwarders Association (KIFFA) expects the air cargo volume handled by its members this year to be either the same or slightly less compared with last year in part due to a switch from air to sea freight.... Read More


  • Inaugural Payload Asia Awards 2012

    Turkish Cargo, AirAsia Cargo, China Southern Cargo, Kerry Logistics, DHL Express, CEVA Logistics & Changi Airport among those who received top honours at this year’s Awards.... Read More

Belly Ache

  • Sea freight… vroom, vroom!

    Sea freight… vroom, vroom! This next story should bring some cheer to the doom and gloom of the air cargo industry as it clearly shows the, ahem, inferior nature of ocean shipping.... Read More