May 2015


  • Good times here again?

    The ‘Good Times’, perhaps ‘Better Times’ might be a better description, it appears are increasingly back, but by how much and for how much longer are lingering questions. Michael Mackey reports.... Read More


IT & Equipment

  • SITA rolls out new flight tracking system

    Malaysia Airlines will be the first carrier to implement global flight tracking using SITA OnAir’s AIRCOM FlightTracker, starting this summer.... Read More
  • New CHAMP subsidiary aimed at forwarders

    CHAMP Cargosystems has created a new subsidiary company, CHAMP Forwarding Systems SA, which will be offering the Logitude Software as a Service (SaaS) platform focused on the small and medium size forwarder community.... Read More
  • Feb e-AWB penetration nears 27 per cent

    In February 2015, e-AWB global penetration stands at 26.9 per cent, an increase of two per cent monthon- month. Cathay Pacific Group, Emirates and Air France - KLM Group are leading the way as the top three carriers in e-AWB volume.... Read More
  • CargoSphere supports Livingston’s expansion

    CargoSphere, a cloud-based global rate management solution and confidential Rate Mesh for the ocean and air transportation and logistics industries, has announced Livingston International’s commitment to a longterm contract to support expansion of their global freight forwarding and NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) business areas.... Read More
  • China agreement to promote e-freight

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA), Shanghai Customs, Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Shanghai Airport Authority, China Eastern Airlines, and Shanghai E-port have signed a Letter of Initiative (LOI) on 10 March 2015 to jointly promote e-Freight in Shanghai.... Read More
  • Jettainer obtains ISO 9001 certification

    Jettainer, a leading international service partner for outsourced ULD management, has been certified according to ISO 9001 following an extensive audit.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • FedEx set to buy TNT for €4.4 billion

    FedEx Corp’s €4.4 billion bid Tuesday for TNT Express took the world’s last large potential integrator acquisition target off the table, marking a victory in FedEx’s battle to gain market share from rival United Parcel Service Inc.... Read More
  • CJ Korea Express continues expansion drive

    CJ Korea Express Corp., South Korea’s biggest courier delivery company, expects operating profit and sales to increase this year as it seeks to expand into warehousing and distribution in China and Southeast Asia.... Read More

Cover Story

  • Big growth, big quality focus for Qatar Cargo

    Keeping track of Qatar Airways Cargo’s network growth is a challenge and one that seems to suggest a contrarian strategy. With steady capacity growth and dizzying network expansion the Doha-based carrier has quickly moved into the ranks of the top five global cargo airlines, even as many more in the industry continue to shed main deck capacity and struggle with yields. Donald Urquhart has the story.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • Munich now served by Yangtze River Express

    With the launch of a new service on 31 March 2015 by the Chinese cargo airline Yangtze River Express, Munich Airport now offers five weekly cargo flights to China.... Read More
  • KFIA launches cargo clearance facility

    King Fahd International Airport (KFIA) officially unveiled its half a million square metre ‘Cargo Village’ positioning KFIA as a multi-modal shipment and clearance destination, directly serving the Eastern Province and the Kingdom.... Read More
  • PACTL registers strong Q1 results

    Shanghai Pudong Int’l Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd (PACTL) has continued its growth path after recording the strongest annual results in the company’s history.... Read More
  • DIAL to exit cargo service operations at Delhi

    Delhi International Airport (DIAL), a subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure (GMR), has signed a definitive agreement to sell its 26 per cent stake in Delhi Cargo Service Centre to IDFC Alternatives.... Read More
  • Mumbai’s e-freight charges declared “illegal”

    India’s aviation watchdog has ordered Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) to stop levying “illegal” consignment software charges of INR 300 (US$4.80) per entry on as many as 4,500-5,000 shipments are made daily by freight forwarders at CSIA.... Read More
  • SATS announces coldchain training institute

    Eyeing the growing middle class demand in Asia for fresh food and pharmaceutical products, Singaporebased ground handler, SATS Ltd, has announced a new SATS Coolport Academy to build the capabilities of cold-chain professionals locally and in the region. It has also launched a onestop e-Acceptance initiative, which will transform the process for the lodging of export cargo at its airfreight terminals at Changi Airport.... Read More


  • IndiGo CarGo flying high, but under the radar

    The Rahul Bhatia-led IndiGo is often compared to the tortoise that won the race. IndiGo is steadfast in its approach and does not make a song and dance about it. As of February 2015, in addition to being India’s largest low fare carrier, it is the fastest growing low cost carrier in the world. With a market share of 37.1 per cent of the Indian skies, IndiGo is also the country’s largest airline. Manfred Singh reports.... Read More


  • HAECO to convert B757s for Precision in US

    Precision Aircraft Solutions has announced its new agreement with HAECO Americas, whereby HAECO will provide touch labor on Precision’s 757-200PCF passenger-tofreighter conversions at its Greensboro, US facility.... Read More
  • Wencor buys PHS/MWA Aviation Services

    Wencor Group has acquired of PHS/MWA Aviation Services (PHS), a certified FAA/EASA repair station and provider of aircraft repair solutions in cargo and interior systems, hydraulics, and power and controls. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.... Read More
  • A330P2F on track for first delivery in 2017

    Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the EADS business unit specialised in aircraft conversions and modifications, has received the first A330 to undergo freighter conversion under the passenger-to-freighter (P2F) programme.... Read More
  • AEI reaches B737-400SF milestone

    Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) is recently announced the delivery of its 50th B737-400SF 11 pallet position freighter conversion.... Read More

Belly Ache

  • Tickets to heaven!

    Tickets to heaven! Here’s a story that had the Belly Achers practically rolling on the floor! It is a quirky tale and while quite unbelievable, it was picked up by major news outlets all over the world and of course, in this day and age, it went viral.... Read More

From the Editor


  • Air Mandalay returns to the skies

    Air Mandalay, which suspended operations last December due to a lack of spares for its aircraft, is to resume flying as a charter operator, its CEO announced recently.... Read More
  • China Airlines cargo begins Taoyuan-Shenzhen

    Taiwan’s China Airlines (CAL) Cargo has launched a new B747-400 freighter service from Taoyuan to Shenzhen.... Read More
  • Cebu Pacific bags EDTO approval

    Philippines-based, Cebu Pacific has received certification for Extended Diversion Time Operations (EDTO) of up to 120 minutes.... Read More
  • Philippine Airlines looking to replace A340s

    Philippine Airlines (PAL) president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista has said the airline is looking at the B787 Dreamliner and new A350 to replace its fl eet of six A340-300s.... Read More
  • Cebu Pacific, Cargohaus open screening facility

    Philippine low cost carrier Cebu Pacific and its local logistics and warehouse partner, Cargohaus have opened a cargo inspection terminal at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal-3, to screen import and export cargo shipments.... Read More
  • Some Thai carriers get reprieve after ICAO audit

    Th ailand-based Jet Asia Airways was given the greenlight by the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) to operate charter flights between Thailand and South Korea over the period April 7 to April 15.... Read More
  • South African Air, Etihad sharpen cooperation

    Etihad Airways and South African Airways have announced a major expansion of their strategic partnership, marking a new level of cooperation between the two national flag carriers.... Read More
  • ECAir continues its network expansion

    Equatorial Congo Airlines (ECAir) is continuing to expand its network with the recent start at the end of March of a new route between Brazzaville and Dakar via Bamako, which followed a new service to After Libreville in early- February.... Read More
  • Kenya Airways cutting B777-200ER fl eet

    Kenya Airways is planning to cut back on its B777 fleet with four B777-200ERs to be sold off by May.... Read More
  • AA Cargo adds three European destinations

    American Airlines Cargo has introduced three new mainland European cities – Athens, Lisbon and Venice – to its summer schedule for 2015.... Read More
  • WestJet to begin B767 operations in August

    Canada’s WestJet Airlines says it aims to have its own wide-body aircraft in the sky next year.... Read More
  • Delta allowed to retain valuable Haneda slot

    Delta Air Lines has been allowed to retain its Seattle Tacoma Int’l-Tokyo Haneda slot pair by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) following its instigation by rivals American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Late last year, American and Hawaiian petitioned the DOT to strip Delta of the route following its decision to operate only 17 return fl ights between Seattle and Tokyo Haneda from 1 October 2014 to 28 March 2015.... Read More
  • Delta eyes possible Shanghai hub

    Delta Air Lines Inc. CEO Richard Anderson has said he envisions creating an international hub in Shanghai to build on a growing relationship with China Eastern Airlines Corp.... Read More
  • Single op cert for American/US Airways

    American Airlines and US Airways moved a step closer to full integration this week after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave the green light for the two to legally operate as one airline under a single operating certificate.... Read More
  • ABC adds twice weekly to Los Angeles

    AirBridgeCargo (ABC) Airlines has added twice-weekly flights to Los Angeles to its North America freighter operations, connecting the US west coast with its global network.... Read More
  • Air Partner delivers power to Madagascar

    Air Partner, working on behalf of Madauto, successfully helped to prevent a total power blackout in the Madagascan town of Toamasina by delivering a fullyintegrated 7,500 kVA standby power system supplied by Cummins Power Generation.... Read More
  • Air Astana launches Paris pax service

    Kazakhstan-based Air Astana, haslaunched a new three times weekly servicefrom Astana to Paris from end-March.... Read More
  • EASA certifies 242t MTOW A330 version

    The latest variant of Airbus’ A330 – the new 242 tonne MTOW A330- 300 – has achieved certification from the European airworthiness authorities (EASA) following a 100 hour flight-test campaign.... Read More
  • ABC reports 20% increase in Q1 tonnage

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has reported a 20 per cent increase in tonnage for the first quarter of 2015, continuing the growth trend set in previous years. In the 1 January to 31 March period this year, ABC carried 103,816 tonnes across its international route network connecting customers in Europe, the US and Asia Pacifi c through its hub in Moscow.... Read More
  • Finnair will deploy its A350s longhaul to Asia

    Finnair has officially outlined its planned A350-900 operating schedule with the new aircraft type set to make its longhaul debut on 25 October with flights to Shanghai Pudong, China.... Read More
  • Finnair building new cargo terminal in HEL

    Growing cargo volumes on the back of Finnair’s A350 orders, the Nordic carrier will build a brand new state-of-the-art, highly automated cargo terminal at Helsinki Airport (HEL) with work slated to begin shortly, to be operational in 2017.... Read More
  • IAG delivers irreplaceable artifacts

    IAG Cargo has successfully transported 10 irreplaceable artifacts and artworks for the BP exhibition Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation, which opened on 23 April.... Read More
  • Turkish adds four more maindeck destinations

    Turkish Cargo has ramped up its A330- 200F maindeck services having begun its weekly freighter services to Lahore as its 17th dedicated freighter service in the Far East, and to Bahrain and Kuwait City as its eighth and ninth dedicated freighter service in the Middle East.... Read More
  • ABC taps new HK 5th Freedom to add Hanoi

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has expanded its global network to Vietnam with the launch of twice-weekly freighter services from Hanoi, starting from 1 April.... Read More
  • IATA launches ISSA safety assessment

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) for airlines not eligible for the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).... Read More
  • Emirates announces daily pax service to Orlando

    Emirates has announced it is commencing a daily passenger service to Orlando, Florida from 1 September 2015, using B777-200LR aircraft.... Read More
  • Horses to LA courses for Qatar Cargo

    Qatar Airways Cargo transported 40 of the world’s most admired show jumping and dressage horses – with a value of nearly €150 million – from Amsterdam to Las Vegas on 11 April to participate in the International Federation of Equestrian Sports’ World Cup 2015 Finals.... Read More
  • Etihad gets green light on Darwin stake

    Etihad Airways has been given Switzerland’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) approval for 33.3 per cent investment in the Swiss regional carrier Darwin Airline.... Read More
  • Emirates SkyCargo launches Bali Service

    Emirates SkyCargo will soon be adding the Indonesian Island of Bali to its Asia Pacific network, opening up a new trade lane between the island and the cargo carrier’s network.... Read More
  • Saudi Cargo takes delivery of fi rst B777F

    Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) tookdelivery of its first B777F on 2 April,the first of four it has on order fromBoeing, with the remaining three dueto be delivered by the end of December.... Read More
  • CAL begins CEIV Pharma at Liege

    Tel Aviv-based CAL Group has announced it has joined IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) programme.... Read More
  • Criminal probe into corruption at Sri Lankan

    Sri Lanka’s new government has ordered a criminal investigation into alleged corruption at state-run Sri Lankan Airlines .... Read More
  • India’s Airports Authority ramps up cargo focus

    Th e state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) is looking at focusing on the cargo segment to boost its revenues and plans to utilise its old redundant/unutilised domestic passenger terminals by converting them into cargo facilities after carrying out the necessary modifications.... Read More
  • FAA reinstates India’s Category 1 status

    Th e US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has restored India’s aviation safety rating to Category 1 under its International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) programme after the country was downgraded to Category 2 in January 2014.... Read More
  • Boeing, Air India celebrate 20th Dreamliner

    Air India and Boeing celebrated the airline’s milestone delivery of its 20th B787 Dreamliner from Boeing’s final assembly facility in North Charleston, S.C.... Read More
  • Korean Air puts A330- 300s on SE Asian routes

    Korean Air has introduced its brand new A330-300 aircraft on its Southeast Asian routes from 2 April.... Read More
  • Asiana board approves second LCC

    Asiana Airlines’ board of directors has approved the establishment of a new budget carrier, tentatively named Seoul Air, despite strong opposition from domestic rivals.... Read More
  • Korean Air builds houses in Philippines

    As part of its long-term Home Building Program, Korean Air is partnering again with Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) to build shelters and offer immediate assistance for local communities in northern Cebu Province who are victims of Typhoon Hagupit, which occurred last December.... Read More
  • SIA load factor slips, denies HK Air stake

    Singapore Airlines’ overall cargo load factor (CLF) was 67.8 per cent, 0.2 percentage points lower in March year-onyear, as cargo traffic (measured in freighttonnes- kilometres) was down by 1.8 per cent against an overall capacity reduction of 1.6 per cent. Load factor improved on all route regions (Americas +9.3 per cent, Southwest Pacifi c +3.7 per cent and West Asia and Africa +1.5 per cent) except East Asia and Europe (-9.7 per cent and -1.7 per cent respectively), where SIA said demand did not keep pace with capacity changes.... Read More
  • Hainan Airlines planning order of 30 B787s

    China’s fourth-largest carrier Hainan Airlines Co. has announced through a Shanghai Stock Exchange statement that it plans to place a US$7.7 billion order with Boeing for 30 B787-9 Dreamliners.... Read More
  • SF Airlines takes delivery of fi rst B767F

    SF Airlines has taken delivery of the first B767-300P2F of an undisclosed number of B767-300ER passenger-tofreighter conversions (Boeing Converted Freighters) it ordered in October last year, according to ch-aviation.... Read More
  • VietJet in talks over joint ventures

    Vietnam-based low-cost carrier (LCC) VietJet Air is looking to expand its north Asian reach using alliances and joint ventures (JV) with other airlines, rather than extend its existing route network.... Read More
  • AirAsia X eyes London, Hawaii

    AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of Malaysia-based AirAsia, will spread its wings to the US for the first time later this year, but analysts are skeptical on how profitable the new route will be.... Read More
  • All-change at Malaysia Airlines from 1 July

    Malaysia Airlines is laying off a third of staff and will cut fleet capacity by more than 10 per cent as it implements a state-led restructuring programme that includes aircraft and route reviews, employee contract negotiations.... Read More
  • Cargo demand jumps 20.5% in Feb: AAPA

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of February released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), showed strong growth in both air cargo and international passenger markets during the month.... Read More
  • JAL and Japan Post expand Cool service

    Japan Airlines (JAL) and Japan Post have expanded their joint express delivery “Cool EMS Service” product to France starting 1 April.... Read More
  • ANA, UAL get approval for cargo JV

    All Nippon Airways has been granted antitrust immunity for proposed trans- Pacific cargo joint venture between All Nippon Airways (ANA) and United Airlines (UA) by MLIT (Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism).... Read More
  • ANA considering SE Asian cargo hub

    All Nippon Airways (ANA) is considering adding a new cargo hub somewhere in Southeast Asia and increasing international destinations, according to Shinya Katanozaka, the incoming president of ANA’s parent company, ANA Holdings.... Read More