February 2015


Airports & Ground Handling

  • Liege Airport returns to growth in ‘14

    Liege Airport has confirmed its position as the number one cargo airport in Belgium with 590,579 tonnes of cargo passing through the airport in 2014, against 560,949 tonnes in 2013, representing an increase of 5.3 per cent.... Read More
  • Malaysia airports see 2014 growth

    Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) group recorded an eight per cent growth in cargo movements during 2014 over the previous year, registering a volume of 1.01 million tonnes - the highest cargo volume handled by the Malaysia Airports system since 2006 - while aircraft movements recorded a growth of 7.3 per cent.... Read More
  • Fraport sees 2014 growth despite strikes

    Cargo volumes (airfreight and airmail) at Frankfurt Airport advanced in 2014, rising by 1.7 per cent to about 2.2 million tonnes by year-end.... Read More
  • Hactl’s cargo competition draws record turnout

    The turnout for Hactl's 2015 International Forklift and Pallet Building Competition was the best in its eight-year history, with 13 teams from around the world competing for awards as they pitted their skills in forklift driving and pallet building.... Read More
  • Cologne Bonn airport cargo up 2% in 2014

    Cologne Bonn Airport saw record air cargo growth in 2014, handling 753,000 tonnes, a two per cent increase on 2013.... Read More
  • Global cargo traffic maintains growth: ACI

    Global airfreight traffic continued to maintain the upward trend in volumes, according to Airports Council International (ACI), with a year-on-year growth rate of four per cent for the month of November.... Read More
  • AISATS facility receives GDP certification

    The Bengaluru (BLR) Airfreight Terminal facility of Air India SATS Airport Services (AISATS) received its Good Distribution Practices (GDP) certification, a system that ensures the quality of a pharmaceutical product is maintained throughout the distribution process.... Read More
  • Thailand’s U-Tapao airport to be upgraded

    Thailand's Transport Ministry is proposing a plan to upgrade U-Tapao International Airport as a regional hub for commercial airlines. Located southeast of Bangkok, near Sattahip on the Gulf of Thailand, U-Tapao International Airport is a joint-civil-military public airport and currently, in addition to serving as the U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield, the airport also is a hub for Bangkok Airways, which operates domestic flights between Samui and Pattaya. U-Tapao is also a 45-minute drive from the popular Thai beach resort of Pattaya.... Read More
  • HK’s AAT renews TAPA ‘A’, ISAGO certs

    Hong Kong’s Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT) has successfully renewed the highest Classification Level A under the enhanced Freight Security Requirement (FSR) Standards (2014 Version) of Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) in November 2014 for a three-year period.... Read More

Belly Ache

Cover Story

  • Cargo thrives with Hawaiian’s aloha spirit

    Hawaiian Airlines Cargo must be the envy of the entire air cargo sector industry and not just because of the lush location of their home base. The airline may be far smaller than the giants based on the mainland, but a combination of location, strategy and ohano (commitment) has seen jaw-dropping growth at the cargo division of Honalulubased Hawaiian Airlines, outpacing that of the passenger division – a nearly unheard of feat in the air cargo industry in recent years. Michael Mackey has the story.... Read More

From the Editor

Express & Mail

IT & Equipment

  • Jettainer awarded ISO 14001 enviro cert

    Jettainer, a leading international service partner for outsourced ULD management, has successfully passed its first environmental audit and has been certified according to the ISO 14001 environmental management standards.... Read More
  • China Eastern taps SITA tech

    China Eastern has recorded a 16 per cent drop in staffing hours and a 60 per cent drop in overtime for ground operations as a result of a new Hub Control Center (HCC) using SITA’s resource management technology.... Read More
  • ABC implements paperless cockpit

    AirBridgeCargo (ABC) has commenced using Lufthansa Systems' Lido/iRouteManual, Lido/Enroute and Lido/DocView IT solutions aimed at simplifying cockpit processes.... Read More

Gateways

  • Venezuela’s Transcarga begins A300F service to US

    Caracas, Venezuela-based Transcarga International Airways is starting regularly scheduled cargo flights beginning in January to Miami and Houston (Bush Intercontinental).... Read More
  • IAG gets world’s first pharma WDA

    IAG Cargo has become the world’s first cargo carrier to be awarded a GDP (Good Distribution Practice) certification by a national government health agency in what is widely recognised as meeting the diamond standard for pharmaceutical transportation.... Read More
  • Maximus donates Iift to Levant relief

    Abu Dhabi-based Maximus Air has donated one of its aircraft to support a regional humanitarian campaign launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan earlier this month.... Read More
  • Chinese LCC West Air eyes int’l services

    Chongqing-based West Air has appliedfor an expansion of its license toinclude international operations to serveHong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, as wellas other international routes to neighbouringcountries.... Read More
  • AirAsia investigation, recovery continues

    As the grim search for bodies amongst the undersea wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 continues Indonesian investigators said as at 20 January they had found no evidence so far that terrorism was involved in the crash of an AirAsia passenger jet last month that killed all 162 people on board.... Read More
  • Indonesia’s Mandala Airlines files for bankruptcy

    Jakarta-based Tigerair Mandala has filed for bankruptcy at the Central Jakarta Commercial Court in early December according to a Jakarta Post report.... Read More
  • Malaysian firm seeks part of MAS’ assets

    Malaysian financial advisory firm, Jentayu Danaraksa (JD), is said to be looking to buy two of Malaysia Airline’s (MAS) subsidiaries – Firefly, the fullservice point-to-point carrier arm of MAS and MAS Engineering Sdn Bhd – as the deeply troubled national carrier undergoes restructuring.... Read More
  • Singapore world’s 3rd most connected country: DHL

    Global logistics provider, DHL, has released the third edition of its Global Connectedness Index (GCI) revealing a recovery in global connectedness to pre-financial crisis levels and ranking five Southeast Asian economies – Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong SAR and Singapore – as top global connectedness outperformers relative to their size and levels of economic development.... Read More
  • Royal Air Maroc gets first B787 Dreamliner

    The Moroccan carrier has a total four B787s on order with one option.... Read More
  • Qatar Airways still keen on IndiGo stake

    Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al Baker has reiterated his interest in the Indian market stating that the Qatari carrier would be open to acquiring a 49 per cent stake in low cost carrier IndiGo Airlines if given the opportunity.... Read More
  • Qatar finalises order for four B777 Freighters

    Qatar Airways has finalised an order for four B777 Freighters, valued at US$1.24 billion at current list prices. The airline also has purchase rights for four additional airplanes, which when exercised will bring the combined value to $2.46 billion. Qatar Airways currently operates a fleet of 37 B777-300ERs and B777-200LRs, in addition to seven B777 Freighters.... Read More
  • Saudia launches 3 weekly freighters to Malpensa

    Saudi Airlines Cargo has launched three weekly B747 freighter flights from Riyadh to Milano Malpensa Airport from 11 January.... Read More
  • Etihad takes delivery of first B787-9 Dreamliner

    Etihad Airways’ first B787-9 Dreamliner sporting the airline’s new 'Facets of Abu Dhabi' livery.... Read More
  • Maximus donates Ilyushin aircraft to Levant relief

    Abu Dhabi-based Maximus Air has donated one of its aircraft to support a regional humanitarian campaign launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan earlier this month.... Read More
  • Boeing, Emirates partner for Iraq aid shipment

    The relief shipment includes blankets and sleeping bags to assist some of the hundreds of thousands who have been displaced this year in Iraq.... Read More
  • Qatar begins Pharma Express to Basel, Brussels

    Qatar Airways Cargo will launch twice weekly A330 freighter services to Basel, Switzerland, from 28 January and the carrier will also commence a Pharma Express service in January, offering airfreight to the pharmaceutical industry worldwide.... Read More
  • SkyCargo appoints new senior VP global

    Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has appointed Henrik Ambak to the position of senior VP, cargo operations worldwide. Henrik, a Danish national, took up his new position in Dubai in December, joining SkyCargo after having spent the past 27 years in various roles in the air cargo industry, having worked for companies such as Novia, CSLux and Cargolux Airlines.... Read More
  • Qatar ads 7th Indian freighter destination

    Qatar Airways Cargo is continuing its expansion programme in India with the launch of the seventh freighter destination in the country.... Read More
  • Qatar Airways takes delivery of first A350-900 XWB

    Launch customer, Qatar Airways has 80 of the new aircraft type on order.... Read More
  • SpiceJet looks for concessions

    Spicejet operates a fleet of 21 B737-800s, two B737MAX8s (with 42 on order), and 15 Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s.... Read More
  • Dark days for Russian carriers

    Polet Airlines is one of three Russian carriers who have had their AOC’s suspended.... Read More
  • V-D delivers vital Ebola equipment to Sierra Leone

    Volga-Dnepr Airlines has completed its latest flight in support of the global relief effort to counter the outbreak of the Ebola disease by transporting medical equipment from Oslo to Freetown, Sierra Leone, on behalf of the Norwegian Red Cross.... Read More
  • Volga-Dnepr taps Atran B737-400F

    Volga-Dnepr Group’s ‘cargo supermarket’ solution, which matches the best aircraft from its unique fleet to every customer request, came up with the perfect solution for a shipment of valuable cargo from Vienna to Moscow.... Read More
  • Silk Way West commits to three B747-8Fs

    The airline currently operates seven Boeing aircraft, including two B767-300 Freighters, three B747-400 Freighters and two B747-8 Freighters.... Read More
  • Aeroflot turns to China in face of sanctions

    Aeroflot – Russian Airlines has held a business round table meeting and discussion aiming at strengthening the company's position in the Asian region and more specifically developing cooperation between the aviation business communities of Russia and China as western economic sanctions applied over Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea province continue to bite hard into the country’s economy.... Read More
  • Lufthansa steady through a challenging year

    Despite a slight decline in transported cargo volume, Lufthansa Cargo was able to maintain its capacity utilisation in 2014 with a cargo load factor of 69.7 per cent, almost level with 2013’s 69.9 per cent.... Read More
  • A321neo to be longest range single aisle aircraft

    Airbus has officially launched the A321neo with 97 tonnes Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) having secured the first commitment from Air Lease Corporation (ALC).... Read More
  • IATA enviro programme gains momentum

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that five airlines have recently successfully completed stages of the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) programme.... Read More
  • Swiss WorldCargo, Cargologic, SATS do MoU

    The MoU was signed in Zurich in December by (l-r) Marco Gredig, managing director of Cargologic; Oliver Evans, SWISS’s chief cargo officer; and Alex Hungate, president and CEO of SATS.... Read More
  • Nov air freight up 4.2%: IATA

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported November 2014 data for global airfreight markets showing that demand measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTK) grew 4.2 per cent compared to November 2013.... Read More
  • Spain’s Air Europa orders 14 B787-9 Dreamliners

    Air Europa now has a combined total of 22 B787-8s and B787-9s on order as it continues its transition to an all-Boeing long-haul fleet.... Read More
  • Aer Lingus rejects new IAG takeover offer

    Irish carrier Aer Lingus has rejected a new, higher offer from IAG, parent company of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling saying that both of the offers undervalued its business.... Read More
  • EC ruling sends Cyprus Airways into liquidation

    Cyprus Airways, the country’s 68-year old national carrier, entered voluntary liquidation and ceased services in mid-January after a ruling by the European Commission determined that €102 million provided by the government constituted illegal state aid and some €66 million must be repaid to taxpayers.... Read More
  • Airfreight confidence flagging as 2015 begins

    Declines in the December Stifel Logistics Confidence Index suggest a gloomy start to 2015 as survey indicators for both the present situation and expectations for the next six months declined last month, according to Transport Intelligence (Ti), which compiles the index.... Read More
  • Air Cargo Logistics appointed by Oman Air

    Oman Air has appointed Air Cargo Logistics as its exclusive general sales and service agent (GSSA) in France.... Read More
  • Lufthansa expands use of biofuel in 2015

    Lufthansa is set to expand their biofuel efforts to a new airport and beginning in March, Lufthansa will begin to use a blended biofuel kerosene on all flights that depart from Oslo, Norway.... Read More
  • IAG Cargo expands Cargo Connector to 10 cities

    Drivers arrive in IAG Cargo-branded vans and collect freight as well as process new cargo bookings on-the-spot, making it easier than ever for freight forwarders to connect to IAG Cargo’s network of 350 destinations.... Read More
  • Avolon firms up order for 15 A330neo aircraft

    Avolon, the Dublin-based, global aircraft leasing firm, has firmed up its contract for 15 A330neo aircraft for which it is one of the launch customers.... Read More
  • Exelsius launches pharma programme

    Exelsius, the international Cold Chain Management Consultancy, has launched its Pharmaceutical Qualification Programme (PQP) giving all stakeholders involved in the handling and transportation of Pharmaceutical & Life Science products, the ability to become certified to Good Distribution Practice (GDP) standards.... Read More
  • IAG gets world’s first WDA pharma authorisation

    IAG Cargo has become the world’s first cargo carrier to be awarded a GDP (Good Distribution Practice) certification by a national government health agency in what is widely recognised as meeting the diamond standard for pharmaceutical transportation.... Read More
  • Virgin Atlantic extends India GSSA contract

    Virgin Atlantic Cargo has awarded a new and extended general sales and service agency contract to InterGlobe Air Transport (IGAT) in India as indicators project a 6-7 per cent growth in the country’s airfreight market in 2015, boosted by the upturn in the US economy, one of India’s biggest trading partners.... Read More
  • Taiwan’s TransAsia orders four A330-800neos

    Taipei, Sung Shan-based TransAsia Airways has announced it has placed an order with Airbus Industrie for four A330-800neo aircraft, along with four options, with deliveries scheduled to start towards the end of 2018.... Read More
  • Skymark, ANA & JAL in gov’t brokered tie-up

    Happier days: Airbus has now taken Skymark to court over the failed deal to purchase six A380-800s - a purchase that has been questioned by many aviation analysts as to why both parties embarked on the deal to begin with.... Read More
  • Air Mekong’s licence revoked by regulator

    Ho Chi Minh City-based Air Mekong has had its operating licence revoked by the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport after it failed to submit any plans regarding its resumption of operations, according to Vietnam's Thanh Nien News.... Read More
  • Vietnam Airlines to shift from Gatwick to Heathrow

    Vietnam Airlines has set a tentative September date for the launch of its maiden A350-900 commercial services with a six-times weekly Hanoi to Paris CDG service from 30 September 2015.... Read More
  • Malaysian firm seeks part of MAS' assets

    Malaysian financial advisory firm, Jentayu Danaraksa (JD), is said to be looking to buy two of Malaysia Airline’s (MAS) subsidiaries – Firefly, the full-service point-to-point carrier arm of MAS and MAS Engineering Sdn Bhd – as the deeply troubled national carrier undergoes restructuring.... Read More
  • Dragon Aviation takes delivery of four B737-800s

    Dragon Aviation Leasing celebrated the deliveries of four B737-800s recently.... Read More
  • China’s Okay Airways launches Thailand services

    Tianjin-based Okay Airways operates a fleet consisting of one B737-300F, 12 B737-800 and 12 Xian MA60s.... Read More
  • China’s latest LCC, 9 Air begins services

    Start-up low cost carrier (LCC), 9 Air – a subsidiary of Shanghai (Hongqiao and Pudong) based Juneyao Airlines – has launched services from its Guangzhou hub with a single daily Guangzhou-Wenzhou-Harbin service.... Read More
  • Chinese LCC West Air eyes int'l services

    Chongqing-based West Air has applied for an expansion of its license to include international operations to serve Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, as well as other international routes to neighbouring countries. The low-cost carrier is majority owned by HNA Group, the parent of Hainan Airlines and also has small bases in Sanya and Zhengzhou.... Read More
  • Cathay welcomes HK SAR initiatives

    Cathay Pacific Airways has welcomed the commitment made by the Hong Kong SAR chief executive, C Y Leung, in his Policy Address in mid-January that the government will continue to plan and adopt measures to enhance the status of Hong Kong as an international aviation and logistics hub, thereby boosting the city’s long-term competitiveness.... Read More
  • Qingdao Airlines expanding in 2015

    Qingdao Airlines plans to open 15 new domestic routes this year as it takes delivery of six more A320s.... Read More
  • Boeing Shanghai, V-D do P2F deal

    Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co., Ltd., (Boeing Shanghai) - a joint venture between Boeing, Shanghai Airport Authorities and China Eastern Airlines - has signed a B737-400 Freighter Conversion Agreement with Russia based Volga-Dnepr Group.... Read More
  • ANZ orders for two more B787-9 Dreamliners

    Air New Zealand has finalised an order for two additional B787-9 Dreamliners, valued at US$514 million at current list prices.... Read More
  • AirAsia crash investigation, recovery continues

    As the grim search for bodies amongst the undersea wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 continues Indonesian investigators said as at 20 January they had found no evidence so far that terrorism was involved in the crash of an AirAsia passenger jet last month that killed all 162 people on board.... Read More
  • Indonesia's Mandala Airlines files for bankruptcy

    Jakarta-based Tigerair Mandala has filed for bankruptcy at the Central Jakarta Commercial Court in early December according to a Jakarta Post report.... Read More
  • Indonesia sanctions 5 carriers for route violations

    TransNusa, which serves the east of Indonesia, mainly Nusa Tenggara and southern Sulawesi, is one of five airlines recently sanctioned for route violations by the Indonesian aviation regulator.... Read More
  • Garuda unveils cost-cutting drive

    Garuda Indonesia, which posted losses of US$206 million in the first three quarters of 2014, has introduced the ‘Quick Wins’ initiative, in a bid to cut costs and drive revenue.... Read More
  • APAC airlines report increased cargo demand

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of November released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed that both international passenger and air cargo markets recorded further growth in demand. International air freight demand accelerated in November, driven by strong growth in shipments of electronic goods going into the year-end festive season.... Read More
  • ST Aero wins $310M in 4Q2014 contracts

    Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) today announced that its aerospace arm, ST Aerospace, has secured new contracts worth $310m in the fourth quarter (4Q) of 2014. These new orders involve projects ranging from airframe, component and engine maintenance, to VIP completions and engine wash.... Read More
  • Singapore world's 3rd most connected country: DHL

    DHL, Global logistics provider, has released the third edition of its Global Connectedness Index (GCI) revealing a recovery in global connectedness to pre-financial crisis levels and ranking five Southeast Asian economies – Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong SAR and Singapore – as top global connectedness outperformers relative to their size and levels of economic development.... Read More
  • Ethiopian freighter crashes in Ghana

    Ethiopian Airlines has written off its sole narrowbody freighter, a B737-400F after it sustained substantial damage after skidding off the runway at Accra in Ghana, while attempting to land after a flight from Lomé, Togo on 10 January.... Read More
  • Precision has begun conversion of B757-200PCF

    Precision Aircraft Solutions has begun conversion of the first B757-200PCF aircraft for Asia Pacific Airlines.... Read More
  • TAM Cargo gets new exec director from LAN

    Luis Quintiliano has been named TAM Cargo’s executive director after a successful tenure as vice president of Cargo Operations at LAN Cargo.... Read More
  • Venezuela's Transcarga begins A300F service to US

    Caracas, Venezuela-based Transcarga International Airways is starting regularly scheduled cargo flights beginning in January to Miami and Houston (Bush Intercontinental).... Read More
  • Delta Orders 50 Airbus widebodies

    Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 50 new Airbus widebody aircraft, 25 A350-900 and 25 A330-900neo aircraft. Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines will power the A330neo aircraft and Trent XWB engines will power the A350 XWB aircraft.... Read More
  • Air Canada expands B787s to more Asian routes

    Air Canada announced it will expand the introduction of B787 Dreamliner aircraft to more of its routes to Asia from Vancouver including Beijing in February and Seoul in March 2015.... Read More
  • Centurion Cargo partially flying again

    Miami-based Centurion Air Cargo is apparently back in the air after it terminated its services between the US and Europe with its last flight, Miami to Amsterdam, back in September.... Read More
  • Sudden TSA security updates surprise industry

    The air cargo sector has been caught off-guard by a sudden announcement by the United States Transport Security Administration (TSA), who on 29 December issued a notice that updates to Security Programs for all US and non US-based freighters flying within, into and out of the US, must be implemented by 16 February.... Read More

Logistics

  • Soren Poulsen joins Agility as China CEO

    Agility has appointed Soren Poulsenas CEO for Greater China Area (GCA),based in Hong Kong. In this role, Poulsenwill be responsible for leading Agility’sGlobal Integrated Logistics business inChina, Hong Kong and Taiwan.... Read More
  • Goodman gains two logistics providers in Tianjin

    The Goodman Group, a globalintegrated property group which owns,develops and manages industrial space,has signed new lease agreements with twoleading global logistics companies - DSVGlobal Transport and Logistics (DSV) andSankyu Group (Sankyu) - for a combined18,994 sqm at Goodman Xiqing LogisticsPark in Tianjin, China.... Read More
  • Jan de Rijk wins IAG road feeder contract

    Jan de Rijk Logistics has announced a new road feeder services contract, calling it a “positive development in the current air cargo market and proof of the trust IAG Cargo has in the company’s extensive trucking network.”... Read More
  • CEVA and L’Oréal extend relationship in Indonesia

    CEVA Logistics announced a contract renewal and expanded business with L’Oréal in Indonesia. CEVA’s partnership with L’Oréal started more than three years ago when the company took on the warehouse management of L’Oréal’s distribution centres in Bekasi, providing warehousing and distribution services as well as value added services.... Read More
  • Kerry expands footprint in ME, Canada

    Kerry Logi stics Network , a leading logistics service provider in Asia, announced two strategic acquisitions to expand reach and capacity of its international freight forwarding (IFF) business in the Middle East and Canada.... Read More
  • Forwarders welcome airline’s “all-in” rates

    The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) has welcomed recent statements of some airlines’ freight divisions announcing their policy to return to a simplified “all-in” rate structure that eliminates the various surcharges like fuel, security etc.... Read More
  • CEVA wins Ludendo Commerce Iberia contract

    CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain companies, has signed a three year contract worth almost €2 million per annum with Ludendo Commerce Iberia, to manage the handling, storage and delivery of its products in Spain.... Read More
  • UTi achieves CEIV Pharma cert at Brussels

    UTi Worldwide Inc., a global supply chain services and solutions company, has achieved CEIV Pharma certification in the comprehensive IATA training and pharmaceutical freight certification programme, the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV), at Brussels Airport.... Read More

News

  • 200 ACC3 certs expire without incident: IATA

    The 1 January expiry of some 200 temporary ACC3 accreditations for various cargo handling facilities and carriers around the world has not resulted in any negative impacts as of 27 January 2015, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) told Payload Asia, but the ultimate sanction of banning cargo uplift into Europe is still on the table. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More

Profile

  • Hong Kong Airlines enjoys a cargo ‘sweet spot’

    In a contrarian move to much of the industry, up and coming cargo carrier, Hong Kong Airlines continued to add freighter capacity in 2014, bucking the headwinds with rising volumes and utilisation of both its passenger belly and maindeck capacity. Manfred Singh has the story.... Read More

Supplement

  • Challenges and opportunities in air cargo

    The challenges and opportunities in the air cargo industry were a key focus of the third session of the recent Payload Asia Conference. But despite the global challenges the industry has been facing over the last few years, the panellists expressed confidence that through collaboration the industry can put itself back on the track of success. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More