• AFRICA: Upington Airport to become cargo hub

    South Africa’s Upington Airport isto be developed as a cargo hub, to enablethe movement of cargo into andout of most of South Africa’s key tradeareas faster than is currently possibleusing Johannesburg, Durban and CapeTown. Upington Airport in the NorthernCape...... Read More
  • MALAYSIA: Etihad to use B777 on its KL service

    Etihad Airways, the national carrierof the United Arab Emirates, is to introducelarger aircraft on its Kuala Lumpur-Abu Dhabi route due to strong demand,Bernama News Agency reported. The Boeing 777-300ER will replacethe Airbus A340-300 aircraft that iscurrently being used on...... Read More
  • EUROPE: Slots become free at EFW

    EFW-EADS, the freighter conversionarm of Airbus, has unexpectedly founditself with seven free slots at its Dresdenplant due to the cancellation of someorders, sources in the company haveadmitted. The company previously hadall its conversion slots spoken for until2010 and beyond....... Read More
  • MALAYSIA: DHL Express aims to increase market share

    DHL Express (Malaysia) aims toincrease its market share by anotherone to two per cent by end of this year,the Business Times reported. The company currently leads thelocal express delivery market withmore than 40 per cent market share.Its plans for...... Read More
  • EUROPE: FAGSA warns IATA on surcharges

    FAGSA, the Federation of GeneralSales Agents, offered airlines at theIATA World Cargo Symposium inMexico in mid February a last chanceto settle the issue of commissions onsurcharges. FAGSA president Carlo Talei FranzesiTalei addressed the conference,urging airlines to start a dialogue...... Read More
  • Virgin’s Asian agenda

    Asia is of growing importance to Virgin Altantic, which is expanding capacity and opening its own sales offices in the region. Peter Conway reports.... Read More
  • Russia: An-124 link-up agreed

    Russian Antonov-124 large freighteroperator Volga-Dnepr’s plans to relaunchthe Ruslan freighter haveadvanced with the signing of the firstpartner to a joint venture company. Ukraine engine manufacturerMotor Sich has signed to join the companynamed Cargo Flight Vehicles tosupervise the programme. Volga-Dnepr...... Read More
  • Airnautic proves there is still a place for the independent

    With companies such as ECS andAir Logistics trumpeting the benefitsof multinational GSAs, is there still aplace in the world for single countryGSAs? L¨¦on Meier, president of Airnautic,one of Switzerland’s oldest GSAs andrepresentative in that country of ChinaSouthern, Air New...... Read More
  • Two new airports planned for Riyadh region

    There are plans to build two new domestic airports in the Riyadh region in Saudi Arabia, the Khaleej Times reported. The High Commission for the Development of Riyadh (HCDR) is looking for suitable sites on which to establish the...... Read More
  • HONG KONG: Forwarders can now operate privately in China

    Hong Kong and Macau based airfreightforwarders have been givenapproval to set up jointly-owned orprivately-run businesses on mainlandChina since the end of January, accordingto Logistics Week, citing the ChinaAir Transport Association (CATA). CATA, which is responsible forexamining applications, said over...... Read More