September 2012

From the Editor

  • Shift happens

    Being in the information business has both its advantages and disadvantages. Access to interesting and informed industry executives, a constant flow of information crossing my desk are among the stimulating perks. Information overload is the downside. But then again, news gathering, filtering, repackaging and building upon all this information is what I and my correspondents around the globe are paid for. Sometimes however a real gem of a story or other bit of information comes along that makes me pause in admiration.... Read More
  • Shift happens

    Being in the information business has both its advantages and disadvantages. Access to interesting and informed industry executives, a constant flow of information crossing my desk are among the stimulating perks.... Read More


  • IATA urges an ‘India Inc.’ approach

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for an “India Inc.” approach to resolve India’s aviation crisis and improve competitiveness to drive economic and social benefits.... Read More
  • Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of first B787-8

    Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of its first of nine B787 Dreamliners it has on order. “Today begins the first day in a new era of flying for our passengers and brings us even closer to our vision for the future, Vision 2025,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.... Read More
  • Cargo carriers reach US price-fixing settlement

    British Airways and Chile’s LAN Cargo were among eight airlines that received final court approval for a settlement in a six-year-long class action lawsuit by shippers over the carriers’ involvement in a cartel that fixed fuel surcharges for air cargo.... Read More
  • Evergreen gets B747-400BCF from TAECO

    Evergreen International Airlines and Taikoo Aircraft Engineering (TAECO) have celebrated the delivery of the 50th B747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF). The aircraft is the first to enter the Evergreen fleet and the 40th conversion completed by TAECO.... Read More
  • Hawaiian Airlines eyes Honolulu-China flights

    Hawaiian Airlines is taking steps to establish a Honolulu-China route, having opened sales offices in Shanghai and Beijing. Hawaiian recently began flying nonstop daily to Seoul – a connection for travellers from China and other locations in Asia. “China is a market we’d love to participate in,” president and CEO Mark Dunkerley said.... Read More
  • Cargojet revenue down slightly in Q2

    Canadian overnight air cargo carrier Cargojet reported revenue of CDN$40.5 million (US$40.8 million) in the second quarter of 2012, down $0.7 million, or 1.7 per cent, from the level seen in the same period a year ago, as volume was hit by weak demand.... Read More
  • Amerijet opens new Atlanta freight facility

    Florida-based Amerijet International, Inc. – a full-service multi-modal transportation and logistics provider – has begun operating out of its new freight facility for international air and ocean freight export shipments in Atlanta. These include general personal, commercial cargo, loose or palletised freight, hazardous materials, valuable, fragile goods, large or small packages and barrels.... Read More
  • IAG Cargo revenue slips 0.3 per cent

    Cargo revenue at International Airlines Group, the merged British Airways-Iberia carrier, stalled in the second quarter as strong growth at the UK airline was offset by a weak performance by its Spanish partner.... Read More
  • AF-KLM sees ongoing cargo decline

    Air France-KLM’s cargo traffic stalled 5.5 per cent in July, year-on-year on a capacity reduction of 1.6 per cent.... Read More
  • Cargo markets remain weak, pax slowing

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global traffic results for June showing a continued slowing of growth in the demand for air transport. This is in line with weakness in business and consumer confidence.... Read More
  • British Airways considering China partnership

    British Airways would consider a partnership with a Chinese airline to route flights to Australia if, as expected, it cuts ties with Australia’s Qantas, reported the UK’s Sunday Express. China Southern or China Eastern, both in the SkyTeam alliance, could be suitable partners for BA, which is in the rival oneworld coalition of international airlines.... Read More
  • IAG Cargo new handling agent for TAM

    IAG Cargo, through its brand Iberia Cargo, is the new freight handling agent for TAM Linha Aereas in Spain.... Read More
  • Virgin Atlantic Cargo posts record year

    Despite difficult trading conditions Virgin Atlantic Cargo has reported a seven per cent growth in revenue for the 2011/12 financial year to £239.6 million (US$378 million), representing the bestever financial performance of the cargo division in its 28-year history.... Read More
  • Debt-ridden Air Berlin to sell aircraft

    In an effort to cut its debt, Air Berlin has decided to sell eight of its aircraft by the end of the year, saving around €300 million.... Read More
  • Green light for max Etihad stake in Virgin Oz

    Etihad Airways has welcomed the decision by the Australian Government to allow the airline to increase its equity stake in Virgin Australia Holdings to a maximum of 10 per cent. Etihad Airways currently has a 4.99 per cent stake in Virgin Australia, acquired earlier this year, and had applied to the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) to raise the level of its investment.... Read More
  • Seven carriers shortlisted Saudi services

    Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Bahrain Air and China’s Hainan Airlines are among the carriers vying to offer domestic flights in Saudi Arabia after an initial 14 applicants were cut to a shortlist of seven, the kingdom’s aviation regulator said. Winners will be announced in October and flights starting by the fourth-quarter of 2013.... Read More
  • Qatar to expand in US with daily Chicago

    Qatar Airways has announced an expansion of its US route network with the introduction of daily passenger flights to Chicago from 10 April next year. The non-stop service from Doha will be the carrier’s fourth US gateway, following successful daily operations to New York (JFK), Washington (IAD) and Houston (IAH).... Read More
  • Etihad Cargo posts record July volumes

    Etihad Cargo has posted record volumes for July as Middle East carriers continue to lead global growth in air freight. Volumes approached 33,000 tonnes, an increase of 18 per cent on the same month last year, the cargo division of Etihad Airways said.... Read More
  • India needs to embrace open skies: ISIS

    Malaysia’s Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) chief executive, Dr Mahani Zainal Abidin has urged Indian politicians to move away from protectionist mindset and embrace open skies.... Read More
  • Gopinath returns with Deccan Shuttles

    Captain G.R. Gopinath, who pioneered the no-frills air travel in India with his Air Deccan model in 2003 and his failed attempt at creating an air express logistics company Deccan 360 has now turned his attention to chartered air links to cities in Gujarat.... Read More
  • The next wave of Indian carriers crests

    Despite the tumultuous financial state of many of India’s main carriers – particularly debt-ridden Air India and Kingfisher – another wave of launches of small and regional airlines in India is underway. Air Mantra, a unit of financial services conglomerate Religare Group, has started daily flights connecting Amritsar and Chandigarh in July.... Read More
  • Air NZ manager may testify against airline

    An Air New Zealand senior manager may be called on to give evidence in the US against the airline and other carriers, as part of a long-running action over airfreight price fixing.... Read More
  • Fall gadget boost for air cargo

    Industry analysts believe air freight rates could jump in September, like they did on the iPhone release in March, as a new iPad and iPhone are expected to be unveiled by consumer tech giant, Apple as well as products by other companies including Samsung, LG and Microsoft.... Read More
  • COMAC, Boeing open research centre

    The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) and Boeing have opened the Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions Technology Center, a collaborative effort to support commercial aviation industry growth.... Read More
  • Qantas to sell Star Track Express

    Qantas plans to sell its 50 per cent stake in road freight business Star Track Express, once it experiences a concerted pick-up in the market it said recently. Qantas has accelerated the sale or closure of non-core assets such as catering and engineering units in recent months.... Read More
  • Australia joins attack on the EU’s carbon tax

    Thai Airways has reported its latest quarterly figures for the April-June period, with the carrier posting a loss, albeit smaller in magnitude than in the same quarter last year. Thai reported a quarterly net loss of THB1.53 billion (US$49 million) – much smaller than the THB7.87 billion loss it made a year before, but a step back from the of THB3.64 billion profit it made in the first quarter of 2012. It pointed to fierce competition as the reason for passenger yields falling even as passenger numbers improve, but promised a return to profit in Q3 when the tourist season starts.... Read More
  • Thai posts smaller loss in 2Q

    Thai Airways has reported its latest quarterly figures for the April-June period, with the carrier posting a loss, albeit smaller in magnitude than in the same quarter last year.... Read More
  • EVA launches Taipei-Tokyo freighters

    EVA Air Cargo launched twice-weekly freighter flights between Taipei’s Taoyuan International and Tokyo Haneda International Airport on 8 August. The MD-11 freighters will fly initially twice a week between Taiwan and Japan with the bulk of the traffic expected to be electronics, car parts, machinery and fresh seafood. The new flights are in addition to existing freighter flights from Taoyuan and Narita airport, on the outskirts of Tokyo. Haneda, which has the advantage of being closer to central Tokyo, is EVA’s third Japanese destination with the carrier also serving Osaka’s Kansai International Airport.... Read More
  • Pax grows while freight still weak: AAPA

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of June from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed further steady growth in international passenger demand, but international air freight markets remained weak. In the month of June, Asia Pacific airlines saw international air cargo demand, expressed in freight tonne kilometre (FTK) terms, 0.8 per cent lower in June compared to the same month last year, reflecting continued weakness in global trade conditions. Offered freight capacity declined by 1.4 per cent, leading to a 0.4 percentage point increase in the average international air cargo load factor to 67.8 per cent.... Read More
  • MAS reports sixth straight loss, albeit smaller

    Cash-strapped Malaysian Airline System (MAS) reported its sixth consecutive quarterly loss, hit by a foreign exchange loss and a drop in revenue as it flew fewer passengers, and warned that high fuel prices and a faltering global economy would continue to pose hurdles through 2012.... Read More
  • AirAsia continues growth in pax, cargo

    AirAsia X has recorded strong growth in the second quarter of 2012, carrying 7,374 tonnes of freight in the quarter and 14,781 tonnes for the first half of 2012, registering a nine per cent growth from a year ago for its continuing routes.... Read More
  • Hong Kong Airlines delays six B777F order

    Hong Kong Airlines president Yang Jianhong said the unit of China’s HNA Group would replace five Boeing 787-800 and two B737-300 freighters with Airbus A330 and A320 aircraft this year, aiming to raise efficiency by operating just one aircraft type. The company’s fleet size of 26 will remain unchanged, he added.... Read More
  • Cathay posts loss, cargo continues slide

    Cathay Pacific Airways, the world’s largest air freight carrier, posted its worst first-half loss since 2003, weighed down by high fuel and maintenance costs, fewer premium passengers and weak cargo demand as economic uncertainty in Europe and the US continues to weigh heavily on passenger and cargo traffic.... Read More
  • SIA sees overall profit rise, cargo loss

    Singapore Airlines’ first quarter net profit soared 73 per cent from last year, it said recently, partly driven by higher passenger traffic. But the figure was magnified by a low profit figure for the corresponding period in 2011, when it was hit by higher fuel costs and soft demand due to the earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan.... Read More
  • SIA Cargo takes maindeck capacity to Brazil

    Singapore Airlines Cargo has launched its first scheduled freighter service to South America, to Sao Paulo in Brazil.... Read More
  • SIA Cargo takes maindeck capacity to Brazil

    Singapore Airlines Cargo has launched its first scheduled freighter service to South America, to Sao Paulo in Brazil.... 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


  • [email protected] excels at catalysing markets

    Fast-growing [email protected] is looking to grow not just its existing markets but by developing other new markets as well. These efforts not only underscore the uniqueness of Changi Airport’s dedicated cold chain facility, but the growth figures which show how fast it can catalyse new markets. By Michael Mackey.... Read More

Ground Handling

  • Swissport handles Air China, Turkish at Schiphol

    Swissport Cargo Services begin cargo handling for Air China’s daily B747-400 freighters into and out of Amsterdam from August and will also begin handling the trucked freight movements at Schiphol for Turkish Airlines, before also taking over the handling of Turkish Airlines’ flown cargo volumes at Amsterdam Schiphol from September.... Read More
  • Wickes wins Silk Way West deal at Stansted

    European provider of aviation support services – Wickes Air Services – has won a contract to provide Station Management for London Stansted’s newest cargo operator – Azerbaijan-based Silk Way West Airlines. Silk Way West began twice-weekly services between Stansted and Baku Heydar Aliyev International, Azerbaijan in August primarily carrying heavy freight bound for the oil and gas industry and other heavy industrial equipment.... Read More


  • Global cargo down, but May/June peaked

    Global air cargo traffic contracted in the first half of 2012 despite growth in both May and June, according to the latest figures from Airports Council International (ACI).... Read More
  • Schiphol cargo figures boosted by exports

    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol handled a total of 729,174 tonnes of cargo in the first six months of 2012, down 3.2 per cent on the previous year, but above the average for Europe. Schiphol handled 7,636 freighter flights in the first half of 2012, up by a marginal 0.5 per cent on 2011.... Read More
  • Cargo remains steady, pax up at Singapore Changi

    Cargo movements at Singapore Changi Airport were steady in June 2012, with 153,300 tonnes of airfreight shipped, a change of 0.1 per cent year-on-year. For the half-year, shipment volume declined by one per cent compared to the same period in 2011.... Read More
  • Schiphol, China Customs set 1 Oct e-freight date

    Schiphol Cargo – the dedicated cargo arm of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – IATA and China’s Central Customs Department have set 1 October (the National Day of China) as the target date for the first e-freight shipments between China and Amsterdam.... Read More
  • DWC cargo volume surges 153% in Q2

    Dubai World Central, the Emirates’ second airport, has seen a 153 per cent surge in cargo volumes to 56,271 tonnes during the second quarter of 2012 compared to 22,252 tonnes during the same period last year, according to recent statistics.... Read More
  • FRA’s cargo volumes hit by night-flight ban

    Feeling the squeeze of the total night ban from 11pm to 5am at Germany’s busiest airport, cargo volumes at Frankfurt Airport have plummeted during the first half of 2012. Fraport Group traffic figures show that in addition to recording a 9.9 per cent, year-over-year, drop in domestic freight volumes, the airport saw an overall tonnage drop nine per cent from the first six months of 2011.... Read More
  • Miami Int’l sees passenger, cargo traffic rise

    Passenger and cargo traffic at Miami International Airport rose through the first half of the year. MIA’s total freight shipments grew 4.8 per cent to over 900,000 tonnes in the first half of 2012, putting the airport on target to match last year’s all-time annual record of 1.8 million tonnes of freight.... Read More


  • Atlas Air flourishing in challenging times

    As far as the air cargo industry goes, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings occupies a rare patch of ground. It has the enviable position of seeing demand for its solutions whether the global economy and hence the air cargo industry, be sky-high or down in the dumps as it currently is. Donald Urquhart has the story.... Read More
  • Atlas Air flourishing in challenging times

    As far as the air cargo industry goes, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings occupies a rare patch of ground. It has the enviable position of seeing demand for its solutions whether the global economy and hence the air cargo industry, be sky-high or down in the dumps as it currently is. Donald Urquhart has the story.... Read More

IT & Equipment

Cover Story

  • Japan’s big three airports tap diverse markets

    Japan’s air cargo industry is hard to precisely define at the moment, as it mixes stability with change, recovery particular to last years’ tsunami with a broader economic cycle that is seeing it pull out, but not completely, from the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. By Michael Mackey.... Read More


  • AAR Expands Logistics Footprint in Asia

    AAR – a global provider of services and products in the aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) sector – has announced it is expanding its supply chain distribution network and inventory for the Asia market, strengthening its presence in the region and helping to boost distribution and reduce lead time for customers, it said.... Read More
  • CEVA extends its footprint in New Zealand

    CEVA Logistics has recently officially opened its new multi-user warehouse complex in Auckland, as part of the company’s commitment to strengthen its international Airfreight, Ocean freight and Contract Logistics operations in New Zealand.... Read More
  • Kintetsu sees airfreight standstill

    Japanese-owned forwarder Kintetsu Worldwide Express (KWE) saw largely flat sales and income in the first three months of its fiscal year, ending on 31 March. Net sales were down 5.5 per cent to 64,192 million yen (US$811 million) while net income was marginally down by 0.3 per cent at 2,382 million yen.... Read More
  • Pantos Logistics targets Indonesian market

    Korean-based Pantos Logistics says it has finalised building its nation-wide delivery network system and is now focusing on targeting the Indonesian domestic logistics market. Pantos has signed a logistics agreement with MNC GS SHOP, which is a local joint corporation of GS SHOP in Indonesia, Pantos Logistics announced that it has launched the ‘Home Delivery Service’ that will be offered nation-wide in Indonesia.... Read More
  • Damco’s airfreight business surges

    Damco’s airfreight business saw exponential growth in the first half of 2012, with volumes rising 135 per cent, year-on-year, much of which Damco attributed to its August 2011 acquisition of Chinese airfreight forwarder New Times Transportation.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • EU regulators scrutinising UPS, TNT deal

    EU anti-trust regulators have stepped up their investigation into United Parcel Service’s US$6.4 billion bid for Dutch competitor TNT Express, saying they were concerned about the combined company’s large market share.... Read More
  • FedEx expands premium service in Asia-Pac

    FedEx Express (FedEx) has announced that customers in Sydney and Osaka will now benefit from earlier delivery time for shipments from the US, Canada and Latin America to Asia Pacific with the further expansion of its premium FedEx International First service (FIF).... Read More


  • Emerging markets offer most potential for Boeing’s conversions

    Emerging markets such as China, Brazil, the Middle East, Russia and Africa show the most potential for sustained robust growth for freighter conversions, according to Dan da Silva, vice president, Freighter Conversions, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. By Wong Joon San.... Read More
  • Asian markets to lead large freighter demand

    Boeing expects the major Asian markets to continue to lead the industry in terms of new aircraft demand growth rates, according to James R. Edgar, regional director cargo marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. By Wong Joon San.... Read More
  • Demand for A330P2F conversions in Asia rising4

    Most of the Asian freighter demand has been for either large freighter aircraft capable of carrying freight long distances to consuming markets in Europe and North America, or for smaller gauge aircraft to service the emerging domestic/ regional business. Wong Joon San reports.... Read More

Belly Ache

  • Who’s crazy for banana?

    Who’s crazy for banana? The Belly Achers have once again buried themselves in a serious philosophical debate over an issue that, like a bad cough, just won’t seem to go away. Why, we ponder over and over, is the world seemingly losing its sense of humour? Maybe it’s the water.... Read More