August 2015

Payload Asia Awards 2015 Update

  • Payload Asia Awards in full swing!

    This year’s Payload Asia Awards 2015 – the new benchmark amongst industry awards - is now in full swing, with a full slate of companies competing in 20 awards categories, including a new ‘X-Factor’ award this year.... Read More

ULD Supplement

  • Pooling underpinning growth

    A global pool of ULDs, attention to detail as well as some unusual requests have helped CHEP become a market leader. Michael Mackey reports.... Read More
  • CSafe Global opens new Basel service centre

    CSafe Global announced the opening of a new full service centre serving the Basel, Switzerland area. The recently opened service centre is a new location for Airplane Equipment Services (AES). AES also supports CSafe in Frankfurt and Cologne.... Read More
  • Jettainer sees growth in outsourcing

    The Lufthansa subsidiary believes there is a large untapped ULD outsourcing market across all sectors of the airline industry waiting to be tapped. By Michael Mackey.... Read More

From the Editor

  • Taking centre stage

    The big news this past month was the announcement from express delivery giant, FedEx that it placed an order for 50 B767 Freighters (and options for another 50) and 18 B777 Freighters.... Read More


  • Is traditional freight forwarding model obsolete?

    A combination of the erratic global air and sea freight markets, a growing shift in geographic focus towards the regional and the application of advanced technology and data analysis to the market is bringing the fate of the traditional freight forwarding model into question, according to a new report from Transport Intelligence (Ti).... Read More
  • Struggling Kenya Airways enlists Seabury

    Kenya Airways chief executive officer Mbuvi Ngunze has revealed that the struggling East African carrier has hired Seabury Consulting, an advisory firm specialising in airline strategy development and turnarounds, to help revamp its operations.... Read More
  • AA Cargo appoints new Euro sales manager

    Following the successful merger with US Airways, and the subsequent increase in the size of its operations in mainland Europe over the last year, American Airlines (AA) Cargo has appointed Gisela Schork to the position of regional sales manager – Cargo, Germany and Switzerland – with immediate effect.... Read More
  • TIACA launches new website to drive digital agenda

    TIACA has launched a new website with added benefits for members including an industry scorecard to help with the drive towards e-freight. The new site ( includes a range of features such as improved networking opportunities, while the industry scorecard highlights some of the key benefits and challenges for various e-commerce initiatives.... Read More
  • TIACA welcomes WCO’s adoption of SAFE updates

    The Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has welcomed the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Council’s adoption of important updates to its SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade. ... Read More
  • Hawaiian purchases 3 ATR 72 for inter-island cargo

    Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., parent of Hawaiian Airlines, has announced plans to acquire three ATR 72 turboprop aircraft in an all-cargo configuration to expand its inter-island shipping services. The new operation will launch in the first half of 2016, starting with flights between Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and Kona International Airport (KOA), Kahului Airport (OGG), Līhué Airport (LIH) and Hilo International Airport (ITO), with welltimed connections from Hawaiian Airlines’ mainland and international network.... Read More
  • AEI Delivers 3rd B737-400SF to Cargoair

    Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) announced that it has delivered the third B737-400SF 11 pallet position to Sofia, Bulgaria based Cargoair. ... Read More
  • National B747F crash from shifting cargo: NTSB

    A National Airlines B747-400 freighter that crashed seconds after takeoff from Bagram, Afghanistan, in April 2013, was likely caused by inadequate restraint of large military vehicles being carried onboard, which broke loose and went through a bulkhead disabling two hydraulic systems and making the aircraft uncontrollable, according to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation. The crash killed seven crewmembers at the start of the flight to Dubai.... Read More
  • AA Cargo expands Atlanta cargo facility

    American Airlines (AA) Cargo has expanded its operations at Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). American will now operate a brand-new 1,115 sqm facility with new additions to the management team and a fully dedicated staff. This is the second expansion of American’s Atlanta cargo facility since 2013.... Read More
  • Air Canada to deploy new B787-9 to Brisbane

    Commencing on 17 June 2016, Air Canada will begin a new direct service Vancouver-Brisbane, Australia three times weekly with its new fleet of B787-9 Dreamliners.... Read More
  • ABC enjoys 17% growth in half year tonnage

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has reported an impressive 17 per cent increase in tonnage carried across its global network in the first half of 2015.... Read More
  • Young FF winners announced by FIATA

    FIATA has announced the Regional winners of its Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award. ... Read More
  • HAE Group wins new Turkish contract in US

    The HAE Group has announced a new working partnership with Turkish Air Cargo. Having gained this GSSA agreement with one of the world’s leading airlines, HAE is now responsible for all sales and customer service activities of Turkish Air Cargo in the US cities of Atlanta (ATL), Miami (MIA), Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Portland (PDX) and Seattle (SEA).... Read More
  • IAG Cargo will see capacity rise with B787-9

    IAG Cargo will begin cargo services with its new B787-9 Dreamliner this October, five times weekly on the London Heathrow-Delhi route. With belly-hold capacity of seven pallets and 16 tonnes of lift, the new aircraft will offer 17 per cent more capacity than the B747 it is replacing on this route.... Read More
  • Brussels Airlines switches out ECS for ALG

    Europe’s Brussels Airlines Cargo has appointed Air Logistics Group (ALG) as its new global GSSA with effect from 1 September, replacing European Cargo Services (ECS). ... Read More
  • Freight volumes stable at Lufthansa Cargo

    In the first six months of this year, Lufthansa Cargo carried 811,000 tonnes of freight and post. This is a 0.5 per cent increase over the same period the previous year and means the cargo carrier is holding its own in a challenging market environment, the it said, pointing to “flexible supply management” as being a key strategy.... Read More
  • Emirates launches second daily to Seattle

    Emirates has announced its second daily service from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA). The new service which began on 7 July and is operated by a B777-200LR supplements the current B777-300ER flight.... Read More
  • Qatar to go double-daily Doha-Manila

    Qatar Airways will be adding six extra flights per week between Doha and Manila starting from 26 October following an expanded Air Service Agreement signed between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Philippines. The Doha-based carrier is currently flying eight flights per week to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.... Read More
  • Management for CAL Cargo at Liege

    The CAL Group announced today an organisational change in their ground operations structure.... Read More
  • Qatar Cargo takes on B747 freighter for charter business

    Qatar Airways Cargo will introduce the first B747 freighter to its expanding fleet on 1 August 2015 to further enhance its global on-demand charter services. The B747-400BCF will complement the cargo airline’s expanding freighter fleet providing 112.5 tonnes of capacity dedicated to worldwide charter services.... Read More
  • Air Works, Acumen Aviation in partnership

    Air Works, India’s leading aviation services company, has announced a strategic partnership with Acumen Aviation Europe through a minority investment. With this partnership, Air Works enters the large and growing aircraft asset management business, building greater presence in Europe, Asia and the US.... Read More
  • IATA calls for new Indian aviation policy

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for the development of a comprehensive policy for aviation aligned with the Indian Government’s stated intention to make it easier to do business in India. ... Read More
  • US FAA completes Thai audit, cites 3 problems

    A US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) team concluded its initial audit of air safety in Thailand with three key problem areas identified. ... Read More
  • 13 Indonesian carriers risk losing licences

    Indonesia’s Ministry of Transport has given thirteen of the country’s carriers until the end of July to improve their financial positions, or risk losing of their Air Operator Certificates, according to a report in the Jakarta Post. ... Read More
  • Virgin Oz Cargo announces new commercial GM

    Newly-launched Virgin Australia Cargo has announced the appointment of John Mason as general manager commercial. Mason has 25 years’ experience in the air cargo, aviation and transport logistics industries within Australia and across the Asia Pacific region and will start with Virgin Australia Cargo on 20 July 2015.... Read More
  • ANA to launch new Sydney route

    Pending government approval, Japanese airline ANA will launch daily flights between Tokyo Haneda and Sydney from 11 December 2015. ... Read More
  • Scoot expands Asian network

    Scoot, the Singapore-based longhaul, low-cost division of Singapore Airlines, has added two new Asian cities to its route map: Osaka and Kaohsiung.... Read More
  • Philippine air cargo up 9% in Q1

    Total air cargo volumes uplifted by all Philippine flagged carriers in the first quarter of 2015 rose 9.4 per cent to 58,900 tonnes from 53,820 tonnes in the same period last year, according to the latest data from the country’s Civil Aeronautics Board.... Read More
  • Cathay Pacific group sees flat cargo growth in June

    Cathay Pacific Airways has released its combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for June 2015 that show a marginal increase in the volume of cargo and mail along side a healthy rise in the number of passengers carried compared to the same month in 2014.... Read More
  • Bohai Leasing to take 20% stake in Avolon Holdings

    China-based leasing company Bohai Leasing is to buy a 20 per cent stake in Ireland-based Avolon Holdings for US$429 million. A unit of China’s aviation and shipping conglomerate HNA Group, Bohai expects the offer to be formally launched by end-July following the approval of its shareholders. ... Read More
  • Ningxia Cargo Airlines gets green light

    The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved an air operator’s certificate for Ningxia Cargo Airlines, which is to become the first cargo carrier to be based in the west of the country, the Ningxia Autonomous Region.... Read More
  • China to tap airport economic zone strategy

    China will build model airport economic zones in pilot cities, the country’s aviation watchdog has announced according to Xinhua. ... Read More
  • Air China Cargo to begin new YEG, DFW service

    Air China Cargo (ACC) has announced a new maindeck service to North America from 3 September.... Read More


  • Xiamen awards road feeder contract to Jan de Rijk

    Xiamen Airlines has awarded a new three-year road feeder services contract to Jan de Rijk Logistics, extending its delivery network to over 100 airports across Europe. The new agreement enables the airline to offer a wide choice of destinations to customers, moving shipments on its flights between Europe and Asia. ... Read More
  • UPS expands global heavy freight service

    UPS Worldwide Express Freight is expanding its global express freight service, adding eight origin and five destination countries for time-sensitive, high-value heavyweight shipments.... Read More
  • CEVA opens parts centre in the Netherlands

    CEVA Logistics has announced the opening of a global distribution centre for industrial spare parts, consisting of warehousing space of 12,000 sqm and a yard of 10,000 sqm in Born, the Netherlands.... Read More
  • UPS adds LCL to its China-Euro rail option

    UPS has announced an addition to its China-to-Europe rail shipments as the new modal option continues to gather steam as a both a reliable and viable addition, or alternative, to ocean shipping and air freight. UPS’ Less-than-Container Load (LCL) service offering is available from Zhengzhou to Hamburg and becomes part of the UPS Preferred multimodal freight services portfolio.... Read More
  • K+N sees strong profitability despite currency hit

    Kuehne + Nagel reported “excellent performance” in the air freight sector for the first half of 2015, which helped the global logistics giant to post a 4.2 per cent rise in net earnings for the period to CHF 326 million (US$341.5 million), compared to the same period in 2014. This was despite a negative currency impact of 7.3 per cent, the group said, while noting that revenue fell 3.2 per cent compared with the first half of 2014, to CHF 8.23 billion.... Read More
  • Conqueror adds RBS Logistics in Georgia

    The addition of RBS Logistics Ltd in Georgia to Conqueror Freight Network’s membership has elevated it to the position of 2nd largest freight forwarder network in the industry, according to the group, which now covers 123 countries.... Read More
  • CEVA wins US contract extension from Volvo

    CEVA Logistics has won a two year extension for customs brokerage services with Volvo Cars of North America. The company, headquartered in Rockleigh, New Jersey, is the US subsidiary of the Swedish luxury automotive manufacturer. CEVA’s US customs brokerage team had been providing services to Volvo through an initial one year contract, which was subsequently extended.... Read More
  • Yusen expands forwarding operations in Mexico

    Yusen Logistics (Mexico) has opened two offices – air- and land-side – at the Mexico City Airport. By establishing a base on the airport front lines to manage its own air transportation operations, the company aims to realise competitive freight procurement and detailed transportation management of imported and exported freight.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • DHL eCommerce launches Shanghai terminal

    DHL eCommerce, a division of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has expanded its operations in China focusing on crossborder and domestic e-commerce services. The company announced the launch of a new DHL eCommerce Shanghai Terminal located in Jiuting, Shanghai and plans to launch additional drop off centers in North and South China by end of 2015 to benefit manufacturers in China.... Read More
  • Strong growth for time:matters, rev up 13%

    Following the successful spin-out of Liefery, time:matters, the international expert for same-day delivery and special speed logistics, is reporting a very strong development in the core business the first six months of the current fiscal year showing more than 13 per cent increase in revenue as compared to the previous year.... Read More
  • FedEx cuts transit time from 7 Chinese cities

    FedEx Express has improved its international outbound express services covering FedEx International Priority and FedEx International Priority Freight in seven Chinese cities: Dalian, Yantai, Weihai, Jinan, Zibo, Zhengzhou and Chongqing. The transit time for shipments from these cities to the US, Europe and other parts of the world will be reduced by one to two business days, helping customers optimise their supply chains and strengthen their competitive edges in their target markets.... Read More
  • Alibaba continues crossborder e-commerce push

    Alibaba has announced an expansion of its cross-border e-commerce initiatives, including the launch of 11 official country pavilions on its Tmall Global platform, as well as cooperative partnerships between Juhuasuan, Alibaba’s group-buying platform and 26 foreign embassies in China.... Read More
  • SingPost, Alibaba expand e-commerce logistics coop

    Singapore Post and Alibaba Group Holding have announced a series of new initiatives for collaboration and growth following the signing of a joint venture agreement. The three initiatives signal the deepening of a business relationship that started last year and a commitment from both parties to increase e-commerce logistics collaboration in the future to build a leading ecommerce logistics platform to service the rapidly growing ecommerce businesses across Asia Pacific and beyond.... Read More
  • FedEx confirms order for 50 B767Fs

    FedEx Corp has confirmed the market speculation, as reported by Payload Asia last week, by signing a deal to purchase 50 additional B767-300 freighters in the biggest order ever for the aircraft type, allowing the aircraft maker to extend its production line well into the next decade.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • Changi Aiport, Xiamen Airlines sign MoU

    Changi Airport Group (CAG) and Xiamen Airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly collaborate on initiatives to grow connectivity and traffic between Singapore and China. Effective until 31 March 2018, the MOU formalises the partnership to increase air services between the two countries and to grow transit and transfer traffic from Southeast Asia, Southwest Pacific to and from China, via Singapore.... Read More
  • Half year cargo growth hits 12% at MUC

    Munich Airport (MUC) achieved growth in all traffic segments in the first half of 2015 with growth in the air cargo business at Munich Airport outstripping that of the passenger segment. The total of 156,000 tonnes of flown airfreight represented an impressive 12 per cent year-on-year gain in the volume of goods handled at the airport.... Read More
  • Munich’s third runway cleared for take off

    Munich Airport has welcomed the ruling by the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig, in which the court has now dismissed the six outstanding complaints filed by the environmental group Bund Naturschutz Bayern and five private individuals. The plaintiffs had filed motions with the Leipzig court following the rejection of their appeals in the administrative proceedings on the construction permit for the airport’s third runway.... Read More
  • HNA Group in talks to acquire Swissport

    HNA Group Co., owner of China’s fourth-largest airline, is said to be in talks to acquire ground handler Swissport International Ltd., according to a Bloomberg report quoting unnamed sources.... Read More
  • Hactl passes GDP annual audit

    Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – Hong Kong’s largest cargo handler – has successfully passed its World Health Organisation (WHO) Good Distribution Practices (GDP) annual surveillance audit. The audit is required in order to maintain GDP accreditation.... Read More
  • China Southern renews mail contract with Sodexi

    On the heals of the launch of Sodexi’s brand new state of the art Express Hub at Paris CDG, Jérôme Balbi, managing director, has announced the renewal of its contract with China Southern Cargo.... Read More
  • WFS takes 51% stake in Fraport Cargo Services

    Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is to acquire a 51 per cent shareholding in Fraport Cargo Services (FCS) as part of a strategic partnership with Fraport AG. The investment is part of WFS’ strategy to continue to expand in Europe’s major cargo markets.... Read More
  • India’s first private air freight station set to open

    Aimed at relieving the long winding queues of cargo near the airport gateways, Indev Air Freight Station, India’s first private air freight station (AFS,) has announced it will begin operations on 1 August. Spread over an area of around 1,858 sqm near Chennai the AFS is an off-terminal facility where all import formalities can be completed.... Read More
  • Chubu Centrair airport taps growing perishables trade

    Chubu Centrair International Airport southwest of Tokyo near the city of Nagoya has emerged as a key hub for agricultural exporters as they capitalise on local subsidies, a growing global demand for traditional Japanese food and a weakening yen.... Read More
  • Manila cargo rises, Cebu declines

    Two of the Philippines’ main air gateways — Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila and Mactan- Cebu International Airport (MCIA) — showed contrasting cargo performance for the first five months of 2015, according to latest data from the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and Mactan- Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA).... Read More
  • LuxairCARGO completes DGR facility

    After extending the live animal facility with new horse stalls allowing simultaneous acceptance of 50 horses last May, LuxairCARGO, the ground hander at Luxembourg Findel Airport has continued to support and protect the special products handling with the completion in early June, of a new DGR area.... Read More
  • Spanish ‘ghost airport’ sold for 10,000 euros

    An abandoned Spanish airport which cost nearly € 1.1 billion to build has been sold for € 10,000 in a bankruptcy auction. Ciudad Real Central Airport, located about 235km south of the capital Madrid, became a symbol of the country’s wasteful spending during a construction boom that ended with the financial crisis of 2008, the year the airport opened. The operator of the airport went bankrupt in 2012 after it failed to draw enough traffic.... Read More
  • Hong Kong sees flat cargo traffic in first half

    Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 2.1 million tonnes of cargo for the first half of 2015, up 0.6 per cent from the same period last year.... Read More
  • Expansion of Cambodia’s main airports by 2016

    The staggering growth of passenger and cargo air traffic will require more capacity building and human resource development in specialised areas, Deputy Prime Minister Sok An told a regional joint civil aviation committee from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam on Monday, according to the Khmer Times.... Read More
  • Heathrow cargo volumes up 2.1% in first half

    Heathrow Airport saw a 2.1 per cent year-on-year rise in cargo volumes to 741,847 tonnes in the first half of the year, driven by increases in cargo from emerging markets. Since July 2014, Heathrow has processed 1.5 million tonnes, a year-on-year uplift of 4.3 per cent.... Read More
  • NZ$1 million ‘lost’ at HKIA under Cathay’s care

    Cathay Pacific’s procedures at Hong Kong International Airport have come under scrutiny after after one of 13 bags containing NZ$1 million (US$660,235) went missing during transfer from an aircraft to the cargo terminal.... Read More

Cover Story

  • Vietnam fuels cargo growth

    With Vietnam’s economic growth forecast to hit 6 - 6.2 per cent this year, driven by a slew of foreign direct investment – primarily from high-tech companies, retail, garments and foot-wear – and a robust rise in personal consumption, the country looks set to solidify its position as a significant air cargo growth market. But the nature of its north/south production diversification, the need for more infrastructure, a shortage of freighter capacity and no direct Vietnam-US services are among the challenges that need to be overcome. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More


  • IAG rides high on surging Malaysia volumes

    IAG Cargo has seen sharply increased volumes both in and out on its just-opened Kuala Lumpur service, as the new destination looks set to add not just more capacity but strength and depth to IAG’s presence in Southeast Asia. “It does plug a gap. Certainly in Southeast Asia it plugs a big gap,” John Cheetham, regional commercial manager for Asia Pacific and India told Payload Asia in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur (KL). By Michael Mackey.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • X2 Networks launches X2 Pay

    X2 Group of Professional Logistics Networks, a global network of professional logistics specialists, has announced the debut of the newest addition to its platform, X2 Pay.... Read More
  • Descartes Acquires MK Data Services

    Descartes Systems, a major player in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce via the Global Logistics Network (GLN), announced that it has acquired MK Data Services, a US-based provider of denied party screening trade data and solutions for approximately US$76.3 million.... Read More
  • A.N. Deringer extends contract with CargoSphere

    CargoSphere, a cloud-based global rate management solution, has announced that longstanding client, A.N. Deringer, Inc., a well-established Customs House Broker (CHB) and global freight forwarder, recently renewed their commitment to the CargoSphere rate technology platform.... Read More
  • Accelya selected by Hawaiian cargo

    Accelya, a leading solutions provider of financial and business intelligence solutions to the airline industry, has announced that Hawaiian Airlines has selected Accelya’s REVERA CRA solution to process and optimise its Cargo Revenue Accounting. Hawaiian has been Accelya’s customer for other financial solutions.... Read More


  • Armed and no cross check!

    Recently a news item crossed our path and piqued our curiosity. It seems a little blunder by cleaning staff triggered an emergency slide of a Cathay Pacific B777 to inflate, delaying 277 travellers bound for Chicago recently.... Read More