November 2013


From the Editor

  • Payload Awards 2014, mark it on your calendar!

    Another year’s awards have successfully come to a heady conclusion and a huge thank you is due to a great many people and organisations for making the event an even bigger success than last year! For all those that were present on the Gala evening – who clearly seemed to be enjoying themselves, I might add! – the kind sponsors for the evening – AirAsia Cargo and Etihad Cargo – and of course all the great and deserving companies who entered the awards and who will hopefully return again next year.... Read More
  • Payload Awards 2014, mark it on your calendar!

    Another year’s awards have successfully come to a heady conclusion and a huge thank you is due to a great many people and organisations for making the event an even bigger success than last year!... Read More

Gateways

  • Swiss WorldCargo taps daily Ukraine flights

    Swiss WorldCargo has begun daily flights between Zurich and Kiev, Ukraine on the back of its passenger division, operated with A320s, adding up to 2.4 tonnes of cargo capacity to and from Eastern Europe.... Read More
  • IAG Cargo opens Heathrow pharma centre

    IAG Cargo, the freight business of British Airways and Iberia, announced that it has opened a new pharmaceutical centre at Heathrow airport, which is the latest step in the expansion of its Constant Climate service for transporting temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical material.... Read More
  • Finnair appoints Globe Air Cargo as GSSA

    Finnair has appointed Globe Air Cargo as its general sales and service agent in Singapore.... Read More
  • IAG Cargo boosts Hong Kong capacity

    IAG Cargo is expanding its operations in Asia Pacific with the introduction of an additional freighter service into Hong Kong.... Read More
  • Air Partner rushes cosmetics from Paris to NY

    Air Partner Freight recently responded to an urgent deadline for an industry giant by transporting an urgent charter of 250 tonnes of cosmetics comprised of 1,200 non-stackable pieces, from Paris to New York. An IAG Cargo B747-8 was used to operate three back-to-back flights in order to move the cargo as quickly as possible.... Read More
  • ABC ups Milan and Paris

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines, Russia’s largest international cargo airline and a part of Volga-Dnepr Group, has increased its flights from Milan (Malpensa) and Paris (Charles de Gaulle) to Moscow.... Read More
  • Finnair Cargo boosts Brussels hub, adds Hanoi

    To continue air freight service to/from Vietnam during winter season, Finnair Cargo has introduced Hanoi to the freighter network twice weekly.... Read More
  • Cargolux adds second weekly HK-Vienna service

    Cargolux has started a second weekly B747-8 freighter service from Hong Kong to Vienna from 17 October, reacting to customer demand for more air freight capacity on this route, the carrier said.... Read More
  • Etihad suspends flights to Tripoli, Libya

    Etihad Airways has temporarily suspended its three weekly passenger flights and two weekly cargo flights to Tripoli, Libya, effective from end-October.... Read More
  • Record Sept uplift for Etihad Cargo

    Etihad Cargo has posted record monthly uplift figures for September of 45,175 tonnes, a 42 per cent increase on the same month in 2012 (31,826 tonnes).... Read More
  • flydubai Cargo goes paperless with e-AWB

    Dubai-based flydubai’s Cargo division has begun implementing electronic airway bills (e-AWB) throughout its operations.... Read More
  • Saudia Cargo teams up with AV Cargo in Lagos

    Saudi Airlines Cargo and AV Cargo Airlines have announced their joint cooperation for the movement of cargo to four destinations in West Africa via Lagos.... Read More
  • EgyptAir to convert A330s into freighters

    EgyptAir will convert some of its seven A330-200s into A330-200Fs, according to reports. Once converted, the freighters will be used to expand the network of the Egyptian national carrier’s cargo division, EgyptAir Cargo.... Read More
  • Emirates launches Guinea service

    Emirates today launched services to Conakry in the Republic of Guinea, marking its 24th destination in Africa and sixth new destination launch since January 2013.... Read More
  • Qatar announces four new maindeck destinations

    Qatar Airways Cargo has announced it will begin scheduled dedicated freighter services to four new destinations: Beirut (Lebanon); Madrid (Spain); Paris (France); and Tbilisi (Georgia); while increasing frequency to Seoul (South Korea) and increasing capacity on its Oslo (Norway) route.... Read More
  • Qantas, ANA boost Jetstar Japan stake

    Australia’s Qantas and Japan’s Japan Airlines are to increase their economic interest in their joint venture, Jetstar Japan, to support the airline’s growth.... Read More
  • Asia’s export engine stuck in low gear

    Asia’s once-reliable export engine remains stalled two years into a global economic recovery, raising concerns about the region’s competitiveness and its ability to motor through the next tough time for emerging markets.... Read More
  • Korean Air finalises major aircraft order

    Seoul-based Korean Air has firmed up a commitment for five B747-8 Intercontinentals and six B777-300ER aircraft, initially announced during the Paris Air Show in June.... Read More
  • Indonesia pushes for domestic consolidation

    Indonesia’s civil aviation authority plans to reduce the number of airlines operating in the country from 53 to 28 following the failure of most of its carriers to satisfy a minimum fleet-size requirement by January.... Read More
  • MASkargo partners Envirotainer

    MASkargo, one of the leading air cargo carriers in Asia, recently launched the next generation of temperaturecontrolled airfreight services, targeted to meet the logistical needs of temperaturesensitive goods. In partnership with Envirotainer, provider of active temperature-controlled containers, MASkargo will further tap niche markets such as perishable goods and pharmaceutical products in order to adapt and remain competitive.... Read More
  • Persistently soft air cargo market: AAPA

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of September released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed continued robust growth in passenger demand but persistently soft air cargo market conditions.... Read More
  • Cebu Pacific boosts cargo services for Xmas

    The Philippine’s largest carrier, Cebu Pacific, said it is offering additional cargo services for its Dubai, Seoul and Singapore flights in time for the holiday season.... Read More
  • Philippine Airlines corners Manila-Haneda route

    Philippine Airlines (PAL) has bagged the 14 flights a week between Manila and Haneda Airport in Japan by default. Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) executive director Carmelo Arcilla told InterAksyon.com that the regulator rejected the separate applications lodged by Cebu Pacific and PAL Express because as budget airlines, both carriers don’t offer business class and hence don’t qualify.... Read More
  • ASEAN, Hong Kong FTA talks to begin

    Hong Kong will start formal negotiations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) early next year on a free trade agreement (FTA) with the 10-member Southeast Asian body.... Read More
  • Cathay cargo down, but China the bright spot

    Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for September 2013 that show passenger numbers rising (up six per cent to 2.38 million) despite decreased capacity, alongside a year-on-year drop in cargo and mail tonnage.... Read More
  • SIA Cargo and Etihad Cargo in capacity swap

    Singapore Airlines Cargo and Etihad Cargo have agreed to exchange confirmed cargo capacity on services operated by both airlines from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow and Frankfurt.... Read More
  • BOC Aviation delivers last B777 to Thai

    BOC Aviation has delivered the last of the eight B777-300ERs ordered from Boeing for long-term lease to Thai Airways (THAI).... Read More
  • Sichuan Air to start Sydney service

    Sichuan Airlines will continue its international expansion next month with the launch of direct services to Sydney from Chongqing’s Jiangbei International Airport. Launching on 20 December 2013, flights will operate twice a week using an A330 aircraft.... Read More
  • Hainan Airlines to launch Xinjiang carrier

    Hainan Airlines has been given permission to establish Urumqi Airlines, a new carrier based in China’s far northwest region of Xinjiang.... Read More
  • China Airlines taps policy change, adds Zhengzhou

    Changes to cross-straits flights between mainland China and Taiwan in which designated carriers are allowed to operate cargo flights to inland China via an intermediate stop en route, with Zhengzhou China, a major production base of international mobile phone manufacturers, the only approved final destination, have seen China Airlines move to launch a new service.... Read More
  • New Shanghai free-trade zone opens

    Sunday 29 September 2013 saw the official opening of the new Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) which its proponents see as a landmark moment, similar to the creation of the Shenzhen special economic zone near Hong Kong more than three decades ago that ushered in reforms and spectacular growth.... Read More
  • Record Sept uplift for Etihad Cargo

    Etihad Cargo has posted record monthly uplift figures for September of 45,175 tonnes, a 42 per cent increase on the same month in 2012 (31,826 tonnes).... Read More
  • flydubai Cargo goes paperless with e-AWB

    Dubai-based flydubai’s Cargo division has begun implementing electronic airway bills (e-AWB) throughout its operations.... Read More
  • Saudia Cargo teams up with AV Cargo in Lagos

    Saudi Airlines Cargo and AV Cargo Airlines have announced their joint cooperation for the movement of cargo to four destinations in West Africa via Lagos.... Read More
  • EgyptAir to convert A330s into freighters

    EgyptAir will convert some of its seven A330-200s into A330-200Fs, according to reports. Once converted, the freighters will be used to expand the network of the Egyptian national carrier’s cargo division, EgyptAir Cargo.... Read More
  • Emirates launches Guinea service

    Emirates today launched services to Conakry in the Republic of Guinea, marking its 24th destination in Africa and sixth new destination launch since January 2013. Situated on the Atlantic coast of Africa, Conakry is the nation’s economic, financial and cultural centre, home to an estimated population of two million people, almost a quarter of the nation’s total population.... Read More
  • Qatar announces four new maindeck destinations

    Qatar Airways Cargo has announced it will begin scheduled dedicated freighter services to four new destinations: Beirut (Lebanon); Madrid (Spain); Paris (France); and Tbilisi (Georgia); while increasing frequency to Seoul (South Korea) and increasing capacity on its Oslo (Norway) route.... Read More
  • Qantas, ANA boost Jetstar Japan stake

    Australia’s Qantas and Japan’s Japan Airlines are to increase their economic interest in their joint venture, Jetstar Japan, to support the airline’s growth.... Read More
  • Asia’s export engine stuck in low gear

    Asia’s once-reliable export engine remains stalled two years into a global economic recovery, raising concerns about the region’s competitiveness and its ability to motor through the next tough time for emerging markets.... Read More
  • Korean Air finalises major aircraft order

    Seoul-based Korean Air has firmed up a commitment for five B747-8 Intercontinentals and six B777-300ER aircraft, initially announced during the Paris Air Show in June. In addition, Korean Air has placed an order for one additional B787-9 Dreamliner. The value of the combined order is US$3.9 billion at current list prices.... Read More
  • Indonesia pushes for domestic consolidation

    Indonesia’s civil aviation authority plans to reduce the number of airlines operating in the country from 53 to 28 following the failure of most of its carriers to satisfy a minimum fleet-size requirement by January.... Read More
  • MASkargo partners Envirotainer

    MASkargo, one of the leading air cargo carriers in Asia, recently launched the next generation of temperaturecontrolled airfreight services, targeted to meet the logistical needs of temperaturesensitive goods.... Read More
  • Persistently soft air cargo market: AAPA

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of September released today by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed continued robust growth in passenger demand but persistently soft air cargo market conditions.... Read More
  • Cebu Pacific boosts cargo services for Xmas

    The Philippine’s largest carrier, Cebu Pacific, said it is offering additional cargo services for its Dubai, Seoul and Singapore flights in time for the holiday season.... Read More
  • Philippine Airlines corners Manila-Haneda route

    Philippine Airlines (PAL) has bagged the 14 flights a week between Manila and Haneda Airport in Japan by default.... Read More
  • ASEAN, Hong Kong FTA talks to begin

    Hong Kong will start formal negotiations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) early next year on a free trade agreement (FTA) with the 10-member Southeast Asian body. Senior Hong Kong and ASEAN officials announced the start of talks at last week’s Hong Kong-ASEAN Business Partnership Symposium.... Read More
  • Cathay cargo down, but China the bright spot

    Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for September 2013 that show passenger numbers rising (up six per cent to 2.38 million) despite decreased capacity, alongside a year-on-year drop in cargo and mail tonnage.... Read More
  • SIA Cargo and Etihad Cargo in capacity swap

    Singapore Airlines Cargo and Etihad Cargo have agreed to exchange confirmed cargo capacity on services operated by both airlines from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow and Frankfurt.... Read More
  • BOC Aviation delivers last B777 to Thai

    BOC Aviation has delivered the last of the eight B777-300ERs ordered from Boeing for long-term lease to Thai Airways (THAI). The aircraft, powered by GE90 engines, delivered over the period to October 2013.... Read More
  • Sichuan Air to start Sydney service

    Sichuan Airlines will continue its international expansion next month with the launch of direct services to Sydney from Chongqing’s Jiangbei International Airport.... Read More
  • Hainan Airlines to launch Xinjiang carrier

    Hainan Airlines has been given permission to establish Urumqi Airlines, a new carrier based in China’s far northwest region of Xinjiang.... Read More
  • China Airlines taps policy change, adds Zhengzhou

    Changes to cross-straits flights between mainland China and Taiwan in which designated carriers are allowed to operate cargo flights to inland China via an intermediate stop en route, with Zhengzhou China, a major production base of international mobile phone manufacturers, the only approved final destination, have seen China Airlines move to launch a new service.... Read More
  • New Shanghai free-trade zone opens

    Sunday 29 September 2013 saw the official opening of the new Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) which its proponents see as a landmark moment, similar to the creation of the Shenzhen special economic zone near Hong Kong more than three decades ago that ushered in reforms and spectacular growth.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • SAS Cargo Group selects JDA for pricing

    JDA Software Group has announced that SAS Cargo Group, the leading air cargo carrier to, from, via and within Scandinavia, selected JDA Pricer in the second quarter of 2013 to improve its rate setting and rate management processes for its contracted and spot business in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, as well as Finland and the Baltic area.... Read More
  • Bahrain implements Kale’s GALAXY

    Bahrain Airport Services (BAS) has gone live with Kale’s Airport Ground Handling system GALAXY through its local Bahrain partner, K-Soft Company WLL.... Read More
  • SAS turns to Lufthansa Systems for nav charts

    Scandinavian airline SAS has signed a five-year contract for Lufthansa Systems’ navigation charts Lido/RouteManual and Lido/Enroute along with the Lido/ FMS flight management system.... Read More
  • Kewill completes acquisition of Four Soft

    Kewill, a leading provider of multimodal transportation and logistics management software for seamless supply chain execution, announced the completion of the acquisition of the assets and subsidiaries of Hyderabad, India headquartered Four Soft Ltd.... Read More
  • Virgin goes live with phase 2 pricing app

    Revenue Technology Services (RTS), provider of profit optimisation tools for the travel and transportation industry, announced that Virgin Atlantic Cargo achieved successful delivery of phase 2 of the RTS CargoPriceOpt solution implementation.... Read More
  • De Rijke implements Kewill MOVE platform

    Kewill, a leading provider of international third party logistics provider De Rijke has selected the Kewill MOVE platform – a comprehensive end-to-end solution for managing the complexities of transportation, logistics and trade compliance – for its 28 facilities in nine countries throughout Europe and the Middle East, to better connect its business, improve visibility and drive increased operational efficiency.... Read More
  • Amerijet continues with CargoSphere

    CargoSphere, a leading, cloud-based global rate management solution and confidential Rate Mesh network for the ocean and air transportation and logistics industries, and Amerijet, a global provider of land, sea and air transportation, announced an expanded relationship making CargoSphere Amerijet’s single source for rate distribution over the Rate Mesh Network.... Read More
  • dnata selects Amadeus’ flight load solution

    Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, has announced an agreement with dnata, to implement Amadeus Altéa Departure Control’s Flight Management solution in their centralised load control offices (CLC) in Dubai.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • FedEx extends range of cold chain solutions

    FedEx Express (FedEx) has recently added to its range of cold chain shipping services with these solutions particularly benefiting the healthcare industry and customers with temperature-sensitive freight needs around the globe, the company said.... Read More
  • TNT Express begins work on new Saudi hub

    TNT Express and Saudi officials have celebrated the first day of construction of the company’s future air and road hub at Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport (KFIA), Saudi Arabia.... Read More
  • UPS 3Q profit nearly doubles last years

    United Parcel Service (UPS) the world’s largest-package delivery company, posted third-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ estimates after carrying more US domestic ground shipments at higher rates.... Read More
  • E-commerce boosts FedEx holiday volumes

    FedEx Express expects to see its busiest day in company history when it moves more than 22 million projected shipments around the world on 2 December. During the busiest week of the year, 1-7 December, FedEx expects more than 85 million shipments to move through its global networks. This is a 13 per cent increase compared to last year’s busiest week.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

Logistics

  • Stifel Logistics Confidence Index hits all-time high

    Growing optimism over an improving airfreight market alongside an overall positive outlook for the next six months resulted in the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index rising 1.6 points to 54.6 – the ninth consecutive month the index registered above the 50 threshold and the highest level since the index first began in March 2012.... Read More
  • Panalpina continues to out-perform market

    The Panalpina Group has reported a gross profit increase of six per cent to CHF403 million (US$442.6 million) in the third quarter of 2013.... Read More
  • DHL expands Myanmar presence

    Air and ocean freight specialist, DHL Global Forwarding, has strengthened its Southeast Asian operations with the establishment of a 100 per cent fullyowned country office in Myanmar as part of DHL Global Forwarding South Asia.... Read More
  • Thailand invests in logistics infrastructure

    With the 2015 economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Community nearing, Thailand is boosting efforts to reduce logistics costs and position itself as a logistics hub for the Southeast Asia region.... Read More
  • DB Schenker to add 30 Shared Logistics Centres

    DB Schenker Logistics has announced plans to open more than 30 Shared Logistics Centres (SLC) worldwide in the next five years.... Read More
  • CEVA opens new Centre of Excellence in Singapore

    CEVA Logistics has opened its first Centre of Logistics Excellence in Asia Pacific. Situated near Singapore’s Changi Airport, this is CEVA’s second such centre following the inaugural launch of the concept in Jacksonville, Florida.... Read More
  • Jan De Rijk, CAL Cargo Air Lines ink deal

    Jan De Rijk Logistics, the leading road feeder service provider in Europe and CAL Cargo Air Lines, the all cargo freighter company operating between the US, Europe and Israel (where it holds 38 per cent of the freighter market and 22 per cent of the general air cargo market), have signed a two year trucking agreement. This new contract will cover the entire trucking lines for CAL to/from Liege airport.... Read More
  • New Budapest facility for DHL Global Forwarding

    DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL, has started operations from a new terminal at Budapest Airport.... Read More

News

  • China to fuel Asia Pacific’s freighter demand

    World trade is set to double by 2032 to US$540 trillion and air cargo trade will be worth US$180 trillion over the same period, according to Andreas Hermann, Airbus’ vice president freighters as he unveiled the Airbus Cargo Global Market Forecast 2013-2032, in Hong Kong recently. Wong Joon San reports.... Read More

Profile

  • Blue Dart confident of its network and strategy

    Fresh from picking up the Regional Express Provider of the Year award at the annual Payload Asia Awards 2013, Blue Dart Express, India’s leading domestic integrated express company says it’s confident its unique air network and outsourced ground delivery service is well placed to ride out the current economic malaise and continue its growth track as the economy recovers. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More

Cover Story

  • Air France-KLM Cargo sticks with maindeck

    The Air France-KLM-Martinair (AF-KLM-MA) Cargo group has no plans to exit the maindeck market despite recently announcing plans to cut as much as 30 per cent of its full freighter capacity within the next two years and sharply increasing its focus on belly capacity. Donald Urquhart reports from Amsterdam.... Read More

Focus

  • Liberalisation of Thai aviation market overdue

    The European ASEAN Business Centre (EABC) in Thailand has outlined obstacles to Thailand’s efforts to boost its position as an airfreight hub, in its recently published European Business Position Paper. Among the issues highlighted were market and investment access, customs reforms, abolition of the postal monopoly and the need for a more open aviation market.... Read More
  • Global cargo at 25-month high, Asia lags

    While the latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) figures show a “slowbut- steady global growth picture” with cargo Freight Tonne Kilometre (FTK) growth stabilising in September at 0.5 per cent following recent months of slow growth, Asia-Pacific saw a 3.1 per cent fall in cargo activity compared to last September.... Read More

FIATA World Congress 2013

  • SAAA expands membership base and refocuses

    The Singapore Aircargo Agents Association (SAAA) has undergone a significant organisational change with a major expansion of its membership base in order to become the main industry body for the entire air cargo and aviation community in Singapore.... Read More
  • Shippers, forwarders to reap most from e-freight

    Delegates at Fiata’s World Congress in Singapore heard how shippers would gain 70 per cent of the productivity and cost savings generated by the implementation of e-freight, according to a study by the Logistics Institute of Asia Pacific, while forwarders would gain 27 per cent of the benefits.... Read More
  • IATA chief urges closer cooperation

    Marking the first time in a decade that an IATA director general has addressed the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) annual World Congress, Tony Tyler, IATA’s current director general, urged forwarders to collaborate with airlines to help boost the struggling air freight business. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More

Air Cargo & Logistics Asia

  • Mending the broken pharma cold chain

    Despite the critical nature of the drugs being handled and transported from one part of the world to another, everyone involved in the pharma cold chain agrees that there are still no enforceable documents and no standardisation of the rules when it comes to pharmaceutical transport. Moreover, executives from the freight and logistics industries say the pharma cold chain remains “broken” and that shippers see airports as the weakest links in the chain. Stephan Las Marias reports.... Read More

PAYLOAD ASIA AWARDS 2013

Belly Ache

  • Oops, we did it again!

    Oops, we did it again! This week’s belly ache is brought to you courtesy of the Somalian Captain Jack Sparrow and his duet partner Britney Spears. And it’s an item that should help, if not only to bring a little cheer to the hearts and minds of the air cargo world, then at least to highlight that the ocean side of the cargo business also has its unique problems!... Read More