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

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


  • “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

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