May 2013

From the Editor

  • Reality check

    After putting this issue together I’ve come to the realisation that it’s actually a bit of downer issue. It wasn’t really intended to paint a downbeat mood, but really that seems to be the underlying current in some of the pieces from the cover story to the economics pages to the supplement.... Read More


  • European Air Cargo Supplement in July Issue

    The upcoming European Air Cargo Supplement will examine current issues facing the European industry including the severe impact of the euro crisis and falter economic growth in many of Europe’s economies, how air cargo companies are positioning themselves for growth after the prolonged downturn, the impending European emissions trading scheme, the impact of intensified competition from the Gulf carriers, as well as coverage from the Air Cargo Europe event in Munich – both from the show floor and the conference sessions. This upcoming supplement will examine these issues and other key trends in the industry.... Read More
  • Avient Aviation continues operations

    Zimbabwe-based Avient Aviation is set to continue operations despite its sales arm, Avient Ltd, going into bankruptcy administration following crippling losses. The new sales wing, to be called AV Cargo Airlines has reportedly been given approval to carry out the business of former Avient Ltd, by the administrators. AV Cargo Airlines has already obtained funding and has secured new aircraft. The first of a possible three MD-11F aircraft is set to enter active service shortly, with a second scheduled for delivery in May. Avient, Zimbabwe’s only registered all-cargo operator, specialises in the Europe-Africa market with scheduled services offered from its hubs in Liège Bierset (LGG) and Dubai International (DXB) to eight west African destinations.... Read More
  • Avient Aviation continues operations

    Air Algérie has tendered for the purchase of 14 passenger aircraft – eight 150-seat, three 250-seat and three 70- seat passenger aircraft – and two 13-20 tonne-capacity freighters, as part of its fleet renewal plans. Air Algérie announced in January that, along with the retirement of its three ageing B767-300s, it was eyeing a future medium/long haul fleet based on B787-8s, B737-800s and A330-200s. Facing increased competition on its international and regional routes, the state-controlled airline plans to use the acquisition as part of a turnaround plan which will involve developing Algier Houari Boumediene (ALG) into a hub while reorienting the airline’s business model towards its previously neglected Africa market.... Read More
  • Air Algérie tenders for 14 pax, 2 cargo aircraft

    Air Algérie has tendered for the purchase of 14 passenger aircraft – eight 150-seat, three 250-seat and three 70- seat passenger aircraft – and two 13-20 tonne-capacity freighters, as part of its fleet renewal plans. Air Algérie announced in January that, along with the retirement of its three ageing B767-300s, it was eyeing a future medium/long haul fleet based on B787-8s, B737-800s and A330-200s. Facing increased competition on its international and regional routes, the state-controlled airline plans to use the acquisition as part of a turnaround plan which will involve developing Algier Houari Boumediene (ALG) into a hub while reorienting the airline’s business model towards its previously neglected Africa market.... Read More
  • Leone Airways to launch in June

    Sierra Leone-based Leone Airways is set to start operations from 1 June with tentative flights to be offered from Freetown Lungi International (FNA) to London Gatwick (LGW). Once the airline has become viable, operations will then spread to encompass domestic and regional flights.... Read More
  • New nonstop SFO-CDG for United Cargo

    United Cargo has introduced a new daily non-stop service between San Francisco International Air port (SFO) and Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) with B767 aircraft from 26 April. “With this new widebody service, we can serve your shipping needs to more destinations in Europe than any other US carrier,” United said. United Cargo is offering EXP and GEN freight services in addition to PetSafe, UASecure, QuickPak, TrustUA and TempControl on its flights between San Francisco and Paris.... Read More
  • Polar to start non-stop Cincinnati-Tokyo service

    Polar Air Cargo Worldwide has confirmed its plans to initiate a daily non-stop B747-400 express freighter service between Tokyo, Japan and Cincinnati, Ohio – the main US hub for DHL Express. The new service will complement a daily B747-400 flight from the Japanese industrial city of Nagoya to Cincinnati, facilitating next-day deliveries to the US from all major cities and industrial areas in Japan.... Read More
  • New AA Cargo service ORD-DUS

    Following the recent ‘New American’ tie up between their parent group and US Airways, American Airlines Cargo has begun a nonstop freight service between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Dusseldorf, Germany (DUS). Flying a B767-300F, the new service will aim to provide customers with more shipping options and offers Expedite and Expedite TC (Temperature Controlled) services. Pharmaceutical products, medical instruments and automotive and aircraft parts are expected to be key commodities between the two countries. DUS Cargo Logistics has been appointed as the carrier’s handling agent in Dusseldorf.... Read More
  • Rio Linhas Aéreas retires last B767-200F

    Rio Linhas Aéreas has retired its second of two B767-200Fs and will now continue operations with its remaining fleet of seven B727-200Fs. The B767-200F has been returned to lessor Cargo Aircraft Management while the Brazilian cargo operator awaits the arrival of three former Royal Air Maroc B737-400s that are currently stored at both Tampa International (TPA) and Kiev Borispol (KBP) awaiting conversion into freighters.... Read More
  • Boeing slows 747-8 production rate

    Boeing has announced that it will adjust the production rate for the 747-8 programme from two aircraft to 1.75 aircraft per month because of lower market demand for large passenger and freighter aircraft. Boeing said it will continue to monitor market conditions and their effect on production rates moving forward.... Read More
  • ICAO, TIACA to strengthen cooperation

    The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) have signed a Declaration of Intent to strengthen cooperation on technical matters. Under the terms of the new agreement, ICAO and TIACA will work more closely on air cargo and mail security and facilitation, accelerating the evolution from paper-based to electronic processes, environmental stewardship, the liberalisation of market access for air cargo services, and air cargo safety.... Read More
  • American Airlines Cargo loss improves

    AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines, reported a net loss of US$341 million for the first quarter of 2013, a 79.4 per cent improvement from the net loss of $1.7 billion for first quarter 2012. Excluding reorganisation and special items worth $349 million, the company’s quarterly profit was $8 million, a $256 million increase year-on-year and AMR’s first profitable first quarter since 2007.... Read More
  • IATA undertakes major restructuring

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an organisational restructuring of its main divisions and regional operations to better address the needs of its 240 member airlines, it said recently. Senior management changes were also announced to support the new structure which will take effect from 1 July 2013.... Read More
  • ‘Eccentric’ load proves Ruslan capabilities

    Ruslan International – the company which manages and markets the combined Antonov An-124 fleets of its shareholders Antonov Airlines and Volga Dnepr Airlines – has arranged the successful movement of a 101-tonne oil platform component from Bergen (Norway) to Busan (Korea) on an An-124 flight. Some 5,000 kilos of additional equipment, required for unloading at destination, were carried on a separate flight.... Read More
  • IAG increases London-Seattle capacity

    IAG Cargo announced that due to an increased frequency of British Airways passenger flights between London and Seattle, it will be able to offer customers additional freight capacity on this route. The three new flights a week will commence on 27 October 2013 and will be served by a B777-200, allowing for an increased weight of cargo, with additional available capacity of 108 tonnes per week.... Read More
  • LCCs, Gulf carriers squeeze Euro carriers

    European network carriers including Air France-KLM Group and Lufthansa face a heightened challenge from both local discount airlines and Gulf operators serving routes to Asia, according to analysis by Amadeus IT Holding. Low-cost carriers led by Ryanair lifted their share of European traffic four per cent to 38 per cent in 2012, while travel from Europe to Asia via the hubs of Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways grew 20 per cent, according to data from Madrid-based Amadeus’s global booking system.... Read More
  • Transaero takes delivery of first Tu-204 freighter

    Transaero Airlines has added its first freighter to its fleet, a Tu-204C, the first of two ex-Aviastar Tupolev Tu-204-100Cs leased from Ilyushin Finance Co. The freighters join Transaero’s passenger fleet of 92 aircraft, comprising 22 Boeing 747s, 13 777s, 15 767s, 39 737s and three Tu- 214s.... Read More
  • Air France-KLM in talks to sell Cityjet

    Air France-KLM is currently in negotiations with “two or three” interested bidders regarding the sell-off of its Irish subsidiary, Dublin-based Cityjet. According to a report in the Irish Times, two of the bidders have been identified as ASL Aviation Group and Intro Aviation. ASL controls cargo operator Air Contractors, French cargo and charter airline Europe Airpost and South African cargo and ACMI specialist Safair. Intro Aviation owns a majority stake in Austrian regional carrier InterSky and is also said to be one of the bidders for a stake in Adria Airways.... Read More
  • Azerbaijan’s AZAL starts first long hual to Beijing

    AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines has chosen Beijing Capital (PEK) as its first longhaul destination with flights from Baku Heydar Aliev International (GYD) expected to start from 10 May. The Azerbaijani national airline will operate the flights twice weekly using using its fleet of B767-300s.... Read More
  • IAG Cargo relaunches route to Sri Lanka

    After a 15-year hiatus, IAG recommenced service to Colombo, Sri Lanka from 15 April. Freight operations to Colombo will also resume, via IAG Cargo, and take advantage of the nation’s prolific high-end retail, produce and rubber sectors. IAG will utilise B777s on the thrice-weekly route, which includes a stopover in the Maldives. The belly-hold capacity will benefit Sri Lankan business by providing global connectivity to the more than 350 destinations currently served by IAG Cargo, it said.... Read More
  • Air Cargo Germany suspends operations

    Frankfurt Hahn-based Air Cargo Germany suspended all operations from 18 April with no official reason given by the cargo airline, but lack of funds is widely suspected to have caused the grounding of its fleet of four B747-400ERF/SFs. CEO Michael Schaecher said in a statement on the company website: “The suddenness of this interruption is beyond our control and was neither expected nor foreseen in any way. Our shareholders are supporting in any way possible and you can be assured that we work around the clock to find sustainable solutions to recommence our services.” He added the company remains confident operations can be resumed in the next few days.... Read More
  • Lufthansa continues cautious capacity cut

    Lufthansa Cargo carried nearly 400,000 tonnes of freight and mail in the first quarter of the year – a decline of 7.2 per cent compared with the year-earlier level. The cargo carrier did, however, raise its aircraft utilisation through cautious capacity management which saw capacity scaled back by 7.4 per cent. Sales fell by a smaller 5.9 per cent, improving load factors by more than one percentage point to 71.4 per cent.... Read More
  • Cargolux adds Tripoli, Ouagadougou to network

    Cargolux Airlines Int’l has introduced a new air cargo service to Tripoli, Libya’s capital and largest city from 16 April, followed by weekly services on the route Luxembourg – Tripoli – Johannesburg.... Read More
  • European airlines seek level ETS playing field

    European carriers are calling for a level playing field for the EU’s emissions trading system (EU ETS tax) after the European Parliament voted on 16 April to support the ‘stop the clock’ proposal for aviation – but only for non intra-EU flights. The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) and the International Air Carrier’s Association (IACA) want the moratorium to be extended to all flights departing and arriving at an EU airport to prevent discrimination against European carriers operating intra-EU flights. The ETS moratorium puts the ETS on temporary hold to enable the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) time to find a global solution to mitigate emissions.... Read More
  • Emirates wants more B777X specs

    Emirates has asked Boeing for more specifications regarding its proposed B777X variant before placing an order. Currently, Emirates operates 126 B777s (both passenger and cargo), but according to airline president, Tim Clark, should details like “layouts, seating, galleys, aircraft weight and fuel burn” all prove favourable, the Gulf carrier would consider an order for as many as 275 of the advanced type.... Read More
  • V-D’s new Sharjah MRO facility begins operations

    Volga-Dnepr Gulf (VD Gulf ), representing Volga-Dnepr Technics in the Middle East region, has commenced operations in its new maintenance hangar facility in Sharjah. On 8 April Volga-Dnepr Gulf obtained an official Operations Approval for the hangar facility issued by the Department of Civil Aviation Government of Sharjah, confirming that VD Gulf has successfully completed the required hangar safety procedures and is ready to provide aircraft maintenance, component repair and overhaul services.... Read More
  • Emirates adds daily Stockholm flights

    Expanding its presence in Scandinavia, Dubai-based airline Emirates has confirmed it will begin operating a daily B777-300ER flight to Stockholm, Sweden from 4 September 2013. With strong bilateral trade links already in place, trade between the UAE and Sweden reached more than US$896 million in 2012, an increase of 4.3 per cent from 2011. A major North European economy with a strong GDP, Sweden is well known for iconic global brands such as IKEA, Volvo, and fashion clothing brand H&M. This new service is expected to further stimulate economic growth with key Swedish trading cities across the Far East and Australasia, the carrier said.... Read More
  • Etihad Cargo expands network, boosts capacity

    Etihad Cargo, the fast growing cargo division of UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, has added Washington D.C. to its global cargo network, in addition to boosting frequency to Hong Kong courtesy of strategic partner Air Seychelles. The US capital is Etihad Cargo’s fifth destination in North America, while Hong Kong is already part of the carrier’s fivedestination Greater China cargo network.... Read More
  • Oman Air looks to start new LCC, cargo airline

    Oman Air is planning to launch both a low-cost carrier and a cargo airline in the wake of a massive US$253 million loss posted for its 2012 Financial Year.... Read More
  • Emirates takes lead in e-freight adoption

    Emirates SkyCargo is the first carrier to implement Electronic-Air Waybill (e-AWB) shipments under the industry’s recently ratified multilateral e-AWB standard. “SkyCargo has tirelessly worked towards the adoption of e-freight with its customers, while also ensuring that processes are more widely understood and adopted in the industry as a whole,” the carrier said. Since 2011, Emirates SkyCargo has put in place over 120 bilateral e-AWB agreements with its customers to ensure a smooth transition from paper Air Waybills (AWB) to Electronic Air Waybill data (FWB).... Read More
  • Srilankan, Mihin Lanka losses widen

    SriLankan Airlines and the state-run budget carrier Mihin Lanka saw their losses widening during the year 2012, the recently released Central Bank annual report showed. SriLankan Airlines reported an operating loss of Rs20.5 billion (US$ 165.3 million) during the year against Rs.19.1 billion operating loss it incurred in 2011.... Read More
  • Kingfisher takes another stab at getting airborne

    India’s Kingfisher Airlines, grounded for more than six months, has begun the process of seeking regulatory approvals to re-launch its operations and has submitted plans to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for an infusion of funds and revival of its flights.... Read More
  • India venture would tap existing Virgin model

    Virgin Atlantic president, Richard Branson, has revealed that his group is now actively considering launching an Indian subsidiary using the carrier’s Virgin Australia and Virgin America operations as a model. The move comes after the Indian government revised legislation permitting foreign airlines to hold up to 49 per cent equity in Indian carriers except for Air India. Speaking to Livemint, Branson said that in light of the recent launch of Virgin Atlantic flights from London Heathrow (LHR) to Delhi Indira Gandhi International (DEL) and Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International (BOM), Virgin viewed the Indian market as having great potential, but would not go the classic LCC route, rather offering “a low-cost airline albeit with a good quality business class” product.... Read More
  • AirAsia India on track for a September launch

    AirAsia India is on track for a September launch date provided it completes and obtains all necessary government checks and approvals, Bo Lingam, AirAsia’s COO, has said. A 49:30:21 joint venture between Malaysia’s AirAsia and Indian companies Tata Sons and Telstra Tradeplace, AirAsia India plans to initially base two A320-200 aircraft in Chennai and will cater primarily to India’s Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities.... Read More
  • Korean Air seals deal on 44% stake in CSA

    Korean Air has completed its acquisition of a 44 per cent stake in fellow SkyTeam alliance member CSA Czech Airlines, with an option to buy the remainder. Speaking on the occasion, Cho Yangho, chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Korean Air, said he considered CSA, “a trustworthy partner with whom we wish to expand into Central and Eastern Europe”. The first moves within the tie-up include the lease of a Korean Air A330-200 to CSA, which will be deployed on its new two-times a week Prague Vaclav Havel Ruzyne (PRG)-Seoul Incheon International (ICN) route in cooperation with Korean Air from this summer.... Read More
  • Korean Air, Myanmar Airways sign codeshare

    Korean Air has signed a partnership and codeshare memorandum of understanding with Myanmar Airways International (MAI). Established in 1992, Myanmar Airways International operates seven international routes with a fleet of one A319-100 and seven A320-200s.... Read More
  • Korean Air, Myanmar Airways sign codeshare

    Korean Air has signed a partnership and codeshare memorandum of understanding with Myanmar Airways International (MAI). Established in 1992, Myanmar Airways International operates seven international routes with a fleet of one A319-100 and seven A320-200s. The MOU will enable both airlines to promote bilateral cooperation in all areas including passenger traffic, safety, inflight services, flight operations and maintenance.... Read More
  • EVA Air considering B787-10 and B777X

    Taipei-based EVA Air is reportedly considering buying the B787-10 and the B777X with its management waiting for Boeing to reveal more information with respect to the 787-10 and 777X before making a decision.... Read More
  • China Southern launches 2nd Zhengzhou-US service

    China Southern Airlines’ new Zheng zhou-C h i c ago s e r v i c e commenced from 10 April. The service, utilising a B747-400F, is the second all-cargo route China Southern has launched from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport, coming only shortly after the debut of Los Angeles- Zhengzhou-Guangzhou freighter route on 5 March. The introduction of two international all-cargo routes within two consecutive months indicates the improving logistics environment of Zhengzhou airport and China Southern’s investment in the Zhengzhou Airport Economic Experimental Zone.... Read More
  • Uni-Top eyes grounded Grand Star assets

    Tianjin Binhai International-based GrandStar Cargo International Airlines is set to take on a new majority shareholder in the form of China-based logistics firm, Uni-Top Group. Uni-Top has signed a Letter of Intent with current Grand Star majority shareholder, Sinotrans Air Transportation Development Co (Sinotrans Air) for the transfer of their 51 per cent stake.... Read More
  • Air NZ, Virgin Australia to fly Perth–Christchurch

    A twice-weekly flight between Christchurch and Perth will revive an abandoned trans-Tasman route from December 2013 until late April 2014. An Air New Zealand B767 will fly the route, under a codeshare with Virgin Australia, twice a week.... Read More
  • Malindo Air to begin int’l flights to India

    Malaysia-based Malindo Air is planning to serve Delhi Indira Gandhi International (DEL) and Tiruchirapally (TRZ) as its first international routes with daily B737-900 flights set to begin on 1 June from Kuala Lumpur. In addition, the airline plans to bolster its domestic network through the addition of Bintulu (BTU), Johor Bahru Senai International (JHB), Mekoryuk (MYU), Penang Bayan Lepas International (PEN) and Sibu (SBW) flights also scheduled for 1 June.... Read More
  • Malaysian forwarders appeal bumiputera rule

    The Airf reight Forward e r s ’ Association of Malaysia (AFAM) has written a letter to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak to ask for a timeframe in which a rule which necessitates forwarding companies to have a 51 per cent bumiputra equity participation, can be reviewed.... Read More
  • ST Aero seals new contracts in 1Q

    Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) has announced that its aerospace arm, Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace) has sealed new contracts worth nearly SGP$480 million (US$388 million) in the first quarter of 2013. The contracts are for airframe, component and engine maintenance, as well as engineering and development, which will be carried out through its global maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) network.... Read More
  • Singapore Airlines March load factor up

    Singapore Airlines Cargo saw its load factor rise 2.2 percentage points to 67.2 per cent in March compared to a year ago with SIA saying the cargo load factor was higher for all route regions through capacity management, except for East Asia where demand did not keep pace with capacity reductions. By region: East Asia 55.5 per cent; Americas 67.2 per cent; Europe 84.2 per cent; South West Pacific 62.9 per cent; and West Asia & Africa 67.2 per cent.... Read More
  • ANA planning to resume cargo-only 787 ops in June

    All Nippon Airways is preparing to resume B787-8 operations in June, albeit, only for cargo operations. According to Reuters, ANA will resume cargo-only B787 flights to Germany in a bid to restore public confidence in the aircraft, which has been globally grounded after onboard lithium-ion batteries overheated in two Dreamliners in January. All Nippon currently has seventeen B787- 8s in its fleet.... Read More
  • Investigations ongoing into Lion Air crash

    The Lion Air pilot whose aircraft crashed into the sea while trying to land in Bali has reportedly described how he felt it was “dragged” out of its trajectory and into the water.... Read More
  • Batik Air set to start ops Jakarta-Pekanbaru

    Indonesia’s Batik Air is to tentatively set to make its maiden flight on 26 April using a planned fleet of B737-900(ER)s sourced from its parent, Lion Airlines.... Read More
  • Garuda targets London Jakarta ‘kangaroo’ route

    Garuda Indonesia aims to challenge alternative routes operated by Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Emirates with a new London–Jakarta service from 2 November. The so-called ‘kangaroo route’ from London Gatwick’s redeveloped South Terminal, will fly five times a week with the carrier’s new B777- 300ERs, which will fly on to Sydney, while streamlined connections from Perth and Melbourne will also feed the Jakarta-London leg.... Read More
  • 2012 was a good year for Garuda Indonesia

    Garuda Indonesia has reported exceptional growth, doubling its comprehensive income in 2012 compared with 2011, from US$72.7 million to $145.4 million. The Indonesian carrier showed consistent progress across the board, with an increase of 72.6 per cent in net profit from $64.2 million in 2011 to $110.8 in 2012, while passengers increased by 19.6 per cent with 20.4 million carried. The carrier also saw an increase in the amount of cargo carried, up 22.2 per cent to 280,285 tonnes from last year’s 229,378 tonnes.... Read More
  • Frost & Sullivan predict Indon logistics growth

    Frost & Sullivan is forecasting the Indonesian logistics industry to grow 14.5 per cent to IDR 1,634 trillion (US$170 billion) in 2013 as compared to an estimated IDR 1,427 trillion a year ago, fuelled by the Government initiatives and development of the logistics industry fueled by strong economic growth.... Read More


  • Air Logistics Handbook targets fresh grads

    Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson has urged university graduates, college students and school leavers to explore a career in air logistics, calling it ‘an outstanding industry that needs well educated executives and entrepreneurs who will be tomorrow’s leaders and innovators’.... Read More
  • K+N Q1 profit up on air freight, contract logistics

    The Kuehne + Nagel Group (K+N) today reported its net income in the first quarter of 2013 at CHF134 million (US$142 million), jumping 97 per cent from CHF67 million in the first three months last year. The Schindellegi, Switzerland-based company also booked a European Union antitrust fine of CHF65 million francs. Revenue rose 5.4 per cent to 5.09 billion francs.... Read More
  • DHL expands cold chain accreditation

    DHL Global Forwarding has expanded its Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) Accreditation to 30 stations in locations as far afield as Germany, France, UK, the US, Egypt, Dubai, Japan and China. By adding the QEP Accreditation to its major stations, DHL’s network is further integrated with Envirotainer operational requirements – to ensure customers proper shipping of temperature-sensitive life sciences and healthcare products. In the upcoming months, the company plans to add 48 stations to the QEP Training and Quality Program. DHL operates a network of 120 Life Sciences and Healthcare facilities across the globe.... Read More
  • CEVA to manage Liu-Jo’s e-commerce activities

    CEVA Logistics has signed a new five year e-commerce contract with Liu-Jo, a leading Italian company in fashion apparel, accessories and footwear, operating approximately 310 mono brand stores and 5,100 multi brand stores worldwide.... Read More
  • Sweden begins price fixing investigation

    Sweden’s competition authority (SCA) has raided 10 logistics companies for suspected price fixing, seizing computers, invoice books, company records and banking documents. The investigation follows six months of investigation after whistleblowers exposed the alleged cartel action last year.... Read More
  • FedEx Trade Networks expands into Latin America

    FedEx Trade Networks, the freightforwarding arm of FedEx, has expanded its presence in Latin America. Over the last several months, the company has opened new offices in Brazil and Mexico. Though the company has operated in both countries since 2009, it added new locations in Rio de Janeiro, Guadalajara and Monterrey.... Read More
  • Work begins on new Toll UK HQ

    Toll Global Forwarding will move to a brand new UK headquarters building at London Heathrow Airport in October this year after work commenced on the new site in early April. The new facility – on a secure 2.65 acre compound on the North Feltham Trading Estate, close to Heathrow’s cargo village – will include 4,645 sqm of warehousing featuring eight truck docks, a cargo handling system, storage for 1,200 pallets and a large, multi-zone chiller for perishables. The site will be accessed by a one-way traffic system.... Read More
  • DHL opens Shanghai Fashion excellence centre

    DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within DHL, is pioneering a new style of high-fashion logistics with the spring launch of its ‘Fashion Center of Excellence’ in Jiuting, on the outskirts of Shanghai, China’s high-fashion capital. At an investment of €4.3 million, the 10,500sqm centre is at the heart of a unique integrated end-to-end approach designed to meet the detailed needs of the high-fashion and luxury industry, according to DHL.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • DHL offers cross-border B2C in Australia

    DHL Global Mail has launched a new cross-border shipping service to help retailers to source goods from Asia and deliver direct to consumers in Australia. In the past, the international mail division of Deutsche Post DHL has focused on exporting – shipping business mail, packets and parcels to more than 200 countries. But it is now introducing inbound solutions for items up to 20kg in weight, providing an end-to-end service that particularly has Australia’s growing e-commerce sector in mind.... Read More
  • Brazilian express carriers to merge

    The imminent merger of TWO Aviation and Flex Aero, to form Two- Flex, will create the largest express carrier in Brazil, said Flex Aero president Rui Aquino. The new operation expects to command 60 per cent of the country’s air cargo market, with 18 aircraft and 11 bases throughout the country. Flex Aero’s operations are stronger in the north of Brazil, and TWO’s in the center and south. “Now, I can go from the north of Brazil to Porto Alegre in the far south. Before, I couldn’t offer that,” said Flex Aero president Rui Aquino.... Read More
  • DHL Express boosts Asia-US, intra-Asia

    DHL Express is adding wide-body capacity to new and existing services in Asia. The company said it is introducing a new non-stop B747-400 freighter service to improve delivery capability from Tokyo to the Americas, with daily flights between Nagoya and DHL’s hub in Cincinnati. The return flight will mean a two-day delivery service for customers in the US, Canada and Latin America shipping to Japan.... Read More
  • TNT chairman blames UPS attitude for fail

    TNT Express chairman Antony Burgmans told shareholders that the collapse of the UPS takeover was down to the American company failing to understand the culture of the European Commission. Burgmans was speaking at the TNT Express annual general meeting on 11 April to respond to questions about why the deal collapsed in January.... Read More
  • FedEx Custom Critical launches ShipmentWatch

    FedEx Custom Critical, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., has launched a new monitoring service called ShipmentWatch which utilises SenseAware devices to track customers’ shipments. The service includes programming the device to the customer’s requirements prior to the shipment, sending the device to the shipper and then proactively monitoring the shipment from pickup to delivery.... Read More
  • UPS appealing EC’s TNT ruling

    UPS is appealing the 30 January decision of the European Commission to prohibit its acquisition of TNT Express. A UPS spokesperson says the company believes the EC’s decision was factually and legally erroneous.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • Global freight down 6.3% in February: ACI

    Global passenger traffic rose 1.8 per cent in February, while global air freight volumes continued lingering in the doldrums, down 6.3 per cent year-onyear, according to the Airports Council International (ACI).... Read More
  • UK manufacturers back Heathrow expansion

    Britain’s manufacturers have called on the UK government to give the green light to a third runway at Heathrow Airport. The Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) wants ministers to “take the politics out of infrastructure” by setting up a wide-ranging independent infrastructure commission to take major decisions out of the hands of government.... Read More
  • Q1 volumes up, Hactl sees slow recovery

    Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) announced its tonnage throughput for the first quarter of 2013 with volumes up 1.6 per cent, year-onyear. The year kicked off with January cargo volumes of 228,140 tonnes and February saw the monthly tonnage at 168,860 tonnes, followed by a rise to 246,912 tonnes in March.... Read More
  • New cargo handling JV for South Africa

    With a solid launch customer in the form of Emirates SkyCargo, in Johannesburg and Cape Town, Africa Flight Services (South Africa) Pty, a new joint venture partnership between the world’s largest provider of cargo handling services, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), and the South African airline, SA Airlink has taken off.... Read More
  • Qatar’s new airport delayed again

    Qatar Airways was forced to cancel the inaugural flight to Doha Hamad International that was scheduled to open on 1 April on very short notice. While the national carrier of Qatar had only planned to move cargo and some charter flights to the new airport from 1 April, ten other carriers including lowcost airlines were scheduled to move to the new airport already as part of a soft opening.... Read More
  • Gatwick criticises Heathrow ‘mega-hub’ model

    In its submission to the UK’s Airport Commission, Gatwick has claimed that competing London gateways would trump a single hub by cutting travel costs and safeguarding connectivity. While Heathrow sees a focus on a single large hub as the best way to safeguard London’s connectivity, Gatwick argues most passengers through the city start or end their journey there. “IATA figures show that the majority (93 per cent) of journeys using London airports are for passengers that either begin their journey from our airports or fly to them as a final destination,” said Gatwick in a statement.... Read More
  • Dùsseldorf welcomes daily American B767-300

    The northern German airport of Dùsseldorf saw the arrival of the first American Airlines daily flight from Chicago O’Hare on 12 April. The B767-300, offers an average of around eight tonnes of belly cargo capacity on this route. An American Airlines spokesperson noted the huge potential for cargo uplift between the two destinations. The flight connects transit passengers and cargo with many other carriers such as Air Berlin, Emirates, Etihad, Air China and Lufthansa, operating at Dùsseldorf, the airport said. There is a realistic expectation of increasing cargo traffic on the route, said the spokesman.... Read More
  • Strong Q1 growth at Lambert-St. Louis

    Lambert-St. Louis Airport in the US mid-west has posted its strongest first-quarter freight throughput since 2011. Volumes surged 3.5 per cent, year-on-year, in the first three months of 2012, with outbound mail recording a substantial 39.5 per cent, y-o-y jump.... Read More

Cover Story

  • Change when change is needed

    Facing a serious set of challenges, the general air cargo sector needs to take a leaf out of FedEx’s playbook and change – and that change includes a rebalancing of capacity with less dedicated freighter capacity says David Cunningham, FedEx Express president for Asia Pacific. By Donald Urquhart in Hong Kong.... Read More


  • Swissport keen on Asian expansion

    With its formidable presence in more than 85 airports around the world and handling in excess of 3.5 million tonnes of cargo annually, Swissport Cargo Services has a fairly major blank spot on its world map. Although it has cargo operations in Korea and Japan, nowhere else in Asia does the Swiss ground handler have cargo operations and this is something it’s keen to remedy by promoting its high level of service standards. Michael Mackey has the story.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • SITA helps transform Bogota airport

    SITA, the global air transport IT and communications specialist, has transformed Bogota El Dorado Airport (BOG) as part of a US$1 billion modernisation and expansion project. SITA is the master systems integrator for the project, and has provided 15 new solutions in collaboration with Johnson Controls, a building systems expert, for Operadora Aeroportuaria Internacional (OPAIN), the company that manages the airport.... Read More
  • UPLIFT crosses 1 million EDI message mark

    India’s UPLIFT – Universal Platform for Logistics & Integrated Freight Transport – has successfully transmitted one million EDI messages within a short span of two years. Leading Freight Forwarders, Custom House Agents, Carriers, airports are utilising this platform to realise significant savings in terms of time, money & resources.... Read More
  • Schiphol partners sign info sharing deal

    Schiphol Cargo, Cargonaut, KLM Cargo and Air Cargo Netherlands are among the signatories to a covenant by a broad spectrum of Dutch business and government, to create a revolutionary new approach to information exchange between parties in the logistics chain.... Read More
  • Nordisk certified by Chinese Aviation Authority

    Nordisk Aviation Products, a subsidiary of AAR Corp. has received Chinese technical standard order (CTSO) approval on several of its products through a working arrangement between the Civil Aviation Administrationof China (CAAC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).... Read More

Belly Ache

  • This one is for all you ‘green’ fashionistas out there.

    Actually, here at Belly Ache Central, we love this clever idea – both for its creativity and its environmental friendliness. And it comes courtesy of Air France – who could really use a bit of extra income right about now. Air France, we give you a 9 out of 10 on the Belly Ache respect scale (we’re not quite sure what it takes to get a 10, but we suspect it involves complimentary swag, freebies and other bribe-a-licious goodies).... Read More

FREIGHTER Supplement

  • AEI selects fourth conversion centre

    Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), has announced that it has selected Commercial Jet’s (CJ’s) new 400,000 square-foot facility at the Dothan Regional Airport (DHN) in Dale County, Alabama as its fourth AEI Authorized Conversion Center (AACC). Commercial Jet’s Alabama facility will provide B737-300SF,B737- 400SF and MD80SF Passenger to Freighter Conversions and Maintenance for AEI customers.... Read More
  • Pemco to double B737-300 P2Fs

    Pemco World Air Services has said it will likely double its P2F freighter conversion of Boeing 737-300 and -400 aircraft and soon will announce a programme for a new 737 variant, according to Kevin Casey, president of the Tampa, Florida based conversion and maintenance company.... Read More
  • B757 feedstock for conversions hits sweetspot

    After a long hard winter that’s lasted for a few years, the conversion market for Precision Conversions’ niche area of B757-200 passenger to freighter and passenger to combi looks finally set to turn. And the timing couldn’t be better – record levels of feedstock are beginning to flow. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • Freighters: Going the way of the dinosaurs?

    With ongoing global economic lethargy causing continued stagnation in air cargo markets and new capacity mostly in the form of passenger bellies, continuously being added, many have questioned the long term viability of freighters. But a recent industry panel comprised of key executives from all-cargo carriers, combination carriers and a freight forwarder, unanimously agreed freighters are here to stay, but that a market correction – possibly with casualties – is inevitable. Donald Urquhart reports from Hong Kong.... Read More



    Russia intends to boost its relations with APAC countries with the aim to increase their share in Russia’s foreign trade turnover up to at least 50%. This ambitious goal was announced by the First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov not long before the recent APEC summit in Vladivostok.... Read More