April 2012

From the Editor


  • ULD & Perhisables Supplement in May issue

    Although ULDs have and continue to play a vital role in boosting the efficiency of air cargo their value is often overlooked by carriers and ground handlers alike. But work within IATA has driven new initiatives designed to improve operating practices, implement training standards and ensure only airworthy ULDs are uplifted on aircraft.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • DHL launches new Round-the-World service

    DHL has launched a new, additional round-the-world flight connecting Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Leipzig which it says will create a unique service proposition on key trade lanes between Asia and Western US and Canada.... Read More
  • New express service for Lufthansa Cargo

    Lufthansa Cargo is offering its customers worldwide a new express service for very urgent shipments. Courier. Solutions provides the fastest transit and shortest delivery times in the Lufthansa Cargo portfolio plus constant surveillance and custody of consignments and is designed for customers with extremely time-critical and sensitive cargo, the German carrier said.... Read More
  • DHL sees profit growth in 2011

    Reporting its annual results for 2011, DHL saw its overall group net profit rise by 32.8 per cent to €2.4 billion, on sales up 2.8 per cent to €52.8 billion.... Read More
  • TNT, Emirates sign code-share deal

    TNT Airways, and Emirates SkyCargo have signed a code-sharing deal which they say will help them optimise capacity and increase frequency. Under the agreement, Emirates SkyCargo will place its airline code and use space on TNT Airways’ B777 freighter flights on the New York-Liege and Hong Kong-Dubai-Liege routes. TNT currently operates three B777 freighters.... Read More
  • DHL launches direct Chengdu, Ho Chi Minh

    DHL has launched two new direct flights from its hub in Hong Kong to Chengdu, China and from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as the latest enhancements to its Asia air network.... Read More
  • TNT accepts sweetened UPS acquisition offer

    TNT has accepted a sweetened offer by United Parcel Service (UPS) for TNT’s Express unit, making the US-based express delivery company the largest express package-shipper in Europe with €45 billion in global sales.... Read More


Cover Story

  • GACAG: An industry unites

    It’s now one year on from the official inception of the unprecedented coming together of virtually the entire air cargo supply chain as represented by four major industry associations – IATA, FIATA, TIACA and the GSF.... Read More


  • Boeing looks to launch 777 successor by year-end

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has coBoeing is targeting a year-end launch for its conceptual B777X, in time for a late decade service entry, said the company’s commercial unit CEO, Jim Albaugh.... Read More
  • Uggie flies Virgin Atlantic Cargo

    Virgin Atlantic Cargo carried one of Hollywood’s biggest stars between Los Angeles and London to appear on a number of television shows including: The Graham Norton Show, BBC News, Channel 5 News, Blue Peter and Newsround to name a few. Uggie, a 10-year-old Jack Russell Terrier was the canine star of the Oscar-winning silent movie, The Artist.... Read More
  • Virgin Atlantic cargo returns to Mumbai

    Virgin Atlantic Cargo is growing its network covering 350 destinations worldwide with the return of flights to Mumbai, India’s thriving commercial centre from 28 October this year, a route it first served from 2005 to 2009.... Read More
  • Astral Aviation to launch Mogadishu service

    Astral Aviation will commence direct cargo service to Mogadishu, Somalia from its hub at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from 14 March.... Read More
  • Kenya Air eyes $3.6B expansion

    Kenya Airways will spend US$3.6 billion over the next five years on new aircraft and routes, mainly aimed at connecting Africa and Asia, its chief executive said has said.... Read More
  • Heavyweight Air Express eyes South America

    Heavyweight Air Express – provider of air cargo solutions that range from traditional general sales agency services to diversified niche market products including airport-to-door, air chartering and space brokerage and wholesale – has announced plans to expand into Latin America following what it said was a detailed and comprehensive evaluation of mainstream and secondary Latin markets.... Read More
  • Aviation driving growth in Latin America

    Growth in aviation and related security business is driving economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean where it has created more than four million jobs and contributed US$107 billion to national earnings, according to a report by the Air Transport Action Group and Oxford Economics.... Read More
  • Volga-Dnepr delivers for Yamalkan Rally

    Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered snowmobiles from Saint Petersburg to the Russia town of Salekhard, located directly on the Arctic Polar Circle, for the 250km long Yamalkan International Snowmobile Rally.... Read More
  • Airframers cooperate on biofuel commercialisation

    Boeing, Airbus and Embraer recently signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on the development of drop-in, affordable aviation biofuels.... Read More
  • IAG may purchase stake in American Airlines

    The International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (IAG), owner of British Airways, may buy a stake in American Airlines to pre-empt a similar move by a rival, the UK’s Sunday Times reported.... Read More
  • Cargolux takes delivery of third B747-8F

    Cargolux has accepted its third B747-8 freighter at the end of March joining a fleet of nine B747-400F, three B747-400BCF and two B747-8F.... Read More
  • FIATA plays it SAFE at HQ session

    The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations’ (FIATA), Customs Affairs Institute (CAI) annual FIATA Headquarters session this year saw one of the largest audiences ever gathered, as participants sought to distil the essence of important changes that have taken place since the adoption of the global SAFE Framework of Standards.... Read More
  • Cargo 2000 renews classification system

    Cargo 2000, the air cargo industry quality standard that currently sees 80 major airlines, forwarders and third parties in airfreight participating has launched a new classification system for membership, saying it will increase the quality of air cargo processes internally and externally.... Read More
  • Turkish Cargo expands, ups frequency

    Turkish Cargo and its passenger division Turkish Airlines have expanded its network with new destinations and increasing the number of flight frequencies.... Read More
  • AirBridgeCargo flies Hanover-Beijing

    The Russian carrier commenced weekly line-haul services between Hanover in Northern Germany and the Chinese capital with stopovers in Moscow Sheremetyevo airport.... Read More
  • Inaugural cross-polar flight for ABC

    AirBridgeCargo (ABC) Airlines, Russia’s largest cargo carrier, has operated its first ever cross-polar flight via the North Pole en route from Chicago to Krasnoyarsk. Onboard the B747-400 freighter was a cargo of 175 Angus bred heifers, weighing а total of 104,000 kilos.... Read More
  • Volga-Dnepr makes move on Air Cargo Germany

    Russian cargo group Volga-Dnepr is planning to buy Frankfurt Hahnbased carrier Air Cargo Germany with German antitrust authorities now evaluating a request that was submitted by Amsterdam-based Volga-Dnepr Logistics on 1 March.... Read More
  • More carriers likely to go bust: Emirates

    Emirates Emirates president Tim Clark has said more international carriers will go bankrupt this year as fuel costs and sluggish economies undermine profitability.... Read More
  • Qatar expands Africa service to Rwanda

    Qatar Airways has further expanded operations in Africa with the launch of its 17th destination on the continent with the start of daily scheduled A320 flights to Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali from late last month.... Read More
  • Emirates opens first Middle East-US NW route

    The first direct connection between the Middle East and the US northwest has taken off with the launch of daily Emirates flights between Dubai International Airport and Seattle- Tacoma International Airport using a B777-300ER equipment.... Read More
  • Kingfisher to submit recovery plan

    Financially troubled Kingfisher Airlines Ltd is due to submit a recovery plan to the aviation regulator by end-March so it can continue flying, according to a Livemint.com report.... Read More
  • India to be third largest aviation market by 2029

    India is set to emerge as the third largest aviation market by 2029, Rafael Echevarne, director of Economics and Programme Development, Airports Council International (ACI) said recently.... Read More
  • Qantas begins new Sydney-Santiago service

    Qantas has begun its new South American route from Sydney to Santiago, Chile from 26 March using B747-400 aircraft on a three-times weekly schedule.... Read More
  • ST Aerospace, Hainan academies partner

    ST Aerospace’s commercial pilot training arm, ST Aerospace Academy (STAA) has entered into a partnership with Hainan Aviation Academy (HNAA) to train commercial pilots.... Read More
  • Apple’s new iPad sends freight rates soaring

    Apple’s launch of it s new iPad in mid-March put pressure on capacity out of China with shippers and forwarders scrambling to find air freight capacity for their shipments.... Read More
  • China Southern kicks off new US, Euro services

    China Southern has kicked off two new twice weekly freighter routes serving the US and Europe.... Read More
  • CHINA - Air China Cargo gets two more B747Fs

    Two additional B747-400BCFs will join the Air China Cargo (ACC) fleet by the end of March, making them the last of four freighters Cathay Pacific had last year announced it was putting into its joint venture with Air China.... Read More
  • Aviation contributes $470B in Asia-Pacific

    Over 24 million jobs and US$470 billion in GDP in the Asia-Pacific region are supported by aviation, according to a new report released today at the Aviation and Environment Summit in Geneva.... Read More
  • Third runway for HK passes first hurdle

    Hong Kong’s government has given a crucial ‘in principal’ green light for the plan to build an HK$86.2 billion (US$11 billion) third runway at the world’s busiest cargo and Asia’s third busiest passenger airport. The airport’s two existing runways are forecast to reach capacity by 2020.... Read More
  • China Eastern, Qantas team up for new HK LCC

    China Eastern Airlines and the Qantas Group (which owns the Jetstar Group) have entered into a new strategic alliance to take its successful low fare airline model to China with the creation of Jetstar Hong Kong.... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • 9 runway cargo airport near Beijing by 2017

    near Beijing by 2017 China is planning to construct what would be the world’s largest cargo airport with nine runways near Beijing, in a Rmb30 billion (US$4.8 billion) project. State-owned China Radio International said that the as-yet-unnamed airport would have nine runways and handle 5.5 million tonnes of cargo a year, once it opens for business in October 2017.... Read More
  • Bahrain Int’l welcomes BAWC’s B747-8F

    Bahrain International Airport (BIA) recently welcomed IAG Cargo, through its brand British Airways World Cargo who began a weekly service through Bahrain with its new B747-8F.... Read More
  • The Maldives’ main Male airport gets an upgrade

    Male’s Ibrahim Nasir International Airport plays an important cargo role for the island nation, but will forever remain insignificant in terms of global air cargo hubs because of the tiny volumes it handles.... Read More
  • Cargo and pax up at Singapore Changi

    Singapore Changi Cargo movements at Singapore Changi Airport, which decreased 7.1 per cent in January 2012 due to the Lunar New Year holidays, rebounded in February 2012 with Changi handling 143,900 tonnes of cargo, an increase of 12.4 per cent over the same month last year. Disregarding the impact of the Lunar New Year holidays, airfreight movements grew two per cent year-on-year during the January-February 2012 period.... Read More


  • Controversy over EU’s ETS continues

    The ongoing international furor over the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) continues to heat up with the potential of official sanctions increasingly being bandied about and talk of unofficial sanctions already being leveraged against European companies. Donald Urquhart reports.... Read More