April 2018

Information Technology Supplement

  • The Potential for Better Technology Integration

    Technological advances have infl uenced almost every aspect of how today’s world operates. The air cargo industry however, seems to be taking its time in fully embracing the digital era and all it has to offer. By Dheeraj Kohli ... Read More
  • Thai 2nd largest forwarder making e-progress

    Thailand’s second largest air forwarder, Trans Air Cargo Co Ltd (TAC) is pushing ahead with electronic air cargo operations after having begun their transition to e-AWBs earlier this year and is now sending 400 to 500 AWBs per month electronically.... Read More
  • Kalitta Air opts for CHAMP’s Weight & Balance

    CHAMP Ca rgos ys tems has announced that Kalitta Air has become the latest airline to select CHAMP’s next generation Weight & Balance application to manage load planning across its fleet of B747 freighters.... Read More
  • DHL Express opens new Singapore centre of excel

    DHL Express has opened a new facility in Singapore that will combine a range of global operations activities in the South Asian trade hub. The new facility will serve as a centre of excellence for global service quality and business IT activities at DHL Express and will host a new global Quality Control Center.... Read More
  • SpiceJet taps SmartKargo to power its cargo ops

    Indian low cost carrier, SpiceJet, has become the first airline in India to deploy SmartKargo’s cloud-based air cargo management solution for its in-house and international cargo operations.... Read More




  • Ready to bloom

    Intra-Asia trade has improved significantly and even though Chinese manufacturing has slowed down for the world, it has not dampened the flow within Asia... Read More
  • IBS’ Vision for Air Cargo Industry

    IBS Software Services has progressed by leaps and bounds to become a leader in providing new-generation IT solutions to the travel, transportation and logistics industry. The wide spectrum of products and services that IBS off er includes managing mission-critical operations for major airlines, airports, oil and gas companies, cruise lines and tour operators around the world. Payload Asia sat down with Ashok Rajan, VP and head of Airline Cargo Services, IBS, who is responsible for the overall function of the cargo line of business.... Read More
  • A community approach in maintaining Pharma Shipments

    Pharma.Aero is an independent membership driven association comprised of members from airport communities, pharmaceutical shippers and cargo logistics stakeholders... Read More

Cold-Chain Supplement

  • Life Sciences & Healthcare Supply Chain

    Robust systems and meticulous choreography: The art of temperature-controlled logistics. By Scott Allison, President Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector, DHL... Read More
  • Pharma Gateway Amsterdam

    The Pharma Gateway Amsterdam (PGA) community has gone from strength to strength, since it was formed just under two years ago.... Read More
  • Cold Chain – the ‘HOT’ idea

    Over the last few years, air cargo transport of time and temperature sensitive cargo has become the focal point of carrier around the world. With competition rising in the perishable cargo sector, a whole lot of innovation is taking place as Sharng G found out.... Read More

AAPA Assembly of Presidents

  • 61st AAPA Assembly of Presidents

    The 61st Association of Asia Pacifi c Airlines (AAPA) Assembly of Presidents saw industry leaders gathering to discuss a number of important subjects impacting the air cargo industry. Aviation Security, Environment, Infrastructure, Slots, and Charges & Taxes, were among the topics that were covered in the two-day meeting.... Read More
  • A-P carriers’ profitability up despite challenges

    While Asia-Pacifi c airlines have been successful in tightly controlling costs, maximising revenue and improving profi tability, they still face a bewildering range of government imposed constraints to progress, the Association of Asia Pacifi c Airlines (AAPA) said at the association’s 2015 Assembly of Presidents in Bali last month. Donald Urquhart reports from Bali.... Read More
  • No freighters for Garuda for a least 5 years

    Garuda Indonesia will hold off any thoughts of adding maindeck capacity for at least five years, the airline’s president and CEO, Arif Wibowo told Payload Asia on the sidelines of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) 2015 Assembly of Presidents in Bali last month.... Read More

Air Cargo at a Crossroads

  • Ground handling at a pivotal point

    Collaboration and partnership again became the cream that rose to the surface in the discussion of the current ground handling environment and the challenges and opportunities present in this key part of the air cargo supply chain. Moderated by Steven Verhasselt, business development manager at Liège Airport the roundtable touched on a number of key topics including: Progress with e-freight, reducing dwell times, use of technology, the relationship between the various parties in the supply chain and the critical need for standardisation. By Donald Urquhart and Nikky Collamat.... Read More
  • Shippers & forwarders’ perspectives

    Freight forwarders have occupied a key and hitherto indispensable position in the air cargo supply chain, but what does the changing air cargo market mean for their roles and their business. Chaired by Glyn Hughes, global head of cargo at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), speakers on this roundtable session discussed the need for collaboration within the industry the opportunities that new ‘trust-based’ information networks afforded, along with the opportunities of e-commerce, the need to move away from the vertically structured, procurement oriented relationship in the industry and the potential to replace manual forwarding processes with electronic. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • Multi-modal threats and opportunities

    With the rising performance of ocean carriers, proven rail links from China to Europe and a rapidly developing road network spreading across Southeast Asia, the potential for modal shift seems never greater than now. Chaired by Karmjit Singh, chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Singapore, speakers on this roundtable session agreed that supply chains were becoming more diversifi ed as modal options continue to evolve but this did not necessarily mean a threat to air cargo, but rather more opportunity to offer customers varied solutions. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • E-commerce redefining the world

    The second roundtable session on e-commerce kicked off in somewhat dramatic fashion with the sole representative from an e-commerce platform warning the traditional air cargo sector that it needs to understand e-commerce, adapt and innovate fast, otherwise new players will move in with solutions that the sector is seeking. Chaired by Contineo Media editor Pradeep Chakraborty, the roundtable participants took a deep dive into the issues and opportunities inherent in this rapidly developing business area. By Donald Urquhart and Nikky Collamat.... Read More


  • Thai Air cargo

    Thai Airways International will enhance its cargo operations but not its cargo capacity Dumrungchai Sawangcharoen, told Michael Mackay... Read More
  • 23rd Nepal Cargo Day – Globally Connected, Locally Invested

    Nepal Freight Forwarders Association (NEFFA) hosted the 23rd Nepal Cargo Day, in Katmandu, to honour the top three carriers supporting Nepal's exports.... Read More
  • Let’s Unite

    “Let’s Unite” – the theme that’s been introduced by the new Chairman of Sri Lanka Logistics & Freight Forwarders Association (SLFFA) Mr. Jagath Pathirane.... Read More
  • Emirates SkyCargo inaugurates new terminal at DWC

    Emirates SkyCargo offi cially opened the fi rst phase of its state-of-the-art cargo terminal at Dubai’s new Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) on 10 November as it announced its ambition to move 12 million tonnes of cargo per year by 2050. Donald Urquhart reports from Dubai.... Read More
  • Qatar Airways plans door-to-door courier service

    Announcing its new QR Express product recently, Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said the new product was aimed squarely at the growing global ecommerce logistics business and would see fi nal-mile delivery carried out by a subcontracted party under the Qatar brand. By Donald Urquhart from Doha.... Read More
  • Qatar’s Al Baker on the Chinese ‘sleeping giants’

    When asked by Payload Asia in Doha recently about the largely quiet role of Chinese carriers, in what some refer to as the ‘sleeping giants’ of the air cargo sector, Al Baker said: “I agree, the Chinese carriers are sleeping giants. In my mind China is the economic superpower and they have huge growth potential.”... Read More
  • Emirates SkyCargo inaugurates new terminal at DWC

    Emirates SkyCargo offi cially opened the fi rst phase of its state-of-the-art cargo terminal at Dubai’s new Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) on 10 November as it announced its ambition to move 12 million tonnes of cargo per year by 2050. Donald Urquhart reports from Dubai.... Read More


  • Cautious Optimism for Transpacific Air Cargo

    Americas Supplement: Cautious Optimism for the Transpacific Air Cargo. By Karen E. Thuermer ... Read More
  • ‘Father of the 747’, Joe Sutter dies aged 95

    Even after his retirement from Boeing in 1986 he stayed close to the business, continuing to play a role as a consultant with Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Ray Connor saying Sutter was a “beloved member of the Boeing family”.... Read More
  • CAL Cargo to begin fl ights out of Halifax

    CAL Cargo Airlines, provider of specialised worldwide air cargo services, announced it will be offering a peak season service out of Halifax (YHZ) Canada, to Europe and the Far East.... Read More
  • JFK’s new animal handling facility coming together

    JFK International Airport’s new specialized animal handling facility – Th e Ark – is ramping up its preoperational business phase, with staff identification, employment and training, as well as additional outreach to clients, end-users and other stakeholders.... Read More
  • Miami Int’l focuses global, goes pharma

    Miami International Airport is looking to an end of year upswing to offset a year where problems in the South American economies subdued volumes, while a freshly minted IATA CEIV certifi cation opens up new possibilities. Michael Mackey reports.... Read More
  • Air Canada sees new horizons with new Dreamliners

    When Air Canada’s B787 landed on the night of November 2 in Delhi from Toronto, it was a comeback to India after nearly 10 years. The move showed Air Canada’s confidence in India to provide the necessary cargo and passenger loads and also projected Toronto’s Pearson International Airport as a major global hub. Air Canada had stopped the non-stop Toronto-Delhi flights in 2005 because it was not financially feasible. Manfred Singh reports.... Read More
  • Edmonton takes cargo (even more) seriously

    At the beginning of September this year, when Air China Cargo’s (ACC) B777F freighter landed at Edmonton International Airport (EIA), a doorway between western Canada, the Asia-Pacifi c and Dallas-Fort Worth region opened. Today, with ACC’s six fl ights a week (three from Dallas and three from Shanghai), routing consignments from EIA has become faster, more effi cient and crucially, more connected. Manfred Singh reports.... Read More



  • Volumes not yield behind 2015 weakness: WorldACD

    For the second month in a row, the worldwide average USD-yield improved month-over-month (MoM), this time by 1.0 per cent, down however, from last year’s MoM figure of +1.7 per cent. Th e YoY yield change was of a wholly different nature (-17.5 per cent%), but that deterioration should be viewed against the background of two important developments in 2015, according to the latest analysis from WorldACD.... Read More
  • Eight Asian log hubs to remain dominant: CBRE

    Eight of Asia Pacific’s logistics hubs are considered ‘global’ and will continue to dominate until 2030 according to CBRE’s recently launched Asia Pacific Logistics Hubs 2015 report. These Asia Pacific hubs include: Greater China’s Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin; Japan’s Tokyo, Osaka-Kobe; and Singapore. In order to produce this latest report, CBRE developed a new model for ranking the region’s logistics hubs based on primary demand drivers: Infrastructure developments, market demand and the business environment. ... Read More



  • Lean is in

    While old aircraft continue to be in demand and operating them remains feasible, air cargo operators have started looking out for new generation P2F.... Read More
  • Precision bags 8 China B757-200 conversions

    Precision Aircraft Solutions has received a total of eight new orders for B757-200PCF passenger-tofreighter conversions—two from new airline, China Air Cargo Corp and eight from China Postal Airlines, based in Beijing.... Read More
  • AEI wins VALLAIR B737-400SF P2Fs

    Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has signed a contract with European-based aviation asset management company, Vallair, to provide it with four 11 pallet position B737-400SF freighter conversions.... Read More
  • PACAVI confi rms fi rst A320/321 P2F orders

    PACAVI Group chief executive Stephan Hollmann reported on the progress of the company’s first-to-market Airbus A320/A321 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion programme today, confirming first orders for the PACAVI Freighter LITE.... Read More
  • AEI wins order for two B737-400SF conversions

    The freighters will be re-delivered by AEI to Automatic in September 2016 and January 2017, respectively.... Read More


Payload Asia Awards 2015 Update

ULD Supplement

  • Component, Appliance or Aircraft Part?

    An expensive asset, with a replacement value of US $ 1 Billion, unit load devices (ULDs) are still treated like the “distant relative that no one wants around” within the industry, despite having a direct contribution to flight safety. Speaking to Bob Rogers, Vice President at ULD Care; as well as ULD and operations experts at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), we look at why issues are still arising and how the two organisations are working to drive change. ... Read More
  • Pooling underpinning growth

    A global pool of ULDs, attention to detail as well as some unusual requests have helped CHEP become a market leader. Michael Mackey reports.... Read More
  • CSafe Global opens new Basel service centre

    CSafe Global announced the opening of a new full service centre serving the Basel, Switzerland area. The recently opened service centre is a new location for Airplane Equipment Services (AES). AES also supports CSafe in Frankfurt and Cologne.... Read More
  • Jettainer sees growth in outsourcing

    The Lufthansa subsidiary believes there is a large untapped ULD outsourcing market across all sectors of the airline industry waiting to be tapped. By Michael Mackey.... Read More

Air Cargo Europe Supplement

  • Air Cargo Europe Supplement

    Record Participation from all over the world - ACE, the exhibition and conference for the global air cargo business, took place for the eighth time in 2017.... Read More


  • Ground Handling Supplement

    Welcome to the ground handling supplement for the December 2017/ January 2018 issue of Payload Asia featuring SATS Ltd., Hactl, Pactl, WFS ... Read More


From the Editor

  • Smooth operators in the sky

    Welcome to the February issue of Payload Asia, where we've dubbed China Airlines: a smooth operator. Enjoy! Gong Xi Fa Cai to you all!... Read More
  • Looking back on the year with pride

    As we look back at the past year, it is safe to say that 2017 is a year that the industry as a whole will be able to remember and regard with pride.... Read More
  • Banding together in times of distress

    The 2017 hurricane season has been very active, but so has the air cargo industry, coming to the aid and truly banding together in times of distress... Read More
  • Special Edition

    In this issue of Payload Asia, we are very pleased to bring you coverage of the Payload Asia Conference and Awards 2017, which successfully concluded in mid-October... Read More
  • Bullish Air Cargo Forecast

    A number of facets in modern day life heavily depends on air cargo, such as high-value, time and temperature sensitive cargo.... Read More
  • How time flies...

    Is it just us or does everyone feel like time is moving by really fast and this year is moving a lot quicker than the previous? ... Read More
  • Have you cast your vote?

    Have you cast your vote for the 6th edition of the Payload Asia Awards? ... Read More
  • Living in uncertain times

    Let’s move away from aviation for a moment as we ponder upon living in uncertain times – economic turmoil, political unress, terrorism, racial intolerance, natural catastrophe and what have you. Its almost certain to read or view such unpleasant news daily these days.... Read More
  • Embracing New Journeys

    Embracing the unknown is easier said than done, but it can also be the quickest way to experience a new journey, which could potentially lead to extraordinary achievements.... Read More
  • Changing Landscape

    Let’s take a moment and address the elephant in the room... AKA change – a word that seems to evoke panic among the masses on any given day.... Read More
  • On the right track

    In this issue of Payload Asia, we are casting the spotlight on the air transport industry in Africa. The continent that is set to be one of the fastest growing aviation sectors over the next 20 years, despite being a financially weak region over the past three years.... Read More
  • May you live in interesting times

    We are living in interesting times. In the business of air transport, the fundamental lies in the freedom of connectivity.... Read More
  • Another challenging year

    Next year will surely see the continued focus on speciality products with pharma and e-commerce being the buzz words in the industry.... Read More
  • Special edition

    In this special edition of Payload Asia we’re very pleased to bring you coverage of our 5th annual Payload Asia Conference & Awards.... Read More
  • The pharma pulse

    This issue of payload in a large part reflects the nature of the global air cargo industry, with specialised products – particularly pharmaceuticals – being a key focus.... Read More
  • North America snapshot

    In this issue we bring you a snapshot of the US and Canadian air cargo market with our annual Americas Supplement. With a sampling of airports and carriers we hope you find it informative.... Read More
  • Let’s get the vote out!

    This year’s Payload Asia Awards and Conference planning is now in full swing with the Payload office all abuzz in preparations for the big event. ... Read More
  • Amazon’s aerial ambitions

    If there’s been one persistently hot issue – aside from the depressedair cargo market – that just keeps on getting hotter and hotter, it’sthe topic of Amazon and its purported ambitions to become its owntransport provider.... Read More
  • Here’s to 2016!

    As another year slips away and a brand new year full of promise, mystery and likely a fair bit of trepidation for the air cargo sector, is before us.... Read More
  • Special Edition

    As I’m sure you all know, our annual Payload Asia Awards & Conference 2015 successfully concluded in mid-October.... Read More
  • All set for celebration!

    Here at Payload Asia it’s a been a very busy time as we prepare for our annual Awards and Conference event. As you read this the results of our annual Awards programme will be shortly announced and certainly as I write this the results are all in – both online voting in the Customer Choice and also from the industry-judging panel in the Industry Choice Awards.... Read More
  • Cecil, a catalyst for change

    By now everyone has probably heard in one form or another of the fracas over the killing of a tagged lion in Africa by an American trophy hunter. The killing of Cecil the lion, who had been GPS-tagged for scientific study, awoke the ire of global netizens after the story went viral.... Read More
  • Taking centre stage

    The big news this past month was the announcement from express delivery giant, FedEx that it placed an order for 50 B767 Freighters (and options for another 50) and 18 B777 Freighters.... Read More
  • China merger: More questions than answers

    Certainly some of the more exciting air cargo news out of China for some time –according to reports first carried by China’s state media the People’s Daily and Xinhua news agency, China’s three largest cargo carriers will merge to form Asia’s largest cargo carrier.... Read More


  • Fishy first for Davies Turner

    Davies Turner, the UK’s leading independent freight forwarder, has helped to bring the first-ever Sand Tiger sharks bred in captivity from South Africa to the UK. Th e shipment was facilitated by Davies Turner Air Cargo’s (DTAC) Aquatics team which acted as clearance and handling agent in the UK and was responsible for road delivery to Plymouth from London Heathrow airport.... Read More
  • Air Partner, Air Cargo Integrators to cooperate

    Air Partner’s Freight division has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Air Cargo Integrators of the UAE which will see the two companies working together to develop both their freight charter and global air freight products. ... Read More
  • Lufthansa unveils 48 foot freighter for charity

    A Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F freighter is now flying around the world with the footprints of 24 children on its fuselage as a flying ambassador for the aid organisation Cargo Human Care. The colourful design symbolises the motto ‘Step by step. Giving children a future’.... Read More
  • ECS signs GSSA deal with Italy’s Meridiana

    Meridiana is flying with wide-body B767 aircraft and narrow-body B737 aircraft, with a capacity of about 10 tonnes and ECS expects to generate a good 4,000 tonnes perannum by transporting a vast amount of DGR and perishable commodities.... Read More
  • New Aviation Strategy for Europe

    Th e European Commission has come out swinging in an attempt to protect its beleaguered airline industry with a new Aviation Strategy for Europe.... Read More
  • Air freight concerned about new EU Customs Code

    TIACA has raised a warning flag over Europe’s Union Customs Code (UCC) which comes into eff ect in less than six months, saying in a note to its members that the UCC will have a “considerable impact on businesses importing into, or exporting from, the European Union (EU).”... Read More
  • IAG Cargo upsizes London-Tel Aviv

    From March next year, IAG Cargo is replacing its remaining A321 with wide-body B777-200s between London Heathrow and Tel Aviv. Th e twice daily service will be particularly beneficial to Israel’s fast-growing time and temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals sector, according to IAG Cargo. ... Read More
  • IAG Cargo expands its EuroConnector service

    IAG Cargo has significantly increased its European network by adding 26 new stations via its Vueling network. A total of 128 European stations are now available on IAG Cargo’s network; giving customers even more point to point connection options.... Read More
  • ABC has IOSA safety cert renewed for two more years

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has successfully passed the audit procedures for compliance with the International Air Transport Association’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), renewing its certification for a further two years. ... Read More
  • Turkish Cargo expands land network in Iraq

    Turkish Cargo continues to expand its distribution network in the Middle East with the inclusion of Iraq in its land transport services. With the land transport network built throughout Iraq, more efficient distribution to a larger area has started to be provided.... Read More
  • SkyCargo marks 35k tonnes of cool chain

    Emirates SkyCargo recently shipped its 35,000th tonne of Cool Chain products through its exclusive freighter hub at Al Maktoum International-Dubai World Central (DWC) which opened earlier this year.... Read More
  • Emirates pumps US$848m into India’s GDP

    Emirates Airline is estimated to have contributed over US$848 million annually to India’s GDP, according to the results of an economic impact study conducted by the New Delhi-based National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER).... Read More
  • Connect India, CSV and UPS partner on last-mile

    Connect India, a last mile delivery company launched in August 2015, has announced their tie-up with United Parcel Service (UPS) and CSC e SPV, a special purpose vehicle formed by the Government of India. ... Read More
  • Mech, human factors in AirAsia crash

    Indonesian investigators say a chronically faulty component and the crew’s attempts to fix the problem contributed to the crash of an AirAsia passenger aircraft last year, killing all 162 aboard. ... Read More
  • Laos begins work on part of Kunming-Sing project

    Southeast Asia’s land-based multimodal network saw the start of a new link that forms part of the Kunming- Singapore Railway project following the start of work on a high-speed 427km rail line from the Laos to China. ... Read More
  • PAL mulls move to Clark as NAIA congestion losses rise

    Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) said its losses reach around US$1,780 for every 30-minute delay in its flights due to the runway congestion at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).... Read More
  • PAL confirms looking to buy 12 B787s or A350s

    Philippine Airlines (PAL) has confirmed it is in talks with Airbus and Boeing to buy as many as 12 wide-body aircraft and will decide on the purchase before the end of the year, the flag carrier’s president Jaime Bautista told Reuters, recently.... Read More
  • Oct sees more of same in air cargo markets: AAPA

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of October released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) reveal that growth in international air passenger demand remained encouraging, whilst soft air cargo market conditions persisted.... Read More
  • ANA, Lufthansa expand cargo joint network in Japan

    One-year on from the start of their initial joint venture partnership, All Nippon Airways (ANA) Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo are kicking-off the expansion of their joint network between Europe and Japan by connecting further destinations in Japan.... Read More
  • Air China adds Havana to Beijing-Montreal

    Air China will start its new three times weekly Beijing-Montreal-Havana service using B777-300ER aircraft on 27 December which adds a southward extension to Havana on the carrier’s Beijing-Montreal service already started on 29 September. In recent years, the economic and trade ties between China and Cuba have become increasingly close and the Air China’s new service marks the first between Cuba and China.... Read More
  • China’s HNA takes 23.7% stake in Brazil’s Azul Airlines

    China’s HNA Group Company Limited and Azul Brazilian Airlines recently announced a new strategic partnership where the HNA Group will acquire a 23.7 per cent stake in Azul, Brazil’s third largest airline, aiming to benefit from substantial passenger traffi c between China and Brazil, which are strong global trade partners.... Read More
  • HK signs US$600m loan deal for third runway

    Th e Airport Authority Hong Kong has signed a five-year, US$600 million evolving credit facility with 21 local and international banks participating, to help finance the expansion to a three-runway airport. ... Read More
  • Hacis gears up for e-commerce with new depot

    Hong Kong Air Cargo Industry Services (Hacis) – the added-value logistics arm of Hong Kong’s largest air cargo handler, Hactl – has opened a new depot directly targeting e-commerce business.... Read More
  • Virgin invests in lightweight cargo nets

    Virgin Atlantic Cargo is to start using lightweight air cargo nets with Dyneema, as part of its ongoing contribution towards the airline’s target of reducing aircraft CO2 emissions by 30 per cent by 2020.... Read More
  • Saudia appoints new GSA in South Africa

    Saudia Cargo has appointed ACP Worldwide as its Cargo GSA across South Africa. Saudia Cargo operates a three times weekly B747 freighter flight from Johannesburg to Jeddah and Amsterdam, with shared frequencies to Nairobi. In addition ACP will also be able to sell belly space on the carrier’s thriceweekly B777-200 wide-body flights between Johannesburg and Jeddah, off ering total 50 tonnes of lower deck cargo capacity a week.... Read More
  • Aeroscraft cargo airship development progresses

    Development of the world’s first Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) capable heavy-lift cargo airship is progressing with the project entering the design freeze phase, according to the Aeroscraft Corporation (Aeros).... Read More
  • Atlas Air to operate two more B767Fs for DHL Exp

    Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings says its Atlas Air unit will operate two B767 aircraft leased to DHL Express by the company’s dry leasing entity, Titan Aviation. Atlas Air will operate the aircraft through its sister company, Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, linking the flights with Polar’s existing services for DHL and other customers.... Read More
  • Finnair adds capacity to Helsinki-London route

    Finnair will add belly cargo capacity to its route between Helsinki, Finland and London Heathrow from the beginning of winter season starting on 25 October 2015, and will operate three weekly frequencies on the route with a wide-body aircraft, to facilitate increased cargo demand on the route.... Read More
  • Airbus begins A330neo production

    Airbus’ fi rst A330neo is coming to life one year after the programme was launched, with the fi rst ‘cutting of metal’ underway at its production facilities in Toulouse and Nantes. Machining of the first engine pylon started during the summer at Airbus’ facility in Saint-Eloi (Toulouse), while Airbus’ Plant in Nantes began production of the fi rst A330neo centre wing box.... Read More
  • Volga-Dnepr moves Cypress trees to Tashkent

    Twenty-eight 7.5 metre Cypress trees have arrived in the Uzbekistan capital, Tashkent, onboard one of Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ IL-76TD-90VD freighters. Th e trees were fl own in from Brno in the Czech Republic for a landscape reconstruction project in Tashkent as part of the city’s preparations to host the 2016 Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.... Read More
  • ABC sees tonnage growth of 17% in first 8 mos

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of Volga-Dnepr Group and Russia’s largest all-cargo carrier, is heading into the final quarter of 2015 with sustained growth after reporting a 17 per cent year-onyear rise in tonnage for the opening eight months of the year.... Read More
  • Satair Group, FTI partner on video surveillance

    Satair Group has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with FTI – a German company, specialising in aircraft security video systems – covering the Americas and Asia-Pacific, including China. ... Read More
  • AF-KLM tops Dow Jones sustainability index again

    For the seventh consecutive year, the Air France-KLM group topped the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) transportation sector that produced an 18.16 per cent overall improvement year-on-year.... Read More
  • V-D delivers oil production unit to doorstep

    Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered an 11-tonne oil and gas pump to the door of a customer in the town of Farab, Turkmenistan. Th e oil production unit was transported from Maastricht Airport in the Netherlands on behalf of the airline’s customer Agility Projects Rotterdam.... Read More
  • TAPA campaign in face of rising cargo crime

    As cargo crime continues to rise, the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) is launching a global campaign to double the number of TAPA-certified warehouse facilities to over 2,000 in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific in the next three years and to make a ‘quantum leap’ in the number of trucking companies operating in compliance with the Association’s Security Standards.... Read More
  • Volga-Dnepr, ACS undertake ‘fi shy’ charter

    Volga-Dnepr’s expertise was called into action to safely deliver a shipment of 1,236,000 Muksun fish to help repopulate the freshwater Ob River basin in northern Russia.... Read More
  • Finnair adds capacity to Helsinki-London route

    Finnair will add belly cargo capacity to its route between Helsinki, Finland and London Heathrow from the beginning of winter season starting on 25 October 2015, and will operate three weekly frequencies on the route with a widebody aircraft, to facilitate increased cargo demand on the route.... Read More
  • EU, Vietnam reach agreement on free trade

    Th e EU and Vietnam have reached an agreement in principle for a free trade agreement (FTA), after two and a half years of intense negotiations.... Read More
  • Tony Tyler announces retirement from IATA

    Th e International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that its director general and CEO, Tony Tyler, will retire in June 2016 after serving fi ve years in the position. ... Read More
  • AF-KLM inks cargo partnership with China S.

    Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo and China Southern Cargo have signed an expansive cargo domain agreement aimed giving each other access to their respective complementary networks.... Read More
  • SkyCargo establishes second Iran trade lane

    Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, is set to increase its cargo capacity to Iran, when Emirates begins its five daily non-stop A330-200 passenger flights to Mashhad, Iran from1 September 2015. ... Read More
  • CAL targets Atlanta with new B747 service

    CAL Cargo Airlines has announced a new round-trip service from Atlanta to Liege, Belgium. Th e service includes two weekly rotations, ATL-LGG-ATL, with the first flight departing Liege on 25 Sept. CAL is servicing the Atlanta catchment area together with local GSA ATC Aviation.... Read More
  • Oman Air to lease fourteen jets from ALC

    Oman Air has signed long-term lease agreements with US-based Air Lease Corporation (ALC) covering a total of fourteen aircraft. Th ese include three B737-800s, seven B737 MAX 8s, and one B787-9 that are currently on order from Boeing and another one B737-700 and two B737-800s from ALC’s existing fleet.... Read More
  • Saudia Cargo resumes maindeck ops to JFK

    Saudi Airlines Cargo resumed operating freighter fl ights to John F. Kennedy International Airport from 4 September in response to the size of the growing demand for shipping operations. Th e scheduled weekly freighter fl ight will run from Jeddah to New York City.... Read More
  • Etihad looks at cargo potential from Nagpur

    A high-level Etihad Airways team visited the Multimodal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) in central India, to explore the possibility of launching a cargo airline service from the city, according to a report in the Indian Express.... Read More
  • Jet Airways accepts e-bookings via WIN

    India’s Jet Airways has announced it now accepts e-bookings via the Bangkokbased Worldwide Information Network (WIN) e-platform. “As a high-tech carrier, we strongly encourage our agents to work with us electronically and are pleased to add WIN as a new channel for e-booking,” said James Gilliard, acting VP – Cargo, Jet Airways.... Read More
  • SIA cargo load factors continue to slide

    In August 2015, Singapore Airlines Cargo registered a cargo load factor (CLF) 1.8 percentage points lower than the same period a year earlier as cargo traffic (measured in freight-tonnekilometres) declined 0.1 per cent to 520,300 FTK against capacity growth of 3.0 per cent.... Read More
  • Qantas ups belly frequency to HK, Manila

    From 26 October 2015, Qantas will operate an additional four Sydney-Hong Kong services using A330 aircraft each week, on top of the current daily services available from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Services from Sydney to Manila will increase from four to five per week between early December 2015 and late March 2016 to off er more capacity during the peak holiday season. ... Read More
  • Korean Air takes delivery of fi rst B747- 8 Intercontinental

    Korean Air has welcomed its fi rst B747-8 Intercontinental at a ceremony held at the Boeing Everett Delivery Centre in Seattle. With the addition of the B747- 8 Intercontinental to its fl eet, Korean Air became the fi rst airline in the world to operate both types of the B747-8. In 2012, Korean Air introduced the B747-8 Freighter and operates six of these aircraft.... Read More
  • Cebu Pacific continues int’l network expansion

    The Philippine’s largest carrier, Cebu Pacifi c, is set to launch three new routes including first international service from the southern Philippine city of Davao.... Read More
  • PAL to outsource ground handling

    In an effort to sustain profi tability, Philippine Airlines has announced that it will be laying off as many as 117 domestic ground crew beginning in November. In addition, the airline plans to cut costs further in other areas and limit spending in the coming year.... Read More
  • Thailand’s NokScoot eying Hawaiian route

    Bangkok-based NokScoot is planning to cooperate with Singapore joint venture partner Scoot on planned flights to Hawaii. Patee Sarasin, the CEO of the budget carrier’s Th ai partner Nok Air, said that while NokScoot could deploy its fl eet of B777-200ERs on fl ights to Honolulu, it would prefer to use Scoot’s more economical fleet of B787s.... Read More
  • JAL set to return to Dallas/Fort Worth

    Japan Airlines (JAL) announced it will expand its transpacific network with return-to-service between Tokyo- Narita (NRT) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) starting end-November with B787-8 aircraft. Fellow oneworld alliance member and Pacific Joint Business partner American Airlines will add its code to the route.... Read More
  • NCA cancels four of remaining six B747-8Fs

    Japanese all-cargo carrier, Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) has cancelled four of its remaining six B747-8F orders.... Read More
  • Malaysia Airlines Bhd to operate new A350-900s

    The recently-relaunched Malaysian national carrier that was rebranded from Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) to Malaysia Airlines Berhard (MAB), has signed a contract with US-based Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for the long-term lease of four new A350-900s.... Read More
  • Air China set to launch Beijing-Montreal nonstop

    Air China will start Beijing-Montreal nonstop service from end-September 2015, the world’s first transpacific nonstop service between Asia and Montreal. Montreal is Canada’s second largest city and important industrial, commercial and financial centre.... Read More
  • Cathay to launch HK-Madrid pax service next year

    Cathay Pacific Airways announced a new four-times-weekly service to Spanish capital of Madrid, from 2 June 2016, subject to government approval. Th e new service, operated with B777-300ERs will be the only direct link between Hong Kong and Madrid and will also off er belly cargo opportunities.... Read More
  • Beijing Capital launches Copenhagen services

    Beijing Capital Airlines has embarked on its first ever long-haul flights, connecting two Chinese cities with Copenhagen twice weekly with A330 equipment. ... Read More
  • China slowdown feeds cargo contraction

    Unlike the record high growth rates in global passenger numbers – up nearly eight per cent for the month of July – airfreight volumes were fl at with respect to year-over-year growth for the month, according to the latest statistics from Airports Council International (ACI).... Read More
  • China Southern launches e-commerce platform

    Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines has introduced a new crossborder e-commerce platform – Southern Cross-Border Purchase, through which Chinese consumers can purchase goods on-line in overseas markets, including the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand and ship them on the carrier’s global network to China.... Read More
  • AmSafe Bridport contains battery fire

    AmSafe Bridport has successfully conducted a full scale test withstanding a lithium-ion battery fire, within their certified Fire Containment Cover (FCC) System and their new Fire Containment Bag (FCB). The subsequent fire was successfully suppressed for over six hours.... Read More
  • Silk Way West kicks off SIN, KMQ

    Azerbaijan-based Silk Way West Airlines has taken delivery of its third B747-8F (with two more on order) with the carrier saying it will use the new freighter to launch services to Singapore (SIN) and Komatsu (KMQ) in Japan.... Read More
  • Surging Chicago cargo market fills Virgin’s bellies

    Virgin Atlantic Cargo recorded a record month for tonnage from Chicago in June, boosting its monthly average volume on the route by over 30 per cent to more than 860 tonnes.... Read More
  • Air Partner acquires Baines Simmons

    Air Partner, the global aviation services group, has announced the acquisition of Baines Simmons Limited, a world leading Aviation Safety Consultant for a total net cash consideration of up to £6.0 million (US$9.4 million).... Read More
  • IAG, Finnair sign freighter sharing deal

    IAG Cargo has partnered with Finnair Cargo to increase the reach of their respective networks by entering into a block space agreement on freighter capacity operating between London Luton and Helsinki. Operated by an A300-600 cargo freighter, the new air bridge joins the two carriers’ networks together and will provide IAG Cargo customers with greater network reach.... Read More
  • Turkish Cargo revenue down in first half 2015

    Turkish Airlines as a group has reported strong second-quarter and first-half figures for 2015 but the picture was less rosy for the carrier’s cargo division which saw revenue fall in both periods ending 30 June.... Read More
  • IAG, Qatar extend capacity partnership

    IAG Cargo has announced a significant extension of its capacity partnership with Qatar Airways, one year on from the signing of their landmark freighter deal. In addition to an indefinite contract extension, IAG Cargo and Qatar Airways have created what they say is one of the broadest collaborations in the cargo industry by expanding the number of destinations the deal covers to nine routes.... Read More
  • IAG sees Q2 revenue up, yields down 3%

    IAG Cargo today announced its Q2 results from 1 April to 30 June 2015, reporting an 8.8 per cent increase in commercial revenue to €259 million versus the same period last year. ... Read More
  • Swiss, Lufthansa rejig rate structure

    Swiss WorldCargo and Lufthansa Cargo have announced a rejigging of their pricing structure which will see overall pricing remaining the same. ... Read More
  • Qatar expands network in Africa, Indian Subcon

    Qatar Airways is continuing its rapid growth across Africa and the Indian Sub-Continent with an increase in flight frequencies to Asmara, Eritrea, and to Dhaka, Bangladesh. ... Read More
  • Emirates announces new service to Panama City

    Emirates has announced plans to launch services to Panama City (Tocumen International Airport (PTY)), beginning 1 February 2016. ... Read More
  • Oman Air, Cargolux add 2nd India freighter

    Oman Air and Cargolux, who launched a strategic partnership in April 2015, will be introducing a second frequency to Chennai from 11 August 2015. The addition of Chennai to the Oman Air Cargolux network is the cooperation’s latest step in expanding its air freight services from Oman to India.... Read More
  • Qatar takes delivery of first B747-400BCF

    Qatar Airways Cargo’s first B747 freighter has joined the carrier’s expanding fleet, having completed its first flight from Doha to Hong Kong.... Read More
  • Qatar launches d2d, on-board courier services

    Qatar Airways Cargo will launch an express airfreight service for door-todoor and time-critical shipments. The new QR On-Board Courier service will be rolled out across the cargo carrier’s global network on 1 August 2015, enabling customers to book time-definite airfreight delivery solutions.... Read More
  • IndiGo firms up 250 A320neo order

    India’s largest domestic airline by market share, IndiGo celebrated its ninth commitment and ordering 250 A320neo Family aircraft. ... Read More
  • PAL to add direct A340 service Cebu-LA

    Philippine Airlines announced plans to launch direct flights between the Philippines’ second largest city of Cebu City and Los Angeles. ... Read More
  • Reunion Island debris confirmed to be MH370

    Malaysia’s prime minister confirmed in early-August that debris found on the Indian Ocean territory of Reunion Island last week is from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, missing for nearly a year and half in what remains one of the biggest mysteries in the history of aviation.... Read More
  • Cebu Pacific sees 1H net profit jump 64%

    The Philippines’ Cebu Pacific and its wholly owned subsidiary Cebgo (formerly Tiger Air Philippines), posted a 64 per cent rise in net income of P5.2 billion (US$111.6 million) for the first half of 2015, over the P3.18 billion earned in the same period last year. ... Read More
  • Garuda back in the black with US$29.3m net profit

    PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. has booked a US$29.3 million net profit in the first half of 2015, representing a 114.5 per cent jump over the same period last year, which was a negative US$201.3 million. ... Read More
  • Bad weather hampers Indonesia crash recovery

    Bad weather hampered efforts to recover the bodies of 54 passengers and crew killed when a plane operated by Indonesian carrier Trigana Air crashed in remote eastern Indonesia.... Read More
  • JAL sees cargo fortunes rise in Q1

    The JAL Group (JAL) has announced its volume of international cargo in terms of Revenue Cargo Tonne Kilometres (RCTK) in the first quarter (1 April to 30 June 2015) increased by 9.4 per cent year-on-year and international cargo revenue increased by 5.1 per cent to 14.7 billion yen (US$117.8 million).... Read More
  • Vietjet awarded IOSA certification

    Vietjet has received the certificate of IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) from the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), putting it in the top 16 per cent of the world’s airlines which have achieved that standard. ... Read More
  • Jetstar adds three SEA destinations

    Jetstar Asia is expanding its coverage in Southeast Asia with the launch of direct flights to three new destinations using A320 equipment. ... Read More
  • SIA Cargo sees revenue decline 7.2% in quarter

    The Singapore Airlines Group earned an operating profit of S $111 million (US$80.9 million) in the carrier’s first quarter (April-June) of 2015, S$72 million higher than the same quarter last year. ... Read More
  • Singapore, ICAO renew training partnership

    Singapore and the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) have renewed their long-standing Developing Countries Training Programme (CDTP) MoU for another three years until 2019. ... Read More
  • SIA’s cargo load factor drops 4.1% in July

    Singapore Airlines (SIA) has released its July system-wide statistics indicating an overall cargo load factor 4.1 percentage points lower, year-onyear, as cargo traffic (measured in freight-tonne-kilometres) declined 5.0 per cent against capacity growth of 1.6 per cent.... Read More
  • Singapore opens two ATM research centres

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) marked a significant milestone in its vision to establish a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Air Traffic Management (ATM) with the inauguration of the ATM Research Institute (ATMRI) and MITRE Asia Pacific Singapore (MAPS).... Read More
  • Virgin Australia, Delta get green light

    Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines have gained final regulatory clearance for their alliance on routes between Australia and the US. The final approval from the ACCC on Friday for Virgin’s other alliance with Delta for a further five years falls short of the 10 years that the airlines were seeking.... Read More
  • Qantas posts best profit since before the GFC

    Qantas today announced its strongest profit since before the Global Financial Crisis and an order for eight B787 aircraft, to be delivered from calendar year 2017 to gradually replace five older B747s to start a “new era” for Qantas International.... Read More
  • China’s Uni-Top takes delivery of first A300-600F P2F

    China’s Uni-Top Airlines has taken delivery of its first A300-600 freighter, following a passenger to freighter conversion with EADS Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EADS EFW) in Dresden, Germany.... Read More
  • China Southern kicks off Nairobi service

    China Southern Airlines on Wednesday made its maiden flight to Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, as it kicked off direct three-times weekly flights from Guangzhou-Nairobi using A330-200 aircraft.... Read More
  • Qingdao Airlines to rebrand as Xinlong Air

    Qingdao Airlines is set for a rebranding to Xinlong Air following plans to massively restructure its shareholding at the end of August. State-backed Qingdao Transport Development Group Co. announced plans to dispose of its 25 per cent stake for CNY251 million (US$40.4 million).... Read More
  • Sichuan Airlines to begin Dubai service in Sept

    Sichuan Airlines has announced it will expand its international network next month, with the launch of its first ever flights to the Middle East. ... Read More
  • Air China continues expansion with Mumbai

    Air China will commence Beijing- Mumbai nonstop service on 25 October 2015. As the forthcoming only service from Mainland China to Mumbai - the economic capital of the country - the airline said the seven hour non-stop will negate the need for stopovers in Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok.... Read More
  • Marginal cargo growth continues for Cathay

    Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for July 2015 continuing the trend of strong year-on-year growth in the number of passengers carried but only a marginal increase in the volume of cargo and mail uplifted.... Read More
  • Air China to open two Africa routes

    Air China will start Beijing- Johannesburg nonstop service using B777-300ER aircraft from 29 October 2015, which will be the first air link offered by a Chinese carrier between Mainland China and South Africa and also Air China’s first route to Africa since the 1970s when it had one nonstop service to the continent.... Read More
  • China Southern joins IAG partner programme

    China Southern Airlines has become the latest airline to join IAG Cargo’s Partner Plus Programme. ... Read More
  • Cathay Pacific sees six-fold rise in 1H net profit

    The Cathay Pacific Group has reported an attributable profit of HK$1,972 million (US$254.4 million) for the first six months of 2015. This compares to a profit of HK$347 million in the first half of 2014. Revenue for the period decreased by 0.9 per cent to HK$50,388 million.... Read More
  • Is traditional freight forwarding model obsolete?

    A combination of the erratic global air and sea freight markets, a growing shift in geographic focus towards the regional and the application of advanced technology and data analysis to the market is bringing the fate of the traditional freight forwarding model into question, according to a new report from Transport Intelligence (Ti).... Read More
  • Struggling Kenya Airways enlists Seabury

    Kenya Airways chief executive officer Mbuvi Ngunze has revealed that the struggling East African carrier has hired Seabury Consulting, an advisory firm specialising in airline strategy development and turnarounds, to help revamp its operations.... Read More
  • AA Cargo appoints new Euro sales manager

    Following the successful merger with US Airways, and the subsequent increase in the size of its operations in mainland Europe over the last year, American Airlines (AA) Cargo has appointed Gisela Schork to the position of regional sales manager – Cargo, Germany and Switzerland – with immediate effect.... Read More
  • TIACA launches new website to drive digital agenda

    TIACA has launched a new website with added benefits for members including an industry scorecard to help with the drive towards e-freight. The new site (www.tiaca.org) includes a range of features such as improved networking opportunities, while the industry scorecard highlights some of the key benefits and challenges for various e-commerce initiatives.... Read More
  • TIACA welcomes WCO’s adoption of SAFE updates

    The Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has welcomed the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Council’s adoption of important updates to its SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade. ... Read More
  • Hawaiian purchases 3 ATR 72 for inter-island cargo

    Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., parent of Hawaiian Airlines, has announced plans to acquire three ATR 72 turboprop aircraft in an all-cargo configuration to expand its inter-island shipping services. The new operation will launch in the first half of 2016, starting with flights between Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and Kona International Airport (KOA), Kahului Airport (OGG), Līhué Airport (LIH) and Hilo International Airport (ITO), with welltimed connections from Hawaiian Airlines’ mainland and international network.... Read More
  • AEI Delivers 3rd B737-400SF to Cargoair

    Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) announced that it has delivered the third B737-400SF 11 pallet position to Sofia, Bulgaria based Cargoair. ... Read More
  • National B747F crash from shifting cargo: NTSB

    A National Airlines B747-400 freighter that crashed seconds after takeoff from Bagram, Afghanistan, in April 2013, was likely caused by inadequate restraint of large military vehicles being carried onboard, which broke loose and went through a bulkhead disabling two hydraulic systems and making the aircraft uncontrollable, according to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation. The crash killed seven crewmembers at the start of the flight to Dubai.... Read More
  • AA Cargo expands Atlanta cargo facility

    American Airlines (AA) Cargo has expanded its operations at Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). American will now operate a brand-new 1,115 sqm facility with new additions to the management team and a fully dedicated staff. This is the second expansion of American’s Atlanta cargo facility since 2013.... Read More
  • Air Canada to deploy new B787-9 to Brisbane

    Commencing on 17 June 2016, Air Canada will begin a new direct service Vancouver-Brisbane, Australia three times weekly with its new fleet of B787-9 Dreamliners.... Read More
  • ABC enjoys 17% growth in half year tonnage

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has reported an impressive 17 per cent increase in tonnage carried across its global network in the first half of 2015.... Read More
  • Young FF winners announced by FIATA

    FIATA has announced the Regional winners of its Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award. ... Read More
  • HAE Group wins new Turkish contract in US

    The HAE Group has announced a new working partnership with Turkish Air Cargo. Having gained this GSSA agreement with one of the world’s leading airlines, HAE is now responsible for all sales and customer service activities of Turkish Air Cargo in the US cities of Atlanta (ATL), Miami (MIA), Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Portland (PDX) and Seattle (SEA).... Read More
  • IAG Cargo will see capacity rise with B787-9

    IAG Cargo will begin cargo services with its new B787-9 Dreamliner this October, five times weekly on the London Heathrow-Delhi route. With belly-hold capacity of seven pallets and 16 tonnes of lift, the new aircraft will offer 17 per cent more capacity than the B747 it is replacing on this route.... Read More
  • Brussels Airlines switches out ECS for ALG

    Europe’s Brussels Airlines Cargo has appointed Air Logistics Group (ALG) as its new global GSSA with effect from 1 September, replacing European Cargo Services (ECS). ... Read More
  • Freight volumes stable at Lufthansa Cargo

    In the first six months of this year, Lufthansa Cargo carried 811,000 tonnes of freight and post. This is a 0.5 per cent increase over the same period the previous year and means the cargo carrier is holding its own in a challenging market environment, the it said, pointing to “flexible supply management” as being a key strategy.... Read More
  • Emirates launches second daily to Seattle

    Emirates has announced its second daily service from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA). The new service which began on 7 July and is operated by a B777-200LR supplements the current B777-300ER flight.... Read More
  • Qatar to go double-daily Doha-Manila

    Qatar Airways will be adding six extra flights per week between Doha and Manila starting from 26 October following an expanded Air Service Agreement signed between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Philippines. The Doha-based carrier is currently flying eight flights per week to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.... Read More
  • Management for CAL Cargo at Liege

    The CAL Group announced today an organisational change in their ground operations structure.... Read More
  • Qatar Cargo takes on B747 freighter for charter business

    Qatar Airways Cargo will introduce the first B747 freighter to its expanding fleet on 1 August 2015 to further enhance its global on-demand charter services. The B747-400BCF will complement the cargo airline’s expanding freighter fleet providing 112.5 tonnes of capacity dedicated to worldwide charter services.... Read More
  • Air Works, Acumen Aviation in partnership

    Air Works, India’s leading aviation services company, has announced a strategic partnership with Acumen Aviation Europe through a minority investment. With this partnership, Air Works enters the large and growing aircraft asset management business, building greater presence in Europe, Asia and the US.... Read More
  • IATA calls for new Indian aviation policy

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for the development of a comprehensive policy for aviation aligned with the Indian Government’s stated intention to make it easier to do business in India. ... Read More
  • US FAA completes Thai audit, cites 3 problems

    A US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) team concluded its initial audit of air safety in Thailand with three key problem areas identified. ... Read More
  • 13 Indonesian carriers risk losing licences

    Indonesia’s Ministry of Transport has given thirteen of the country’s carriers until the end of July to improve their financial positions, or risk losing of their Air Operator Certificates, according to a report in the Jakarta Post. ... Read More
  • Virgin Oz Cargo announces new commercial GM

    Newly-launched Virgin Australia Cargo has announced the appointment of John Mason as general manager commercial. Mason has 25 years’ experience in the air cargo, aviation and transport logistics industries within Australia and across the Asia Pacific region and will start with Virgin Australia Cargo on 20 July 2015.... Read More
  • ANA to launch new Sydney route

    Pending government approval, Japanese airline ANA will launch daily flights between Tokyo Haneda and Sydney from 11 December 2015. ... Read More
  • Scoot expands Asian network

    Scoot, the Singapore-based longhaul, low-cost division of Singapore Airlines, has added two new Asian cities to its route map: Osaka and Kaohsiung.... Read More
  • Philippine air cargo up 9% in Q1

    Total air cargo volumes uplifted by all Philippine flagged carriers in the first quarter of 2015 rose 9.4 per cent to 58,900 tonnes from 53,820 tonnes in the same period last year, according to the latest data from the country’s Civil Aeronautics Board.... Read More
  • Cathay Pacific group sees flat cargo growth in June

    Cathay Pacific Airways has released its combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for June 2015 that show a marginal increase in the volume of cargo and mail along side a healthy rise in the number of passengers carried compared to the same month in 2014.... Read More
  • Bohai Leasing to take 20% stake in Avolon Holdings

    China-based leasing company Bohai Leasing is to buy a 20 per cent stake in Ireland-based Avolon Holdings for US$429 million. A unit of China’s aviation and shipping conglomerate HNA Group, Bohai expects the offer to be formally launched by end-July following the approval of its shareholders. ... Read More
  • Ningxia Cargo Airlines gets green light

    The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved an air operator’s certificate for Ningxia Cargo Airlines, which is to become the first cargo carrier to be based in the west of the country, the Ningxia Autonomous Region.... Read More
  • China to tap airport economic zone strategy

    China will build model airport economic zones in pilot cities, the country’s aviation watchdog has announced according to Xinhua. ... Read More
  • Air China Cargo to begin new YEG, DFW service

    Air China Cargo (ACC) has announced a new maindeck service to North America from 3 September.... Read More
  • Garuda teams up with Cardig in cargo

    Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has signed an agreement with local cargo carrier Cardig Air to coordinate on cargo shipping throughout the region.... Read More
  • May cargo demand up 2.9% for Asian carriers

    Air cargo demand, in freight tonne kilometre (FTK) terms, increased by 2.9 per cent, whilst offered freight capacity grew by 5.1 per cent, leading to a 1.4 percentage point decrease in the average international freight load factor to 63.5 per cent for the month.... Read More
  • VietJetAir orders six additional A321ceo

    The Vietnamese carrier has placed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of six additional A321s.... Read More
  • Ethiopian orders six more B787 Dreamliners

    Ethiopian Airlines has announced an order for six B787-8 Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show. The Dreamliners complement the airline’s existing 13 B787s currently operating in the fleet and are part of Ethiopian’s long-term strategy to increase capacity and provide greater route flexibility to and from its hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.... Read More
  • Precision to convert B757-200 for VX Capital

    Precision Aircraft Solutions has been contracted to begin a B757 passenger-to-freighter conversion for San Francisco-based Vx Capital Partners.... Read More
  • AEI announces B737- 800SF launch customer

    Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has announced that GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) will be the launch customer for the AEI B737-800SF programme. GECAS plans to convert up to 20 of its Boeing 737-800NG passenger aircraft to freighters. The first aircraft is scheduled for conversion starting in 2016 and will achieve FAA supplemental type certification (STC) in 2017.... Read More
  • SkyLease Cargo applies for HK rights

    North Carolina-based SkyLease Cargo has applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for exemption authority to operate scheduled cargo (property and mail) flights between the US and Hong Kong via intermediate points and beyond to points in third countries.... Read More
  • ACMG: Market needs 125 new freighters per year

    Demand for freighter aircraft continues to trend higher, according to a newly-released forecast issued by the Air Cargo Management Group (ACMG). ... Read More
  • Atlas boosts fleet due to rising demand

    Based on the “improved air freight environment and customer demand”, Atlas Air Worldwide has agreed to acquire a new B747-8 freighter from Boeing with delivery scheduled for November 2015. Prior to its expected placement in longer-term ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) service, the company intends to deploy the aircraft in profitable charter operations, “taking advantage of the aircraft’s superior fuel efficiency, range, capacity and loading capabilities,” it said.... Read More
  • Lufthansa, ANA extend JV Europe to Japan

    More and faster connections, more capacity, flexibility and time savings are the benefits available to European customers of Lufthansa Cargo and ANA Cargo as of 3 August, according to the duo. Both airlines are expanding their joint venture for freight consignments to routes from Europe to Japan.... Read More
  • Ruslan delivers outsize oil & gas equipment

    Ruslan International has transported extremely heavy oil and gas equipment from Milan, Italy to Qindao, China, once again showing its ability to move huge cargoes across the world at speed, it said. MP Holland, a freight forwarder based in the Netherlands, needed to move over 100 tonnes of cargo to Penglai Jutal Offshore Engineering Heavy Ind., Co. Ltd. The sheer weight of the load, as well as the short timescales involved, demanded specialist aircraft for the job.... Read More
  • Jettainer manages ULDs for KF Aerospace

    Jettainer, a leading international service partner for outsourced ULD management, is taking over the management and servicing of the airfreight loading devices for KF Aerospace (formerly Kelowna Flightcraft).... Read More
  • AF-KLM achieves export e-AWB from Saudi Arabia

    Jeddah-based independent forwarder Express Forwarding Services (EFS), a member of the WCA Family and longtime user of the WIN IT connectivity platform, has made the first ever e-AWBs shipments on Air France-KLM Cargo out of Saudi Arabia.... Read More
  • ABC tonnage up 16% in 2015 so far

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has continued its strong operating performance with tonnage up 16 per cent in the first five months of 2015. In the January-May period, the airline transported 180,605 tonnes across its global route network linking Europe, Asia and the US via Russia.... Read More
  • Virgin Atlantic flies cars to Le Mans race

    Virgin Atlantic Cargo teamed up with motorsport freight forwarding specialists first-air to organise delivery of two Chevrolet Corvette CR.7 cars from Chicago to London on their journey to Le Mans in France, where Corvette Racing is bidding to win the 83rd running of the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race.... Read More
  • Volga Dnepr places bold order for 20 B747-8Fs

    The Volga-Dnepr Group, a world leader in transportation of unique, oversize and heavy cargo, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further the group’s fleet expansion with 20 additional B747-8 Freighters, valued at US$7.4 billion at list prices.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Cargo adds Brazil’s Natal

    The Brazilian city of Natal has been a new destination in the Lufthansa Cargo network since 7 June. Lufthansa’s cargo arm now flies to the ‘City of the Sun’ every Sunday. ... Read More
  • Personnel changes at Lufthansa Cargo

    Lufthansa Cargo has announced the appointment of several new managers in its product & sales division this summer.... Read More
  • Airbus, EFW, ST launch A320/A321 conversions

    Airbus, Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) and Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace) have signed agreements for a collaboration to launch the A320/A321 passenger-tofreighter (P2F) conversion programme.... Read More
  • Lufthansa ends three Russian routes

    Lufthansa is scaling back operations to Russia, as it discontinues three destinations from Frankfurt to Samara, Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow Vnukovo as the routes have become unprofitable.... Read More
  • Swiss appoints new head of cargo

    Swiss has appointed Ashwin Bhat as its new head of cargo. He will assume his new duties on 1 October. ... Read More
  • Virgin Atlantic adds Detroit

    Virgin Atlantic Cargo has added Detroit to its list of daily flights to and from London Heathrow Airport.... Read More
  • ASL to increase stake in India’s Quikjet

    ASL Aviation Group has announced that its shareholding in Bangalore-based Quikjet Cargo Airlines through ASL subsidiary Farnair Switzerland AG is to increase to 72.59 per cent after being given the green light by India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). ... Read More
  • Kuwait Airways receives its first A330-200

    Kuwait Airways has taken delivery of its first A330-200, becoming a new operator for the type.... Read More
  • Saudia launches Shanghai- Delhi maindeck service

    Saudi Airlines Cargo has unveiled the launch of a new direct freighter service between Shanghai and New Delhi as part of the airline’s continued expansion strategy. ... Read More
  • CAL launches engine transport product

    After successfully transporting hundreds of engines every year, CAL Cargo Airlines has launched CAL Engines – a dedicated product for the safe transportation of aircraft engines. ... Read More
  • Qatar orders 10 B777- 8Xs, 4 B777 Freighters

    Qatar Airways announced an order for 10 B777-8Xs and four B777 Freighters, valued at US$4.8 billion at list prices, on the opening day of Paris Air Show 2015.... Read More
  • Qatar commences Doha-Amsterdam flights

    Qatar Airways has commenced services between Amsterdam and Doha with the inaugural flight landing at Schiphol Airport on 16 June, welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute.... Read More
  • Qatar adds Entebbe freighter

    Qatar Airways Cargo is introducing new non-stop Doha, Qatar – Entebbe, Uganda service this month.... Read More
  • Iran’s Mahan Air begins A340-600 service

    Iran’s Mahan Air has deployed the first of seven recently delivered A340-600s into revenue service from 1 June with services to Istanbul and Dubai. With US sanctions imposed on Iran since 1979, Iranian carriers are unable to source its capacity needs through traditional channels and are forced to use more obtuse acquisition method.... Read More
  • Qatar to debut A350 XWB in Philadelphia

    Qatar Airways, the global launch customer of the A350 XWB, has chosen Philadelphia to be the first destination it will fly to in the USA using the aircraft.... Read More
  • Etihad Cargo launches AUH-BZV service

    Etihad Cargo has increased its freighter services to Africa with the launch of a cargo only service from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Maya Maya Airport, Brazzaville (BZV), in the Republic of Congo.... Read More
  • Emirates to begin Dubai-Bologna service

    Emirates has today announced plans to start a daily B777-300ER service to Bologna, Italy, from 3 November. The capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna will be Emirates’ fourth Italian destination bringing Emirates’ weekly flights to Italy to 56.... Read More
  • Etihad calls for reform in European aviation

    Etihad Airways has urged the European Commission to embrace “bold, exciting and world-leading reforms” as part of the Strategic Aviation Package to overhaul Europe’s air transport industry. In a detailed submission to the Commission, the airline advocates a policy which actively facilitates competition and consumer choice, addresses critical shortfalls in aviation infrastructure and eases restrictions on market access and investments by non- European airlines.... Read More
  • France honours Al Baker for aviation contribution

    While the subsidies dispute between Middle East carriers and those in Europe – including Air France-KLM – and those in the US rages on, the President of the Republic of France, Francois Hollande conferred the prestigious Honor of ‘Officier de la Légion d’Honneur’ to Qatar Airways’ group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker.... Read More
  • Qatar’s Al Baker threatens oneworld pull out

    Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker has threatened to leave the Oneworld alliance, accusing American Airlines of blocking his carrier’s business.... Read More
  • Jet Airways drops freighter plans

    Jet Airways has dropped plans indefinitely to start dedicated freighter services, as it doesn’t find market conditions conducive, according to un-named sources quoted by India’s Economic Times. ... Read More
  • Minsheng Leasing signs for 30 B737s

    Minsheng Financial Leasing (Minsheng) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Paris Air Show with for the purchase of 30 B737 airplanes, a mix of Next-Generation B737 and B737 MAX aircraft from Boeing.... Read More
  • Garuda signs LOI for 30 A350 XWB

    Garuda Indonesia plans to use the A350 XWB to develop its medium and long haul network, with the aircraft offering the ability to fly non-stop from Jakarta or Bali to Europe.... Read More
  • Modal shift for Cathay's James Woodrow

    Cathay Pacific's director of cargo James Woodrow is moving to the sea freight side of the Swire group's business and will be replaced by Simon Large, effective this summer, according to the airline.... Read More
  • Vietnam Air’s first A350 XWB takes to the sky

    The first A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines has completed its first flight in Toulouse on Monday bearing the airline’s blue and gold lotus livery.... Read More
  • Ruili Airlines orders 30 B737 MAXs

    Kunming, China-based, Ruili Airlines announced at last month’s Paris Air Show that the airline has committed to purchase 30 B737 MAXs with the financial support of AVIC International Leasing.... Read More
  • Minsheng Leasing signs for 30 B737s

    Minsheng Financial Leasing(Minsheng) signed a Memorandum ofUnderstanding (MOU) at the Paris AirShow with for the purchase of 30 B737airplanes, a mix of Next-GenerationB737 and B737 MAX aircraft fromBoeing.... Read More
  • China Airlines’ B777-300ER debuts

    China Airlines’ newest B777-300ER landed at Le Bourget, France last month marking the debut of China Airlines’ new twin-aisle aircraft at the Paris Air Show. China Airlines currently operates five newly configured B777- 300ERs on routes serving Hong Kong, Bangkok, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.... Read More
  • Jetstar Hong Kong's application rejected

    Qantas Airways’ hopes of launching a new low-cost carrier in Hong Kong have been essentially quashed after waiting nearly two years for a decision, as the territory’s Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) rejected on 25 June the application from Qantas to start a new budget airline – Jetstar Hong Kong – on the basis that the ultimate control of the airline would be in Australia and mainland China.... Read More
  • China Aviation Supplies signs for 75 A330s

    China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) has signed with Airbus a General Terms Agreement (GTA) for 45 A330 Family aircraft and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for options for 30 A330s.... Read More
  • Singapore Airlines Cargo sees May declines

    In May 2015, Singapore Airlines overall cargo load factor (CLF) was 1.3 percentage points lower at 61.6 per cent as cargo traffic (measured in freight-tonne-kilometres) declined 1.0 per cent to 531.2 million tonne-km against 1.0 per cent growth in capacity to 862.1 million tonne-km.... Read More
  • Myanmar Nat’l readies for int’l debut

    Myanmar National Airlines celebrated the delivery of its first next-generation B737-800 leased from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing arm of GE.... Read More
  • Thai Lion Air to begin int'l flights this August

    Thai Lion Air, the no-frills offshoot of Indonesia’s Lion airline group is planning to commence international operations this August with flights from its Bangkok (Don Mueang airport) hub to Singapore.... Read More
  • THAI receives B777-300ER direct delivery

    Thai Aiways received its 25th direct B777 delivery, a B777-300ER, from the Boeing delivery centre in Everett, Wash.... Read More
  • THAI’s first A350 XWB well underway

    Manufacturing of the first A350 XWB for Thai Airways International (THAI) is advancing well according to Airbus, with major components progressing towards the start of final assembly in October 2015.... Read More
  • THAI continues to operate to EU destinations

    Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) announced that it will continue to operate as normal to European destinations.... Read More
  • ICAO officially issues an SSC against Thailand

    The International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) has formally issued a Serious Safety Concern (SSC) against Thailand after the country’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) failed to adequately address regulatory oversight shortcomings identified during a Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) inspection in January.... Read More
  • PAL to lease two more B777s next year

    Philippine Airlines (PAL) will bolster its fleet of six B777-300(ER)s with the lease – in a deal with Intrepid Aviation – of two more over the next year with the carrier aiming to turn its Manila to Los Angeles and San Francisco operations into an all-B777 operation instead of its current mix which also includes fourengine A340s. Once the carrier has exited A340 operations, it will operate just two types of widebodies – A330-300s (of which it has 15) and B777-300ERs.... Read More
  • EC lifts ban on remaining Philippine carriers

    The European Commission (EC) has removed all Philippine-registered airlines, including Cebu Pacific and Air Asia Philippines, from its newly updated list of carriers banned from operating in EU airspace.... Read More
  • Korean goes big with 100 Airbus, Boeing orders

    Korean Air announced the airline’s intent to purchase up to fifty A321neo aircraft including thirty firm orders and twenty options along with 30 B737 MAXs and two additional B777-300ER aircraft with options for an additional 20 B737 MAXs.... Read More
  • MASkargo starts freighters into Dhaka, Bangalore

    MASkargo has commenced its twice weekly A330-200F freighter service to Dhaka, Bangladesh part of its expansion initiatives in the South Asian market. Dhaka is a significant exporter of perishable products like fresh seafood, and garments and MASkargo prides itself in its capability to link Bangladesh with its global trading partners.... Read More
  • AirAsia X secures permission for US service

    The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded Malaysia’s long-haul, low cost carrier AirAsia X a Foreign Air Carrier Permit as well as Route Exemption ahead of its planned launch of flights to the US from 1 November.... Read More
  • EVA Air signs LOI for five B777 Freighters

    Taiwan’s EVA Air has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Boeing for the purchase of five B777Fs at the Paris Air Show recently.... Read More



  • SIAEC and AIESL collaborate

    SIA Engineering Company Limited (SIAEC) and Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL), a Air India Limited subsidiary providing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing a collaboration to offer MRO services in India.... Read More
  • 321 PC announce Vallair as launch customer

    321 Precision Conversions, LLC (321PC), announced Vallair Solutions sàrl, a wholly owned company of Vallair Capital S.A. (Vallair), as their launch customer for the passenger-tofreighter conversion of Airbus A321- 200 aircraft including the prototype aircraft and follow-on option aircraft.... Read More
  • CEVA celebrated two birthdays in Australia

    CEVA Logi s t ic s , celebrated two birthdays during October in Australia. The first marked ten years of operations as CEVA Logistics and the second was the first anniversary of the opening of its Victoria Supersite at Truganina.... Read More
  • Panalpina’s group profi tability continues to increase in 2017

    In the fi rst nine months of 2017, Panalpina grew volumes in air and ocean freight compared to the same period of last year. As the year progressed, group gross profi t as well as EBIT increased with every quarter. Year-on-year, Panalpina’s reported EBIT increased from CHF 67.5 million (adjusted YTD 2016: CHF 93.6 million) to CHF 72.1 million and the reported consolidated profi t increased from CHF 46.5 million (adjusted YTD 2016: CHF 72.6 million) to CHF 48.4 million.... Read More
  • B&H Worldwide joins WCA’s time critical network

    member of the WCA’s Time Critical Network. Effective October 2017 B&H’s global offi ce network is now a part of the world’s largest independent freight forwarder grouping. Joining the specialist part of the WCA will give the B&H team access to an even wider group of agents with aerospace and time - critical logistics requirements. At the same time B&H can brings its specialist aerospace capabilities into the reach of WCA members around the world.... Read More
  • K+N establishes global supply chain solution for JD.com

    Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) has partnered with JD.com, which procures goods from global brands to support the growing demand from Chinese consumers for overseas products, to design a supply chain solution. Th is solution will provide stock keeping unit (SKU) visibility over JD.com’s in-bound supply chain before products are imported to China. Th e solution has been implemented within twelve months in an origin warehouse in Japan.... Read More
  • FedEx Trade Networks expands in Malaysia

    Based in the highly urbanised state of Penang, Malaysia, the new office is showing a growing market demand in the region. ... Read More
  • Logistics index hits 14th negative month

    With a general decline in worldwide logistics index, it is likely that this worrying trend will continue into 2017. ... Read More
  • India’s Competition body orders fresh IATA probe

    No violation of competition norms has led to a calling of a fresh investigation report into IATA's implementation of CASS. ... Read More
  • Jan de Rijk Logistics goes big with a T-Rex

    Jan de Rijk Logistics, working on behalf of KLM, was tasked to move the dinosaur from Schiphol airport to the city of Leiden.... Read More
  • Southco sticks with DHL Global Forwarding as sole global logistics provider

    The company renewed their existing contract with DHL for another four years for a combination of air, ocean, domestic and customs brokerage services on various trade lanes.... Read More
  • Panalpina partners 3D printing specialist Shapeways

    The strategic partnership which will enable both companies to expand their digital manufacturing capabilities globally. ... Read More
  • YCH Group signs China-ASEAN logistics MOU with three partners

    The collaboration will establish Chongqing as the logistics base of China, offering logistics services beyond Vietnam and Laos, to the rest of the ASEAN region... Read More
  • DHL opens Life Science Competence Center at AMS

    The new Life Science Competence Center serves as a hub for the transport, transport preparation, temporary storage, and transport follow-up of active and passive temperature-controlled pharmaceutical and medicinal products. ... Read More
  • Kuehne + Nagel to manage CNH Industrial’s Shanghai facility

    CNH Industrial selected Kuehne + Nagel after proposing an efficient logistics centre solution which will consolidate two of CNH Industrial’s separate business operations into one single distribution centre. ... Read More
  • DHL opens Innovation Centre in Singapore

    DHL launched its Asia Pacific Innovation Centre (APIC) in Singapore to off er a visionary view of the logistics world, and develop innovative solutions to meet evolving supply chain needs.... Read More
  • Schiphol Cargo publishes pharma logistics ebook

    Pharma logistics professionals who succeed in transforming their supply chain will have a major impact on their organisation’s success and those who innovate best will position themselves to transform logistics from a cost centre to a true source of competitive advantage, is one of the main conclusions of a new book by Schiphol Cargo.... Read More
  • UTi establishes three new hubs in SE Asia

    UTi Worldwide has introduced new multimodal hubs in Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City to handle growing business in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, which in turn has led to three new routings out of Southeast Asiafor UTi. ... Read More
  • DHL expands partnership with Konica Minolta

    DHL Supply Chain, the global market leader for contract logistics solutions, has extended its partnership with Konica Minolta, Inc., the leading manufacturer in business technologies, by securing a contract to design, manage, and optimise its logistics operations across China. ... Read More
  • WCA makes personnel changes

    The world’s largest network of independent forwarders, WCA, has made personnel changes that will see former cargo journalist Dan March appointed chief executive officer (CEO) with founder David Yokeum becoming chairman and former Emirates SkyCargo head, Ram Menen, joining a new global Supervisory Board.... Read More
  • MSD extends pharma contract with K+N

    Merck Sharp & Dohme, (MSD) one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, has extended its overland transport contract with Kuehne + Nagel in Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and North America for another two years.... Read More
  • Panalpina, Spread do China reverse logistics

    Panalpina sees reverse logistics as a strategic area for growThand to complement its business off ering in the technology sector, it has entered into a strategic alliance wiThHong Kong-based company Spread Logistics. Under this alliance the two companies now pick up faulty consumer electronics at origin, do failure analyses and – if need be – return them to the original manufacturer in Mainland China. The customer gains visibility of all return materials in the supply chain and can make data-based decisions on the reuse, repair, disposal or even redesign of its products.... Read More
  • Kerry goes robotic for e-commerce fulfilment

    Kerry Logistics Network Limited, a leading logistics service provider in Asia, has introduced six fully automated and programmed robotic butlers at its flagship facility PC3 in Hong Kong to meet the ever-growing consumer demands in online shopping. Kerry Logistics is one of the fi rst 3PLs in Asia to adopt robotic butlers in its operations to enhance fulfi llment effi ciency and accuracy.... Read More
  • Panalpina sets up shop in Myanmar

    Switzerland-based international freight forwarding and logistics company Panalpina has now opened its own office in Myanmar. Established in Myanmar’s largest city of Yangon, Panalpina’s new office officially took up operations in mid- August. Panalpina’s team on site is able to handle end-to-end ocean and air freight shipments, both imports and exports, for local and international customers.... Read More
  • Agility opens pharma centre in Brazil

    Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has opened a Pharmaceutical Competence Centre in Sao Paulo, Brazil.... Read More
  • K+N snags major US cold chain logistics deal

    Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, one of the world’s leading providers of in vitro diagnostic products and services, has awarded an exclusive six-year contract to Kuehne + Nagel to manage its complex cold and temperature-controlled warehousing and distribution requirements in the US.... Read More
  • Another big move for XPO with Con-way buy

    XPO Logistics has made headlines again with yet another multi-billion dollar acquisition with its recent announcement it had agreed to buy US trucking and logistics company Con-way in a deal that values publicly-listed Con-way at $3 billion. Th e deal is expected to close at the end of October and comes on the heals of XPO’s recent acquisition of French haulage and logistics company Norbert Dentressangle.... Read More
  • Panalpina: Stable profits in challenging enviro

    International freight forwarding and logistics company Panalpina has kept profitability stable in the first half of 2015 despite what it said was a “challenging environment”. ... Read More
  • “Mixed bag” growth for Agility

    Agility announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2015, reporting a net profit of KWD13.5 million (US$44.6 million), an increase of five per cent compared to the second quarter of 2014.... Read More
  • B&H Worldwide launches AOG logistics centre

    Specialist aerospace logistics provider B&H Worldwide has extended its AOG service to cover its entire global operation.... Read More
  • CEVA sees positive Q2, creates Project Log div

    CEVA Holdings, one of the world’s leading non‐asset based supply chain management companies, reported results for the three months ended 30 June 2015 with an adjusted EBITDA up 25 per cent year-on-year (up 31.7 per cent in constant currency).... Read More
  • 3M renews contract with CEVA in South East Asia

    CEVA Logistics has announced its extended collaboration with 3M to be their preferred logistics service provider in warehouse management and distribution in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.... Read More
  • GEODIS acquires US 3PL, OHL

    GEODIS, the European supply chain operator owned by French rail company SNCF, has sealed the deal to buy US-based third-party logistics provider Ozburn- Hessey Logistics (OHL). ... Read More
  • Kerry wins Debenhams contract for Middle East

    Kerry Logistics has secured a contract with Debenhams, a leading British multinational retailer, to support the department store’s growing export market in the Middle East.... Read More
  • Rhenus boosts Japan frequencies

    Rhenus Logistics has launched an extended service to Japan, with an increase of its air and ocean freight routes as part of its strategic plan to improve its UK and EU gateways to global markets and following the recent opening of its London Heathrow facility.... Read More
  • UPS confirms $1.8 billion Coyote acquisition

    UPS has announced that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Coyote Logistics, a technologydriven, non-asset based truckload freight brokerage company for US$1.8 billion from its current owner Warburg Pincus.... Read More
  • Xiamen awards road feeder contract to Jan de Rijk

    Xiamen Airlines has awarded a new three-year road feeder services contract to Jan de Rijk Logistics, extending its delivery network to over 100 airports across Europe. The new agreement enables the airline to offer a wide choice of destinations to customers, moving shipments on its flights between Europe and Asia. ... Read More
  • UPS expands global heavy freight service

    UPS Worldwide Express Freight is expanding its global express freight service, adding eight origin and five destination countries for time-sensitive, high-value heavyweight shipments.... Read More
  • CEVA opens parts centre in the Netherlands

    CEVA Logistics has announced the opening of a global distribution centre for industrial spare parts, consisting of warehousing space of 12,000 sqm and a yard of 10,000 sqm in Born, the Netherlands.... Read More
  • UPS adds LCL to its China-Euro rail option

    UPS has announced an addition to its China-to-Europe rail shipments as the new modal option continues to gather steam as a both a reliable and viable addition, or alternative, to ocean shipping and air freight. UPS’ Less-than-Container Load (LCL) service offering is available from Zhengzhou to Hamburg and becomes part of the UPS Preferred multimodal freight services portfolio.... Read More
  • K+N sees strong profitability despite currency hit

    Kuehne + Nagel reported “excellent performance” in the air freight sector for the first half of 2015, which helped the global logistics giant to post a 4.2 per cent rise in net earnings for the period to CHF 326 million (US$341.5 million), compared to the same period in 2014. This was despite a negative currency impact of 7.3 per cent, the group said, while noting that revenue fell 3.2 per cent compared with the first half of 2014, to CHF 8.23 billion.... Read More
  • Conqueror adds RBS Logistics in Georgia

    The addition of RBS Logistics Ltd in Georgia to Conqueror Freight Network’s membership has elevated it to the position of 2nd largest freight forwarder network in the industry, according to the group, which now covers 123 countries.... Read More
  • CEVA wins US contract extension from Volvo

    CEVA Logistics has won a two year extension for customs brokerage services with Volvo Cars of North America. The company, headquartered in Rockleigh, New Jersey, is the US subsidiary of the Swedish luxury automotive manufacturer. CEVA’s US customs brokerage team had been providing services to Volvo through an initial one year contract, which was subsequently extended.... Read More
  • Yusen expands forwarding operations in Mexico

    Yusen Logistics (Mexico) has opened two offices – air- and land-side – at the Mexico City Airport. By establishing a base on the airport front lines to manage its own air transportation operations, the company aims to realise competitive freight procurement and detailed transportation management of imported and exported freight.... Read More
  • AIB Int’l coordinates bovines to Senegal

    Coordinating two full charters of live cattle shipment, AIB Internacional, a member of X2 Elite and X2 Projects, has led the transport of 356 live Guzerá Breed Bovine en route for Senegal, Africa. ... Read More
  • DHL introduces third China-Euro rail option

    DHL Global Forwarding is further expanding its pioneering multimodal services in China with a new twiceweekly service between Zhengzhou and Hamburg via Poland.... Read More
  • Japan Post begins integration of Toll Group

    Japan Post president & CEO Toru Takahashi recently joined Toll Group managing director Brian Kruger at one of Toll’s Melbourne distribution centres to mark the transition as part of the Japan Post group. ... Read More
  • Kerry Logistics snags House Of Fraser contract

    Kerry Logistics Network has secured a contract with House of Fraser, the UK and Ireland’s department store group, to support the retailer’s store and e-commerce expansion into China through the course of 2016. ... Read More
  • Kerry Logistics opens Portugal office

    Kerry Logistics has opened a new office in Portugal as part of on-going expansion plans across Europe. Mário Silva, GM Kerry Logistics (Portugal), will be heading up the branch, headquartered in Porto, Portugal’s second largest city and one of the main industrial hubs of southwest Europe.... Read More
  • K+N buys US intermodal specialist ReTrans

    The Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) Group has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of the shares of ReTrans Inc., a US-based leading provider of multimodal transport management solutions. K+N said the acquisition, “builds on the Kuehne + Nagel’s overland strategy and will significantly strengthen the company’s position as an end-to-end logistics provider in North America”.... Read More
  • Alibaba’s Cainiao launches food distribution centres

    Cainiao, the logistics affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding Limited, has announced the establishment of three fresh food distribution centres in three major Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. ... Read More
  • EFS, AF-KLM do 1st e-AWB from Saudi Arabia

    Jeddah-based independent forwarder Express Forwarding Services (EFS), a member of the WCA Family and longtime user of the WIN IT connectivity platform, has made the first ever e-AWB shipments on Air France KLM Cargo out of Saudi Arabia.... Read More
  • CEVA appoints Griffiths for contract logistics Iberia

    CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies, has strengthened its senior management team in Iberia with the appointment of Philip Griffiths to the position of Contract Logistics Business Development Director. ... Read More
  • Panalpina makes senior appointments

    Panalpina, one of the world’s leading supply chain solutions providers, promotes Andy Weber to the position of chief operating officer (COO) as of 1 July.... Read More
  • DHL Forwarding appoints Tieber for ASEAN, S. Asia

    DHL Global Forwarding, a leading provider of air, sea and road freight services in Europe and Asia , has appointed Thomas Tieber as CEO for ASEAN and South Asia with effect from 1 June. ... Read More
  • DHL bags Kate Spade in Japan

    DHL Supply Chain, a global market leader for contract logistics solutions, announced that it has been awarded a three-year contract to manage the supply chain operations for Kate Spade, the global lifestyle brand, in Japan from February 2015.... Read More

Express & Mail

  • FedEx announces Asian grant winners

    FedEx Express (FedEx) has announced the winners of the first-ever FedEx Small Business Grant Contest in Asia Pacific. ... Read More
  • Zalora signs returns deal with Pos Indonesia

    Fashion e-tailer Zalora has signed a new collaboration agreement with Indonesia’s national postal operator, Pos Indonesia, to supply customers with a free returns service at any of its 4,154 post offices. Zalora offers online shoppers more than 70,000 fashion products, including clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories and cosmetics for men and women.... Read More
  • time:matters grows Sameday network in Italy

    Time:matters, the specialist company for global special speed logistics, is further expanding its Sameday network to, from and within Italy. ... Read More
  • SingPost invests in HK e-commerce logistics

    Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) has made two investments in Hong Kong to strengthen its e-commerce logistics presence in Hong Kong and establish an integrated ecosystem for parcel deliveries across multiple channels.... Read More
  • Integrators not changing course on hunting trophies

    The shipment of big game hunting trophies is still acceptable to UPS and FedEx with a UPS spokeswoman telling The Washington Post that the global shipping giant follows US and international laws, not public opinion, in determining what it will and won’t ship.... Read More
  • DHL Express opens new Melbourne facility

    DHL has opened its new DHL Express Melbourne Gateway facility to better support regional businesses operating in and out of Australia.... Read More
  • FedEx’s acquisition of TNT enters Phase II

    FedEx Corp. has confirmed today that the European Commission has initiated a Phase II review in connection with FedEx’s intended public offer to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of TNT Express N.V. This is the next step in the process where the European Commission conducts an in-depth analysis under the EU Merger Regulation before coming to a decision.... Read More
  • Alibaba’s Cainiao signs e-com MOU with USPS

    Cainiao, the logistics information platform and affiliate of the Alibaba Group and the United States Postal Ser vi ce (USPS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop new international shipping solutions and enhance the logisticsservice experience for both sellers and buyers involved in cross-border e-commerce.... Read More
  • DHL eCommerce launches Shanghai terminal

    DHL eCommerce, a division of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has expanded its operations in China focusing on crossborder and domestic e-commerce services. The company announced the launch of a new DHL eCommerce Shanghai Terminal located in Jiuting, Shanghai and plans to launch additional drop off centers in North and South China by end of 2015 to benefit manufacturers in China.... Read More
  • Strong growth for time:matters, rev up 13%

    Following the successful spin-out of Liefery, time:matters, the international expert for same-day delivery and special speed logistics, is reporting a very strong development in the core business the first six months of the current fiscal year showing more than 13 per cent increase in revenue as compared to the previous year.... Read More
  • FedEx cuts transit time from 7 Chinese cities

    FedEx Express has improved its international outbound express services covering FedEx International Priority and FedEx International Priority Freight in seven Chinese cities: Dalian, Yantai, Weihai, Jinan, Zibo, Zhengzhou and Chongqing. The transit time for shipments from these cities to the US, Europe and other parts of the world will be reduced by one to two business days, helping customers optimise their supply chains and strengthen their competitive edges in their target markets.... Read More
  • Alibaba continues crossborder e-commerce push

    Alibaba has announced an expansion of its cross-border e-commerce initiatives, including the launch of 11 official country pavilions on its Tmall Global platform, as well as cooperative partnerships between Juhuasuan, Alibaba’s group-buying platform and 26 foreign embassies in China.... Read More
  • SingPost, Alibaba expand e-commerce logistics coop

    Singapore Post and Alibaba Group Holding have announced a series of new initiatives for collaboration and growth following the signing of a joint venture agreement. The three initiatives signal the deepening of a business relationship that started last year and a commitment from both parties to increase e-commerce logistics collaboration in the future to build a leading ecommerce logistics platform to service the rapidly growing ecommerce businesses across Asia Pacific and beyond.... Read More
  • FedEx confirms order for 50 B767Fs

    FedEx Corp has confirmed the market speculation, as reported by Payload Asia last week, by signing a deal to purchase 50 additional B767-300 freighters in the biggest order ever for the aircraft type, allowing the aircraft maker to extend its production line well into the next decade.... Read More
  • DHL Express makes €4.9 million Thai investment

    DHL Express has announced plans to increase its investments in physical infrastructure and services in Thailand to 180 million baht (€4.9 million) in 2015 to deliver business growth and enhance service quality.... Read More
  • FedEx extends retirement age for Fred Smith

    Ahead of FedEx Corp. CEO Fred Smith’s 71st birthday in August, the company has changed its corporate governance guidelines to increase the mandatory retirement age for directors from age 72 to age 75 with immediate effect.... Read More
  • DHL uprades Americas hub for US$108M

    DHL is investing US$108 million to expand its Americas hub facility at the Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky airport (CVG) to meet the demands of continued growth in international ecommerce and global trade. The expansion will provide more gates to accommodate additional aircraft, warehouse space and new equipment to provide more capacity for sorting shipments as well as unloading and reloading aircraft.... Read More
  • TNT opens new air route to Malta

    TNT has launched a new air service between its main European air hub in Liege and Malta. The flight will run five times a week on a B737-400 aircraft, with a stopover in Marseilles on both outbound and inbound journeys and offers next day delivery to all of Europe.... Read More
  • Blue Dart Express acquires Blue Dart Aviation

    India’s Blue Dart Express – a unit of Deutsche Post DHL Group – has become a majority shareholder in Blue Dart Aviation after purchasing additional 21 per cent stake taking its shareholding of the company in Blue Dart Aviation to 70 per cent. ... Read More
  • UPS to open Netherlands healthcare centre

    UPS has announced that it is building a new healthcare distribution center in Roermond, the Netherlands, to accommodate growing demand. ... Read More
  • SingPost divests 90% stake in DataPost

    Singapore Post (SingPost) has entered into a sale and purchase agreement with Jing King Tech Solutions to dispose its 90 per cent stake in DataPost for approximately S$39.3 million (US$29.5 million). ... Read More

Airports & Ground Handling

  • PACTL looks set for another record-setting year

    Pudong Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd. (PACTL) is about to set a new record for freight volumes in 2015. It has achieved tonnage growth of 6.82 per cent year-on-year, having processed 1.46 million tonnes of freight overall during the first eleven months of the year. Th e company handled more than 1.5 million tonnes of air freight for the very first time in 2014.... Read More
  • UK freight sector slams gov’t over Heathrow waffle

    Th e UK freight, logistics and business community have slammed the UK government’s decision to delay a decision until next summer – at the earliest - on whether a third runway will be built at Heathrow Airport.... Read More
  • Bengaluru’s Kempegowda Int’l welcomes Ethiopian

    Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB) recently welcomed Ethiopian Cargo’s inaugural flight to the airport which operates a twice a week schedule between Adis Abba and KIAB.... Read More
  • Fast cars, special care at Frankfurt-Hahn

    Frankfurt-Hahn Airport was recently abuzz with the excitement of fast cars as preparations for the next round of the World Endurance Championship (FIAWEC) saw 31 racing cars, 3 safety cars, as well as the equipment and supplies for the racing teams of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) carefully prepared for their flights to Austin, Texas.... Read More
  • FRA August volumes decline 4.2%

    Frankfurt Airport (FRA) saw its August cargo (airfreight and airmail) volumes drop by 4.2 per cent to 172,055 tonnes, attributing the decline to the weakness in world trade, especially in the Far East.... Read More
  • Asia slowdown drags Schiphol down

    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol handled 784,567 tonnes of air cargo in the first six months of 2015, down 2.1 per cent on 2014, despite the fact freighter movements rose 1.4 per cent to 8,218.... Read More
  • Swissport wins Oman Air’s Euro handling

    Swissport International is to take over Oman Air’s cargo handling at London Heathrow, Munich, Frankfurt and Paris Charles de Gaulle. It will take over full cargo handling services for Oman Air at London Heathrow on 3 September followed by a phased transition at the other three stations, with completion by 1 November.... Read More
  • Amristar perishables centre collects dust

    At a time when airports across India are crying out for cargo facilities, one airport – Shri Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport in India’s northwestern city of Amritsar – boasts a specialised perishable cargo facility that lies unused because of lack of connectivity.... Read More
  • United launches ground handling subsidiary

    United Airlines has announced the launch of a wholly owned ground handling subsidiary, United Ground Express, to provide ground handling services including cargo handling at select, smaller airports in the US.... Read More
  • London Stansted sees busy July

    London Stansted enjoyed a busy July with cargo operations benefitting from the chaos at the Channel Tunnel and the passenger side seeing busiest July in seven years, as the launch of Thomas Cook’s trio of new long haul flights and the summer holiday season helped contribute to over two million passengers passing through the airport.... Read More
  • Frankfurt sees 2% cargo decline in July

    Cargo (airfreight and airmail) dropped by two per cent to 177,840 tonnes in July 2015 compared to a year earlier, while 6.2 million passengers set a new record for Frankfurt Airport .... Read More
  • Gerry’s dnata opens up three new Pakistan locations

    Gerry’s dnata (the Pakistan arm of Dubai-based ground handler, dnata) has ramped up its scale of operations in Pakistan with the commencement of its service at three new airports in the country, investing over US$4 million in the new locations. These include Multan International airport (MUX) on 1 May, Quetta International (UET) on 11 June and Faisalabad International (LYP) on 11 July.... Read More
  • Polar launches new freighter service to Singapore

    Polar Air Cargo Worldwide landed its inaugural flight at Singapore Changi Airport on 17 August, linking Changi’s freighter network to a new city link – Cincinnati, Ohio. Polar will operate a weekly Cincinnati–Anchorage–Incheon– Singapore–Hong Kong service with the B747-400F aircraft. Polar is majority owned by US-based Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and minority owned by DHL Network Operations (USA). Through Polar and its Atlas Air sister company, Atlas Air Worldwide operates the world’s largest fleet of B747 freighters.... Read More
  • Hactl wins accolade following 12% carbon reduction

    Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) – the largest cargo handler at Hong Kong International Airport – has received a Carbon Reduction Certificate from the Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC), awarded under the Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence scheme, in recognition of Hactl’s success in reducing its carbon footprint.... Read More
  • SATS to set up e-commerce hub at Changi

    Singapore-based ground handler, SATS Ltd. and Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) have announced a commercial agreement for SATS to provide airmail consignment handling services to SingPost. The new automated facility, to be called SATS eCommerce AirHub, will improve efficiency and space utilisation, as well as enhance the consignment handling capabilities for both SATS and SingPost, the two said.... Read More
  • Dnata acquires Aviapartner cargo ops in Amsterdam

    Dnata has announced it has reached an agreement with Aviapartner to acquire its cargo handling operations at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. As well as full cargo handling operations, this facility includes several specialist product lines including the Schiphol Animal Centre and Temperature Control Centre, as well as its Freighter Ramp Handling operations.... Read More
  • Changi Aiport, Xiamen Airlines sign MoU

    Changi Airport Group (CAG) and Xiamen Airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly collaborate on initiatives to grow connectivity and traffic between Singapore and China. Effective until 31 March 2018, the MOU formalises the partnership to increase air services between the two countries and to grow transit and transfer traffic from Southeast Asia, Southwest Pacific to and from China, via Singapore.... Read More
  • Half year cargo growth hits 12% at MUC

    Munich Airport (MUC) achieved growth in all traffic segments in the first half of 2015 with growth in the air cargo business at Munich Airport outstripping that of the passenger segment. The total of 156,000 tonnes of flown airfreight represented an impressive 12 per cent year-on-year gain in the volume of goods handled at the airport.... Read More
  • Munich’s third runway cleared for take off

    Munich Airport has welcomed the ruling by the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig, in which the court has now dismissed the six outstanding complaints filed by the environmental group Bund Naturschutz Bayern and five private individuals. The plaintiffs had filed motions with the Leipzig court following the rejection of their appeals in the administrative proceedings on the construction permit for the airport’s third runway.... Read More
  • HNA Group in talks to acquire Swissport

    HNA Group Co., owner of China’s fourth-largest airline, is said to be in talks to acquire ground handler Swissport International Ltd., according to a Bloomberg report quoting unnamed sources.... Read More
  • Hactl passes GDP annual audit

    Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – Hong Kong’s largest cargo handler – has successfully passed its World Health Organisation (WHO) Good Distribution Practices (GDP) annual surveillance audit. The audit is required in order to maintain GDP accreditation.... Read More
  • China Southern renews mail contract with Sodexi

    On the heals of the launch of Sodexi’s brand new state of the art Express Hub at Paris CDG, Jérôme Balbi, managing director, has announced the renewal of its contract with China Southern Cargo.... Read More
  • WFS takes 51% stake in Fraport Cargo Services

    Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is to acquire a 51 per cent shareholding in Fraport Cargo Services (FCS) as part of a strategic partnership with Fraport AG. The investment is part of WFS’ strategy to continue to expand in Europe’s major cargo markets.... Read More
  • India’s first private air freight station set to open

    Aimed at relieving the long winding queues of cargo near the airport gateways, Indev Air Freight Station, India’s first private air freight station (AFS,) has announced it will begin operations on 1 August. Spread over an area of around 1,858 sqm near Chennai the AFS is an off-terminal facility where all import formalities can be completed.... Read More
  • Chubu Centrair airport taps growing perishables trade

    Chubu Centrair International Airport southwest of Tokyo near the city of Nagoya has emerged as a key hub for agricultural exporters as they capitalise on local subsidies, a growing global demand for traditional Japanese food and a weakening yen.... Read More
  • Manila cargo rises, Cebu declines

    Two of the Philippines’ main air gateways — Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila and Mactan- Cebu International Airport (MCIA) — showed contrasting cargo performance for the first five months of 2015, according to latest data from the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and Mactan- Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA).... Read More
  • LuxairCARGO completes DGR facility

    After extending the live animal facility with new horse stalls allowing simultaneous acceptance of 50 horses last May, LuxairCARGO, the ground hander at Luxembourg Findel Airport has continued to support and protect the special products handling with the completion in early June, of a new DGR area.... Read More
  • Spanish ‘ghost airport’ sold for 10,000 euros

    An abandoned Spanish airport which cost nearly € 1.1 billion to build has been sold for € 10,000 in a bankruptcy auction. Ciudad Real Central Airport, located about 235km south of the capital Madrid, became a symbol of the country’s wasteful spending during a construction boom that ended with the financial crisis of 2008, the year the airport opened. The operator of the airport went bankrupt in 2012 after it failed to draw enough traffic.... Read More
  • Hong Kong sees flat cargo traffic in first half

    Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled 2.1 million tonnes of cargo for the first half of 2015, up 0.6 per cent from the same period last year.... Read More
  • Expansion of Cambodia’s main airports by 2016

    The staggering growth of passenger and cargo air traffic will require more capacity building and human resource development in specialised areas, Deputy Prime Minister Sok An told a regional joint civil aviation committee from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam on Monday, according to the Khmer Times.... Read More
  • Heathrow cargo volumes up 2.1% in first half

    Heathrow Airport saw a 2.1 per cent year-on-year rise in cargo volumes to 741,847 tonnes in the first half of the year, driven by increases in cargo from emerging markets. Since July 2014, Heathrow has processed 1.5 million tonnes, a year-on-year uplift of 4.3 per cent.... Read More
  • NZ$1 million ‘lost’ at HKIA under Cathay’s care

    Cathay Pacific’s procedures at Hong Kong International Airport have come under scrutiny after after one of 13 bags containing NZ$1 million (US$660,235) went missing during transfer from an aircraft to the cargo terminal.... Read More
  • WFS is set for biggest EU expansion

    Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is set for the biggest expansion of its ground handling activities in Europe in over 40 years after being awarded full ground handling licenses to operate at Spain’s Madrid, Seville, Santiago, Oviedo and Vitoria airports. ... Read More
  • AAT speeds up cargo handling by 3 hrs

    Hong Kong’s Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT) has announced that it has set itself higher service standards to speed up the handling of general import cargo by up to three hours. ... Read More
  • New management structure at MFAG

    Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG (MFAG) will be managed by a threeman management team, consisting of the board spokesperson Johannes Jähn, board member Markus Kopp, and the general representative Dieter Köhler.... Read More
  • Ten-year extension for Hactl

    Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has signed a new, 10-year extension of its handling franchise at the airport. The new agreement with Hong Kong’s Airport Authority runs from July 2018, when the current franchise expires.... Read More
  • Finnair awarded CEIV, lays terminal cornerstone

    Finnair Cargo has received certification under IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics program (CEIV Pharma). Finnair joined the programme under the successful Brussels Airport CEIV Pharma Community approach, as Brussels is Finnair Cargo’s 2nd hub.... Read More
  • 1st international flight for Cambodia’s Sihanoukville

    The Cambodian port town of Sihanoukville saw its first international flight on 6 June with the launch of direct flights from Singapore Changi by Singapore Airlines’ regional unit, SilkAir which is flying the route on a charter basis in order to assess the market. “Three other flights are planned this coming December, a period during which outbound travels peak due to the school holidays in Singapore,” Silkair said.... Read More
  • Vietnam to build mega airport in HCM

    Vietnam’s National Assembly has approved the construction of a new US$16 billion international airport by 2025 to relieve the load on the existing Tan Son Nhat airport. The assembly passed a resolution for the planned Long Thanh International Airport to be built just outside the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City.... Read More
  • Airports Comm pegs 3rd Heathrow runway

    The UK’s Airports Commission has recommended a third runway at Heathrow airport while a second runway at Gatwick is described as a ‘credible’ option’. Expansion of the west London hub would add £147 billion (€207 billion) in economic growth by 2050, according to the Commission’s long-awaited report. It would also connect the UK to more than 40 new destinations around the world including 10-12 new long-haul routes. An expansion at Heathrow would also allow the airport to double its freight capacity to three million tonnes.... Read More

Cover Story

  • Rising Star

    Atlas Air Worldwide volumes in 2017 increased 20 per cent to 252,802 block hours, with revenue growing 17 per cent to a record $2.16 billion. Atlas Air was well-positioned throughout 2017 to capitalize on market dynamics and deliver volumes and revenues that grew sharply compared to the prior-year. By K. Dass... Read More
  • China Airlines: Good Risks lead to Good Growth

    It is refreshing to hear from China Airlines SVP Chang Chin-Chieh as he speaks about the organisation’s DNA to Payload Asia. K. Dass reports.... Read More
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: Going smart in the new year

    Going into the New Year, e-commerce developments have seen an upward trend in 2017 with many consumers switching to purchase from online marketplaces. On a global scale, data management is increasingly prized for businesses to operate more efficiently. As one of the leading innovators in the cargo chain, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol places its focus for 2018 on digitalization and the e-commerce sector… Cheryl Soh reports.... Read More
  • Chartering new heights

    Following reports of an upward moving trend in the air cargo industry, charter operators and brokers are reporting good figures and key developments in its field. Many are widening its offerings by providing a well-rounded service and expertise. With e-commerce opening many more opportunities across industries, these players are tapping in on the transportation of e-commerce cargo. Cheryl Soh reports. ... Read More
  • Oman Air: Small player, big dreams

    Content to remain in the shadows – at least for the moment – Oman Air has shown that it means business. Though its cargo department has contributed nine percent of the carrier’s total turnover, there are enough indications that cargo volumes are set to grow. But the question remains, whether the carrier’s plans for cargo growth face speed breakers now that CEO Paul Gregorowitsch has resigned. Sharang G finds out more.... Read More
  • Nippon Cargo Airlines: From the sea to the open sky

    Since its inception, Nippon Air Cargo Lines (NAC), now Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) has always prided itself on being able to turn adversity into opportunities. The brainchild of ocean shipping companies and airlines, the carrier has its foundations firmly rooted in the rich expertise of both sea and air cargo. Payload Asia speaks to the first cargo airline from Japan.... Read More
  • Panalpina makes moves on the Intra-Asian and Transpac markets

    Panalpina is pressing on with rebalancing its Asian and transpacific air freight business, a strategy which allows the company to expand within the region and beyond. Michael Mackay has the story. ... Read More
  • Low-cost carriers fly high

    Low-cost carriers have found an additional revenue stream - tapping into the cargo market. By expanding their cargo units, some low-cost carriers have grown to become significant players, making a name for themselves within the industry. Rapid developments in technology, conversion program availability, growing demands and the emergence of new markets have all opened up even more avenues for airlines, including low-cost carriers. By Cheryl Soh.... Read More
  • Hactl: Maintaining a global presence

    Operating from a top cargo hub in a geocentric location, the Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) maintains its global stand as an exemplary ground handler. As e-commerce sees a burgeoning demand in the east, Hactl provides a one-stop solution to carriers by offering a seamless service and serving as a gateway to the mainland. By Cheryl Soh ... Read More
  • Hong Kong Air Cargo charts new course

    The inception of Hong Kong Air Cargo has emerged in the midst of rising opportunities present in the industry. Strategic plans are in place to not only expand the carrier’s prominence and focus in the air cargo industry, but to also take the reins over the entire supply chain. By Cheryl Soh ... Read More
  • Moving Forward with Tech: Disruption or Opportunities?

    The digital wave is no doubt challenging the traditional practices of the air cargo supply chain. Transport and logistics sectors are highly susceptible to change, especially in the form of automation and interconnectivity to collect and generate data. How are industry players adopting digitalisation today? Take a closer look into rising disruptive technologies and how we can move forward amidst the “chaos”. By Cheryl Soh ... Read More
  • Kerry Logistics rides on e-commerce boom in China, ASEAN

    In the 3PL (third-party logistics) industry, logistics providers are racing to stake a claim in the booming cross-border e-commerce business, from China to ASEAN region. Kerry Logistics, a leading logistics service provider in Asia, has undertaken several initiatives to corner the competition and looks set to emerge as a major player.... Read More
  • SriLankan Airlines: Searching for serendipity

    Described by local media as an attempt to “marry off an unattractive bride with no dowry”, it might also be added that government-owned Sri Lankan Airlines’ as the ‘bride-to-be’, has its fare share of wrinkles and bulges – in all the wrong places. ... Read More
  • Finnair Cargo riding high on its A350-XWBs

    Finnair’s expansion, especially the addition of nineteen A350-XWBs to its fleet, is triggering a new, more proactive approach to cargo – one that will help the Nordic carrier even though it is very aware just how tough the market is at the moment. ... Read More
  • Carriers, forwarders set to embark on a new relationship

    The long and often fractious relationship between the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) is set to turn over a new leaf after nearly three years of intensive discussions, although sticking points – like issues relating to CASS settlement system – remain.... Read More
  • IATA’s cargo team aims for ‘lean, productive & innovative’

    It’s all about transformation,” says IATA’s global head of cargo, Glyn Hughes in reference to a significant organisation-wide restructuring which began with the cargo division. “We need to transform because the people we are providing services for, that are using the system are transforming.... Read More
  • Gov’ts need to do more on Li battery problem: IATA

    The issue of lithium battery shipments onboard freighters and the belly holds of passenger aircraft is again at the forefront of safety concerns as Christmas approaches and the volume of electronic gadgets relying on lithium batteries surges. Th e latest ‘problem child’ is this year’s toy of choice, the so-called ‘hoverboards’, a two-wheeled transportation device that relies on a larger-capacity lithium battery. ... Read More
  • Confronting fear: The industry grapples with change

    A word not often discussed at air cargo conferences around the world – fear – took centre stage recently at the Air Cargo Handling Conference in Bangkok. “There’s too much fear in our industry now,” said Saudia Airlines Cargo, VP operations, Chris Notter in partial explanation as to why the industry is grappling so desperately with change. Donald Urquhart reports from Bangkok.... Read More
  • Liège Airport flying high

    Looking at Liège Airport’s cargo statistics – with a phenomenal 13 per cent growth in cargo tonnage and 11 per cent more freighter capacity along with improved load factors in the first six months of this year – it’s easy to forget that much of the industry is still struggling along a flat line cargo growth trajectory and the mere mention of ‘freighters’ is considered a dirty word by many. But clearly the situation at the Belgian cargo airport is patently different. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • Vietnam fuels cargo growth

    With Vietnam’s economic growth forecast to hit 6 - 6.2 per cent this year, driven by a slew of foreign direct investment – primarily from high-tech companies, retail, garments and foot-wear – and a robust rise in personal consumption, the country looks set to solidify its position as a significant air cargo growth market. But the nature of its north/south production diversification, the need for more infrastructure, a shortage of freighter capacity and no direct Vietnam-US services are among the challenges that need to be overcome. By Donald Urquhart.... Read More
  • Ceva gets an Urbain touch

    To say that it’s all change at the Dutch-headquartered Ceva Logistics may sound like an overstatement, but it’s clearly not far from the truth. In the one and a half years since Xavier Urbain took over as CEO he’s turned the business model on its head and is hard at work instilling the mantra of continual process improvement throughout the company. Donald Urquhart reports.... Read More

By The Numbers

  • China PMI shows stabilising economy, but risk of decline

    Although the manufacturing PMI over the past three months seem to indicate that the economy has begun to stabilise, slowing growth of fiscal income points to insufficient momentum to drive future economic growth.... Read More
  • Drewry: How low can air freight rates fall?

    Air freight rates stabilised in July, bringing to an end seven consecutive months of falling pricing in the wake of a marked slowdown in world cargo demand, according to Drewry. UK-based Drewry noted that its East-West Air Freight Price Index recovered 2.0 points in July to a reading of 90.3, lifting it off its lowest ever level since the index was first launched in May 2012.... Read More
  • Airfreight demand falls again in July: IATA

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global airfreight markets showing a fall in air cargo demand in July compared to the same month last year. Airfreight volumes measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTK) fell 0.6 per cent, in line with weaker global economic growth.... Read More
  • Global airport volumes up 4.7 per cent in 2014: ACI

    Worldwide airport cargo volumes rose by 4.7 per cent in 2014, year-on-year to 102 million tonnes, wiThpositive levels of growThacross all six regions according to the Airports Council International (ACI) in the latest edition of its World Airport Traffic Report.... Read More
  • Asia-Pacific airports see 1H cargo growth of 3%

    Airports in the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East maintained steady growth in June 2015, reporting year over year passenger growth of +4.9 per cent and +6.1 per cent respectively, while air freight continued to be impacted by slowdown across Asian export markets.... Read More
  • Cargo growth remains flat: AAPA

    Preliminary traffic figures for the month of June released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) confirmed softening air cargo markets while international passenger demand continued to grow.... Read More
  • Yields down as much as -41% since 2008: WorldACD

    With the topic of yields dominating any discussion about the current business environment, WorldACD has clearly demonstrated the dismal state of affairs through a comparison of USD-yields between June 2008 and June 2015, with not one single market showing a yield increase over that period.... Read More
  • IATA figures give pessimistic outlook

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that growth continued to slow in May. Compared to May 2014, growth in freight tonne kilometers (FTK) was 2.1 per cent, the slowest rate this year and outpaced by a capacity expansion of 4.3 per cent. On a year-to-date basis, freight volumes are up four per cent on the previous year, but much of that growth was realised in the latter part of 2014.... Read More
  • Forwarders more upbeat about airfreight than sea

    The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index for May indicated some improvements from April’s decline. In particular, the six-month outlook appears bright as airfreight gained 2.8 points to 63.4 and sea freight increased 2.1 points to 62.9. Overall, the total index increased 1.1 points to 57.4 and even though this is down 0.6 points from one year ago, it is still 6.7 points higher than May 2013.... Read More
  • Modal shift to sea is reversing says Drewry

    An ongoing reversal of the much discussed modal shift from air to sea will continue despite the recovery of port operations on the US West Coast following the crippling strike last year, according to the latest report from Drewry Shipping Consultants. The damage done to supply chains ahead of the Thanksgiving and Christmas peaks last year has apparently left a lingering bad taste in the mouths of shippers in some high-value sectors.... Read More


  • Record-breaking streak continues at Budapest Airport

    Payload Asia caught up with Budapest Airport’s team to discuss 2017, another year that will go down as record-breaking for the airport. Carrying on from the previous year, which also saw the Hungarian hub surpassing its previous achievements; Budapest Airport is setting the bar high in 2018 and determined to carry on its record-breaking streak.... Read More
  • Singapore Airlines Cargo embraces change

    SIA Cargo started the year off on a positive note. Achieving important milestones, the carrier has seen healthy growth, despite the loss from 2016... Read More
  • Kuehne + Nagel sets the bar for innovation and integrated solutions

    The Kuehne + Nagel group has been a leading logistics provider across the world, providing services for airfreight, seafreight, contract and integrated logistics, and overland logistics. With digitalisation and the demand for e-commerce challenging the traditional practices of the air cargo supply chain, the group’s constant focus on providing innovative IT based integrated solutions are upping the ante on what logistics providers can provide in such tumultuous times. Cheryl Soh reports. ... Read More
  • Volga-Dnepr continues to deliver

    Since the 1990’s, Volga-Dnepr is a name that has been synonymous with oversized and super heavy cargo transportation. The group’s core business, made up of three Russian all-cargo carriers, has greatly expanded over the years, including the number of solutions and destinations in their portfolio... Read More
  • Brussels Airport: Belgium’s economic power house

    Sitting down with Steven Polmans, we discuss the details of the airfreight department of Belgium’s economic power house. The airport that is thriving despite setbacks had the potential to cripple the entire country. Payload Asia has the story... Read More
  • Setting high Standards from Within

    Following on from a number of noteworthy achievements, Payload Asia spoke to David Kerr, Senior Vice President of Etihad Cargo, to discuss what the recent accomplishments mean for the fastest growing cargo division of Etihad Airways ... Read More
  • Turkish Cargo maintains a steady trajectory in Asia

    Fostering meaningful partnerships and growth have been at the top of the list for Turkish Cargo in recent years.... Read More
  • Ethiopian Airlines on track to achieve Vision 2025

    Lee Kok Leong interviews Tewolde GebreMariam, group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines on the future of the airline. ... Read More
  • The people’s CEO

    Lee Kok Leong interviews Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi, CEO of MAB Kargo and finds a man with a deep conviction to empower his team to get things done. With additional contribution by Tan Hui Wen.... Read More
  • FRA turns 80: From grass airstrip to global aviation hub

    One of the busiest aviation hubs in the world, Frankfurt Airport handles more than 2.25 million tonnes of cargo along with 82,300 tonnes of mail each year and serves more than 60 million passengers a year. Celebrating its 80th Anniversary, here’s a look back at FRA over the years.... Read More
  • IAG rides high on surging Malaysia volumes

    IAG Cargo has seen sharply increased volumes both in and out on its just-opened Kuala Lumpur service, as the new destination looks set to add not just more capacity but strength and depth to IAG’s presence in Southeast Asia. “It does plug a gap. Certainly in Southeast Asia it plugs a big gap,” John Cheetham, regional commercial manager for Asia Pacific and India told Payload Asia in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur (KL). By Michael Mackey.... Read More
  • China Southern rapidly grows to a dozen B777Fs

    China Southern Cargo – a member of the SkyTeam Cargo alliance – has added two new B777 Freighters to its fleet on 27 June and by end-July will welcome its 12th B777-200F giving it the largest fleet of that type in China and tied with Emirates SkyCargo as the largest B777-200F fleet in the world. With this new hardware the carrier will begin new services to the US and Europe. By B. Collamat.... Read More

IT & Equipment

  • Going mobile for airline cargo terminal operations

    Naveen Jacob looks at how various processes of the airline cargo supply chain can be streamlined and improved by way of increased automation and usage of mobile apps.... Read More
  • Cathay’s Cargospot cutover complete

    The new IT solution will set unprecedented standards in reliability, efficiency and adaptability in Cathay Pacific's cargo automation in the long term. ... Read More
  • CHAMP extends Traxon customs reporting

    CHAMP has jumped on board with CBSA's changing regulations for more effective risk management processes in the air cargo industry. ... Read More
  • Brambles sells off CHEP Aerospace to EQT

    EQT is committed to further strengthen the CHEP’s capabilities and provide access to valuable industry experience for the existing leadership team, who will remain to helm the company. ... Read More
  • Air Transat extends ULD pooling with CHEP

    CHEP Aerospace Solutions, the leading global provider of outsourced ULD (Unit Load Devices) pooling and repair solutions and Air Transat, Canada’s leading holiday travel airline, have extended their partnership for a further five years.... Read More
  • New DHL app increases cold chain visibility

    DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of the Deutsche Post DHL Group, has introduced its new LifeTrack mobile app available for iOS and Android systems. Th e free application grants users on-the-go access to DHL’s proprietary online cold chain tracking and management platform LifeTrack. ... Read More
  • SAP denies causing DHL’s IT woes

    SAP has denied reports accusing its software as being the root cause of the problems with the implementation of a new logistics software system at DHL Global Forwarding. Profi t at Deutsche Post DHL group plunged 90 per cent in Q3 2015 as it wrote off €345 million (US$365 million) from a failed attempt to upgrade the software system for its freight forwarding network.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Cargo launches eServices app

    Lufthansa Cargo has released its new App, ‘Lufthansa Cargo eServices’ which off ers comprehensive shipment tracking, as well as direct feedback opportunities for mobile phones and tablets, including innovative image uploading.... Read More
  • CAS launches e-AWB tool for 3,000 US forwarders

    Consolidated Aviation Services’ (CAS), the largest cargo handler in North America, is to help 3,000 freight forwarders in the US to transition to electronic air waybill (e-AWB) processing with the launch of ePic Easy Export.... Read More
  • Qatar does own cargo management system

    Qatar Airways has designed and implemented a next generation cargo management system named CROAMIS to manage its endto- end airline cargo business processes. ... Read More
  • Saudi-based Hala opts for Kale’s CORVI

    Hala Supply Chain Services (Hala SCS) has opted for Kale’s CORVI Freight Management system to be able to better serve its customers through operational control, business visibility and following industry best practices across its locations. Kale’s freight management software – CORVI – off ers an integrated web-based enterprise application to global forwarders.... Read More
  • AMI UK launches on-line cargo portal

    The UK arm of AMI – the world’s largest trade-only airfreight and express wholesaler – has launched its new on-line Quote&Book portal. The new site is modelled on AMI’s Express click2ship model, launched in 2010. The site is only accessible by AMI approved agent customers, who need to enter just a few shipment details to obtain immediate quotes. Prices can then be fi ltered using AMI’s consolidation or direct AWB service, as well as by airport of departure, direct or deferred services.... Read More
  • AF-KLM offers digital notification

    Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo has launched its ‘Let’s Get Digital’ programme offering customers the option of being informed automatically when one of their shipments is affected by an irregularity. Customers will be automatically notified about the situation, its cause and the solution that has been found for them.... Read More
  • X2 Networks launches X2 Pay

    X2 Group of Professional Logistics Networks, a global network of professional logistics specialists, has announced the debut of the newest addition to its platform, X2 Pay.... Read More
  • Descartes Acquires MK Data Services

    Descartes Systems, a major player in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce via the Global Logistics Network (GLN), announced that it has acquired MK Data Services, a US-based provider of denied party screening trade data and solutions for approximately US$76.3 million.... Read More
  • A.N. Deringer extends contract with CargoSphere

    CargoSphere, a cloud-based global rate management solution, has announced that longstanding client, A.N. Deringer, Inc., a well-established Customs House Broker (CHB) and global freight forwarder, recently renewed their commitment to the CargoSphere rate technology platform.... Read More
  • Accelya selected by Hawaiian cargo

    Accelya, a leading solutions provider of financial and business intelligence solutions to the airline industry, has announced that Hawaiian Airlines has selected Accelya’s REVERA CRA solution to process and optimise its Cargo Revenue Accounting. Hawaiian has been Accelya’s customer for other financial solutions.... Read More
  • Icelandair success with e-AWB implementation

    Icelandair Cargo started implementing e-AWB routes from the Keflavik (KEF) hub on exports in June 2014. There has been exceptional growth since the beginning of 2015, with more routes implemented, resulting in a significant increase in e-AWB penetration, by doubling in just three months.... Read More
  • Global e-AWB penetration flat at 26%

    Global e-AWB penetration slipped marginally in April, down 0.3 per cent from March, to 25.9 per cent penetration.... Read More
  • Siemens carves out airport solutions business

    Siemens has announced that from 1 June, its Logistics and Airport Solutions will become an independent company, called Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics GmbH (SPPAL), but still continue under the group umbrella.... Read More
  • Avianca to use Descartes Cargo 2000 service

    Avianca Cargo has selected Descartes Cargo 2000, a cloud-based service that helps carriers monitor shipments at a master air waybill level from airport to airport and provides the metrics and reporting needed to facilitate compliance with Cargo 2000 standards and benchmarks.... Read More
  • Lufthansa Cargo makes IT leap with IBS

    Lufthansa Cargo has gone live with IBS’ iCargo IT solution at 120 stations in its network, including the three hubs –Vienna, Munich and Frankfurt. Frankfurt is not only Lufthansa Cargo’s main hub for its global operations, but also one of Europe’s busiest cargo gateways. This massive transformation was achieved through a seamless system cutover, with Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt operations in full swing and without major business disruptions. The system switch-over has been keenly followed by industry stakeholders.... Read More
  • Ahmedabad goes live on Kale’s GALAXY

    GSEC Ahmedabad Airport has gone live on Kale’s GALAXY – Airport cargo management solution – GALAXY to automate its Custodian operations and established a seamless digital interface with customs system. It provides features like TSP processing, acceptance, customs messaging and warehouse management for export, import and transhipment cargo.... Read More


  • What is your claim to fame...?

    Claus Jørstad will forever be remembered as the guy who had the incident with the Ikea Marius stool.... Read More
  • Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather

    The Money Fight - AKA McGregor vs Mayweather has come and gone. Walking away with over $450 million, these two made out like bandits. ... Read More
  • Stranger things have happened... or have they?

    China Southern Airlines flight delayed for five hours at the Shanghai Pudong after an elderly woman threw coins at the planes’ engine...for good luck!... Read More
  • Evolution of exercise equipment

    Let's be honest, some of the exercise equipment looks like they could be mid evil torture contraptions on the set of an 1850’s movie. ... Read More
  • Bellyache

    Love him or hate him, one can’t ignore some of the memes that surfaced in relation to Donald Trump's hair – a topic that will be discussed for years to come... Read More
  • The next level of terrorist threat – the mammary bomber!

    A mother of two was recently “humiliated” after being forced by Heathrow Airport security to toss almost 15 litres of breast milk. Jessica Coakley Martinez hit out at the UK’s biggest airport in an open letter published on Facebook, calling the rules “incredibly unfair”.... Read More
  • Belly Ache

    In this issue of Belly Ache... Smoushonds, Payload Asia editor, old Dutch dogs and pirates, as well as Katy Perry playing peek-a-boo in Dubai.... Read More
  • 21 O’Leary-isms*

    The Belly Achers are … proud… well something like that, to bring the result of a late night conversation in far away place – and no, this isn’t about pillow talk – with one of the Belly Achers’ favourite drinking buddies, err, ummh, ahhh…. we mean ‘sources’.... Read More
  • Dumb, dumber and dumbest

    Before we start, we would like to sincerely apologise to the ‘big two’ aircraft manufacturers for featuring the Facebook posts of two intellectually challenged ‘experts’ discussing the merits of Airbus vs Boeing in the aircraft stability (otherwise known as the ‘shake-shake’ department), cockpit computerisation and aircraft safety! We also have to confess that one of the post-ees is a former colleague of ours (not from the aviation sector… obviously).... Read More
  • Armed and no cross check!

    Recently a news item crossed our path and piqued our curiosity. It seems a little blunder by cleaning staff triggered an emergency slide of a Cathay Pacific B777 to inflate, delaying 277 travellers bound for Chicago recently.... Read More
  • Memories of Munich!

    Achers came across these photos from the recent Air Cargo Europe event in Munich – you know, the place where beer is almost the same price as bottled water but tastes 1,000 times better! And it has a tonne more vitamins and minerals than water too.... Read More
  • Tickets to heaven!

    Tickets to heaven! Here’s a story that had the Belly Achers practically rolling on the floor! It is a quirky tale and while quite unbelievable, it was picked up by major news outlets all over the world and of course, in this day and age, it went viral.... Read More