May 2012

From the Editor

Cover Story

  • ‘Big Brown’ takes on an orange hue

    Scott Davis, UPS’ CEO thinks big. By acquiring Dutch competitor TNT Express NV for an amount of €5.16 billion both express shippers will generate combined revenues of €45 billion annually. While synergies are the aim of the game, many challenges and strategic questions face UPS management. Heiner Siegmund reports.... Read More


  • Garuda steps up its cargo game

    It appears a new era of well-founded optimism has descended on Garuda Indonesia, in part coinciding with solid and ongoing economic growth with the country’s gross domestic product forecast to grow about 6 per cent in 2012, largely driven by rising domestic consumption and a commodities boom. With a cautiously ambitious route expansion and fleet renewal now unfolding, the carrier expects to have a fleet of 194 aircraft by 2015, of which three will be freighters, marking the airline’s first foray into the maindeck market. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More

Belly Ache

  • Life’s a Beach!

    The Belly Ache department of Payload Asia would like to apologise for being a bit tardy in getting these Belly Ache items off our overworked chests. Considering the IATA World Cargo Symposium (WCS) – Ooops, we mean the World Cargo Symposium since IATA has boldly stripped its name off the trademark event in an act of industry warm fuzziness à la GACAG (something that is hopefully more convincing than that other rather lame attempt to de-brand the IATA E-freight initiative!) – but we digress.... considering the event was way back in March! Actually, we have too much to include in one Belly Ache session alone... so stay tuned next month for more from the WCS.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • New Cargolux B747-8F simulator world’s first FFS

    Cargolux has announced that the world’s first full-flight simulator (FFS) for the new Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft is ready for training at the company’s training centre in Luxembourg.... Read More
  • Air Pacific signs ULD deal with CHEP

    Air Pacific, the national carrier of Fiji, has selected CHEP Aerospace Solutions to supply and manage its fleet of Unit Load Devices (ULDs) under a new threeyear contract. CHEP Aerospace Solutions is providing Air Pacific with containers and pallets from its global pool of more than 45,000 ULDs, eliminating the administrative hassle and reducing costs to Air Pacific of positioning, maintaining and managing its own ULD fleet. As Air Pacific transitions to a fleet... Read More
  • Nordisk wins 6,000 ULD order from Emirates

    Nordisk Aviation Products, a subsidiary of AAR Corp., announced a new, three-year contract to supply nearly 6,000 Nordisk UltraLite AKE (LD3) and Nordisk TwinLite AKE (LD3) containers to Emirates Airline.... Read More


  • IJS Global opens new global HQ

    IJS Global, a worldwide logistics service provider, has officially opened its new world headquarters in Amsterdam.... Read More
  • Damco joins Cargo 2000

    Damco, part of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, has joined Cargo 2000’s quality management system which now covers over 70 per cent of the global air cargo market with 80 members representing the airline, freight forwarding, ground handling, road transport, IT and airport sectors.... Read More
  • Agility sees full-year 2011 profit up 8%

    Agility, a leading global logistics provider, announced its full year financial results for 2011 with the Kuwait-based company posting an eight per cent rise in full year net profit for the year ending 31 December 2011 of KD 27 million (US$97.2 million). Revenue and operating profit for 2011 were KD 1.33 billion and KD 19 million, respectively.... Read More
  • Kerry Logistics acquires pharma logistics provider

    Hong Kong-based Kerry Logistics has acquired Trustspeed Medicine Logistics in Taiwan through its member company Kerry TJ Logistics, which specialises in pharmaceutical logistics and distribution services. The company is subsequently re-branded as TS Logistics.... Read More


  • 200 airports cleared for B747-8

    Boeing has said that its new B747-8 is approved for operations at 200 airports around the world – less than six months after entering service – with London Heathrow Airport becoming the 200th airport to receive regulatory approval.... Read More
  • DWC sees rise in cargo volumes

    Cargo volumes at Dubai World Central (DWC) have gone up in the first three months of 2012, according to the quarterly traffic report issued by Dubai Airports. The airport, in its second full year of operation, saw cargo volumes of 50,062 tonnes in the first quarter of the year, compared to 10,381 tonnes in the first three months of 2011.... Read More
  • Dubai Int’l reports marginal rise in March

    March was a good month for Dubai International, the fourth busiest hub for passengers and freight in the world. According to the monthly traffic report for March issued by Dubai Airports, the airport saw double-digit growth for the third consecutive month.... Read More
  • Cargo volumes slip slightly at Hong Kong

    Cargo volumes through Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) slipped 0.4 per cent year-over-year in March, to 368,000 tonnes, despite a 5.2 per cent rise in overall aircraft movements which rose substantially by 28 per cent over a month earlier.... Read More
  • BAA Sells Edinburgh Airport for $1.3 Billion

    Airport operator BAA Ltd. has agreed to sell Edinburgh airport to Global Infrastructure Partners for 807 million pounds (US$1.3 billion) following an order by the Competition Commission, the UK’s antitrust watchdog, that BAA dispose of either its Edinburgh or Glasgow airport.... Read More
  • Singapore Changi sees stable Q1 cargo volumes

    Singapore Changi Airport saw air freight movements decline 1.8 per cent year-on-year to 163,000 tonnes during the month of March while passenger movements surged to 4.28 million passengers, up a full 15 per cent over the same month a year earlier. Aircraft movements were correspondingly up with a 10.6 per cent growth to 27,000 for the month.... Read More
  • Asia, NA down for Schiphol, but offset by other lanes

    Despite continuing shortfalls in its top two markets of Asia and North America during the first three months of 2012, gains in other markets have seen Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s total cargo throughput hold up, to end three per cent below 2011 figures at 358,220 tonnes.... Read More
  • LAX back on cargo/pax growth track

    Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) saw first quarter cargo volume grow by 4.8 per cent in March and 4.2 per cent in the first quarter year-on-year, driven by growth in air mail and general air freight.... Read More
  • Abu Dhabi bidding for Manchester Airport

    Abu Dhabi is part of a joint venture making a bid for a 50 per cent stake in Manchester airport, according to a report in the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper.... Read More
  • IATA urges expansion of Suvarnabhumi airport

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned of the need to expand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (SVB) to ensure it heads off a shortage of capacity and enable it to continue to serve as an efficient, major hub and not lose out to other regional air hubs.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • Australia Post, Qantas launch new StarTrack

    Australia Post and Qantas have launched their new Australian domestic express product – StarTrack, from 30 April.... Read More
  • DHL adds additional around-the-world flight

    International express services povider, DHL, has announced significant enhancements to its intercontinental delivery capabilities, with the launch on 27 March of a new, additional roundthe-world flight connecting Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Leipzig, Germany. The services are enabled through the introduction of three new B777F freighters, operated by ACMI provider, Southern Air.... Read More

Ground Handling

  • Swissport launches cargo handling in Copenhagen

    Swissport’s cargo handling facility at Copenhagen Airport (CPH), Scandinavia’s busiest airport, will begin operating on 1 July, becoming Swissport’s first cargo station in the Nordics. Swissport will offer the full range of cargo handling services in Denmark, and is also looking to expand further in the region.... Read More
  • Eritrean Airlines returns to Frankfurt & Fraport

    Fraport Cargo Services (FCS) has taken over cargo handling for Eritrean Airlines as of 17 April following the resumption of scheduled flights from the Eritrean capital of Asmara. To start, the route will be served three times weekly with an A319 aircraft from Asmara via Rome to Frankfurt and back to Asmara again.... Read More
  • Swissport and Virgin boost cooperation

    Swissport International and Virgin Atlantic Airways have signed a fiveyear agreement to intensify their global cargo collaboration. “This long-term global strategic relationship with regard to cargo handling will allow both parties to explore savings in overhead costs where Swissport could perform additional services with an overall target of improving financial conditions and quality standards,” said John Batten, executive vice president of global cargo at Swissport International.... Read More
  • Dnata’s FreightGate-8 volumes continue growth

    Dubai’s dnata has said air cargo volumes have grown substantially during the last financial year at its newest terminal, FreightGate-8, located at the new Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport.... Read More
  • Celebi bids for Mumbai cargo terminal

    The Indian unit of Turkey’s Celebi Hava Servisi is interested in establishing a domestic cargo terminal at Mumbai International Airport (MIAL). The company in a consortium with NAS Aviation Services India has bid for the cargo terminal. The tender that is being offered by MIAL includes construction of the cargo terminal along with its operation and management for 12 years to 31 March 2024, according to a statement by Celebi to the Istanbul Stock Exchange.... Read More
  • Eva Air signs new cargo agreement with Fraport

    EVA Airways (BR) has re-contracted Fraport Cargo Services GmbH (FCS) as cargo handling agent in Frankfurt.... Read More