July 2015

From the Editor

  • China merger: More questions than answers

    Certainly some of the more exciting air cargo news out of China for some time –according to reports first carried by China’s state media the People’s Daily and Xinhua news agency, China’s three largest cargo carriers will merge to form Asia’s largest cargo carrier.... Read More


  • Garuda teams up with Cardig in cargo

    Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has signed an agreement with local cargo carrier Cardig Air to coordinate on cargo shipping throughout the region.... Read More
  • May cargo demand up 2.9% for Asian carriers

    Air cargo demand, in freight tonne kilometre (FTK) terms, increased by 2.9 per cent, whilst offered freight capacity grew by 5.1 per cent, leading to a 1.4 percentage point decrease in the average international freight load factor to 63.5 per cent for the month.... Read More
  • VietJetAir orders six additional A321ceo

    The Vietnamese carrier has placed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of six additional A321s.... Read More
  • Ethiopian orders six more B787 Dreamliners

    Ethiopian Airlines has announced an order for six B787-8 Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show. The Dreamliners complement the airline’s existing 13 B787s currently operating in the fleet and are part of Ethiopian’s long-term strategy to increase capacity and provide greater route flexibility to and from its hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.... Read More
  • Precision to convert B757-200 for VX Capital

    Precision Aircraft Solutions has been contracted to begin a B757 passenger-to-freighter conversion for San Francisco-based Vx Capital Partners.... Read More
  • AEI announces B737- 800SF launch customer

    Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has announced that GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) will be the launch customer for the AEI B737-800SF programme. GECAS plans to convert up to 20 of its Boeing 737-800NG passenger aircraft to freighters. The first aircraft is scheduled for conversion starting in 2016 and will achieve FAA supplemental type certification (STC) in 2017.... Read More
  • SkyLease Cargo applies for HK rights

    North Carolina-based SkyLease Cargo has applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for exemption authority to operate scheduled cargo (property and mail) flights between the US and Hong Kong via intermediate points and beyond to points in third countries.... Read More
  • ACMG: Market needs 125 new freighters per year

    Demand for freighter aircraft continues to trend higher, according to a newly-released forecast issued by the Air Cargo Management Group (ACMG). ... Read More
  • Atlas boosts fleet due to rising demand

    Based on the “improved air freight environment and customer demand”, Atlas Air Worldwide has agreed to acquire a new B747-8 freighter from Boeing with delivery scheduled for November 2015. Prior to its expected placement in longer-term ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) service, the company intends to deploy the aircraft in profitable charter operations, “taking advantage of the aircraft’s superior fuel efficiency, range, capacity and loading capabilities,” it said.... Read More
  • Lufthansa, ANA extend JV Europe to Japan

    More and faster connections, more capacity, flexibility and time savings are the benefits available to European customers of Lufthansa Cargo and ANA Cargo as of 3 August, according to the duo. Both airlines are expanding their joint venture for freight consignments to routes from Europe to Japan.... Read More
  • Ruslan delivers outsize oil & gas equipment

    Ruslan International has transported extremely heavy oil and gas equipment from Milan, Italy to Qindao, China, once again showing its ability to move huge cargoes across the world at speed, it said. MP Holland, a freight forwarder based in the Netherlands, needed to move over 100 tonnes of cargo to Penglai Jutal Offshore Engineering Heavy Ind., Co. Ltd. The sheer weight of the load, as well as the short timescales involved, demanded specialist aircraft for the job.... Read More
  • Jettainer manages ULDs for KF Aerospace

    Jettainer, a leading international service partner for outsourced ULD management, is taking over the management and servicing of the airfreight loading devices for KF Aerospace (formerly Kelowna Flightcraft).... Read More
  • AF-KLM achieves export e-AWB from Saudi Arabia

    Jeddah-based independent forwarder Express Forwarding Services (EFS), a member of the WCA Family and longtime user of the WIN IT connectivity platform, has made the first ever e-AWBs shipments on Air France-KLM Cargo out of Saudi Arabia.... Read More
  • ABC tonnage up 16% in 2015 so far

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has continued its strong operating performance with tonnage up 16 per cent in the first five months of 2015. In the January-May period, the airline transported 180,605 tonnes across its global route network linking Europe, Asia and the US via Russia.... Read More
  • Virgin Atlantic flies cars to Le Mans race

    Virgin Atlantic Cargo teamed up with motorsport freight forwarding specialists first-air to organise delivery of two Chevrolet Corvette CR.7 cars from Chicago to London on their journey to Le Mans in France, where Corvette Racing is bidding to win the 83rd running of the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race.... Read More
  • Volga Dnepr places bold order for 20 B747-8Fs

    The Volga-Dnepr Group, a world leader in transportation of unique, oversize and heavy cargo, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further the group’s fleet expansion with 20 additional B747-8 Freighters, valued at US$7.4 billion at list prices.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Cargo adds Brazil’s Natal

    The Brazilian city of Natal has been a new destination in the Lufthansa Cargo network since 7 June. Lufthansa’s cargo arm now flies to the ‘City of the Sun’ every Sunday. ... Read More
  • Personnel changes at Lufthansa Cargo

    Lufthansa Cargo has announced the appointment of several new managers in its product & sales division this summer.... Read More
  • Airbus, EFW, ST launch A320/A321 conversions

    Airbus, Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) and Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace) have signed agreements for a collaboration to launch the A320/A321 passenger-tofreighter (P2F) conversion programme.... Read More
  • Lufthansa ends three Russian routes

    Lufthansa is scaling back operations to Russia, as it discontinues three destinations from Frankfurt to Samara, Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow Vnukovo as the routes have become unprofitable.... Read More
  • Swiss appoints new head of cargo

    Swiss has appointed Ashwin Bhat as its new head of cargo. He will assume his new duties on 1 October. ... Read More
  • Virgin Atlantic adds Detroit

    Virgin Atlantic Cargo has added Detroit to its list of daily flights to and from London Heathrow Airport.... Read More
  • ASL to increase stake in India’s Quikjet

    ASL Aviation Group has announced that its shareholding in Bangalore-based Quikjet Cargo Airlines through ASL subsidiary Farnair Switzerland AG is to increase to 72.59 per cent after being given the green light by India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). ... Read More
  • Kuwait Airways receives its first A330-200

    Kuwait Airways has taken delivery of its first A330-200, becoming a new operator for the type.... Read More
  • Saudia launches Shanghai- Delhi maindeck service

    Saudi Airlines Cargo has unveiled the launch of a new direct freighter service between Shanghai and New Delhi as part of the airline’s continued expansion strategy. ... Read More
  • CAL launches engine transport product

    After successfully transporting hundreds of engines every year, CAL Cargo Airlines has launched CAL Engines – a dedicated product for the safe transportation of aircraft engines. ... Read More
  • Qatar orders 10 B777- 8Xs, 4 B777 Freighters

    Qatar Airways announced an order for 10 B777-8Xs and four B777 Freighters, valued at US$4.8 billion at list prices, on the opening day of Paris Air Show 2015.... Read More
  • Qatar commences Doha-Amsterdam flights

    Qatar Airways has commenced services between Amsterdam and Doha with the inaugural flight landing at Schiphol Airport on 16 June, welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute.... Read More
  • Qatar adds Entebbe freighter

    Qatar Airways Cargo is introducing new non-stop Doha, Qatar – Entebbe, Uganda service this month.... Read More
  • Iran’s Mahan Air begins A340-600 service

    Iran’s Mahan Air has deployed the first of seven recently delivered A340-600s into revenue service from 1 June with services to Istanbul and Dubai. With US sanctions imposed on Iran since 1979, Iranian carriers are unable to source its capacity needs through traditional channels and are forced to use more obtuse acquisition method.... Read More
  • Qatar to debut A350 XWB in Philadelphia

    Qatar Airways, the global launch customer of the A350 XWB, has chosen Philadelphia to be the first destination it will fly to in the USA using the aircraft.... Read More
  • Etihad Cargo launches AUH-BZV service

    Etihad Cargo has increased its freighter services to Africa with the launch of a cargo only service from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Maya Maya Airport, Brazzaville (BZV), in the Republic of Congo.... Read More
  • Emirates to begin Dubai-Bologna service

    Emirates has today announced plans to start a daily B777-300ER service to Bologna, Italy, from 3 November. The capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna will be Emirates’ fourth Italian destination bringing Emirates’ weekly flights to Italy to 56.... Read More
  • Etihad calls for reform in European aviation

    Etihad Airways has urged the European Commission to embrace “bold, exciting and world-leading reforms” as part of the Strategic Aviation Package to overhaul Europe’s air transport industry. In a detailed submission to the Commission, the airline advocates a policy which actively facilitates competition and consumer choice, addresses critical shortfalls in aviation infrastructure and eases restrictions on market access and investments by non- European airlines.... Read More
  • France honours Al Baker for aviation contribution

    While the subsidies dispute between Middle East carriers and those in Europe – including Air France-KLM – and those in the US rages on, the President of the Republic of France, Francois Hollande conferred the prestigious Honor of ‘Officier de la Légion d’Honneur’ to Qatar Airways’ group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker.... Read More
  • Qatar’s Al Baker threatens oneworld pull out

    Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker has threatened to leave the Oneworld alliance, accusing American Airlines of blocking his carrier’s business.... Read More
  • Jet Airways drops freighter plans

    Jet Airways has dropped plans indefinitely to start dedicated freighter services, as it doesn’t find market conditions conducive, according to un-named sources quoted by India’s Economic Times. ... Read More
  • Minsheng Leasing signs for 30 B737s

    Minsheng Financial Leasing (Minsheng) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Paris Air Show with for the purchase of 30 B737 airplanes, a mix of Next-Generation B737 and B737 MAX aircraft from Boeing.... Read More
  • Garuda signs LOI for 30 A350 XWB

    Garuda Indonesia plans to use the A350 XWB to develop its medium and long haul network, with the aircraft offering the ability to fly non-stop from Jakarta or Bali to Europe.... Read More
  • Modal shift for Cathay's James Woodrow

    Cathay Pacific's director of cargo James Woodrow is moving to the sea freight side of the Swire group's business and will be replaced by Simon Large, effective this summer, according to the airline.... Read More
  • Vietnam Air’s first A350 XWB takes to the sky

    The first A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines has completed its first flight in Toulouse on Monday bearing the airline’s blue and gold lotus livery.... Read More
  • Ruili Airlines orders 30 B737 MAXs

    Kunming, China-based, Ruili Airlines announced at last month’s Paris Air Show that the airline has committed to purchase 30 B737 MAXs with the financial support of AVIC International Leasing.... Read More
  • Minsheng Leasing signs for 30 B737s

    Minsheng Financial Leasing(Minsheng) signed a Memorandum ofUnderstanding (MOU) at the Paris AirShow with for the purchase of 30 B737airplanes, a mix of Next-GenerationB737 and B737 MAX aircraft fromBoeing.... Read More
  • China Airlines’ B777-300ER debuts

    China Airlines’ newest B777-300ER landed at Le Bourget, France last month marking the debut of China Airlines’ new twin-aisle aircraft at the Paris Air Show. China Airlines currently operates five newly configured B777- 300ERs on routes serving Hong Kong, Bangkok, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.... Read More
  • Jetstar Hong Kong's application rejected

    Qantas Airways’ hopes of launching a new low-cost carrier in Hong Kong have been essentially quashed after waiting nearly two years for a decision, as the territory’s Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) rejected on 25 June the application from Qantas to start a new budget airline – Jetstar Hong Kong – on the basis that the ultimate control of the airline would be in Australia and mainland China.... Read More
  • China Aviation Supplies signs for 75 A330s

    China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) has signed with Airbus a General Terms Agreement (GTA) for 45 A330 Family aircraft and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for options for 30 A330s.... Read More
  • Singapore Airlines Cargo sees May declines

    In May 2015, Singapore Airlines overall cargo load factor (CLF) was 1.3 percentage points lower at 61.6 per cent as cargo traffic (measured in freight-tonne-kilometres) declined 1.0 per cent to 531.2 million tonne-km against 1.0 per cent growth in capacity to 862.1 million tonne-km.... Read More
  • Myanmar Nat’l readies for int’l debut

    Myanmar National Airlines celebrated the delivery of its first next-generation B737-800 leased from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing arm of GE.... Read More
  • Thai Lion Air to begin int'l flights this August

    Thai Lion Air, the no-frills offshoot of Indonesia’s Lion airline group is planning to commence international operations this August with flights from its Bangkok (Don Mueang airport) hub to Singapore.... Read More
  • THAI receives B777-300ER direct delivery

    Thai Aiways received its 25th direct B777 delivery, a B777-300ER, from the Boeing delivery centre in Everett, Wash.... Read More
  • THAI’s first A350 XWB well underway

    Manufacturing of the first A350 XWB for Thai Airways International (THAI) is advancing well according to Airbus, with major components progressing towards the start of final assembly in October 2015.... Read More
  • THAI continues to operate to EU destinations

    Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) announced that it will continue to operate as normal to European destinations.... Read More
  • ICAO officially issues an SSC against Thailand

    The International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) has formally issued a Serious Safety Concern (SSC) against Thailand after the country’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) failed to adequately address regulatory oversight shortcomings identified during a Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) inspection in January.... Read More
  • PAL to lease two more B777s next year

    Philippine Airlines (PAL) will bolster its fleet of six B777-300(ER)s with the lease – in a deal with Intrepid Aviation – of two more over the next year with the carrier aiming to turn its Manila to Los Angeles and San Francisco operations into an all-B777 operation instead of its current mix which also includes fourengine A340s. Once the carrier has exited A340 operations, it will operate just two types of widebodies – A330-300s (of which it has 15) and B777-300ERs.... Read More
  • EC lifts ban on remaining Philippine carriers

    The European Commission (EC) has removed all Philippine-registered airlines, including Cebu Pacific and Air Asia Philippines, from its newly updated list of carriers banned from operating in EU airspace.... Read More
  • Korean goes big with 100 Airbus, Boeing orders

    Korean Air announced the airline’s intent to purchase up to fifty A321neo aircraft including thirty firm orders and twenty options along with 30 B737 MAXs and two additional B777-300ER aircraft with options for an additional 20 B737 MAXs.... Read More
  • MASkargo starts freighters into Dhaka, Bangalore

    MASkargo has commenced its twice weekly A330-200F freighter service to Dhaka, Bangladesh part of its expansion initiatives in the South Asian market. Dhaka is a significant exporter of perishable products like fresh seafood, and garments and MASkargo prides itself in its capability to link Bangladesh with its global trading partners.... Read More
  • AirAsia X secures permission for US service

    The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded Malaysia’s long-haul, low cost carrier AirAsia X a Foreign Air Carrier Permit as well as Route Exemption ahead of its planned launch of flights to the US from 1 November.... Read More
  • EVA Air signs LOI for five B777 Freighters

    Taiwan’s EVA Air has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Boeing for the purchase of five B777Fs at the Paris Air Show recently.... Read More



  • AIB Int’l coordinates bovines to Senegal

    Coordinating two full charters of live cattle shipment, AIB Internacional, a member of X2 Elite and X2 Projects, has led the transport of 356 live Guzerá Breed Bovine en route for Senegal, Africa. ... Read More
  • DHL introduces third China-Euro rail option

    DHL Global Forwarding is further expanding its pioneering multimodal services in China with a new twiceweekly service between Zhengzhou and Hamburg via Poland.... Read More
  • Japan Post begins integration of Toll Group

    Japan Post president & CEO Toru Takahashi recently joined Toll Group managing director Brian Kruger at one of Toll’s Melbourne distribution centres to mark the transition as part of the Japan Post group. ... Read More
  • Kerry Logistics snags House Of Fraser contract

    Kerry Logistics Network has secured a contract with House of Fraser, the UK and Ireland’s department store group, to support the retailer’s store and e-commerce expansion into China through the course of 2016. ... Read More
  • Kerry Logistics opens Portugal office

    Kerry Logistics has opened a new office in Portugal as part of on-going expansion plans across Europe. Mário Silva, GM Kerry Logistics (Portugal), will be heading up the branch, headquartered in Porto, Portugal’s second largest city and one of the main industrial hubs of southwest Europe.... Read More
  • K+N buys US intermodal specialist ReTrans

    The Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) Group has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of the shares of ReTrans Inc., a US-based leading provider of multimodal transport management solutions. K+N said the acquisition, “builds on the Kuehne + Nagel’s overland strategy and will significantly strengthen the company’s position as an end-to-end logistics provider in North America”.... Read More
  • Alibaba’s Cainiao launches food distribution centres

    Cainiao, the logistics affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding Limited, has announced the establishment of three fresh food distribution centres in three major Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. ... Read More
  • EFS, AF-KLM do 1st e-AWB from Saudi Arabia

    Jeddah-based independent forwarder Express Forwarding Services (EFS), a member of the WCA Family and longtime user of the WIN IT connectivity platform, has made the first ever e-AWB shipments on Air France KLM Cargo out of Saudi Arabia.... Read More
  • CEVA appoints Griffiths for contract logistics Iberia

    CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies, has strengthened its senior management team in Iberia with the appointment of Philip Griffiths to the position of Contract Logistics Business Development Director. ... Read More
  • Panalpina makes senior appointments

    Panalpina, one of the world’s leading supply chain solutions providers, promotes Andy Weber to the position of chief operating officer (COO) as of 1 July.... Read More
  • DHL Forwarding appoints Tieber for ASEAN, S. Asia

    DHL Global Forwarding, a leading provider of air, sea and road freight services in Europe and Asia , has appointed Thomas Tieber as CEO for ASEAN and South Asia with effect from 1 June. ... Read More
  • DHL bags Kate Spade in Japan

    DHL Supply Chain, a global market leader for contract logistics solutions, announced that it has been awarded a three-year contract to manage the supply chain operations for Kate Spade, the global lifestyle brand, in Japan from February 2015.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • DHL Express makes €4.9 million Thai investment

    DHL Express has announced plans to increase its investments in physical infrastructure and services in Thailand to 180 million baht (€4.9 million) in 2015 to deliver business growth and enhance service quality.... Read More
  • FedEx extends retirement age for Fred Smith

    Ahead of FedEx Corp. CEO Fred Smith’s 71st birthday in August, the company has changed its corporate governance guidelines to increase the mandatory retirement age for directors from age 72 to age 75 with immediate effect.... Read More
  • DHL uprades Americas hub for US$108M

    DHL is investing US$108 million to expand its Americas hub facility at the Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky airport (CVG) to meet the demands of continued growth in international ecommerce and global trade. The expansion will provide more gates to accommodate additional aircraft, warehouse space and new equipment to provide more capacity for sorting shipments as well as unloading and reloading aircraft.... Read More
  • TNT opens new air route to Malta

    TNT has launched a new air service between its main European air hub in Liege and Malta. The flight will run five times a week on a B737-400 aircraft, with a stopover in Marseilles on both outbound and inbound journeys and offers next day delivery to all of Europe.... Read More
  • Blue Dart Express acquires Blue Dart Aviation

    India’s Blue Dart Express – a unit of Deutsche Post DHL Group – has become a majority shareholder in Blue Dart Aviation after purchasing additional 21 per cent stake taking its shareholding of the company in Blue Dart Aviation to 70 per cent. ... Read More
  • UPS to open Netherlands healthcare centre

    UPS has announced that it is building a new healthcare distribution center in Roermond, the Netherlands, to accommodate growing demand. ... Read More
  • SingPost divests 90% stake in DataPost

    Singapore Post (SingPost) has entered into a sale and purchase agreement with Jing King Tech Solutions to dispose its 90 per cent stake in DataPost for approximately S$39.3 million (US$29.5 million). ... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • WFS is set for biggest EU expansion

    Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is set for the biggest expansion of its ground handling activities in Europe in over 40 years after being awarded full ground handling licenses to operate at Spain’s Madrid, Seville, Santiago, Oviedo and Vitoria airports. ... Read More
  • AAT speeds up cargo handling by 3 hrs

    Hong Kong’s Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT) has announced that it has set itself higher service standards to speed up the handling of general import cargo by up to three hours. ... Read More
  • New management structure at MFAG

    Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG (MFAG) will be managed by a threeman management team, consisting of the board spokesperson Johannes Jähn, board member Markus Kopp, and the general representative Dieter Köhler.... Read More
  • Ten-year extension for Hactl

    Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has signed a new, 10-year extension of its handling franchise at the airport. The new agreement with Hong Kong’s Airport Authority runs from July 2018, when the current franchise expires.... Read More
  • Finnair awarded CEIV, lays terminal cornerstone

    Finnair Cargo has received certification under IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics program (CEIV Pharma). Finnair joined the programme under the successful Brussels Airport CEIV Pharma Community approach, as Brussels is Finnair Cargo’s 2nd hub.... Read More
  • 1st international flight for Cambodia’s Sihanoukville

    The Cambodian port town of Sihanoukville saw its first international flight on 6 June with the launch of direct flights from Singapore Changi by Singapore Airlines’ regional unit, SilkAir which is flying the route on a charter basis in order to assess the market. “Three other flights are planned this coming December, a period during which outbound travels peak due to the school holidays in Singapore,” Silkair said.... Read More
  • Vietnam to build mega airport in HCM

    Vietnam’s National Assembly has approved the construction of a new US$16 billion international airport by 2025 to relieve the load on the existing Tan Son Nhat airport. The assembly passed a resolution for the planned Long Thanh International Airport to be built just outside the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City.... Read More
  • Airports Comm pegs 3rd Heathrow runway

    The UK’s Airports Commission has recommended a third runway at Heathrow airport while a second runway at Gatwick is described as a ‘credible’ option’. Expansion of the west London hub would add £147 billion (€207 billion) in economic growth by 2050, according to the Commission’s long-awaited report. It would also connect the UK to more than 40 new destinations around the world including 10-12 new long-haul routes. An expansion at Heathrow would also allow the airport to double its freight capacity to three million tonnes.... Read More

Cover Story

  • Ceva gets an Urbain touch

    To say that it’s all change at the Dutch-headquartered Ceva Logistics may sound like an overstatement, but it’s clearly not far from the truth. In the one and a half years since Xavier Urbain took over as CEO he’s turned the business model on its head and is hard at work instilling the mantra of continual process improvement throughout the company. Donald Urquhart reports.... Read More

By The Numbers

  • IATA figures give pessimistic outlook

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that growth continued to slow in May. Compared to May 2014, growth in freight tonne kilometers (FTK) was 2.1 per cent, the slowest rate this year and outpaced by a capacity expansion of 4.3 per cent. On a year-to-date basis, freight volumes are up four per cent on the previous year, but much of that growth was realised in the latter part of 2014.... Read More
  • Forwarders more upbeat about airfreight than sea

    The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index for May indicated some improvements from April’s decline. In particular, the six-month outlook appears bright as airfreight gained 2.8 points to 63.4 and sea freight increased 2.1 points to 62.9. Overall, the total index increased 1.1 points to 57.4 and even though this is down 0.6 points from one year ago, it is still 6.7 points higher than May 2013.... Read More
  • Modal shift to sea is reversing says Drewry

    An ongoing reversal of the much discussed modal shift from air to sea will continue despite the recovery of port operations on the US West Coast following the crippling strike last year, according to the latest report from Drewry Shipping Consultants. The damage done to supply chains ahead of the Thanksgiving and Christmas peaks last year has apparently left a lingering bad taste in the mouths of shippers in some high-value sectors.... Read More


  • China Southern rapidly grows to a dozen B777Fs

    China Southern Cargo – a member of the SkyTeam Cargo alliance – has added two new B777 Freighters to its fleet on 27 June and by end-July will welcome its 12th B777-200F giving it the largest fleet of that type in China and tied with Emirates SkyCargo as the largest B777-200F fleet in the world. With this new hardware the carrier will begin new services to the US and Europe. By B. Collamat.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • Icelandair success with e-AWB implementation

    Icelandair Cargo started implementing e-AWB routes from the Keflavik (KEF) hub on exports in June 2014. There has been exceptional growth since the beginning of 2015, with more routes implemented, resulting in a significant increase in e-AWB penetration, by doubling in just three months.... Read More
  • Global e-AWB penetration flat at 26%

    Global e-AWB penetration slipped marginally in April, down 0.3 per cent from March, to 25.9 per cent penetration.... Read More
  • Siemens carves out airport solutions business

    Siemens has announced that from 1 June, its Logistics and Airport Solutions will become an independent company, called Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics GmbH (SPPAL), but still continue under the group umbrella.... Read More
  • Avianca to use Descartes Cargo 2000 service

    Avianca Cargo has selected Descartes Cargo 2000, a cloud-based service that helps carriers monitor shipments at a master air waybill level from airport to airport and provides the metrics and reporting needed to facilitate compliance with Cargo 2000 standards and benchmarks.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Cargo makes IT leap with IBS

    Lufthansa Cargo has gone live with IBS’ iCargo IT solution at 120 stations in its network, including the three hubs –Vienna, Munich and Frankfurt. Frankfurt is not only Lufthansa Cargo’s main hub for its global operations, but also one of Europe’s busiest cargo gateways. This massive transformation was achieved through a seamless system cutover, with Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt operations in full swing and without major business disruptions. The system switch-over has been keenly followed by industry stakeholders.... Read More
  • Ahmedabad goes live on Kale’s GALAXY

    GSEC Ahmedabad Airport has gone live on Kale’s GALAXY – Airport cargo management solution – GALAXY to automate its Custodian operations and established a seamless digital interface with customs system. It provides features like TSP processing, acceptance, customs messaging and warehouse management for export, import and transhipment cargo.... Read More


  • Memories of Munich!

    Achers came across these photos from the recent Air Cargo Europe event in Munich – you know, the place where beer is almost the same price as bottled water but tastes 1,000 times better! And it has a tonne more vitamins and minerals than water too.... Read More