October 2013

From the Editor


  • Air Seychelles boosts cargo 283 per cent

    Africa’s Air Seychelles, 40 per cent owned by Etihad Airways, has seen air cargo volumes leap Q2 by 283 per cent year-on-year.... Read More
  • fastjet taps African cargo with BidAir

    UK-headquartered and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania-based low cost airline, fastjet, has signed an agreement with one of Africa’s largest cargo operators, BidAir Cargo, to carry cargo on its fleet of A319s.... Read More
  • Air Canada opens $60 Million Control Centre

    Air Canada opened its new CDN$60 million (US$58 million), 7,000 sqm, global Operations Centre in Brampton, Ontario, where 400 employees will oversee airline operations.... Read More
  • Boeing raises China aircraft demand forecast

    Boeing raised its 20-year forecast for China’s aircraft market by 6.1 per cent, pegging the country’s need for new aircraft at 5,580, worth US$780 billion through 2032.... Read More
  • LATAM sees 1.2% cargo drop in August

    Latin America-based LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and its subsidiaries, reported monthly traffic statistics for August 2013 compared to August 2012 showing cargo traffic decreased 1.2 per cent as capacity decreased 1.1 per cent.... Read More
  • Delta returns to Airbus for 40 aircraft order

    Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order with Airbus for 30 A321ceo (current engine option) and 10 A330-300 aircraft, marking a key return to Airbus since Delta’s last order some two decades ago.... Read More
  • Cargolux stake eyed by China investment corp

    Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Company (HNCA), the investment vehicle of the Chinese province of Henan, is in talks with the Luxembourg state over taking a 35 per cent shareholding in Cargolux.... Read More
  • Lufthansa orders 59 B777-9X and A350-900

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s Supervisory Board has approved the purchase of 59 new aircraft – 34 B777-9Xs and 25 A350- 900s worth nearly €14 billion.... Read More
  • AV Cargo takes on another MD11F

    The next MD11F to join AV Cargo’s fleet will be in service in September 2013 following successful detailed scheduled maintenance and repainting in the airline’s new livery.... Read More
  • Slow cargo uptick in July, Asia still weak

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global air cargo traffic results for July showing a continuation of the modest improvement trend experienced in June.... Read More
  • Turkish Cargo begins Istanbul-Singapore service

    Turkish Cargo has launched a onceweekly freighter service between its hub at Istanbul Ataturk and Singapore Changi from 19 September 2013.... Read More
  • Chapman Freeborn partners with Air Libya

    Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has formed an exclusive partnership with Air Libya to place and operationally manage an Antonov An-26 aircraft in Libya.... Read More
  • MIA is now an AMI gateway

    AMI – the world’s largest trade-only airfreight- and express wholesaler – has announced it can now provide service to freight agents in Miami. In response to growing customer demand, the new AMI gateway is offering all products currently available through its existing US network: Airport-to-airport, airport-todoor, and door-to-door services with the option of direct or consolidation pricing.... Read More
  • V-D fast-tracks oil and gas equipment to Yakutia

    Two of Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ Antonov 124-100 freighters have fast tracked the delivery of 180 tonnes of oil and gas equipment from Saint Petersburg to Bratsk for the Talakan field located in the Yakutia region of Russia.... Read More
  • New Heathrow-Austin connection by IAG

    IAG Cargo will be offering cargo services on a brand new route from London Heathrow to Austin, Texas, starting in March 2014 and in so doing, offering an additional export route for the area’s growing tech-hub.... Read More
  • EFIS Air ups US Airways’ French cargo

    French cargo general sales agency EFIS Air, part of ECS Group, says cargo volume generated for US Airways ex France since taking over the contract at the start of this year grew 21 per cent in the first six months of 2013, while revenue was 18 per cent up year-on-year.... Read More
  • High expectations for ICAO Assembly

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expressed high expectations for the decisions that states will make at the 38th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). “Climate change will be at the top of the triennial Assembly’s agenda.... Read More
  • IAG Cargo boosts LATAM pharma footprint

    IAG Cargo announced a significant extension to its Constant Climate network, a specialist service for the global trade in time-and-temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products, as it opens five new stations in the key market of Latin America.... Read More
  • IAG helps fuel India’s pharma boom

    IAG Cargo has announced increased passenger flights between London Heathrow and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, offering the city’s booming pharmaceutical industry additional export capacity to global markets.... Read More
  • CF and Lufthansa do aid charter out of Berlin

    Chapman Freeborn and Lufthansa Cargo have successfully collaborated on a charter project which utilised the cargo facility on the site of the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport, which is still under construction.... Read More
  • IAG Cargo ups Middle East, Africa capacity

    IAG Cargo, the freight business of British Airways and Iberia, has announced a number of increased flights between London Heathrow and the Middle East and Africa. As part of the newly unveiled summer schedule for British Airways, from early 2014 the group will offer additional frequencies to Tel Aviv in Israel, Accra in Ghana and Entebbe in Uganda.... Read More
  • Ruslan moves giant rotor from China to Lithuania

    Ruslan International has arranged the transport of a giant rotor from Chengdu, China to Å iauliai, Lithuania onboard one of the 17 Antonov An-124s which it manages for its shareholders Antonov Company and Volga Dnepr Airlines.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Cargo’s first B777F bound for US

    Lufthansa Cargo has announced it will be flying the first of its new B777 freighters transatlantic from November 2013, harkening back 41 years when the German cargo carrier became the first airline in the world to use the freighter version of the ‘jumbo’ Boeing 747 – which at the time was also the largest civilian aircraft to go into serial production – for transporting cargo between Europe and the US. On 19 April 1972, with 73 tonnes of cargo and 1.8 tonnes of mail onboard, the four-engine B747-200F took off on its first scheduled flight from Frankfurt to New York.... Read More
  • Air France continues restructuring push

    Following on the news that the French arm of Air France-KLM would miss its target to return to operating profit in 2013 and instead cruise into a sixth consecutive year of operating losses, it announced plans to cut another 2,800 jobs through voluntary redundancies in order to cut costs. Air France-KLM posted a net loss of €793 million for the first half of 2013, against wider losses of €1.27 billion in the first half of last year.... Read More
  • Qatar CEO emphasises China commitment

    Addressing media recently in Chengdu, Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker emphasised Qatar Airways’ ongoing commitment to the Chinese market and its desire to boost services to the Asia Pacific region.... Read More
  • Qatar Airways to join oneworld from end-Oct

    Qatar Airways will become a full member of oneworld with effect from 30 October 2013 making it the only one of the ‘Gulf Big Three’ carriers slated to join any of the global airline alliances.... Read More
  • Emirates relaunches pax flights to Libya

    Emirates resumed passenger flights to Tripoli, Libya last month for the first time since suspending services more than two years ago, joining Emirates SkyCargo which launched freighter services to Tripoli in May 2012, carrying a variety of goods such as electronics from the Far East and drilling equipment from the US.... Read More
  • Saudia boosts capacity to Asia, Europe, Africa

    Saudia Cargo is increasing its belly and freighter capacity on a number of routes across its global network.... Read More
  • Etihad bucks trend, posts 17% revenue jump

    Etihad Airways, which will celebrate its 10th year of operations this year, has recorded its strongest ever passenger and cargo results for a first quarter, posting US$900 million (passenger) and $193 million (cargo) revenues.... Read More
  • Tiruchi Airport not realising export potential

    Insufficient flights and limited cargo uplift capacity at Tamil Nadu’s Tiruchirappalli International Airport are impeding exporters from fully exploiting the demand for vegetables, fruits and other perishables among south Indian expatriates living in West Asia.... Read More
  • Cathay Pacific, Dragonair submit Jetstar objection

    Cathay Pacific and Dragon Air have formerly objected to Jetstar Hong Kong’s application for a licence to operate. The carrier’s both cite Article 134 of Hong Kong’s Basic Law which states that a business must have its principal place of business in Hong Kong.... Read More
  • Air Niugini expands its domestic freighter ops

    Papua New Guinea-based Air Niugini is continuing to expand its freighter services in the country.... Read More
  • BOC Aviation posts H1 net profit of $163 million

    BOC Aviation’s unaudited net profit after tax for the first six months to 30 June 2013 was US$163 million, 57 per cent higher than the same period last year.... Read More
  • SIA and Tata to start new Indian airline

    Singapore Airlines and India’s holding conglomerate Tata Sons, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and applied for Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to establish a new full-service airline in India to based in New Delhi following regulatory approvals.... Read More
  • ANA takes stake in Myanmar’s Asian Wings

    All Nippon Airways (ANA) is expanding its reach into Southeast Asia with the acquisition of a 49 per cent stake in Myanmar-based Asian Wings Airways. The Japanese carrier announced in end-August that it would take the stake in the Yangon-based carrier, in a deal worth US$25 million.... Read More
  • Qantas Freight delays B747F upgrade

    Qantas Freight has postponed a plan to upgrade its B747 ACMI freighter contract to a newer, longer-range variant. The Australian carrier said it has decided not to finalise a new lease agreement because of weak market conditions in the Asia Pacific region.... Read More
  • China-Euro container train expands service

    The expansion of a regular container train between Chongqing in western China and the western German city of Duisburg was celebrated on 10 September, in what is surely not good news for the embattled air cargo sector.... Read More
  • Harbin Composite delivers 1st major A350 elevators

    China’s Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre (HMC), a joint venture between Airbus and its Chinese partners, has started to deliver elevators for the Airbus A350 XWB programme.... Read More
  • China Southern boosts ‘Canton Route’

    China Southern Airlines is boosting its presence in Melbourne with the addition of more flights and the deployment of a new aircraft to the city.... Read More
  • China Southern Cargo launches Equation UTS

    From 1 September China Southern Cargo has launched the Equation UTS express service for international buildup transhipment as part of the unified service offering from the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance.... Read More
  • Yangtze River Express starts Schiphol service

    China’s all-cargo carrier, Yangtze River Express has introduced freighter services to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol with a twice weekly service from Shanghai to Schiphol, using B747-400SF aircraft. The services replace twice-weekly flights from Shanghai to Luxembourg.... Read More
  • China pledges full support for air transport sector

    The head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Li Jiaxiang, has pledged full support for the development of air cargo, low cost carriers and general aviation, to improve the international competitiveness of the Chinese civil aviation industry, WCARN.com reported.... Read More
  • China’s PMI expands in August

    China’s manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index expanded in August according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics and China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing.... Read More
  • China Eastern taps B2C e-commerce

    Shanghai Eastern Logistics, a division of China Eastern Airlines, has added a B2C e-commerce platform to its range of activities, aimed at providing fresh food directly from origin to consumer, WCARN.com reported. The newly launched service specialises in imported fresh food such as fruit, milk, meat and domestic food with regional characteristics.... Read More
  • China Southern takes on two more B777-200Fs

    The Guangzhou-based carrier has taken delivery of its 7th and 8th B777- 200 Freighter after they flew from Seattle to Tianjin for Customs clearance.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • Air NZ sticks with dnata at Heathrow

    Air New Zealand Cargo has resigned its UK cargo handling contract with dnata at London Heathrow for another three years and expands on an existing relationship over the last 12 years.... Read More
  • LUG adds Czech Cargo in Munich

    Czech Airlines has signed a contract with LUG aircargo handling at Franz Josef Strauss airport Munich, effective 1 September. The GHA will handle the freight of CzechAirlines’ aircraft, as well as road feeder traffic.... Read More
  • Athens sees another successful charter to Tel Aviv

    Athens International Airport (AIA) saw another successful charter operation, with a B747-200 chartered from Cal Cargo Airlines, moving 84 tonnes of packaging tapes to Tel Aviv on 9 September.... Read More
  • Turkish opens state-ofthe- art cargo facility

    Turkish Cargo has inaugurated a new cargo storage facility at Ataturk International Airport. The newly built facility will play an important role in the growth of Turkish Airlines’ cargo operations, the carrier said.... Read More
  • Prague and Incheon airports partner

    The partnership between the two airports will be based upon their mutual interest in expanding regularly scheduled connections between the Czech Republic and the Republic of Korea, as well as on taking advantage of opportunities presented by developing technology and global trends.... Read More
  • Singapore maintains positive cargo growth

    Airfreight movements at Singapore Changi Airport in July 2013 increased by 1.1 per cent year-on-year, with 160,000 tonnes of cargo passing through Changi Airport during the month, while passenger movements were up four per cent and aircraft movements grew by 6.9 per cent, with 29,000 landings and take-offs recorded.... Read More
  • Zurich records airfreight growth in August

    Zurich airport handled 35,116 tonnes of freight in August 2013, equating to a 3.5 per cent increase compared to August 2012.... Read More
  • Swissport warns off foreign investors from Ukraine

    Global ground handler Swissport, which has been struggling to prevent a hostile takeover of its Ukrainian business for several months, says it “is very concerned about the obvious delaying tactics of Ukraine’s highest economic court.”... Read More
  • Bahrain Airport acquires HOCHTIEF JV

    Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) has announced today the full acquisition of HOCHTIEF Facility Management Bahrain (HTFMBA) and the buyout of the 50 per cent shares in the joint venture to give BAC 100 per cent control.... Read More


  • Challenging the (conversion) status quo

    It may seem unrealistic in today’s market; taking a new, unconventional and as yet unproven wide-body freighter conversion concept to a market that continues to see existing freighters parked, new-build freighter deferments and cancellations, not to mention an existing wide body conversion market practically in moth balls. But for Low Cost Freighter (LCF) Conversions the offering provides a viable and much cheaper option than currently available.... Read More

Cover Story

  • 3D Printing: A new Industrial Revolution dawns

    You can ignore it, deride it as the folly of home hobbyists or write it off as having limited, specialised application, but there is no escaping the fact that the new manufacturing process known as 3D Printing is set to turn manufacturing and potentially global supply chains on their heads. With the pace of its both is adoption and capabilities rapidly gaining speed, alongside a dramatic reduction in cost, technology experts say it represents nothing less than the beginning of a ‘Third Industrial Revolution’. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • Air China in charter pact with China Post

    Under a strategic cooperation agreement between China Postal Airlines and Air China Cargo signed in August, Air China Cargo will begin offering cargo charter services to China Postal Airlines with four B757-200Fs in the next two years. The first aircraft is expected to start operations by late 2013.... Read More
  • SF Express testing air delivery drones

    Shenzhen-based express delivery company, SF Express is experimenting with the development of air drones, which may one day be able to deliver express packages across long distances and remote areas, Chinese technology news portal MyDrivers.com reported.... Read More
  • FedEx Express takes delivery of first B767-300F

    FedEx Express took delivery last month of its first B767-300 Freighter, part of the express giant’s strategy to modernise its fleet with more efficient freighters.... Read More
  • China’s express delivery volumes surge

    Express delivery volume soared more than 50 per cent for the 28th consecutive month, according to China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing data, reported Xinhua. More than 3.84 billion deliveries were made in the first half of 2013, representing an annual growth of 60.6 per cent in volume, according to the data.... Read More
  • PEMCO goes China Postal with five more orders

    China Postal Airlines, which provides the Express Mail Service (EMS) in China, has ordered five B737-300 passengerto- freighter conversions from PEMCO Aviation Group.... Read More
  • time:matters expands ICE coverage

    time:matters, the expert for international Special Speed Logistics, continues to expand its ic:kurier network for same-day shipments transported to destinations outside of Germany within a few hours.... Read More
  • UK signals start of Royal Mail privatisation

    The UK government has signalled the start of the privatisation process of state-owned postal utility, Royal Mail. An Intention to Float notice was published by the London Stock Exchange in mid- September and an Initial Public Offering (IPO) could take place within weeks.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • DHL gives efficient cargo handling a boost

    DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, has released an enhanced version of its web-based customer platform DHL Interactive (DHLi).... Read More
  • American Airlines Cargo joins IATA e-AWB initiative

    American Airlines Cargo and Qatar Airways Cargo have both announced they are joining a growing number of carriers to sign the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Multilateral Electronic Air Waybill (e-AWB) Agreement, which provides a legal framework for parties to conclude cargo contracts by electronic means.... Read More
  • Kale partners Dynamic IT Solutions in Thailand

    Dynamic IT Solutions – a subsidiary of Thailand-based JVK Group – has entered into a partnership with Kale Logistics – a global IT solutions provider for the logistics and airports sectors. Under this agreement DITS and Kale Logistics will leverage their combined strengths in the areas of sales, implementation and support of Kale’s Enterprise IT solutions and services in Thailand.... Read More


  • Former DHL exec behind blackmail attempt

    Hermann Ude, former head of DHL’s Global Forwarding Freight division, has admitted attempting to blackmail a senior German politician. German media reports revealed that Ude had anonymously written to the wife of Peer Steinbrùck, the German Social Democrat’s candidate for the chancellorship in the September elections, accusing him of failing to pay the social taxes for his cleaner in the 1990s and threatening to expose him if he didn’t step down from his candidacy.... Read More
  • DHL wins £24m contract from Gatwick

    DHL Supply Chain has been awarded a 10-year contract worth over £24 million (US$38.4 million) with Gatwick Airport Limited, to manage inbound deliveries through its new logistics and consolidation facility on behalf of the airport’s 150 partners and retailers.... Read More
  • CEVA opens healthcare hub in Miami

    CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies, has opened a fully compliant healthcare cold chain hub in Miami.... Read More
  • Norbert Dentressangle wins ASOS contract

    In one of Europe’s largest logistics deals, global on-line fashion retailer, ASOS, has awarded a three-year contract for the management of its worldwide distribution centre in Barnsley, UK to Norbert Dentressangle from early August.... Read More
  • Aramex enjoys 13% 1H net profit growth

    Dubai-based supply chain and logistics provider Aramex reported a 12 per cent rise in second quarter net profit to AED72.3 million (US$19.7 million), boosted by growth in core Gulf and African markets. Revenues in the second quarter of 2013 increased to AED845 million (US$230 million), up nine per cent compared to a year earlier. Net profits in the first six months of 2012 increased to AED141.6 million, a growth of 13 per cent.... Read More
  • OIA Global acquires UK’s Bellville Int’l

    OIA Global, a leading worldwide transportation, supply chain management and packaging solutions provider has purchased majority control of Bellville International Ltd., a global provider of freight forwarding and logistics services headquartered in London.... Read More
  • Gartner publishes Asia-Pac logistics ranking

    Global research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc. has published its annual ranking of the top performing supply chain organisations headquartered in Asia Pacific. “Mixed economic performance, volatility of demand, rising costs, a tighter labour market, a shortage of talent and regulatory pressures continue to weigh on Asia Pacific supply chains in 2013,” said Gartner research director Debashis Tarafdar.... Read More
  • Damco gets license to operate in Myanmar

    Freight forwarding and supply chain specialist Damco is offering its clients access to the emerging market of Myanmar after being granted a permanent license in July to operate under its own legal entity in the country.... Read More


  • ASEAN and Asia will overcome challenges

    Asia is facing a turbulent economic and political situation with credit availability currently tightening against the backdrop of ongoing territorial tensions in the South China Sea and nagging environmental issues. But participants at a recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Asia Forum (AAF) meeting were upbeat on the region’s potential.... Read More
  • SE Asia creates sustainable fuel roadmap

    In a bid to further the goal of creating a sustainable aviation industry, policymakers, regulators, industry stakeholders and non-government organisations (NGO) gathered in Bangkok, Thailand for the South-East Asia Sustainable Aviation Fuel Initiative (SEASAFI) 2013 Workshop on Aviation Biofuel and Sustainable Agriculture.... Read More
  • Crisis management experts share best practices

    Over 100 aviation crisis management and emergency response professionals gathered in Bangkok, Thailand for the 5th AAPA Emergency Response Conference organised by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), and co-hosted by Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways.... Read More
  • Myanmar looks set for air cargo growth

    Although grappling with the after effects of nearly 50 years of international isolation, the impoverished country of Myanmar is finally opening up to the world and with it a wealth of development and growth opportunities that also present opportunities for the air cargo sector, particularly the air cargo charter market as major infrastructure projects begin to pick up.... Read More
  • Politics blamed for Suvarnabhumi expansion delays

    Much needed airport expansion at Thailand’s main international gateway has been set back by political instability according to an Airports of Thailand official who says the airport will need to undertake both phase two and three expansion plans simultaneously if the airport is to keep up with demand growth. By Wong Joon San in Bangkok.... Read More

Belly Ache

  • Dunkin’ Dumbnuts

    Not to be confused as related to Homer Simpson, but this item attracted our attention because it involves one of two of our favourite food groups – donuts! The other of course being beer.... Read More