December 2013 -January 2014

From the Editor

  • A rosier 2014

    Once again another year has come to a close. While it’s tempting to gripe about another year best forgotten, it’s getting to be a well-worn, if not patently overused phrase. Undeniably it was another bad year for air cargo and sadly, a situation that the air cargo industry is quite simply starting to get used to.... Read More


Express & Mail

  • Chinese Government promotes e-commerce

    In a move to increase domestic consumption and services, the Chinese government recently outlined plans to make online sales account for at least 10 per cent of sales nationwide.... Read More
  • U-Freight signs deal with China Air Express

    The U-Freight Group (UFL) has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Beijing-based express courier company, China Air Express Co Ltd (CAE), to explore how each partner can utilise their respective service portfolios to expand coverage for customers and deliver a wider range of international and domestic freight operations.... Read More
  • Nippon Express to expand presence in Cambodia

    Nippon Express (South Asia & Oceania), a subsidiary of Nippon Express, will be establishing its own subsidiary in Cambodia and will be called Nippon Express (Cambodia) with operations to begin in January 2014.... Read More
  • DHL Express doubles Leipzig hub capacity

    DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, announced that it will double the operational footprint of its main European hub in Leipzig, Germany to accommodate future shipment volume growth.... Read More
  • TNT Express expands Express Freight offering

    TNT Express has announced the expansion of its intercontinental Express Freight service to 10 additional countries beyond Europe, bringing global coverage to 80 countries worldwide.... Read More
  • Canada Post discontinues home delivery

    Canada Post has has announced it will discontinue home delivery after being hit by an increasingly familiar problem for traditional postal systems around the world: Rising electronic communication and declining volumes of letters.... Read More
  • Amazon hopes to deliver packages using drones

    While more commonly associated with covert operations by military types, the drones could be delivering e-commerce packages as soon as 2015.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • Changi Airport welcomes Ethiopian Airlines

    Changi Airport Group (CAG) welcomed the arrival of Ethiopian Airlines yesterday, the latest airline operating at Singapore Changi Airport.... Read More
  • V-D AN-124-100 lands at Salekhard for first time

    A Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ An-124- 100 ‘Ruslan’ freighter has landed in the Russian city of Salekhard for the first time, delivering a 26-tonne turbine for the local power plant.... Read More
  • Changi Airports Int’l consortium wins Rio project

    Changi Airports International (CAI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Changi Airport Group (CAG), announced that its consortium partnership with Odebrecht TransPort (OTP) Рan investor and operator in public transport service concessions Рhas won the right to the concession for the expansion, maintenance and development of Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (Galẹo) in Rio de Janeiro.... Read More
  • Athens airport undertakes rare bird shipment

    Athens International airport has recently undertaken the transfer of 10 very rare Griffon vultures from Athens to Cyprus.... Read More
  • Leipzig/Halle Airport approaching cargo record

    Germany’s Leipzig/Halle Airport is approaching a new record in freight volumes for its ninth year with 813,802 tonnes of cargo handled between January and November – an increase of 2.8 per cent over the same period a year earlier.... Read More
  • Global cargo sees 4.1% growth in Oct: ACI

    Airports Council International (ACI) announced October traffic results showing an overall year-on-year 4.1 per cent growth in air freight traffic.... Read More
  • New chem logistics hub at Dubai World Central

    The UAE’s Dubai World Central (DWC) has announced that Danzas AEI Emirates LLC, a joint venture between DHL Global Forwarding and the Al Tayer Group are building a chemical logistics hub comprising two buildings for the company’s airfreight and chemical logistics facilities and is expected to cost US$40 million, with completion set for November 2014.... Read More
  • TAM Cargo inaugurates new cargo terminal in Manaus

    TAM Cargo, the cargo unit of LATAM Airlines Group in Brazil, announced the start of operations at its new cargo terminal, which at 13,000 sqm (5,000 sqm of built area), is the company’s largest cargo terminal in Brazil.... Read More
  • Doha freight clearance shrinks to three hours

    Freight clearance at ports of entry in Qatar has become faster thanks to efforts of a high level committee set up last month to address delays, according to the Minister of Transport H E Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti who is also chairman of the Qatar Freight Solutions Committee.... Read More
  • Dubai World Central sees 26% cargo drop

    Dubai Airports said it’s in talks with more cargo carriers about operating from the new Al Maktoum hub after third-quarter freight volumes at Dubai World Central fell 26 per cent to 43,252 tonnes.... Read More
  • AeroGround, Goldair form strategic alliance

    With the aim of creating a European Ground Handling network, a strategic alliance agreement has been signed by German ground handling company, AeroGround and Greece-based Goldair Handling.... Read More
  • PACTL sets new tonnage record in November

    Shanghai Pudong Int’l Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd. (PACTL) achieved tonnage growth of 11 per cent year-onyear and reached a figure of 129,363 tonnes in November; this was the best monthly result ever in the history of PACTL and beat the previous record set in October 2010.... Read More
  • Cargo hub planned at Shannon Airport

    The development of a cargo hub at Ireland’s Shannon Airport will be key to not only supporting companies across the west of Ireland but in accessing major emerging markets such as China, said Patrick Edmond, managing director of the Shannon Group’s International Aviation Services Centre (IASC).... Read More
  • Cold chain capabilities grow as market diversifies

    The global airfreight market is shifting its attention to higher-value commodities such as the life sciences industry in a bid to shore up sagging yields.... Read More
  • Liege Airport gets link to China’s Zhangzhou

    Navitrans, a major air charter and cargo forwarding companies in China, has begun two weekly flights between Zhengzhou (Henan Province), Shanghai and Liege, Belgium.... Read More
  • Concor to run Mumbai cargo terminal

    The Container Corporation of India (Concor) will run the cargo terminal at the Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai from 1 January 2014 and has incorporated a new company, Concor Air, for the purpose.... Read More
  • Hamad Int’l Airport begins cargo operations

    Qatar’s much delayed Hamad International Airport began its first cargo operations with Qatar Airways Cargo carrying a shipment for Qatar Petroleum from Europe to Doha on 1 December.... Read More

Cover Story

  • IATA urges industry-wide action on quality

    As part of an ambitious, but very necessary move to demonstrably boost the value proposition of the entire air cargo supply chain to its users – the shippers – the International Air Cargo Association (IATA) and its Cargo Committee aim to strip out two days of its average door-to-door delivery time in a bid to firm up its business and stem, among other things, increasing modal shift. Donald Urquhart reports from Geneva.... Read More


Typhoon Haiyan Relief

  • Air cargo comes to the aid of typhoon-devastated Philippines

    The air cargo industry – from carriers, charter brokers, logistics and express companies and others – quickly stepped up and mounted a nearly unprecedented uplift of urgently needed aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which devasted a large swath of the central Philippines with sustained winds of up to 196 km/h and gusts up to 270 km/h.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • Saudi Arabia’s Basem goes live with Kale solution

    Basem International has gone live with Kale’s warehousing, distribution and container management solution for its new terminals and warehouses in Dammam & Jubail with the implementation of the solutions was done in a record time of less than six weeks.... Read More
  • AAR acquires assets of PFW Aerospace

    AAR Corp. announced that its 100 per cent owned subsidiary, Telair International has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the cargo loading system assets of Speyer, Germanybased PFW Aerospace. AAR said the acquisition will enhance Telair’s market position as one of the leading suppliers globally of cargo loading and baggage handling systems.... Read More
  • Panalpina completes paperless cargo flights

    Panalpina has announced it is running paperless flights for general air freight using its own controlled modern B747- 8 freighters on port-to-port services with final destination in Europe, Hong Kong and the US.... Read More
  • AAR’s Nordisk selected by Jettainer

    AAR announced today that Nordisk Aviation Products has begun delivery of over 3,000 containers to asset management company, Jettainer.... Read More
  • AVOID partners complete ash cloud trial

    Airbus, Dusseldorf University, easyJet and sensing technologies specialist Nicarnica Aviation have partnered to develop a volcanic ash sensor similar to weather radar systems onboard aircraft.... Read More
  • Etihad Cargo implements Cargo-XML standard

    Etihad Cargo has become the first cargo airline in the Gulf region to implement Cargo-XML, the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) new technology standard for air cargo communications.... Read More

AFAAPPAAA 57th Assembly of Presidents

  • AAPA widens scope while promoting Asian voice

    The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has expanded its scope of countries whose international airlines are eligible to join as it seeks to promote the development of a more vocal and unified Asian voice in global regulatory affairs. Donald Urquhart reports from Hong Kong.... Read More


  • ILFA pays courtesy visit to Garuda Cargo

    Following the FAPAA and International Air Transport Association meeting in Singapore the Indonesian Logistics and Forwarder Association (ILFA) team payed a courtesy visit on 13 November 2014 to Garuda Cargo.... Read More
  • India’s CCI investigates IATA cargo activities

    In reviewing the provisions of the Competition Act 2002, the Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACAAI) reasonably apprehended that many of the working procedures of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) which it says were forced upon the business of Air Cargo Agents in India might fall under the category of a cartel.... Read More


  • Miami reports 6.2% rise in Oct cargo volume

    Miami International Airport (MIA) reports that it handled a total of 154,352 tonnes of cargo in October 2013, a 6.2 per cent increase compared with the same month in 2012. The airport, which serves over 80 airlines flying to 150 destinations worldwide, handled 1.38 million tonnes of cargo between January and October, up 1.6 per cent compared with the same period in 2012.... Read More
  • American Airlines-US Airways merger completed

    AMR Corporation and US Airways Group, Inc. announced in early December the completion of their merger to officially form American Airlines Group Inc. and begin building the new American Airlines.... Read More
  • Modest growth, brighter skies for Air Canada

    The outlook for Air Canada is looking cautiously brighter although it is hard to quantify how much of an improvement they are seeing especially with significant new capacity coming on line. The first improvement is that the traditional end of season rush is happening and is compatible with previous years.... Read More
  • Edmonton International shifts into cargo high gear

    The coming year will see Edmonton International Airport (EIA) consolidate a strong ongoing performance and enhance it with some new hardware and software.... Read More
  • Global Aviation Holdings files for Chapter 11

    Global Aviation Holdings – the parent company of North American Airlines and World Airways – and the largest commercial provider of charter air services to the US Military and a major provider of worldwide commercial charter services, has filed for US Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company said it intends to continue operations during the process.... Read More
  • UTi Worldwide continues with transformation

    UTi Worldwide – a global, non-asset-based supply chain services and solutions provider – continues with its transformation efforts which includes the deployment of a new freight-forwarding operating system.... Read More
  • PANYNJ to boost streamlined goods movement

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has a long-term strategic plan to enhance regional capacity and, among others, to foster a streamlined goods movement network for faster and more reliable delivery; maintain and modernise existing facilities to ensure safety, security and environmental responsibility. It also aspires to engage its regional partners in the creation of plans, policies and investments that will provide a significantly improved quality of transportation services for regional businesses.... Read More
  • Rickenbacker sits pretty with growing int’l cargo

    Ohio’s Rickenbacker International Airport has logged the kind of growth rates, double figures in some sectors, that most in the air cargo industry can only dream of, although some other changes have worked against so stellar a performance being seen across the board. That said the airport will only break even overall for the year. But is a very interesting breaking even. “This year we... Read More

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