October 2015


  • Pelican BioThermal partners Zuellig in Asia

    Pelican BioTh ermal, a global leader providing a wide and innovative range of temperature-controlled packaging solutions serving the life sciences industry, has reached a new partnership with Asia’s Zuellig Pharma.... Read More
  • Forwarders need better pharma understanding

    Logistics companies must improve their understanding of the pharmaceutical industry to better serve their customers, IJS Global director Naomi Landman told delegates at the recent Flypharma Conference in London, UK.... Read More
  • Jan de Rijk boosts cold chain focus with Omega buy

    With a distinct aroma of acquisitions in the air recently following major logistics consolidation emanating out of US-based XPO Logistics, Netherlandsbased Jan de Rijk Logistics Group has scooped up fellow compatriot Omega Logistics as it seeks to expand is reach into temperature controlled logistics.... Read More
  • Pharma-logistics sector is “behind the curve”

    The pharma-logistics sector is facing a “shaky future” and needs to quickly embrace supply chain reform according to supply chain champion, Alan Kennedy speaking at the FlyPharma 2015 Conference in London on last month.... Read More

From the Editor

  • All set for celebration!

    Here at Payload Asia it’s a been a very busy time as we prepare for our annual Awards and Conference event. As you read this the results of our annual Awards programme will be shortly announced and certainly as I write this the results are all in – both online voting in the Customer Choice and also from the industry-judging panel in the Industry Choice Awards.... Read More


  • Virgin invests in lightweight cargo nets

    Virgin Atlantic Cargo is to start using lightweight air cargo nets with Dyneema, as part of its ongoing contribution towards the airline’s target of reducing aircraft CO2 emissions by 30 per cent by 2020.... Read More
  • Saudia appoints new GSA in South Africa

    Saudia Cargo has appointed ACP Worldwide as its Cargo GSA across South Africa. Saudia Cargo operates a three times weekly B747 freighter flight from Johannesburg to Jeddah and Amsterdam, with shared frequencies to Nairobi. In addition ACP will also be able to sell belly space on the carrier’s thriceweekly B777-200 wide-body flights between Johannesburg and Jeddah, off ering total 50 tonnes of lower deck cargo capacity a week.... Read More
  • Aeroscraft cargo airship development progresses

    Development of the world’s first Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) capable heavy-lift cargo airship is progressing with the project entering the design freeze phase, according to the Aeroscraft Corporation (Aeros).... Read More
  • Atlas Air to operate two more B767Fs for DHL Exp

    Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings says its Atlas Air unit will operate two B767 aircraft leased to DHL Express by the company’s dry leasing entity, Titan Aviation. Atlas Air will operate the aircraft through its sister company, Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, linking the flights with Polar’s existing services for DHL and other customers.... Read More
  • Finnair adds capacity to Helsinki-London route

    Finnair will add belly cargo capacity to its route between Helsinki, Finland and London Heathrow from the beginning of winter season starting on 25 October 2015, and will operate three weekly frequencies on the route with a wide-body aircraft, to facilitate increased cargo demand on the route.... Read More
  • Airbus begins A330neo production

    Airbus’ fi rst A330neo is coming to life one year after the programme was launched, with the fi rst ‘cutting of metal’ underway at its production facilities in Toulouse and Nantes. Machining of the first engine pylon started during the summer at Airbus’ facility in Saint-Eloi (Toulouse), while Airbus’ Plant in Nantes began production of the fi rst A330neo centre wing box.... Read More
  • Volga-Dnepr moves Cypress trees to Tashkent

    Twenty-eight 7.5 metre Cypress trees have arrived in the Uzbekistan capital, Tashkent, onboard one of Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ IL-76TD-90VD freighters. Th e trees were fl own in from Brno in the Czech Republic for a landscape reconstruction project in Tashkent as part of the city’s preparations to host the 2016 Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.... Read More
  • ABC sees tonnage growth of 17% in first 8 mos

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of Volga-Dnepr Group and Russia’s largest all-cargo carrier, is heading into the final quarter of 2015 with sustained growth after reporting a 17 per cent year-onyear rise in tonnage for the opening eight months of the year.... Read More
  • Satair Group, FTI partner on video surveillance

    Satair Group has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with FTI – a German company, specialising in aircraft security video systems – covering the Americas and Asia-Pacific, including China. ... Read More
  • AF-KLM tops Dow Jones sustainability index again

    For the seventh consecutive year, the Air France-KLM group topped the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) transportation sector that produced an 18.16 per cent overall improvement year-on-year.... Read More
  • V-D delivers oil production unit to doorstep

    Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered an 11-tonne oil and gas pump to the door of a customer in the town of Farab, Turkmenistan. Th e oil production unit was transported from Maastricht Airport in the Netherlands on behalf of the airline’s customer Agility Projects Rotterdam.... Read More
  • TAPA campaign in face of rising cargo crime

    As cargo crime continues to rise, the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) is launching a global campaign to double the number of TAPA-certified warehouse facilities to over 2,000 in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific in the next three years and to make a ‘quantum leap’ in the number of trucking companies operating in compliance with the Association’s Security Standards.... Read More
  • Volga-Dnepr, ACS undertake ‘fi shy’ charter

    Volga-Dnepr’s expertise was called into action to safely deliver a shipment of 1,236,000 Muksun fish to help repopulate the freshwater Ob River basin in northern Russia.... Read More
  • Finnair adds capacity to Helsinki-London route

    Finnair will add belly cargo capacity to its route between Helsinki, Finland and London Heathrow from the beginning of winter season starting on 25 October 2015, and will operate three weekly frequencies on the route with a widebody aircraft, to facilitate increased cargo demand on the route.... Read More
  • EU, Vietnam reach agreement on free trade

    Th e EU and Vietnam have reached an agreement in principle for a free trade agreement (FTA), after two and a half years of intense negotiations.... Read More
  • Tony Tyler announces retirement from IATA

    Th e International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that its director general and CEO, Tony Tyler, will retire in June 2016 after serving fi ve years in the position. ... Read More
  • AF-KLM inks cargo partnership with China S.

    Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo and China Southern Cargo have signed an expansive cargo domain agreement aimed giving each other access to their respective complementary networks.... Read More
  • SkyCargo establishes second Iran trade lane

    Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, is set to increase its cargo capacity to Iran, when Emirates begins its five daily non-stop A330-200 passenger flights to Mashhad, Iran from1 September 2015. ... Read More
  • CAL targets Atlanta with new B747 service

    CAL Cargo Airlines has announced a new round-trip service from Atlanta to Liege, Belgium. Th e service includes two weekly rotations, ATL-LGG-ATL, with the first flight departing Liege on 25 Sept. CAL is servicing the Atlanta catchment area together with local GSA ATC Aviation.... Read More
  • Oman Air to lease fourteen jets from ALC

    Oman Air has signed long-term lease agreements with US-based Air Lease Corporation (ALC) covering a total of fourteen aircraft. Th ese include three B737-800s, seven B737 MAX 8s, and one B787-9 that are currently on order from Boeing and another one B737-700 and two B737-800s from ALC’s existing fleet.... Read More
  • Saudia Cargo resumes maindeck ops to JFK

    Saudi Airlines Cargo resumed operating freighter fl ights to John F. Kennedy International Airport from 4 September in response to the size of the growing demand for shipping operations. Th e scheduled weekly freighter fl ight will run from Jeddah to New York City.... Read More
  • Etihad looks at cargo potential from Nagpur

    A high-level Etihad Airways team visited the Multimodal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) in central India, to explore the possibility of launching a cargo airline service from the city, according to a report in the Indian Express.... Read More
  • Jet Airways accepts e-bookings via WIN

    India’s Jet Airways has announced it now accepts e-bookings via the Bangkokbased Worldwide Information Network (WIN) e-platform. “As a high-tech carrier, we strongly encourage our agents to work with us electronically and are pleased to add WIN as a new channel for e-booking,” said James Gilliard, acting VP – Cargo, Jet Airways.... Read More
  • SIA cargo load factors continue to slide

    In August 2015, Singapore Airlines Cargo registered a cargo load factor (CLF) 1.8 percentage points lower than the same period a year earlier as cargo traffic (measured in freight-tonnekilometres) declined 0.1 per cent to 520,300 FTK against capacity growth of 3.0 per cent.... Read More
  • Qantas ups belly frequency to HK, Manila

    From 26 October 2015, Qantas will operate an additional four Sydney-Hong Kong services using A330 aircraft each week, on top of the current daily services available from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Services from Sydney to Manila will increase from four to five per week between early December 2015 and late March 2016 to off er more capacity during the peak holiday season. ... Read More
  • Korean Air takes delivery of fi rst B747- 8 Intercontinental

    Korean Air has welcomed its fi rst B747-8 Intercontinental at a ceremony held at the Boeing Everett Delivery Centre in Seattle. With the addition of the B747- 8 Intercontinental to its fl eet, Korean Air became the fi rst airline in the world to operate both types of the B747-8. In 2012, Korean Air introduced the B747-8 Freighter and operates six of these aircraft.... Read More
  • Cebu Pacific continues int’l network expansion

    The Philippine’s largest carrier, Cebu Pacifi c, is set to launch three new routes including first international service from the southern Philippine city of Davao.... Read More
  • PAL to outsource ground handling

    In an effort to sustain profi tability, Philippine Airlines has announced that it will be laying off as many as 117 domestic ground crew beginning in November. In addition, the airline plans to cut costs further in other areas and limit spending in the coming year.... Read More
  • Thailand’s NokScoot eying Hawaiian route

    Bangkok-based NokScoot is planning to cooperate with Singapore joint venture partner Scoot on planned flights to Hawaii. Patee Sarasin, the CEO of the budget carrier’s Th ai partner Nok Air, said that while NokScoot could deploy its fl eet of B777-200ERs on fl ights to Honolulu, it would prefer to use Scoot’s more economical fleet of B787s.... Read More
  • JAL set to return to Dallas/Fort Worth

    Japan Airlines (JAL) announced it will expand its transpacific network with return-to-service between Tokyo- Narita (NRT) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) starting end-November with B787-8 aircraft. Fellow oneworld alliance member and Pacific Joint Business partner American Airlines will add its code to the route.... Read More
  • NCA cancels four of remaining six B747-8Fs

    Japanese all-cargo carrier, Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) has cancelled four of its remaining six B747-8F orders.... Read More
  • Malaysia Airlines Bhd to operate new A350-900s

    The recently-relaunched Malaysian national carrier that was rebranded from Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) to Malaysia Airlines Berhard (MAB), has signed a contract with US-based Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for the long-term lease of four new A350-900s.... Read More
  • Air China set to launch Beijing-Montreal nonstop

    Air China will start Beijing-Montreal nonstop service from end-September 2015, the world’s first transpacific nonstop service between Asia and Montreal. Montreal is Canada’s second largest city and important industrial, commercial and financial centre.... Read More
  • Cathay to launch HK-Madrid pax service next year

    Cathay Pacific Airways announced a new four-times-weekly service to Spanish capital of Madrid, from 2 June 2016, subject to government approval. Th e new service, operated with B777-300ERs will be the only direct link between Hong Kong and Madrid and will also off er belly cargo opportunities.... Read More
  • Beijing Capital launches Copenhagen services

    Beijing Capital Airlines has embarked on its first ever long-haul flights, connecting two Chinese cities with Copenhagen twice weekly with A330 equipment. ... Read More
  • China slowdown feeds cargo contraction

    Unlike the record high growth rates in global passenger numbers – up nearly eight per cent for the month of July – airfreight volumes were fl at with respect to year-over-year growth for the month, according to the latest statistics from Airports Council International (ACI).... Read More
  • China Southern launches e-commerce platform

    Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines has introduced a new crossborder e-commerce platform – Southern Cross-Border Purchase, through which Chinese consumers can purchase goods on-line in overseas markets, including the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand and ship them on the carrier’s global network to China.... Read More


  • Regional freight forwarders discuss key issues in Taipei

    Freight forwarders must work with their customers in the rapidly growing e-commerce arena to ensure not just profi tability, but the very survival of their freight forwarding businesses, said the chairman of the Federation of Asia-Pacifi c Air Cargo Associations (FAPAA) in Taipei recently. Donald Urquhart reports from Taipei.... Read More


  • Panalpina, Spread do China reverse logistics

    Panalpina sees reverse logistics as a strategic area for growThand to complement its business off ering in the technology sector, it has entered into a strategic alliance wiThHong Kong-based company Spread Logistics. Under this alliance the two companies now pick up faulty consumer electronics at origin, do failure analyses and – if need be – return them to the original manufacturer in Mainland China. The customer gains visibility of all return materials in the supply chain and can make data-based decisions on the reuse, repair, disposal or even redesign of its products.... Read More
  • Kerry goes robotic for e-commerce fulfilment

    Kerry Logistics Network Limited, a leading logistics service provider in Asia, has introduced six fully automated and programmed robotic butlers at its flagship facility PC3 in Hong Kong to meet the ever-growing consumer demands in online shopping. Kerry Logistics is one of the fi rst 3PLs in Asia to adopt robotic butlers in its operations to enhance fulfi llment effi ciency and accuracy.... Read More
  • Panalpina sets up shop in Myanmar

    Switzerland-based international freight forwarding and logistics company Panalpina has now opened its own office in Myanmar. Established in Myanmar’s largest city of Yangon, Panalpina’s new office officially took up operations in mid- August. Panalpina’s team on site is able to handle end-to-end ocean and air freight shipments, both imports and exports, for local and international customers.... Read More
  • Agility opens pharma centre in Brazil

    Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has opened a Pharmaceutical Competence Centre in Sao Paulo, Brazil.... Read More
  • K+N snags major US cold chain logistics deal

    Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, one of the world’s leading providers of in vitro diagnostic products and services, has awarded an exclusive six-year contract to Kuehne + Nagel to manage its complex cold and temperature-controlled warehousing and distribution requirements in the US.... Read More
  • Another big move for XPO with Con-way buy

    XPO Logistics has made headlines again with yet another multi-billion dollar acquisition with its recent announcement it had agreed to buy US trucking and logistics company Con-way in a deal that values publicly-listed Con-way at $3 billion. Th e deal is expected to close at the end of October and comes on the heals of XPO’s recent acquisition of French haulage and logistics company Norbert Dentressangle.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • SingPost invests in HK e-commerce logistics

    Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) has made two investments in Hong Kong to strengthen its e-commerce logistics presence in Hong Kong and establish an integrated ecosystem for parcel deliveries across multiple channels.... Read More
  • Alibaba’s Cainiao signs e-com MOU with USPS

    Cainiao, the logistics information platform and affiliate of the Alibaba Group and the United States Postal Ser vi ce (USPS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop new international shipping solutions and enhance the logisticsservice experience for both sellers and buyers involved in cross-border e-commerce.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • Fast cars, special care at Frankfurt-Hahn

    Frankfurt-Hahn Airport was recently abuzz with the excitement of fast cars as preparations for the next round of the World Endurance Championship (FIAWEC) saw 31 racing cars, 3 safety cars, as well as the equipment and supplies for the racing teams of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) carefully prepared for their flights to Austin, Texas.... Read More
  • FRA August volumes decline 4.2%

    Frankfurt Airport (FRA) saw its August cargo (airfreight and airmail) volumes drop by 4.2 per cent to 172,055 tonnes, attributing the decline to the weakness in world trade, especially in the Far East.... Read More
  • Asia slowdown drags Schiphol down

    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol handled 784,567 tonnes of air cargo in the first six months of 2015, down 2.1 per cent on 2014, despite the fact freighter movements rose 1.4 per cent to 8,218.... Read More
  • Swissport wins Oman Air’s Euro handling

    Swissport International is to take over Oman Air’s cargo handling at London Heathrow, Munich, Frankfurt and Paris Charles de Gaulle. It will take over full cargo handling services for Oman Air at London Heathrow on 3 September followed by a phased transition at the other three stations, with completion by 1 November.... Read More

Cover Story

  • Confronting fear: The industry grapples with change

    A word not often discussed at air cargo conferences around the world – fear – took centre stage recently at the Air Cargo Handling Conference in Bangkok. “There’s too much fear in our industry now,” said Saudia Airlines Cargo, VP operations, Chris Notter in partial explanation as to why the industry is grappling so desperately with change. Donald Urquhart reports from Bangkok.... Read More

By The Numbers

  • Drewry: How low can air freight rates fall?

    Air freight rates stabilised in July, bringing to an end seven consecutive months of falling pricing in the wake of a marked slowdown in world cargo demand, according to Drewry. UK-based Drewry noted that its East-West Air Freight Price Index recovered 2.0 points in July to a reading of 90.3, lifting it off its lowest ever level since the index was first launched in May 2012.... Read More
  • Airfreight demand falls again in July: IATA

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global airfreight markets showing a fall in air cargo demand in July compared to the same month last year. Airfreight volumes measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTK) fell 0.6 per cent, in line with weaker global economic growth.... Read More
  • Global airport volumes up 4.7 per cent in 2014: ACI

    Worldwide airport cargo volumes rose by 4.7 per cent in 2014, year-on-year to 102 million tonnes, wiThpositive levels of growThacross all six regions according to the Airports Council International (ACI) in the latest edition of its World Airport Traffic Report.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • Qatar does own cargo management system

    Qatar Airways has designed and implemented a next generation cargo management system named CROAMIS to manage its endto- end airline cargo business processes. ... Read More
  • Saudi-based Hala opts for Kale’s CORVI

    Hala Supply Chain Services (Hala SCS) has opted for Kale’s CORVI Freight Management system to be able to better serve its customers through operational control, business visibility and following industry best practices across its locations. Kale’s freight management software – CORVI – off ers an integrated web-based enterprise application to global forwarders.... Read More
  • AMI UK launches on-line cargo portal

    The UK arm of AMI – the world’s largest trade-only airfreight and express wholesaler – has launched its new on-line Quote&Book portal. The new site is modelled on AMI’s Express click2ship model, launched in 2010. The site is only accessible by AMI approved agent customers, who need to enter just a few shipment details to obtain immediate quotes. Prices can then be fi ltered using AMI’s consolidation or direct AWB service, as well as by airport of departure, direct or deferred services.... Read More
  • AF-KLM offers digital notification

    Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo has launched its ‘Let’s Get Digital’ programme offering customers the option of being informed automatically when one of their shipments is affected by an irregularity. Customers will be automatically notified about the situation, its cause and the solution that has been found for them.... Read More


  • 21 O’Leary-isms*

    The Belly Achers are … proud… well something like that, to bring the result of a late night conversation in far away place – and no, this isn’t about pillow talk – with one of the Belly Achers’ favourite drinking buddies, err, ummh, ahhh…. we mean ‘sources’.... Read More