• Leadership challenges for Asian aviation

    Speaking at the recent Asia Pacifi c Aviation Media Association’s (APAMA) Aviation Lecture in Singapore, the director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Giovanni Bisignani urged Asia to take a greater leadership role in shaping...... Read More
  • MIDDLE EAST: RAK Air likely to take-off in May

    RAK Airways based in the UAEemirate of Ras Al Khaimah, will startflying in May, said a top official. Theairline will begin operations with twoB757-200s, which have been leasedfrom Spanish carrier, Iberia. According to Shaikh Salem BinSultan Al Qasimi, chairman...... Read More
  • AFRICA: SAA & Air Mauritius team up

    South African Airways (SAA) and Air Mauritius have reached a code-share agreement on the routes between Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Mauritius. This new agreement is in addition to SAA’s present daily flights between Johannesburg and Mauritius. SAA operates...... Read More
  • VIETNAM: Exim loan for Vietnam

    The US Eximbank will lend US$400 million to help Vietnam Airlines purchase four Boeing 787 aircraft, state media said, in what would be the first US loan to Vietnam after Hanoi secured its WTO membership. Vietnam won a formal...... Read More
  • THAILAND: Bangkok cargo cost warning

    Logistics operators in Thailand have warned that operating costs will soar 80 percent if cargo handling is to be duplicated across two airports with the reopening of Bangkok¡¯s Don Muang Airport. A spokesman for the Thai Airfreight Forwarders Association,...... Read More
  • JAPAN: JAL appoints new cargo chief

    The Japan Airlines (JAL) Group has announced the appointment of Takao Fukuchi as executive officer, cargo and mail from April 1. He will also take on the role of senior vice president, cargo and mail subject to the approval...... Read More
  • INDONESIA: MSA Kargo, Hankyu launch new company

    Jakarta-based PT. Monang SianiparAbadi or MSA Kargo and Japanesefreight forwarder Hankyu ExpressInternational Co. Ltd. have launcheda joint venture called PT. HankyuInternational Transport Indonesia(HIT/ID). President commissioner and founderof MSA Kargo, Monang Sianipar saidthe joint venture plan was initiated inSeptember 2005...... Read More

    BRAND NAMES – We are pleasedto report that we recently received anew addition to the long list of brandnames that more or less look like PayloadAsia. The most obvious one, Playboy, isof course a no-brainer, but Paylord,Playlord, Praylord and...... Read More
  • CHINA: Schneider gets Chinese green light

    US-based Schneider National Inc.has announced it has been grantedauthority to operate as a domestic carrierand logistics services provider inthe People’s Republic of China. Schneider Logistics (Tianjin) willoffer domestic transportation, logistics(warehousing, cross-docking andthird-party logistics) and other relatedservices. The company will...... Read More
  • Pos M’sia to invest on efficiency improvement

    Pos Malaysia Bhd plans to invest as much as M$230 million to boost its efficiency and the bulk will be spent on a new mail processing centre. Managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Ikmal Hijaz Hashim said Pos...... Read More