March 2015


From the Editor

  • The writhing of a giant

    Adecade after its merger to form the Air France-KLM group, Europe’s second largest carrier grouping marked its 10-year anniversary with more red ink, more questions than answers around its cargo division restructuring and a cargo staff moral that surely must be at rock bottom.... Read More

Gateways

Logistics

  • Agility developing Ghana distribution park

    Agility has recently broken ground on construction of a distribution park on a 16-hectare site in the Tema Port Free Trade Zone Enclave in Accra, Ghana.... Read More
  • DHL Forwarding expands Shanghai air facility

    DHL Global Forwarding has invested RMB115 million (€16 million) to expand its Shanghai air freight facility, building up a new warehouse and 1,600 sqm cold storage facilities for Life Sciences and Healthcare customers and housing key air freight and customer service teams on one site.... Read More
  • Kerry Logistics forms JV in Indonesia

    Kerry Logistics has announced the formation of a new joint venture – Kerry-Puninar Logistics – with the shareholders of PT Puninar Saranaraya (Puninar Logistics), one of Indonesia’s largest logistics companies for business expansion in Indonesia.... Read More
  • New DHL O’Hare facility largest in network

    DHL Global Forwarding celebrated the completion of its new $35 million facility at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, DHL’s largest air gateway for exports in the world. Funded and developed by Aeroterm, the facility is the largest DHL Global Forwarding building in its worldwide network, covering 24 acres.... Read More
  • Panalpina, Atlas Air do new 5-yr transpac deal

    Panalpina and Atlas Air are strengthening their long-standing partnership in the air freight industry with a new five-year agreement.... Read More
  • CEVA expands in Vancouver market

    CEVA Logistics is expanding its market presence in Vancouver, Canada with a new location near Vancouver International Airport and not far from ocean shipping terminals. CEVA will occupy the facility, which totals 54,941 sqm. from 1 March.... Read More
  • LG takes majority stake in Pantos Logistics

    LG International has acquired a 51 per cent stake in Pantos Logistics after LG purchased 1.02m shares at a price of KRW314.7bn (US$291.7 million).... Read More
  • Schenker sets up new Cambodia entity

    In a move to strengthen its foothold in the fast-growing market of Cambodia, DB Schenker announced the opening of its new company, DB Schenker (Cambodia) Limited from 1 January, based in Phnom Penh.... Read More
  • DB Schenker opens Indian logistics centre

    Schenker India Pvt. Ltd, a part of DB Schenker, the transport and logistics division of Deutsche Bahn Group, announced the opening of its DB Schenker Logistics Centre (SLC) in Patna, Bihar in the eastern region of India.... Read More
  • Intertrade expands in Singapore

    Intertrade, a Rockwell Collins company that distributes new and recertified engine and airframe parts, has announced the opening of a new distribution centre at the Singapore Changi Airport to store and ship inventory.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

Express & Mail

Profile

  • ECS Group ramps up focus on Asia and LATAM

    It was a good year last year for the Paris-headquartered general sales and service agent (GSSA), ECS Group. With an extensive, well-established network across Europe which also provides good coverage of the African growth markets and well on its way to fulfilling its next two strategic focuses – Asia and Latin America – the fact the group as a whole, broached the US$1 billion turnover mark last year, is surely more than just icing on the cake. By B. Collamat.... Read More

Cover Story

  • Hactl’s strategic focus keeps it flying high

    ‘Living life on the edge’, could well be a suitable tag line of Hong Kong’s largest ground handler, were it not for the inherent negative connotation that implies living day-today – for if there is one thing Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) does and does well, it thinks strategically well into the future. Donald Urquhart has the story.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • China Eastern taps SITA solution

    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
  • CHAMP helm passes from Johnston to Lambert

    CHAMP Cargosystems has announced the appointment of Arnaud Lambert as its new chief executive, taking over from long-time CEO John Johnston, effective from beginning of February.... Read More
  • Fontinalis invests in SmartKargo

    Air cargo management solution provider SmartKargo has secured an investment from Fontinalis Partners, a firm solely focused on investing in and scaling technology companies that are advancing next-generation mobility.Air cargo management solution provider SmartKargo has secured an investment from Fontinalis Partners, a firm solely focused on investing in and scaling technology companies that are advancing next-generation mobility.... Read More
  • MASkargo moves to Unisys cloud-based LMS

    MASkargo has selected the cloudbased Unisys logistics management system (LMS) to manage its domestic and international cargo services.... Read More
  • BA OK’ed for Boeing’s Electronic Logbook

    British Airways has received operational approval from the UK Civil Aviation Authority for use of Boeing’s Electronic Logbook (ELB) on their B787 Dreamliner fleet. Developed in partnership with Ultramain Systems, Inc., ELB enables unprecedented levels of communication between flight crew, cabin crew and ground-based maintenance and engineering staff, which translates into better passenger service and greater airline cost savings, according to Boeing.... Read More
  • Etihad Cargo takes off with Hermes

    After nearly a year spent planning and training staff, the Hermes cargo management system is now responsible for the real-time handling and process management for all of the cargo that passes through Etihad Cargo’s Abu Dhabi facility every day.... Read More
  • ABC using Luft Systems digital nav charts

    AirBridgeCa rgo (ABC) has commenced using Lufthansa Systems’ Lido/iRouteManual, Lido/Enroute and Lido/DocView IT solutions aimed at simplifying cockpit processes.... Read More
  • Cathay launches mobile cargo app

    Cathay Pacific Airways has launched a new cargo mobile application that offers cargo agents, forwarders and customers greater convenience when tracking shipments, in addition to a wide range of other information relevant to the operations of Cathay Pacific Cargo.... Read More

News

  • ICAO members agree on aircraft tracking standard

    Member states of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) recommended the adoption of a new 15-minute aircraft tracking standard at the UN aviation body’s 2015 High Level Safety Conference in Montreal, Canada in early-February.... Read More
  • Turkish Cargo opens new Ataturk terminal

    Turkish Cargo has launched a new cargo terminal at Istanbul, as the carrier’s existing facilities had come under pressure in recent years because of the carrier’s surging global cargo business.... Read More

Supplement

  • The rise of the intra-Asia trade

    Setting the stage for the roundtable session on the intra-Asian trade, Mark Whitehead, chief executive of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) noted that with 4.4 billion people in Asia – comprised of 1.4 billion in China, 1.3 billion in India and 600,000 in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region – this will be major driving force for economic growth in the coming years.... Read More

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