May 2014

From the Editor

  • Scene 1, Act 1

    Fade in: Birds chirping, a beautiful pristine blue sky and blazing April sunshine fail to soften the chill in the air around Schiphol Airport on a Thursday afternoon in mid-April.... Read More

IT & Equipment


  • Thai Cargo moves cautiously, focuses on Asia

    Thai Airways Cargo will cautiously introduce new services into the market as it waits for the world economy to show sustained signs of growth and Thailand’s overheated politics to cool down. Michael Mackey reports from Bangkok.... Read More

Cover Story

  • Cathay’s billion dollar terminal gambit

    With nearly a full freighter schedule in March on the back of an almost jaw-dropping double digit upsurge in cargo volumes year-on-year, Cathay Pacific Cargo is likely breathing at least a slight sigh of relief that the future of its business – never in much doubt over the longer term – is smelling a bit more like roses a bit sooner than later, considering it has only just begun operations at its new HK$5.9 billion (US$760 million) cargo terminal. Donald Urquhart reports from Hong Kong.... Read More


  • e-AWB push continues with new initiatives

    The international e-AWB penetration in February is up by 0.6 per cent, however the last two month performance has remained flat in part due to Chinese New Year, which impacted Asian markets, where e-AWB penetration is high, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said in its latest update.... Read More


  • “All options” on the table for AF-KLM group

    The Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo group has said it is currently studying the future of its cargo business and the role of dedicated freighters within that business. The results of this study, expected to be announced by mid-July, cover anything from continuing with the status quo, to drastic action that could include exiting dedicated freighter operations altogether, the group’s senior cargo management said recently. Donald Urquhart reports from Amsterdam.... Read More

Express & Mail

Airports & Ground Handling

Belly Ache

  • Droning on..

    Droning on...The topic of air cargo drones has been much in the news lately what with Amazon’s CEO saying that the Internet retailing giant is aiming to use the unmanned devices to deliver packages in the near future. And more recently the CEO for air cargo drone company, Matternet, caused a stir at the IATA World Cargo Symposium when he flew a drone in front of the audience in the ballroom of the Hyatt hotel in Los Angeles this past March.... Read More


  • Philippines defies disasters, leads Asia growth

    A new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) suggests that while growth in Southeast Asia is expected to be minimal at best this year, the Philippines remains a bright light, despite the devastating typhoon and earthquake that hit the country in 2013.... Read More
  • Air Canada finalises order for 61 B737 MAXs

    Air Canada has finalised an order for 61 B737 MAX aircraft to lead the airline’s single-aisle fleet renewal plan.... Read More
  • United’s first B787-9 rolls out of final assembly

    United Airlines’ first B787-9 Dreamliner rolled out of final assembly in early April at Boeing’s Everett, Wash., facility. The rollout marks the first major milestone in the aircraft’s production ahead of its expected delivery this summer. The B787- 9 Dreamliner is the second and newest member of the fuel-efficient B787 family.... Read More
  • American Airlines sees March cargo grow 11%

    American Airlines Group has reported positive combined traffic growth in March 2014 for American Airlines Cargo and US Airways Cargo.... Read More
  • World Airways ceases operations

    One of the most established players in the US passenger and cargo air transport sector, World Airways, has ceased operations after it was unable to secure funding for restructuring.... Read More
  • United Cargo expands widebody services

    United Cargo has launched widebodyservice to new markets and additionalflights on existing routes, to and fromits hubs at San Francisco InternationalAirport (SFO) and George BushIntercontinental Airport in Houston(IAH).... Read More
  • Expedite Plus opens HK, mainland China offices

    Expedite Plus, a leading provider of time-critical delivery services based in Toronto, Canada, has expanded its global reach with the opening of a new office in Hong Kong and service centres in Shanghai and Beijing. Located at the CS Logistics Centre, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong, the office will serve as a hub in Asia and strengthen the company’s ability to manage urgent shipments throughout Asia and the rest of the world, the company said.... Read More
  • Boeing, Air NZ unveil new livery of first B787-9

    The first B787-9 Dreamliner to bedelivered to launch customer Air NewZealand, revealing the carrier’s new-looklivery, was rolled out of the paint hangarin early April.... Read More
  • TIACA calls for standardised approach for advance data

    Mail parcel volumes, growing because of e-commerce, are creating further challenges for pending Advance Data Filing regulations, Douglas Brittin secretary general, TIACA, advised a meeting of postal organisations last week.... Read More
  • American Airlines Cargo goes for the gold

    American Airlines Cargo has completed the safe return of more than 200 pieces of gold and ancient artefacts from London to the Museo del Oro in Bogotá, Colombia. Working on the return leg – as with the outbound – in close collaboration with specialist art movement logistics company Momart, the airline shipped the items from the Beyond El Dorado exhibition at the British Museum.... Read More
  • Lufthansa renews feeder contract with Jan de Rijk

    Jan de Rijk Logistics has announcedthat it has signed a prolongationagreement for Road Feeder Serviceswith Lufthansa Cargo.... Read More
  • Israeli pharma sector gets capacity boost from IAG

    Businesses in the Israeli capital are benefitting from a massive increase in capacity on the IAG Cargo London Heathrow service.... Read More
  • Nordic Countries push forward on e-AWB

    Nine IATA member airlines; SASCargo, Finnair Cargo, Lufthansa Cargo,Air France/KLM, Korean Air, CathayPacific, Qatar Airways and Emirateshave taken the lead in the Nordicmarket to implement the electronic-airwaybill (e-AWB) for their air freightshipments.... Read More
  • Air freight markets continue recovery: IATA

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in February showing a 2.9 per cent increase in demand compared to February 2013.... Read More
  • EASA warns traffic away from Crimea airspace

    In a 3 April Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has warned all aircraft under the National Aviation Authorities of the EASA Member States to avoid airspace controlled by the Flight Information Region of Simferopol in Crimea because of the potential compromised safety environment due to conflicting claims over who is responsible for Air Traffic Service in that Flight Information Region (FIR).... Read More
  • Lufthansa calls for more efficient screening

    Lufthansa Cargo has called for a more efficient air cargo screening process and it should be combined with the necessary measures to further enhance security levels, said Karl- Rudolf Rupprecht, Lufthansa Cargo’s board member for operations at the carrier’s annual security conference.... Read More
  • AMI opens in Darwin and Christchurch

    AMI – a leading trade-only airfreight and express wholesaler – has opened two further offices in Australasia.... Read More
  • Swiss WorldCargo partners Flying Donkey Challenge

    Swiss WorldCargo is providing logistical and other support to Switzerland’s La Fondation Bundi, a nonprofit organisation, for the first staging of the Flying Donkey Challenge (FDC), which will be held in Kenya in November 2014.... Read More
  • Air Astana given safety green light by EU

    Air Astana is now free to increase frequencies on existing European routes and also to plan for new destinations following the lifting of restrictions previously imposed by the European Union.... Read More
  • Jettainer opens new Abu Dhabi office

    Jettainer, a leading provider of outsourced unit load device (ULD) services, has opened a new office in the Abu Dhabi Airport Business City’s Logistics Park on the back of strong growth Jettainer is seeing in the Middle East region by serving Etihad Airways.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Cargo ‘sells-out’ in Q1

    The air cargo market continues to show signs of a slight recovery.... Read More
  • Cargolux achieves record aircraft utilisation

    Cargolux Airlines Internationalhas recorded an all-time high averagedaily aircraft utilisation of its B747-400freighter fleet in the first week of April itsaid.... Read More
  • Cargolux begins scheduled flights to Zhengzhou

    After operating a series of charter flights, Cargolux Airlines International began regular scheduled services between Luxembourg and Zhengzhou, the capital of Chinese province Henan, on 24 April.... Read More
  • ABC launches Dallas, Malmo and Leipzig services

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), is expanding its presence in the US market with the launch of twice-weekly B747-8 freighter flights linking Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) with Amsterdam Schiphol and Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Cargo remains profitable in tough year

    Lufthansa Cargo achieved an operating profit of €77 million in the last financial year, down €28 million from 2012, on total revenue of €2.4 billion, a decline of some nine per cent over the previous year.... Read More
  • Turkish begins new Tripoli, Tunis, Belgrade services

    Turkish cargo has begun operatingweekly freighter service to Tripoli andTunis from Istanbul from 5 April markingits 11th dedicated freighter service tothe continent.... Read More
  • Oman Air revenue up, net loss widens

    At its recent Annual General Meeting, Oman Air reported strong revenue growth supported by growth in seat capacity, cargo operations and the number of passengers carried in 2013.... Read More
  • Qatar upgrades Moscow, Melbourne services

    Effective from 1 April Qatar Airways has upgraded its capacity on its daily Melbourne-Doha service by 30 per cent, with a B777-300 aircraft. Qatar Airways also flies daily to Perth in Western Australia.... Read More
  • South America driving SkyCargo growth

    Following years of unstable growth as a result of the global crisis, Emirates SkyCargo is back at “a good moment” in 2013, the senior vice president for cargo revenue optimisation and systems, Pradeep Kumar, said recently, noting that South American operations were up approximately 45 per cent.... Read More
  • Etihad Cargo offers mileage for cargo bookings

    Etihad Cargo has unveiled a unique new service whereby UAE residents who book personal cargo shipments can now earn Etihad Guest Miles and Tier Miles.... Read More
  • Saudia Cargo transports wild animals to Riyadh Zoo

    Saudi Airlines Cargo has successfully moved a large number of wild animals from Johannesburg (South Africa) to Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).... Read More
  • Saudia Cargo upgrades to B747-8F to Shanghai

    Saudi Airlines Cargo has graded its Shanghai service to its B747-8 freighter from early April with the carrier now operating three weekly B747-8F flights from Shanghai directly to Europe and Saudia Arabia, thus enabling customers to connect to the entire Saudia Cargo Network.... Read More
  • Air Seychelles posts second year of profits

    Air Seychelles, the national carrier of the Republic of Seychelles, has announced a net profit of US$3 million for 2013 on the back of a 107 per cent rise in revenue to $88.7 million (2012: $42.8 million), exceeding by 171 per cent its profit of $1.1 million reported in 2012.... Read More
  • ANA announces record $16.6b in aircraft orders

    Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) will spend a record JPY1.7 trillion (US$16.6 billion) on a series of new single- and twin-aisle aircraft from both Airbus and Boeing as it both renews and expands its fleet.... Read More
  • Air China sees profits sink 32 per cent

    Beijing-based Air China said net profit sank 32 per cent last year to 3.26 billion yuan (US$524.6 million) as revenue per passenger slid and air cargo operations bled from soft demand and overcapacity in the industry.... Read More
  • Air China to start Beijing-Vladivostok service

    Air China plans to start a new Beijing-Vladivostok, Russia service on 3 June operating the service four-times weekly.... Read More
  • China Southern adds Vienna, ups Frankfurt freq

    Guangzhou-based, China Southern Airlines, has begun operating a Guangzhou- Vienna-Frankfurt-Guangzhou B777-200F freighter service from 31 March and in so doing, boosted the existing Guangzhou- Frankfurt freighter service to five per week. China Southern Cargo launched the Guangzhou-Frankfurt-Guangzhou direct flight in July 2013 and with the added stopover at Vienna, China Southern Cargo will provide 450 tonnes of weekly freighter capacity between Guangzhou, Vienna and Frankfort.... Read More
  • Data sharing needs to be core of safety: IATA

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments and industry to focus on partnerships, data analysis and runway safety in the ongoing quest to make flying even safer during IATA’s OPS Conference, in Kuala Lumpur recently.... Read More
  • Asian carriers face multiple challenges

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of February released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed further air cargo market flatness in February – due largely to the timing of the Chinese New Year holidays – while growth in international passenger markets continued to climb. Measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTK), international freight demand of Asia Pacific carriers was 0.3 per cent lower compared to the same month last year, partly a result of the closure of regional manufacturing plants during the Chinese New Year holidays.... Read More
  • ST Aero wins $460m in new contracts in 1Q 2014

    Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) has announced that its aerospace arm, Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace) has recorded new orders worth SG$460 million (US$369 million) in the first quarter (1Q) of 2014.... Read More
  • Tigerair to order up to 50 A320neo

    Singapore-based LCC Tigerair has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for the purchase of up to 50 A320neo aircraft for future fleet renewal and growth.... Read More
  • Philippines gets all clear from FAA, EC

    Philippines-based carriers have been given the thumbs up on safety from both the US and European air safety authorities meaning either flights can now be undertaken or additional route and aircraft types can be added.... Read More


  • DHL forms new China- Europe rail partnership

    DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, is to form a new strategic partnership to develop rail forwarding services on the China-Europe route with United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC).... Read More
  • Goodman develops new Chongqing facility

    Goodman Group, the global integrated property group which owns, develops and manages industrial space, has signed an agreement to develop a 22,000 sqm built-to-suit facility for Best Logistics Technology (Hangzhou) Co. Ltd in Chongqing, Western China.... Read More
  • S’pore cites 11 forwarders for price-fixing

    The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) has issued a Proposed Infringement Decision (PID) against 11 freight forwarding companies and their Singapore subsidiaries, saying its provisional findings indicated the companies “had collectively fixed certain fees and surcharges and exchanged price and customer information in relation to the provision of air freight forwarding services for shipments from Japan to Singapore”.... Read More
  • UTi posts loss on back of weak air freight

    Logistics company UTi Worldwide Inc reported a loss in the quarter ending 31 January, hurt by weak demand for air freight as customers opt for slower, but cheaper, modes of shipping.... Read More
  • Agility turns in 37% rise in 2013 net profit

    Agility has announced its financial results for the fourth quarter 2013, reporting a net profit of KWD 12.4 million (US$44 million), an increase of 29 per cent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.... Read More
  • K+N last ‘gardener’ in NZ cartel club to be fined

    The High Court in Auckland has ordered Swiss company Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) International to pay a penalty of NZ$3.1 million (US$2.7 million) plus costs for breaches of the Commerce Act and brings the total penalties in this case to $11.95 million.... Read More