August 2013

From the Editor


  • Angola pumps investment into aviation infrastructure

    Hoping to harness economic growth and create a nascent tourist industry, Angola has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years renovating, upgrading and building new airports throughout the country which were damaged during the nation’s tragic 27 year civil war following independence from Portugal in 1975.... Read More
  • Ethiopian takes stake in Malawi Airlines

    Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has become the strategic partner of Malawi Air with 49 per cent equity shareholding with the remaining 51 per cent of the shares held by the Malawian Government and Malawian private investors.... Read More
  • C-F launches scheduled African freighter services

    Air cargo charter broker, Chapman Freeborn, has launched a number of scheduled air cargo services from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Lubumbashi and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, to further unlock the continent’s potential for its international client base.... Read More
  • Air Mauritius begins weekly Beijing service

    After the successful introduction of two weekly direct flights to Shanghai Pudong from January 2013, Air Mauritius is set to launch a once weekly direct service to the Chinese capital Beijing.... Read More
  • UPS pilots union joins global ITF alliance

    The Independent Pilots Association (IPA) a US-based labor union representing 2,600 UPS airline pilots has gained membership in the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) a global alliance of unions representing transportation workers.... Read More
  • FAA to issue B787 airworthiness directive

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is set to issue an airworthiness directive requiring mandatory inspections of the B787’s emergency locator transmitters following a fire on board a Dreamliner parked at London Heathrow International Airport in mid-July.... Read More
  • AEI redelivers first B737-400SF to CargoAir

    Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has announced that it has redelivered the first CargoAir B737-400SF 11 Pallet Conversion in Dothan, Alabama.... Read More
  • Air Canada’s May cargo traffic down 1%

    Air Canada reported cargo traffic of 123.6 million tonne-kilometers in May, down 1.1 per cent compared with the same month last year, according to Statistics Canada.... Read More
  • Huntsville completes runway improvements

    Huntsville International Airport, ranked 14th in the US for international cargo between Philadelphia International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in terms of tonnage, has recently completed a US$27.8 million project to improve its west runway and adjacent taxiways.... Read More
  • Chapman Freeborn raises profile of OBC biz

    World-renowned for its cargo charter services, Chapman Freeborn has announced it aims to raise the profile of its specialist On Board Courier (OBC) division following the successful global expansion of the service last year.... Read More
  • BioPortEurope transforms into commercial entity

    Amsterdam-based BioPortEurope has been taken over by two of its partners and turned into a commercial enterprise to offer integrated business services for life science companies wanting to enter the European market.... Read More
  • C-F, Swiss Cargo do charter deal

    Chapman Freeborn and Swiss WorldCargo have forged a new strategic partnership to further enhance their offerings in the cargo market.... Read More
  • IATA airline survey shows signs of optimism

    Airline business confidence remains strong according to IATA’s quarterly survey of airline CFOs and heads of cargo in July, with 71 per cent of respondents expecting an improvement in profitability over the next 12 months.... Read More
  • Cargolux returns to Santiago de Chile

    Cargolux Airlines International has announced the reinstatement of its B747 freighter service to Santiago de Chile with a weekly flight, beginning on 28 July.... Read More
  • Jakarta, Dubai only hubs to see major cargo growth

    Growth in global freight traffic handled at airports worldwide was down 0.4 per cent in May and up 0.1 per cent for the year-to-date, according to the latest figures issued by the Airports Council International (ACI).... Read More
  • Chapman Freeborn uses giant AN-225 for heavylift

    Chapman Freeborn and Air Cargo International (ACI) have successfully completed a high-profile Antonov AN-225 charter to transport five giant compressors totaling 140 tonnes from South Korea to France.... Read More
  • Freight rates now at depths of 2009 recession

    Airfreight rates hit new lows in June as flat cargo demand, yet rising capacity, put pressure on already weak load factors. Drewry’s East-West Air Freight Price Index, a weighted average of airfreight rates across 21 East-West trades, fell 2.7 points in June to 94.3 points.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Cargo manages 70% load factors

    Lufthansa Cargo has moderated the decline in cargo tonnage in the second quarter of the year, even as June figures show the company transported 0.8 per cent less cargo and mail in June than in the same month in 2012 and a 3.5 per cent decline for the first half of 2013 as a whole. But in the face of this weak demand and overcapacities on key air freight markets, Lufthansa Cargo has appears to have bucked the overall market trend by increasing the capacity utilisation of its aircraft to a healthy 70 per cent.... Read More
  • Silk Way orders two B747-8 Freighters

    Boeing and Silk Way Airlines, a cargo carrier based in Baku, Azerbaijan, have announced an order for two B747-8 Freighters valued at US$704 million at current list prices.... Read More
  • Emirates biggest cargo carrier: IATA report

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released the 57th Edition of the World Air Transport Statistics (WATS), a yearbook of the global airline industry and IATA members’ performance.... Read More
  • Qatar’s African push continues with Ethiopia

    Qatar has also announced it is set to begin three-flights-a-week to Ethiopia’s capital and largest city, Addis Ababa, from 18 September 2013, operated with an A320.... Read More
  • Qatar adds second freighter to Oslo

    Qatar Airways launched its second weekly cargo flight to Oslo which was only introduced in April this year. Qatar Airways operates the Doha-Oslo cargo route with a B777 freighter aircraft with a capacity of 100 tonnes. This flight is a complement to the existing cargo carried on the airline’s daily passenger flight that has a capacity of 15 tonnes in addition to passenger baggage.... Read More
  • Record Q2, first half results for Etihad

    Pointing to its continued solid growth in its airline alliance strategy and global cargo operations, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways posted overall revenues for the first half of US$1.8 billion, up 13 per cent over last year’s $1.6 billion.... Read More
  • India to replace DGCA with Civil Aviation Authority

    A bill to replace the India’s aviation control agency Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) by a new aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), with full operational and financial autonomy is likely to be tabled in the upcoming session of Indian Parliament, according to Indian media reports.... Read More
  • US, South Korea ink cargo security agreement

    The international effort to harmonise air cargo security standards continues, with the US and South Korea recently signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve cooperation on global supply chain security. The agreement focuses on collaborating to strengthen air cargo security procedures, as well as jointly developing supply chain technologies and standards for risk assessment.... Read More
  • June cargo figures remain down 2.2%: AAPA

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of June released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) followed the pattern of previous months with prolonged weakness in air cargo markets, but sustained growth in international passenger traffic.... Read More
  • ST Aerospace signs long-term B787 MRO deal

    ST Aerospace has signed a longterm agreement with UTC Aerospace Systems to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services on the B787 Dreamliner nacelle systems for both the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 and General Electric GEnx engines.... Read More
  • SIA reigns in capacity as cargo contracts

    In June 2013, Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) overall cargo traffic (measured in freight-tonne-kilometres) was 6.3 per cent lower year-on-year, while cargo capacity decreased by 5.6 per cent. Consequently, cargo load factor decreased by 0.5 percentage points.... Read More
  • Garuda takes delivery of first B777-300ER

    Boeing and Garuda Indonesia celebrated the arrival of the airline’s first B777-300ER in Jakarta last month.... Read More
  • Tigerair Mandala partners ECS Group

    In a similar move to that in the Philippines and Singapore, Indonesian low-cost carrier Tigerair Mandala (formerly Mandala Airlines) and now an associate company of the Singaporebased Tigerair Group after it acquired a 33.3 per cent stake in Mandala, has reached an agreement with the ECS Group to represent and market Tigerair Mandala’s cargo space on their fleet of eight A320 aircraft from 1 July 2013.... Read More
  • Thai AirAsia teams up with Thailand Post

    Thai AirAsia has teamed up with Thailand Post to enter the domestic express mail market with EMS Super Speed is being piloted on three routes from mid-July: Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai.... Read More
  • Airbus delivers 1,000th A330 to Cathay Pacific

    Airbus has celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th A330 to Cathay Pacific.... Read More
  • Cathay cargo down 4.3%, capacity up 2.2%

    Cathay Pacific Airways’ combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for June 2013 show passenger numbers rising, despite a capacity decrease, alongside yet another drop in cargo and mail tonnage.... Read More
  • Cathay makes first Latin foray with B747-8F

    Cathay Pacific Airways has announced that it will launch its first ever destination in Latin America with a new scheduled freighter service to Guadalajara, Mexico in last quarter 2013, subject to government approval.... Read More
  • Henan unveils airport economic zone

    The launching ceremony of Zhengzhou Airport Economic Experimental Zone, the first national-level airport economic zone in China, was held in July in Zhengzhou, capital of China’s Henan province. According to the State Council, the zone aims to upgrade the country’s airfreight framework and boost the airport economy in a bid to push forward urbanisation, industrialisation and agricultural modernisation in Central China. The experimental zone was officially approved by the State Council in March this year.... Read More
  • FedEx expands its Beijing gateway facilities

    FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., announced it has expanded its operations facility at Beijing Capital International Airport in order to increase its handling capacity for international shipments and meet growing customer demand for inbound and outbound shipment services in northern China. According to statistics from China Customs, Beijing’s imports and exports in 2012 totaled US$407.92 billion, a 4.7 per cent increase from 2011.... Read More
  • China’s economy is still on track: ABN AMRO

    Dutch investment bank, ABN AMRO, in a recent economic outlook report noted that “although the Chinese economy has undoubtedly slowed over the last few months, trade data have recently been distorted by a crackdown on over invoicing that inflated the numbers earlier in the year, so most likely paint too gloomy a picture.... Read More
  • CAL, Yang Ming, Wan Hai bail out of Yangtze

    Three Taiwanese transport companies – China Airlines (CAL), Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp and Wan Hai Lines – have sold their shareholdings in China-based cargo carrier Yangtze River Express.... Read More
  • Tiger Phils eyes 7% cargo share of revenue

    Low cost carrier Tigerair Philippines – the Philippine affiliate of Tigerair Singapore after the Singapore-based low-cost carrier group acquired a 40 per cent ownership share in SEAir Inc which was renamed to Tigerair Philippines in early June 2013 – expects its air cargo business to contribute about seven per cent of its P5 billion (US$115.7 million) forecast sales for this year as it targets to grow its share of the domestic aviation market from three to five per cent.... Read More
  • Philippine Airlines removed from EU blacklist

    The European Commission (EC) has lifted flight restrictions on Philippine Airlines (PAL), allowing the national carrier to resume flights to destinations in the EU after a 15 year hiatus. The European bloc placed a blanket ban on all airlines based in the Philippines in 2010, due to safety concerns and in this latest update of its aviation blacklist however, the EC said it would allow PAL to resume EU flights but all other carriers registered in the Philippines, including Cebu Pacific Airways, remain on the blacklist.... Read More
  • Philippines revokes FedEx license

    FedEx Express has found itself on the wrong side of a court decision in the Philippines and faces the prospect of being thrown out of the country, after the Republic’s Court of Appeals ruled to void its operating license.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • Liege opens training centre for detection dogs

    Liege Airport is launching a new project with its subsidiary Liege Airport Security and the company Securitas to train dogs specialised in explosive detection.... Read More
  • AF-KLM-Martinair to move ME hub to DWC

    Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport will be Air France- KLM-Martinair Cargo’s new Middle East Freighter hub, the airline announced in mid-July.... Read More
  • Swissport moves closer to acquiring Servisair

    Global ground handler, Swissport, moved a step closer to acquiring rival Servisair, after its owner the Derichebourg Group announced it had granted an exclusivity period to Swissport regarding the disposal of 100 per cent of Servisair on the basis of an irrevocable and binding offer received in mid-July.... Read More
  • Shanghai Pudong cargo down 3.5% in June

    China’s Shanghai Pudong Airport saw total cargo volumes decline by 3.5 per cent to 240,900 tonnes in June 2013 over a year earlier, while domestic volumes declined by 2.6 per cent to 26,300 tonnes and regional volumes fell sharply by six per cent to 30,000 tonnes.... Read More
  • Frankfurt sees marginal June cargo rise

    Traffic in the first half of 2013 continued to be affected by the consolidation of various airlines at Frankfurt and a variety of weather and strike-related flight cancellations.... Read More
  • Cargo ops await much delayed Berlin airport

    The state-of-the-art Cargo Center facility at Berlin’s new Brandenburg Airport (BER) has been officially inaugurated and will enter service on 1 August.... Read More
  • Cargo heads south, pax north at Changi

    Cargo volumes at Singapore Changi Airport continued their downward trend with 150,500 tonnes of airfreight processed in June 2013, 1.8 per cent lower than a year earlier and down 2.3 per cent to 877,700 tonnes for the first six months this year, compared to the same period last year.... Read More
  • PACTL offers new premium product for airlines

    Shanghai Pudong Int’l Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd. (PACTL) has launched a new handling product for its airline customers, featuring faster handling times, dedicated teams and the use of the customer’s branding.... Read More
  • Work begins on Emirates new DWB cargo hub

    Construction has begun on Emirates SkyCargo’ s new state-of-the-art cargo terminal and supporting facilities at Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport (DWB), which is set to become the home of its freighter operations from May 2014. In addition to the cargo terminal, various facilities and infrastructure will be built including 46 truck docks and 80 truck parking spaces, 12 aircraft stands directly in front of the terminal, while additional interface facilities – east and west cross docks – will be built at Dubai International Airport.... Read More
  • Hong Kong sees sustained growth in 1H

    Hong Kong International Airport reported sustained growth in the first six months of 2013 with a two per cent increase in cargo volume to two million tonnes, year-on-year and a 4.7 per cent increase in passenger numbers to 28.9 million.... Read More


  • Celebrating excellence in the industry

    Following the highly successful event last year, the second annual Payload Asia Awards 2013 is in full swing with the top three finalists in each category now ready for online voting by the industry.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • Saudia Cargo launches new online import tool

    Saudia Cargo is launching OK-2-KSA, a new online tool aimed at assisting customers to obtain the necessary approvals for the import of five types of goods by air into Saudi Arabia.... Read More
  • New rate management system from CargoSphere

    CargoSphere, a leading, cloud-based global rate management solution and confidential rate mesh network for the ocean and air transportation and logistics industries, has introduced a new technology solution that reads external rate data directly from any carrier contract format and loads it into a rate system database.... Read More
  • GPRS study completed out of Brussels Airport

    Time and temperature sensitive shipments are an important segment of air freight that is handled at Brussels Airport.... Read More
  • PACTL opts for latest Hermes solution

    The Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Co, Ltd (PACTL) has awarded a contract to IT solutions provider Hermes to upgrade to the latest version of the Hermes air cargo management system, Hermes v4.6.... Read More


  • Air freight forwarding down while ocean surges

    Transport Intelligence (Ti), a leading logistics research and consultancy group has published a new report revealing the full extent of the increasing divergence between the air and sea freight forwarding markets.... Read More
  • Norbert Dentressangle to acquire Daher division

    Norbert Dentressangle – the Francebased international transport, logistics and freight forwarding company – has agreed reached an agreement to acquire the freight forwarding activities of the Daher Group, with a network of eight agencies in France and three in Russia with expertise in sectors such as chemicals, aviation, automotive and luxury goods.... Read More
  • Kerry Logistics acquires Brazilian logistics company

    Global logistics provider, Kerry Logistics, has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Braservice, a leading Brazil-based logistics and customs brokerage company, with a domestic network of seventeen offices throughout the country, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. Founded in 1991, Braservice has developed into a leading provider of supply chain solutions focused on the Brazilian and Latin American markets, with a special focus on FMCG, automotive, fashion and lifestyle, according to Kerry.... Read More
  • Logwin expands Indian operations

    Logwin, a leading air and ocean freight and logistics services provider, is expanding its operations in Chennai and starting in Kolkata, moving to larger premises driven by what it says is increased demand for local logistics and international freight services.... Read More

Cover Story

  • IAG taps reach, capacity and dynamism

    The development of IAG Cargo as a single cargo business following the merger of British Airways (BA) and Iberia has brought with it added reach, capacity and dynamism, but some still work remains in fully integrating the two units, said Steve Gunning, the unit’s managing director. Michael Mackey has the story.... Read More
  • UPS freighter crashes in US

    Two pilots die in a UPS freighter crash that occurred on Wednesday 15 Aug morning just outside Alabama airport.... Read More


  • CHAMP ramps up in Asia

    CHAMP Cargosystems is to step up its presence in Asia through organic growth and acquisitions, its chief executive officer, John Johnston told Payload Asia on the sidelines of the 2013 Air Transport IT Summit in Brussels. By Michael Mackey.... Read More

ULD & Perishables Supplement

  • AmSafe Bridport ‘nets’ KLM contract

    AmSafe Bridport has been awarded KLM Cargo’s prestigious Supplier Award in appreciation of an outstanding contribution to the success of their operational activities following the signing of a five year contract to replace all existing KLM / Martinair cargo pallet nets with a lighter more environmentally friendly product.... Read More
  • Korean Air awarded QEP cert in Americas

    Korean Air Cargo has received accreditation from the active temperature-controlled air cargo container manufacturer, Envirotainer, as a Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) in eight stations in the US and South America.... Read More
  • India’s cool-chain logistics needs upgrading

    One of the major obstacles that India’s perishable industry faces is poor logistics. Air cargo stakeholders never fail to point out the losses due to infrastructure – or rather the lack of it – that have now become an indispensible part of the perishable transport business. And with many authorities bringing in stringent regulations for safe and secure conditions during transport and delivery of medical supplies and pharma products, there is an urgent need to upgrade the provision of cold-chain services in India. Manfred Singh reports from New Delhi... Read More
  • CHEP sees dichotomy in the current market

    While there is simply no escaping the negative impact of an air cargo market so flat, it makes the Sahara Desert look positively hilly, but tough times also force often much needed change and a focus on efficiencies. For CHEP Aerospace Solutions, a recognised leader in Unit Load Device (ULD) management and maintenance outsourcing, the prolonged downturn in the industry has had varying impacts. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • Nordisk’s newest ULD fights fire and sheds kgs

    AAR subsidiary, Nordisk, has unveiled its lightest cargo container with advanced fire resistance capabilities – at a full 30 per cent lighter than aluminum containers and up to six hours of fire containment. Manfred Singh reports.... Read More

Belly Ache

  • Paying lip service?

    For the carrier that sure seems like the most fun airline in the world, Turkish Airlines almost had a lot of people (not) seeing red, recently.... Read More