December January 2016

Air Cargo at a Crossroads

  • Ground handling at a pivotal point

    Collaboration and partnership again became the cream that rose to the surface in the discussion of the current ground handling environment and the challenges and opportunities present in this key part of the air cargo supply chain. Moderated by Steven Verhasselt, business development manager at Liège Airport the roundtable touched on a number of key topics including: Progress with e-freight, reducing dwell times, use of technology, the relationship between the various parties in the supply chain and the critical need for standardisation. By Donald Urquhart and Nikky Collamat.... Read More
  • Shippers & forwarders’ perspectives

    Freight forwarders have occupied a key and hitherto indispensable position in the air cargo supply chain, but what does the changing air cargo market mean for their roles and their business. Chaired by Glyn Hughes, global head of cargo at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), speakers on this roundtable session discussed the need for collaboration within the industry the opportunities that new ‘trust-based’ information networks afforded, along with the opportunities of e-commerce, the need to move away from the vertically structured, procurement oriented relationship in the industry and the potential to replace manual forwarding processes with electronic. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More


  • Volumes not yield behind 2015 weakness: WorldACD

    For the second month in a row, the worldwide average USD-yield improved month-over-month (MoM), this time by 1.0 per cent, down however, from last year’s MoM figure of +1.7 per cent. Th e YoY yield change was of a wholly different nature (-17.5 per cent%), but that deterioration should be viewed against the background of two important developments in 2015, according to the latest analysis from WorldACD.... Read More
  • Eight Asian log hubs to remain dominant: CBRE

    Eight of Asia Pacific’s logistics hubs are considered ‘global’ and will continue to dominate until 2030 according to CBRE’s recently launched Asia Pacific Logistics Hubs 2015 report. These Asia Pacific hubs include: Greater China’s Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin; Japan’s Tokyo, Osaka-Kobe; and Singapore. In order to produce this latest report, CBRE developed a new model for ranking the region’s logistics hubs based on primary demand drivers: Infrastructure developments, market demand and the business environment. ... Read More

From the Editor

  • Here’s to 2016!

    As another year slips away and a brand new year full of promise, mystery and likely a fair bit of trepidation for the air cargo sector, is before us.... Read More


  • Fishy first for Davies Turner

    Davies Turner, the UK’s leading independent freight forwarder, has helped to bring the first-ever Sand Tiger sharks bred in captivity from South Africa to the UK. Th e shipment was facilitated by Davies Turner Air Cargo’s (DTAC) Aquatics team which acted as clearance and handling agent in the UK and was responsible for road delivery to Plymouth from London Heathrow airport.... Read More
  • Air Partner, Air Cargo Integrators to cooperate

    Air Partner’s Freight division has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Air Cargo Integrators of the UAE which will see the two companies working together to develop both their freight charter and global air freight products. ... Read More
  • Lufthansa unveils 48 foot freighter for charity

    A Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F freighter is now flying around the world with the footprints of 24 children on its fuselage as a flying ambassador for the aid organisation Cargo Human Care. The colourful design symbolises the motto ‘Step by step. Giving children a future’.... Read More
  • ECS signs GSSA deal with Italy’s Meridiana

    Meridiana is flying with wide-body B767 aircraft and narrow-body B737 aircraft, with a capacity of about 10 tonnes and ECS expects to generate a good 4,000 tonnes perannum by transporting a vast amount of DGR and perishable commodities.... Read More
  • New Aviation Strategy for Europe

    Th e European Commission has come out swinging in an attempt to protect its beleaguered airline industry with a new Aviation Strategy for Europe.... Read More
  • Air freight concerned about new EU Customs Code

    TIACA has raised a warning flag over Europe’s Union Customs Code (UCC) which comes into eff ect in less than six months, saying in a note to its members that the UCC will have a “considerable impact on businesses importing into, or exporting from, the European Union (EU).”... Read More
  • IAG Cargo upsizes London-Tel Aviv

    From March next year, IAG Cargo is replacing its remaining A321 with wide-body B777-200s between London Heathrow and Tel Aviv. Th e twice daily service will be particularly beneficial to Israel’s fast-growing time and temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals sector, according to IAG Cargo. ... Read More
  • IAG Cargo expands its EuroConnector service

    IAG Cargo has significantly increased its European network by adding 26 new stations via its Vueling network. A total of 128 European stations are now available on IAG Cargo’s network; giving customers even more point to point connection options.... Read More
  • ABC has IOSA safety cert renewed for two more years

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has successfully passed the audit procedures for compliance with the International Air Transport Association’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), renewing its certification for a further two years. ... Read More
  • Turkish Cargo expands land network in Iraq

    Turkish Cargo continues to expand its distribution network in the Middle East with the inclusion of Iraq in its land transport services. With the land transport network built throughout Iraq, more efficient distribution to a larger area has started to be provided.... Read More
  • SkyCargo marks 35k tonnes of cool chain

    Emirates SkyCargo recently shipped its 35,000th tonne of Cool Chain products through its exclusive freighter hub at Al Maktoum International-Dubai World Central (DWC) which opened earlier this year.... Read More
  • Emirates pumps US$848m into India’s GDP

    Emirates Airline is estimated to have contributed over US$848 million annually to India’s GDP, according to the results of an economic impact study conducted by the New Delhi-based National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER).... Read More
  • Connect India, CSV and UPS partner on last-mile

    Connect India, a last mile delivery company launched in August 2015, has announced their tie-up with United Parcel Service (UPS) and CSC e SPV, a special purpose vehicle formed by the Government of India. ... Read More
  • Mech, human factors in AirAsia crash

    Indonesian investigators say a chronically faulty component and the crew’s attempts to fix the problem contributed to the crash of an AirAsia passenger aircraft last year, killing all 162 aboard. ... Read More
  • Laos begins work on part of Kunming-Sing project

    Southeast Asia’s land-based multimodal network saw the start of a new link that forms part of the Kunming- Singapore Railway project following the start of work on a high-speed 427km rail line from the Laos to China. ... Read More
  • PAL mulls move to Clark as NAIA congestion losses rise

    Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) said its losses reach around US$1,780 for every 30-minute delay in its flights due to the runway congestion at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).... Read More
  • PAL confirms looking to buy 12 B787s or A350s

    Philippine Airlines (PAL) has confirmed it is in talks with Airbus and Boeing to buy as many as 12 wide-body aircraft and will decide on the purchase before the end of the year, the flag carrier’s president Jaime Bautista told Reuters, recently.... Read More
  • Oct sees more of same in air cargo markets: AAPA

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of October released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) reveal that growth in international air passenger demand remained encouraging, whilst soft air cargo market conditions persisted.... Read More
  • ANA, Lufthansa expand cargo joint network in Japan

    One-year on from the start of their initial joint venture partnership, All Nippon Airways (ANA) Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo are kicking-off the expansion of their joint network between Europe and Japan by connecting further destinations in Japan.... Read More
  • Air China adds Havana to Beijing-Montreal

    Air China will start its new three times weekly Beijing-Montreal-Havana service using B777-300ER aircraft on 27 December which adds a southward extension to Havana on the carrier’s Beijing-Montreal service already started on 29 September. In recent years, the economic and trade ties between China and Cuba have become increasingly close and the Air China’s new service marks the first between Cuba and China.... Read More
  • China’s HNA takes 23.7% stake in Brazil’s Azul Airlines

    China’s HNA Group Company Limited and Azul Brazilian Airlines recently announced a new strategic partnership where the HNA Group will acquire a 23.7 per cent stake in Azul, Brazil’s third largest airline, aiming to benefit from substantial passenger traffi c between China and Brazil, which are strong global trade partners.... Read More
  • HK signs US$600m loan deal for third runway

    Th e Airport Authority Hong Kong has signed a five-year, US$600 million evolving credit facility with 21 local and international banks participating, to help finance the expansion to a three-runway airport. ... Read More
  • Hacis gears up for e-commerce with new depot

    Hong Kong Air Cargo Industry Services (Hacis) – the added-value logistics arm of Hong Kong’s largest air cargo handler, Hactl – has opened a new depot directly targeting e-commerce business.... Read More


  • DHL opens Innovation Centre in Singapore

    DHL launched its Asia Pacific Innovation Centre (APIC) in Singapore to off er a visionary view of the logistics world, and develop innovative solutions to meet evolving supply chain needs.... Read More
  • Schiphol Cargo publishes pharma logistics ebook

    Pharma logistics professionals who succeed in transforming their supply chain will have a major impact on their organisation’s success and those who innovate best will position themselves to transform logistics from a cost centre to a true source of competitive advantage, is one of the main conclusions of a new book by Schiphol Cargo.... Read More
  • UTi establishes three new hubs in SE Asia

    UTi Worldwide has introduced new multimodal hubs in Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City to handle growing business in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, which in turn has led to three new routings out of Southeast Asiafor UTi. ... Read More
  • DHL expands partnership with Konica Minolta

    DHL Supply Chain, the global market leader for contract logistics solutions, has extended its partnership with Konica Minolta, Inc., the leading manufacturer in business technologies, by securing a contract to design, manage, and optimise its logistics operations across China. ... Read More
  • WCA makes personnel changes

    The world’s largest network of independent forwarders, WCA, has made personnel changes that will see former cargo journalist Dan March appointed chief executive officer (CEO) with founder David Yokeum becoming chairman and former Emirates SkyCargo head, Ram Menen, joining a new global Supervisory Board.... Read More
  • MSD extends pharma contract with K+N

    Merck Sharp & Dohme, (MSD) one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, has extended its overland transport contract with Kuehne + Nagel in Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and North America for another two years.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • FedEx announces Asian grant winners

    FedEx Express (FedEx) has announced the winners of the first-ever FedEx Small Business Grant Contest in Asia Pacific. ... Read More
  • Zalora signs returns deal with Pos Indonesia

    Fashion e-tailer Zalora has signed a new collaboration agreement with Indonesia’s national postal operator, Pos Indonesia, to supply customers with a free returns service at any of its 4,154 post offices. Zalora offers online shoppers more than 70,000 fashion products, including clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories and cosmetics for men and women.... Read More
  • time:matters grows Sameday network in Italy

    Time:matters, the specialist company for global special speed logistics, is further expanding its Sameday network to, from and within Italy. ... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • PACTL looks set for another record-setting year

    Pudong Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd. (PACTL) is about to set a new record for freight volumes in 2015. It has achieved tonnage growth of 6.82 per cent year-on-year, having processed 1.46 million tonnes of freight overall during the first eleven months of the year. Th e company handled more than 1.5 million tonnes of air freight for the very first time in 2014.... Read More
  • UK freight sector slams gov’t over Heathrow waffle

    Th e UK freight, logistics and business community have slammed the UK government’s decision to delay a decision until next summer – at the earliest - on whether a third runway will be built at Heathrow Airport.... Read More
  • Bengaluru’s Kempegowda Int’l welcomes Ethiopian

    Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB) recently welcomed Ethiopian Cargo’s inaugural flight to the airport which operates a twice a week schedule between Adis Abba and KIAB.... Read More

Cover Story

  • Carriers, forwarders set to embark on a new relationship

    The long and often fractious relationship between the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) is set to turn over a new leaf after nearly three years of intensive discussions, although sticking points – like issues relating to CASS settlement system – remain.... Read More
  • IATA’s cargo team aims for ‘lean, productive & innovative’

    It’s all about transformation,” says IATA’s global head of cargo, Glyn Hughes in reference to a significant organisation-wide restructuring which began with the cargo division. “We need to transform because the people we are providing services for, that are using the system are transforming.... Read More
  • Gov’ts need to do more on Li battery problem: IATA

    The issue of lithium battery shipments onboard freighters and the belly holds of passenger aircraft is again at the forefront of safety concerns as Christmas approaches and the volume of electronic gadgets relying on lithium batteries surges. Th e latest ‘problem child’ is this year’s toy of choice, the so-called ‘hoverboards’, a two-wheeled transportation device that relies on a larger-capacity lithium battery. ... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • Air Transat extends ULD pooling with CHEP

    CHEP Aerospace Solutions, the leading global provider of outsourced ULD (Unit Load Devices) pooling and repair solutions and Air Transat, Canada’s leading holiday travel airline, have extended their partnership for a further five years.... Read More
  • New DHL app increases cold chain visibility

    DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of the Deutsche Post DHL Group, has introduced its new LifeTrack mobile app available for iOS and Android systems. Th e free application grants users on-the-go access to DHL’s proprietary online cold chain tracking and management platform LifeTrack. ... Read More
  • SAP denies causing DHL’s IT woes

    SAP has denied reports accusing its software as being the root cause of the problems with the implementation of a new logistics software system at DHL Global Forwarding. Profi t at Deutsche Post DHL group plunged 90 per cent in Q3 2015 as it wrote off €345 million (US$365 million) from a failed attempt to upgrade the software system for its freight forwarding network.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Cargo launches eServices app

    Lufthansa Cargo has released its new App, ‘Lufthansa Cargo eServices’ which off ers comprehensive shipment tracking, as well as direct feedback opportunities for mobile phones and tablets, including innovative image uploading.... Read More
  • CAS launches e-AWB tool for 3,000 US forwarders

    Consolidated Aviation Services’ (CAS), the largest cargo handler in North America, is to help 3,000 freight forwarders in the US to transition to electronic air waybill (e-AWB) processing with the launch of ePic Easy Export.... Read More