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  • 01 Apr 2007

    EUROPE: Alitalia fails to attract real bids

    The Italian government has failedto attract any preliminary bids forbankrupt Alitalia from potential majorairline partners. The only significant internationalbid came from US airline buyout specialistTexas Pacific private investmentfirm – which bought and turned aroundContinental Airlines in the US in...... Read More
  • 01 Apr 2007

    EUROPE: New body to counter IATA “discrimination”

    The Global Federation of CargoAirlines (GFCA), an organisation alliedto FAGSA, the Federation of GeneralSales Agents, is taking aim at what itsays is IATA’s "discrimination" againstall-cargo airlines. GFCA board member Carlo TaleiFranzesi, who is also president of FAGSA,charges that IATA...... Read More
  • 01 Apr 2007

    EUROPE: Austrian hit by capacity cuts

    One moment Austrian Airlines’cargo department was boasting of itsexcellent links between Asia and thegrowing market of Eastern Europe.The next moment, its parent carrierannounced that the Asian half of thatequation is to be severely curtailed. From this year, a whole...... Read More
  • 01 Apr 2007

    AFRICA: Kenyan considers joint freighter

    Kenyan Airways is looking at a twiceweekly B747F service from Nairobi toItaly, using a B747-200F freighter ofOcean Airlines, according to its headof cargo, Shawn McGuinness. The route might be supported withregional freighter flights into Nairobi,but no decision on this...... Read More
  • 01 Apr 2007

    AFRICA: EC lifts ban on cargo airline

    Ugandan-registered DAS Air Cargohas been cleared to resume Europeanoperations having been removed fromthe European Commission’s list ofbanned airlines. The ban, which was imposed lastOctober, has been lifted as a result ofDAS taking action to improve safety. The carrier, which...... Read More
  • 01 Apr 2007

    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
  • 01 Apr 2007

    AMERICA: Boeing confirms B747-8F and 787 orders

    Boeing has confirmed additionalorders for its B747-8 freighters andB787s. AN-124 freighter operator Volga-Dnepr Group has confirmed an orderfor five B747-8 freighters with purchaserights for another five to be operated byscheduled subsidiary AirBridge Cargoon routes to Southeast Asia, China,Japan and...... Read More
  • 01 Apr 2007

    AMERICA: Atlas profit down

    Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo parentAtlas Air Worldwide Holdingsreported profit of US$59.8 million for2006 – down 19.1 percent from $73.9million earned in the prior year, onan 8.6 percent decrease in revenue to$1.48 billion. But Atlas reported a 66.2...... Read More
  • 01 Apr 2007

    AMERICA: IATA pledges to introduce e-freight by end of 2007

    IATA will have e-freight runningby the end of the year, potentiallysaving US$1.2 billion a year, directorgeneral Giovanni Bisignani told therecent IATA World Cargo Symposiumin Mexico City. "Cargo processes have not changedin three decades. It is time for the industryto...... Read More
  • 01 Apr 2007

    AMERICA: 100 percent cargo screening debated

    US Congress pressure to increasesecurity screening of belly cargo hold freight on passenger flights from 30to 100 percent on all US flights willresult in budget cuts to other securitymeasures and hit airline revenues, reportssaid. Democrats want 100 percent screeningof...... Read More