June 2015

From the Editor

  • An upbeat industry gathers in Munich

    Having recently returned from Europe – well twice that is – once for Air Cargo Europe (ACE) in Munich and the second time from Paris after attending a media event for Air France KLM Martinair’s new express facility at Paris CDG – I can honestly say the air cargo sector is still alive and well.... Read More


  • B737 MAX LEAP-1B begins extensive tests

    Boeing and CFM International announced that they successfully initiated flight testing of the LEAP-1B* engine on 29 April on a modified B747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, Calif.... Read More
  • AEI CRJ200 SF conversion reaches milestone

    Aeronautical Engineers, Inc.(AEI) announced that the companyhas reached a milestone event on theconformity CRJ200 SF conversion with thecutting of the door.... Read More
  • Precision begins B757 conversion for DHL

    Precision Aircraft Solutions has beguna B757 P2F conversion for DHL withwork underway at Flightstar AircraftServices in Jacksonville, FLA.... Read More
  • US Cargo Airline Assoc. urges open skies

    The Washington-based Cargo Airline Association, whose members include direct cargo airlines ABX Air, Atlas Air, FedEx Express, Kalitta Air and UPS, has called on the US government to maintain its policy of promoting competition by continuing to negotiate and abide by Open Skies agreements and reject attempts to turn back the clock to a bygone era of government protectionism.... Read More
  • Virgin teams up with Soles4Souls on Vanuatu

    Soles4Souls, a global social enterprise that collects shoes and distributes them to people in need around the globe, has teamed up with Carnival Australia, Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic Cargo to provide shoes and clothing to people in need in Vanuatu following the devastation of Cyclone Pam that hit in March 2015.... Read More
  • Chapman, Volga-Dnepr deliver urgent oil equip

    Chapman Freeborn Airchartering and Volga-Dnepr Airlines have helped to keep a key oil facility open by delivering a time-critical outsize part from Switzerland to Brazil.... Read More
  • Air Partner acquires specialist broker Cabot

    Air Partner, a leading global aviation charter specialist, has acquired Cabot Aviation, a specialist broker in aircraft remarketing, for up to £1.2 million (€1.66 million).... Read More
  • IATA, UNECE collaborate on Trade Facilitation

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their support to developing countries seeking to implement the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement.... Read More
  • Former Cargo Human Care chairman honoured

    Dr Sven Sievers, founder member and former second chairman of Cargo Human Care e.V., was awarded the “Cross of Merit on the ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany” for his voluntary commitment to Kenya.... Read More
  • Air Charter Service to invests in OBC division

    Leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has announced its plans to invest in its On Board Courier division worldwide.... Read More
  • Volga-Dnepr moves wellhead equip to Singapore

    A wellhead control panel (WCP) and hydraulic power unit (HPU) with a combined weight of 17 tonnes has been delivered by Volga-Dnepr Airlines to Singapore in conjunction with leading Oil & Gas project logistics forwarder, Pentagon Freight Services.... Read More
  • IAG Cargo expands German cargo operations

    IAG Cargo is boosting its German cargo capacity by 18 per cent compared with last year. The new capacity will be introduced from Dùsseldorf, Hannover, Stuttgart, Berlin Tegel, Frankfurt, Munich and Hamburg into Barcelona and will be carried on Vueling’s narrowbody aircraft.... Read More
  • Bulls to China for world’s biggest TV game show

    Chapman Freeborn’s Intradco Global and Sixth Sense travel services have worked in partnership to deliver 12 bulls from Mexico to China ahead of the launch the new series of the Intervilles Games – a TV spectacular dubbed the biggest game show in the world.... Read More
  • Turkish continues Africa expansion with Dakar

    Turkish Cargo has strengthenedits presence in Africa with the launchof its 10th freighter services to the continent with weekly services to Dakar,Senegal.... Read More
  • Qatar Airways adds three US routes in 2016

    Qatar Airways has announced the next phase of its US route development with the introduction of three new routes to Los Angeles, Boston and Atlanta.... Read More
  • Qatar’s Al Baker refutes US claims in press conference

    As the war of words continues between US and European airlines and their Gulf-based rivals, Akbar Al Baker, Group chief executive for Qatar Airways, held a landmark press conference in Washington D.C. in Mid-May, adding the airline’s voice to the ongoing US Open Skies debate.... Read More
  • Qatar Airways and Royal Air Maroc do JV

    Qatar Airways and Royal Air Marochave announced the launch of a strategicjoint business agreement on theirservices between the State of Qatar andthe Kingdom of Morocco.... Read More
  • Qatar Cargo expands its QR Pharma offering

    Qatar Airways Cargo has announced a series of enhancements to its QR Pharma service recently following what it says is the “overwhelming success” of the product in the 12 months since its launch.... Read More
  • SkyCargo to launch maindeck to Rickenbacke

    Emirates SkyCargo has announced that Columbus, Ohio will join its global freighter network with the launch of a weekly service to Rickenbacker International Airport from 27 May 2015 utilising B777 Freighter equipment.... Read More
  • Qatar Air starts A350 service to Changi

    Qatar Airways, as the global launch customer for the A350 XWB, became the first airline to operate the world’s newest aircraft to Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region on Monday, with the inaugural A350 XWB service arriving in Singapore Changi Airport.... Read More
  • Saudi Cargo adds Paris to freighter network

    Saudi Airlines Cargo has launched a new dedicated freighter service to Paris/Charles de Gaulle from 22 May, bringing their freighter destinations covered in France to 21.... Read More
  • Etihad joins pharma fray with new product

    Etihad Cargo, the freight division of United Arab Emirates (UAE) carrier Etihad Airways, has unveiled TempCheck, its new cargo solution created to ensure the integrity of all temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical and healthcare products as they are transported around the world.... Read More
  • SriLankan to begin phasing out A340s

    SriLankan Airlines will begin phasingout its fleet of four A340-300s inOctober this year with the carrieroperating the last commercial flightsto Guangzhou via Bangkok on 25 October25, Riyadh on 28 October, ShanghaiPudong on 30 October and DohaHamad Int’l on 1 November.... Read More
  • Jet Airways launches express cargo service

    Jet Airways Cargo has launched FASTTRACK, a premium express cargo service on its domestic network for customers needing urgent shipment of air cargo in a defined timeframe.... Read More
  • India’s air cargo sector on growth track

    India’s air cargo sector is expected grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 5.5 per cent to reach 2.8 million tonnes per year by 2018, according to a study by market research agency Netscribes.... Read More
  • Air Tahiti Nui finalises order for 2 B787-9s

    Air Tahiti Nui has finalised an order with Boeing for two B787-9s valued at US$514 million at current list prices with delivery set for May and July of 2019.... Read More
  • China Eastern ends A340-600 operations

    China Eastern Airlines has endedA340-600 commercial operations inearly May and marks the last A340-600in operation in China.... Read More
  • Cathay’s April cargo up 5.2% boosted by port logjam

    The combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for April 2015 show an increase in both the cargo and mail uplift and the number of passengers carried compared to the same month last year.... Read More
  • SIA Cargo narrows full-year deficit

    The Singapore Airlines Group released its full-year 2014 financial results for the year ending 31 March 2015, earning an operating profit of SGP$410 million (US$308 million), up 58.3 per cent from a year earlier.... Read More
  • BOC shifts personnel as expansion continues

    BOC Aviation has announced the addition of staff to its Dublin, London and Tianjin subsidiaries as it continues to build its global presence.... Read More
  • Tigerair Philippines rebrands as Cebgo

    Tigerair Philippines, the wholly owned subsidiary of Cebu Pacific Air has been rebranded and now operates as Cebgo.... Read More
  • JAL sees 16% growth in cargo in 2014

    The Japan Airlines (JAL) Group has announced its consolidated financial results for 2014, with operating revenue up 2.7 per cent year-on-year to ¥1,344.7 billion (US$11.2 billion) with a 7.7 per cent growth in operating income to ¥179.6 billion for the same period.... Read More
  • MASkargo cuts Frankfurt, denies freighter sell off

    After Malaysia Airlines’ recent announcement that it would discontinue its passenger flights to Frankfurt effective 29 May, the airline’s cargo arm, MASKargo, has also announced it will discontinue its three times a week freighter flights to Frankfurt from 31 May.... Read More


  • Panalpina leveraging Silk Way West

    Silk Way West Airlines’ forthcoming service mentality has prompted Panalpina to extend its cooperation with the Azerbaijan-based carrier.... Read More
  • Agility sees Q1 net profit rise 5%

    Agility today announced its financialresults for the first quarter of 2015,reporting a net profit of KD11.8 million(US$39.2 million), an increase of five percent compared to the first quarter of 2014.... Read More
  • Coop Logistics Network holds first meet

    The inaugural annual meeting of The Cooperative Logistics Network (The COOP), in mid-May saw 141 delegates from 47 countries gather in Bangkok for three days of meetings and networking.... Read More
  • GAC expands Netherlands network

    GAC Netherlands is expanding its range of services with the opening of two new branches to offer air freight solutions at one of northern Europe’s key airports and dedicated support for the North Sea oil & gas sector.... Read More
  • Jan de Rijk nearly doubles profits in 2014

    The Jan de Rijk Logistics Group, one of the leading logistics service providers, reports strong 2014 financial results, with a total turnover of €184 million in 2014 and an EBIT of €5.7 million compared to an EBIT of €3.3 million in 2013.... Read More
  • Yusen opens larger JFK cargo facility

    Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc. is expanding in the Northeast to a larger facility at the JFK International Airport Center.... Read More
  • EasyVan rebrands as lalamove in Singapore

    EasyVan (S) Pte Ltd has announced the rebranding of its services to lalamove in Singapore.... Read More
  • Forwarding drags down DHL Q1 results

    Poor performance by Deutsche Post DHL’s Global Forwarding, Freight division tarnished an otherwise solid first-quarter result by Deutsche Post DHL, with the world’s largest postal, forwarding and logistics group announcing it will suspend its New Forwarding Environment (NFE) “transformation” programme which has been running for 15 months, in order to review the progress and determine how to proceed.... Read More
  • FedEx Trade Networks opens Atlanta facility

    FedEx Trade Networks, the freight forwarding and customs brokerage arm of FedEx Corp., opens its new Atlanta gateway office, which provides expanded service offerings to customers including a full portfolio of freight forwarding, customs brokerage and distribution solutions.... Read More



  • FedEx pledges US$1M in Nepal aid

    FedEx Corp. has committed approximately US$1 million in cash, transportation support and a chartered flight to deliver critical medical aid and supplies to Nepal in the wake of the recent devastating earthquake.... Read More
  • Air Partner working with aid agencies

    Air Partner, a leading provider of air charter services to governments, corporates and high net worth individuals, has received a large number of aircraft charter enquiries following the earthquake in Nepal on 25 April 2015.... Read More
  • V-D delivers on behalf of Red Cross

    Volga-Dnepr has delivered 45 tonnes of humanitarian cargo on behalf of the Norwegian Red Cross to help earthquake victims in Nepal.... Read More
  • Qatar continues relief flights

    Qatar Airways Cargo has continued its relief efforts to Nepal operating a total of 12 freighter services to deliver urgent aid to Kathmandu following the devastating earthquakes that recently hit the country.... Read More
  • DHL extends DRT deployment

    Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group’s Disaster Response Team (DRT) has extended its deployment until end- May after another heavy earthquake hit the region on 12 May, causing additional devastation to the area.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • Alibaba takes stake in YTO Express

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group announced a strategic investment in one of the country’s leading express delivery services, a sector that is expected to see soaring growth in coming years.... Read More
  • Express delivery booming in China

    China’s express delivery services are booming, with the State Post Bureau (SPB) saying the postal business model has changed over the six years ending 2014, with the number of packages transported by express delivery surging by 820 per cent and accounting for the movement of 63.9 per cent of all post in the country.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • Thai Freight Forwarders gather to mobilise e-AWB

    A successful e-freight workshop held in Bangkok at the beginning of April has inspired the Thai air cargo community to speed up e-AWB adoption in the country.... Read More
  • Call to action on e-AWB as Q1 down

    At the end of the first quarter global e-AWB penetration declined 0.7 per cent to 26.2 per cent from the previous month. In order to successfully reach the year-end target of 45 per cent, the industry must grow its penetration on average two per cent per month.... Read More
  • LUG introduces dynamic ramp system

    LUG aircargo handling GmbH has implemented a new dynamic Ramp Service and Time Slot Management System at their terminal in the Cargo City South at Frankfurt International Airport effective 11 May 2015.... Read More
  • Freight Logistics implements CargoSphere

    CargoSphere, provider of cloudbased global rate management solution and confidential Rate Mesh for the ocean and air transportation and logistics industries, has announced that Freight Logistics, a leading global freight forwarder and logistics service provider, has implemented the CargoSphere technology platform.... Read More
  • Jettainer introduces repair quality standard

    Jettainer, a leading international service partner for outsourced ULD management, has developed its own quality seal for companies repairing airfreight pallets and containers. As a result, Jettainer is creating unified guidelines for servicing and maintaining ULDs for its international customers.... Read More
  • LAN Cargo goes with CHEP in Miami

    LAN Cargo, the largest air cargo carrier in Latin America, and CHEP Aerospace Solutions, the outsourced ULD management and repair solutions provider, have signed an agreement for the repair and maintenance of LAN Cargo’s fleet of cargo containers and pallets at Miami International Airport.... Read More
  • Hermes signs Celebi for Frankfurt upgrade

    Hermes has announced that Celebi Cargo Frankfurt is the latest German cargo handler to upgrade to the latest version of the Hermes air cargo management system.... Read More
  • Pteris bags Eastern Air cargo handling contract

    Pteris Global, which develops baggageand cargo handling systems for airports,has clinched a contract worth RMB71million (US$15.4 million) from EasternAir Logistic Co. Ltd to install a cargosystem at Shanghai Pudong InternationalAirport’s west cargo area.... Read More

Cover Story

  • Virgin Atlantic Cargo strives for metal neutrality

    With profitability restored to the airline as a whole, Virgin Atlantic Cargo can now focus on refining its current cargo network and more importantly, its integration with its strategic partner, Delta Cargo, as it aims to create a ‘metal neutral’ product offering. Donald Urquhart reports.... Read More


  • AF-KLM boldly embraces e-commerce express

    While many unflattering accusations have been leveled at Air France KLM Martinair Cargo that it is no longer a serious cargo player after dramatically scaling down its freighter fleet, but in actual fact this is far from the truth. The Franco-Dutch carrier has been busy reinventing itself in a bid to adapt to what is clearly a fundamentally changed cargo environment. Donald Urquhart has the story from Paris.... Read More

Air Cargo Europe Supplement

  • Silk Way West begins B747-8F service to JFK

    Azerbaijan’s Silk Way West Airlines has just inaugurated its first flight to the US – New York JFK – from its hub at Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport on 27 May. Perhaps not a well-known name in the industry, it’s rapid expansion with modern aircraft feeding its global ambitions, make it a carrier to watch.... Read More
  • ACS investing heavily in on board courier

    Aircraft charter specialist Air Charter Service has announced plans to invest heavily in its On Board Courier (OBC) division worldwide.... Read More
  • Jettainer wins ULD handling for Thomas

    Jettainer has taken over the management and servicing of all the air-freight containers for the Thomas Cook Group Airlines.... Read More
  • CAL set to expand, eying Shanghai PVG

    Preferring to keep a low profile for a number of reasons – some obviously being geo-political in nature – CAL Cargo Airlines is set to gain a higher profile as it aims to double its revenue within three years, through a combination of route, charter and fleet expansion.... Read More

Belly Ache

Airports & Ground Handling

  • Lambert Airport commission ok’s cargo facility

    A newly-launched logistics venture, which will create an international gateway at Lambert St. Louis International Airport, aims to focus on trade between Mexico and the US.... Read More
  • Calls for EUROCONTROLstyle body in Gulf

    Georges Hannouche, CEO of Bayanat Airports and Engineering Supplies (BAES) and the Arab world’s leading aviation veteran, has called for the establishment of an Arabian Gulf body along the lines of the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) for air traffic management keeping in view the ceaseless expansion of airline fleets and airports in the region.... Read More
  • dnata goes Down Under with Virgin Cargo

    Virgin Atlantic Cargo has awarded a cargo handing contract to dnata in Australia covering Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports.... Read More
  • Worldwide Flight Services has a new owner

    Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is set to accelerate its growth by exploring more business opportunities and implementing its acquisition strategy under the new ownership of Platinum Equity, a global investment firm with more than US$6 billion of assets under management.... Read More
  • Fraport begins 2015 on upbeat note

    In the first quarter of 2015, FraportAG recorded noticeable growth in Grouprevenue, rising by 10.8 per cent to €575.9million.... Read More
  • More fee reductions, rebates at Changi

    Changi Airport Group (CAG) has once again announced several reductions and rebates to aeronautical fees at Singapore Changi Airport, which will benefit airlines, ground handling agents and passengers.... Read More
  • AAT introduces new DG/LB inspection counter

    Hong Kong’s Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT) has introduced a dedicated inspection counter for Dangerous Goods & Lithium Batteries shipments effective from May 2015.... Read More
  • Qatar details latest Amsterdam service

    As the fire-storm over alleged subsidies for Gulf carriers by their respective countries swirls in both the US and Europe, Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker, unveiled the carrier’s vision for its latest imminent services to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, at a press conference in the city recently.... Read More
  • Netherlands aims to restrict Gulf airlines

    Dutch Transport Minister Wilma Jaqueline Mansveld has indicated she wants to restrict the rights of the Gulf carriers, particularly Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways.... Read More
  • €5.1 billion Berlin airport may open in 2017

    Berlin’s new international airport may finally open in 2017, a full six years behind schedule, according to a Reuters report citing the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.... Read More
  • Gulf carriers causing Penang cargo decline

    Middle East cargo carriers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) are influencing the local air cargo business, according to the Penang Freight Forwarders Association (PFFA), which says more shippers and forwarders are sending their cargo through KLIA instead of the Penang International Airport because the Middle East carriers’ rates are cheaper.... Read More