April 2013

From the Editor

  • Facing the threats

    In the cover story of this issue we take a look at the health of the industry after listening to the debates at two key, nearly back-to-back, industry events which included the annual World Cargo Symposium.... Read More


  • Boeing, AEI and Kenya Airways celebrate

    Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co., Ltd., (Boeing Shanghai) celebrated its first B737-300 passenger-to-freighter (PTF) conversion for Kenya Airways with Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) at a redelivery ceremony held in Boeing Shanghai’s hangar adjacent to the Pudong Airport. The modification was conducted under an AEI Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), based on engineering data licensed from Boeing.... Read More
  • AEI to do B737-400SF P2F for Cargo Air

    Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) has announced that it has been selected by Cargo Air of Bulgaria to provide one B737- 400SF 11 Pallet Passenger to Freighter Conversion. The aircraft, a B737-400, was built in 1989 and is currently undergoing freighter modification at AEI‚‘s Authorized Conversion Center, Commercial Jet, Inc.... Read More
  • Southern Air set to emerge from Chapter 11

    US ACMI operator Southern Air, which filed for Chapter 11 protection in September, has had its reorganisation plan confirmed by a bankruptcy court. The carrier blamed its financial difficulties on a decline in business from the US Department of Defense which reduced the number of soldiers deployed in Afghanistan and, as a result, contracted work to Southern Air on a less frequent basis. Government business had made up more than 40 per cent of its revenue.... Read More
  • United increases TempControl stations

    United Cargo, one of the world’s largest belly carriers, announced it has expanded its service for temperature-sensitive shipments by adding nine new cities to its worldwide TempControl network. This increases the number of locations offering United Cargo TempControl service to 37.... Read More
  • New cargo management system for Turkish

    Turkish Cargo, has announced it has embarked on a major IT upgrading project following a deal signed with IBS Software Services in February. Turkish Cargo’s new software solution COMIS (Cargo Operations Management and Information System) will replace its TACTIC system which has been used for process management of cargo operations for nearly 18 years. Describing the new software package as “more dynamic and systematic software,” the cargo carrier added the move is being implemented in accordance with Turkish Cargo’s “future vision and objective to move the cargo business forward.”... Read More
  • Cargolux adds Dallas to network with B747-8F

    Cargolux also introduced a new air cargo service to Dallas/Fort Worth from 20 March. The twice-weekly operation is flown with Cargolux’s new B747- 8 freighters, offering customers the fastest and most economical connection possible, the carrier said.... Read More
  • Volga-Dnepr delivers Canadian bison to Russia

    Bison are the latest live animal shipment to be safely transported by Volga-Dnepr Airlines. They were carried onboard an IL-76TD-90VD cargo flight to Yakutsk in Russia from Edmonton, Canada.... Read More
  • Cargo 2K members continue commitment

    Cargo 2000’s 2013 Membership Classification analysis shows a continued commitment by its leading members to improve the quality of their air cargo services.... Read More
  • Brief reprieve from EU’s ‘known consignor’ rules

    European commissioner for transport Siim Kallas announced in March the postponement of the starting date of anti-terrorism rules for companies who use airfreight.... Read More
  • ABC increases flights Moscow to Milan

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines, a part of Volga-Dnepr Group, has increased its Moscow to Milan service to three times a week with the new B747 all-cargo service in addition to ABC’s existing flights.... Read More
  • Chapman, Lufthansa sign charter cooperation deal

    Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has announced it has secured a new strategic cooperation agreement with Lufthansa Cargo. Effective 1 April the global aircraft charter specialist will handle Lufthansa Cargo’s third-party chartering requirements – allowing the German cargo carrier to focus on marketing charter capacity on its own fleet of 18 MD-11F aircraft. The cargo carrier’s charter activities, previously in the hands of the Lufthansa Cargo Charter Agency subsidiary, will then be integrated in the line organisation of Lufthansa Cargo.... Read More
  • Virgin gets capacity boost on S. Africa service

    The introduction of A340-600 passenger flights between London and Johannesburg during South Africa’s peak season has provided a welcome boost in capacity for Virgin Atlantic Cargo on one of its most in-demand routes.... Read More
  • GAC Greece honoured for performance

    GAC Greece has been named as Agent of the Year 2012 by Deutsche Post DHLowned European Air Transport Leipzig GmbH for services provided at Athens International Airport. This is the fourth consecutive year that the team has ranked among the top two agents engaged by the airline in Greece, based on volumes handled and quality of service provided.... Read More
  • LC loses altitude, but still in profit zone

    Lufthansa Cargo has remained profitable again in 2012 with an operating profit of € 104 million, down from € 249 million a year earlier, while revenues fell from 2011’s € 2.9 billion to € 2.7 billion. “The results show that we can defend our outstanding position in the international air freight industry even in difficult conditions,“ emphasised chairman and CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt.... Read More
  • IATA: Industry profit margin improves to 1.6%

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a modest improvement in its outlook for the 2013 financial performance of the global airline industry primarily based on stronger revenues. IATA now expects airlines to produce a combined net post-tax profit margin of 1.6 per cent (up from the previously forecast 1.3 per cent) with a net post-tax profit of US$10.6 billion (up from the previously projected $8.4 billion).... Read More
  • Cargolux gets latest B747-8F, adds Hanoi

    Cargolux has taken delivery of its latest B747-8F named ‘City of Vianden,’ marking the 25th 747 freighter the allcargo carrier has acquired from Boeing since it began its 747F odyssey in 1979 with its first two B747-200Fs. Cargolux also became the world’s first operator of the B747-400 freighter in 1993.... Read More
  • Saudi takes delivery of first B747-8F

    Saudi Airlines Cargo Co. has added a new two B747-8F aircraft to its current fleet, bringing the total number of freighters operated by the company to 15. The arrival of the new aircraft is expected to further enhance the airline’s position in the global market place and is in keeping with its current growth strategy.... Read More
  • SkyCargo honours top UAE forwarders

    Emirates SkyCargo presented its top forwarders with special achievement awards at a dedicated event held at the Atlantis Hotel, situated on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah. These awards recognised cargo forwarders and organisations for their efforts throughout the year.... Read More
  • SkyCargo boosts its premium cool chain offering

    SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has strengthened its Cool Chain Premium Service with the appointment of an additional cool chain solutions provider. SkyCargo has contracted CSafe, a global provider of cool chain solutions, for the supply and service of mobile refrigeration units used for its Cool Chain Premium Service, which specialises in the transport of temperature-sensitive products, including pharmaceuticals. The contract will provide units for SkyCargo’s important Dublin to Australia route, which operates through Dubai. Upon completion of a successful test period, SkyCargo will analyse additional lanes for opportunities to further expand the agreement.... Read More
  • Qatar adds two new Iraqi destinations

    Fuelled by the reconstruction drive in the country and demand for more air services to Iraq, Qatar Airways has announced plans to launch scheduled flights to a further two destinations in Iraq from this summer using A320 equipment. The addition of the port city of Basra (from 3 June) in southern Iraq and Sulaymaniyah (from 20 August) in the northern part of the country will take to five the number of destinations served by the airline across the Republic.... Read More
  • Qatar Cargo aims for global top-five in five years

    Qatar Airways is aiming to be among the top-five largest global cargo carriers within the next five years with CEO Akbar Al Baker telling delegates at the recent World Cargo Symposium in Doha that the carrier could even reach second or third place in the global rankings for general cargo within this time frame.... Read More
  • 7th WCS concludes on upbeat note in Doha

    The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) seventh World Cargo Symposium (WCS) concluded in Doha last month with a renewed commitment to improve air cargo competitiveness across the supply chain. This includes industry consensus on moving e-freight forward and on pursuing a risk-based approach to supply chain security.... Read More
  • World Cargo Symposium, Doha Qatar

    Tyler lays out 5 priorities to boost competitiveness... Read More
  • Vizag airport to get cargo complex by year-end

    The long-awaiting conversion of the old airport terminal building into an Integrated Cargo Complex at Visakhapatnam Airport is expected to be completed by December, this year. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will take up modification work and develop other facilities like a sterile area at an estimated cost of about Rs.10 million (US$184,000), according to D. Devaraj, Regional Executive Director (SR), AAI, Chennai, according to the The Hindu.... Read More
  • IATA presses for gov’t, industry cooperation in India

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for government and industry to join forces on a series of projects to enhance safety, security and efficiency in India. These would align with IATA’s longstanding calls for improved infrastructure, cost reduction and a relief from excessive taxation.... Read More
  • Fiji’s Air Pacific takes first A330-200

    Air Pacific, Fiji’s national airline, has formally rolled out its soon to be adopted new ‘Fiji Airways’ identity with the delivery of its first new A330-200 aircraft. The aircraft is the first from an order for three A330-200 placed in 2011 to replace Air Pacific’s B747s and B767s with newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft.... Read More
  • Korean Air to transform into holding company

    Korean Air has announced its plan to transform into a new holding company structure with two entities by August 2013: Hanjin KAL Holdings and Korean Air. The carrier’s Board of Directors approved the change on 22 March and will see Hanjin KAL Holdings responsible for the investment business management while Korean Air will be in charge of the overall airline business operations.... Read More
  • Lion Air places order for 234 A320 Family aircraft

    Indonesia’s Lion Air has placed a firm order with Airbus for 234 A320 Family aircraft, comprising 109 A320neo, 65 A321neo and 60 A320ceo. The deal sees the carrier become a new customer for Airbus.... Read More
  • Garuda upgrades Australia-Bali to daily

    Garuda Indonesia has announced an enhanced connection between Australia and Bali with an increase to existing capacity by two flights a week. New daily direct services between Denpasar, Bali and Melbourne and Denpasar and Brisbane will commence on 1 April and 1 August respectively. This will, daily departures ex Melbourne will provide travelers with more choice and convenience when visiting Bali and beyond.... Read More
  • SIA sees load factors rise slightly

    In February 2013, Singapore Airlines recorded overall cargo traffic (measured in freight-tonne-kilometres) at 14.1 per cent lower year-on-year, while cargo capacity decreased by 15.3 per cent. Consequently, cargo load factor (CLF) increased by 0.8 percentage points.... Read More
  • BOC Aviation posts record net profit for 2012

    Singapore-based BOC Aviation has reported a net profit after tax for the financial year ended 31 December 2012 of US$225 million, 12 per cent higher than the previous record of US$201 million achieved last year. The company has maintained consistent profitability since it was founded in November 1993.... Read More
  • Cathay Pacific continues to see sluggish volumes

    Cathay Pacific Airways combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for February 2013 show a significant year-on-year decrease in cargo and mail tonnage carried compared to the same month in 2012, alongside a sharp increase in the number of passengers. The large year-on-year variations were mainly due to the shift of Chinese New Year from January in 2012 to February this year.... Read More
  • HAECO sees net operating profit down 9.1%

    The Hong Kong Airc r a f t Engineering Company Ltd (HAECO) posted a net operating profit for 2012 of HK$477 (US$ 61.4 million), down 9.1 per cent from a year earlier. Turnover was up 12.7 per cent to HK$5.83 billion. Results from Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (TAECO) were adversely affected by exchange rate and deferred tax movements. Hong Kong Aero Engine Services Limited (HAESL) and Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte. Limited (SAESL) did well in 2012, with stronger than expected demand for engine overhaul services.... Read More
  • 2012 profit for Cathay, but down 83%

    The Cathay Pacific Group reported an attributable profit of HK$916 million (US$118 million) for 2012 – an 83.3 per cent fall compared to the profit of HK$5,501 million reported for 2011. Turnover for the year increased by one per cent to HK$99.38 billion.... Read More
  • Two new Europe routes for Air China Cargo

    Air China Cargo has introduced two new routes from Shanghai to Europe: Shanghai-Zhengzhou-Amsterdam and Shanghai-Chongqing-Frankfurt, further promoting the development of related industries in middle and west China, the carrier said. Both routes are operated once weekly using B747-400 equipment.... Read More
  • China Postal, PEMCO redeliver freighter

    China Postal Airlines and PEMCO World Air Services announced the completion and redelivery of China Postal’s latest PEMCO-converted Boeing freighter. The B737-400F is the 10th PEMCO-converted aircraft for China’s national express mail service. PEMCO’s B737-400F can transport up to a 24 tonne payload.... Read More
  • AAPA says trend continues: Cargo down, pax up

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of February released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed demand for air cargo falling sharply due to the later timing of the Chinese New Year holiday period this year while strong growth was recorded in international passenger traffic whereas.... Read More
  • Qantas, Emirates offer vast cargo network

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) approval of the Qantas/Emirates partnership for a period of five years follows a six month review process by the ACCC that included several rounds of public submissions, a pre-decision conference and a comprehensive analysis of the benefits the partnership will deliver to customers.... Read More


  • DHL to handle Konica Minolta’s supply chain

    DHL Supply Chain and Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. (Konica Minolta) have agreed to enter into a Lead Logistics Provider (LLP) agreement in Japan.... Read More
  • Logwin sees growth in Oz fashion market

    Logwin, a leading global provider of air and ocean freight logistics services, is seeing significant growth in the Australian high fashion and lifestyle sector. “We are seeing significant growth in demand for local designer fashion and lifestyle goods not only from domestic consumers but also across Asia and around the world,” said Thomas Kilian, country director of Logwin in Australia.... Read More
  • time:matters, Golden Cargo join forces

    Time:matters, the international speed logistics specialist and Golden Cargo, the specialist for global maritime logistics have joined forces to launch special logistics solutions for the maritime industry. The two partners will operate in the ship spares sector, combining speed and competence for the special needs of maritime shippers.... Read More
  • Jan de Rijk wins AF-KLM, SIA Cargo contracts

    Netherlands-based provider of logistics transportation and distribution services, Jan de Rijk, has announced two key contract wins from the Air France- KLM-Martinair Cargo in the Nordic region and Singapore Airlines Cargo as preferred supplier at their main European hubs in Amsterdam and Brussels Airport.... Read More
  • Record year for German logistics group Dachser

    German logistics group Dachser, closed the 2012 financial year with record highs, seeing an overall revenue of €4.4 billion and staff numbers of more than 21,000. The company is aiming to surpass the €5 billion mark in 2013 following acquisitions of the Spanish logistics providers Azkar and Transunion.... Read More
  • CEVA launches China-Euro rail service

    CEVA Logistics has announced the launch of a new China to Europe railway service connecting Suzhou in China with the Netherlands in Europe. The total transit time for the whole journey is approximately 28 days, covering an 11,000 km northern route moving from Suzhou in China, across Russia to arrive in the Netherlands.... Read More


  • Copenhagen Airport enjoys strong cargo growth

    While most major European airports saw their cargo volumes decline in 2012, Copenhagen Airport boosted its position as the leader in Northern Europe with growth of 6.4 per cent to 354,269 tonnes. The cargo carried ranges from pharmaceuticals and IT equipment to machinery, expensive fashion clothing and luxury food.... Read More
  • Catullo gets long term contract for Bresica

    The concession for the comprehensive management of Brescia Montichiari Airport for a 40-year period was recently awarded to Catullo Spa by the Italian government. This decision, “awaited for fourteen years, overcame the final obstacle that was hindering the growth of this excellent infrastructure, which can count on a 3,000-meter-long runway and on technologies and installations that allow handling as many as 150,000 tonnes of merchandise per year,” said Paolo Arena, president of Catullo Spa.... Read More
  • Qatar unveils stunning new Airport

    Qatar’s new Hamad International Airport (HIA) saw its soft opening on 1 April 2013 which was followed a week later by HIA’s cargo facilities in phases from 8 April 2013.... Read More
  • ME aviation growth presents challenges

    With multi-billion dollar airport expansion programmes, the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are increasingly exploring the airport leadership challenges and capacity building in their endeavour to solidify the region’s future position on the world aviation map.... Read More
  • Singapore Changi Airport offers cargo rebates4

    In response to the weak global air cargo environment, Changi Airport Group (CAG) is extending support to its air cargo partners under the Changi Airport Growth Initiative.... Read More
  • More land sought for Mangalore extension

    Addressing a gathering after inaugurating a new cargo complex at the Mangalore International Airport, India’s Minister for Civil Aviation, Ajit Singh told reporters that if if the State government hands over an additional 115 hectares of land, the concrete runway would be extended up to 3,400 meters to handle larger aircraft like B747-400 and B777-200. The existing concrete runway is 2,450-metere long and the length of the old tar runway (flexible pavement runway) is 1,468 meters.... Read More
  • Melbourne takes over as biggest cargo airport

    A 32 per cent increase in air freight exports during January 2013 compared to a year ago has confirmed Melbourne Airport’s position as the leading Australian airport for air freight export activity. The amount of air freight exported through Melbourne Airport in January 2013 outstripped Sydney (30 per cent of total exports), Brisbane (13 per cent) and Perth (11 per cent ).... Read More

Cover Story

  • Challenging times: Aberration or ‘new norm’?

    The turmoil in the air cargo industry over the last few years has provoked discussion and analysis unlike ever before in the industry. Certainly no stranger to cyclical swings, the industry never-the-less has been caught off guard by the nature, scope and speed of the challenges that continue coming its way. Predictability and forward business visibility have become non-existent. But the question, as Emirates’ cargo chief succinctly asks, is whether this new global environment “is an aberration, or is it the beginning of the ‘new norm’? By Donald Urquhart.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • TNT Express to cut 4,000 jobs

    Loss-making TNT Express has announced its updated strategy, called ‘Deliver!’ designed to improve profitability between now and 2015. The strategy comes two months after TNT’s €5.2 billion (US$6.8 billion) takeover by UPS was rejected by the European Commission (EC).... Read More
  • DHL Express receives global ISO 9001:2008 cert

    DHL Express has been awarded global ISO 9001:2008 certification, confirming that DHL has met the requirements of the ISO standard for its Quality Management System across its worldwide operations. Individual certification has been achieved in over 100 countries across the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe. The company’s management headquarters in all three regions, as well as its operational infrastructure have been independently audited against the standards of ISO 9001:2008.... Read More
  • UPS now 100% owned in Vietnam

    UPS has announced that it has become the first global express delivery company to be wholly-owned in Vietnam, following its acquisition of the 49 per cent interest of VN Post Express in the two companies’ express delivery joint venture. The change will allow UPS to better connect Vietnam’s rapidly expanding economy to world markets through the UPS network, it said.... Read More
  • DHL boosts Malaysia capacity by 30%

    DHL Express has boosted its Malaysia cargo capacity by 30 per cent with a new A300-600 freighter service from the electronics manufacturing centre of Penang. The highly urbanised and thriving island of Penang plays an important role in Malaysia’s external trade as it is well integrated in the global manufacturing supply chain, DHL said.... Read More
  • DHL boosts Medical Express in Singapore

    DHL Express has launched a new range of temperature-controlled packaging as part of its DHL MEDICAL EXPRESS services in Singapore. The latest service offering completes the series of Thermo Packaging, which is now available to Life sciences and Healthcare clients here. The DHL Express office in Singapore is the first within the Asia Pacific network to offer this full range.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • OAG to provide scheduling data to WIN

    OAG Cargo, a leading provider of air cargo data solutions, is to provide flight schedules data for the Worldwide Information Network (WIN) – a cloudbased e-communications platform for independent freight forwarders, giving WIN members immediate online access to more than 700,000 direct and connecting flights worldwide.... Read More
  • Martinair Cargo dumps legacy and goes CHAMP

    CHAMP Cargosystems has announced that Martinair, part of the Air France- KLM Group, is now using CHAMP’s Cargospot fully integrated air cargo application suite for all core business processes. This includes sales, handling operations and revenue accounting on a network-wide basis. The rollout covered some 900 users in numerous countries and several time zones all around the globe.... Read More
  • C.A.L. Cargo first in Israel to get Envirotainer cert

    C.A.L. Cargo Airlines has become the first Israeli airline to gain accreditation as a Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP).... Read More
  • AirBridgeCargo extends ULD deal with CHEP

    AirBridgeCargo, the largest Russian cargo airline and part of the Volga- Dnepr Group of Companies, and CHEP Aerospace Solutions have agreed to extend their Unit Load Device (ULD) outsourcing and management agreement until mid- 2018.... Read More


Ground Handling

  • Ground handling in India: “Deep policy confusion”

    In his recent speech in India, Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) decried what he called “policy disarray in ground handling” in India that denies airlines other than state-owned Air India the right to perform ground operations for themselves.... Read More
  • Zambia’s NAC2000 selects Kale’s GALAXY

    African ground handler NAC2000 has selected Kale’s GALAXY airport cargo management solution for automating its airport ground handling operations at Lusaka Airport, Zambia. With this selection, NAC2000 is now poised to move from its manual operations to a globally connected web-based cargo management system which will help it better serve its customers & communicate with all its external stakeholders.... Read More
  • Asia Airfreight Terminal’s volumes down in Feb

    Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT) tonnage throughput in February was 13 per cent lower than the same period in 2012, the company announced recently.... Read More
  • SAS working to outsource to Swissport

    Scandinavian Airlines is working with Swissport on the transferring of ground handling operations in Denmark, Sweden and Norway to Swissport International Ltd. The airline and ground handler announced recently that they have signed a letter of intent, creating the basis for continued negotiations between the two companies.... Read More
  • WFS wins Manchester, begins with Turkish

    Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has been awarded a ground handling licence at Manchester Airport and won Turkish Airlines as its launch customer.... Read More
  • EU tentatively okays new ground handling rules

    The European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee has approved new rules to make ground handling services at large European Union airports more competitive.... Read More
  • Cathay’s HK$5.9 billion Cargo Terminal starts ops

    Built at a cost of HK$5.9 billion (US$760 million), the new Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) commenced its stage one operations on 21 February 2013. The first consignment of airfreight, carried by flight CX138 of Cathay Pacific from Sydney, Australia, arrived at the new terminal at 05:09 AM.... Read More
  • Hong Kong’s air cargo skyline changes

    Cathay Pacific Airways has completely changed Hong Kong’s air cargo ground handling environment with a HK$5.9 billion investment in a state-of-the-art air cargo terminal at Hong Kong International Airport. Wong Joon San reports.... Read More

Belly Ache

  • Dateline Pyongyang

    You always know its going to be a good one when it starts with a North Korean dateline! This one we just love, actually we reckon we’re developing a bit of fetish (can we say that, or does it come out sounding just plain weird!?!) for that wacky place of bizzare synchronisation, anachronistic socialism, overt warmongering and sadly, a starving (in more ways than one), repressed population. And let’s not forget the major cult of personality and quite frankly really bad hair styles. Oh and we’re also big fans of their super stern newscaster that reads the anti-everything-but-North Korea news with such venomous vigour that we reckon she’s going to pop an artery in her brain one of these days. Actually, we just had a little brain episode ourselves – maybe the organisers of certain air cargo events could hire her as a co-host alongside that BBC guy. Wow, what a show that would be!... Read More