February 2013


From the Editor

  • A brave new world

    With a new year unfolding quietly, softly in front of us, it seems the air cargo industry, if not much of the world, is waiting with bated breath for that proverbial light at the end of the gloomy economic tunnel.... Read More

Gateways

  • National moves B747F next to Mexican border

    National Air Cargo has recently repositioned one of its B747 freighters in Laredo, Texas to better compete for air cargo charter business between the two countries, the carrier said. The Laredo International Airport is the only airport on the US-Mexico border with US customs open 24 hours a day and the new Mexican Customs (SAT) pre-clearance project under way.... Read More
  • United Cargo launches first Int’l B787 Route

    United Airlines, North American launch customer of B787 Dreamliner, took delivery of its sixth 787-8 in late December and initiated its first international route, a daily Los Angeles-Tokyo, Narita.... Read More
  • CIT Group orders ten more A350 XWB

    CIT Group Inc., a global transportation finance firm, has placed a firm order for 10 A350-900s. This is the second time CIT has ordered A350 XWBs and brings the lessor’s total backlog for the type to 15.... Read More
  • Rouge to tap belly space for cargo

    Air Canada’s entrance into the leisure travel sector signals good news for cargo, according to Lise-Marie Turpin, vice president of Air Canada Cargo. The carrier’s new venture, Rouge, officially launches operations 1 July and Turpin believes the freight implications for the low-cost leisure airline will be numerous.... Read More
  • AA Cargo signs MoU with GLN

    In a move designed to further extend its sales activities with as broad a range of customers as possible, American Airlines (AA) Cargo today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Global Logistics Network (GLN).... Read More
  • AEI redelivers second AEI B737-400SF to Atran

    Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), has announced that ATRAN Cargo Airlines has taken delivery of its second AEI B737- 400SF 11 Pallet Configuration Passenger to Freighter Conversion. The aircraft, a high gross weight B737-400 (MSN 28758) was built in 1997 and underwent passenger to freighter modification at AEI’s Authorised Conversion Centre, Flightstar Aircraft Services, Inc. which is located in Jacksonville, Florida. The aircraft is being leased to ATRAN Cargo Airlines by Aviation Capital Group (ACG) which is located in Newport Beach California.... Read More
  • Dreamliner investigation in for long haul

    The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in late-January that its investigation into a 7 January incident on a Japan Airlines’ B787 at Boston airport involving a lithium-ion battery related fire remains in its “early stages”.... Read More
  • NEO Air Charter opts for Cargo Care International

    NEO Air Charter – a founder member of the Global Charter Alliance – has entered into a strategic partnership with Nordicbased GSSA Cargo Care International, in which the latter will provide sales coverage throughout Denmark, Sweden and Finland.... Read More
  • V-D Technics completes A-checks for Czech

    Volga-Dnepr Technics (VDT) has successfully commenced A-check aircraft maintenance services for the A320 at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport with Czech Airlines as its launch customer.... Read More
  • Air Astana opens new route to Ho Chi Minh City

    Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, continues to expand its Asian network and launched a new service from Almaty to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam last monthy. This follows the start of services to Hong Kong in August 2012 and increases of frequency to several Asian destinations in recent months. Air Astana currently operates services to Bangkok, Beijing, Delhi, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul.... Read More
  • Avolon ups NEO commitment by another 20

    Avolon, the international leasing company, has confirmed an order for 20 A320neo aircraft in December 2012.... Read More
  • IAG Cargo announces new Chengdu China route

    IAG Cargo, the single business created following the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo, has announced the launch of thrice weekly cargo service between London Heathrow and Chengdu in southwest China.... Read More
  • Air France: Cargo declined 6.3% in 2012

    Air France-KLM Group (AF) boosted passenger traffic in 2012 by 2.1 per cent, led by Europe, as cargo traffic dropped.... Read More
  • Leisure Cargo becomes GSA for Pegasus Airlines

    Leisure Cargo has become cargo general sales agent in the Middle East, Africa and India for Pegasus Airlines of Turkey.... Read More
  • Finnair Cargo begins Brussels service

    In March 2013 Finnair Cargo will initiate weekly MD-11 freighter flights via its new Brussels hub, connecting the Belgian capital with Finnair’s Helsinki hub as well as New York JFK and new destination Chicago O’Hare.... Read More
  • ‘Rude awakening’ as Aeroflot terminates GSSAs

    In a surprise move Russia’s Aeroflot Cargo terminated its sales agency agreements across Europe with effect from 31 December, opting instead to sell cargo services direct via the Internet. Aeroflot then proceeded to offer their European GSAs a standard non-exclusive agreement that allows agents to book shipments to be flown by Aeroflot only if they come from non-CASS registered forwarders.... Read More
  • ABC takes delivery of third B747-8

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of Volga-Dnepr Group, has taken delivery of its third 747-8 freighter from Boeing. The aircraft made its first commercial flight from Seattle via Hong Kong to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and will continue to operate on ABC’s existing Europe-Asia-US route network via the carrier’s Moscow hubs.... Read More
  • Turkish Airlines in talks with Airbus, Boeing

    Turkish Airlines is said to be in talks with Airbus and Boeing regarding a potential large aircraft order. Turkish CEO Temel Kotil has previously said that while the carrier is expanding its network to a maximum of 300 destinations, the time to have very large aircraft such as the A380 or the 747-8I is not right.... Read More
  • Swiss signs up for ‘Multilateral e-Air Waybill’

    Swiss WorldCargo announced it is joining the Proof of Concept for IATA’s Multilateral e-Air Waybill Agreement initiative. The cargo division of Swiss is the first carrier worldwide to sign up for this Proof of Concept, which marks a significant milestone within the e-commerce framework promoted by the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG).... Read More
  • AF-KLM said to be in talks on Alitalia takeover

    Franco-Dutch carrier Air France-KLM is in “advanced” talks to take control of Italy’s flagship airline Alitalia by the summer, Rome’s Messaggero newspaper reported without citing its sources.... Read More
  • Specialised cargo niches the sweet spot for Swiss

    Swiss WorldCargo achieved an 8.9 per cent increase in its freight tonnekilometer performance in 2012, while its load factor nudged 0.8 percentage points higher to 79.3 per cent.... Read More
  • Lufthansa says ‘green shoots’ visible

    In 2012 Lufthansa Cargo said it transported slightly more than 1.7 million tonnes of freight and mail, about 8.5 per cent less than in 2011. The carrier said the decrease was due to restrained demand in all regions, to which it responded by sharply scaling back capacity by more than eight per cent over the year.... Read More
  • Cargo upswing breeds cautious optimism

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released traffic results for November 2012 which showed an improvement in both passenger and air freight demand. Air freight volumes edged up 1.6 per cent over the same period after declining 2.6 per cent in October, year-on-year.... Read More
  • Middle East Airlines firms up ten A320neo order

    Middle East Airlines-Air Liban (MEA), the flag carrier of Lebanon, has signed a firm contract for ten A320neo Family aircraft (five A321neo and five A320neo aircraft). This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding which was announced on 12 July 2012. MEA operates one of the most modern fleets in the Middle East region with four A330-200s, four A321s and ten A320s.... Read More
  • Qatar promotes new natural gas aviation fuel

    Extolling the virtues of utilising natural gas as a source for a new and cleaner aviation fuel Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker today outlined recently how the carrier’s ambitious GTL(Gasto- Liquids) aviation fuel programme has helped boost Qatar’s profile as a leader in the use of this technology.... Read More
  • Qatar promotes new natural gas aviation fuel

    Qatar Airways has announced a capacity increase to daily scheduled services on the Doha – Warsaw route, effective 1 February.... Read More
  • Qatar does daily Warsaw after only one month

    Qatar Airways has announced a capacity increase to daily scheduled services on the Doha – Warsaw route, effective 1 February.... Read More
  • Qatar emphatically denies India talks

    Noting there has been significant speculation in the Indian media suggesting that Qatar Airways may be interested in investing in various beleaguered Indian airlines, the carrier’s CEO issued a statement in early January aimed at setting the record straight.... Read More
  • Air Arabia appoints Globe in UK, Ireland

    Air Arabia has appointed Globe Air Cargo, part of the ECS Group, as its GSA in the UK and Ireland with effect from mid-December. The low-cost carrier, which operates an all-A320 fleet, carries freight, mail and courier traffic across a network of 82 destinations, served from hubs in Sharjah, UAE; Casablanca, Morocco; and Alexandria, Egypt.... Read More
  • Saudia hits sweet spot while industry struggles

    While much of the industry remains deep in the doldrums, November was a record month for Saudia Cargo in what Fahad Hammad, CEO of Saudia Cargo, described as “incredibly successful year to date”. Hammad said that in addition to achieving all-time highs in both October and November, 2012 will be a record year for Saudia Cargo with a total growth in revenue of 20 per cent.... Read More
  • Indian gov’t conditional support to Kingfisher

    The Indian government is willing to support the revival plan of grounded Kingfisher Airlines Ltd if the company were to settle its employees’ dues, a senior government source told reporters on recently. But the airline still needs at least 10 billion rupees (US$185.65 million) to restart its grounded operations and must also demonstrate an ability to sustain itself for at least six months, India’s civil aviation minister said on 22 January.... Read More
  • Cambodia air cargo up on diversifying economy

    Rising air cargo volumes are being seen as an indicator of how Cambodia’s economy is beginning to diversify its industrial base beyond simply cheap garments, with cargo volumes through the country’s capital Phnom Penh rising by nearly 40 per cent in 2012 over the previous year and nearly 100,000 more business travelers to the capital – a rise of 11 per cent – recorded during the first 11 months of last year compared to the same period in 2011.... Read More
  • Indonesia’s Citilink orders 25 Airbus A320neo

    Citilink, the low cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia has placed a firm order with Airbus for 25 A320neo.... Read More
  • 2012 another good year for aviation safety

    Last year was one of the safest years in aviation history with only four major accidents globally involving large western-built commercial airliners, which resulted in a total of 304 fatalities.... Read More
  • Asia Pac carriers see slight cargo uptick

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of November released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed further expansion in international passenger traffic and a slight improvement in air cargo demand.... Read More
  • ST Aero wins $450M in Q4 contracts

    Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced in January that its aerospace arm Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace) has secured new contracts worth about S$450 million (US$366.87 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012.... Read More
  • BOC Aviation orders 50 A320s

    BOC Aviation, the Singapore-based aircraft leasing subsidiary of Bank of China, has placed a new firm order, signed in December 2012, for the purchase of 50 A320 Family aircraft including 25 NEOs. The order comprises A320 and A321 variants of both engine options. Meanwhile BOC has signed agreements for the lease of four new A320-200 aircraft to Vueling Airlines.... Read More
  • Chapman Freeborn moves large O&G shipment

    Chapman Freeborn’s Singapore cargo charter team recently provided a solution to transport an urgent load of 40 foot long seamless steel tubes and couplings weighing 95 tonnes from Osaka to Houston for a client in the oil and gas industry.... Read More
  • Continuing declines through Dec for SIA Cargo

    In December 2012, Singapore Airlines recorded an eight per cent drop in cargo traffic (measured in freight-tonnekilometres) year-on-year, while cargo capacity decreased by nine per cent, resulting in a cargo load factor (CLF) increase of 0.8 of a percentage point.... Read More
  • Singapore Airlines Cargo fined $4.1 million in NZ

    Four airlines, including Air New Zealand, are left fighting charges of price-fixing air cargo rates after a seventh airline reached a milliondollar settlement with the Commerce Commission.... Read More
  • SIA firms order for more A380s, A350s

    Singapore Airlines (SIA) has firmed up an order for 25 more widebody aircraft from Airbus, comprising five A380, and 20 A350-900s. The deal was completed in 2012 and follows an agreement in October 2012.... Read More
  • EU, Singapore reach trade agreement

    The European Commission and Singapore have reached an agreement on a major free trade deal following more than two years of negotiations.... Read More
  • Thai Cargo deal with Weiss Röhlig in Taiwan

    Weiss Röhlig, a logistics joint venture between Gebrùder Weiss and Röhlig Logistics, has entered into an agreement to become a General Freight Agent in Taiwan for Thai Airways International Cargo.... Read More
  • Thai to up Copenhagen- Bangkok in SAS’ absence

    Thai Airways is to take advantage of SAS’s temporary summer absence on the Copenhagen-Bangkok route by inserting two additional weekly flights during the peak season with a new B777- 300ER.... Read More
  • Korean Air to add nine next-gen aircraft in 2013

    Korean Air will introduce nine additional next-generation aircraft to its fleet in 2013; two A380s, one A330-200, two B777-300ERs, two B737- 900ERs, one B747-8F and one B777F.... Read More
  • Fourth month of cargo growth for Cathay

    Cathay Pacific Airways combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for December 2012 show an increase for both passenger numbers and cargo and mail tonnage compared to the same month last year.... Read More
  • Asia-Pac carriers will be top performers again

    Asia-Pacific airlines are expected to be the best performers, contributing US$2.3 billion profit next year, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).... Read More
  • 100% screening has had little impact on HK

    The US requirement for 100 per cent screening of all US-bound cargo carried on passenger aircraft which came into effect on 12 December 2012 has had little impact on airfreight operations at at Hong Kong International Airport, the world’s busiest air cargo hub.... Read More
  • Qantas, Emirates get interim green light

    Qantas has welcomed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) decision to grant interim authorisation for the proposed Qantas and Emirates partnership.... Read More
  • China-Taiwan cross-strait alliance takes off

    The alliance between China Eastern Airlines and three other carriers providing cross-strait services – Taipeibased China Airlines, Guangzhoubased China Southern Airlines and its subsidiary Xiamen Airlines – has been expanded to code-sharing and scheduling alignment, in a bid to boost the movement of transit passengers from Europe and the US to Taiwan via Shanghai, reported the South China Morning Post.... Read More
  • Air China boosts North American capacity

    Air China will introduce its fifth North American destination beginning 11 July when it launches a four times per week service between Houston and Beijing using B777-300ER aircraft.... Read More
  • China Eastern shifts cargo ops to logistics arm

    China Eastern Airlines (CEA) has announced plans to sell its 51 per cent majority stake in cargo carrier China Cargo Airlines to its fully owned subsidiary Shanghai Eastern Logistics.... Read More

Calendar

  • Africa Air Cargo Supplement in March issue

    The past two to three years have witnessed a significant growth in air cargo traffic between Asia and Africa due to investment in African infrastructure. At the same time, global demand for Africa’s oil/gas resources, minerals, and other commodities has soared, generating more wealth in various parts of the African continent. The result has been an increase in African consumer spending on imported goods from Asian countries. China’s trade with Africa of US$116 billion is double that between India and Africa presently, which stands at about $51 billion.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • IFLN does partnership deal with CargoWise

    IFLN, the Texas-headquartered worldwide network of independent freight forwarders, has confirmed a global partnership deal with CargoWise, international logistics software provider, that will enable all the group’s members to boost productivity, and reduce costs, by accessing industry-leading technology.... Read More
  • Transporeon Group opens Singapore office

    Transporeon and Ticontract, two Transporeon Group companies specialising in e-logistics solutions, have established a local presence in the fast-growing Asian market. The Singapore office opened in November this year, following the company’s entry into the US market in October 2011 when it set up an office in Philadelphia.... Read More
  • ADB wins Joburg contracts, partners FB Tech

    Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has awarded two contracts to ADB – a leading provider of airfield ground lighting solutions – for the upgrade of Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport. These projects are part of ACSA’s efforts to maintain the competitiveness of the airport.... Read More
  • Golden Myanmar opts for Lufthansa nav charts

    Lufthansa Systems announced that Golden Myanmar Airlines, which commenced operations at the start of this year, will be using the navigation charts provided by its Lido/RouteManual solution after the two signed a five-year contract.... Read More

Logistics

  • Menlo opens $50M Singapore facility

    Menlo Worldwide Logistics (Menlo), the global logistics subsidiary of Conway Inc. opened its new state-of-theart warehousing and retail distribution management centre in Singapore. Established in Singapore over a decade ago, the company’s services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehousing, distribution and transportation management; supply chain engineering and other value-added services across multiple industries.... Read More
  • SDV acquires Swiss logistics specialist

    SDV has acquired a majority stake in Safcomar Overseas SA, a Swiss-based specialist in international logistics whose new name, SDV Suisse, took effect as of 7 January 2013. “Switzerland is regarded as a strategic market by SDV, especially for the deployment of our key-accounts policy in Europe” says Henri Le Gouis, SDV CEO of the Western Europe area.... Read More
  • DHL Supply Chain wins UK Panasonic contract

    Panasonic has awarded DHL Supply Chain a long-term contract worth more than £100 million (US$160.5 million) to manage its UK warehousing and transport operations.... Read More
  • New Vietnam JV for Kerry Logistics

    Kerry Logistics, the Hong Kongbased global logistics service provider, has further expanded its network in Vietnam by securing a majority stake in Tin Thanh Express, a leading express company, to offer integrated logistics solutions across the country. The new JV company, Kerry TTC Express will combine the global logistics expertise and the international freight network of Kerry Logistics with the local competence and connections of TTC Express to provide customers in Vietnam with ‘one-stopshop’ logistics solutions and a globally integrated network.... Read More
  • SDV extends its European network to Norway

    SDV has announced the creation of a subsidiary company in Norway extending its network to Scandinavia. SDV Norway AS is fully integrated into SDV’s global network and offers a complete range of services in international supply chain with the country headquarters located in central Oslo where ocean freight and industrial projects are handled. A second office at Oslo-Gardemoen airport is dedicated to air freight operations, new branches will follow in Bergen and Stavanger by 2014.... Read More
  • GEFCO opens auto parts warehouse in Beijing

    Dongfeng GEFCO, a China-based joint venture subsidiary of automotive and industrial logistics player GEFCO, has announced it is the official logistics partner for Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën Automobile’s (DPCA) new spare parts warehouse in Beijing, China.... Read More
  • Logwin opens new Shantou sales office

    Logwin, the Luxembourg-based global air and ocean freight and logistics services provider, has opened a new office in Shantou, a growing port city strategically located between Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Xiamen. This is the fourth office Logwin has opened in China in 2012 and the company now has 29 offices across the country.... Read More
  • Dachser acquires Transunion forwarder

    Effective from the beginning of the year, international logistics provider, Dachser, has acquired the Spanish air and sea freight forwarder Transunion S.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • UPS introduces new express freight service

    UPS has announced a new express air freight service, UPS Worldwide Express Freight, for urgent, time sensitive and high value international heavyweight shipments. This new service is an extension of the UPS Worldwide Express package portfolio and offers customers a seamless experience between shipping express package and express freight.... Read More
  • FedEx orders four B767 freighters

    Boeing and FedEx Express have announced an order for four B767 Freighters. The order is part of FedEx’s initiative to modernise its fleet. “These additional 767 orders will help accelerate our fleet modernisation programme as we replace our aging MD-10 freighter fleet,” said James Parker, FedEx Express executive vice president, air operations.... Read More
  • FedEx hikes express rates 4%

    From 7 January 2013, FedEx Express introduced new rates for customers in Asia Pacific using FedEx International Priority (IP) and FedEx International Economy (IE) services. The rate revisions will take effect in 13 Asia Pacific markets: Australia, China, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. For FedEx customers in Vietnam, the new rates will be effective from 21 January 2013.... Read More
  • GeoPost acquires 40% stake in India’s DTDC

    French express logistics group, GeoPost – the wholly-owned dedicated express logistics subsidiary of the French government’s postal arm, Le Groupe La Poste – is set to acquire a 40 per cent stake in DTDC Courier & Cargo, India’s second-largest provider by revenue, valuing the company at US$87.3 million.... Read More
  • What next for UPS, TNT?

    UPS abandoned its €5.2 billion bid for TNT Express last month leaving both express operators to ponder their strategy options. The US express group threw in the towel after being informed by the European Commission case team that it was working towards rejecting any takeover on competition grounds.... Read More

Cover Story

  • Emerging markets power global economy

    While emerging markets are growing as the new source of global economic growth, outpacing growth rates of traditional developed markets, a number of factors – near sourcing, modal shift and cost pressures including high fuel prices – pose challenges for air freight going forward according to a recent report. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More

Analysis

  • Airfreight confidence brighter over six months

    Confidence amongst international airfreight shippers and forwarders is down from December to January 2013 but on a positive note the forward six month view is up for the first time in eight months, according to the latest survey jointly undertaken by Stifel Nicolaus and Transport Intelligence (Ti).... Read More

Environment

  • Changi Airport Group ups freighter rebates

    Changi Airport Group (CAG) is increasing its support for the air cargo sector in the face of the continuing downturn in the airfreight business by raising the rebate in landing fees for all scheduled freighter flights to 50 per cent, for the first six months of 2013.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • DFW bucks the trends with cargo growth

    November’s cargo throughput at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), saw a 3.4 per cent rise in November 2011 to 50,926 tonnes, continuing a picture of steady improvement in the final quarter.... Read More
  • Canada’s Hamilton airport set for cargo expansion

    Canada’s Federal and Ontario provincial governments joined with Hamilton’s Municipal Government and TradePort International Corporation to announce a CDN$12 million (US$12 million) infrastructure investment for cargo development at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, the third largest cargo airport in Canada.... Read More
  • Atlanta eyes cargo growth with 4th terminal

    Hartsfield - Jackson At lanta International Airport is rapidly moving ahead with plans for a fourth cargo facility, something the airport’s director of new business development, Steve Luben attributes to the support of Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed.... Read More
  • Liege Airport loses some, gains some

    Liege Airport registered a decrease in airfreight business during 2012 with the airport handling a total of 576,664 tonnes of cargo compared to 674,469 tonnes in 2011, a decrease of 14.5 per cent.... Read More
  • Afriqiyah Airways returns to Dùsseldorf

    The Libyan airline Afriqiyah Airways which was obliged to suspend operations during the civil war in early 2011, recommenced flights between Tripoli and Dùsseldorf during December. The A320 will operate twice weekly with a cargo capacity of up to two tonnes.... Read More
  • Frankfurt sees 6.7% cargo contraction in 2012

    Airports operator Fraport reported 6.7 per cent contraction in its cargo throughput to 2.1 million tonnes in 2012 at its home base of Frankfurt Main Airport. Fraport executive board chairman Stefan Schulte said high fuel prices, the burden of Germany’s national aviation tax and weak demand, particularly in southern Europe, were among factors that had led passenger airlines to make capacity adjustments.... Read More
  • Schiphol Cargo offsets impact of weak markets

    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol finished 2012 with its strongest quarter for both exports and imports handling a total of 380,284 tonnes while overall 2012 volumes slid three per cent to 1.5 million tones. Total freighter movements in 2012 fell slightly to 15,543 – down 2.5 per cent on 2011.... Read More
  • Stansted Airport fetches £1.5 billion

    London’s Stansted Airport is being sold to the owner of Manchester Airport – third busiest airport in the UK – for £1.5 billion (US$2.38 billion) by Heathrow Airport Holdings, formerly BAA. Manchester Airports Group is a holding company owned by the 10 borough councils of Greater Manchester.... Read More
  • China set to take Heathrow stake

    The China Investment Corporation (CIC), the country’s sovereign wealth fund is set to buy a 10 per cent stake in London Heathrow for £450 million (US$712 million). This announcement follows a similar announcement in August that Qatar Holdings is to acquire a 20 per cent stake for £900 million. These deals will reduce Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial’s stage in Heathrow Airport Holdings (formerly known as BAA), to just over 33 per cent.... Read More
  • Frankfurt-Hahn air freight down 28%

    Air freight handled at Frankfurt- Hahn Airport fell by 28 per cent last year to 207,520 tonnes. The airport said the decline was largely due to the general economic situation and also to the fact that 2011 had been a record year for traffic. When compared with 2010, last year’s traffic showed a fall of only nine per cent.... Read More
  • Air cargo piles up at Jeddah airport

    The customs department of King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah traded accusations with the Saudi Cargo Services for the accumulation of cargo waiting to be released at the airport.... Read More
  • V-D Technics expands in Sharjah

    Volga-Dnepr Technics has extended its aircraft maintenance and repair services in the Middle East with the addition of a new wheel and brake maintenance division in Sharjah, UAE.... Read More
  • Dnata wins two UK cargo handling contracts

    Airblue, which has begun operating four-times-weekly A340 passenger services linking Manchester with Islamabad and Lahore, Pakistan, has signed a multi-year agreement with dnata to service its cargo handling business and provide feeder truck links. At Heathrow, dnata’s London operation has begun providing cargo handling services for Aeromexico’s B767 operation, which operates three times a week to Mexico City.... Read More
  • Union calls off Chennai air cargo strike

    Cargo at India’s Chennai airport has begun to move again after a paralysing strike by some 1,500 contract air cargo workers for nearly two weeks brought all cargo movement to a halt. The airport workers started the stoppage on 9 January demanding regularisation of their jobs, higher wages, bonuses, medical and canteen facilities, and allowances for housing rent and transport.... Read More
  • Hactl stages seventh international competition

    Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – the major air cargo handler at the world’s largest cargo hub – has once again staged its annual International Forklift and Pallet Building Competition in mid-January. This year’s overall champion was Air Canada Cargo.... Read More
  • GMR seeks $800M comp from Maldives

    An Indian-Malaysian consortium led by GMR Infrastructure is seeking compensation of more than US$800 million from the Maldives after the government cancelled a deal to run the island nation’s main airport and took over operations.... Read More
  • Asia Airfreight Terminal sees 12% Nov jump

    Asia Airfreight Terminal, Hong Kong International Airport’s second cargo terminal, reported tonnage throughput in November of 69,150 tonnes, rising 12 per cent from November 2011.... Read More
  • Incheon promotes biodegradable packaging

    Incheon International Airport Corporation announced that the airport helped supply biodegradable vinyl packages by supporting 50 per cent of the purchasing costs of almost 7,360 environmentally-friendly biodegradable vinyl packages for ground service companies (Korea Airport Service, Swissport, AACT) at the airport as the Fourth Green Cargo Hub project.... Read More
  • Hactl bucks the industry trend in 2012

    Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – the major air cargo handler at the world’s largest air cargo hub – has reported the second best year in the company’s history. The fourth quarter in 2012 saw total traffic up 6.2 per cent on 2011, at 754,226 tonnes – the best total tonnage and best annual growth in any quarter since the beginning of 2011.... Read More
  • HKIA sets November cargo record

    Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) recorded increases in all three traffic categories in November 2012, including a monthly record high for cargo traffic. During the month, cargo throughput saw strong growth of 9.3 per cent over the same period last year to 374,000 tonnes to beat the previous record set in October 2010. Passenger traffic and flight movements also saw year-over-year growth of 5.5 per cent and 6.6 per cent respectively, with 4.6 million passengers and 29,710 flight movements handled.... Read More
  • Cathay’s HK terminal to open in phases

    Cathay Pacific Services Limited (CPSL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways established to design, build and operate the new Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport, has announced that the new terminal will commence operations on 21 February 2013 with launch customers Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair.... Read More

Belly Ache

  • Java no joke.

    One grande skinny de-caf late, hold the lithium please. Before we go further on this item, we have to fess up and say it like it is... we don’t claim to be highly trained technical experts, but we DO like drinking coffee (and not that skinny de-caf crap)...a lot.... Read More