September 2013

From the Editor


    For this issue of the Editor’s forward I would like to start off with an apology for the delay in this magazine reaching you. Because this issue’s cover story features ANA Cargo, one of the three finalists in the Combination Carrier of the Year category of the Payload Asia Awards 2013, we decided it would be unfair for us to run the story while the voting process was still underway. So by the time you are reading this the online voting process will have finished.... Read More


  • Ethiopian establishes new Togo cargo hub

    Ethiopian Cargo announced the opening of a second cargo hub in Africa based in Lomé, Togo, in partnership with ASKY Airlines. The new cargo hub will commence operations in September 2013 after the phase-in of a B737-400F.... Read More
  • Fire severely damages Nairobi airport

    Fire swept through Kenya’s main Jomo Kenyatta International Airport last month forcing a day-long shut down. Investigators said it is too early to ascertain the cause of the fire, although they have ruled out terrorism.... Read More
  • Boeing, ILFC deliver first B787 to Aeromexico

    Boeing, International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) and Aeromexico celebrated the first delivery of the Mexican carrier’s first B787 Dreamliner.... Read More
  • DoJ files antitrust suit against AMR, US Air

    The US Department of Justice has filed an antitrust suit against US Airways Group and American Airlines’ parent, AMR Corp’s pending US$11 billion merger agreement, saying it would violate US antitrust law, create less competition in the airline industry and potentially raise prices for customers.... Read More
  • Precision wins B757 P2F deal from Air China Cargo

    Precision Conversions, LLC (Precision) has announced that the company has won a contract to provide Air China Cargo – the joint venture between Air China and Cathay Pacific Airways – a total of four full 15-cargo position B757-200PCFs.... Read More
  • Boeing buying up 747-400s to move 747-8s

    With the aviation sector continuing to struggle with high fuel prices and uneven demand, Boeing has been quietly acquiring previous versions of the 747 from airlines who opt to order its new 747-8 which has seen sluggish orders.... Read More
  • Atlas Air upbeat on H2 cargo demand

    US cargo airline and ACMI operator Atlas Air, is optimistic about the second half of 2013 yielding a real peak season in air freight markets compared to last year.... Read More
  • Air Transat first Enhanced IOSA carrier

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Canada’s Air Transat has become the first airline to renew its IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registration under the Enhanced IOSA audit process.... Read More
  • Georgia’s Air Caucasus begins operations

    Tbilisi, Georgia-based Air Caucasus has taken delivery of its first MD-83, formerly with Avianca Colombia (AV, Bogotá). The aircraft will be joined by two other MD-83s all of which are on lease from Singapore-based Swift AirCargo.... Read More
  • IAG Cargo begins door-to-airport service

    IAG Cargo has announced that its innovative small freight collection service, Cargo Connector, is now available to freight forwarders operating in the catchment areas of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson and Dallas Fort Worth international airports.... Read More
  • AF-KLM profit up, cargo losses reduced

    Air France-KLM, Europe’s largest airline group says it recorded a 1.3 per cent increase in revenues to €12.3 billion in the first half of 2013, claiming a 2.2 per cent reduction in unit cost on a constant currency and fuel price basis. Alexandre de Juniac, chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM said its net debt was down by more than six billion euros.... Read More
  • Croatia Airlines up for sale in October

    Croatia Airlines will be put up for sale in October despite the Croation government’s earlier assurances that the struggling carrier would not be privatised before 2015.... Read More
  • IAG maintains yields as volumes drop

    Qatar has also announced it is set to beIAG Cargo announced its first half results from 1 January to 30 June, 2013, reporting commercial revenue (flown revenue plus fuel surcharges) of €541 million, down 8.3 per cent against the same period last year.... Read More
  • ABC continues space moves

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has once again tapped a niche air cargo business with the transporting of space technology cargo, carrying a 16-tonne satellite on one of its B747-400 freighters from Toulouse, France to Krasnoyarsk, Russia in early-August. In the first half of 2013 ABC carried over 1,000 tonnes of aerospace equipment including other space equipment, aircraft components, helicopter spares and engines.... Read More
  • IAG Cargo adds Ecuador to network

    IAG Cargo will begin a new three-times weekly Europe-South America service when it begins its Quito, Ecuador-Madrid route commencing 26 October 2013.... Read More
  • Qatar adds 3x weekly to Chengdu

    Qatar Airways will begin thrice-weekly scheduled flights to and from China’s western city of Chengdu, which is rapidly becoming a high tech manufacturing and logistics hub, from 3 September. Qatar Airways will operate the new service to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport – China’s fourth busiest international airport – using an A330 aircraft.... Read More
  • Saudia Cargo continues record breaking streak

    Saudia Cargo continues its stellar cargo performance, breaking last year’s January to June record of 250,000 tonnes of cargo, with a six per cent rise in revenue and a four per cent rise in volumes in the same period this year to 270,000 tonnes.... Read More
  • UAE issues report on 2010 UPS crash

    The General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has released a 322-page report on the 3 September 2010, crash of the UPS B747-400.... Read More
  • Etihad takes stake in Serbian airline

    Etihad Airways has entered into an ‘equity alliance’ with Serbian carrier JatAirways which will see the Abu Dhabi-based carrier acquire 49 per cent of JatAirways along with a five-year management contract for the Serbian airline.... Read More
  • Nepal bans widebody aircraft from runway

    Nepal has told airlines flying into the country’s only international airport to use smaller aircraft after holes and cracks were discovered on Tribhuvan International Airport’s 46-year-old runway, a top aviation official said in mid-August.... Read More
  • Creditors move on Kingfisher assets

    Indian banks who are owed nearly US$1.4 billion by the country’s Kingfisher Airlines have moved to seize the carrier’s headquarters building, Kingfisher House, which has also has been targeted by Indian tax authorities seeking to recover unpaid service taxes.... Read More
  • Bangladesh, US close to ‘open skies’ deal

    Bangladesh and the US have signed an initial agreement to pave the way for an ‘open skies’ deal between the two countries. The agreement “creates opportunities for strengthening the economic partnership between the United States and Bangladesh through closer links in transport and trade,” according to a statement from the US State Department.... Read More
  • Domestic, foreign carriers owe CAAB millions

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has failed to realise aeronautical and non-aeronautical charges worth Tk 587 million (US$7.5 million) and US$ 19.2 million from different local and foreign airlines and other users, according to a report in the country’s Financial Express.... Read More
  • Philippines’ Zest Air grounded over safety

    Philippine low cost carrier and AirAsia associate, Zest Air has been handed an indefinite suspension in mid-August by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) over safety concerns and claims it is now losing P70 million a day in revenues.... Read More
  • MASkargo introduces premium services

    MASkargo Sdn Bhd, the air cargo division of Malaysia Airlines, has launched MASlift, a premium air freight service that offers guaranteed uplift with a money-back guarantee.... Read More
  • Qantas Freight takes delivery of first B737-300F

    Qantas cargo subsidiary, Qantas Freight, has taken delivery of its first B737-300F – formerly an Australian Air Express aircraft – to be painted in the airline’s distinctive red and white livery.... Read More
  • Singapore Airlines sees 9% cargo drop in July

    The Singapore Airlines group saw overall cargo traffic (measured in freight-tonne-kilometres) 9.1 per cent down in July year-on-year, while cargo capacity decreased by 6.7 per cent.... Read More
  • THAI slips into red, president under fire

    The future of Sorajak Kasemsuvan as president of Thai Airways International (THAI) is in question after his performance was deemed disappointing by the airline’s board, according to a report in the Bangkok Post.... Read More
  • Air freight rates hit new lows

    Air freight rates suffered another blow in June, sinking to new lows, according to Drewry’s Sea & Air Shipper Insight report.... Read More
  • Freight recovery dependent on Asia

    The overall picture for global freight continues to be uncertain according to data through April 2013 from the OECD’s International Transport Forum, with any hope of a freight recovery largely dependent on Asia.... Read More
  • China’s urbanisation gambit

    Growth opportunities in China will have to be reassessed in the coming years as a leaner China with changing demand patterns makes consumption more prominent according to Dutch bank, ABN AMRO.... Read More
  • Cathay wants more flights Down Under

    Ahead of bilateral air rights talks between the Australian and Hong Kong governments, Cathay Pacific has said it wants more flights to Australia.... Read More
  • Cathay Pacific ekes out small 1H profit

    Cathay Pacific Airways reported first-half net profit of HK$24 million (US$3.1 million) as cargo revenue continued to decline and shrinking yields in North Asia masked gains from carrying more passengers.... Read More


Express & Mail

  • FedEx offers new cold chain option

    FedEx Corp. announced that it has expanded its temperature controlled packaging (TCP) portfolio to include a new cold chain packaging option for customers that require a refrigerated environment of 2-8° Celsius up to 96 hours for their shipments.... Read More
  • UPS freighter crash investigation continues

    The UPS freighter that crashed in the southern US state of Alabama in early August, killing its two crew members, was flying on autopilot until seconds before impact, even after an alert that it was descending too quickly, the US National Transportation Safety Board, revealed in mid-August based on preliminary data retrieval from the A300-600 freighter.... Read More
  • E-commerce, logistics boost SingPost results

    Singapore Post’s quarterly financial results for the three-month period ending 30 June 2013 showed group revenue increased almost 33 per cent to S$201.3 million (US$158.8 million) but total expenses increased 39.4 per cent resulting in a two per cent decline in net profit to S$36.2 million.... Read More
  • UPS Store to offer 3D printing services

    UPS has announced that it will be bringing 3D printers to select UPS Stores in the US this year.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • Air Tahiti Nui opts for CHAMP’s Cargospot

    Air Tahiti Nui, French Polynesia’s national airline and the IT services provider CHAMP Cargosystems recently signed a contract for the implementation of the core business applications Cargospot Airline and Cargospot Revenue.... Read More
  • CEVA signs up for e-AWB processing with IATA

    CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading global supply chain companies, has announced that it is among the first freight management companies to sign up to electronic air waybill (e-AWB) with the International Air Transport Association (IATA).... Read More
  • Kewill to acquire India’s Four Soft

    Kewill, a leading provider of multimodal transportation software, announced in mid-August, a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Four Soft, a software company headquartered in Hyderabad, India.... Read More
  • Cold chain specialist CSafe expands in Europe

    To support the growing European and Middle Eastern Business, CSafe Global has announced a new European Business – CSafe Global Cooperatief UA, located in Schiphol, Netherlands.... Read More
  • New e-service for Abu Dhabi community

    Etihad Airport Services – Cargo (EAS-Cargo), a subsidiary of Etihad Airways, is working with the Singapore-based Cargo Community Network (CCN) to rollout a new information technology platform for the Abu Dhabi cargo community called Cargo Community Service (CCS).... Read More
  • Virgin Atlantic approves Flightsafe tracking device

    Virgin Atlantic Cargo is the first British airline to accept the new SENTRY FlightSafe tracking device on its aircraft, enabling customers moving vulnerable and valuable shipments to monitor the location and environmental conditions of their cargo on the ground and in the air in real-time.... Read More

Cover Story

  • ANA Cargo stays lean and focused

    In lean times such as these, the absence of large freighters in a carrier’s fleet is not only healthy from a profitability point of view; it’s quite simply a blessing. For All Nippon Airways (ANA), a very focused approach to cargo both in terms of markets and capacity alongside a recent regional office move to Singapore in order to focus on Southeast Asia and India and even cross-border trucking, all reveals a healthy strategy for tapping the vast potential of Asian markets. Donald Urquhart reports.... Read More
  • Canada fines LATAM for price-fixing

    A Canadian court fined LATAM Airlines Group SA C$975,000 (US$938,000) after the carrier admitted taking part in an air cargo price-fixing cartel, according to Canada’s Competition Bureau.... Read More


  • Oz forwarders warn of ill-conceived security plan

    With less than a year to go, Australia’s impending air cargo security regime still faces substantial opposition and much uncertainty, not least amongst the government department responsible for it. The new security regime is targeted for implementation by July 2014 and will have major ramifications for not simply air cargo supply chain players, but the entire Australian export community. Australian forwarders say the plan is ill-conceived and will seriously impede the flow of commerce and trade. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More



  • Hyderabad aims to be first dedicated cargo hub

    “We are the best-kept secret in the international air cargo community,” says Hemanth D P, COO of GMR Airports Sector Hub Development, Cargo Business and Free Trade Zone (FTZ). As he looks out of his office overlooking Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hemanth emphasises the facilities that the airport provides for cargo. “We have all the qualities that a good air cargo hub requires,” he said pointing out that the airport was open for international carriers and freighters. Manfred Singh reports.... Read More
  • Dnata opens perishable facility at Changi

    Dnata has opened a new state-of-the-art perishable cargo handling centre at its airfreight facility at Changi Airport, Singapore. Representing an investment of over S$4 million (US$3.12 million), the new centre is capable of processing 75,000 tonnes of perishables annually and enables dnata to offer chilled and frozen storage and cool chain services to its airline customers at Changi Airport, catering to product categories including fresh fruit, meat and pharmaceuticals.... Read More
  • Schiphol’s 1H cargo unchanged from 2012

    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has continued to show modest cargo growth throughout the first half of 2013 with an increase of 1.02 per cent over the same period 2012 with a total of 736,608 tonnes handled at the airport in the period.... Read More
  • Leipzig/Halle posts ninth successive year of growth

    Continuing on an impressive nine-year roll, Germany’s Leipzig/Halle Airport continues to post cargo volume growth, with a 3.8 per cent growth in the first half of 2013 over the same period a year earlier, to 438,274 tonnes.... Read More
  • US-Germany trade lifts Dùsseldorf cargo

    Cargo tonnage is up at Dùsseldorf Airport in 2013, with the airport citing a substantial 19.2 per cent growth in the first quarter and up 6.8 per cent in the second quarter, compared to the same periods in 2012.... Read More
  • Myanmar awards $1.8 B in airport tendersÂ

    With its recent political about face and subsequent opening up to the outside world, Myanmar has embarked on a massive overhaul of its airports.... Read More
  • Hactl’s makeover continues

    After Cathay Pacific sold off its shares in 2010 in preparation for its own independent terminal, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) has been prepping itself for Cathay’s eventual departure – something that is nearing its conclusion. Syed Shah reports.... Read More
  • China to add 13 more airports this year

    While the International Air Transport Association (IATA) says the air cargo business continues to suffer the brunt of the impact of the weak outlook in developed economies, China is undeterred and is taking a rather different approach. The mainland’s number of airports will exceed 200 by 2014, and new airport projects will be added to the authority’s current five-year plan, according to a Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) official. Wong Joon San reports.... Read More

Belly Ache


  • Agility reports 50% rise in net profit

    Agility has reported a net profit of KD11.5 million (US$40.4 million) for the second quarter of 2013, up 50 per cent over the same period last year. Revenues and EBITDA stand at KD355.2 million and KD23.7 million, respectively, up two and 26 per cent over Q2 of 2012.... Read More
  • UPS expands China contract logistics facilities

    UPS has announced the expansion of its presence in China with the addition of two new contract logistics distribution facilities in Chengdu and Shanghai, bringing the total to more than 130 contract logistics facilities, covering 87 cities.... Read More
  • Kerry acquires leading Mexican logistics firm

    Hong Kong-based Kerry Logistics, a leading global logistics service provider, announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Cargo Master’s Group (CMG), a Mexico-based logistics and freight forwarding company, with a domestic network of six offices throughout the country, including Guadalajara, Queretaro and Monterrey.... Read More
  • Deutsche Post DHL sees earnings gains

    During the first six months of 2013 Deutsche Post DHL (DP-DHL) saw its consolidated net profit climb by 27 per cent from €725 million in 2012 to €920 million during the current financial year.... Read More