August 2014

From the Editor

  • Of broken bodies and shattered lives: MH17

    Although much has been written and will be written in the days to come about this incredibly horrible and heart wrenching tale of Russian/Ukrainian misadventure that saw the lives of 298 innocent people aboard MH17 snuffed out in an instant, we at Payload Asia feel it our duty to pay homage to these victims of a senseless act and their loved ones who must struggle on without them.... Read More


Airports & Ground Handling

Express & Mail

  • Goodman, SF Express sign 2nd Tianjin lease

    Global integrated property business, the Goodman Group has announced it has recently signed a second lease with SF Express at Goodman Landport Logistics Estate, Landport Logistics Park, Beichen District in Tianjin, China where the leading domestic logistics distribution and express delivery services provider is set to establish a Regional Distribution Centre.... Read More
  • TNT Express to build $85m Queensland hub

    TNT Express is to invest A$85m (US$80 million) in building a new regional headquarters and distribution centre near Brisbane, Australia.... Read More
  • Dubai’s Aramex acquires Oz courier service

    Australian freight and express comAramex, the Dubai-based logistics and transportation solutions provider, has announced its acquisition of Mail Call Couriers, a courier service in metropolitan express deliveries in Australia.... Read More


IT & Equipment

  • Saudia adopts CHAMP’s Weight & Balance solution

    CHAMP Cargosystems announced today that Saudia, the Jeddah-based flag carrier of Saudi Arabia and a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, has chosen its Weight & Balance solution after an extended trial period, which confirmed the solution as the “best in breed” product for managing freighter operations.... Read More
  • Royal Jordanian launches e-freight system

    Royal Jordanian has inaugurated an e-freight system, in collaboration with CHAMP Cargosystems, a global IT provider serving the air cargo industry.... Read More

Cover Story

  • Schiphol Airport: More than a bit of concrete

    “An airport, if you look at it unkindly, is a bit of concrete. It’s got runways. It’s got aprons…They’re all the same.” Well, an airport is an airport, but the similarities however, end with the physical attributes and no one knows it better than Enno Osinga, senior VP, cargo at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The airport – the cargo wing to be precise – has been hitting the headlines regularly for its performance despite the lethargic nature of the air cargo industry. Manfred Singh reports.... Read More


  • So far so good for ACC3 says EU

    Implementation of new European Union (EU) rules governing air cargo and mail, ACC3, have gone smoothly officials with the European Commission have said. Michael Mackey reports.... Read More


  • Security dominates annual FAPAA meeting

    Security – particularly the European Unions ACC3 requirements – once again dominated the key issues discussed over the annual two day meeting of the 20-member, regional freight forwarding group, Federation of Asia Pacific Aircargo Associations (FAPAA).... Read More


  • Zodiac raises the bar for lightweight ULDs

    With the lightest unit load device (ULD) available on the market, Zodiac Aerospace is confident of building its order book as airlines around the world adopt strict diets in a bid to shave kilos and rein in burgeoning fuel bills. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More

ULD & Cold Chain Supplement

Belly Ache

  • Dumb Dumber Dumbest!

    for the theory of natural selection, we bring you a story that would be side splitting (well at least thigh splitting as you will soon see) funny if it wasn’t just so downright dumb.... Read More