March 2013

From the Editor

  • The end of the Golden Age?

    An interesting report was recently authored by Merrill Lynch and while aimed more at the ocean forwarding side, it clearly has relevance for the air freight forwarding sector. Entitled ‘After the Golden Age’, it outlines Merrill Lynch’s opinion that “the structural growth story for the freight forwarding industry is being gradually undermined by changes in world trade patterns”.... Read More

Cover Story

  • South African anchors in Africa, but eyes Asia

    In this current air cargo environment any idea of what lays ahead is frustratingly difficult and perhaps even more so for the cargo division of South African Airways (SAA), for not only does it face the challenge of a global market downturn, but internal uncertainties as well. But with an airline turnaround plan in the works and a successful cargo division with a sensible strategy to tap Africa’s burgeoning trade, things are looking up. Donald Urquhart reports from Johannesburg, South Africa.... Read More



  • AA eyes Sao Paulo from Chicago, LA

    American Airlines has asked the US Department of Transportation for the right to offer daily flights from Chicago and Los Angeles to Sao Paulo, Brazil.... Read More
  • PEMCO, AERGO induct first two B737-400

    PEMCO World Air Services and AERGO Cargo Solutions (a commercial aircraft lessor) have inducted the first two aircraft of a 20-aircraft conversion deal.... Read More
  • AEI gets STC for MD-80SF conversions

    Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA for McDonnell Douglas MD-80SF passenger-to-freighter conversion. The STC includes the conversion of the MD-81, MD-82, MD-83 and MD-88 models of which there were 779 passenger units manufactured. The prototype aircraft is an MD-82SF built in 1987, with modification touch labour performed by AEI’s Authorised Conversion Centre, Commercial Jet, located in Miami, Florida.... Read More
  • LATAM impacted by weaker imports

    Cargo traffic for LATAM Airlines Group decreased 1.1 per cent in January 2013 compared to January 2012 as capacity increased 4.9 per cent.... Read More
  • Lufthansa further taps growing Mexico market

    Lufthansa Cargo is laying on new MD-11 freighter services to Guadalajara in Mexico from 2 March 2013. The cargo airline will then be connecting the metropolis in the Mexican highlands with the Frankfurt hub. The twice-weekly flights to and from Frankfurt are routed via Chicago and Mexico City.... Read More
  • AEI to do Bombardier CRJ P2F conversions

    Bombardier Aerospace has entered into an agreement with Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) of Miami, Florida, US to become a Bombardier-licensed third-party supplemental type certificate (STC) provider for passenger-to-freighter conversions for Bombardier CRJ100 and CRJ200 aircraft. The programme development costs are being fully funded by AEI and the modification touch labour will be performed at AEI’s Authorised Conversion Centre, Commercial Jet in Miami. The freighters will be marketed by AEI as CRJ100 and CRJ200 Special Freighter (SF) aircraft.... Read More
  • IAG Cargo boosts Shanghai capacity

    IAG Cargo announced additional cargo capacity to businesses in China with a new passenger service operating between Shanghai Pudong International Airport and London Heathrow from 31 March. The weekly B777 service increases the frequency to seven flights a week and represents an additional capacity of 42 tonnes on the route.... Read More
  • Volga-Dnepr ‘floats’ boats to Africa

    Two cutter vessels became flying boats when they were carried from Aquaba in Jordan to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, onboard one of Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ AN-124-100 freighters. Volga- Dnepr has extensive experience of transporting boats and submersibles around the world, including yachts, submarines and patrol boats. The nature of these cargoes often requires detailed planning, engineering and the use of special handling and loading equipment, the airline said.... Read More
  • Tentative stabilisation of air cargo markets

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released global air freight demand statistics for January 2013 showing a stabilisation of air freight markets on the back of encouraging growth towards the end of 2012.... Read More
  • Air France-KLM cargo losses deepen

    Air France-KLM’s cargo division is facing a “drastic and substantial reorganisation” after posting a €222 million full-year operating loss, compared to a €60 million loss in 2011. “This result cannot be satisfactory.... Read More
  • US Airways appoints EFIS Air in France

    US Airways has appointed EFIS Air, a subsidiary of ECS Group, as its cargo general sales agent in France. The new contract extends the working relationship between the two companies in Europe.... Read More
  • IATA applauds ICAO environment progress

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the agreement on a new noise standard with more stringent requirements for future aircraft achieved by the International Civil Aviation Organizsation (ICAO).... Read More
  • Cargolux confident with strategic roadmap

    The Board of Directors of Cargolux Airlines International S.A. has approved the airline’s business plan for the period from 2013 to 2017. The key elements of the business plan include: Retaining the single fleet philosophy and leveraging the improved efficiency of the B747-8 freighter; pursuing profitable, moderate fleet growth and optimise daily fleet utilisation; achieving permanent efficiency gains and increased levels of flexibility in terms of cost and capacity; and enhancing growth and cost competitiveness with a return to profitability in 2014.... Read More
  • Cargolux lifts Solar Impulse

    In a one-of-its-kind operation, Cargolux Airlines operated a B747 freighter out of the Swiss military airfield of Payerne, carrying the solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse to the US. Solar Impulse will be deployed for its ‘Across America’ mission on a coast-to-coast flight from San Francisco to Washington DC and New York City, including 3-4 stopovers on the way.... Read More
  • Finnair has high hopes for Chicago service

    A new service to and from Chicago is part of Finnair Cargo’s expansion this summer from its Helsinki and Brussels hubs. The new nonstop freighter service will provide direct links not only between North America and Europe but to 14 Asian destinations, including India, China and Japan. The carrier’s expanded freight service to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport is being welcomed by shippers and forwarders in the US Midwest, said Dick Augustine, Finnair Cargo’s general service and sales agent in Chicago.... Read More
  • IATA pushes Secure Freight agenda

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has identified four priorities to make air cargo more secure and urged stakeholders to move forward on the implementation of the Secure Freight principles. Secure Freight was initiated by IATA to promote global security standards in order to facilitate safe, secure and efficient operations of air cargo.... Read More
  • Etihad adds KLM freighter

    Etihad Airways has signed a wet-lease contract with KLM–Martinair Cargo to provide the UAE flag carrier with a B747-400ERF freighter. The aircraft, with a payload capacity of 124 tonnes, will be used by Etihad Cargo to link the two cargo hubs of Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam, and to increase capacity to Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Dhaka.... Read More
  • Jordanian starts first Algiers service

    Royal Jordanian Airlines has started regular direct A320 services to the Algerian capital, Algiers from late last month, connecting Jordan and Algeria for the first time in the carrier’s history.... Read More
  • flydubai Cargo starts operations in Russia

    Dubai low cost carrier, flydubai, has announced the launch of flydubai Cargo in Russia, providing an affordable and convenient outbound cargo service to complement the existing inbound service. Flydubai operates regular flights from four Russian cities: Kazan, Samara, Ufa and Yekaterinburg, to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a fleet of B737-800 aircraft.... Read More
  • Qatar begins daily Cambodia service

    Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight to the Kingdom Of Cambodia touched down in the capital Phnom Penh in late February, further extending the airline’s reach in the Asia Pacific region. With the launch of daily scheduled A330 services, Qatar Airways becomes the only Middle Eastern airline flying to the South East Asian nation – and destination number 125 served worldwide.... Read More
  • Emirates announces new Philippine service

    Emirates has announced that from 1 October 2013 it will begin daily, non-stop flights to Clark International Airport using B777-300ER equipment, the airline’s second destination in the Philippines after Manila. Clark International Airport is located in the province of Pampanga in Central Luzon, which is 80 kilometres to the north of Manila. Its strategic location means it has a catchment area of 17 million people.... Read More
  • Qatar forced to delay Chicago, Chengdu

    Qatar Airways is set to launch passenger flights to Chicago from its Doha hub from 10 April marking the carrier’s fourth US gateway. Although originally planned to be daily, the nonstop Doha – Chicago route will now be operated three-times-a-week, growing to daily service from 15 June.... Read More
  • Etihad continues Africa expansion

    Continuing its African expansion, Etihad Airways has signed a strategic commercial partnership agreement with Kenya Airways with the carrier adding this will lead to greater collaboration between the airlines’ cargo operations.... Read More
  • Qatar Airways talks business in Catalonia

    High level meetings between Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker and senior officials of Catalonia have taken place in Barcelona on the back of yesterday’s announcement that the airline is to be a strategic partner of football giants FC Barcelona.... Read More
  • AirAsia takes India plunge with Tata

    its approval of a proposal by Malaysia’s AirAsia to initially invest about 800 million rupees (US$14.5 million) to start a budget airline in a joint venture with Tata Sons Ltd. and another local company.... Read More
  • Call for revival of air freight station

    Chairman of the Logistics Committee of Southern India Chamber of Commerce & Industry, G. Raghu Sankar, appealed to senior officials of the Civil Aviation Ministry at a recent seminar in Chennai to revive the concept of an air freight station (AFS).... Read More
  • South Korea’s Jin Air sees strong 2012

    Low cost South Korean carrier Jin Air, a subsidiary of Korean Air, has recorded its best-ever financial results since its establishment in 2008, with a higher than average growth rate compared to general worldwide airline industry results, it said. Jin Air’s 2012 performance shows sales figures reached KRW247.5 billion (US$228 million) and operating profit and net profit reached KRW14.5 billion (US$13 million) and KRW 9.8 billion (US$9 million) respectively. The carrier attributed its performance to its ‘Blue Ocean Strategy’ of new route expansion based on expansion into routes that other low cost carriers have not entered.... Read More
  • January Asia-Pacific cargo up 4.3%

    The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) reported preliminary traffic figures in January showed demand for air cargo strengthened in advance of the Chinese New Year holiday period, which fell in February this year, versus January last year.... Read More
  • Cebu Pacific goes with HAECO on A330s

    Cebu Pacific Air, the Philippines’ largest carrier, has appointed Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd. (HAECO) as the provider of engineering services for its fleet of up to eight A330- 300 aircraft.... Read More
  • Changi sees January cargo spurt

    Singapore Changi Airport saw airfreight movements rise 2.5 per cent year-on-year in January, as air shipments picked up ahead of the Lunar New Year period. A total of 140,300 tonnes of cargo passed through Changi Airport during the month.... Read More
  • SIA sees narrowing of cargo losses

    The Singapore Airlines Group recorded an operating profit of SGP$131 million (US$106.6 million) in the third quarter of the 2012-13 financial year, $26 million (-17 per cent) lower than a year ago, as cargo losses narrowed.... Read More
  • Cathay’s cargo continues altitude gain

    Cathay Pacific and Dragonair combined traffic figures for January 2013 show a continuation of cargo recovery at the group with a healthy year-onyear increase in cargo and mail tonnage carried compared to the same month in 2012. The growth occurred in two key markets – China and Southeast Asia – with 7.4 per cent year-on-year growth occurred in both.... Read More
  • Cathay Pacific orders more B747-8Fs

    Cathay Pacific Airways has ordered three more B747-8 freighters with options for five additional B777 freighters, an order, which is valued at US$1 billion. The new aircraft will increase Cathay Pacific’s B747-8 freighter fleet to 13 aircraft.... Read More
  • China Southern launches Zhengzhou-LAX service

    China Southern Airlines and Henan Airport Group jointly held the ‘China Southern Airlines (Zhengzhou) International Cargo Route and Network Products Promotion Reception’ recently, announcing the start of a Los Angeles International Airport- Zhengzhou Airport- Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (LAX-CGOCAN) freighter service. China Southern highlighted its freighter schedule, capacity, as well as its airline network and services while Zhengzhou XinZheng Airport demonstrated its cargo facility and handling capability.... Read More
  • The rise of Chengdu, Chongqing & Zhengzhou

    China’s manufacturing shift from traditional coastal areas to central and western China, where wages are lower, has produced a windfall for three airports – Chengdu, Chongqing and Zhengzhou – which have collectively surpassed Shanghai’s cargo volumes in 2012.... Read More
  • Air China orders eight B777 freighters

    Air China has signed an agreement with Boeing to buy a total of 31 passenger aircraft and freighters with a combined list price of US$4.83 billion, as it seeks to expand capacity and improve efficiency. Air China’s 51 per cent-owned Air China Cargo has also ordered eight B777 freighters, which will be delivered between 2013 and 2015.... Read More
  • Garuda announces non-stop London service

    Garuda Indonesia has announced it will launch direct services from Jakarta to London for the first time in Q4 2013. The route will be served with six weekly flights on the airline’s new B777-300 aircraft.... Read More
  • New security for Indonesian airports in the cards

    Four of the busiest airports in Indonesia will see a tightening of air cargo security this year to enhance screening of dangerous items, a move that has raissed concerns from businesses who say the extra measures will make the current “slow” service even less efficient.... Read More


  • DHL announces €40M Indonesian investment

    DHL Supply Chain, a leading provider of contract logistics solutions, announced last month an investment of €40 million over the next few years to further strengthen what it said was its market-leading position in Indonesia.... Read More
  • Pantos Logistics ties up with eBay Korea

    Global logistics provider operating 164 global networks, Pantos Logistics has established ePantos, a new-concept global delivery service, under a joint operation agreement with eBay Korea.... Read More
  • Norbert Dentressangle establishes in Vietnam

    The air and ocean freight forwarding division of Norbert Dentressangle has established a new representative office in Vietnam as part of its continued global expansion. A subsidiary of Norbert Dentressangle’s established Chinese freight forwarding business, the office in Hanoi extends Norbert Dentressangle’s presence in Asia and will initially focus on the provision of services between Vietnam and China to support the burgeoning trade between the two countries.... Read More
  • Panalpina first to be globally OHSAS 18001

    Panalpina has been awarded global OHSAS 18001: Health and Safety certification. Panalpina said it is the first and only multinational provider of supply chain solutions to achieve this certification globally. In addition, Panalpina was recertified globally to the standards ISO 9001: Quality and ISO 14001: Environment.... Read More
  • Record China-Vietnam growth for Logwin

    Logwin, a global leader in air and ocean freight and logistics services, said it has seen record growth on the Eastern China-Vietnam trade lane in 2012 across a broad range of industries. Intra-Asia trade, the world’s largest by volume, is growing as China-based manufacturers increasingly source raw materials, components and finished products from around Asia Pacific.... Read More
  • K+N targeting to outperform market

    Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) pledged to outperform the logistics market as it looks to replace CEO Reinhard Lange, who it announced is to step down for health reasons.... Read More
  • Panalpina profit dragged down by air freight

    Panalpina’s exposure to air freight and Europe-related trade lanes meant that group gross profit remained practically unchanged at CHF1.47 billion (US$1.55 billion), higher costs and various nonrecurring charges totalling CHF114 million impacted the bottom line with the group reporting a loss of CHF70 million.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • Hactl handles its largest-ever horse charter

    Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has handled the largest horse shipment on a single flight in its 37-year history. The shipment of 63 show-jumpers, which touched down on 24 February, were flown in from Liege by Lufthansa Cargo on a B747 chartered freighter to take part in the first Longines Hong Kong Masters at AsiaWorld-Expo from 28 February to 2 March. The event is Hong Kong’s first international show jumping event and the only five-star accredited competition on the equestrian calendar to take place in Asia.... Read More
  • Fraport renews contracts wins two new

    The year 2013 has started successfully for Fraport Cargo Services GmbH (FCS) with two major long-term customers renewing their contracts on a long-term basis, including Emirates Sky Cargo, which FCS has been servicing for more than 25 years. Emirates Sky Cargo is based in the centre of the FCS area with its own dedicated working lounge including an exclusive freight acceptance area.... Read More
  • Dubai Int’l sees rising cargo volumes

    Dubai International Airport handled 188,520 tonnes of freight in January 2013, an 8.6 per cent improvement from the 173,531 tonnes it handled in January 2012. Airport officials say this surge speaks to the “improved consumer confidence” seen throughout the US and Eurozone in January. “The latest data signals a return to robust growth in cargo volumes at Dubai International,” Also soaring during January were Dubai International Airport’s aircraft movements, which rose 5.6 per cent, year-on-year, to 31,332 movements.... Read More
  • New plan to help JFK regain cargo altitude

    A recently released 450-plus-page study commissioned by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and the New York City Economic Development Corp., has cut to the chase on what needs to be done to reverse the decade-long cargo decline at John F. Kennedy International Airport.... Read More
  • Dusseldorf welcomes first B747-800 flight

    Dusseldorf Airport recently welcomed its first B747-800 Freighter – the charter flight, operated by British Airways on behalf of a major Dùsseldorf forwarder, arrived in Dùsseldorf from Sharjah. After off-loading 45 tonnes of textiles, a consignment of 13 tonnes of electronics were loaded. The flight then flew to Frankfurt where it resumed its scheduled operations.... Read More
  • Hungarian air navigation centre inaugurated

    A new Hungarian air navigation centre was inaugurated late last month in Budapest. The high-tech centre will further advance the air transport infrastructure of both Hungary and Central Europe.... Read More
  • Liege Airport makes push for logistics hub

    Liege Airport recently celebrated the opening of a new cargo facility marking the start of the development of the new logistics zone ‘Cargo City North’.... Read More
  • DHL launches Oman service

    Oman Airports Management Company and DHL announced the launch of cargo flights linking Muscat International Airport with Dubai, with the inaugural flight planned for 1 March.... Read More


  • Swissport: Revenues up, cargo down

    Ground services provider Swissport International saw revenues rise 10 per cent in 2012, but saw its air cargo tonnage fall. The Swiss-based operator has reported total revenue of CHF1.9 billion (US$2 billion) for the year, up 10 per cent on 2011, results that include the impact of the acquisition of the former Flightcare operations in Spain and Belgium.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • FedEx Panda Express headed to Canada

    FedEx Express is set to deliver two pandas – Er Shun, a five-year-old female, and Da Mao, a four-year-old male – to Canadian zoos, its sixth flight of the FedEx Panda Express since the first in 2000. The animals will travel from Chengdu, China to Toronto using a dedicated charter flight on an MD-11F.... Read More
  • Deutsche Post DHL sees e-commerce boom

    Deutsche Post DHL forecast a rise in profits this year after robust demand for package delivery from online shoppers boosted its earnings in the final quarter of 2012. “As the market leader in the German parcel sector, we are strongly benefiting from the current e-commerce boom,” chief executive Frank Appel said.... Read More
  • France’s La Poste rides e-commerce boom

    GeoPost, the parcels and express division of the French Post Office, posted 4.1 per cent growth in its operating profit in 2012 over the previous year, to €403 million (US$526 million). Turnover rose by 7.3 per cent to reach €5.58 billion, “supported by a 5.6 per cent increase in volumes and innovative delivery service offerings”, the French state utility said.... Read More
  • DHL Express receives global ISO cert

    DHL Express has been awarded global ISO 9001:2008 certification confirming that it has met the requirements of the ISO standard for its Quality Management System across its worldwide operations.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • United Cargo approves two more tracking devices

    United Cargo, one of the world’s largest belly carriers, announced it will now accept two new tracking and monitoring devices on its entire mainline jet fleet of nearly 700 aircraft linking 381 airports across six continents.... Read More
  • ABC opts for CHAMP’s Weight & Balance

    Moscow headquartered AirBridgeCargo Airlines – the largest Russian cargo airline and part of Volga Dnepr Group – and CHAMP Cargosystems have extended their cooperation with ABC implementing CHAMP’s new Weight & Balance IT solution at ABC. CHAMP said the application helps airlines to improve management processes for optimal loading of aircraft thus saving costs, improving the bottom line, and driving up performance network wide.... Read More


  • Kenya Airways begins Nairobi hub strategy

    Reiterating Kenya Airways plans to turn Nairobi into a significant cargo hub for East Africa, Mbuvi Ngunze, COO of Kenya Airways, which last year launched its Safari Connection 747-400 freighter service in partnership with AirFrance-KLMMartinair, connecting the Kenyan capital with Amsterdam and Guangzhou, China said wide body freighters are in the plans.... Read More
  • Turkish Cargo bullish on Africa

    Turkish Airlines, in case anybody hasn’t already noticed, has serious ambitions. And so too for its cargo division which now has a global passenger belly network which it is increasingly supplementing with its freighters of choice – the A330-200F. In the vast and hugely diverse African continent the Istanbul-based cargo carrier offers belly capacity to 34 destinations – the latest being Libreville in Gabon (west, central Africa) with freighter operations to nine countries. Freighter destinations include: Casablanca, Mitiga, Algiers, Cairo, Khartoum, Lagos, Accra, Nairobi and Johannesburg.... Read More
  • OR Tambo strategically plotting cargo future

    While cargo has never had a sharp focus at South Africa’s main gateway airport and Africa’s largest and busiest, this is set to change in the coming years as the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) works alongside government and city officials to develop the airport and surrounding area into a world class logistics hub. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • Africa: Full of potential, but many problems

    A vast and diverse continent ripe with potential, but riddled with an equally diverse set of problems that threaten to stall the growth of air cargo, was the picture painted by speakers at the recent Air Cargo Africa event in Johannesburg.... Read More

Belly Ache

  • Waka waka!

    Waka waka! If the mood at the recent Air Cargo Africa event in Johannesburg is any indication, the industry must be smelling the invisible roses – tell-tail signs that the bleak, barren cargo winter is about to finally recede. Being the skeptical bunch we are however, we’re not entirely convinced on the whole flower thing – not even if it’s being pitched by the ever-enthusiastic Enno, who is only out-enthused by a certain Emirates celeb!... Read More