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AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has expanded its presence in Europe with new routes linking Moscow with Malmo in Sweden and Leipzig, Germany. The new Malmo service to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport will be in addition to the existing weekend Boeing 737 freighter flight operated by Atran Cargo Airlines, also part of Volga-Dnepr Group. ABC’s B747 all-cargo flight between the two cities will operate every Friday. ABC will also launch a weekly B747 freighter service from Leipzig, extending the Group’s strong association with the airport.

Alitalia, as part of its renewal of ULD Fleet, will convert overall 650 type AKE units to the light weight standard by the end of 2014. The implementation of the new technology is to enable reduction of each of the containers’ weight by 20 percent, from 82 kilograms to a maximum of 66 kilograms. This would result in a weight reduction of at least 16 kilograms per unit and will lead to a significant cut in fuel consumption and in turn lower carbon dioxide emissions.

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), Russia’s largest cargo carrier, received a business boost with a big rise in flower imports it undertook during St. Valentine’s Day. The freighter had transported 1,400 tons of flowers from Amsterdam to Moscow till February 14th, thereby registering an increase of 18 percent over the delivery of flowers during same period in 2013. ABC is the largest importer of flowers to Russia. The carrier transports nearly 16,000 tonnes of cut flowers per year.
American Airlines Cargo set a new system-wide record in January 2014 on account of the total amount of cargo carried on one of its new B777-300ER aircraft. At Los Angeles the flight was loaded with 103,384 pounds (46,894 kilos) of freight on January 21. This is the first ever transportation of a six-digital load by the airline. The transportation of the six-digital cargo set a new record by superseding the previous record of 97,237 pounds (44,990 kilos), which was undertaken in New York Kennedy (JFK) in November 2013.
Air India SATS Airport Services Pvt. Ltd. (AISATS) has been honoured by the Indian Chambers of Commerce with the ‘Air Cargo Terminal Operator of The Year’ award for the third consecutive year during the ‘Indian Supply Chain Logistics Summit & Excellence Award 2014’. AISATS was bestowed with the award in recognition of its world-class Air Cargo Terminal at the Kempegowda International Airport on the basis of key parameters, such as range of specialised and value-added services, IT and EDI system, customer satisfaction and responsiveness, security management, energy conservation and innovation, amongst others.
Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo announced extra capacity in anticipation of peak flower demand for International Women’s Day which will be celebrated on March 8, 2014. Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo would be contributing to the festivities by helping perpetuate the tradition of giving flowers to women around the world. As much as 560 tons of flowers originating from Andean countries (UIO and BOG) will be flown to Europe, where Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo holds the biggest market share. This is in addition to our regular flower shipments. This year Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo will reconfirm its commitment to the flower industry by adding full charter flights and aircraft upgrades. The majority of this additional capacity is intended for the Russian market, where the tradition of giving flowers on International Women’s Day is widely observed.

Astral Aviation, following the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan during December 2013, has uplifted in excess of 1000 tonnes of relief and humanitarian shipments into Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Astral has been operating into South Sudan since last eight years and also operates a dedicated ground handling and warehouse at the airport. Astral responded to the crisis by arranging evacuation flights using DC9 and Embraer 120 passenger aircrafts, and was amongst the first to land in Juba. Astral evacuated in excess of 500 people safely into the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) announced that Vx Capital Partners have selected AEI to provide their first B737-400SF passenger to freighter conversion. The aircraft is a standard gross weight B737-400 (MSN 25109) built in 1994 and will undergo freighter modification at AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Commer-cial Jet Inc. in Miami Florida. Vx’s B737-400SF will be available for lease in July 2014.
Airport Authority of India (AAI) has decided in-principle consent to the project site of Greenfield Cargo Airport to be set up at Meham in Rohtak in Haryana. The Ministry of Defence had also issued the requisite No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the Ministry of Civil Aviation in this regard. According to an official spokesman, with the setting up of this cargo airport, the commercial activities are expected to get a boost in the state. The Ministry of Railways was developing a Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) between Delhi and Mumbai, covering a length of 1,483 kilometers.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol achieved a 3.2 percent improvement in its cargo business during 2013. The airport handled 1.53 million tonnes which came close to the facility’s all-time record set in 2007. A total of 410,698 tonnes passed through Schiphol during a strong fourth quarter, registering an increase of 8 percent as compared to 2012.
American Airlines Group reported positive year-over-year traffic growth in 2013 for both American Airlines Cargo and US Airways Cargo. American’s cargo volumes in December 2013 rose by nearly 13 percent as compared to the record set in December 2012. American’s year-to-date cargo traffic too registered an increase of 4.3 percent as compared to the same period in the previous year. US Airways’ year-to-date cargo traffic in December 2013 registered an increase of 7.5 percent as compared to the same period during 2012.
AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) achieved a 5percent growth in cargo tonnage in 2013, recording its highest ever volume of 340,000 tonnes across its network linking Europe, Russia, Asia and North America. The airline reported volume growth on all of its major routes and this was matched by a 5percent improvement in revenue. AirBridgeCargo’s Freight Ton-Kilometers (FTK) rose 15percent in 2013, while its average load factor of 72percent indicated a marginal 1.7percent gain as compared to the previous year.
Asiana Airlines has extended handling contract with Fraport Cargo Services. Asiana is serving as a premium carrier with 79 aircraft 12 domestic routes, 71 international passenger routes and 29 international cargo routes. The airline is working permanently on increasing their international network coverage having the top priorities quality, service and safety. Asiana did not doubt in extending the existing contract with FCS.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will co-host the ‘Pharma Shippers’ Forum’ at the ‘AIR CARGO INDIA Conference’ with the event organizer STAT Times. The event is designed to bring shippers, freight forwarders and logistics providers, airlines, handling agents and others together to discuss the special needs of the sector, the airfreight industry’s response to date, and how the industry can fully exploit this valuable evolving market in the future. The Forum will adopt the now proven “Schiphol” round-table format, in which experienced moderator Enno Osinga, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s Senior VP Cargo will begin proceedings by posing probing questions to a number of airfreight industry specialists present. The floor will be opened up to questions and comments from the audience, which is expected to include a significant attendance by India’s 800-strong pharma manufacturing sector.
Air Canada’s new Boeing 787 aircraft is an advantage for cargo. Air Canada launched a special website to provide a sneak peak at the new Boeing 787 aircraft. Visit 787.aircanada.com for a virtual tour of the aircraft, including new cabin amenities as well as technical specifications and route information. Improved cargo capacity and larger ULDs are some of the key advantages for Air Canada Cargo.
Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) announced redelivery of the sixth 737-400SF 11 Pallet freighter to the ASL Aviation Group. The sixth freighter that has been delivered is a high gross weight 737-400SF (MSN 25181) built in 1992. The conversion was performed at AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Commercial Jet Inc. in Miami Florida. This makes AEI’s 17th of an estimated 23 freighter re-deliveries during 2013.
AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) announced increase in the number of flights it offers between Moscow and both the Milan Malpensa and Paris Charles de Gaulle hubs. ABC, which has operated on these routes since 2009, has added a weekly service to the two flights on offer to and from Paris every seven days. In addition to three weekly frequencies between Milan and Moscow, ABC now operates two more options. The decision to introduce frequencies came about as a result of consultation with customers and the monitoring of market trends.
American Airlines Cargo commenced offering widebody cargo service from Los Angeles (LAX) to Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU) during December 2013. The new service, operated with a 777-200ER, provides customers with a fourth gateway to and from Sao Paulo. American is the only airline to offer this daily nonstop service. Currently, American offers service between Sao Paulo and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX).

American Airlines Cargo commenced offering widebody cargo service from Miami (MIA) to Milan, Italy (MXP), widebody service from Miami (MIA) to Curitiba, Brazil (CWB) and Porto Alegre, Brazil (POA) and narrowbody service from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Bogota, Colombia (BOG). These new additions are indicative of the fact that the American Airlines Cargo is growing its global network and giving customers more options for shipping

Air Canada and Cargojet announced singing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) to explore strategic opportunities in both cargo and airline operations within Canada and in international markets. The carriers intend to pursue strategic opportunities and increase cooperation in various areas such as global sales and marketing, expanded interline opportunities and enhanced connectivity that would increase revenues and reduce operating costs. Both airlines would work towards providing optimized services to the shipping community on their respective networks. The implementation of new strategic initiatives would be subject to Air Canada and Cargojet making any necessary filings, obtaining regulatory approvals and finalizing documentation.
AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), Russia’s largest scheduled cargo carrier, transported 92,000 tons of cargo in the 3rd quarter of 2013 across its network linking Europe, Asia, Russia and North America thereby registering a 3% increase as compared to the same period during 2012. Average load factors were also higher rising by 2% to 72%.Available Freight Ton Kilometres and Freight Ton Kilometres for the three month period rose to 15% and 18% respectively. In September 2013, the airline transported 31,000 tons of cargo thereby registering a 2% rise over the same period during 2012. Commercial payload remained consistent with the September 2012 level at an average of 71%.
AMR Corporation has reported that cargo volumes during October 2013 of its principal subsidiary, American Airlines, Inc., were up by nearly 19 percent as against the cargo volumes recorded during October 2012. “The past few months have been very gratifying for us with continued network growth, enhancements to our customer experience, and now, six consecutive months of year-over-year traffic growth—this month in the double digits,” said Kenji Hashimoto, president of American Airlines Cargo. “Add to all of that, during our busiest October in recent years, American set records for its operational performance. We are very pleased with these strong results.” he added.
AirBridgeCargo Airlines, Russia’s largest international cargo airline and a part of Volga-Dnepr Group, has increased its flights from Milan (Malpensa MXP) and Paris (Charles de Gaulle CDG) to Moscow. Accordingly, AirBridgeCargo, with effect from 01, November 2013, commenced operation of scheduled flights from Paris and Milan three and five times a week. In addition to two flights from Paris which the airline performs on Wednesdays and Sundays, the airline has added an extra service on Fridays. In addition to the three existing frequencies from MXP to Moscow every Monday, Tuesday and Friday, additional services now also operate on Thursdays and Sundays.
Aerolineas Cargo, the cargo division of Aerolineas Argentinas, joined the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance during the Air Cargo Americas Show held at the Miami Airport Convention Center. The airline thus became the 12th member carrier of the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance and would add over 30 Latin American destinations to SkyTeam Cargo’s global network.
Air France-KLM has reported an operating loss from its cargo business of €84 million for the three months to end-September 2013 “despite significant cost efforts.” It compares to an operating loss of €69 million in the third quarter of 2012. The revenues, during the third quarter of 2013, were down 9.4% to €687 million. The carrier’s accumulated operating loss for the year to date i.e. January to September, reached €184 million, better than a year ago (-€203 million). Revenue was down 7.7% to almost €2.1 billion. According to Air France-KLM cargo, the results, “continued to be affected by the economic slowdown and the situation of overcapacity.”
Agility was awarded ‘Global Logistics Provider of the Year’ at this year’s Payload Asia Awards at a ceremony held in Singapore. The Payload Asia Awards recognize organisations that have made a difference in the air cargo supply chain. Agility has always strived to maintain high levels of customer service and has been innovative in creating cross border solutions as part its global integrated logistics core business. Overall, Agility has achieved a reputation as a leader in the Emerging Markets logistics sector and increased its market share in and around Asia.
Air France-KLM-Martinair (AF-KL-MP) Cargo has provided the latest evidence of keeping up with the currently growing wider airline industry trend towards greater use of passenger aircraft bellyhold cargo capacity at the expense of freighter operations. The European airline group has confirmed its plans to reduce its freighter fleet by nearly 30% over the next couple of years, from 14 aircraft to 10, ahead of the phased introduction from 2016 onwards of at least 50 new passenger aircraft offering substantial bellyhold space. According to AF-KL-MP Cargo executives, the intention was to halve the number of freighters based at the group’s French hub, Paris CDG airport, with two B747-400Fs being retired to leave just two B777Fs still operating.
Air Charter Service has worked non-stop and managed a further four successful charters to typhoon ravaged Tacloban, as well as six into the equally-affected Guiuan, following organising the first civilian cargo flight there.
AIR FRANCE-KLM-Martinair Cargo is to cut four more freighters over the next year and a half, reducing its fleet to just 10 all-cargo aircraft by 2015, as compared to 26 fielded by the three carriers in 2005. Erik Varwijk, the carrier’s executive vice-president, says the cuts are necessary to adjust to a softer cargo market and increasing amounts of widebody belly capacity, both in the Air France-KLM fleet and globally. In all, Air France now has 37 cargo-friendly B777-300ER passenger planes, with four more on order, and the Air France-KLM Group will start taking delivery of 25 B787-9s from 2015 onwards, followed by an equal number of A350s three years later.

AF-KL-MP Cargo (Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo), taking into consideration, worldwide pressure on cargo transport is improving its customer offer on several fronts. Its winter air schedules will be expanded, by adding more than 30 weekly return flights out of Paris (CDG) and Amsterdam (SPL) worldwide. It is also investing in modern fuel efficient B777, B787 and A350 aircraft with cargo belly friendly capacity while phasing out older aircraft. Finally, the carrier is relying on improved productivity, good fuel economy and more versatile operations – such as allowing changes in schedules depending on customer requirements – to attract new business.

Antonov An-225, the biggest, heaviest aircraft in the world, arrives at Bahrain (BIA) from Cairo International Airport, Egypt. Affectionately known to the aviation world as either Mriya – which means ‘dream’ – or Cossack, the giant aircraft’s landing at BIA was considered a great milestone that showcases the high-quality facilities and services at the airport and its ability to receive all aircraft types, regardless of size, says the airport’s cargo manager Robert Mills. The aircraft is equipped to carry very heavy shipments of up to 250 tonnes and 70 metres long.

All Nippon Airways Co. (ANA) announced that its international cargo volume rose for the sixth straight month in August on a year-on-year basis, jumping 9.5 percent to 47,598 tons. ANA’s domestic cargo volume grew for three months in a row in August on a year-on-year basis, increasing 2.4 percent to 40,719 tons. On the other hand, its rival Japan Airlines Corp. (JAL) said that its international cargo volume rose for the fifth successive month in August on a year-on-year basis, surging 15.6 percent to 22,864 tons. However, JAL’s domestic cargo volume fell for the second consecutive month in August, tumbling 6.0 percent from a year earlier to 32,171 tons.

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), announced that it has redelivered the first of three B737-400SF 11 Pallet freighters to Yangtze River Express of Shanghai. The first freighter to deliver is a high gross weight B737-400SF (MSN 28759) built in 1998. The conversion was performed at AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services in Shanghai China. This is AEI’s 14th of an estimated 23 freighter redeliveries in 2013.

American Airlines Cargo began offering full cargo service to and from Orlando, Fla. with effect from Oct. 7. American would offer regular connections between Orlando and its five hubs viz Dallas/Fort Worth, New York-JFK, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago O’Hare. Air General will be the American’s handler in Orlando. Earlier this summer, American expanded cargo service into and out of Indianapolis, New York viz LaGuardia, San Diego, Atlanta and Liberia, Costa Rica. More cities are expected to be added later this year.

Allport Cargo Services has been chosen again by e-fashion retailer ASOS to manage its supply chain. The logistics company has managed ASOS’ international supply chain operations, both air and sea, since April 2012. During the period of this association, a number of initiatives have been implemented, designed to streamline operations and provide ASOS with full visibility of their supply chain network via the Allport Cargo Services’ LIMA supply chain management platform.

Airbridge Cargo Airlines (ABC) took delivery of the fourth Boieng 747-8F. The aircraft will make its first commercial flight on the airline’s Chicago (USA) – Amsterdam (The Netherlands) – Moscow/Sheremetyevo (Russia) route, and thereafter will be used on ABC’s existing route network linking Europe, Asia and the USA via AirBridgeCargo’s hub in Moscow.

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) announced that it has redelivered the second of four B737-400SF 11 Pallet freighters to Allied Air of Nigeria. The second freighter delivered is a high gross weight B737-400SF (MSN 26300) built in 1994. The conversion was performed at AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Flightstar Aircraft Services in Jacksonville Florida. Allied Air now has two of a planned four AEI B737-400SF’s flying in support of its DHL and other customer contracts in West Africa. This is AEI’s 15th of an estimated 23 freighter redeliveries in 2013. The third aircraft is another high gross weight B737-400 (MSN 26081) built in 1993 and is currently undergoing freighter modification at AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Flightstar Aircraft Services in Jacksonville Florida.

ANA Aviation Services, UK and Astral Aviation, Kenya announced their new strategic partnership in Africa with the acquisition of a B747-400F on wet-lease from Atlas Air. The launch of the B747-400 Freighter took place at the Ostend International Airport in Belgium on 27th September 2013. According to Astral’s CEO, Sanjeev Gadhia – ANA Aviation Services, UK and its counterpart, Network Airline Services, have been its GSA in Europe, USA, UAE, India and South Africa, for the past ten years due to their extensive knowledge and experience in Africa. The B747 venture enables Astral to market perishable exports from Kenya to Europe which is growing rapidly and dominated entirely by foreign carriers.

Ataturk’s International Airport’s 10,500 sq.ft cargo facility was inaugurated recently. Thisl will play an important role in the continuing expansion of Turkish Airlines. Turkish has become one of the fastest-growing players in the global air cargo business. The facility can handle up to 333 ULDs – and also offers 56 ULD positions for cool-storage shipments of perishables with ambient temperature needs.

Air Logistics Sdn Bhd has officially opened its office in Brunei Darussalam .In May 2013 Air Logistics Networks, a subsidiary of Air Logistics Group and BIACC Sdn Bhd, came together forming Air Logistics Sdn Bhd. The newly formed company has secured the long term contract of the management of Royal Brunei Airlines’ (RB) entire worldwide air cargo business and responsibility for all ground handling activities at all destinations on the RB network, marking a ground breaking partnership in the air cargo industry.

Air Astana will increase its flight frequencies from Astana to Frankfurt and has voted for FCS to be their new cargo handling partner. Air Astana will operate daily the route from Frankfurt to Astana by B-767.

Air France will be phasing out its B747-400s, commencing with its three B747-400ER freighters, and also close one of its cargo centers. These changes are considered to be part of the airline’s plan to ensure the sustainability of the company. In addition, the airline also plans reduction in jobs during 2014. “We don’t really need them any more since we have a really large fleet of passenger aircraft,” said Jean-Claude Raynaud, Spokesman for Air France, whilst referring to the freighters. The 747-400s will be phased out gradually till the beginning of 2016, leaving Air France with two B777 freighters and a large fleet of B777ER passenger aircraft.

American Airlines Cargo announced that it joined the elite group of carriers to sign the IATA Multilateral Electronic Air Waybill (e-AWB) Agreement, moving the airline one step closer to paperless airfreight operations. “We have been working behind the scenes on this important issue for some time, and we’re excited to see our name added to the agreement,” said Kenji Hashimoto, American’s President of Cargo. The IATA agreement provides a single standard agreement for airlines and freight forwarders to carry out cargo contracts electronically. So far, 41 airlines and 187 freight forwarders have joined the multilateral agreement.

AMI‘s UK arm has introduced nationwide ‘drop-in’ points on its pan-European Express Road services. Agent customers can now drop their shipments at any one of over 50 stations throughout the UK, operated by either AMI or DHL. This new facility complements the popular ‘collected’ option launched in June 2012. This service is driven from AMI’s click2ship web-based booking system. As before, agent customers can obtain instant on-line quotes, complete their booking and even arrange insurance if required. The click2ship online booking facility has a ‘live help’ function to answer any questions not covered by the site’s comprehensive FAQ section. Customers can also track their shipments online, and download a POD after delivery. The service itself covers ‘to door’ delivery to any address at the respective destinations and departures would be on daily basis, with transit times ranging from 3-5 days.

Air France KLM reported a drop in cargo traffic by about 5.8% in July 2013 as compared with July 2012. Capacity declined by 2.9% and load factor by 1.8 points to 59.7%. Unit revenue per available tone kilometer (RATK) also dropped as compared to July 2012.

Airbus flight transported 25 tonnes of medical equipment, supplies and medical and logistics personnel on behalf of the Red Cross Red Crescent to Amman, Jordan. The arrangements were made by the Airbus Corporate Foundation and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Air Tahiti Nui, French Polynesia’s national airline, and the IT services provider CHAMP Cargosystems recently signed a contract for the implementation of the core business applications Cargospot Airline and Cargospot Revenue. They enable the carrier to embrace eCargo, better exploit the cargo revenue and profit potential of its network, and deliver more value to customers.

American Airlines Cargo has begun offering full cargo service in Indianapolis. American offers Indianapolis customers nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago O’Hare and Los Angeles. American has been in the news since the U.S. Department of Justice tried to block the airline’s proposed merger with US Airways. Quantem Aviation Services will act as American’s business partner in Indianapolis.

Air China Cargo has placed a firm order with US-based Precision Conversions for the passenger-to-freighter conversion of four B757-200s. The first of the conversions is currently underway at the Taikoo Aircraft Engineering facility in Xiamen. The second is scheduled for induction in November, with the third and fourth slated to follow in early 2014. Though the aircraft to be converted is yet to be identified, it’s understood that they are likely to come from Air China’s eight-strong B757 passenger fleet – three of which were recently stored at Chengdu. Upon redelivery, the cargo specialist will deploy the four B757-200(F) freighters onto express package delivery operations throughout in China.

Air Canada reported cargo traffic of 130.5 million metric ton-kilometers in June, down 0.8 percent compared with the same month last year, according to Statistics Canada. Cargo volume for Canada’s largest airline was 20.5 million kilograms in June, falling 1.5 percent year-over-year. With regard to cargo, Air Canada’s load factor was 86.4 percent. WestJet’s monthly cargo traffic dropped 16.5 percent year-over-year to 0.9 million metric ton-kilometers. However, cargo volume for the second-largest Canadian airline totaled 0.4 million kilograms, a jump of 26.9 percent. The load factor was 76.8 percent.

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) transported a 16-tonne satellite on one of its Boeing 747-400 freighters from Toulouse in France to Krasnoyarsk, Russia. AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) handles high value cargo for aerospace clients on a regular basis. In the first half of 2013 ABC carried over 1,000 tonnes of aerospace equipment including other space equipment, aircraft components, helicopter spares and engines.

Aer Lingus announced that the signing of the IATA Multilateral e-AWB agreement is indicative of its achievement of a key milestone in the move towards the introduction of Electronic Air Waybills (e-AWB). While electronic messaging has been a part of air cargo for decades, the e-AWB is a move to reduce that volume of paper and is the most important transportation document in Air Cargo. IATA Multilateral e-AWB Agreement has been developed through a unique agreement with IATA. An airline or freight forwarder is provided with an adequate single legal framework for doing e-AWB with a large community of business partners rather than a more complex set of bilateral agreements.

ACI Passenger and Freight Flash Reports, released recently, indicated that Asia-Pacific airports have recorded a decline of 1.1% in June 2013 comparing to June 2012 while Middle Eastern airports continued the upward trend with a 4.8% year-on-year growth. Cargo traffic from January to June 2013 indicated a small drop of 0.7% in Asia-Pacific and 6.1% increase in the Middle East comparing to same period last year. The airport with the highest cargo throughput in the first half of 2013 was Hong Kong , handling close to 2 million tonnes of cargo, thereby recording 1.9% higher than the first half of 2012. Shanghai Pudong handled 1.3 million tonnes, down 2.9% year-on-year; Dubai, 1.2 million tonnes, up 11.4%; Seoul Incheon , 1.1 million tonnes, down 0.7% and Tokyo Narita, 0.9 million tonnes, down 4.0%. Middle Eastern airports continue to do well in air cargo traffic, Dubai and Abu Dhabi showed a +11.4% and +21.5% increase respectively in 1H 2013 compared to 1H 2012. Other major airports in the region with double-digit growth in air cargo in 1H 2013 were Hangzhou up 13.6%, Xiamen, up 12.7% and Jakarta up 11.7%.

Air France-KLM reduced its operating losses from cargo by over 25% in the first half of the year, however, the recovery of the business is taking longer than expected making more economy measures necessary. The Cargo unit posted operating loss of €100 million during the first half of the year as compared to €134 million a year earlier. Revenue was down 7.6% at almost €1.31 million. Commenting on the business globally, Alexandre de Juniac, Air France-KLM chairman and CEO said that, for the past year, the airline group’s results had improved quarter after quarter, in spite of the persistently tough economic environment.

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) announced that it has redelivered the first CargoAir 737-400SF 11 Pallet Conversion in Dothan Alabama. The aircraft is a high gross weight 737-400SF, MSN 24474 was built in 1989 and has been placed into service flying for DHL Express from their hub in Leipzig. Additionally, CargoAir also operates three AEI 737-300SF 10 Pallet Freighters for DHL Express throughout Europe.

American Airlines Cargo, a division of American Airlines, unveiled its new website – aacargo.com. The website was designed based on the feedback from customers and enables future technological advancements that will benefit cargo customers.

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), announced its selection by Astral Aviation of Nairobi, Kenya to supply one firm and two optional MD83SF 12 Pallet Configuration conversions. The aircraft will all be high gross weight MD83’s with auxiliary fuel tanks which will allow for a 2600 nm range. The modifications is likely to commence in August of 2013 at AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Commercial Jet. “Astral showed early interest in our MD80SF program which is now in full production. This MD80SF order represents the first on the African continent which is showing great interest in the freighter type.” said Robert T. Convey, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for AEI. “AEI is forecasting a demand for 25+ MD80SF freighters on the continent over the next five years.” he added.

AfricaWest Cargo Airlines revealed its business expansion plans for the remaining half of this year and 2014. The announcement was made after the cargo airline introduced the latest addition of Boeing 737-300F aircraft to their fleet, which has commenced its operations in Douala, Brazzaville, and Pointe Noir since early part of May 2013. Africa West also announced its recent acquisition of two ATR72F aircraft, which is in line with their mission to accommodate the growing demands in the Central and West African Destinations.

AEROSPACE ONE, a new, Greece-registered all-cargo airline will offer wide-bodied freighters for charter or ACMI lease and will operate from a home base at Châteauroux, in central France, connecting high economic growth areas with Europe concentrating at first on India and Brazil. The fleet, already in operation, comprises B747-200Fs and new B747-400Fs. In addition, the airline are plans for further expansion, revealed its founder Jaideep Mirchandani, who has just completed six months of negotiations with European regulators.

Astral Aviation, has announced an enhanced intra-African freighter schedule which is based on a cautious expansion strategy to increase connectivity from its Nairobi hub to the East African region. Operating a dedicated fleet of DC9’s , on its new livery, and B727 Freighter, Astral’s enhanced schedule marks an increase in frequency on its prime Juba route from three to four weekly flights thus increasing the capacity to 60 tons per week which makes it the only freighter airline to operate the highest number of flights into the South Sudan capital. According to Astral’s CEO, Sanjeev Gadhia, the resumption of oil-exports by South Sudan has resulted in an increase in traffic into Juba. Astral has announced a further three new routes from its Nairobi hub into Pemba (Mozambique) and Moroni (Comoros) along with Entebbe to Juba. The Pemba route has an immense opportunity in gas-field equipment while the Moroni route will comprise of personal effects, perishables and general cargo.

Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo took the next step in its Cargo cooperation with Etihad by adding a new freighter station to its network, Abu Dhabi (AUH). Next to the double daily A330 service between Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi, two 747 full freighter frequencies are being added.

Air Menzies International (AMI), the trade-only airfreight and express wholesaler has created a new regional division to spearhead its development in India, and launched its own operation in Mumbai. AMI India introduces the company’s renowned trade-only air cargo wholesaling concept to the Indian market for the first time.

ART Logistics launches airfreight service from Europe into Central Asia. The new service is focused on moving high-value goods from France and Italy to Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan. There are very high growth rates in consumer spending on luxury items in many of the countries in Central Asia and brand named customers are moving quickly to establish their products in this dynamic market.

American Airlines Cargo announced it will begin offering a one-time use program with FlightSafe, the leading GPS and sensor-based tracking device for air cargo shipments. The program, delivered in partnership with OnAsset Intelligence, allows shippers, freight forwarders and couriers to work directly with American Airlines Cargo to add a tracking device to a shipment and monitor the package from point of origin to destination.. It is available for use with all of American’s products—Expedite, Confirmed and PPS—and is ideal for customers who are shipping time-critical, high-value and temperature-sensitive cargo. As part of the program, American will supply the tracking device and will include all logistics services for a single fee. Customers will be able to visit a provided link to view the location, location history and all sensor data collected during transit.

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), announced that it has been selected by Allied Air of Nigeria to provide two firm B737-400SF 11 Pallet Configuration conversions, with an option for one additional conversion. The first aircraft is a high gross weight B737-400 (MSN 26081) built in 1993 will undergo freighter modification in June of 2013 at AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Flightstar Aircraft Services in Jacksonville Florida. “With our first AEI B737-400SF now in operation we are seeing the financial benefits of the 11 pallet design. The AEI B737-400SF’s are replacing all of our 727-200’s and our dispitach realibility is now at an all time high. AEI’s outstanding reputation for quality, customer support and functional design made the decision to add three more AEI freighters to our fleet an easy one.” This unique flexibility has been designed by AEI to allow the operator to immediately adapt to multiple ULD configurations at a moment’s notice. When combined with proven reliability, the AEI Converted B737-400SF will allow Allied Air to keep their aircraft where they belong “In the air, generating revenue” said Mr. Val Tongo, CEO of Allied Air.

Alitalia arline’s dozens of baggage handlers working have been arrested in an operation to clamp down on suitcase thefts. The police blitz was codenamed ‘Operation Clean Holds’. It followed a yearlong surveillance operation at eight airports across Italy but specifically targeting the main airport in Rome after ‘tens of thousands of Euros’ of items were stolen from suitcases which had been forced open after being taken from aircraft baggage holds. The authorities have launched the investigation in cooperation with Alitalia after the airline received numerous complaints from passengers – both national and international – that suitcases had not arrived on baggage carousels or had been forced open and in some cases items stolen.

Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) announced that it has been selected by Sideral Air Cargo of Brasil to provide one B737-400SF 11 Pallet Configuration Freighter Conversion. The freighter was flown to back to Brasil and is now the only 737-400SF operating in Brasil. The aircraft, an ex AirOne high gross weight B737-400, (MSN 24906) was built in 1991 and underwent freighter modification at AEI’s Authorized Conversion Center, Commercial Jet, Inc., located in Miami Florida.

Air Cargo Germany, according to reports, has suspended all its flights as the German civil aviation authority suspended its licence after it failed to show sufficient funds to keep operating. The all-cargo carrier operates four B747-400Fs out of Frankfurt Hahn, and is 49% owned by Volga Dnepr,which also owns AirBridgeCargo.

Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) announced that international air cargo demand, measured in freight tonne kilometre terms (FTK), fell by 13.2% in February 2013 compared to the same month last year, due to factory closures during the Chinese New Year festive period. According to AAPA Members, whist the demand for air cargo fell sharply due to the later timing of the Chinese New Year holiday period this year, the offered freight capacity declined by 8.8%, even as the average international air cargo load factor was down 3.2 percentage points to 63.2% for the month.

Air Menzies International (AMI) has moved into a dedicated 8000 sq ft facility at Manchester Airport’s World Cargo Centre, where it is now self-handling. As a dedicated AMI-only facility, the new base will improve processing times for customer delivery vehicles. Meanwhile, cargo being received at AMI Manchester for flights departing from London Heathrow can now meet a wider range of next day services, owing to AMI’s use of scheduled nightly road feeders operated by airfreight trucking specialist Ware Transport; cargo now arrives earlier at Heathrow, giving AMI customers access to additional, early morning departures.The refurbished on-airport facility, located in the heart of the airport’s cargo community, incorporates new security systems and X-ray scanning equipment.

Air Cargo World,
has released the findings of its ninth annual Air Cargo Excellence (ACE) Survey, which measures carriers and airports on specific criteria and ranks them to identify above or below average performance. The findings were revealed at the Air Cargo Excellence Awards in Doha, Qatar. Emirates SkyCargo, Thai Airways and Southwest Airlines won the Diamond Award, the top award given, in their respective air carrier categories at ceremonies held at Doha. Cathay Pacific, Nippon Cargo Airlines and Swiss WorldCargo were the Platinum Award winners in their respective categories. Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines and Virgin Atlantic were the Gold Award winners.

Air Menzies International (AMI) will focus on developing import consolidation into South Africa and specifically from the USA in 2013. It was the 3rd largest export agent from South Africa in 2012 and controls about 8-9% of the air export market. “AMI’s share of the South African export market has grown over the years. We hope to build further on our market share during 2013. Currently our business is split 30% imports and 70% exports,” said Mike Todd, Vice President- Africa, AMI. In the South African market, air freight wholesaling is a significant part of the total market.

AirBridgeCargo
and CHEP Aerospace Solutions have agreed to extend their Unit Load Device (ULD) outsourcing and management agreement until mid-2018. CHEP Aerospace Solutions supplies and manages more than 5,000 ULDs, predominantly cargo pallets, each month on AirBridgeCargo’s scheduled routes between Russia, Asia, Europe and North America, and for its charter operations to multiple destinations worldwide. CHEP also provides AirBridgeCargo with other types of non-mainstream ULDs from its global pool of over 55,000 ULDs.

Airports Council International (ACI) reported 1.9% growth in freight traffic during January which is the considered as the first positive figure for European airports in the cargo sector in nearly two years. However, ACI Europe stresses that the increase in freight traffic only reflects “a partial recovery” from the extremely low levels registered in January 2012 and is also down 4.5% on the same month in 2011. Frankfurt Main topped the list of Europe’s cargo-handling airports in January, with throughput totalling 140,637 tonnes registering an increase of 1% as against same period during 2012. The German gateway was closely followed by Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle, with 140,290 tonnes (down 5.8%). Amsterdam Schiphol came next with 116,137 tonnes (up 6.7%), and London Heathrow, handling 106,436 tonnes (-5.2%). Of the smaller European airports for cargo, the two Moscow gateways, Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo, recorded significant increases in traffic with throughput totalling 10,557 tonnes (+32%) and 10,030 tonnes (+15.7%) respectively. Milan Malpensa saw its traffic rise by 11.8% to 31,021 tonnes while there was 2.8% growth for Istanbul to 37,912 tonnes. ACI Europe figures showed that freight traffic handled at European airports overall in 2012 decreased by 2.8% on the previous year and by 1.5% on 2010.

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has increased its flights from Moscow to Milan to three times a week. The new Boeing 747 all-cargo service will operate every Tuesday and is in addition to ABC’s existing flights on Thursdays and Sundays. AirBridgeCargo has served the Italian city since 2009. The airline’s hub model for cargo transportation via Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport indicates its ability to connect Milan with the largest markets in Asia including Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Seoul and Tokyo.

Air India SATS Airport Services (AISATS) was awarded ‘Air Cargo Terminal Operator of the Year’ by the Indian Chamber of Commerce, for the second consecutive year, at the prestigious Indian Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence Award ceremony held in New Delhi. The Indian Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence Award is an annual award of the Indian Chamber of Commerce which evaluates the nominees on the basis of their range of services, operational performance, customer satisfaction and adoption of information technology. The award recognized AISATS for its best-in-class Air Cargo Terminal at the Bengaluru International Airport on the basis of ten key parameters, such as range of specialised and value-added services, IT and EDI system, customer satisfaction and responsiveness, security management, energy conservation and innovation, amongst others. Receiving this award the second time in a row reinforces the consistent and reliable services AISATS’ is providing its customers. The AISATS Bengaluru terminal also has the unique distinction of being the first Air Cargo Terminal in India, Middle East and Africa region to be awarded a TAPA (Transported Asset Protection Association) certification, showcasing their ability to achieve high security standards in warehouse operations.

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. announced the completion of the merger of two of its airline subsidiaries, Air Transport International Inc. (ATI) and Capital Cargo International Airlines, Inc. (CCIA). The merger creates a single airline, ATI, with its headquarters in Little Rock, Ark., its operations center in Wilmington, Ohio, and its management team led by ATI President Dennis Manibusan. ATI currently operates 13 aircraft, including seven Boeing 767 freighters (five 767-200s and two 767-300s), three Boeing 757 freighters, and three DC-8 combi (combination passenger and main-deck cargo) aircraft. The three DC-8 combis are to be replaced soon with four Boeing 757 combis. The Air Carrier Certificate for CCIA has been surrendered to the Federal Aviation Administration, and its aircraft leases and other assets transferred to ATI, following that agency’s review and approval of the technical aspects of ATI’s airline merger plan. Further, the economic authority for CCIA has been surrendered to the U.S. Department of Transportation for cancellation.

AirBridgeCargo Airlines completed the first of a series of charter flights from Frankfurt to Sochi using a Boeing 747-400 to carry sports equipment. Cargo transportation to the Russian regions is a very popular product within Volga-Dnepr Group’s ‘Cargo Supermarket’ service offering and, with regards to Sochi the airline expects increasing demand for the transportation of heavy and oversized cargo. The new service will primarily cater for the needs of companies engaged in the construction of various sports and infrastructure projects in Sochi, ensuring the timely and safe delivery of sports equipment and materials.

Asiana Airlines
has designated FCS as their future cargo handling agent in Frankfurt and has signed a cargo handling agreement starting February 2013. Founded in 1988 Asiana Airlines has become a premium carrier with a continuously positive development, serving internationally in passenger transport in 22 countries, 67 cities on 88 routes. International cargo is transported in 14 countries, 28 cities on 27 routes.

Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) has announced that Atran Cargo Airlines has taken delivery of its second AEI 737-400SF 11-Pallet passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion. The aircraft, a high gross weight 737-400, was built in 1997 and underwent passenger-to-freighter modification at Flightstar Aircraft Services, AEI’s authorized conversion centre based in Jacksonville, Florida. The aircraft is being leased to Atran Cargo Airlines by Aviation Capital Group (ACG) located in Newport Beach, California.

AirAsia X, the Malaysia-based long-haul low-cost airline affiliate of the AirAsia Group, and CHEP Aerospace Solutions has agreed to extend their Unit Load Device (ULD) outsourcing and management partnership until 2018. The terms of the renewed agreement also include the transition of AirAsia X’s entire baggage container fleet to lightweight composite containers for its growing fleet of A330 and upcoming A350 aircraft.

Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index for 2013 indicated a mixed picture of the global economy. While emerging markets enjoyed healthy growth, developed markets remained stalled by the European financial crisis and a faltering U.S. economy. Seventy-three percent of those surveyed feel prospects for emerging markets in 2013 are “good” or “very good.” The figure is about the same percentage as a year ago – but the number who feel ‘very good’ is up sharply, to 22% from 14%. The global outlook is cloudier: 46% expect modest global growth while 47% say global GDP will be flat.

American Airlines Cargo announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Global Logistics Network (GLN). The MoU will allow increased interaction between the two parties with a goal of increasing business opportunities.

Association of European Airlines (AEA), the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) and the International Air Carrier Association (IACA) welcomed the result of the vote in the European Parliament to send the ground handling proposal back to the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament for a second reading. The three European airlines associations called on the European Parliament to vote in favour of the Ground Handling Regulations, which is an essential part of the ‘Better Airport Package’ proposed by the European Commission and which aims at a conservative and prudent opening of ground handling services at EU airports.

Air Menzies International (AMI), has assisted its customer Forwarding Direct and their agent Heppner in a charter to move 24,700 kgs of food machinery from Courville-sur-Eure, France, to South Dandenong, 60km south east of Melbourne Airport. The machinery, which is a part of an AUS$30 million investment program in Victoria-based Bead Foods by its new parent Chobani, will be used to triple yogurt production capacity for both Chobani Greek Yogurt and Gippsland Dairy to 30,000 tonnes a year in Australia.

Air Menzies International (AMI) has reorganised its UK regional cargo receiving and trucking operations. The changes are improving processing times, enabling later close-outs and provide access to an increased number of next-day departures from London Heathrow. In Manchester, AMI has become self-handling and will move into a new dedicated 8000 sq ft unit.

Association of Asia Pacific Airlines’ preliminary traffic figures for the month of October reflected a continuation of established trends, with growth in international passenger traffic, but weakness in air cargo demand. International air cargo demand, expressed in freight tonne kilometre (FTK) terms, declined by 5.8% year-on-year in October, reflecting overall weakness in air cargo markets. Offered freight capacity was reduced by 6.1%, leaving the average international air cargo load factor almost unchanged at 67.4%.

Air India SATS Airport Services Private Limited (AISATS) announced the extension of its ground handling service partnership with Cathay Pacific Airways with the launch of the airline’s flight operations to Hyderabad International Airport. Cathay Pacific Airways has expanded its footprint in India with direct flights between Hyderabad and Hong Kong, four times a week. With the start of airport services at Hyderabad, AISATS will strengthen its service partnership with the airline. The ground handling services at Hyderabad will include a comprehensive portfolio of ramp, baggage and passenger handling for the airline which operates the Airbus A330, a wide-body aircraft, on this sector.

AIR Charter Service (ACS)
has opened its second Russian office – its 11th worldwide – at St Petersburg’s Pulkovo International airport, to support Russia and the CIS’ growing charter market. Tony Bauckham, managing director at ACS, said: “Our long-established office in Moscow has been flourishing in recent years, which has led us to look to expand within Russia, and St Petersburg was the natural choice.

Air France-KLM, group reported a satisfactory third quarter across all its businesses with the exception of cargo. The limited capacity increase in the industry with regard to the number of passengers, led to an improvement in unit revenues, which, for the group, were also helped by a positive foreign exchange effect due to the depreciation of the euro compared to other currencies. On the other hand, the cargo business continued to deteriorate over the quarter. The measures undertaken in the context of the plan Transform 2015 are starting to have a significant impact on costs.

Air Charter Service (ACS), one of the leading providers of cargo and passenger charter flights, once again proved its expertise in managing heavy and outsize cargo transports. An Ilyushin 76 freighter of the Russian based Volga-Dnepr Airlines from Stuttgart Airport delivered machines for the food industry to Newark Liberty International Airport in New York (USA). ACS organized the charter flight in collaboration with Volga-Dnepr Airlines and monitored the challenging loading process at Stuttgart Airport in cooperation with the customer. The freight with a total weight of more than 20 tones was packed into four wooden boxes. Two of them measured almost seven meters in length, nearly three meters in height and more than two meters in width. They had a weight of 9.5 tons each.

Agility, has opened a new 13,000-square meter warehouse in Hong Kong and will provide customers in Hong Kong and South China with optimal storage and handling facilities, including dust-free and static-free zones for electronics components and climate-controlled areas for temperature-sensitive products. Some of the center’s unique features include an average high ceiling clearance of 8.2 meters to cater to five-tier storage racking systems and one independent ba