July 2013

From the Editor

  • China+++

    While rummaging around in my virtual repository of information and ideas for something to focus on in this space, one thing occurred to me. I see, hear and consequently, write a lot less about China than I did a few years ago. I remember back in 2007 when I first took over as editor of this magazine it was all about China. Since then it has moved from the fabled golden land of air cargo to an important but less ‘shiny’ market as it was once was viewed. Other markets have now taken on increasing importance in what has become a sort of China+++ for the air cargo sector.... Read More


  • ULD & Perishables Supplement in August Issue

    Although ULDs have and continue to play a vital role in boosting the efficiency of air cargo, high oil prices, razor thin margins, market downturns and intensified competition have pushed carriers to look for ever lighter containers. Technology has played a key role in advancing ULDs from simple ‘tin cans’ to sophisticated composite structures and high-tech climate controlled containers. The rapid growth in the perishables trade – whether it be flowers from Africa or Latin America, food products, or sensitive bio-tech products and pharmaceuticals – has driven new demand for temperature controlled ULDs. Outsourcing trends have also continued as carriers look to shed costs wherever possible. The upcoming supplement in the August issue of Payload Asia will look at the key trends in the industry.... Read More
  • Ethiopian provides export capacity for Rwanda

    Ethiopian Airlines and the Rwandan government have reached a deal for Ethiopian to transport exports to Congo Brazzaville. According to the agreement between the Ethiopian flag carrier and RwandAir, Rwanda Development Board and traders, at least 30 tonnes of Rwanda’s exports to Brazzaville will be airlifted twice a week. This can be expanded to 60 tonnes depending on the demand of the products and expansion of market, officials said. Most of the products to be exported are vegetables, meat, milk, flour and other agricultural products. Although RwandAir flies to Brazzaville, it could not satisfy the cargo demand due to lack of cargo capacity because of limited belly capacity on its fleet of passenger aircraft.... Read More
  • Ethiopian to set up West Africa hub in Togo

    Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian Airlines has said it intends to operate flights to more than ten African destinations out of Lomé, Togo, encompassing cities like Accra in Ghana, Benin’s capital Cotonou, Libreville in Gabon or Ivory Coast’s vibrant metropolis Abidjan. Lomé is home of Ethiopian’s local offspring, ASKY Airlines, which operates three B737-700s and three Dash 8 Q400 passenger aircraft, all of which are wet-leased from Ethiopian Airlines (ET). The regional carrier feeds the ET flights by connecting to various West African cities.... Read More
  • Horticulture exporters eye Korean market

    Ethiopian vegetable and fruit exporters are closely eyeing the South Korean market with the launch of direct flights to Seoul by Ethiopian Airlines. The export market for Ethiopian produce is currently limited to Europe and the Middle East, while there is significant demand in other parts of the world. Direct flights between Addis Ababa and the Korean capital began on 17 June.... Read More
  • Ethiopian signs MoU with Djibouti airport

    Ethiopian Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Djibouti International Airport for the provision of sea-air and air-sea cargo transport of goods in East Africa.” As the largest air cargo service provider in Africa, we are a serious player in moving trade, commerce and investment, which are the engines of fast economic development in the continent. The cooperation framework with our longtime partner, Djibouti airport, will enable us to offer new menu of choice, sea-air multimodal transport services, to our shippers, forwarders, and logistics providers in Africa”, said Tewolde.... Read More
  • Nigeria to establish 13 perishable centres

    To benefit from Africa’s N250 billion (US$1.6 billion) annual air freight market, Nigeria has designated 13 airports as perishable cargo airports. The idea is to transform the aviation sector into a major revenue earner for the country said Yakubu Dati, coordinating general manager, Aviation Parastatals.... Read More
  • Kenya’s Siginon receives ISAGO certification

    Kenya’s Siginon Aviation, has been awarded the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certificate. The certification comes after a rigorous audit by the IATA team to satisfy that Siginon is in compliance with the laid out ISAGO procedures in ensuring safety operations in airport ground operations. Siginon Aviation becomes the second provider in Kenya, to be awarded the ISAGO certification.... Read More
  • Clear pointers, direction and targets: GACAG chief

    The Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) must build on its achievements of the last two years and provide “clear pointers, direction and targets,” said its new chairman, Oliver Evans. “GACAG is very much a collaborative effort and therefore each member carries equal responsibility and weight. It is a great honour for each of us to have the responsibility to speak on behalf of the entire air cargo industry, thanks to our efforts to form such a powerful coalition. We have achieved much in the past two years, but the opportunities ahead are greater still.... Read More
  • B787-9 is Boeing’s next freighter platform

    Boeing has picked the B787-9 Dreamliner as the variant to be used for a future freighter, a step toward opening a new market for the plane and extending a lead over Airbus in the freighter market. The model will be based on the B787-9, the mid-sized version of the aircraft in that family and eventually the replacement for the B767 freighter, Boeing Commercial Airplanes VP Mike Bair said at the Paris Air Show, according to Bloomberg. “At some point in the far distant future the -9 is the freighter platform,” Bair said without specifying a timeline. “It’s the longest range version and because of that it ends up being the highest-density freighter that we could make.”... Read More
  • Cathay fined by Canadian watchdog

    A Canadian court fined Cathay Pacific Airways C$1.5 million (US$1.4 million) last month after the airline admitted taking part in an air cargo price-fixing cartel, Canada’s Competition Bureau said. The airline’s guilty plea related to navigation surcharges Cathay imposed on international air cargo shipments to and from Canada between April 1999 and August 2003, the bureau said in a statement. Other carriers that have pleaded guilty to fixing cargo surcharges include Air France-KLM SA, Cargolux Airlines International SA, British Airways, Martinair Holland NV, Qantas Airways Ltd and Korean Air Lines Co Ltd.... Read More
  • AEI sees rising B737-400SF P2F orders

    Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), has been awarded a number of orders from three operators, including: Farnair Europe, ASL Aviation Group and Yangtze River Express/HNA. Farnair Europe placed a firm order for four B737-400SF 11 Pallet Configuration conversions along with an option for four additional conversions. The first aircraft, a high gross weight B737-400 will undergo freighter modification in August of 2013 at AEI’s Authorised Conversion Center, Commercial Jet.... Read More
  • Belly capacity will dent volume growth: Drewry

    May marked the start of a slight downward trend in air freight rates, according to Drewry’s East-West Air Freight Price Index with the weighted average of 21 east-west trades falling by 1.8 points to 97. Last year’s index showed prices falling in June and July, with a slight pick up in August.... Read More
  • V-D flies Ukrainian ‘Lybid’ satellite

    Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered the Ukrainian ‘Lybid’ satellite payload, from Montreal Canada to Krasnoyarsk Russia, onboard one of its IL-76TD-90VD freighter aircraft.... Read More
  • Cargolux begins B747-8F service to Brazil

    Cargolux began operating a B747-8 freighter to Sao Paulo Viracopos – the first commercial operation of the B747-8 into Brazil. Since that first purchase in 2011, Cargolux has now deployed its B747-8 freighters to 78 destinations worldwide. Cargolux, together with Boeing, welcomed the clearance of Viracopos airport for B747-8 operations by the Brazilian authorities.... Read More
  • New Europe-Central Asia airfreight service

    To meet what it says is growing demand for a secure one-stop solution for high-value products, ART Logistics has launched a new airfreight service connecting Europe to Central Asia. The new service is focused on moving highvalue goods from France and Italy to Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan.... Read More
  • A350 XWB makes maiden flight

    The first A350 XWB made its maiden flight from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France on 14 June successfully completing its first flight that lasted four hours and five minutes (245 minutes). Congratulating the A350 XWB development team, Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Bregier added: “I would also like to extend my gratitude to all our teams in the design offices, at programme and manufacturing level, the ground crews as well as our colleagues in airlines and suppliers and many others who helped define this all-new aircraft. The A350 XWB which has flown today, integrating the latest available technologies, is now entering the final stage of its development. And it is ready. Ready to head towards certification and entry-into-service in the second half of next year.”... Read More
  • Cargolux begins Atlanta-Munich service

    Cargolux Airlines International has announced the introduction of a new weekly B747-400 freighter service between Atlanta and Munich via Luxembourg from 3 June 2013. The main import customer for the new Cargolux service is the German freight forwarder Senator International Spedition GmbH, a leading international freight forwarding company. “Import tonnage on this flight mostly originates in the United States and Asia. At the same time Munich offers us an excellent opportunity to consolidate general cargo intended for other areas in our network”, said Richard Forson, Cargolux interim president and CEO.... Read More
  • Aeroflot pulls plug on MD-11 fleet

    Russia’s Aeroflot Cargo has said it will cease operation of all MD-11 freighters due to the mounting costs of under utilisation. The carrier announced on 18 June it would terminate their Frankfurt- Hahn freighter services following a decision by Aeroflot’s Executive Board. This will be followed by either the parking of the three MD-11Fs in its fleet, or returning them to lessor, Boeing Capital.... Read More
  • Norwegian Cargo says no price slashing

    The new cargo venture of Scandinavian low cost carrier Norwegian, which launched B787 long-haul operations between Oslo, Norway and Bangkok, Thailand and New York’s JFK Airport, says it will not undercut market freight rates. Bjorn Erik Barman-Jenssen, the airline’s director ground operations, in-flight services and cargo has been reported as saying:... Read More
  • V-D positions IL-76TD-90VD at Paris-Vatry

    Volga-Dnepr Airlines has reached an agreement with Paris-Vatry Airport to base its new IL-76TD-90VD freighter aircraft at the airport to meet growing demand for quiet and environmentfriendly air charter operations. From early June Volga-Dnepr is basing up to three aircraft from its IL-76TD-90VD fleet at the airport to the east of Paris.... Read More
  • Cargolux expands Middle East network to Muscat

    Cargolux Airlines International announced that the airline will add Muscat, Oman from 29 June 2013 as a new destination to its network. Muscat becomes the 79th Cargolux destination served with its B747-8 freighter. Last year, Oman announced the transformation of Muscat International Airport into an international gateway and air freight logistics hub and the construction of a new cargo terminal, capable of handling 260,000 tonnes annually, with a further planned expansion to 500,000 tonnes. The construction, stretched over three phases, includes an increase of warehouse space from 7,000 sqm to 34,000 sqm. The current freight terminal operates at its maximum capacity of 100,000 tonnes.... Read More
  • Shifting cargo suspected in Afghan crash

    Crash investigators in Afghanistan have said that quickly shifting cargo of heavy military vehicles contributed to the crash of a National Air Cargo B747-400F on 29 April in which all seven people aboard were killed. As the aircraft began to take off from the Bagram Air Base, the vehicles slammed into the back of the cargo space so hard that parts of the plane broke off and were left on the runway, officials said. With the centre of gravity pushed too far backward, the nose rose too high for the plane to fly.... Read More
  • New global brand campaign for Etihad Cargo

    Etihad Cargo has unveiled a new global advertising campaign, its first since rebranding from Etihad Crystal Cargo to Etihad Cargo more than one year ago. With the tagline: ‘The world is our business. Let us take care of yours,’ Etihad Cargo will run the major new brand campaign across 24 countries, supported by print and digital media advertising.... Read More
  • Saudi takes delivery of two more B747-400Fs

    Saudi Airlines Cargo is expanding its dedicated fleet of charter aircraft with the arrival of two more B747-400 freighters. Saudi Cargo’s latest additions will form part of its 15-strong fleet composed of four MD11s, two B747- 8Fs, seven B747-400s and two B747-200 aircraft. Of these aircraft, 12 will be used for Saudi’s scheduled services to 27 freighter destinations worldwide, while its charter business will benefit from 3 dedicated B747 freighters.... Read More
  • Etihad goes double daily to Kuala Lumpur

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will add a new daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur to offer a double daily service from 15 July 2013. The flights will be operated using two A330-200 aircraft dry leased from partner airline, India’s Jet Airways.... Read More
  • Tunisia’s Syphax Airlines orders the A320s

    Syphax Airlines, a new Tunisian based airline, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to buy three A320neo. The order is the first time an African based carrier has ordered the NEO and the carrier has also ordered three A320ceo aircraft. The aircraft will be powered by CFM engines. The airline already operates two A319 and three A320 aircraft and will shortly commence operating a leased A330-200.... Read More
  • Etihad, Atlas begin ‘round-the-world’ service

    Etihad Cargo, in conjunction with Atlas Air Worldwide, has begun its first round-the-world freighter service from 30 May. The new service connects Etihad Cargo’s Abu Dhabi hub with destinations in Asia, the US, South America and Europe. Miami (US), Viracopos (Brazil), and Quito (Ecuador) will become part the round-the-world Abu Dhabi-Hong Kong-Chicago- Miami-Viracopos-Quito-Amsterdam- Abu Dhabi freighter service offered with an Etihad Cargo-liveried B747-8 Freighter. Etihad Cargo signed a multiyear Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) agreement with Atlas Air to operate the new schedule.... Read More
  • Bank objects to Gopinath’s airline application

    The State Bank of India (SBI) has raised objections to the proposal of Captain GR Gopinath to float a budget airline saying that the company which he had led in the past is yet to repay loans, according to an Economic Times report. SBI managing director and CFO Diwakar Gupta said the bank had written to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) registering its objections to Gopinath’s proposal.... Read More
  • Air New Zealand gives up anti-trust fight

    Air New Zealand, the only one of 11 airlines not to settle an anti-trust suit over cargo with New Zealand’s Commerce Commission, has withdrawn a court challenge to the settlement deal. The airline has agreed to pay as yet unspecified costs to the regulator and the two sides have sought a penalty hearing, according to a joint statement from the airline and the regulator.... Read More
  • Cargo continues to lag: AAPA

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of May released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed marginal improvement in air cargo demand and further growth in international passenger traffic.... Read More
  • Cebu Pacific takes on first A330-300

    The Philippines largest carrier Cebu Pacific, has taken delivery of its first A330-300. The aircraft is one of four A330s being leased by Cebu Pacific from US lessor CIT Group – with options for four more – and will be used to launch the carrier’s new long haul low fare operation. The carrier has specified a single class layout for its A330 fleet seating 436 passengers – the most densely configured A330 in the market. The first A330-300 arrived in Manila on 14 June with three more slated to arrive by the second quarter of 2014.... Read More
  • South Korean airlines ban shark fin cargo

    Korean Air said in a statement that it had stopped shipping shark’s fin from 10 June. “Korean Air has joined a campaign to protect an ecological system by imposing a complete ban on the shipment of shark fin,” the carrier said. Asiana, the country’s second largest airline, said it was following suit. “Our airline has decided to stop shipping shark fin,” an Asiana spokeswoman told AFP, without saying when the ban would be enforced.... Read More
  • Purchasing Managers Index up slightly in May

    The global manufacturing sector saw a marginal expansion of production and new business during May according to the JP Morgan Global Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers Index). The index registered 50.6 in May, compared with 50.4 in April with the gradual pace of expansion indicating at least some marginal growth in the manufacturing sector. It also marks the seventh successive month of expansion.... Read More
  • Air China Cargo firms up Frankfurt, Amsterdam

    After three months of chartered flights, Air China Cargo formalised two of its cargo routes to Europe, on which it uses B747-400 freighter equipment. “The formal operation of Shanghai- Zhengzhou-Amsterdam and Shanghai- Chongqing-Frankfurt air routes further improves our freight airline network originating from Shanghai hub, optimises the global layout of our air route network and establishes a new fast passage for cargo transportation between China and Europe,” Titus Diu, COO of Air China Cargo, said.... Read More
  • China Cargo Airlines joins SkyTeam Cargo

    China Cargo Airlines (CCA), a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines, officially joined the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance becoming the 11th member carrier. “SkyTeam Cargo is a unique global Cargo Alliance with high growth and vibrancy and is highly recognised by its customer-focused freight products with uniform standards, as well as its unique one roof programme,” noted Shan Chuanbo, senior VP alliances of China Eastern Airlines.... Read More
  • Continuing cargo decline for Cathay, Dragonair

    Cathay Pacific Airways combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for May 2013 again show a year-on-year drop in cargo and mail tonnage and the number of passengers carried. The two airlines carried 121,529 tonnes of cargo and mail in May, a drop of 1.5 per cent compared to May 2012.... Read More
  • China Airlines Cargo signs Envirotainer deal

    Seeing the potential of the cold chain market, China Airlines (CI) recently signed a contract with Envirotainer, a world-leader in secure cold chain logistics solutions. The cooperation between these two parties allows them to offer logistical services to clients in the healthcare market, said China Airlines Cargo.... Read More
  • C-F’s time-critical mission to Entebbe

    When an aircraft in Entebbe met with an AOG (aircraft on ground) situation due to engine problems, Chapman Freeborn’s cargo charter teams in Belgium, Uganda and Singapore worked together to complete a complicated, time-critical cargo charter. The replacement engine was delivered to Luxembourg from Singapore on a B747F part charter and then loaded an Ilyushin IL-76 full charter that was waiting at the airport.... Read More
  • SIA Cargo parks another freighter

    Singapore Airlines Cargo has parked another B747-400 freighter at Victorville, California as a result of a continuing capacity surplus. The aircraft will be put into storage in June 2013 and under current plans will remain out of service until May 2014. This is the second freighter aircraft placed in temporary storage following the first in December 2012.... Read More
  • ST Aero to offer 15-pallet P2F conversion

    ST Aerospace has announced it will launch the development of a new 15-pallet cargo configuration for its B757-200 freighter conversion programme which will incorporate winglets on the aircraft. Including this new configuration, ST Aerospace now offers a full suite of B757 freighter conversions, including: 8-pallet cargo-passenger combination configuration with a class E forward cargo compartment; 14.5-pallet cargo configuration with rigid barrier; and a 15-pallet cargo configuration with rigid barrier.... Read More
  • SIA places $17 billion Airbus/Boeing order

    Singapore Airlines has placed an order for 30 more A350-900s and 30 B787- 10Xs in deals valued at more than US$17 billion. The agreement with Airbus comprises 30 firm-ordered A350-900s for delivery from the 2016/17 financial year, plus options for 20 more. The options may be converted into firm orders for larger A350-1000s, the carrier added.... Read More
  • SIA sees ongoing demand contraction

    In May 2013, Singapore Airlines’ system-wide cargo traffic (measured in freight-tonne-kilometres) was 5.1 per cent lower year-on-year, while capacity decreased by 3.8 per cent. Consequently, cargo load factor decreased by 0.8 percentage points. SIA Cargo said traffic was generally weaker and did not match up with capacity changes on some route regions, except for Europe where traffic was a little ahead of capacity changes and South West Pacific where capacity was in line with traffic.... Read More
  • Tiger signs up ECS in new cargo focus

    Tiger Airways has signed a three-year strategic cargo partnership agreement with the ECS Group, appointing it as GSSA for its cargo business effective 1 July. Under this new partnership, ECS will represent and market Tiger’s cargo space on the group’s fleet of A320 aircraft including up to 50 flights daily ex-Singapore, along with ex-Philippines and ex-Indonesia.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • NetFreight now in the cloud

    NetFreight a web-based freight management and Customs processing package is now available ‘in the cloud’, following an extension of the alliance between its developer Impatex, and freight industry hardware specialists Albacore Systems.... Read More
  • TAP Cargo goes e-cargo with CHAMP

    TAP Cargo, the freight division of the biggest Portuguese carrier, has implemented a new cargo management system over their entire international network. The carrier opted for an integrated solution to fully automate its commercial, operations and accounting processes and chose CHAMP Cargosystems’ Cargospot Airline, Cargospot Handling, and Cargospot Revenue.... Read More
  • Air China to switch over to Unisys cargo system

    Unisys Corporation has announced that TravelSky, a leading provider of information technology solutions for China’s air travel and tourism industry, has selected the Unisys air cargo and logistics management solutions to offer as hosted services to China’s airlines.... Read More
  • Indonesia has moved to SITA’s enroute services

    Airline crews and controllers in the Jakarta Flight Information Region (FIR) will soon use a new, seamless, air-to-ground data link service from air transport communications specialist SITA. The new technology, which replaces voice services to exchange Air Traffic Control-related messages, including enroute services such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance (ADS) and Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) services.... Read More
  • Virgin Atlantic deploys Descartes’ cloud tech

    Unisys Corporation has announced thaIn an effort to standardise and automate airfreight operations, Virgin Atlantic Cargo has deployed Descartes’ cloudbased Global Air Messaging Gateway systems.... Read More
  • XL Airways France in ULD deal with CHEP

    XL Airways France, a specialist long-haul leisure carrier and CHEP Aerospace Solutions, a leading provider of outsourced Unit Load Device (ULD) and galley cart repair, maintenance and management services, have signed a ULD supply and management agreement, which includes a transition to fuel-saving composite containers. CHEP Aerospace Solutions will manage, maintain and repair the ULD fleet of XL Airways France during the three-year term of the agreement and will also supply new lightweight composite containers for the airline’s fleet of widebody aircraft.... Read More
  • E-Cargo conference calls for partnerships

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for strong partnerships to promote air cargo competitiveness through e-commerce technology at the IATA e-cargo conference held in Geneva 18-19 June. “An electronic revolution is transforming logistics and transport, creating a fundamental change in the security, safety, efficiency and reliability of air freight,” IATA said.... Read More
  • New Lufthansa Systems data centre in Singapore

    Lufthansa Systems announced that its new data center in Singapore has gone into operation. The IT service provider said it can now offer its customers in Asia a wide range of infrastructure services that meet the highest standards. Most importantly, all requirements including those for data privacy during operation are fulfilled by hosting the data in Asia.... Read More


  • DHL partners YHF for Chengdu/Moscow service

    DHL Global Forwarding has developed a multi-modal means to reduce transit time between Western China and Russia by up to 40 days compared to ocean freight at one-sixth the cost of air freight. The solution builds upon DHL’s latest multi-modal service launched earlier this year in partnership with YHF Logistics, operator of the Chengdu Express Train service that runs along China’s West Corridor. The once-a-week, door-to-door service starts in Chengdu, China and runs along China’s West Corridor to DHL’s intermodal hub in Malaszewicze, Poland. Leveraging and expanding on this service, goods originating from various locations in China bound for Russia can now be trucked to Chengdu, transported from Chengdu to Malaszewicze by train and then trucked to Moscow – all within 20 days.... Read More
  • UPS opens Hangzhou healthcare facility

    UPS has announced the official opening of its new healthcare facility in Hangzhou, China. The move represents a major expansion of its Asia healthcare distribution network. “China represents one of the most important markets for UPS and our customers,” said Jim Barber, UPS International president. “To capture this growth of consumer demand in healthcare, as well as increase presence in China, we are investing in bringing the best-in-class solutions to our customers.”... Read More
  • Perishable network adds AMC cargo forwarder

    AMC Air Marine Cargo Inc. is the newest member office to join the Perishable Logistics Specialists Network – a Bangkok-based network of cold chain specialist member companies that work to build business and partnerships.... Read More
  • Jan de Rijk grows its intermodal transport

    Jan de Rijk Logistics has added a new intermodal connection between Neuss, Germany and Wels, Austria with 20 containers (45 foot) per week moving between the two cities, linking up customers in the Benelux and Germany with Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia. This will be ramped up to 50 containers per week in the coming months, the company said.... Read More
  • New temperature controlled product from DHL

    DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, has launched DHL Thermonet, a new air freight product tailored to the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector. This global service is a new addition to DHL’s network of Life Sciences and Healthcare facilities and offers customers a transparent and a regulatory compliant platform enabling them to manage their temperaturesensitive shipments of pharmaceutical products and medical devices.... Read More
  • 3 new logistics centres in China for Kerry

    Kerry Logistics, a leading global logistics service provider, has opened the doors on three new logistics centres with a combined total area of 140,000 sq. m. in Chongqing, Wuxi and Xiamen, as the company continues to strengthen its logistics network to better serve its customers’ needs in China. The company now owns and operates 17 logistics centres across China, with more under construction, providing customers with reliability and flexibility as they expand their businesses across China and the region.... Read More
  • Dachser continues SA expansion

    Dachser USA, the US division of the global logistics service provider, has recently opened an office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a bonded container freight station, I.B.E.C. and a bonded warehouse in Miami. Dachser also offers in-transit de-consolidation and on-forwarding services by combining the in-transit cargo with existing export consolidation cargo throughout the world, specifically, Latin America markets.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • FedEx announces early retirement of aircraft

    FedEx has announced it has immediately removed eight aircraft from its fleet including A310 and MD10 aircraft. It is also accelerating the retirement of 66 further MD10 and A310s but has not indicated a time-line for this. Analysts have estimated this will reduce FedEx’s capacity by nearly seven per cent.... Read More
  • DHL, customers pinpoint supply chain trends

    Together with its customers, global logistics provider DHL has identified a number of supply chain trends that will help shape the technology sector in the future. In June, at the company’s third annual global technology conference in Shanghai, China, over 250 technology experts from a broad range of leading companies met to discuss the fast changing dynamics of the technology market. Among the key findings was that competition within the sector is becoming more intense and that Asia’s importance as both a manufacturing location and a consumer market is growing. Both of these trends promise to amplify the role of logistics as a competitive differentiator in the technology industry, DHL said.... Read More
  • China’s e-commerce competition intensifies

    Competition continues to heat up in China’s e-commerce fulfillment realm as China’s two largest e-commerce companies, Alibaba and Jingdong (formerly known as 360Buy) go headto- head in the logistics and last-mile delivery space. Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma has said that he expected internet retailing volumes in China to increase eight-fold within ten years, seeing parcel activity of around 200 million items a day (as a point of comparison the current average daily US domestic package volume is about 15 million items per day).... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • LUG signs up Cathay at Frankfurt

    LUG aircargo handling, the oldest independent ground service company at Frankfurt-Main airport, has signed up a new client: Cathay Pacific Airways. The contract covers daily passenger flights and up to eight full freighter flights per week, effective 1 August. The new client considerably strengthens LUG’s portfolio of Far East carriers that includes ANA, China Southern, Korean Air Cargo, and Thai Cargo.... Read More
  • Etihad certifies WFS on quality standard

    Etihad Cargo has certified international ground handling services company Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) as a Preferred Handling Partner (PHP). Only companies who meet the high service performance standards of Etihad Cargo and can assure consistency in quality across their regional operations can be PHP certified, the carrier said. Etihad Cargo has specific performance benchmarks in the areas of safety, security management, regulatory compliance, training, IT interfaces, business planning and risk management.... Read More
  • Expeditors opens pharma hub at Brussels Airport

    Global logistics company, Expeditors, has opened a state-of-the-art facility for temperature critical products at BRUcargo, the dedicated cargo area at Brussels Airport. The new healthcare facility, in partnership with Aviapartner, is strategically located at a first line location at Brussels Airport. The direct ramp connection of the warehouse greatly minimises the risk of transporting temperature controlled products off airport property to temporary storage. The 1,500 sqm facility is designed with the space and capacity to handle a wide variety of temperature sensitive shipment sizes. With both controlled room temperature (+15C to +25C) and refrigerated (+2C to +8C) fully monitored storage, the Expeditors healthcare facility will help shippers maintain product integrity while in-transit through BRUcargo.... Read More
  • Myanmar airport gears up for growth

    Yangon International Airport (YIA) in Myanmar is gearing up for projected 20 per cent annual growth with new common-use systems from air transport IT specialist, SITA, as the country welcomes more visitors and international airlines. The recent investment in the airport’s infrastructure comes as Myanmar prepares for a surge of visitors for the 27th South East Asian Games, which the country will host in November 2013.... Read More
  • Airports, airlines need unified coop agenda

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for a unified agenda between airlines and airports to address the mutual challenges of growth and sustainability. “Airports are airlines’ closest partners. Neither of us could exist without the other,” said Tony Tyler, IATA director general and CEO. Speaking at the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe/ World Annual Congress and Exhibition in Istanbul, Tyler noted that major investments in infrastructure will be needed to meet the global demand for air connectivity which is growing at about five per cent annually.... Read More
  • Auckland woos Panalpina to new facility

    The Panalpina Group, one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions, is the latest in a string of global companies to join Auckland Airport’s rapidly expanding Business District with the opening of its new premises from mid-next year. Panalpina will move into a newly designed and built warehouse and office facility which will be the group’s head office in New Zealand, comprising a 3,000 square metre warehouse and a 600 square metre office.... Read More
  • ALC welcomes Sydney Airport master plan

    The draft Sydney Airport Master Plan contains a number of proposals that have the potential to improve freight efficiency in and around the airport, according to the Australian Logistics Council. “ALC welcomes Sydney Airport’s renewed focus on freight in its Master Plan and commends it for taking a proactive approach to meet rising demand over the coming decades,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC managing director.... Read More

Cover Story

  • AMI introduces cargo wholesaling to India

    In a first-ever move in air freight, the country recently saw the introduction of tradeonly air cargo wholesaling. Many in the industry were completely unaware of the concept before it was introduced by Air Menzies International (AMI). By Manfred Singh.... Read More
  • Changing of the guard: Ram Menen bids adieu

    A visionary, a pillar of the industry, an industry icon – the descriptors come fast and furious if you ask any air cargo executive of Ram Menen’s preeminent status within and even outside the industry. After more than 40 years in the industry any attempt to compile a list of the former head of Emirates SkyCargo’s achievements would quite literally run into many hundreds of words. Donald Urquhart speaks with Ram Menen about his career and what retirement holds in store for him.... Read More


  • Sri Lanka hosts 40th Executive Council Meeting

    The Sri Lanka Freight Forwarders Association (SLFFA) hosted the 40th Executive Council Meeting and AGM of the Federation of Asia Pacific Aircargo Associations (FAPAA) in Negombo, Sri Lanka for the third time in the 28 year history of the organisation. The meetings, held over two days at the Jetwing Blue Hotel Negombo, were attended by delegates from 16 member countries and regions of the Asia Pacific. FAPAA brings together the members once a year, to provide an opportunity to learn from one another on developments within the industry and share information on important practical and technical aspects of the air freight forwarding industry.... Read More

EUROPEAN air cargo Supplement

  • Garuda and Jan de Rijk team up in Europe

    Together with it’s expanding fleet, Garuda looks to expand its flight network to Europe and Jan de Rijk will provide trucking services to redistribute cargo to the rest of the European cities.... Read More
  • Embracing innovation and new technology

    It looks like it’s a general consensus amongst the various sectors in the air cargo industry that the existing business models are stagnating because of the resistance to change. In essence, there needs to be an overhaul to embrace new technology – and fast.... Read More
  • Brescia on the cusp of a new era

    At the recent Air Cargo Europe even, amidst the vibrancy of the atmosphere, few significant deals were reached. One of these deals that might just turn out to be untapped goldmine is the Brescia airport which has signed an agreement with Vector Aviation to have cargo flights from Saigon to Brescia.... Read More
  • AF-KLM-Martinair press on with transformation

    After recording major losses over the past few years, Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo looks to bounce back and the progress it has been making is seemingly steady.... Read More

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