April 2014

From the Editor

  • The mystery of MH370

    The ever more complicated and deepening mystery surrounding the missing Malaysia Airways flight MH370 continues to grip the world – in equal parts empathy and morbid fascination – as the search now, having shifted yet again, focuses on the South Indian Ocean.... Read More


  • Nigeria promotes fresh produce export initiative

    The director of cargo development at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Uchenna Ofulue, says the authority’s fresh cargo initiative will create a socio-economic value chain for the country and make Nigeria the centre for the air cargo business in Africa.... Read More
  • United launches Control Tower for TempControl

    United Cargo announced the launch of a new Control Tower for the planning and management of temperature-sensitive cargo shipped via their TempControl service.... Read More
  • Air Canada Cargo in step with dynamic market

    “The air cargo industry is going through many changes, and we have to adapt to a new reality,” says Air Canada Cargo VP, Lise-Marie Turpin.... Read More
  • Kalitta starts JFK-AMS maindeck service

    Kalitta Air in co-operation with Wallace Air Cargo Group/Inter Aviation Services (IAS) and the HAE Group have announced the launch of twice weekly B747-400F scheduled services between New York – Amsterdam – New York from 9 March. HAE and IAS commented: “Our extensive market research has shown that there is a strong demand for scheduled main-deck B747 freighter services linking the prime commercial hubs of New York and Amsterdam both eastbound and westbound.... Read More
  • AEI delivers first of two MD82/83s to Aeronaves

    Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has delivered the first of two MD82/83SF freighters to Aeronaves TSM based in Saltillo, Coahuila México.... Read More
  • Dutch GSSA acquired by FlyUs, expands to Paris

    Dutch-headquartered GSSA company FlyUs expanded its European operations to include Paris following the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Transnautic France.... Read More
  • Volga-Dnepr completes 1,100th oil, gas delivery

    Volga-Dnepr Airlines has completed its 1,100th flight for customers in the oil and gas industry with its latest delivery of 45 tonnes of equipment from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to Prestwick, Scotland.... Read More
  • AV continues expansion with third MD11F

    AV Cargo Airlines Ltd continues with its expansion plans with the delivery of a third MD11F to the fleet.... Read More
  • IAG puts B787 on Hyderabad, Chennai, Austin

    IAG Cargo has announced improvements to its services operating between London Heathrow and the important Indian trade hubs of Hyderabad and Chennai.... Read More
  • Air freight market recovery strengthening

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released January performance data showing a strong rise in air freight growth compared to a year ago.... Read More
  • Finnair enhances schedule for summer 2014

    Finnair Cargo’s summer timetable begins on 31 March, and will a third weekly frequency added for the Helsinki – Hanoi – Hong Kong – Helsinki rotation. This new frequency provides more capacity on these trade lanes between Asia and Europe, with departures from Helsinki to Hanoi and Hong Kong on Thursdays and return flights towards Europe on Fridays.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Cargo flying freighters to Milan

    Lufthansa Cargo has added another destination to its freighter network – Milan Malpensa Airport in northern Italy – which it will serve twice weekly with both MD-11 freighters and its newly delivered B777Fs from 5 March.... Read More
  • IAG Cargo sees yield slip 5% in 2013

    IAG Cargo has announced its 2013 full year results, reporting commercial revenue (flown revenue plus fuel surcharges) of €1.07 billion over the period from 1 January to 31 December, a decrease of 11.8 per cent on 2012.... Read More
  • TAPA highlights rising Euro cargo crime

    The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) is calling for greater collaboration with law enforcement agencies in Europe to combat mounting cargo crime after its 2013 annual report revealed a 66 per cent increase in incidents recorded by the association and average losses per crime of €235,000.... Read More
  • Volga-Dnepr Airlines delivers 73 tonne ‘runner’

    Volga-Dnepr Airlines has increased its reputation for supplying end-toend logistics services by managing the delivery of a 73-tonne turbine ‘runner’ to Russia’s Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station, one of the world’s leading producers of electrical energy.... Read More
  • Strong growth forecast for GCC aviation sector

    Air passenger and air cargo traffic in the Middle East, is projected to outperform all other regions between 2012 and 2032, Alpen Capital said in its GCC Aviation Industry Report published recently.... Read More
  • Qatar Cargo to expand network and fleet

    Qatar Airways Cargo will begin scheduled dedicated freighter services to two new destinations – Hyderabad (India) and London Stansted (UK) and has restarted services to Zaragoza (Spain).... Read More
  • Qatar to operate B787 Dreamliner on Haneda route

    Qatar Airways announced that it will begin daily flights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) commencing 18 June and the non-stop flights will be operated from its Doha hub with B787 Dreamliner aircraft.... Read More
  • Etihad boosts Chengdu service to daily

    With cargo and mail volumes 19 per cent higher last year compared with 2012 and passenger numbers up 25 per cent, Etihad Airways has increased the frequency of its Abu Dhabi – Chengdu A330-200 service from five flights per week to daily from 30 March.... Read More
  • SriLankan to join oneworld on 1 May

    SriLankan Airlines will become a full member of the oneworld alliance with effect from 1 May 2014, making the carrier the first from the Indian subcontinent to become part of any global airline alliance.... Read More
  • CSafe names new sales rep in India

    CSafe Global has announced Interavion India Pvt. Ltd. is their new sales representative agent in India. Interavion is an established aviation support services and cold chain solutions company with its headquarters in Bangalore.... Read More
  • India needs US$190 bn in aircraft over next 20 years

    According to Airbus’ latest market forecast, Indian carriers will require 1,290 new passenger aircraft valued at US$190 billion between now and 2032 to satisfy surging annual demand.... Read More
  • Airbus puts down firmer footprint in India

    Airbus is grouping its activities in India through the creation of a fully owned subsidiary called Airbus India to manage the company’s significant Indian footprint spread across several sites.... Read More
  • EU likely to block flights from Chennai airport

    Airports Authority of India (AAI) is yet to set up a system to scan cargo consignments and load freighters as per EU specifications in Chennai though the air cargo complex was modernised as part of an airport expansion project.... Read More
  • Air India looking to grow cargo revenue 30%

    State-owned Air India, which is reeling under a heavy debt of over US$4.1 billion, expects to post around 30 per cent higher revenue for its cargo segment during fiscal 2014, according to Indian media reports.... Read More
  • Skymark becomes first Japanese A330 operator

    Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third largest airline has taken delivery of the first two A330-300s out of a total of ten on lease.... Read More
  • Batik Air looks to international expansion

    Indonesia-based Batik Air has announced its first international route, an addition of 12 new domestic routes and a projected 10 new aircraft this year. Batik, the full-service subsidiary of Lion Air, will begin its first international services on a daily basis from Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta to Singapore Changi at “the end of 2014,” Batik Air CEO Achmad Luthfie said.... Read More
  • Garuda Indonesia joins SkyTeam Alliance

    Global airline alliance, SkyTeam, has welcomed Garuda Indonesia as its 20th member and second airline from Southeast Asia.... Read More
  • Qantas, Atlas Air extend ACMI relationship

    Australia’s Qantas Airways and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services, have extended their long-standing ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) relationship.... Read More
  • Asia Pac air markets firm up to CNY

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of January released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed a continuation of steady growth in international passenger traffic, while air cargo markets were also relatively firm in the lead up to the Chinese New Year holidays.... Read More
  • SIA Cargo traffic continues to slide in Feb

    Singapore Airlines Cargo continues to see declining freight traffic with an 8.1 per cent decline in volume for the month of February, year-on-year to 73.9 million kg from the 80.4 million kg it uplifted in February 2013.... Read More
  • HK’s Dragonair opens Malaysia route

    Hong Kong-based Dragonair willlaunch a second Malaysia service toMalaysia from Hong Kong, with 10 flightsa week to Penang.... Read More
  • Cargo business “problematic” says Cathay chairman

    The Cathay Pacific Group has announced an attributable profit of HK$2.6 billion (US$334.9 million) for 2013, compared to a profit of HK$862 million (restated) in the previous year.... Read More
  • SASI, SDG collaborate on aviation consulting

    Hong Kong-based Strategic Aviation Solutions International (SASI) and UK-based Steer Davies Gleave (SDG) have formed a collaboration agreement to jointly promote aviation consultancy services across specific geographies.... Read More
  • Air China adds Myanmar, Osaka and Europe

    Air China plans to inaugurate fourtimes weekly Beijing-Yangon and a daily Chengdu-Kunming-Yangon services from 30 March.... Read More
  • Dragonair to begin Bali service in April

    Dragonair today announced that it will commence a twice-weekly A330-300 service to Denpasar, Bali, starting 27 April and the carrier’s first destination in Indonesia.... Read More
  • China Southern gets first of 10 B777-300ERs

    China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of the first of 10 B777-300ERs that it has on order in late February. “The 777-300ER’s long-haul capability is a perfect fit for our network expansion plans as it will enable us serve our existing long-range markets more efficiently and open new routes in the future,” said Zhang Zifang, COO, China Southern Airlines.... Read More
  • Cathay adds new freighter service to Columbus, Ohio

    Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will boost its freighter services into the US by launching a twice-weekly scheduled service to Columbus, Ohio on 21 March 2014.... Read More
  • China Eastern to host 2015 cargo symposium

    China Eastern Airlines will host the 2015 International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Cargo Symposium in Shanghai, according to Des Vertannes, IATA global head of cargo, who announced the news at the Closing Plenary of WCS in Los Angeles.... Read More
  • Thai Lion Air to operate new hub at Hat Yai

    Thai Lion Air has unveiled plans to develop a network of routes from Hat Yai, southern Thailand following delivery of its first new ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft, which will now be stationed in Hat Yai. From 6 April Thai Lion will launch its first international flights from Hat Yai, connecting twice weekly service to the Indonesian city of Medan and four times weekly to Subang, near Kuala Lumpur.... Read More
  • Swiss Farnair buys 45% of K-Mile Air

    European express air cargo company Farnair acquired a 45 per cent stake in Thai cargo airline K-Mile Air, taking over the stake held by Malaysia’s Transmile Group Bhd. K-Mile chief executive Kledchai Benjaathonsirikul said the partnership would enhance the company’s growth and strengthen Bangkok as a regional cargo and logistics hub.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

Express & Mail

Cover Story

  • ACC3: Are you ready?

    “Promises and pie crusts are made to be broken,” observed the 18th century writer, Jonathan Swift. But one promise best kept, is the one many airlines made back in early 2012. That promise, by carriers bringing cargo into Europe was embodied in a declaration of commitment signed with the European Union which accorded them ‘ACC3’ status. But that was the easy part. With a 1 July deadline for validation fast approaching, carriers brining cargo into Europe risk being banned should they break that promise. Donald Urquhart reports.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • TNETS launches free Singapore AED seminars

    TNETS, a Singapore-based trade facilitation software and services provider, is launching a series of free seminars in March and April aimed at ensuring businesses are fully aware of the new Advance Export Declaration (AED) rules in Singapore and know what changes they need to make to their work processes to be fully compliant in exporting goods from Singapore.... Read More
  • Amadeus acquires UFIS Airport Solutions

    Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, has continued its expansion into the airport IT space with the acquisition of UFIS Airport Solutions, a leading airport information technology player.... Read More
  • Malaysia Airlines inks IT deal with Ramco

    Malaysia Airlines (MAS) hasannounced a strategic partnership withChennai based Ramco Systems, an ITsolutions provider, for a suite of criticalenterprise-wide engineering solutionsthat includes aircraft maintenance,maintenance service sales, operational,human resources and financialfunctions.... Read More
  • Nordisk begins Turkish delivery of lightweight ULDs

    AAR’s Nordisk Aviation Productssubsidiary has begun delivery ofmore than 2,600 lightweight air-cargocontainers to Turkish Airlines.... Read More
  • Unisys, TravelSky partner on next gen air cargo system

    Unisys Corporation announced that it is working with TravelSky, a leading provider of information technology solutions for China’s air travel and tourism industry, to build the next generation of the Unisys Logistics Management System.... Read More
  • CHEP Aerospace launches ULD management app

    CHEP Aerospace Solutions, an independent provider of outsourced unit load device (ULD) and galley cart management services, has announced the launch of CHEP Focus, a unique mobile application for iOS and Android devices.... Read More
  • CHAMP signs Cargolux for ‘next gen’ cargo platform

    CHAMP Cargosystems announced that all-cargo carrier, Cargolux Airlines International, will replace its customised legacy cargo management system with a new tailor-made core cargo system based on CHAMP’s Open Cargo Platform.... Read More
  • TenCate, Air Cargo Containers go lightweight

    TenCate Advanced Armor USA has signed a teaming agreement with Air Cargo Containers, LLC to manufacture lightweight air cargo containers.... Read More
  • CHEP Aerospace acquires Airworld Services

    CHEP Aerospace Solutions has announced the acquisition of Airworld Services and Airworld Containers, a specialist unit load device (ULD) maintenance and repair organisation (MRO) with facilities at London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and East Midlands airports, increasing the number of CHEP-owned MRO facilities to 29 stations worldwide.... Read More
  • ASR Holdings launches B2B air cargo e-booking

    Hong Kong-based ASR HoldingsLtd., an investment holding companyspecialising in logistics businesses,announced that it has launched alogistics business-to-business (B2B)air cargo booking e-platform in Chinatargeting more than 7,000 potentialsmall to mid-sized forwarders in China.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Systems back on growth path

    Lufthansa Systems today announced that it was able to increase its revenues again in the past financial year to €640 million (+5.1 per cent year-on-year).... Read More
  • LCCs GoAir and IndiGo join SITA

    Low-cost carriers GoAir and IndiGohave became the latest Indian companiesto join SITA, the community-owned airtransport communications and IT specialist.The two carriers join 450 airlines, airports,governments, air freight carriers and otherstakeholders who are all connected over asingle communications network covering17,500 industry sites around the world.... Read More


  • Kale Log partners Airport Services Assoc (ASA)

    Kale Logistics Solutions has become an industry partner of Airport Services Association (ASA) – the industry recognised representative body for ground handling companies worldwide – under the association’s industry partner scheme.... Read More
  • Kuehne & Nagel sees 20% rise in EBITA

    Kuehne & Nagel International AG has reported earnings before interest and taxes up 20 per cent last year to CHF761 million (US$869.5 million). Net sales rose 0.8 per cent to CHF20.9 billion.... Read More
  • DHL brings Gewandhausorchester to Asia

    DHL Trade Fairs & Events, a business unit of DHL Global Forwarding has become the Leipzig-based Gewandhausorchester’s Official Logistics Partner and supports the orchestra in its Asian tour to China and Japan this year.... Read More
  • SEKO Logistics opens Irish MedTec Solutions

    SEKO MedTec Solutions, which delivers SEKO Logistics’ specialist offering to the medical and technology sectors, has opened a new European Control Centre in Galway, Ireland, to spearhead its expansion in the US$500 billion medical device market.... Read More
  • Panalpina’s growth slowed by contract logistics

    A “path to recovery” is how Panalpina described its performance over the past 12 months with the Swiss forwarders’ profits still hampered by fines which in 2013, amounting to CHF40.9 million (US$46.7 million), but EBITDA bounced back from CHF34.3 million in 2012 to CHF119.9 million in 2013.... Read More
  • Menlo launches Freight Brokerage Service

    Global logistics company, Menlo Logistics, has established a new transportation service which extends its 3PL warehousing and supply chain management services portfolio.... Read More
  • Pantos Logistics awarded AEO certificate in Spain

    Pantos Logistics, a comprehensive logistics service provider operating more than 180 logistics networks around the world, has been awarded Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certification in Spain.... Read More
  • CEVA struggles towards profitability

    CEVA is recovering from the effects of its recapitalisation with its 2013 results showing revenue and EBITDA both down on 2012 and posting a full year loss of US$60 million.... Read More
  • Yusen Logistics expands in Thailand

    Yusen Logistics announced that it hasopened a new 30,000 sqm warehousein Laem Chabang, Thailand, bringing theJapanese company’s total warehousingspace in Thailand to approximately250,000 sqm.... Read More
  • DB Schenker begins work on new Dubai log centre

    DB Schenker recently started construction work on its upcoming facility in Dubai Logistics City with the state-of-the art logistics centre to have warehouse space of 8,500 sqm and a total storage capacity of 8,500 pallet positions with two mezzanine levels dedicated for value-added services and spare parts operations.... Read More

IATA World Cargo Symposium

  • 8th WCS emphasis on E-Freight and quality agenda

    The 8th World Cargo Symposium (WCS) concluded in Los Angeles on 13 March with new initiatives to improve the efficiency and quality of global air freight.... Read More
  • IATA releases lithium battery guidelines

    With concern rising rapidly across the airline industry over the safety of transporting lithium batteries the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has just released the first edition of the Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG) providing comprehensive guidance on how to safely ship lithium batteries and products containing Lithium batteries.... Read More
  • Modal shift denting growth: Seabury-IATA

    Air cargo has lost a lot of ground to ocean,” said Gert-Jan Jansen, head of Seabury Cargo Advisory in detailing the results a new study undertaken by Seabury the and International Air Transport Association.... Read More
  • A clarion call to cut two days from transit time

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) commenced its 8th World Cargo Symposium in Los Angeles with an industry-wide call for the average end-to-end transit time to be cut by up to 48 hours by the end of the decade.... Read More
  • FedEx’s Smith warns on future of air cargo

    Speaking at the Opening Plenary of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Cargo Symposium 2014 in Los Angeles in mid-March, FedEx founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith gave a nod to the event’s theme – ‘Transformation through Innovation’ saying it was particularly relevant given that the air cargo industry “is in the midst of a profound transformation that requires new ways of thinking about our future.” Donald Urquhart reports from Los Angeles.... Read More

Belly Ache

  • I ata know better!

    I ata know better! This edition of Belly Ache will surely strike a familiar chord for many of you, as we’re quite sure, like us, you’re all used to receiving those absurdly obvious scam emails about so-and-so’s uncle who was an ex-general in Nigeria, or Uganda, or somewhere and rather inconveniently died leaving millions of dollars, or gold and gems stuck in a bank somewhere.... Read More