February 2014

From the Editor

  • A recovery in the works?

    This month’s edition of Payload provides an interesting glimpse into the current state of the industry and where it could, perhaps, be headed.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • TNT Express rocks across EMEA

    Guitar-maker Gibson has awarded TNT Express an 18-month contract to provide express delivery throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.... Read More
  • China Postal EMS cancels IPO

    China Postal Express and Logistics Co Ltd (EMS) has withdrawn its application for an initial public offering (IPO), according to the company’s announcement at end-December.... Read More
  • FedEx offers trade tips for SMEs

    As 2014 commences, the drive for global business expansion continues, according to FedEx which noted that in Asia Pacific, just 12 per cent of SMEs are generating their revenue exclusively in their home cities.... Read More
  • Amazon hopes to deliver packages using drones

    DHL, Global express and logistics provider, DHL has announced that it will support Cirque du Soleil, a leading live entertainment company, as Official Logistics Partner.... Read More

Cover Story

  • Garuda makes a quantum leap

    As far as ‘come-back’ stories go, Garuda Indonesia has a remarkable one to tell. The 65-year old carrier’s transformation has been one of the most impressive success stories in Asia Pacific aviation. Backed by the largest economy in Southeast Asia and with steady progress on its restructuring programme, the carrier has been growing its fleet, network and is set to return to Europe and has even won a string of awards, including Payload Asia’s Rising Star Carrier of the Year 2013. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More


Market Update


  • TIACA urges caution on air cargo screening

    Significant further testing must be conducted into the provision of advance data for air cargo and mail parcels security screening and common global standards and procedures must be developed to avoid potentially serious disruption to the flow of world trade, said the secretary general of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).... Read More


  • Planning towards an effective MRO supply chain

    Two key words that suppliers, MRO providers and airlines should be taking note of is, “planning and communication” in reducing turnover time and sharpening cost management. These were the sentiments of Mike Cazaz, president and CEO of Werner Aero Services during the supply chain and logistics track at the MRO Asia event late last year, which focused on effective supply chain management. He was joined by Paul Richardson, VP sales for Asia and Pacific Region from AAR Aviation Supply Chain. By Syed Shah.... Read More

Belly Ache


    In this edition of Belly Ache we have to say that the subject matter was quite accidental and we must apologise up front for what could be construed as sexist – we prefer to think of it as a journey into pop culture history.... Read More


Airports & Ground Handling

  • PACTL appointed to handle EVA Air

    Shanghai Pudong Int’l Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd. (PACTL) has been selected to provide customised cargo handling and documentation services for the Taiwanese airline EVA Air.... Read More
  • Liege Airport continues its growth track

    For Liege Airport 2013 was a mixed year that fell into two distinct halves - the first period ran from January to June and confirmed the trends observed in 2012 with a fall in the volumes passing through its facility.... Read More
  • UK runway brouhaha continues

    The aviation adviser of London mayor Boris Johnson has launched a scathing attack on the UK Airports Commission which is tasked with identifying the location of the UK’s next runway.... Read More
  • Air force base opened to relieve Soekarno-Hatta

    Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma air force base has been opened for commercial flights, as part of efforts to reduce congestion at the city’s Soekarno- Hatta International Airport.... Read More
  • DFW benefits from healthy cargo business

    More than US$50 billion of cargo makes its way through Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport each year and a recent economic analysis by the University of North Texas’ Center for Economic Development and Research estimated that the airport’s cargo traffic adds $16 billion a year to the region’s economy.... Read More
  • Mactan-Cebu project to go to GMR/Megawide

    The Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is set to award a public-private partnership (PPP) contract for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport project to a consortium led by Megawide Construction and Indian airport operator GMR Infrastructure after it submitted the highest bid of P14.4 billion (US$311 million).... Read More
  • Delhi Airport operator GMR appeals tariff cuts

    Delhi International Airport Ltd, or DIAL, a company of the GMR Group, which operates New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, has appealed to the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Appellate (AERA) Tribunal asking its regulator to put on hold the determination of user charges for the five-year period starting 1 April 2014.... Read More
  • Delhi airport sees 23% cargo growth in Oct

    Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport has seen its passenger numbers rise 24 per cent while cargo volumes grow by 23 per cent to 55,782 tonnes in October 2013, compared to a year earlier as passenger traffic also grew by a similar amount, at 24 per cent year-on-year.... Read More