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Airports Authority of India is focusing on the cargo segment to boost its revenues. As part of this, AAI plans to optimally utilise its old redundant/un-utilised domestic passenger terminals by converting them into cargo facilities after carrying out the necessary modifications, AAI chairman RK Srivastava told reporters at an industry event .Air Transport Services Grouphas highlighted “fundamental industry dynamics” that point toward “an excellent year for air cargo companies in 2015”. Nasdaq-quoted ATSG reported 2014 fourth quarter adjusted pre-tax earnings up 19 per cent to $17.7m .Fourth quarter revenues were $157.9m, slightly higher than a year ago and up $19.5m from the third quarter of 2014.

Air India SATS Airport Services
held a ground breaking ceremony for Bengaluru’s first fully dedicated perishable cargo handling centre, the “AISATS Coolport”, at Kempegowda International Airport. The event was inaugurated by Kaushik Mukherjee, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka, in line with the vision of enhancing the State of Karnataka as the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and perishable hub of India.Alaska Air Cargo

started full cargo service with direct flights from Seattle to New Orleans using the bellies of 737-800s, said Kathy Denker, director of cargo sales and postal relations, during the AirCargo 2015 conference in New Orleans. Six months earlier, the US carrier had begun daily direct passenger flights to the Big Easy.Air Transport Services Group

reported consolidated financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014. Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations increased 11 per cent to $10.8 million, or 17 cents per share diluted. Operating loss carryforwards for US federal income tax purposes offset much of the company’s federal tax liabilities. ATSG does not expect to pay significant federal income taxes until 2017 at the earliest.Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

has once again been ranked as the top major European airport in the Air Cargo Excellence Survey. The airport section of the Air Cargo Excellence Awards is based on airlines’ votes on performance, value, facilities and operations. Schiphol’s 2015 overall winning score of 116 points shows yet another improvement on its performance of recent years: in 2012 it scored 103 points, in 2013 it achieved 106 points, and in 2014 it scored 113 points.Abu Dhabi Airports

announced that it has signed a AED 458 million contract with Smiths Detection, to equip the Midfield Terminal with a range of systems aimed at detecting CBRE threats (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives). The hold baggage systems include the next generation of high speed explosives detection system deploying a combination of X-ray technologies to produce high resolution images of baggage contents.Alitalia

has revealed its route plans following Abu Dhabi-based Etihad’s decision last summer to take a 49 percent equity stake. In Italy, there will be a new three-hub strategy. Milan Malpensa will see an increase long-haul services; Milan Linate will have more connections to partner airline hubs; and Rome Fiumicino will have more long-haul flights while continuing to expand short and medium haul services.


AirBridgeCargo Airlines
has delivered express cargo for NASA from Chicago to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. The cargo arrived in Moscow in the bulk hold of ABC’s Boeing 747 freighter flight RU404 as part of its journey to the international space station.

Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo
announced that it will launch new lightweight pallet for its customers. It follows the introduction of lightweight pallet nets in 2014. The current standard pallet weighs 100 kg, while the new lightweight pallet is 83 kg.

Aerotrans Cargo
will expand its fleet by adding a 747-400 widebody freighter. The Moldovan-based carrier presently operates several 11-76s, and a Saab 340F on lease from Hungary’s ABC Air Hungary.
Air France KLM Martinair Cargo has started three new frequencies from Amsterdam Airport-Schipol to and from Dubai International Airport. Using 747 aircraft, the carrier will be the only scheduled airline to offer 21 main deck pallet loads weekly to Dubai.

Air France-KLM
has deferred an order of ten 777-300ERs. Air France-KLM was planning to use the twin-engine 777-300ERs to replace older, less-fuel-efficient 747s over the next two years, but the company said that due to lower oil prices it would defer the order.

Aeroscraft Corporation
announced that it has begun production for its newest airship, the 40E Sky Dragon, with a one tonne payload capacity from Montebello. Aeros created the FAA-licensed 40E model after extensive testing of the 40D prototype airship that has been in operation since 2007.

Airbus
announced a new passenger-to-freighter conversions program for its wide-body A330 aircraft. the European manufacturer’s MRO subsidiary EFW now has a launch customer for the A330-200 variant: Cairo-based Egyptair, the flag carrier of Egypt. Under the agreement, Egyptair will convert two of its A330-200 passenger aircraft to freighters, and has an option for two more.
All Nippon Airways and Lufthansa Cargo AG have launched an innovative air cargo joint venture on Japan-Europe routes. Both airlines have commenced joint sales of shipments on flights from Japan to Europe.The first shipment sent by forwarder Schenker-Seino and booked via Lufthansa Cargo was transported by ANA on flight number NH 277 from Tokyo to London.
AirBridgeCargo Airlines has successfully delivered a horizontal stabilizer for a Boeing 737 from Shanghai to Chicago on its way to the Boeing aircraft factory in Seattle. The component’s five individual pieces were delivered onboard two Boeing 747 freighter flights from China to the U.S. over the course of 24 hours. On arrival in Chicago, the cargo was delivered to Seattle by truck.
AirBridgeCargo has commenced using Lufthansa Systems’ Lido/iRouteManual, Lido/Enroute and Lido/DocView IT solutions aimed at simplifying cockpit processes. The new IT solutions will ease the workload of ABC pilots by providing fast access to continually updated documents and data and reduce the airline’s operational costs at the same time. The new technology will be saving ABC a significant amount per year. The airline plans to fully switch to the electronic cockpit by February 2015.
AIR FRANCE-KLM-MARTINAIR Cargo is introducing lightweight pallet with a view to reduce company’s CO2 footprint. This follows the successful introduction of lightweight pallet nets last year.Due to an innovative construction process, the new lightweight aluminum pallet is as strong as the current pallet, but weighing 17 kg less.
Antonov An-124-100 heavy-lift freighters were used by Germany-based Bertling Logistics for the transport of nine oversize transformers for three power substations, made by Portuguese manufacturer Efacec. Using three Bertling shipped the transformers from Porto, Portugal, to the end-user, Edesur, in Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital.
Air France Cargo has appointed CHEP Aerospace Solutions to repair its fleet of cargo containers, pallets and horse boxes at Paris Charles de Gaulle, and dollies at Paris Orly airport over the next three years. This new partnership complements CHEP’s existing relationship with KLM and Martinair in Amsterdam and positions CHEP as a strategic maintenance and repair partner for the Air France KLM Group. CHEP’s data-rich repair management software ACTIS will provide Air France Cargo with the benefit of being able to identify damage trends and related costs.
Air Bridge Cargo has taken delivery of its sixth new Boeing 747-8 Freighter. The addition takes the Volga-Dnepr Group subsidiary’s fleet to a total of 13 Boeing 747s, including six Boeing 747-8 Freighters, four Boeing 747-400ERFs and three Boeing 747-400 Freighters.
ACI said air freight continues to be in recovery mode as growth levels have risen above trend. The overall accumulated volumes for the last twelve months rose by 3.6 percent while August freight volumes jumped up by 5.8 percent. Although weakness remains in the domestic air freight markets, the trans-border shipment of air freight posted robust gains in August. International freight volumes jumped up by 7.5 percent.
Amerijet International has shut down its cargo hub operations at Rickenbacker Airport in Columbus, Ohio only months after launching it. The Florida-based cargo carrier started Rickenbacker operations from a 20,000-square-foot warehouse leased at the airport. Amerijet’s president, Dave Bassett, said the site had been an experiment to trial a hybrid air-and-road express operation.
All Nippon Airways will launch a strategic air cargo joint venture on routes between Japan and Europe and vice versa. This is the first worldwide cargo joint venture of its kind. ANA has received antitrust immunity, i. e. approval for the joint venture from the Japanese Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport after filing for it in spring 2014.
Air Bridge Cargo Airlines has been awarded the ‘Best Cargo Airline’ Golden Chariot award at a ceremony in Berlin that is recognised as the ‘Oscars’ of the transport industry. The awards ceremony took place at the Kempinski Hotel in Berlin during the Innotrans international transport exhibition.
AirBridgeCargo Airlines is increasing its Boeing 747 freighter flights linking Tokyo and Seoul with Moscow. ABC will increase its scheduled flights from Moscow to Tokyo’s Narita Airport and on the onward connection to Seoul, Korea, to three services a week.
Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo and va-Q-tec announced their cooperation on the temperature controlled transportation of pharmaceutical and biotechnological goods worldwide. Eelco van Asch, senior vice president sales & distribution at Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo and Dominic Hyde, managing director va-Q-tec.
ANA Holdings plans to add cargo routes to India to tap South Asian demand for car parts and electronic components. The carrier plans to add two Boeing Co 767 freighters to its fleet of 12 aircraft by March 2017 to accommodate the expanded service, said Akira Okada, ANA Cargo Inc president.
American Airlines Cargo announced that it has started operating cargo services to and from Memphis, Tennessee, including its Priority Parcel Service, Confirmed FS and ExpediteFS offerings.In its current timetable AAC is operating five flights a day from Memphis to Dallas-Fort Worth using Airbus 319s.
Airbus Helicopters delivers China’s first fully-equipped air ambulance. Its twin-engine EC135 will become the reference helicopter for Chinese airborne emergency medical services operations Donauwörth. A new era in Chinese air ambulance operations began with Airbus Helicopters’ delivery of a twin-engine EC135 as the first rotorcraft outfitted for dedicated helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) missions in the country.
Aurora Air International has recently seen an opportunity to re-enter the air cargo market. It has chosen MidAmerica in Illinois as a key step in its plans to develop routes carrying perishable and pharmaceutical supplies on routes from Latin America to the USA to Asia and return.

AirBridgeCargo Airlines’ winter flight schedule for 2014/15 would be providing its customers with more service choices with additional Boeing 747 freighter frequencies that would be linking major markets in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, via the airline’s hub in Moscow.
Al Maktoum International’s surge in freight volumes continued in the third quarter of 2014 with triple-digit growth, according to traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.DWC recorded 243,284 tonnes of freight in the third quarter, a sharp increase of 462.5 percent from 43,252 tonnes recorded during the corresponding period in 2013.
American Airlines Cargo has established a beachhead in the North American market with a new division, Jettainer Americas located in Delaware. The new division plans to open other branch offices across the United States, beginning with Dallas-Fortworth (DFW) and American Airlines Group. Jettainer, which had been handling ULD equipment and maintenance for US Airways since 2005, will now take on the management of American Airlines’ 15,000 additional ULDs.

Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo has expanded its interline partnership with Nairobi-based Kenya Airways Cargo by adding flights to three new African destinations: Lubumbashi (FBM) in Congo; Pemba (POL) in Mozambique; and Lusaka (LUN) in Zambia. With these additions, the number of cities served in the interline cargo network has risen to ten.
Air Canada has approved and accepted carriage of several new tracking devices on all its aircraft, enabling customers to monitor the location and environmental conditions of their shipments in real-time. Part of Air Canada Cargo’s mission is to provide customers with innovative shipping solutions that meet their evolving needs.

ASTRAL AVIATION, the Kenyan cargo carrier, is now a member of the Frankfurt-based association BARIG e.V. (Board of Airline Representatives in Germany), which represents about 100 national and international airlines in Germany. Nairobi-based Astral Aviation, currently the only privately owned cargo airline in Africa, was founded in 2000 and operates an inter-African transport network serving 50 destinations.

Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo is starting a new freighter operation between Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Shanghai (PVG). This flight will operate with a B747F. It will complement the already existing daily B777 services out of Paris Charles de Gaulle and the daily 747Combi services out of Amsterdam Schiphol.
Airbus is observing 20 years of its Beluga cargo aircraft transporting Airbus component parts between its European manufacturing sites. Named after the white Beluga whale because of its shape, the aircraft made its maiden flight on Sept. 13, 1994.
Air India has, yet again, risen to the occasion to help the flood affected Kashmir, by making immediate arrangements to transport 21 inflatable boats from New York to Srinagar free of cost.
Air France announced a major downsizing of its freighter fleet in the latest bid to return its cargo operation to profitability amid sagging global demand and increased competition from fast-growing Arab Gulf airlines.
Air France-Martinair Cargo launched a weekly B747-400ERF service to Entebbe in Uganda from Amsterdam. The freighter service to the African city will be in addition to the existing daily A332 passenger flight to Entebbe from Amsterdam-Schiphol.
AIRBRIDGECARGO Airlines is launching a weekly Basel-Moscow Sheremetyevo B747 freighter service to capiltalise on the Swiss city’s thriving healthcare industry. Basel has one of the highest concentrations of successful life-sciences businesses in the world, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical technology organisations.
American Airlines and US Airways have completed their merger and will become one air freight organisation. The two US carriers, who have been integrating shared cargo locations for the past nine months, will transition to a single air waybill using the American Airlines prefix 001.
American Airlines Cargo has started construction of a dedicated pharmaceutical handling facility in Philadelphia. The new 25,000 square-foot facility is designed to cater for a full range of temperature sensitive products being shipped in and out of the strategically important Northeast pharmaceutical corridorof the United States.
American Airlines Cargo has begun offering cargo service to and from Cleveland and Ontario. The expanded service will provide customers with more options for shipping cargo into and out of each of the cities with the same great service they have come to know and expect from American.
Apple’s iPhone is expected to give the much needed lift to air cargo shipments. Asian carriers like Cathay Pacific, Eva Air, Korean Air and ANA expect a boost in freight volumes because of shipments of an estimated 60 million iPhones from production plants in China.
Airbridge International Agencies has been selected as the general sales agent for Leisure Cargo in Austria and will take responsibility for Austrian airline NIKI. AIA has worked with Leisure Cargo for 10 years in the UK and Ireland, including online sales for Thomson Airways from 2011. It will work with NIKI, part of the airberlin group, which has a fleet of four Airbus A321s, 12 Airbus A320s and seven Embraer E190s.
AIR FRANCE-KLM is to launch a weekly MD-11 freighter service between Amsterdam and Guatemala. “In line with market demand, we are further intensifying our worldwide coverage by operating the new freighter route,” says a company statement.
ABU DHABI International Airport saw its cargo volumes rise to 377,885 tonnes up 16 per cent during the first six months of this year.Meanwhile, the top five traffic routes at the UAE facility are Bangkok, Manila, Doha, Jeddah and London-Heathrow.
AMERICAN Airlines is continuing to strengthen its presence across the US by adding four more domestic routes to its network. The carrier will begin offering belly cargo service to and from Fort Myers (Florida) and San Jose (California).
Air Transport Services Group announced that its aircraft leasing subsidiary, Cargo Aircraft Management, has agreed to purchase two Boeing 767-300ER freighters that ATSG’s airline subsidiary ABX Air currently leases from Guggenheim Aviation Partners.
Atlas Air is positive on air cargo prospects. The company said it was “encouraged” about the full-year outlook for 2014 and expected the air freight market to achieve the first real growth after three essentially flat years.
AirBridgeCargo plans to add more routes and boost frequencies of existing services after traffic soared 16 percent to an all-time high in the first half of the year.
Athens International Airport showed a modest growth of 4 percent in cargo traffic. Athens International Airport recently welcomed a freight of ship spares from Mumbai on a B 747 Etihad freighter.
AirBridgeCargo Airlines has started its 10th anniversary year with a record performance in the first six months of 2014 as it transported 188,354 tonnes of cargo across its international network, up 16 percent on the previous year.

American Airlines Cargo begins offering full cargo service to and from Albuquerque, NM (ABQ), Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL), Norfolk, VA (ORF). The expanded service will provide customers with more options for shipping cargo into and out of each of the cities.

American Airlines Cargo begins offering full cargo service to and from San Antonio, TX (SAT). The expanded service will provide customers with more options for shipping cargo into and out of the city.
Air France has awarded a five-year cargo and mail handling contract to Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) at Paris-Orly Airport.This is the fifth cargo contract awarded by the airline to WFS in France, following Nice, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Marseille.
Aeronautical Engineers, (AEI) announced that it has delivered the third of five B737-400SF freighters to Southern Air who will operate the aircraft for DHL Express in the Americas. The aircraft is a standard gross weight B737-400SF (MSN 26455) built in 1993 and was converted at Commercial Jet’s Dothan facility, which is one of five authorized AEI Conversion Centers worldwide.
Antonov’s AN-225 has once again proven its vital role in air transportation with the carriage of a huge heat exchanger weighing 139 tonnes from Germany to Canada.The equipment which, with its specially-constructed load cradle and associated handling equipment weighed a total of 147 tonnes, was much too heavy for any other aircraft.
Airport Authority of India (AAI) has been ordered by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to clear cargo consignments on a 24/7 basis without any “restrictions” and with immediate effect at Chennai airport.
American Airlines Cargo has started full cargo service to and from San Antonio, Texas. The expanded service will provide customers with more options for shipping cargo into and out of the city. Cargo service in San Antonio is available for all of American’s products both domestically and internationally, including Priority Parcel Service, ConfirmedFS, ExpediteFS and ExpediteTC.
AirBridgeCargo Airlines transported 188,354 tonnes of cargo in the first six months of 2014 across its international network, up 16 percent on the previous year. Freight tonne kilometres in the six month period, rose by 19 percent exceeding the industry average growth of 4.4 percent. AirBridgeCargo continued to outperform the market in terms of average load factor in the first half of 2014, reporting a network-wide average of 72 percent.
Air China Cargo has modernized their fleet with the addition of all-new B777-200F freighter ordered from Boeing. Further four B777-200F freighters ordered from Boeing are scheduled to be delivered by 2015. Sources said B2098 may operate on North American freight routes as the first one of Air China Cargo’s five B777F freighters for which the Export-Import Bank of the United States provided financing guarantee.
Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) has delivered the third of the five B 737-400 SF freighters to Southern Air. The freighter will be operated by Southern Air for DHL Express in the Americas. This is the 13th aircraft of an anticipated 30+ freighters that AEI has contracted to deliver. The AEI B737-400SF is the only passenger to freighter conversion product that offers operators 10 full height container positions.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol reported improved tonnage throughout the second quarter of 2014, leading to overall growth of 8.84 percent in the year to date. In the period January-June, Schiphol handled a total of 801,700 tonnes. Schiphol’s cargo throughput has outstripped 2013 in every month of 2014, reaching a peak increase of 14.1 percent in May.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has re-entered the winners’ enclosure at this year’s Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA), scooping the ‘Best Airport Europe’ category for the 19th time in the scheme’s 28 year history.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s BLUEVEYOR baggage conveyors have been integrated in one of the arrival lines of the baggage handling system. The project started as a pilot two years ago. BLUEVEYOR was extensively tested in a semi-operational environment and improvements were integrated.
American Airlines Group reported positive combined traffic growth for American Airlines Cargo and US Airways Cargo. American Airlines Group’s system cargo tonne miles (CTMs) were 193.4 million, up 1.2 percent from the same period last year. Year-to-date CTMs were 1.15 billion, up 9.1 percent over the same period in 2013.
Air France-KLM group will further reduce its full freighter capacity by 9.4 percent, and the unit revenue per available ton kilometer (RATK) ex-currency down. Other developments included Air France inaugurating the first Boeing 777 equipped with the new cabins on the Paris-New York route .
Amerijet International’s new coast-to-coast freight service operation is to take off from Rickenbacker International Airport. Amerijet’s B767 freighter service provides customers with additional options for expedited and heavyweight domestic freight.
Abu Dhabi International Airport’s air cargo volumes increased by 24.5 per cent to 66,944 tonnes in May. Aircraft movements rose to 12,931 – up 15.8 per cent. Manila was the most popular route during the month due to a boost in Philippine Airlines’ operations, followed by Doha, as a result of Etihad augmenting its flights to Qatar.
AIR CHINA, Cathay Pacific and a third investor are to pump 2 billion yuan ($321 million) into their Air China Cargo freighter venture. In a website statement, Cathay said that the funds will assist Air China Cargo to “adjust its fleet, to reduce its operating costs and to improve the performance of its main cargo business.“
Amsterdam Airport Association of Asia Pacific Airlines showed that international air cargo demand in freight tonne kilometres increased by 4.7 percent in May, with export shipments by air to the US and Europe having gained momentum. Offered freight capacity registered a 4.0 percent increase.
Airbus is to work with DHL to move components used in A319s, A320s and A321s. Components from the Airbus production site in Hamburg will be transported to the company’s new final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama by air, sea and road by DHL Global Forwarding.
American Airlines has launched a full cargo service to and from Tampa, Florida. Tampa’s freight service will cover the complete product range of American Airlines Cargo, both for domestic and international shipments.
Asia Pacific Airlines saw a “healthy growth” in demand for air cargo in May, according to the latest industry data. Preliminary traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines saw international air cargo demand in freight tonne km increase by 4.7 per cent with export shipments to the US and Europe both having “gained momentum”.
Air France has awarded a five-year cargo and mail handling contract to Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) at Paris-Orly Airport. This is the fifth cargo contract awarded by the airline to WFS in France in the last 12 months, following Nice, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Marseille. Emilio Fernandez, CEO Europe at Worldwide Flight Services, said, “WFS is very proud and excited about this new partnership and we appreciate the long-term confidence Air France is showing in our ability to deliver the high quality of service it demands for its customers. Our aim is to extend this partnership to all of Europe
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

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based Silk Way West announced an order for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices. ‘Silk Way Airlines’ success and profitability as a cargo operator is a direct result of investing in its fleet and services and growing its regional and international footprint,” said Zaur Akhundov, president, Silk Way Group of Companies.Boeing and Qatar Airwayshave finalized an order for four 777 Freighters, valued at $1.24 billion at current list prices. The airline also has purchased rights for four additional airplanes, whic when exercised will bring the combined value to $2.46 billion.

Bertling Logistics has transported three power substations from Portugal to Argentina using Antonov Airlines freighters. The logistics operation required three An-124-100 flights to airlift nine outsize transformers from Porto, Portugal, to the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires. The sub-stations had to travel from the manufacturer’s facility (Efacec) to the end user in Argentina (Edesur).
BEL International Logistics and Rhenus Logistics Hong Kong are now ready to generate IATA-standard e-AWBs for any carrier handled by Hactl that accepts electronic bookings, having demonstrated their ability to input data correctly through COSAC-AWB, for subsequent verification by Hactl. The successful adoption of the COSAC-AWB system by the two agents could prove a major step forward in e-Freight through Hong Kong, as Hactl handles 100 airlines and transacts business with around 1,000 freight forwarders in Hong Kong and China.
Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services (Boeing Shanghai) has signed a B737-400 freighter conversion agreement with Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group. The airplane is scheduled for redelivery to Volga-Dnepr Group in the first quarter of 2015. The agreement makes Volga-Dnepr Group the first Boeing Shanghai customer for this type of service from the Russia/Central Asia region. Boeing Shanghai has successfully completed five B737CL freighter conversions for two other customers.
British International Freight Association has welcomed the news that the UK government will reveal plans for a GBP15 billion investment in UK road infrastructure improvements. When the investment plan was initially announced in 2013, the trade association for UK forwarders gave it a cautionary welcome saying that it ‘expected to see some spades in the ground’.
Bangalore International Airport announced that the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru has been rated as an e-freight compliant airport by IATA for its cargo operations. This project reiterates the airport’s efforts in sustaining the long-term well-being of the environment.
Baltic Air Charter Association named Volga-Dnepr Airlines the “Best Cargo Charter Airline” during its annual awards luncheon in London.
Boeing  projects air cargo traffic will grow at an annual rate of 4.7 percent over the next 20 years, with global air freight traffic expected to more than double by 2033. “We see strong signs of a recovery as air freight traffic levels continue to strengthen after several years of stagnation,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Brussels Airport is to become the first European hub to join IATA’s CEIV community for pharmaceutical freight using IATA’s global certification program for shipping cold-chain pharmaceuticals. The IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV Pharma) is a standardized global certification program that trains and conducts onsite assessments to provide the expertise needed adequately to transport cold-chain pharmaceutical products across the world.
Boeing and Silk Way Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline’s two 747-8 Freighters. Both new 747-8 Freighters will bring new levels of efficiency to the Baku, Azerbaijan-based cargo carrier.
Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services has delivered the third of three Boeing 737-400 passenger-to-freighter conversions back to Hainan Airlines and Yangtze River Express, both units of the HNA Group. With this, Boeing Shanghai will have completed five conversions at its facility at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport.
Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services has redelivered the third of three B737-400 passenger-to-freighter conversions to Hainan Airlines and Yangtze River Express, both subsidiaries of the HNA Group.The modification was conducted under the supplemental type certificate held by Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI).
Blue Dart Express posted a profit of $5.69 million after tax for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Net sales/income from operations for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 stood at $87.82 million.
Brussels airport reported cargo volume flown through Brussels airport increased by 2.9 percent totalling to 37.262 tonnes. Full-freighter volumes however show a decrease (-25.6%). The fact that different transportation modes are provided at BRUcargo constitutes one of its major assets and is essential for logistics companies to establish themselves firmly at the cargo airport and in Belgium.
Bangkok Flight Services (BFS) has been validated as a Regulated Agent (RA3) in order to empower it to accept cargo on behalf of its airline customers for carriage to EU States in accordance with the European Union’s new ACC3 security rules for incoming cargo and mail. BFS is one of the first ground handling agents to successfully gain RA3 status upon completion of auditing by an accredited EU Aviation Security Validator. The new EU security regulations will be brought into force on July 1, 2014.
Boeing and Cargolux Airlines announced an order for an additional 747-8 Freighter. The order, valued at $357.5 million at list prices, is the 14th 747-8 Freighter the Cargolux Airlines has ordered from Boeing. Since 2011, the airline has taken delivery of a total of nine 747-8 Freighters, providing the carrier with increased cargo capacity, coupled with excellent economic performance. With the announcement for the additional freighter, Cargolux has a total of five unfilled orders for 747-8 Freighters.
Boeing had delivered AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of Volga-Dnepr Group and Russia’s largest cargo airline, with its fifth brand new 747-8 Freighter. With its delivery, AirBridgeCargo continues to follow its long-term fleet modernization strategy to further improve the quality of its product. The new aircraft will be used on ABC’s existing route network linking Europe, Asia and the United States via the airline’s hub in Moscow. The new 747-8 Freighter gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance
Brussels Airport witnessed continued recovery of passenger and cargo traffic. After a positive month of October, growth continued through November with cargo volumes rising by 6.8 percent. This is mainly attributed to the strong development of e-commerce and the launch of new routes. Integrator traffic and DHL in particular recorded strong growth. Belly cargo carried on board of passenger aircraft is picked up again after a difficult start from early 2013.
Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co., Ltd. has successfully completed the first of three 737-400 passenger-to-freighter (PTF) conversions for Yangtze River Express under a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) held by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) under license from Boeing. This PTF conversion is also the first 737 PTF Boeing Shanghai has conducted for a Chinese operator. By the end of 2013, Boeing Shanghai will have redelivered three 737 Classic PTF conversions. Boeing announced that its aircraft leasing unit, Boeing Capital Corporation, has completed transition of two MD-11 Boeing converted freighters (BCF) on multi-year leases to U.K.-managed AV Cargo, which has begun service from the operator’s base in Liege, Belgium, on routes primarily to West Africa. Boeing delivered the first of the cargo trijets to the operator in May 2013. The second aircraft began revenue service recently. AV Cargo will operate its MD-11 freighters into key Africa cities including Lagos, Nigeria; Bamako, Mali; Entebbe, Uganda; Port Harcourt, Nigeria; Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo; Freetown, Sierra Leone; and Pemba Island. Originally MD-11 passenger aircraft, the BCFs feature an updated flight deck and cargo-handling system, better fuel efficiency and increased operating capabilities. The two aircraft wear the distinctive white- and blue-tipped tail livery of the new carrier, the successor to the former Avient Ltd. Bahrain International Airport (BIA)’s planned expansion of cargo facilities, according to Robert Mills, Cargo Manager, is at preliminary stages as part of a wider airport improvement programme, “Cargo is being recognised as a key driver at BIA and it is without doubt an area which will see facility investment and on-going service improvements,” said Mills. Multimodal services and cool-chain services are just two areas which will be of particular focus over the coming months. Cargo business has been fairly static in recent months through the hub airport. Overall cargo volumes last year were approximately 353,000 tonnes, registering an increase of one per cent on the previous year. “2013 year-to-date remains flat. However transshipments are still growing,” Mills continued.
Bermuda Government, Ministry of Tourism Development and Transport, Department of Airport Operations (DAO) is issuing Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a sole operator to build and operate a new Cargo Terminal at Bermuda L.F. Wade International Airport. The Airport has considered several plans and proposed layouts for development and an optimal design was included in the Airport Master Plan. DAO would like to investigate the possibility of having these areas developed privately either through a design-build or a design-build-operate-maintain process. Thus, this EOI is seeking information from organizations that may be interested in designing and constructing a cargo handling facility and new apron space at the airport and/or developing an interim operation according to the Options described in the EOI. BVC Group Logistics, a leading player in providing logistic solutions to the gem and jewellery sector, has entered into a strategic partnership with Brinks India to provide a seamless service throughout India and internationally. Through this joint venture BVC Group will be using Brinks Global Services network for its Diamond and Jewellery (D&J) International Shipments to more than 100 countries with door-to-door secure delivery facilities. BVC Logistics will cater to all the domestic logistics and customs clearance of D&J for Brinks Arya, the Indian arm of the international major. Further expansion of infrastructure and use of sophisticated technology such as, expansion in the number of armoured vehicles, security equipment and ERP and tracking devices are also part of the new partnership. British Airways took delivery of two next generation aircraft models to its fleet – Boeing 787 and Airbus A380. Following on from the arrival of its first 787 during June, this marks the start of a 10-year fleet modernisation and renewal plan which will see the delivery of 78 widebody aircraft to the group. IAG Cargo is the first carrier in the world to receive an A380 with an improved take-off weight, 12 tonnes heavier than other A380’s currently flying, providing additional space t to carry more cargo. Belfast Airport Handling Limited completed the handling of G8 leaders, VIP staff and support equipment during the G8 summit in Ireland. Fixed wing aircraft movements totalled more than 50 operations – all of which were provided by BAHL, part of the Heavyweight Air Express Group, over a two-week period. “This was a long time in the strategic planning, however our management and staff worked tirelessly to deliver a complete service to each G8 member state and their associated support teams. The very high profile of such an event meant that we had to deliver it right first time, and it is testament to our people and investment in resources that we managed to do so,” said Jonny McKinney, Director of BAHL. “During the same period, our normal ramp and cargo operations continued, unaffected by the G8 project. This in itself was a perfect example of the capability of BAHL to be flexible and deliver a first-class service to our customers.” he added. Blue Dart inaugurated an Area Office cum Service Centre in Jammu, India. The Area Office cum Service Centre, located on the main Jammu-Srinagar highway, was inaugurated by Sukhwinder Singh, Regional Head – North, Blue Dart Express Ltd. The launch of this Area Office cum Service Centre is in line with the company’s strategic initiative of strengthening its presence in Tier II and III towns that are emerging as important nodes of production, consumption and distribution. Blue Dart Express’ Chief Operating Officer and Finance Director Yogesh Dhingra, was awarded the ‘CFO 100 Roll Of Honour 2013’. Yogesh won this award in the category for ‘Winning Edge’ in Raising Capital/Fund Management – Revenues above USD 0.2 bn. The CFO 100 Roll of Honour award has been conferred upon Yogesh for the third time in a row – in 2011 for ‘Winning Edge in Growth (Revenue focus)’ and in 2012 for ‘Winning Edge in Strategy’. Boeing announced that it will adjust the production rate for the 747-8 program from two airplanes to 1.75 airplanes per month because of lower market demand for large passenger and freighter airplanes. Boeing will continue to monitor market conditions and their effect on production rates moving forward. The company expects long-term average growth in the air cargo market to resume in 2014, and forecasts a demand for 790 large airplanes (such as the 747-8 Intercontinental) to be delivered worldwide over the next 20 years.

Blue Dart announced launch of its Service Centre in Roorkee, Uttarakhand. With the launch of the new Service Centre, Blue Dart has strengthened its network in the beautiful state of Uttarakhand. Blue Dart has been present in Uttarakhand since the last 16 years. This Service Centre located in the heart of Roorkee is attached to its Area Office located in the district and holy city of Haridwar, a mere 30 kms distance away. Blue Dart will, through this launch, have a direct presence in the city, which is well connected via road and rail. This strategic decision is in line with the Company’s strong focus on Tier II and III towns, which are emerging as important nodes of production, consumption and distribution. Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co., Ltd. celebrated its first 737-300 passenger-to-freighter (PTF) conversion for Kenya Airways with Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) at a redelivery ceremony held in Boeing Shanghai’s hangar adjacent to the Pudong Airport. The modification was conducted under an AEI Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), based on engineering data licensed from Boeing. Boeing and FedEx Express, a wholly owned subsidiary of FedEx Corp, have announced an order for four 767 Freighters, which is part of the express company’s initiative to modernize its fleet. “These additional 767 orders will help accelerate our fleet modernization program as we replace our aging MD-10 freighter fleet,” said James R. Parker, FedEx Express Executive Vice President, Air Operations. “These new 767s will provide significantly improved reliability and are substantially more fuel-efficient than the aircraft they will replace. They will be an excellent addition to the FedEx fleet. The addition of the 767 Freighters will enable FedEx to replace its less efficient medium widebody cargo airplanes with freighters that provide fuel, maintenance and other cost savings. The freighters also increase efficiency by sharing spare parts, tooling and flight simulators with the Boeing 757s that are part of the FedEx air fleet.” he added.

British International Freight Association (BIFA) announced commencement of the operations of the first electronic information sharing platform in Beijing for China’s air logistics industry. The use of IT platforms in the Chinese air freight industry is a key foundation to transparency and connectivity in the process of bringing suppliers and buyers together in one of the world’s most important air freight markets. The platform has been jointly developed by China Customs Data Centre and Beijing Customs Data Sub-centre and is conveniently available to users through a smart phone. Users are able to confirm desired services, check shipping documents and apply for Customs clearance and inspection at the push of a button.
BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the level of freight shipments in September measured by the Freight TSI (109.2) dropped 4.2 percent below the all-time high level of 114.0 in December 2011. BTS’ TSI records began in 1990.
Blue Dart, won key awards at the6th Express, Logistics & Supply Chain Conclave (ELSCC) held at Mumbai. Blue Dart took home the honours in the categories of ‘Best Air Express Provider of the Year – Domestic’ (Blue Dart Express Ltd.), ‘Best Air Cargo Carrier of the Year’ (Blue Dart Aviation Ltd.) and ‘CSR initiative of the Year’ (Blue Edge: Empowering Lives programme). In the individual category, Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express Ltd. won the ‘ELSC CEO of the Year’ award. DHL, on the other hand, received the awards for ‘Best Air Express Provider of the Year – International’ (DHL Express) and ‘Best Logistics Service Provider of the Year – Air Freight’ (DHL Global Forwarding).
Boeing reported that the global air cargo market will expand at a 5.2 percent annual rate over the next 20 years. According to the Boeing World Air Cargo Forecast 2012/2013, growth will be driven by world gross domestic product (GDP) that will nearly double over the forecast period. Trade is expected to increase through liberalization of markets and more efficient aircraft and infrastructure improvements will reduce the cost of air cargo. Boeing released the biennial forecast, which is widely cited by airlines and industry groups, at the International Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition 2012 in Atlanta. Air cargo traffic will grow over the long term despite current near-term market weakness and worldwide economic uncertainty. The industry languished following the 2010 recovery posting slight declines in traffic in 2011 and thus far in 2012.
Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) adopted Kale’s GALAXY-Custodian Solution to manage its Precious Cargo Custodian activities. BDB selected GALAXY-Custodian for its comprehensive functionality including interface with Indian Customs through ICES standard EDI messages. It has helped BDB migrate from a legacy system to a web enabled application incorporating the automation of Exports and Imports of Precious Cargo Custodian operations.
Boeing delivered its 50th 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) to Evergreen International Airlines. The airplane is the first to enter the Evergreen fleet and the 40th conversion completed by TAECO. All 747-400BCF deliveries have been completed on or ahead of scheduled commitments to customer airlines.
Blue Dart Express Limited, posted USD 0.008126 bn profit after tax for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. Net Sales / Income from operations for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 stood at USD 0.086012 bn, an increase of 15.94% over the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Boeing has delivered a 747-8 Freighter to Narita-based Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA , marking the Japanese debut for the 747-8, its first such aircraft on order with Boeing. The 747-8 Freighter will provide improved economics and efficiency as well as environmental benefits that are all essential in today’s market.” He continued. The airline currently operates eight 747-400 Freighters with two 747-400 Freighters on lease with other airlines.
Blue Dart, has been ranked amongst the Top25 ‘India’s Best Companies to Work For 2012’ by the Great Place to Work Institute, India. Blue Dart was ranked13th amongst ‘India’s Best Companies to Work For 2012’ and 1st in the Transportation Industry.
Blue Dart and DHL, were recognized for their positive contribution to business, society, environment and the country and were recipients of awards across categories at the Responsible Business Awards, Corporate Excellence Awards and Thought Leaders Awards. At the Responsible Business Awards (an annual initiative aimed at raising awareness on CSR), Blue Dart won the ‘Environmental Leadership Award’ while DHL Express won the ‘Responsible Supply Chain Award’ for GOGREEN Carbon Neutral Service (India’s first end-to-end service that allows customers to neutralize their carbon footprint). For their role as responsible corporate entities and contributing positively to the society, Blue Dart received the ‘Best in CSR Award’ while DHL Express received the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Practice Award’.
BAA, owned by Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial, reported that freight traffic fell 2.4 per cent across its airports in May and was down 3.8 per cent at Heathrow. The Eurozone economic slump which is hitting UK airports hard, with cargo volumes from crisis-hit countries dwindling, is cited as the main cause for this. According to Colin Matthews, BAA’s Chief Executive Officer, “the impact of the eurozone crisis is still being felt with reduced cargo traffic.”
Brussels International Airport registered an increase of 6.1% in March to 46,409 tonnes versus the same month in 2011. Both freighter and belly cargo did better, recording 33,380 tonnes and 13,029 tonnes, respectively, in March.
Bahrain International Airport (BIA) recently welcomed IAG Cargo’s, new Boeing 747-8 Freighter (747-8F) jet airliner through its brand British Airways World Cargo. It touched ground in the region for the very first time.
Brussels International Airport (Brucargo) is registering a growth of 6.6%, partly due to a number of windfalls including the leap day and the fact that the Chinese New Year was celebrated in January instead of in February as was the case last year. The volumes carried by full-freighters in particular are growing strongly (up 8.8%), as a result of the additional flights operated by Singapore Airlines Cargo, Saudi Cargo Airlines, Korean Air Cargo and EVA Airways Cargo.The fact that the cargo volumes carried grow more strongly than the number of movements indicates a better aircraft payload. The volume of belly cargo remains all but status quo compared to last year.
Blue Dart Express Limited, part of the DHL Group, has won the Customer & Brand Loyalty Award. Boeing and AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of Volga-Dnepr Group, celebrated the delivery of the first of five new Boeing 747-8 Freighters to the airline. “The introduction of the Boeing 747-8F represents a huge commitment to our customers since we are investing in state of the art equipment to further expand our network,” said Tatyana Arslanova, Executive President of AirBridgeCargo Airlines.
Budapest Airport cargo headed by Christa Soltau, achieved a record cargo throughput in 2011, handling more than 100,000 tonnes for the first time. Flown air cargo volumes grew by 6.4% to almost 70,000 tonnes, despite the flat volumes worldwide last year, while trucked volumes more than doubled to nearly 37,000 tonnes, taking total throughput to 106,595 tonnes. The growth builds on substantial increases in 2010, when flown air cargo grew by 20% and trucked volumes once again doubled. Brussels Airport Cargo traffic faired well in 2011 whereas at many European airports, cargo volumes have been declining strongly since the summer. The volume at Brussels Airport remained almost stable with over 475,000 tonnes carried, driven by a strong second semester of 2011. Since August 2011 cargo volumes are on a monthly basis going up with a growth of up to 7.3% in December despite the overall economical downturn. Major cargo airlines including Korean Air Cargo, Singapore Airlines Cargo, Saudi Airlines Cargo and EVA Airways Cargo invested in additional flights and capacity, especially in the second half of the year.
Brussels Airport Cargo did extremely well in a worldwide cargo market that is currently in decline. The positive growth of 1.8% is mainly driven by integrator traffic and the new cargo services operated by the major cargo carriers.
Brussels International Airport said it carried over 470,000 tonnes of air cargo in 2011, and the throughput remained stable, driven by a strong second semester of 2011,while cargo traffic at many European airports had declined strongly since summer. BOEING has confirmed FedEx’s order of 27 B767 F. The integrator has also exercised existing options for two additional 777 freighters. “The 767 is a proven freighter and this order constitutes a strong vote of confidence for its capabilities. It is an airplane that we will be building for decades,” Boeing Commercial Chief Executive Officer, Jim Albaugh said.
Boeing and Etihad Airways, announced an order for 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and two Boeing 777 F. Valued at a combined $2.8 billion at current list prices, this order will make Etihad the world’s largest airline customer of the 787-9. Etihad has a total of 41 787s on order. The order also increases Etihad’s current Boeing 777 backlog to 12 airplanes, which includes 10 previously ordered 777-300ERs (extended range). The Abu Dhabi-based airline’s fleet currently includes eight Boeing 777-300ERs and one 777 Freighter.
Boeing and Evergreen International Airlines, a subsidiary of Evergreen International Aviation announced the airline will introduce the 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter to its fleet with delivery to Evergreen in 2012. The conversion will be the 50th 747-400 jetliner to be modified to a freighter configuration by Boeing, which provides overall management of the conversion, including engineering and materials.
Blue Dart Express, the market leader in Indian air express, has earmarked about INR1.5 billion rupees of capex in 2012 to expand air and ground services, a senior official said. The company had spent a similar amount over the past two years as capex and will not cut investments in 2012, despite slowing economic growth.
British Airways Cargo operated with the new quiet Boeing 747-800F maiden flight at Cologne Bonn Airport. The Airport Fire Brigade welcomed British Airways World Cargo and its maiden flight of the Boeing 747-800F with an impressive water fountain. The aircraft flew in from London Stansted and later left for Hong Kong via Tbilisi, Georgia.
Bonfiglioli Pvt. Ltd. has selected Kuehne + Nagel to manage the warehousing operations for its new assembly plant in Chennai, India. The Bonfiglioli Group, based in Bologna, Italy, is a world leader in the supply of power transmission and control systems. At the 10,000-sqm premises, Kuehne + Nagel provides its customer comprehensive logistics offerings such as inbound materials receipt, put away services, order processing and line replenishing. The logistics portfolio also includes re-packing, picking & packing, inbound transportation, finished goods loading, materials cleaning and preservation as well as documentation.
Boeing has delivered a 747-8 Freighter to Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways, making it the second freight operator worldwide to take delivery of Boeing’s newest freighter. With this new addition to its fleet, Cathay Pacific also becomes the first carrier in Asia Pacific to operate the 747-8. The new airplane is the first of 10 747-8 freighters Cathay Pacific has on order with Boeing.
British exporters say changes to air cargo security rules in December will place them at a competitive disadvantage when the UK’s Department for Transport abolishes the ‘account consignor scheme’, that allows logistics groups to accept air cargo consignments from self-certified shippers.
Boeing celebrated the delivery flight of the first 747-8 freighter for Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. The delivery is the first of nine 747-8 Freighters that Atlas Air has on order. Atlas Air’s 49 percent subsidiary, Global Supply Systems (GSS), will operate the new freighter for British Airways World Cargo through a five-year wet-lease agreement.
Boeing’s Long-Awaited B787 ‘Dreamliner’ aircraft successfully completed its first commercial service recently. The All Nippon Airways charter was carrying Media Representatives, Senior Airline Executives and Aviation Enthusiasts. The flight between Tokyo and Hong Kong International Airport was completed in slightly over four hours.
BMI UK-baised carrier has launched three times a week A330-200 services between its London Heathrow hub and Amritsar in the northern part of India.
Blue Dart Express Ltd declared its financial results for the third quarter (Q3) ended September 30, 2011 held in Mumbai. The company posted USD6.0mn profit after tax for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. Income from operations (inclusive of fuel surcharge) for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 stood at USD8bn., an increase of 32.40% over the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express Ltd. said.
Budapest Airport welcomed the world’s newest and largest commercial aircraft, Cargolux’s first Boeing 747-8 freighter flight to the airport. This flight was also part of the first commercial roundtrip ever with a Boeing 747-8 aircraft, which made it an exciting double premier.
Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines announced an order for four Boeing 777 Freighters, making Ethiopian Airlines the first African carrier to order the twin-engine freighter. The order is valued at approximately $1.1 billion at list prices and was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s website. “As the largest African cargo carrier operating in some of the fastest growing trade lanes of the world – between Africa and Europe, Middle East and Asia – the new 777 Freighter fleet will significantly enhance our tonnage and range capabilities,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.
Brussels International Airport has reported that its August cargo volume continued to decrease by 3 percent compared with the same month last year. The cargo volume drop reflects the worldwide decline in cargo volumes carried on board of full-freighters. The export from Asia in particular decreased significantly. Integrator traffic and cargo carried on board of passenger aircraft continue to register positive growth. Korean Air has added a fifth weekly cargo flight to Seoul, and aims to increase the frequency to nine flights a week. Singapore Airlines Cargo and Saudi Arabian Airlines too have announced the expansion of their full-cargo operations. The start of the winter season will also see the launch of a direct daily HST service between the North station in Paris and Brussels Airport, operated by Thalys.
Berlin Region The strong growth in air freight continued in the period from January to August, rising by 23.3 per cent to a total of 21,204 tons. However, the nationwide trend to decreasing exports is beginning to be felt at Berlin’s airports: in August flown cargo was 2,461 tons, which is a 5.1 per cent decrease compared with the same month of the previous year.
Boeing will deliver to all-cargo carrier Cargolux the first of its 747-8 freighters, which the manufacturer believes will be the anchor for future international cargo transport. Cargolux will receive the second of its 13 ordered 747-8 freighters two days later. The freighter has 16 percent more capacity than its predecessor, the B747-400 freighter, and a maximum payload of 134 metric tons.
Boeing received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for the new 747-8 Freighter, passing two of the final landmarks on the airplane’s journey to entry into service. The FAA granted Boeing an Amended Type Certificate (ATC) and an Amended Production Certificate for the 747-8 Freighter, while the EASA also granted the company an ATC for the airplane. With these certificates, the program is in the final stages of preparing to deliver the first 747-8 Freighter to launch customer Cargolux.
Blue Dart Express, South Asia’s premier courier, and integrated express package Distribution Company, declared its financial results for the second quarter (Q2) ended June 30, 2011 at its Board Meeting held in Mumbai. The company posted US$340mn profit after tax for the quarter. Income from operations (inclusive of fuel surcharge) for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 stood at US$3.7bn., an increase of 33.80% over the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express Ltd, said, “Being a customer centric brand, Blue Dart has robust plans for India and will continue to focus on product innovation, reach expansion, transit time improvements, small town (Tier-II and III) activation and strengthening channels”.
Bombardier Aerospace announ-ced that the Letter of Intent (LOI) from Korean Air signed on June 21 at the 2011 Paris Air Show to acquire 10 CS300 airliners has now been converted into a firm order. The transaction also includes options on 10 CS300 aircraft and purchase rights for an additional 10 CS300 aircraft. The firm order makes Korean Air, South Korea’s flagship airline, the launch customer for the CSeries aircraft in Asia. The airline currently operates a fleet of 137 passenger and cargo jet aircraft to 115 cities in 39 countries. “Korean Air’s selection of the CSeries aircraft to meet its route expansion requirements in the Asia-Pacific market, and our growing list of customers in the European and North American markets are testaments to the high value and operational flexibility of the CSeries aircraft program,” said Gary R. Scott, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
Budapest Airport announced a further enhancement of its air cargo traffic network, thanks to the launch of a new freighter service by Turkish Cargo. Turkish Cargo, Turkish Airline’s freight division, will operate a scheduled weekly A310 freighter service between Istanbul and Budapest, with a cargo capacity of around 40 tonnes in each direction. The freighter service will complement the belly-hold cargo capacity of Turkish Airlines’ passenger flights between the two cities, which has just increased from a daily service to 10 flights per week.
Budapest Airport announced a further enhancement of its air cargo traffic network, thanks to the launch of a new freighter service by Turkish Cargo. Turkish Cargo will operate a scheduled weekly A310 freighter service between Istanbul and Budapest, with a cargo capacity of around 40 tonnes in each direction.
Brussels Airport has reported that it handled 40,900 tonnes of cargo in May, down 1.8 percent year on year, although full-freighter activity dropped due to the disappointing imports from China and Asia, this was largely compensated by the integrator segment and the increase of cargo carried on board of passenger aircraft. In May Brussels Airport registered 21,560 movements, up 6.8 percent on the same month last year.
Brussels Airport Company has awarded the licences for ramp handling for passenger aircraft, ramp handling for full-freighter aircraft, baggage handling, and freight and mail handling for a period of seven years to Flightcare Belgium and Swissport. Flightcare Belgium will continue its activities in the four categories for which it was awarded a licence for the new period until 2018. The activities of Aviapartner in the limited ground handling categories will end on October 31, 2011. Swissport, which until now was not active at Brussels Airport, is granted the licence to supply handling services in the four limited categories for which it was selected. The two catering companies that currently operate at Brussels Airport, LSG Sky Chefs Belgium and Gate Gourmet Belgium can continue their catering transport activities until October 31, 2018.
British Airways has agreed a 3-year renewal of its contract with Kuehne + Nagel for the import of its range of in-flight wines from around the world to the United Kingdom. The strength of Kuehne + Nagel’s global seafreight network was key to British Airways’ decision to continue the partnership, which was originally formed in 2004. Over more than six years, British Airways has relied on Kuehne + Nagel for the timely, transparent and cost-effective transportation of wine to the UK from multiple origins across Europe, Australia, South Africa and South America.
Beihai Airport, in southwest China’s Guangxi Autonomous Region, handled 16.19 million tonnes of cargo and mail in the first five months, a sharp increase of 83.9 percent year on year. The airport’s cargo throughput grew steadily in this period thanks to rising demand brought by economic development in the region. Beihai airport plans to launch more routes to further improve its network and optimise flight schedule this year. It aims to achieve an annual cargo throughput target of 37 million tones.
Blue Dart Express Ltd., inaugurated 4 new Blue Dart – DHL ONE RETAIL stores across Mumbai (Mahim, Bandra Kurla Complex, Goregaon) and Navi Mumbai (Airoli), thus taking the count to 419 ONE RETAIL stores across India. The ONE RETAIL initiative by Blue Dart and DHL leverages the leadership position enjoyed by both the brands. It offers customers the freedom to avail of domestic as well as international products in both Blue Dart and DHL outlets. Both Blue Dart and DHL are well established brands, with strong brand recall and loyalty.
BIP is providing solutions that would cut baggage mishandling by half by the end of 2012, saving US$1.9 billion annually to the industry. BIP is set to meet the 2011 Board target of 60 airport diagnosis visits and is on track to meet target of 70 airports in the self-help program. Currently 53 diagnosis visits have been conducted and 36 airports participated in the self-help program. IATA proposes to now start regularly tracking progress towards the vision of a 50% reduction in mishandling. Current figures show a baggage mishandling reduction of 15%.
Brussels Airport said it handled 38,327 tonnes of air cargo in April, up 8.4 percent on the same month last year, and cumulatively between January and April, it handled 156,000 tons, down -0.3 percentage point .However, any comparison is affected by the impact of the ash cloud.
Beihai Airport in Guangxi posted a 103 percent growth year on year in cargo throughput to 1,191 tonnes in the first four months of this year. Boeing and Lufthansa Cargo have finalized an order for five Boeing 777 Freighters. The order is valued at $1.35 billion, based on Boeing list prices. The airplanes will help Lufthansa Cargo in its initiative to modernize and expand its fleet. Lufthansa Cargo previously indicated its intention to order the freighters in March 2011.
Boeing has rolled out a 777 freighter at its new seven-per-month rate. The aircraft, which was to be to FedEx Express in June, marks the fourth time the 777 has been built at the seven-per-month rate. The 777 received 48 new orders through April 2011, and has a backlog of more than 280 aircraft orders. The production will again increase in 1Q 2013 from seven to 8.3 per month, reaching a record 100 aircraft a year.
British Airways’ merger with Iberia, which aimed to narrow the gap to Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Air France-KLM Group’s lead in the US$60 billion cargo market, did not show any change in the cargo market. BA and Iberia recently fused their cargo units in the biggest operational change since the January merger and will add three 747-8Fs to become the first major European airline with Boeing Co’s largest-ever freighter. The merged company will still have half the freight traffic of Lufthansa and Air France-KLM after decades where cargo played second fiddle to passengers. Attempts to redress the balance may be hampered by limits on London night flights, UK and Spanish exports that lag behind Germany and a limited freighter fleet.
Blue Dart Express, package delivery company, which claims top spot in the air cargo sector with a 40 percent market share, hopes to lead in India’s ground cargo business by 2015. The organised air cargo segment in the country has an estimated value of INR1,481 crore (US$334.6 million) in 2009. The ground cargo business in the same period was INR1,727 crore (US$390.1 million), of which Blue Dart only holds 8.5 per cent. Organised air and ground cargo and air freight are estimated to have reached INR3,800 crore (US$840 million) in 2010. Blue Dart closed the year-ended December 2010 with revenues of INR1,148 crore (US$254 million), with 95 per cent of its revenues coming from the B2B sector.
Blue Dart Express Limited, declared its financial results for the first quarter (Q1) ended March 31, 2011, at its Board Meeting held in Mumbai. The company posted `. 36.11 cr profit after tax for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. Income from operations (inclusive of fuel surcharge) for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 stood at ` 336.33 cr, an increase of 30.56% over the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express Ltd said, “Since inception, customer centricity has been of paramount importance to Blue Dart. We constantly innovate; strengthen our product portfolio to serve our customers with solutions that match up to meet their dynamic and evolving business needs. We will continue to focus on delivering world-class service quality, experience and maintain our reliability quotient”.
Brucargo in March handled 43,742 tonnes of cargo: 12.2 percent down on the same month of last year. This remarkable decrease can be explained by the fact that the cargo volume recorded in March 2010 was boosted by an exceptionally large charter operation by Korean Air Cargo. Integrator traffic is back on the up since a few months. Cargo carried on board of passenger aircraft continues to record two-digit growth.The airport said the number of aircraft movements in March increased by 4.2 percent, totalling to 19.999.
British Airways and Iberia will unite their cargo divisions following the merger of their passenger operations to form International Airlines Group (IAG). Heading the business will be Steve Gunning as managing director and Ignacio Díez Barturen as deputy managing director, previously managing directors of BA World Cargo and Iberia Cargo respectively. The new entity will be one of the 10 largest air cargo carriers worldwide. “Both British Airways’ and Iberia’s cargo operations are highly successful in their own right which is why it’s important that they keep their current brands. However, by creating a single business unit, our customers will benefit from an integrated range of products and access to a wider network,” Gunning commented.
Bmi Cargo has selected its Global Filer for compliance with European safety and security regulations on advanced entry declarations to the EU’s Import Control System (ICS). Global Filer is part of Descartes’ Global Trade Compliance suite. It enables collaboration between multiple parties to address customs security filing requirements across different modes of transport and for multiple EU countries.
Brucargo in January handled 36,591 tonnes of air cargo, an increase of 1.5% on January 2010. Cargo carried on board of passenger airlines recorded the strongest growth whereas integrator traffic was slightly down on pcp. Full-freighter traffic remained slightly below the result of January 2010, when Brussels Airport handled several extra cargo charter flights. Boeing successfully conducted the first flight of the fifth 747-8 Freighter. The airplane, coded as RC523, took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., for a 3-hour, 30-minute flight before returning to Paine Field. The flight included a standard 2-hour, 30-minute “B1” flight profile that Boeing conducts on all production airplanes prior to delivery, plus an hour of engineering testing woven into the profile.
Boeing and Israel-based EL AL have signed a contract for four 737-900ERs that are worth a total of $343.2 million. “These additional airplanes will help us expand our fleet to meet the growing demand from our customers. We will use the Boeing 737-900ERs to replace the current fleet of 757-200s and to serve the growing markets in our network,” Elyezer Shkedy, EL AL’s CEO, said in a statement.
Blue Dart Express Limited, posted ` 94.37 crores profit after tax for the year ended December 31, 2010. Income from Operations for the further quarter ended December 31, 2010 was ` 318.88 crores. Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express Limited said, “The 2010 results have been in sync with our outlined expectations for the year. Going forward, we are committed to remain the ‘Express & Logistics Provider of Choice’ for Indian industries.” During the year 2010, Blue Dart handled over 87 million domestic shipments, 0.74 million international shipments and over 3,38,990 tonnes of documents and parcels across the nation and 220 countries worldwide.
Basel Airport is the third location to become “IATA e-freight capable” in Switzerland. After Zurich and Geneva, the e-freight operational process was introduced in Basel, again under the lead of Swiss WorldCargo, the cargo division of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. Cargo carriers (SWISS, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines), ground handling agent Swissport, customs and airport authorities as well as a large group of local and international freight forwarders – such as Panalpina, DHL, Agility Logistics, Fracht AG, Glob-sped, Gondrand, Lamprecht, Hoco and Wincanton – have all been working closely with Swiss WorldCargo and the IATA e-freight team for the successful and timely launch of the initiative. Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), the agency responsible for aviation security in India, has thrown a spanner in the civil aviation ministry’s plan having implemented the new ground-handling policy since January 1, 2011. Any delay in rolling out the new policy which bars private carriers such as Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and IndiGo from undertaking ground-handling would help the airlines save on cost. The new policy allows only three agencies in one metro airport — the national carrier Air India, the airport operator (such as Airports Authority of India, GMR and GVK), and one private firm selected through bidding to provide ground handling services. The service involves job of baggage movement, cargo scanning, taxing, refueling and cleaning of the aircraft among others.
BAA’s airport Cargo tonnage at Heathrow rose by 3.7 percent and for the group as a whole it was up by 2.8 percent, indicating that the global economic recovery is continuing as retailers ready their warehouses and stores for the Christmas rush.
BCBP Matchmaker and the community of airlines and airports sharing project information it created, IATA is pleased to announce that the enhanced StB Matchmaker will feature the Baggage Improvement Program (BIP) and IATA e-services in 2011. Currently, the StB Matchmaker hosts Fast Travel in addition to Bar Coded Boarding Pass (BCBP). Eric Leopold, Head of Passenger said, “I truly believe the Matchmaker was so successful in the past as it was based on ideas, comments and continuous feedback from the Matchmaker community. This allowed us to improve features, tailor the tool to needs and maximize its benefits for all users. We very much encourage any user feedback as this is a very critical element of success.”
Brussels Airport in October carried 42,489 tonnes of cargo traffic registering a 9.7 percent growth. Growth continues to be driven by the increase of cargo carried on board of passenger aircraft, but the full-cargo segment too shows marked growth. Only integrator traffic is currently recording slightly negative growth.
Blue Dart, South Asia’s Premier Express Air and Integrated transportation, distribution and Logistics Company has been voted as a Star Brand for 2010-11, by the Indian Council for Market Research (ICMR).
Boeing took a new order for one 777 from Latin America’s LAN Airlines .LAN said the purchase was part of plans to add five Boeing aircraft to its cargo fleet for an expansion of subsidiaries in Brazil and Mexico.The company said it would add three rented Boeing 767 planes by January and incorporate two new 777s in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), updated its web page with data on third quarter 2010 baggage fees and reservation change fees. Baggage fees and reservation change fees are the only ancillary fees paid by passengers that are reported to BTS as separate items. Other fees, such as revenue from seating assignments and on-board sales of food, drink, pillows, blankets, and entertainment are reported in a different category with other items and cannot be identified separately.
British Airways World Cargo has reported commercial revenue (flown revenue plus fuel surcharges) of £350.2mn for the first half of the financial year beginning 1 April 2010. This represents an increase of 39.4 percent against the same period last year. The British carrier said that volumes of 2,294 million cargo tonne kilometres (CTKs) for the half year represent an increase of 2.4 percent versus the same period last year. Cargo capacity for the same six-month period was down 1.4 percent. Overall yield increased by 36.1 percent versus last year, driven by underlying price and product mix improvement. Excluding the impact of exchange rate movements, yield increased by 31.5 percent.
Boeing has predicted that world air cargo will hit its pre-recession high by the end of the year. The airframer forecasts that air cargo, which usually signposts wider air transport industry slumps or recoveries, will average growth of 5.9 percent over the next two decades.
Blue Dart Express Limited, declared its financial results for the quarter and nine months ended September, 2010 at its Board Meeting held in the city. Income from operations for the quarter ended 30 September 2010 was US$65mn, as compared to US$52mn crore for the quarter ended September, 2009. Profit after tax for the quarter ended 30 September 2010 was US$4.6mn crore as compared to US$5.6mn crore in the corresponding quarter ended 30 September 2009. Boeing said it took orders for two wide-body 777s valued at more than US$500 million from FedEx. The plane maker also said it took an order for one narrow-body 737 from an unidentified customer. Boeing said, however, it lost orders for three 737s in the latest week, bringing the net total of 737 orders to 248 for the year. Boeing also identified Air China as the customer behind an order for four 777s previously listed as unidentified.
Boeing said it would delay first delivery of the 747-8 Freighter, its biggest commercial jet, to mid-2011 from the fourth quarter of 2010. The delay is the third announced by Boeing, the world’s second-largest commercial plane manufacturer after Airbus. The 747-8 delay was widely expected, and follows an August announcement by Boeing that it would push back first delivery of its long-delayed 787 Dreamliner to the first quarter of 2011.
Baggage Improvement Program (BIP) team conducted diagnosis visits at Beijing and Taipei airports. The visits were very successful. State of the art infrastructure at Beijing airport allowed the team to learn about new baggage management processes, best practices and potential BIP toolkit solutions. With privatization, Taipei airport is undergoing extensive restructuring, including changes to the infrastructure with a new rail link to be introduced in late 2011. Initial feedback on the diagnosis visit has been very positive. The sponsor airline, China Airlines, commented that having an external view will very much help airport stakeholders confront and address issues. Andrew Price, IATA Head of Baggage Services said, “We have already secured diagnosis visits to allow us meet the board target of 40 visits for 2010, illustrating the value of the program to the industry. Our stakeholders have made great efforts to tackle baggage mishandling and we will continue to support this effort in 2011.”
British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia will start joint passenger and cargo operations across the Atlantic after signing a $7 billion-a-year revenue sharing alliance. “The joint business will launch this October,” British Airways said.”It will enable the airlines’ alliance to compete on an equal footing with the other main global alliances that have had regulatory approval to operate trans-Atlantic joint businesses for several years,” Europe’s third largest carrier said.
Brussels airport saw its freight throughput increase by 6.8 percent year-on-year in September to reach 37,583 tonnes. The gateway’s operator attributed the expansion to increased bellyhold volumes. Full-freighter and integrator cargo traffic actually declined slightly over that recorded in September 2009. During the month, Ukraine International Airlines resumed services to Kiev. Last month (October), AeroLogic began flying one a B777F to Bahrain and this month Air Arabia is moving its Belgian base from Charleroi to Brussels.
Blue Dart & DHL were honored with Global HR Excellence Awards at the Asia Pacific HRM Congress 2010 recently held in Bangalore. The two organizations proved once more that they stand as the ‘Employers of Choice’ for the surging and high potential express and logistics industry. Boeing Chairman and CEO, Jim McNerney, has given his support to proposals by the US government to double the countries exports within the next five years. . The newly established President’s Export Council is seeking to enhance US competitiveness, employment and export growth. McNerney serves as chairman of the council. Blue Dart was honored with the “Award for Best Motivational Practice in Services” by All India Management Association (AIMA) and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL). The Award has been instituted to encourage employee motivational programs and practices in organizations in the manufacturing and services industries, leading to more effective management and leadership. The Award was presented at the Inaugural Session of AIMA’s flagship HR event called National HRM Summit. As the winning organization, Blue Dart made a case study presentation of its ‘Best Motivational Practice’ on the second day of the Summit. Mercer, a renowned HR consulting firm was the knowledge partner for this prestigious award. The companies short listed on the basis of the survey were evaluated by a distinguished Jury consisting of eminent personalities from HR and academia. Blue Dart Express and DHL Express India together won several awards at the prestigious Growth Innovation and Leadership (GIL) Global 2010, Frost & Sullivan’s flagship Global Congress that was recently held in Bangalore. Designed for accelerating corporate growth and thought leadership, these awards are considered to be one of the industry’s foremost accolades in India for Logistics. Blue Dart won the award for Best Logistics Service Provider in the Pharma segment while DHL Express won the awards for Best International Service Provider and Best Logistics Service Provider in the Textile segment. British Airways World Cargo announced that it has signed a five-year wet lease agreement with Global Supply Systems Limited (GSS), which will see its three Boeing 747-400 freighters replaced with new Boeing 747-8 freighters in early 2011. Further to its agreement with British Airways World Cargo, GSS will dry lease the freighters from Atlas Air. The contract represents a significant investment by British Airways World Cargo. The three new Boeing 747-8f aircraft will be registered in the United Kingdom and operate to our existing schedule maintaining regular services through STN, HKG, FRA, PVG, ORD, DEL, amongst others. It has also been agreed that the new 747-8fs will be delivered in British Airways livery and incorporate the British Airways World Cargo logo.
Brussels Airport Freight services (38.851 tons) have grown with 5.4% over the month of June 2009. In June again, this growth is mostly recorded with full freighter transportation and with belly freight on board passenger airliners. In May, Hong Kong Airlines announced its intentions to start operating freighter service between Brussels and Hong Kong, via Delhi. After a startup period with 3 weekly flights, the number is increased to 6.
Boeing and LAN CARGO, announced that the airline will join Boeing’s Component Services Program (CSP). The program will provide LAN CARGO timely, worldwide access to spare parts for the carrier’s 777 Freighter fleet. LAN CARGO becomes the 12th airline in the 777 Component Services Program, which is offered jointly by Boeing and Air France Industries/KLM Engineering & Maintenance. CSP allows airlines to outsource the cost and logistical issues associated with keeping important parts on hand, while significantly reducing inventory. The inventory required to support an airplane type can cost millions of dollars.
British Airways World Cargo has reported commercial revenue (flown revenue plus fuel surcharges) of £175 million for the first quarter of the financial year beginning April 2010. This represents an increase of 36.7 per cent against the same period last year. Excluding the impact of favourable exchange rate movements, commercial revenues were up 34.6 per cent. Boeing and LAN CARGO, a leading Latin American cargo airline, announced that the airline will join Boeing’s Component Services Program (CSP). The program will provide LAN CARGO timely, worldwide access to spare parts for the carrier’s 777 Freighter fleet.
Billund Airport registered increase in cargo volumes through this year’s first six months serving the industrial center of Western Denmark. 5,462 tonnes of cargo were handled in June 2010, an increase by 53.3 percent, y-o-y. Both imports, 2,620 tonnes, and exports, 2,842 tonnes, were rising steeply by 79.3 and 35.2 percent, respectively. For January-June 2010, total volumes handled at the airport were 35.9 percent, y-o-y, to 28.253 tonnes. Brussels Airlines Cargo is launching operations to four more destinations in West Africa in conjunction with its global GSA partner, European Cargo Services (ECS).
Brussels Airport has registered marked growth in Air Cargo. Full-freighter traffic and cargo carried on passenger are growing strongly. Integrator traffic on the other hand continues to drop compared to May 2009. In May Hong Kong Airlines announced its intention to open a cargo service between Hong Kong and Brussels, via Delhi, after the summer. They will start by operating three weekly flights, increasing the frequency to six in a later stage.

 

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Cargojet announced the expansion of its domestic air cargo network. The recent introduction of five new Boeing 767-300F Extended Range Freighters, three new Boeing 767-200F Extended Range Freighters, and one new Boeing 757-200F Extended Range Freighter, brings Cargojet’s all-cargo freighter fleet to a total of twenty-four aircraft.

Cathay Pacific Group reported a 20.2 percent surge in attributable profit to HK$3.1 billion for the full year. Group turnover in passenger and freight increased by 5.5 per cent to HK$106bn. Cargo revenues increased by 7.3 percent to HK$25.4bn compared with 2013. The tonnage carried by the carrier in 2014 increased by 12 percent compared with 2013.

China Airlines (CAL), started cargo shipping on a new route between the northern city of Taoyuan and southeastern Chinese city of Shenzhen. The airline will operate three flights per week on this route using Boeing 747-400F jets. The airline is hoping to explore the shipping market in China and said it believes the new route could meet the growing demand for shipment of consumer electronics and express air parcel as Shenzhen is a major hub for e-commerce and online shopping.

Cargolux is to introduce a new link between its Luxembourg base and the Indian city of Chennai after formalising a cooperation agreement with Oman Air that will see more cargo transported via the country’s air and shipping ports. The new flight, via Muscat International Airport, will operate from April 15, 2015, and is likely to be the start of an expected rapid growth in the Sultanate.

CHAMP Cargosystems announced that its Traxon Global Customs (TGC) Service is ready to support the new requirements mandated by US Custom & Border Protection (CBP) with respect to electronic air manifest filing. Carriers flying to or via the USA will need to file their pre-arrival declarations to the new Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) which replaces the legacy Air Automated Manifest System (Air-AMS).

 Cargolux has teamed up with Oman Air to target the Indian air freight market. A co-operation agreement will create, ‘new opportunities in sea-air freight transport from Oman’s modern port facilities’ while Cargolux’s freighters will use Oman Air’s facilities in Muscat. The cargo airline will introduce a scheduled service from Luxembourg to Chennai, in India, via Oman. The first flight will arrive in Muscat on 16 April.

Coyne Airways has appointed KIWI Logistics Cargo GSA as its General Sales Agent in Singapore. Established in 2013, KIWI Logistics Cargo GSA is bringing a fresh approach to airline cargo sales in this developed market, with a focus on efficiency, simplicity and reliability.

Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal handled 1.45 m tonnes of freight in 2014, its first full year of operation, accounting for 40 per cent of overall throughput at Hong Kong International Airport. Kelvin Ko, chief executive of Cathay Pacific Services (CPSL), which operates the facility, expects tonnage to increase rapidly this year as it opens up to more third-party customers.

Cargo AirLines has successfully upgraded its fleet by taking delivery of the airlines second 748-400ERF. Both are nose loader, open door freighters. The aircraft, built in 2007, has a GE engine. A spokesperson for CAL said the airline’s focus on non-standard cargo such as oversize and/or overweight products, dangerous loads, pharma, perishables and live animals will be served well by this addition to the fleet.

Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal has become the first Hong Kong air freight facility to achieve ISO 28000 certification, a global standard for security management systems in the logistics industry. Customers paying premiums for airfreight expect their goods to arrive at the destination on time and in excellent condition.
Centurion Cargo has resumed operations, sending three MD-11Fs back into service. The airline’s fleet had been grounded since September for non-payment to its debtors.

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair cargo, its wholly owned subsidiary, have completed their aptly named 2014 Wine Lift campaign, delivering a record 1,918 tonnes of wine from Europe to Japan. The shipment of Beaujolais Nouveau, which is equivalent to 1.75 million bottles, moved from Paris to Japan for Beaujolais Nouveau Day. Popular in Japan, the 2014 shipment bested the 2013 delivery of 1,400 tonnes by 37 percent.

Cathay Pacific Cargo has signed a master agreement to rent DoKaSch Temperature Solutions’ RKN and RAP Opticooler active containers.The containers, to be rolled out across the Hong Kong-based airline’s network in the first quarter of 2015, are aimed at the shipment of temperature-sensitive goods and pharmaceutical products.

Cargolux has achieved an all-time record performance in block hours, cycles and tonnage during November 2014. Block hours have exceeded 10,000 hours a month for the first time in the company’s history and reached 10,224 hours, 8.7 percent higher than in November 2013.

Cargolux Airlines has started utilizing its advanced fleet of Boeing 747-8 freighters for export services at rickenbacker international airpoprt. Cargolux has been providing import services at Rickenbacker International Airport through Hong Kong since June 2013.

Cargolux Airlines International and Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment are expected to build Zhengzhou, capital city of Central China’s Henan Province, into China’s cargo hub. The joint venture, according to a document from the provincial government, is expected to be launched in 2015 and aims to be a global air cargo provider with Zhengzhou as its center.

Cargolux presented its 2014 DGR Awareness Award to ground handling company “Air Cargo Services Center in appreciation of the keen efforts of DGR team of the ACS in the area of dangerous goods compliance, handling and reporting. Cargolux launched this initiative in 2013 in order to emphasize the importance of careful and correct dangerous goods handling and to recognize the particular efforts of those ground handling partners who demonstrate a high level of awareness and diligence with regard to the handling of dangerous goods in their daily work.
Cargolux will expand its cargo services to Vietnam with the introduction of a second weekly flight to Ho Chi Minh City and a fourth frequency to Hanoi.

CEVA Logistics management companies has reached 20.4 percent e-AWB penetration across its global business, placing it firmly among the leaders in e-AWB implementation. In September 2014, CEVA achieved the fastest e-AWB growth than any other logistics company. CEVA took a major step forward in the 100 percent paperless eFreight initiative in the summer of 2013, when it signed the IATA multilateral agreement for the use of electronic Air Waybills.

Canada is moving towards a revised air cargo security process which will enable the shippers to screen outbound airfreight consignments prior to arrival at an airport. The officials of Transport Canada are hopeful that the amendments would result in a net benefit of C$202m over 10 years.

Cathay Pacific Airways had announced launching of a twice-weekly B747 freighter service to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.

Cargojet according to its President and CEO, expects “a very robust peak period to end the year” after reporting a steady set of Q3 results which were considered to have been enabled by the slight upward trend in the e-commerce volumes. The airline that operates overnight air cargo services across North America and global charters, registered rise in revenues by 8.8 percent to C$47.2m in the third quarter.

CEVA announced that its airfreight volumes rose by five percent during the thrid quarter as compared to the same period last year. The Third quarter revenue of $1,992m registered a rise of 0.7 percent sequentially from Q2 2014, recording considerable t improvement over recent quarters as a result of the positive volume trends in its Freight Management (FM) operations.

Cathay Pacific Airways  announced the launch of a new freighter service to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. The scheduled service will operate twice a week on a Hong Kong-Singapore-Penang-Phnom Penh-Hong Kong routing and will further strengthen the airline’s presence within the Asia Pacific region, offering customers greater choice and flexibility when moving goods between Cambodia and other parts of the world.

Cargolux has taken delivery of its 11th 747-8 freighter. The aircraft was named ‘City of Zhengzhou’ in honour of Cargolux’s partnership with its Chinese shareholder HNCA and its recently established Chinese hub in the Chinese city. Cargolux plans to increase its 747-8F flights between Luxembourg and Zhengzhou to multiple daily connections.

CHAMP announced that Cathay Pacific has selected CHAMP Cargosystems to provide their new cargo IT platform following a successful six month design phase. CSS, as it is known, is a further step in Cathay Pacific’s ambitions to remain at the forefront of harnessing technology to support world class process and people as an integral part of its drive for improved competitive advantage.

Cathay Pacific Airways has selected Cargospot software from Luxembourg-based IT supplier CHAMP Cargosystems SA as the backbone of the airline’s new cargo IT platform. To be known as CSS, the new platform will replace Cathay’s existing cargo management system which was developed in-house.
Charter broker Air Partner has teamed up with the Ruslan International joint venture of Antonov Airlines and Volga-Dnepr airlines to fly a gigantic mechanical dragon-horse from Nantes to Beijing, using one of the operator’s 17 Antonov 124 heavy lift aircraft. Known as Long Ma Jing Shen or ‘The Spirit of the Horse Dragon’, the 12 m high 46-tonne mechanical model is destined to take part in a parade through the Chinese capital to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China.

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering and Volga-Dnepr Airlines have helped Argentina’s aerospace industry deliver a piece of history by transporting the first-ever space satellite manufactured in the country from San Carlos de Bariloche Airport to its launch site in French Guiana. The ARSAT-1 satellite and its special transport container, weighing in common about 40 tonnes, were carried onboard an An-124-100 freighter under the Ruslan International joint venture.

Cargolux Airlines International announced the expansion of its Chinese network with the introduction of a second flight to Beijing and Xiamen. From Beijing, the 747 freighter goes to Xiamen and then Luxembourg. With the recent introduction of the airline’s new Zhengzhou hub, Cargolux’s service offering between Europe and mainland has grown to 14 weekly frequencies. The airline looks to grow the number of these flights to at least 18 by the end of 2014.
Cathay Pacific Cargo’s mail load factor rose by 3.8 percentage points to 62.5 percent, whilst capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, climbed by 13.3 percent.
China Southern Airlines is launching Boeing 777F service between Los Angeles International Airport and Tianjin, China. The 13-hour direct service marks the only dedicated freighter route linking Tianjin and North America. China Southern Cargo will also launch Los Angeles-Tianjin-Shanghai cargo service.
Cathay Pacific has warned about continued overcapacity in the cargo market despite the Hong Kong-based group notching a 3.4 percent rise in freight revenue to HK$11.6 billion in the first half 2014.
Cargojet saw 2014 second quarter revenues up 3.7 per cent to C$44.3 million, due to the increase in core overnight volumes and higher ACMI income.Cargojet provides time sensitive overnight air cargo services and operates a network across North America, as well as global air charters.
Cathay Pacific has warned about continued overcapacity in the cargo market despite the Hong Kong-based group notching a 3.4 percent rise in freight revenue to HK$11.6 billion in the first half 2014.
CATHAY PACIFIC remains top of the e-freight league table. The carrier has retained its ranking as the airline that operates the most e-AWB shipments. Cathay’s e-AWB volumes climbed by 47.1 percent whilst Emirates is in second place with 29.8 percent.
Cargolux Airlines International announced that it will take delivery of its 10th 747-8 freighter from Boeing. The aircraft is registered LX-VCK and named ‘City of Contern’.
Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair reported that they jointly handled 140,444 tonnes of cargo and mail an increase of 15 percent. The cargo and mail load factor rose by 3.2 percentage points to 64.9 percent. Capacity measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, rose by 10.2 percent while cargo and mail revenue tonne kilometres (RTKs) flown were up by 16 percent.
Chinese Maritime Transport (CMT), the Taiwanese bulk shipping company, announced that it plans to establish an air cargo unit, CMT Air Cargo, to diversify its business. CMT currently acts as general cargo sales agent for Saudi Arabian Airlines in Taiwan, and said the setup of a dedicated air cargo unit will help the company expand its air cargo agent business.
Cathay Pacific Airways will boost its freighter services to and from Canada with a new twice-weekly scheduled service to Calgary commencing on 17 October 2014, subject to government approval. The Calgary service will be operated by Boeing 747-8 Freighters which will fly machinery and perishables direct from Calgary to Hong Kong to connect with Cathay Pacific’s extensive Asian network.
Cargolux International, S.A., has agreed to become the first airline to carry AAR Telair’s full line of CAERO advanced light-weight unit load devices (ULDs). Cargolux launched the CAERO portfolio of cookie sheet pallets, heavy gross weight pallets and fuel-saving containers on its e ® pallets are up to 40 percent lighter than standard all-aluminum ULDs but can carry more weight without additional strapping to the aircraft structure.
Chapman Freeborn OBC GmbH is supporting Swiss WorldCargo with all hand-carry requirements through its worldwide office network. The agreement will allow Swiss WorldCargo to expand its specialised product portfolio and offer solutions for hand-carry courier shipments worldwide.
Cathay Pacific remains top of the e-freight league table, IATA’s statistics show. The carrier has retained its ranking as the airline that operates the most e-AWB shipments. Cathay’s e-AWB volumes climbed by 47.1 per cent in May, whilst Emirates is in second place with 29.8 per cent.
Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has major plans to expand its subsidiary Intradco Cargo Services. The company will extend its animal transport operations on a worldwide basis. Aircraft charter specialist Chapman Freeborn completed the acquisition of UK-based Intradco.
CHEP Aerospace Solutions has announced the start of a field trial of an innovative new energy-harvesting GPS and GSM tracking solution for ULDs on board the aircraft of its customer airlines. This latest ground-breaking innovation complements CHEP’s full service ULD management and has the potential to simplify and enrich the information flows that track cargo as it moves through the aviation supply chain.
Changi Airport handled 157,500 tonnes of airfreight in May – a 3.5 per cent increase year-on-year. Cargo shipments increased by 0.8 percent to 755,400 tonnes in the first five months of this year. More than 100 carriers operate at the facility, which connects Singapore to 290 cities in some 75 countries worldwide.
Cargojet and First Air have signed a cooperation agreement on a three times a week freighter service from Ottawa and Winnipeg to the arctic city of Iqaluit.Cargojet will assume the remaining lease obligation of First Air’s B767-200 extended range freighter aircraft, subject to lessor approval, in a deal that creates “significant cost efficiencies” for both carriers.
Cathay Pacific is planning to set up an air cargo port in Ahmedabad during this year, and will supplement its freight operations with addition of two more freight carriers in its existing HongKong-Delhi route. As for Cathy Pacific Airlines, India, which contributes 5% of its annual revenue, is an important market. In terms of contribution, India is third only to China. Taking into consideration this significant contribution, the airline is planning to set up an air cargo port in Ahmedabad and also to supplement its freight operations with addition of two more freight carriers in the HongKong-Delhi route.
C.A.L. Cargo Air Lines, provider of top-quality professional worldwide air cargo services, commenced services from Greater Moncton International Airport (YQM), Canada to Liege, Belgium with effect from April 14, 2014. The route is being operated with a 747 flight which is capable of carrying a full payload of seafood and industrial goods. In addition, it also represents the growth of the company and manifestation of its 2014 strategy, focusing on North America. The 747 aircraft which originated from JFK, is the first 747 aircraft to land on Greater Moncton International Airport’s newly expanded runway.
Cargolux Airlines International S.A. has recorded an all-time high average daily aircraft utilization of its Boeing 747-400 freighter fleet in the first week of April. The Cargolux 747-400 freighters operated an average of 17:23 block hours per day thereby recording the highest utilization that the airline’s 747-400F fleet ever achieved. During the same week, the Cargolux 747-8 freighters operated an average of 16:29 block hours per day.
Commodity Forwarders Inc (CFI) has opined that the consumers worldwide are looking for healthier food options. The perishables freight forwarder is expecting additional foods to be transported by air. CFI has under taken transportation of more quantity of yogurts in the last year than just four years ago. Most of the food being transported by CFI comes from US. CFI usually ships yogurt by air for new product rollouts. In 2014, CFI is focusing on continued investment in its IT and cool chain infrastructures, adding new coolers to its Seattle operation.
Chennault International Airport, located at Lake Charles, Louisiana, is considered to be a dedicated cargo airport as it focuses almost exclusively on just-in-time cargo. The airport, through its dedicated cargo handling facilities, is supporting the auto plants in Mississippi and Alabama and Lake Charles’ large petrochemical industry including Cheniere Energy’s local project to convert natural gas to diesel. The airport is being supplied with a lot of parts from Mexico to support the plants.
Cathay Pacific Group’s cargo revenue, during 2013, suffered a decline by 3.6 percent as compared to the revenue achieved during 2012. Whilst the company’s cargo business was adversely affected by weak demand since April 2011, there was some hope of recovery in business during the last three months of 2013, notwithstanding the fact that business was still weaker than the same period in 2012. The Cathay Pacific Group saw an overall improvement in performance in 2013, which was considered to be the outcome of the strengthening of its passenger business and the positive effect of measures introduced in 2012 to protect the business from the high price of jet fuel.
CHEP Aerospace Solutions has announced the launch of CHEP Focus, a unique mobile application for iOS and Android devices including smartphones and tablets. The CHEP Focus app is designed to simplify several ULD-related processes which are currently mainly paper-based. The app is also designed to save time and money for airlines, ground handling agents, freight forwarders and other key industry stakeholders. CHEP Focus records and transmits ULD messages in the standard IATA format, manages and updates stock and serviceability information, submits ad-hoc track and trace requests for individual container and pallet units.
CHAMP Cargosystems with its significant investments in core systems and information exchange platforms, including Traxon in 2011, is currently focused on providing further industry integration tools with CargoUpdate.CargoUpdate is designed for airlines and GSAs to easily publish and disseminate operational and news announcements to the global air cargo community. This Integration will allow airlines to effectively communicate flight and capacity changes as well as updates.
Cathay Pacific and sister airline Dragonair suffered cargo and mail tonnage decline year-over-year in January this year. Together the airlines carried 130,955 tonnes of cargo and mail during the month, thereby registering a decrease of 1.4 per cent as compared to the figures recorded during January 2013. The cargo and mail load factor fell by 2.5 percentage points to 60.5 per cent, as capacity, measured in available cargo/mail-tonne-kilometres, increased by 8.3 per cent while flown cargo and mail revenue-tonne-kilometres rose by 4.0 per cent.
Cargojet announced that it has been awarded the Domestic Air Cargo Network Services contract and has signed a Master Services Agreement with the Canada Post Group of Companies (CPGOC). The contract will be initially effective for period of seven years with a three 36-month renewal options. Projected revenues, during the initial seven-year agreement based on projected volumes, are estimated to be approximately CA$1 billion (US$908.7 million).
Chapman Freeborn and logistics partners SPI International and Logik Logistics International have successfully transported this first ever C-Worker vessel, an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) that is set to revolutionize oil and gas operations. The logistics project, which started with loading feasibility studies before construction of the C-Worker had even begun, took nearly a year for its finalization that concluded with the timely delivery of the first unit from Portsmouth, UK to Lafayette on the US west coast. The 20-foot vessel is designed to conduct autonomous subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring. The vessel was flown on a chartered British Airways B747-8 freighter.
Changi International Airport of Singapore announced that it had processed 151,400 tonnes of cargo were processed at Changi Airport during January this year thereby registering a 3.8% increase year-on-year. The increase in handling of cargo tonnage by the airport is attributed to the rise in the air shipments ahead of the Lunar New Year period which this year occurred 10 days earlier. The airport also announced that Air traffic movements grew correspondingly, with a total of 30,400 landings and take-offs recorded during the month, registering an increase of 7.6 percent as compared to a year ago.
Coyne Airways has appointed Exp-Air Cargo, which has its headquarters at Montreal with additional sales offices in Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver, as its General Sales Agent (GSA) in Canada. Exp-Air Cargo is the recipient of the certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) since 2006. It takes over as Coyne’s GSA in Canada by replacing Airline Network Services (ANS). The Airline Network Services will continue to represent Coyne Airways in the USA.
Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has coordinated an urgent cargo charter from Miami to Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to help tackle a series of oil spills on the La Brea shoreline. Chapman Freeborn arranged a Boeing 767-200F aircraft to transport 25 tons of oil spill clean-up equipment to the island country, which has been facing significant damage to its south-west coastline. Working in partnership with Lift Management, Chapman Freeborn’s Fort Lauderdale office responded immediately to the urgent charter request and the cargo was delivered to Port-of-Spain within 24 hours of the first call.
China Southern Airlines ferried a baby panda onboard its B777 freighter from Los Angeles to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Yunzi, the panda, came to China for the first time after he was born in San Diego Zoo in the U.S. Yunzi is four years old. According to an agreement between China and the U.S., pandas born in the U.S. should go to China before they turn four. To ensure the safety and health of Yunzi, a special operation team was set up at China Southern’s Shanghai base. The team prepared for the flight three days before arrival, together with the ground handler, customs, quarantine inspection and the client.
Cargolux Airlines International S.A’s board of directors approved entering into a commercial cooperation agreement with Henan Civil Aviation and Investment Co., Ltd. (HNCA). This resolution paves the way for a close and mutually beneficial partnership between Cargolux and the airline’s future Chinese investor following the recent decision by the State of Luxembourg to sell its 35 percent stake to HNCA pending formal approval by the relevant Chinese authorities.
Cathay Pacific announced that it will move its freighter operations from Dubai International to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) from February 01, 2014. Dubai is Cathay Pacific’s transit hub for its European destinations including Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Paris and Milan. The airline currently operates seven weekly freighter services and 14 weekly passenger services in Dubai. While the freighter operation will move to DWC next year, the passenger operations will remain at Dubai International.
Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has positioned two freighters in the Philippines to help agencies deliver aid to the heart of the typhoon disaster zone more effectively. The two aircraft, an Ilyushin IL-76 and an Antonov AN-12, are available for charter from Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB), Manila International Airport (MNL), and Tacloban airport (TAC). Chapman Freeborn has announced that the freighters will be positioned in the Philippines for the next couple of weeks as relief works are still ongoing. The AN-12 aircraft is capable to transport up to 15 to 17.8 tons of cargo, while the IL-76 freighter can carry a maximum payload of 40 to 45 tons.
CARGOLUX has expanded its network of B747-8 freighter flights to Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires on the back of increased demand in Latin America. The additional rotation will attract general cargo, consumer goods, automotive cargo and spare parts into Argentina. Return flights are expected to carry mainly perishables, automotive parts and live animals, such as horses. The all-cargo airline also notes that there are increasing exports out of Ecuador and Colombia, as well as a requirement for additional capacity from Brazil in combination with the service to Argentina.
China Cargo Airlines and Jan de Rijk Logistics have successfully managed to transport air cargo shipments by train instead of over the road. The dedicated Jan de Rijk train between Venlo, the Netherlands and Milan, Italy allows a fast transit time of 36 hours between Schiphol airport and Malpensa airport, including pick-up and delivery. Sebastiaan Scholte, CEO of Jan de Rijk Logistics comments: “China Cargo Airlines is currently the only airline making use of Jan de Rijk’s Intermodal solution. It is a cost effective and environmental friendlier service, as the CO2 emission by the train is significant lower compared to general trucking. The on time performance provided by the train service is more reliable due to less congestion, weather influences as well as fixed slot times on the train tracks. We pick up the cargo at Schiphol airport in the evening of day 1 and in the early morning of day 3 the cargo is delivered at Malpensa airport. This is basically not that much different from a regular road feeding service. We hope that more airlines will follow this example, Scholte comments.
CargoSphere, the leading, cloud-based global rate management solution and confidential Rate Mesh network for the ocean and air transportation and logistics industries and Amerijet, a global provider of land, sea and air transportation, announced an expanded relationship making CargoSphere Amerijet’s single source for rate distribution over the Rate Mesh Network. This enhanced relationship offers Amerijet greater control and freight rate accuracy across its entire operational framework. Amerijet has been a customer of CargoSphere the last four years. The recent termination of operations of OAG Cargo’s AFRA, an online rate distribution and management application for air carriers and freight forwarders, is creating a gap in the marketplace and providing further motivation for Amerijet to accelerate the implementation of CargoSphere for rate management and rate distribution. Near-term, the Amerijet-CargoSphere business partnership will include global freight rate distribution to Amerijet’s network of affiliate businesses, agent partners, and freight forwarder (FF) customers across the CargoSphere Rate Mesh. Subsequent phases would include freight rate quoting and responding to RFQs (requests for quotes); and management of FF customer rate contracts all on the CargoSphere standardized platform.Cargolux has started a second 747-8 freighter service from Hong Kong to the Austrian capital, reacting to customer demand for more air freight capacity on this route. The change became effective with the landing of Cargolux flight CV 6713 on 17 October 2013. Representatives of the Vienna airport management welcomed the arrival, noting the enthusiastic acceptance of the efficient Cargolux service in the Austrian industry and freight community. The rapid success of Cargolux’s Vienna service has prompted the second weekly flight to Vienna.Cargolux has rewarded ground services company LUG aircargo handling with a dangerous goods awareness award in “appreciation of its compliance, handling and reporting standards”. The new annual initiative was launched by Cargolux to emphasise the critical importance of careful and proper dangerous goods handling. The award is presented on the basis of data taken from ground safety reports, air safety reports and any other relevant documents received.

Cathay Pacific Airways’ combined Cathay and Dragonair traffic figures for September 2013 show passenger numbers rising despite decreased capacity and also a year-on-year drop in cargo. While passenger numbers grew by six per cent in the month, compared with September 2012, the two airlines jointly carried 128,610 tonnes of cargo and mail, a drop of 4.4 per cent. For the year to date, tonnage has fallen by 1.9 per cent despite a 0.5 per cent capacity increase.

CEVA Logistics, announced the winners of its third annual Global Supplier Awards, with crowning of IAG Cargo as CEVA’s “Global Supplier of the Year”. The award ceremony was held in CEVA’s first Center of Logistics Excellence in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S., where supply chain excellence is brought to life . “Excellence really was the theme of the day; starting with the opportunity for us to bring supply chain excellence to life at our Center of Logistics Excellence and ending with the recognition of outstanding performances among our supplier community. Congratulations to each and every one of our winners, especially IAG Cargo. The partnership with our suppliers is what allows CEVA to continue to deliver impeccably for our customers around the world.” said Marv Schlanger, CEO, CEVA.

China Southern Airlines is on track with its fleet expansion plan continues with the delivery of two Boeing 777-200 freighters, taking the number of its B777F total to eight. “The aircraft is well known for its operation economics, long-range capacity and fuel efficiency. The B777F fleet will sharpen China Southern’s competitive advantage in its long-haul routes to America and Europe,” said a statement issued by the company. The Asian carrier intends to launch its freighters on new routes, such as Guangzhou (China)-Hangzhou (China)-Los Angeles (US)-Guangzhou. In addition, it also has plans to increase the frequency of existing services to America, Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Frankfurt (Germany).

China Southern’s freighter network currently covers 12 international stations including 13 routes to Chicago, Los Angeles, Vancouver (Canada), Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Vienna (Austria), Guangzhou, Pudong, Zhengzhou, Qingdao, Chongqing and Hangzhou in China.

China Southern Airlines moved three tonnes of crabs for the Mid-Autumn Festival in Guangzhou, China. These crabs were transported from Dhaka, Thailand. The crabs are named for their furry claws and are native to eastern Asia. The Southeast Asian crabs go into the market right before the hairy crabs do. In order to keep the quality of crabs intact, China Southern Airlines provided them with foam boxes with small holes and separate transportation. At the same time, the cargo division of China Southern Airlines has set up time limits for a quick operation with no more than 80 minutes passes from the crabs being uploaded at the airport to getting delivered to the harbor. Chapman Freeborn and Lufthansa Cargo have successfully carried out humanitarian airlift arranged on behalf of the Red Cross. The freighters used the cargo facility on the site of Germany’s new Berlin Brandenburg Airport, which is still under construction to launch the operation. It was the first time the new cargo centre has been used for an ad hoc charter project. The flight was jointly coordinated by Chapman Freeborn and Lufthansa Cargo and represents the latest in a number of charter projects since the two companies announced a strategic cooperation agreement earlier this year. Cargo Airport Services USA (“CAS”) announced the acquisition of Integrated Airline Services (“IAS”) .. IAS , which was founded in 1984), operates in 41 airports in the U.S. and is the largest cargo handler at DFW. Some of IAS’ customers include EVA Airways, Kalitta Airways, Lufthansa Cargo AG, Singapore Airlines, China Airlines Cargo, Korean Airlines Cargo, Cargolux, DHL, UPS and the United States Postal Service.
CEVA Logistics announced that it is among the first Freight Management companies to sign up to electronic Air Way Billing (e-AWB) with IATA. The agreement is expected to take CEVA one step closer to achieving paperless Airfreight operations and is just one way that the company is looking to minimize its impact on the environment. Paperless Airfreight will help increase the efficiency, accuracy and speed of processing freight while reducing error rate and costs for CEVA and its customers. According to IATA the freight forwarding industry currently ships 7,800 tons each year in shipment documentation alone. CHAMP, the international provider of integrated IT solutions and distribution services for the air cargo industry, has recently expanded its contract with C.A.L. Cargo Air Lines. The airfreight carrier is now also utilizing CHAMP’s global customs solution to comply with the new Israeli customs regulations. These require Advance Electronic Information (AEI) for security risk analysis, in accordance with a commitment Israel has given to introduce the WCO SAFE Framework. This procedure is in addition to the current customs procedures. The AEI rules are scheduled to go live on September 1, 2013. C.A.L. has been a CHAMP customer since 2011 deploying the Traxon Global Customs application for Europe to comply with the EU Import Control System (ICS). Cargolux added Muscat as its the 79th destination served with its 747-8. In 2012, Oman announced the transformation of Muscat International Airport into an international gateway and airfreight logistics hub and the construction of a new cargo terminal. The construction, stretched over three phases, includes an increase in warehouse space. ‘The direct service to Oman will be launched to meet customer demand on the back of the country’s economic expansion and diversification and a sustained need for oil and gas equipment and spare parts,” said Domenico Ceci, Cargolux Vice President Europe, Middle East and Central Asia, said. “Other import commodities on Cargolux’s Muscat flights include perishables, live animals and general cargo.” he added. Cargolux has initiated discussions with four potential candidates on the acquisition of the 35% shareholding in Cargolux formerly held by Qatar Airways. The Luxembourg state has held the stake on a temporary basis since the end of last year, purchasing it at the original sale price of US$117.5 million paid for it by Qatar Airways. Cathay Pacific Group reported a profit of 2.3 million euros (US$3 million) for the first half of 2013 due to handling of less cargo volume during the period. Cathay Pacific’s cargo business took a turn during the first six months. The airline group’s cargo revenue went down by 5.2 percent year over year.

Cargolux Airlines International S.A. announced the reinstatement of its Boeing 747 freighter service to Santiago de Chile with a weekly flight. Santiago will be added to Cargolux’s regular South American rotation on Sundays, also stopping in Viracopos, Brazil. Santiago has featured in Cargolux’s network in the past and the company has maintained its successful cooperation with local General Sales and Services Agent ‘Pacific Feeder Services S.A’ throughout the years. Following the re-emerging demand for large capacity freighters to and from Chile, as well as Cargolux’s continuing diversification in South America, the airline decided to add the Chilean capital to its network again.Apart from general cargo, Cargolux expects to transport mainly pharmaceuticals and machinery to the South American country, while fresh produce, seafood, wine and seeds, as well as outsize cargo, such as mining equipment and generators, will be flown out of Chile..
Chapman Freeborn has been announced as the winner of Australian Business Award for Service Excellence in the transport industry for 2013.

The Australian Business Award for Service Excellence is instituted to recognize organizations that have achieved outstanding results through initiatives that demonstrate leadership and commitment to service excellence.

As the first and only air charter broker with presence spanning six continents, this achievement further strengthens the brand in the land down under.Changi Airport Group and Polar Air Cargohave confirmed their support for the Air Cargo & Logistics Asia 2013 (ACL Asia 2013) Conference & Exhibition by signing up as, respectively, the host of the ACL Asia 2013 Welcome Dinner and the Welcome Cocktail Reception, which will take place on October between 16-18, 2013. In addition to its sponsorship, the Changi Airport Group in cooperation with the Supply Chain Asia organisation, will be co-organising two Round Table Discussions on October 16. CAAS, as the champion of [email protected], together with partner agency IDA, has been advancing the [email protected] solutions to enhance Singapore’s competitiveness as a leading global air cargo and logistics hub. CAAS and IDA provided funding to the three consortias for the development of their solutions, as well as incentives to support new companies coming on board to adopt these solutions. These companies can expect funding support for the costs incurred for manpower, purchase of hardware/software and e-freight transactions carried out.Cargolux Airlines International S.A. announced introduction of its advanced Boeing 747-8 freighter on its services to Brazil. Flight CV7687 to São Paulo Viracopos marked the first commercial operation ever of a Boeing 747-8 into the country. Cargolux, together with Boeing, welcomed the clearance of Viracopos airport for 747-8 operations by the Brazilian authorities. The Luxembourg carrier’s quest for this clearance for all major Brazilian airports has been actively supported by Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs. Thus, the excellent long-standing bilateral relations between Luxembourg and Brazil and the commendable work of the Brazilian aviation authorities paved the way for this first commercial clearance of the Boeing 747-8 for a Brazilian airport. CHAMP Cargosystems and Leisure Cargo have celebrated the 20th anniversary of their partnership. The air cargo management expert signed a first contract with CHAMP in 1993. As it expanded and opted for new solutions the cooperation became more intense and developed further. The company uses CHAMP’s browser-based solutions for its operational, accounting, management and quality reporting requirements on a network-wide basis. These business-critical solutions fulfill Leisure Cargo’s needs of multicarrier management and can be accessed via the Internet anywhere in the world. Leisure Cargo also uses CHAMP’s global customs platform and is connected to CHAMP’s messaging system. With all core business services from one source Leisure Cargo is able to generate synergies from seamless end-to-end operations. Cargolux Airlines International S.A. added Muscat as a new destination to its network. Cargolux uses its advanced Boeing 747-8 freighters that offer increased economics and efficiency on the route. Cargolux operates to Muscat as part of its round-the-world service that also touches down in Hong Kong, Columbus and Chicago before returning to Luxembourg. Muscat becomes the 79th Cargolux destination served with its 747-8 freighter. Cargolux Airlines International S.A. was again honored as the ‘Best Freighter-Only Airline’ by British trade magazine Air Cargo News. The award was presented to the airline at the ‘30th Cargo Airline of the Year’ event that was held at the Lancaster London Hotel. Votes were cast by the readers of Air Cargo News who are drawn from the global freight forwarding industry.‘This prestigious award is a great honor and shows the level of appreciation and trust that Cargolux enjoys,’ said Richard Forson, Cargolux Interim President & CEO. ‘We are proud to be recognized for the ongoing commitment to quality and performance of the Cargolux employees and for their continued dedication to our customers. We are equally proud to be regarded as a leading player in the air cargo industry’. he added. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd announced that its freight traffic dropped 0.6 percent year-on-year in April on weak air cargo demand. Passenger numbers and load factor in April fell 2.6 percent and 1.9 percentage points, respectively, as weak demand was exaggerated by the Easter holiday effect. Easter fell in late March this year, while it was in April in 2012. According to the airline, news of the avian influenza A (H7N9) outbreak in mainland China became more wide spread in April and this had a negative impact on inbound traffic into key ports in eastern China. Cargolux Airlines International S.A. introduced a new air cargo service to Tripoli, Libya’s capital and largest city. The first flight which was operated on 16 April. It would be followed by weekly services that will operate every Tuesday on the route Luxembourg – Tripoli – Johannesburg. With the political situation in Libya on a stabilizing path, demand for airfreight to and from the North African country is steadily growing, spurred by an economic development that is driven by the oil and gas industry.

Cargo Airlines has become the first Israeli airline to gain accreditation as a Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP). The QEP Program enables healthcare companies to identify transport service providers with the required training and processes to manage shipments with Envirotainer’s temperature-controlled air cargo containers. The QEP Accreditation is for all of the C.A.L. Cargo Airlines online stations vizTel Aviv, Liège and New York JFK. C.A.L. Cargo Airlines becomes the 8th airline worldwide to gain QEP Accreditation. The QEP Training and Quality Program, launched at the request of healthcare companies, now qualifies close to 400 stations globally. QEP Accreditation confirms that certain obligations defined in current Good Distribution Practices guidance documents are met, and that these regulations are closely followed and implemented. Cargolux Airlines International S.A. announced that it has operated the first Boeing 747-8 freighter revenue flight to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on 17 March. The largest airport in northern Vietnam is the 76th airport in Cargolux’s network that is operated with the airline’s new 747-8 equipment. Cargolux has also increased its air cargo services to Hanoi to three weekly rotations from on 1 March. In addition to those flights, the airline serves Ho Chi Minh City once a week. The Cargolux flight is regarded by Boeing as an important milestone, as it makes Hanoi the 100th airport worldwide to support revenue operations of the 747-8 since its entry-into-service just over 14 months ago by launch customer Cargolux. ‘This achievement is the result of Vietnam’s determination to join the growing list of countries with 747-8 approved airports’, said Richard Forson, Cargolux Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. ‘The added third flight, as well as the subsequent introduction of the advanced 747-8F with higher payload and improved economics, underlines the commercial importance of Vietnam” he added. Calogi announced significant upgrades to its e-booking system. The changes allow forwarder subscribers to grow their e-cargo capabilities. With the upgrades, a forwarder can request availability from the airline. The airline can then automatically reply to the request from its host system or by assessing its capacity using Calogi’s flight workbench and respond to the forwarder’s request. Once capacity has been determined, the forwarder can view both the airfreight rate and the flight availability and then choose the best option. The forwarder also has the option to book shipments directly from their airline-allocated allotments. In addition, the booked shipment details are automatically registered against the Calogi flight workbench. Calogi’s flight workbench allows the GSA or airline to manage their capacity and to determine how much money they earned in real-time, on a shipment-by-shipment and flight-by-flight basis. The solution has been pilot-tested with a number of airlines and is now being rolled out in Calogi communities worldwide. The airline booking feature is part of the e-Pro suite of forwarder products and c-Power suite of airline/GSA products. CHAMP Cargosystems announced that AirBridgeCargo (ABC) is using CHAMP’s new Weight & Balance solution. IT application in daily operations. The solution is designed to help the freighter operator automate its loadsheet and load planning processes and further improves its financial and operational performance as well as reduces costs and operational risks. The airline is already CHAMP customer. It uses applications such as Cargospot, Traxon cargoHUB, and Traxon CDMP. The CHAMP new generation Weight & Balance solution is the most advanced on the market, and one of the fastest. The application helps airlines to accurately and efficiently plan aircraft load and keep aircraft within permissible centre of gravity limits throughout the flight. It ensures compliance with all IATA operational and safety requirements. Cargolux International Airlines S.A. took delivery of its 25th Boeing 747 Freighter from Boeing. The aircraft, a 747-8F registered LX-VCA and named ‘City of Vianden’, was delivered at Luxembourg on 9 March. “This is a proud moment for Cargolux,” said Richard Forson, Cargolux Interim President and CEO. ‘Our history and relationship with Boeing is a long and fruitful one. The 747 has become a mainstay of our fleet and a true workhorse. Cargolux and Boeing have a lot in common; both companies share the same spirit and always aim to push frontiers. My congratulations and thanks also go to Boeing for making this milestone possible.’ he added. The 747-8 Freighter offers a range of 4,325 nautical miles (8,010 km) and enables operators to choose between carrying greater revenue payload—up to an additional 22 tons (20 tonnes)—or flying up to 1,000 nautical miles (1,850 km) farther in markets where cargo density requirements are lower.

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd, announced that it does not yet see a lasting recovery in the freight market, after reporting an 83 percent year-on-year drop in profit for 2012.The airline, which competes against Korean Air Lines Co Ltd , Singapore Airlines Ltd and China Airlines Ltd for air freight business, is grappling with high fuel costs and slow growth in the cargo and passenger markets.

China Postal Airlines and PEMCO World Air Services (PEMCO) announced the completion and redelivery of China Postal’s latest PEMCO-converted Boeing freighter. This 737-400F (MSN 26337) is the 10th PEMCO-converted airplane for China’s national express mail service. This latest addition to CPA’s fleet is an 11-position high yield freighter which is the world’s only 737 freighter designed, built, certified and supported utilizing Boeing design data to ensure the reliability and effectiveness of the cargo modification. PEMCO’s 737-400F is capable of transporting nearly 6,000 ft³ of cargo weighing 24 tons. PEMCO’s innovative engineering allows full use of the aircraft’s structural payload due to optimized CG, avoiding costly fuel burning flight control trim. This remarkable feature is one of many distinctive attributes that set PEMCO conversions apart.

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering announced it has secured a new strategic cooperation agreement with Lufthansa Cargo – one of the world’s leading cargo carriers. Effective April 1 2013, the global aircraft charter specialist will handle Lufthansa Cargo’s third-party chartering requirements – allowing the German airline to focus on marketing charter capacity on its own fleet of 18 McDonnell Douglas MD-11F aircraft. CHAMP Cargosystems has announced that Martinair, operating carrier of the Air France – KLM – Martinair Cargo Group, is now Successfully using CHAMP’s Cargospot fully integrated air cargo application suite for all core business processes. This includes sales, handling operations and revenue accounting on a network-wide basis. The rollout covered some 900 users in numerous countries and several time zones all around the globe.

Cargolux Airlines International is expected to validate a long-awaited strategy plan for the cargo airline vital to its future. A review of operations, commissioned from an auditing firm last year, is said to recommend cost-cutting measures such as the relocation of Cargolux’s aircraft maintenance activities, which employ 450, from Luxembourg to Qatar and a significant reduction in the size of the fleet. The review became a serious point of discord between Qatar Airways and other shareholders which eventually led to the Middle East airline selling back its 35% stake to the Luxembourg state at the end of last year.

Cargolux Airlines International S.A’s Board of Directors has approved the airline’s business plan for the period from 2013 to 2017. The plan is designed to achieve profitable growth, enhance shareholder value and ensure the long-term sustainability of Cargolux. In the same context, the Board of Directors further resolved to request the shareholders of Cargolux to commit additional liquidity to the airline, with a first tranche of US$ 100 million requested for the first quarter of 2013 in the form of a convertible loan.

Cargolux has added four new destinations to its 747-8 freighter network and, in the process, flew the first-ever 747-8 services to Xiamen in China, Latacunga in Ecuador and Aguadilla in Puerto Rico. The operations were planned well ahead and all concerned parties performed flawlessly in turning around the flight. The first 747-8 service to Xiamen was operated on 1 February when the Cargolux aircraft arrived from Beijing. The inaugural 747-8 service to South America was operated on 03 February with a flight to Latacunga. Previously, the southernmost destination of any 747-8 operator was Panama City. The return flight also touched down in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico – another first that Cargolux achieved.

Cargolux Airlines International has announced that it is expecting its losses in 2012 to be lesser than the initially forecast. According to reports the losses would be around $30 million which is half of the forecast, largely due to a strong end to the year which saw traffic remain high right up to the last week of 2012

Coyne Airways has launched customer-focused services to over 30 destinations across Africa, through three of the Continent’s main hubs. The airline has extensively trialed routes through Lagos, Nigeria, Nairobi, Kenya, and Johannesburg, South Africa, to create a comprehensive African service from virtually anywhere in the world.

CHAMP Cargosystems has introduced more than 2000 product enhancements for these applications as part of itscontinuous improvement process. Several existing customers were motivated to progress to new generation, state-of-the-art solutions. 2012 was a successful year for CHAMP Cargosystems despite the difficult economic climate around the globe.

Changi Airport Group (CAG) has increased its support for the air cargo sector in the face of continuing headwinds for the airfreight business. Accordingly, for the first six months of 2013, rebates for landing fees at Changi Airport will be raised to 50% for all scheduled freighter flights. This additional initiative, amounting to S$4.5 million, brings CAG’s total support for the air cargo sector to close to S$20 million since the start of FY2012/13. In March 2012, CAG announced a S$15-million cargo support package for FY2012/13 consisting of a 20% landing fee rebate for freighter flights, partnership funding support for new cargo development initiatives, as well as up to 20% rental rebates for cargo tenants leasing CAG cargo facilities at the Changi Airfreight Centre.

CIN (CARGO INFORMATION NETWORK) has now developed a regular membership of over 80 operators. New members include Air China, DHL aviation, Corsair, Iberia, TAP, Asiana as well as the total of airlines represented by the GSSA group, ECS – Globe air, EFIS and AeroCargo. These new adherents join the original founding companies Air France/KLM, Lufthansa, Delta Airlines and Eva Air, which joined CIN at the start of 2012.

Chapman Freeborn’s South Africa team sprang into action recently with an urgent “go-now” cargo charter to transport parts for an automotive manufacturer. A delay in the supply chain could have led to a halt in production – but the parts were successfully delivered in less than 16 hours. Working on a tight timescale, the cargo was cleared and trucked from Johannesburg to Rand Airport where it was flown to East London.

Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair said they jointly carried 140,824 tonnes of cargo and mail during Novemeber 2013, registering an increase of 6.3% as compared to November 2011. For the third month in a row, cargo and mail tonnage showed an increase compared to the same month in 2011, but was some way short of the tonnage achieved in November 2010.The cargo and mail load factor fell by 1.4 percentage points to 63.9%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, rose by 5.1%, while cargo and mail tonne kilometres flown rose by 2.8%. For the year to date, tonnage has declined by 6.1% against a capacity drop of 3.5%.

China’s courier companies, in order to stay in the game as competition intensifies in the local air freight sector, is being compelled to invest in new aircraft for their air cargo fleet, or pursue mergers and acquisitions, particularly from domestic airlines. The moves are afoot despite cargo and mail volumes at all airports in China falling 1.4 per cent in the first quarter compared to the same period a year earlier.

Chennai Airport has reported a 10 per cent drop in cargo movement from the airport. While all airports have felt the effects of global economic downturn, Chennai airport has been additionally impacted as the comparatively newer neighbouring airports of Hyderabad and Bengaluru are luring away airlines. The cargo movement at the city airport has dipped by 10 per cent in the first half of the financial year 2012-13 compared to same period last year. The city airport handled only 1.67 lakh metric tonne of cargo from April to September this year. Leather exports which are a major commodity exported through the airport have been impacted due the reduced demand from the European Union which has been a major market with leather products alone contributing to about 30 per cent of exports from Chennai.

Cargolux Airlines International confirmed that Qatar Airways intends to exit its 35% shareholding in Cargolux. Albert Wildgen, who joined the Cargolux Board of Directors on 8 September 2011, also announced his decision to step down from his post as Chairman. Notwithstanding these developments, the Cargolux shareholders Luxair, BCEE and SNCI have confirmed their full confidence and support of Richard Forson, the interim President and Chief Executive Officer, and his management team as they take the airline forward through this difficult phase of restructuring in order to position Cargolux for future growth and prosperity benefiting not only the air logistics industry, but the country as a whole.

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), one of the world’s leading educational organisations for the supply chain management and logistics sectors, will hold its annual European Conference at the Park Plaza Hotel, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, from May 15th to 17th, 2013.The theme of next year’s event is “How to Cut Supply Chain Costs without Paying the Price”. The event will offer a variety of educational sessions and networking opportunities to global supply chain executives.

Cathay Pacific Airways’
, overall cargo revenue this year is lower than 2011, according to its Chief Executive Officer John Slosar. The airline’s cargo volumes in its passenger aircraft year-todate are below budget and overall cargo revenue this year is lower than 2011 by around 13%. Faced with a challenging year for cargo, not only in 2012, but for most of 2011 as well, Slosar said that in good years, cargo can be almost 30% of the airline’s total revenue although the result for 2012 will be well below that. 2010 was a boom year for cargo, but a weaker world economy changed all that and not for the better.
Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair reported that they jointly carried 138,608 tonnes of cargo and mail in October registering an increase of 1.9% compared to October 2011, showing a year-on-year increase for the second month in a row. The cargo and mail load factor fell by 2.2 percentage points to 64.0%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, rose by 0.5%, while cargo and mail tonne kilometres flown dropped by 2.8%. For the year to date, tonnage has declined by 7.3% against a capacity drop of 4.3%.
Cathay Pacific Airways freight traffic rose for the third consecutive month in November, up 6.3 percent year-on-year, driven by significant shipments of hi-tech consumer products out of key manufacturing centres.

Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal, which plans to offer lots of benefits to all customers, will have a three stage opening to give the terminal flexibility and provide more assurance, informed Albert Lo, Pacific Services Ltd (CPSL)’s Manager Commercial who is tasked with ensuring that the new terminal will meet its first two customers – Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair’s requirements. Lo, informed that in Stage 1, the terminal will handle mainly valuable cargo and interface transfers. In Stage 2, beginning May, the terminal will commence handling of imports. In Stage 3, from September, it will commence exports. “Stage 2 is the big test. If we pass this we’ll feel a lot more confident about the operation going forward,” said Lo. The terminal is presently undergoing testing and commissioning work.
Cargolux Airlines International S.A. had welcomed the capacity expansion at its home base, the Luxembourg CargoCenter, where LuxairCargo is in the process of adding a dedicated Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Center that will go into operation in 2013. The 3,000 m2 facility offers two temperature zones with permanent temperature monitoring and fulfills all WHO and IATA requirements, as well as GDP compliant, which deals with the guidelines for the proper distribution of medical products for human use. With six dedicated temperature-controlled truck docks, the layout of the infrastructure guarantees very short transit times form aircraft to truck and vice versa.
Cargolux, Europe’s largest all-cargo airline, which operates a fleet of modern Boeing 747-400 and 747-8F freighters, and CHEP Aerospace Solutions, the world’s leading independent provider of outsourced Unit Load Device (ULD) management, have extended their ULD outsourcing and management services agreement until 2017.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. will acquire Phoenix International Inc., an international freight forwarder and customs broker, for $635 million in cash and stock. This transaction is aimed at expanding Robinson’s presence in the global trade and transport arena. Under the transaction, Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Robinson will buy Chicago-based Phoenix for $571.5 million in cash and $63.5 million in newly issued Robinson stock. According to C.H.Robinson worldwide, the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter. To finance the cash portion of the deal, Robinson said it would use existing cash on-hand and borrow the balance. The deal is the largest in Robinson’s 107-year history.

China Airlines joined SkyTeam Cargo as its 10th member. The event was marked by a joining ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia. China Airlines, being the first airline from Taiwan to join the only global airline cargo alliance, would not only strengthen the SkyTeam Cargo’s network in Asia, but would also elevate Taiwan’s position as a regional air transport hub.

CHAMP Cargo systems
annual Customer Summit ended with record participation and commitment to accelerate eCargo adoption within the cargo industry. As the largest single community based around an integrated portfolio of IT services, the CHAMP community, which numbers more than a 100 carriers, GSAs and Ground Handlers coupled with over 3000 forwarders worldwide, is a significant driving force for implementing industry change.
Cargolux announced that it has accepted delivery of another Boeing 747-8 freighter. The new aircraft has been registered as LX-VCF- City of Grevenmacher – and is the fifth of this type for Cargolux.

Cargolux
has chosen TraxoncargoHUB for its electronic messaging. This includes the electronic exchange of FWB (Master Air Waybill Data), FHL (House Air Waybill Consolidation List), and FSU (FreightStatus Update) messages worldwide. The integrated host-to-host solution supports numerous transmission protocols and is compatible with all common message formats.

China
has recorded a social logistics value, the total value of all logistics operations in the country, of CNY83.6 trillion (US$13.1 trillion) during the first half of year, 10 per cent up from a year ago. However, the growth was 3.7 per cent slower year on year and 0.9 per cent slower compared to the first quarter, according to the latest figures from China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP). CFLP also predicted China’s social logistics value will rise 11 per cent this year, enough to support domestic economic growth of seven to eight per cent. In June, China recorded a social logistics value of CNY16.3 trillion.

CSafe LLC and IAG Cargo
, the single business of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo, have announced the signing of a Master Lease Agreement to expand the IAG Cargo Constant Climate service to pharmaceutical companies requiring strict temperature management control during transportation.
Cargo Care Solutions, Hatch Cover and RoRo-equipment specialist, unveiled its latest product development during SMM exhibition in Hamburg, Germany. The UltraPad, a new type of polymer-based, self-lubricating hatch cover support pad has just received a type approval from Germanischer Lloyd in recognition of its low wear and low friction characteristics.

Changi Airport’s cargo volume was steady in June, but the arrival of a new carrier could boost cargo in the coming months. The world’s 11th largest airport by tonnage in 2011 saw volume increase by 0.1 percent year-over-year to 153,300 tonnes. The monthly total was the highest recorded at the Southeast Asia hub since March.

China’s
recorded a social logistics value, the total value of all logistics operations in the country, of CNY83.6 trillion (US$13.1 trillion) during the first half of year, registering an increase of 10 per cent as compared to the previous year. However, the growth was 3.7 per cent slower year on year and 0.9 per cent slower compared to the first quarter, according to the latest figures from China Federation of Logistics and Puchasing (CFLP). CFLP also predicted China’s social logistics value will rise 11 per cent this year, enough to support domestic economic growth of seven to eight per cent. In June, China recorded a social logistics value of CNY16.3 trillion.
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DHL Express unveiled plans to build a major new hub at Singapore’s Changi Airfreight Centre. The S$140 million (Euro 85 million) DHL Express South Asia Hub is due to open in 2016 on a 26,200 square metre site offering total floor area of 23,600 square metres within the airport’s Free Trade Zone. It will roughly triple handling capacity compared to its existing facility at the airport.

DHL expanded its operations in Houston, Texas with the opening of a new Service Center facility. The $2.5 million investment was primarily driven by heavy demand and international shipment growth from the region’s booming oil and gas sector. The new 28,000-square feet facility can process more than 2,500 shipments per hour, and sits due west of the central business district – serving Houston and surrounding areas for pick-up, delivery and sorting operations of international shipments.

Deutsche Post DHL’s Global Forwarding and Freight division returned to revenue growth last year after a negative performance in 2013, corporate figures show. Global Forwarding – Freight achieved a moderate revenue increase of 0.9 per cent to €14.9 billion. Adjusted for exchange rate effects, revenues increased by 3.2 per cent year-on-year. Both Air and Ocean Freight showed a volume recovery towards the end of the year, reflected in the final quarter’s revenue increase of 4.9 per cent compared to Q4 2013.

Dnata invested more than AED545 million to deepen its service offering in travel, cargo, ground handling and catering. The investments, made across the globe, included the acquisitions of Gold Medal Travel and Stella Travel Services, new halal kitchens, enhanced cargo infrastructure in the UK, and continued investments in the company’s operations in Dubai.

Dubai Airports Cargo volumes slipped 8 percent in November 2014 to 205,375 tonnes, down from the 223,195 tonnes recorded in the same month in 2013. Year-to date cargo volumes dipped 2.7 percent to 2,164,738 tonnes, down from the 2,225,486 tonnes achieved during the same period in 2013.

DHL Express has added a B767-200F flight to Milwaukee, a growing commercial and industrial hub for the Great Lakes region. International shippers in the Milwaukee metro area and surrounding cities will now enjoy later pick-up cutoff times –1.25 hours on average. The new flight departs the DHL ramp at Milwaukee Mitchell airport daily and connects to the DHL Hub in Cincinnati, where shipments are cleared and routed on aircraft to destinations around the world.
Descartes Systems has acquired Pentant Limited (“Pentant”), a leading UK-based Community System Provider (CSP) offering customs connectivity and import/export inventory control solutions for ocean, truck and air cargo. Pentant provides its shipper and logistics service provider customers with a reliable and secure connection to both CHIEF (the central UK Revenue & Customs system) and ICS (the European Union Import Control System) to streamline declaration, cargo security and clearance processes.
Descartes Systems has acquired e-customs Inc. (“e-customs”). e-customs’ modular offering is designed to reduce complexity, increase automation, and help to make the end-to-end customs declaration process easy. Importers and exporters can leverage default and client-specific standing data, declaration templates, historical filings, on-screen tips and system validations to increase speed and accuracy in the filing process.Deutsche Post DHL will launch a new Asia Pacific innovation operation in Singapore next year designed to identify short and long-term supply chain opportunities in the region. The Asia Pacific Innovation Centre is being developed in partnership with Singapore’s Economic Development Board and supplements the company’s main innovation centre located in Troisdorf, Germany.
Deutsche Post DHL recorded a 2.3 percent growth in air freight volumes to 2.97m tonnes in the first nine months of 2014 as against the same period during last year. The German-based parcels, freight and supply chain operator informed that its volumes in both air and ocean freight increased considerably as compared with the previous year’s record.
DHL had announced, as part of the enhancement plans of its Asia air network, the launch of a new intra-Asia flight that would connect the economies of Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong. The flight commenced its services with services to Bangkok, Hanoi and Hong Kong five times per week.
DHL has received Unilever’s prestigious 2014 ‘Partner to Win’ award for sustainability. The two companies collaborated on the Project Neo initiative to support the continual environmental improvement of activities and services conducted by DHL Supply Chain on behalf of Unilever.
DHL Freight has extended its service levels for groupage (LTL) shipments on the trade lane between Sweden, Czech Republic and Austria. Cargo leaving DHL Freight’s hub in Helsingborg, Sweden arrives the next day in Brno, Czech Republic and reaches Vienna, Austria a few hours later.
Delta Cargo is rolling out IATA’s single-process electronic air waybill (e-AWB) to its customers. The new program enables customers to transmit data on each shipment electronically, regardless of the routing, and eliminates cumbersome paperwork. By using the e-AWB, customers also will be able to view and track the status of all active shipments at their convenience.
Dutch government is expected to review its controversial ban of Lufthansa flower shipments through Schiphol Airport. The previous government banned Lufthansa in 2012 from flying flowers from Colombia and Ecuador through the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico to Schiphol. It warned of a €40,000 fine per cargo flight.
DHL’s third edition of Global Connectedness Index (GCI) indicates that emerging countries are now involved in the majority of “international interactions”. This is in contrast to pre-2010, when the majority of international flows were from one advanced economy to another.

Dnata has recorded 25 per cent growth in its UK cargo handling business this year, despite continuing softness in both inbound and outbound markets.The increase is thanks to existing clients’ improved volumes as well as “tremendous success” in picking up 50 new contracts over the last 18 months on the back of an £8 million investment in new and expanded facilities, according to Ross Marino, senior VP, international airport operations.

DHL was honored with a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a true industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. SmartWay recognized DHL Express U.S. for its initiatives and efforts to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions within its operations.

DHL Parcel has announced plans to trial a project on the North Sea island of Juist, where it will fly medicine and other urgent items by ‘parcelcopter’. The project will be the first time in Europe that a flight by an unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) will be operated outside of the pilot’s field of vision in a real-life mission.
Deutsche Post deliveried of medication and other urgent goods to the island of Juist using unmanned helicopters after securing approval from state and federal transport ministries and air traffic control authorities to operate in a restricted flight area.
Dubai international registered an increase in cargo volume in August by 4.3 percent to 192,902 tonnes, while in the first eight months, total volume was 1.56 million tonnes, down 2.2 percent.All dedicated freighter services moved permanently to Al Maktoum Airport, Dubai’s other major airport. has recorded 25 per cent growth in its UK cargo handling business this year, despite continuing softness in both inbound and outbound markets.The increase is thanks to existing clients’ improved volumes as well as “tremendous success” in picking up 50 new contracts over the last 18 months on the back of an £8 million investment in new and expanded facilities, according to Ross Marino, senior VP, international airport operations.
DHL saw a half year 2014 uptick in air freight volumes despite lower demand from several large customers as revenues declined year on year.
DHL has expanded its air freight cold chain logistics to include shipments at frozen or cryogenic temperatures. Designed for customers from the life sciences and healthcare industry, the service is maintained by LifeConEx, DHL’s temperature management specialist, in collaboration with Cryoport, a provider of complete global frozen shipping services.
Dubai International Airport reports 14.3 percent dip in air cargo volumes. With all dedicated freighters moving to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) as well as reduced passenger flights, cargo volumes dropped to 180,025 tons, down 14.3 percent from the 210,134 tonnes recorded last year.
Deutsche Post DHL ended the second quarter of 2014 with growth in revenue and profitability. Revenue grew to EUR 13.7 billion, by 1 percent above the previous year’s level. All the four divisions of the group staged growth. The group’s operating earnings rose by nearly 6 percent to EUR 654 million in the second quarter. Adjusted for various non-recurring factors in the previous year’s figure, EBIT climbed by nearly 11 percent. Consolidated net profit also rose sharply, increasing by more than 9 percent to EUR 461 million.
Drewry and global forwarder network The WACO System have expanded their cooperation agreement to include exchanging and sharing market intelligence in the air cargo market. WACO and Drewry first announced their cooperation agreement in December 2012, since when the two organisations have provided industry feedback and pricing data to each other, some of which is published in Drewry’s monthly Sea & Air Shipper Insight.
DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, expands its service offerings for the life sciences and healthcare industry in 13 locations in the Americas, adding to the company’s worldwide Thermonet network of Certified Life Sciences Stations.
Dubai Airports confirmed that all systems are in place for a comprehensive runway upgrade project set to be launched at Dubai International on May 1, 2014. The upgrade of runway is being undertaken to boost safety, service and capacity levels. The upgrade work will last 80 days during which the runways will be closed alternatively viz the southern runway from May 1st to May 31st, and the northern runway from May 31st to July 20th, 2014. The project involves the resurfacing of the entire 4,000-metre long northern runway, which is nearing the end of its design life, as well as the upgrading of runway lighting and construction of additional taxiways and rapid exits on the southern runway.Dover Air Force Base (DAFB)’s move for an expansion of the existing civil air terminal have gained momentum with proposals being solicited from private sector organizations. The air cargo ramp expansion project will accommodate parking for civilian cargo carriers that serve DAFB, the parking needs of the occasional civilian charter aircraft and aircraft for NASCAR for two race weekends (eight total days) annually. The project is expected to provide parking space for up to four B747s or equivalent size cargo aircraft simultaneously. The expanded facility would have additional capabilities when it is not being fully utilized for Air Force operations.
Deutsche Post DHL had attributed its financial results for 2013 partly to emerging markets such as Africa. To prove its belief the company highlighted the recent Industry Forecast 2013-2017 report, released by IATA which named Africa as the fastest growing region globally over the forecast period, with a growth rate of 3.2 percent expected for international freight volumes. Charles Brewer, managing director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, is of the opinion that the routes expected to experience the most significant growth in Africa in 2014 are linked to the fastest growing markets, which include Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria.
DHL Global Forwarding announced the launch of a new temperature-controlled airfreight service between Brussels and Cincinnati. The DHL Aviation Boeing 747-400 freighter will operate the 8.3-hour flight six times per week in each direction and would offer reserved space for life sciences products. In addition, real-time tracking and temperature measurement data is also made available on each flight. The aircraft that are operated on the route would have four controllable temperature zones with constant monitoring facility.
Dnata and Qantas Freight announced a partnership to provide ground handling for Qantas by dnata at London’s Heathrow airport . In accordance with the agreement, Qantas Freight will relocate its UK office and all operations to dnata City which is a purpose-built cargo logistics centre at the heart of the UK’s largest airport. The long-term partnership agreement will enable dnata to manage all aspects of freight handling for Qantas, which flies twice-daily A380 operations to Heathrow.
Dnata’s Airport operations division, in response to the strong customer demand, has launched aircraft line maintenance to support passenger and cargo airline operators. dnata claimed that with the addition of these services, it had acquired the status of a one-stop-shop for customers, providing technical assistance for aircraft landing at Dubai International airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International airport (DWC). dnata has been providing ground handling solutions at Dubai International airport since 1959.
Damco UK, a global freight forwarder and logistics services provider, has won two awards at the British International Freight Association ( BIFA) Awards held at London. The Damco UK was adjudged to be the best in two categories viz ‘The Environment Award’ and ‘Young Freight Forwarder Award’. The awards were bestowed on Damco UK on account of the dedicated efforts by its team which exhibited a range of initiatives that extends beyond their own organization, including reporting of the carbon footprint to their customers and demonstrating total transparency.
Deutsche Post announced plans to expand its German Mail division, starting with the takeover of its parcel delivery operations in other European countries to help serve the boom in demand for deliveries from online retailing. Announcing a 7 percent rise in its third-quarter operating profit to 646 million euros ($866 million) on revenue down 2.5 percent at 13.5 billion euros, the company intimated that it is to transfer its existing parcel delivery operations in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic and Poland from its DHL logistics arm to the Mail division.
Deutsche Post DHL supports Indonesia’s ‘Logistics Vision 2025’ with multi-million dollar development. CEO Frank Appel underlines Indonesia’s vital role as a cornerstone of the Asia trade triangle and a key to DHL’s continued global market leadership. The three business divisions of Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s leading postal and logistics group, will drive their expansion plans in Indonesia through significant investments.Delta Cargo, the airfreight division of Delta Air Lines, has inaugurated a new 3,000-sq ft refrigerated storage unit at Detroit-Wayne County International Airport to offer in-transit cooling and specialised handling for temperature-sensitive products such as pharmaceuticals and other perishables. Designed and built within a short span of five months, the facility would be utlising the precise temperature settings and controls to store sensitive shipments such as pharmaceuticals, flowers, fish and seafood as well as fruits and vegetables etc, in ideal climate conditions.DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, has released an enhanced version of its web-based customer platform DHL Interactive (DHLi). Key improvements include increased information transparency and new design layout to improve ease of use. DHLi is globally available and can be accessed via every internet-enabled device. DHLi offers customers a range of services for handling their consignments. Users can book shipments at HYPERLINK “https://dhli.dhl.com/”www.dhli.dhl.com and also request documents such as certificates of origin, consular invoices and letters of credit. Furthermore, customers can use booking templates, request instant house bill (HB) numbers, and can create a commercial invoice and pack list via the DHLi booking function. The track and trace module also provides real-time visibility of air shipments with detailed information on goods and their shipping status. Additionally, customers can request alerts for chosen shipment stages such as the “POD” (Point Of Delivery), and the tool’s report function allows customers to compile comprehensive information on up to one year of shipment history. The platform is available today in 14 languages and provided at no additional cost.

DHL Express, continues to reinforce its status as “The International Specialists” with external recognition across a broad range of functional disciplines in 2013 has resulted in bringing the total number of external honors won by DHL since January to 163 in more than 48 markets. “I am incredibly proud of the honors we have received in recent years, and most importantly, how it reflects on the world-class service that customers can expect in the U.S. and every market worldwide,” said Ian Clough, CEO of DHL Express U.S.

Dusseldorf Airport reported remarkable increase in cargo tonnage. The increase in tonnage of 19.2% over 2012 and second quarter 6.8%, at Düsseldorf airport is due to several factors. The increase in the numbers of large international companies and forwarders opting this region for their bases and the burgeoning trade with the USA is contributing considerably. Over the last three years, Germany, as a whole, has enjoyed increasing trade links with the USA with North Rhine Westphalia, playing a major role in this traffic sector, accounting for over 12% of the nation’s total exports and 13% imports. Traffic with America has grown steadily to the point where the USA is the airport’s leading cargo market.

Deutsche Post DHL has reported an operating profit of €1.33 billion in the first half of 2013, recording an increase of 7.8% as compared to the same period last year. Revenue remained unchanged at almost €27.1 billion. Larry Rosen, Deutsche Post DHL’s CFO, expressed satisfaction at the German group’s performance during the first half of the year, which, according to him, had been achieved without any global economic tailwind to speak of.

DTDC Courier & Cargo Ltd announced investment by GeoPost SA, a leading European express parcels player. This will allow DTDC & GeoPost to enter and consolidate its presence in India and key global markets more comprehensively. Earlier this year, DTDC had spread its roots to the APAC region and the Middle East through acquisitions and joint ventures with Eurostar in UAE, Fast World Express Pty Ltd in Australia, Kuwait Bayarek General Trading & Contracting Co. W.I.I. in Kuwait and Air Dragon Freight (Beijing) Co Ltd. in China.

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL continues to expand the global network of its direct ‘Less than Container Load[1] (LCL)’ service with the recent launch of two new services connecting Nhava Sheva and Chennai in India with Shanghai, China. The introduction of these weekly direct LCL services would not only ensure faster transportation of freight from the two ports, but also enable effective reduction in CO2 emissions by 4 per cent and 16 per cent respectively, owing to shorter distances and reduced cargo handling. The new direct services offer substantial saving in transit time making duration of travelling time from Nhava Sheva to Shanghai to 17 days and from Chennai to Shanghai to 15 days. The new direct services are launched to meet the increasing needs of customers, particularly from the Retail and Automotive component sectors. DHL Global Forwarding periodically evaluates their offering and enhances services through direct console solutions to proactively offer improved services to customers continuously.

DTDC is aspiring to become India’s most preferred end-to-end Logistics, Express and Retail Services conglomerate with comprehensive global reach, by the year 2020. The company’s vision is propelled by values of focus on quality of service, power of network and encouragement to entrepreneurial thinking. Mr. Subhasish Chakraborty, Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of DTDC, with these values as his guiding principles, pioneered DTDC’s unique franchise-based business model that is not only the first of its kind in the Industry but also has been emulated overseas and studied as a business case by leading management institutes.

DHL Supply Chain, is still the market leader in contract logistics, controlling 8% of the overall market with revenues of €13 billion ($16.9 billion) in 2012. In second place was CEVA with revenues of €3.9 billion. The report indicates that the top ten players hold a combined market share of just 22% in a sector worth €159.3 billion in 2012. According to the report, although the global economic downturn has resulted in a decrease in manufacturing, the instability has provided opportunities for acquisition activity. The report quotes that Russian Railways’ €800 million acquisition of GEFCO during last year showed that prospects do exist for companies looking to enter the market.

DHL Express Chile inaugurated a new headquarters and state-of-the-art distribution center, the company’s most modern in Latin America.”Chile was the highest ranked Latin American country in DHL’s Global Connectedness Index last year.

DHL has received the “Planet Award of Excellence” for the first time. The award is from Lufthansa Cargo, Germany’s largest cargo airline which traditionally awards the accolade for outstanding cooperation with its most important customers. “DHL and Lufthansa Cargo have been very successful partners for many years. We are proud of having been able to achieve stable tonnages with our largest customer in the world, even in what was a difficult 2012.

Descartes Systems Group announced that Virgin Atlantic Cargo, is successfully using Descartes’ cloud-based Global Air Messaging Gateway solutions to help standardize and automate its air cargo processes supporting higher levels of customer satisfaction. “Using Descartes as our sole electronic messaging provider, we benefit from increased transparency and improved efficiency across our air cargo operations,” said Gill Launders, Head of Corporate Services at Virgin Atlantic Cargo. “Descartes’ Global Air Messaging Gateway helps support our ability to better manage shipments and effectively fulfill our customers’ expectations.” he added. Descartes’ Global Air Messaging Gateway is based upon Descartes’ cloud-based Global Logistics Network (GLN). The GLN provides its members with a wide array of value-added services that span the entire shipment management process, from contract management, to freight bookings, shipment tracking, security and trade compliance filings, and more.

DHL Supply Chain concluded a successful customer event, “Unlocking Supply Chain in Healthcare and Life Science Logistics” in Mumbai. Well attended by key professionals from the healthcare industry, the event deliberated on relevant topics related to challenges and opportunities in the overall supply chain in the pharmaceutical industry.

Damco reported a 6% increase in Quarter 1 net revenue with a total of 773 million USD as compared to 728 million USD in 2012. EBIT ended up at 9 million USD for the first quarter as compared to 13 million USD in 2012. Airfreight volumes showed rapid growth of 15% over 2012 which was well ahead of the market, enhanced by the acquisition in last quarter of 2012 of Pacific Network Global Logistics (PacNet). Ocean freight volumes during Q1 2013 not much significant as compared to the same period last year, at a modest growth rate of 1%. Supply Chain Management volume growth accelerated further in Q1 2013 with 10% growth as compared to the same period last year, mainly owing to the impact of new customers and a strong pre-Chinese New Year uptake in volumes.

Dubai World Central (DWC) announced that its cargo volumes increased 7.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2013. Dubai World Central, which is being prepared for the launch of passenger operations in October later this year, handled a total of 53,974 tonnes of freight in the first three months this year, a year on year increase of 7.8 per cent compared to 50,062 tonnes that passed through the facility during the corresponding period in 2012. The moderate growth is the result of the high base of traffic developed following two years of rapid expansion as well as the periodic fluctuations of freight volumes carried by charter-driven operations during the period under review. Dubai Airports’ total cargo volumes are expected to top 3 million tonnes by 2015 and an increasing portion of that growth is expected to spill over to DWC.

DHL Express, the world’s leading express delivery company, in line with its motto “living responsibility”, transported 1,900 kilos of surgical eye material to Lodwar Hospital in Turkana, north Kenya, in collaboration with its partner IAG Cargo during April, 2013. The goods transported include much needed medication, eye drops, intraocular lenses, sutures, eyeglasses, sunglasses and a number of custom packs for cataract surgery. The delivery also includes spare parts for a microscope that can now be repaired and put back into operational use.

DHL Express Germany recently held the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new 28,000 sqm centre south of Stuttgart airport, near the hub’s existing airfreight centre. DHL will establish a service station with links to its pan-German road network, in the process bringing together its international express gateway and its DHL Express airfreight activities in a single location. The transfer of activities from three sites is scheduled for October 2013.

Dubai International Airport reported that its February freight volumes continued its resurgence, rising 15.9% to 182,580 tonnes, up from 157,492 recorded in February 2012 confirming a return to more robust growth in cargo volumes at Dubai International, as air freight capacity into Dubai International increases and consumer confidence continues to improve globally. Year to date cargo volumes increased by 12.1% to 370,099 tonnes as compared to 331,023 tonnes during the same period last year.

DTDC Courier & Cargo Ltd. launched its specialist logistic company for e-commerce named DotZot which is the first pan India delivery network with a reach of 8000 plus pin codes and 2300 cities focusing exclusively on the e-retail space. The e-commerce industry currently estimated at USD 10 billion is growing at a rapid pace. However, the key gap that affects the future growth of this industry is lack of logistics infrastructure bundled with customized systems, processes and technology that are imperative to grow the e-retail business. To grow this segment, logistics solution providers will need to transcend from the traditional ‘courier’ processes to meet the modern day demands. The new e-retail logistics specialist ‘DotZot’ from DTDC will bridge this gap faced in logistics infrastructure by providing superior logistics solutions to the e-retailers who are increasingly looking for processes and technology fine-tuned to enhance their customers shopping experience.

DotZot ensures constant visibility of shipments and real time flow of information and offers superior value & reliability coupled with flexibility to the e-retail businesses.

DB Schenker Logistics will be building a new integrated logistics center in Singapore. The facility, located at the Tampines Logis Park, close to Changi International Airport, will be a shared warehouse for customers from various industries such as Healthcare, Electronics, and Automotive. The 41 million Euros facility will have a gross floor area of approximately 54,520 square meters spread across three floors. Earmarked to be awarded Green Mark Gold Plus, the new DB Schenker center will feature a composite wall panel as part of the building perimeter, providing highly effective thermal insulation. A rainwater management system will contribute to enhanced water efficiency for landscape irrigation, while an efficient air-conditioning system will serve to minimize energy consumption and improve air flow distribution within the premises. These are some components of an integrated building management system designed to create a green and sustainable environment.

Dubai Airports announced traffic statistics for Dubai World Central that showed the airport handled 219,092 tonnes of air freight during its second full calendar year of operations thereby registering an increase of 144 per cent over 2011. In 2012 Dubai World Central’s average monthly air cargo volumes totalled 18,258 tonnes as compared to 7,477 tonnes recorded during the airport’s first full year of operations in 2011. Cargo transit traffic comprised 44,052 tonnes or 20 per cent of volumes. Aircraft movements for the year came in at 16,317, up 99 per cent from 8,198 recorded in 2011.

Dnata has taken a further step in its “dnata City” project, a purpose-built cargo logistics centre at the heart of London Heathrow airport. dnata officially unveiled a dedicated website for the project including detailed video animations of the complex and a “live link” of the site. It features an array of information about dnata City and its enhanced freight facilities at Heathrow. The project includes a 20-acre cargo complex centred around five airfreight warehouses, a transportation facility and yard for airside operations protected by a security fence.

Descartes Systems Group announced that OHL is enhancing its security operations with Descartes’ cloud-based Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) solution. “We’ve been successfully using Descartes’ Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and Advanced Commercial Information (ACI) compliance solutions to manage security filings for shipments into the United States and Canada for a number of years. Working with Descartes to deploy their ACAS solution was a natural extension,” said Steve Hutter, Director of Aviation Security at OHL Dubai International’s Freight volumes rebounded towards the end of last year, helping total volumes for 2012 rise 3.9 per cent to 2,279,624 tonnes from 2,194,264 tonnes recorded in 2011. In December, cargo volumes climbed 6.5 per cent from 189,593 tonnes in December 2011 to 201,949 tonnes in December 2012. “Moving into the top three is a fantastic achievement for Dubai International and we now have London’s Heathrow and the number one spot firmly within our sights.” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.

DHL Express has renewed its tenancy agreement at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol by 10 years. DHL Express has been located at Anchoragelaan at Schiphol Southeast since 2006, in a building situated adjacent to Runway 06-24 (Kaagbaan) where all the sorting activities for parcel shipments take place. In addition, the building accommodates an office section for the Dutch part of DHL Express’s international network.

Descartes Systems Group ,the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that it is working with DHL Global Forwarding and other customers to spearhead the air freight forwarding industry’s adoption of Cargo-XML as a new communication standard. “Descartes manages all of DHL Global Forwarding’s electronic communications with our air carrier partners,” said Steve Smith, Head of E-Business Airfreight for DHL Global Forwarding.

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, is further boosting Asia-Africa trade lane growth by expanding its multi-modal product combining ocean freight and air freight services to eight new destinations in Africa. Dubbed “DHL SEAIR”, the combined sea and air freight solution is now expanded to Abidjan of Ivory Coast, Brazzaville of Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa of Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dakar of Senegal, Luanda of Angola, Douala of Cameroon, Malabo of Equatorial Guinea and Pointe Noir of Republic of the Congo .Combining the use of ocean and air freight services through “DHL SEAIR” will allow customers to manage their supply chains more cost-effectively. Dnata’s ground handling teams at London’s Heathrow airport have recently commenced provision of passenger services for three daily flights for Air India.

Drewry and global forwarder network WACO-System have entered into a cooperation agreement that will introduce the first independent multi-trade air cargo freight rate benchmarks into the market. The new venture will see Drewry broaden the scope of information in its existing “Freight Shipper Insight” report, to include new routes beyond the ex-Shanghai air freight rates which it has been providing for two years.”The combination of Drewry’s expertise in freight rate benchmarking and WACO-System’s extensive market involvement in air freight forwarding creates a unique, reliable rate benchmarking capability for shippers,” said Philip Damas, Director at Drewry.

Dubai International Airport, according to the monthly traffic report handled 202,619 tonnes of cargo in October registering an increase of 2.4% over the 197,841 tonnes recorded during the same period in 2011. The year to date freight volumes reached 1,877,616 tonnes as compared to 1,813,013 tonnes handled during the corresponding period last year thereby registering an increase of 3.6%. DHL Express joined hands with New York businesses and community groups to send hundreds of fresh-cut Christmas trees along with thousands of holiday letters, decorations and gifts to US servicemen stationed in Afghanistan and Bahrain.

Dnata, one of the world’s largest combined air services providers, announced the commencement of operations for two carriers who have recently entered the UK market. At Manchester airport, Airblue, operating its first wide body A340 operation from Pakistan has signed a multi-year agreement for dnata to service its cargo handling business. The carrier, which flies four times a week to both Islamabad and Lahore will be utilising dnata’s extensive UK handling network and inter-airport trucking service.

DHL Express has unveiled a new 140,000 square foot parcel hub at Miami International Airport, with Jennifer Carroll, lieutenant governor of Florida, and Steve Meadows, director of Miami Gateway, performing the opening ceremony. The facility will process shipments to and from Latin America and the Caribbean. DHL will also provide air cargo and charter services from the site to Latin America.

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Ethiopian Cargo is adding four weekly frequencies between its capital city, Addis Ababa, and Brussels Airport. The airline originally served Belgium from Ostend Airport, relocating to Brussels in 2004. In 2008 Ethiopian moved to Liege Airport, and currently serves Liege nine times per week. By adding Addis-Brussels-Addis, Ethiopian will strengthen the position of Brussels Airport as an African air cargo destination.
Emirates SkyCargo is set to return to an ‘all-in pricing’ structure that will see the airline put an end to the current setup of a base rate plus surcharges, and instead bring back a single charge based on weight/cube, and include fuel and security surcharges. The new pricing strategy will initially be rolled out on air freight shipments to and from Europe from February and then on the airline’s global network from March 1.
Emirates will add a third daily frequency to the U.K.’s Birmingham Airport (BHX) on August 1. Emirates will operate a 777-300ER aircraft on the route, flying from Dubai International (DBX) to BHX. The seven new daily flights between DBX and BHX will increase cargo capacity on the route by 42 percent, the airline said.
Eurotunnel announced the order of three new freight shuttles to add to the 15 in its existing fleet, in order to reach its target of transporting 2 million trucks per year by 2020. These additions to the fleet will enable Eurotunnel to increase its capacity by 20 percent and to run up to eight departures per hour at peak, compared to six currently.Emirates reports that it had carried more than 2.1 million tonnes of cargo for the calendar year 2014, a figure that was made possible after its SkyCargo division moved its freighter operations to Dubai World Central’s (DWC) at Al Maktoum International Airport in May.
Exelsius has launched a pharmaceutical qualification programme (PQP) for companies involved in the handling and transportation of pharmaceutical & life science products. The UK-based international cold chain management consultancy says that its programme allows airports, freight forwarders and logistics service providers to become certified to Good Distribution Practice (GDP) standards.
Etihad Cargo achieved an all-time record in November when it carried 53,292 tonnes across its global network in one month. This is an increase on its previous monthly record of 51,688 tons carried in October, up seven percent on the same month in 2013. Etihad Cargo’s total uplift for 2014 is forecast to top 570,000 tonnes, a 17 percent increase on 2013.
Etihad Cargo, as part of a multi-year ACMI agreement, has added a third Boeing 747 freighter from Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. The B747-400 freighter which has a payload capacity of 115 tonnes and a range of more than 8,000 km would be joining the two B747Fs operated by Atlas on behalf of Etihad Cargo.
Ethiopian Airlines, as part its strategic fleet expansion to support African exports of perishable cargo, has taken delivery of a third B777-200LR freighter. Ethiopian, which holds the distinction as the only African operator of B777 freighters, consider that the aircraft’s uplift, range, fuel efficiency and temperature control capabilities renders it perfectly suited for the transport of Ethiopia’s growing export of perishables, such as fruits, flowers, vegetables and meat.
Emirates SkyCargo has strengthened its operations in central Europe with the launch of cargo services to Budapest, the capital of Hungary.
Emirates’ daily passenger flight to the city is operated with a wide-body Airbus A330-200 and offers 168 tonnes of cargo capacity per week. The first flight into Budapest featured consolidated cargo from the Far East and points in India, including a shipment of pharmaceuticals from Hyderabad.
EMIRATES to increase its African operations by over 40 percent. Emirates fleet investment in Africa tops $7bn with operating costs of over $2bn. The company will add around 10 destinations in the next decade and will continue investment and commitment to introduce more frequencies to their existing points to provide critical links to emerging markets from Asia, the Middle East and Australia.
Expeditors International reported double digit volume growth for both air and ocean freight in the 2014 third quarter, the first time this has happened since the last three months of 2010.
Etihad Airways‘ cargo tonnage rose 9 percent, year-over-year, in the third quarter of this year, which helped boost overall revenues at the United Arab Emirates flag-carrier by 29 percent. The carrier’s Etihad Cargo subsidiary shipped a total of 144,498 tonnes in Q3, bringing in revenue of $USD284 million, a 16 percent increase, year-over-year, with just 1 percent capacity growth.
Emirates SkyCargo has launched an internally developed and cost effective LD3 container that keeps temperature sensitive cargo cool when transported on the ground and in the air. Called the “White Container”, it’s the latest addition to Emirates SkyCargo’s Cool Chain portfolio, and has been designed specifically as an intermediate temperature control solution which is ideal for generic healthcare products and food perishables.
EMIRATES SKYCARGO is expanding its freighter network in the USA by starting a weekly B777 freighter service to Los Angeles. The Middle East carrier’s other freighter destinations in the USA are Chicago, Atlanta and Houston. In addition to these, the freight division also has belly-hold cargo services to Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, Boston and Dallas, says a company statement.
Emirates SkyCargo is set to further strengthen trade lanes between Switzerland and its worldwide network with the introduction of a weekly freighter service from Basel to Dubai.The new freighter flight will supplement the existing belly-hold cargo capacity in the Swiss market provided on Emirates’ double-daily passenger services to Zurich as well as on the daily Geneva flights.

Emirates SkyCargo said it has carried 55,246 tonnes of temperature sensitive goods since it moved operations to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC). Goods include perishable products such as fruit, vegetables, flowers, fresh meat as well as pharmaceuticals.Etihad Cargo has unveiled a new equine service called SkyStables, targeted at customers around the world wishing to transport horses and other similar species by air. Supervised by expert managers, SkyStables offers owners, breeders and equestrian organisations bespoke global transport arrangements on Etihad Cargo’s fleet of 10 Airbus and Boeing wide-body freighters.

Emirates SkyCargo has boosted its capacity to Chicago, with the start of daily non-stop flights. The Dubai-Chicago nonstop service, launched and operated by a Boeing 777-200LR, offers nearly 120 tonnes of belly-hold cargo capacity which will further stimulate a growing demand for Emirates SkyCargo services to and from Chicago, particularly from the Middle East, India, Asia, the Far East and Australia.
Emirates SkyCargo now has the capability following the integration of Unitechnik’s X-Mover system. The user profits from the flexible handling heights of 190 to 7,000 mm. With its electronic all-wheel steering, the transport vehicle is also extremely maneuverable and able to perform 360° turns. X-Mover is Unitechnik’s all-in-one solution for ULD handling in cargo terminals.
EMIRATES SkyCargo is strengthening trade lanes between Switzerland and its worldwide network by launching a weekly B777 freighter service between Basel and Dubai .The new freighter route will supplement the existing belly-hold cargo capacity in the Swiss market provided on the carrier’s double-daily passenger services to Zurich, as well as on daily Geneva flights, says a company statement.
ETIHAD CARGO, the freight arm of UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, is launching twice-weekly, rotating freighter services linking Abu Dhabi and Moscow’s Domodedovo airport. The route will operate every Wednesday and Friday using an A330-200F, with a capacity of 64 tonnes.
Etihad Cargo, has unveiled a new equine service called SkyStables, targeted at customers around the world wishing to transport horses, zebras and donkeys by air.
Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter operations to Al Maktoum International – Dubai World Central (DWC) resulted in a triple-digit surge in cargo traffic in the second quarter of this year. DWC handled 199,751 tonnes, up 308 percent from the same period in 2013.
Etihad Cargo, has started flights between Abu Dhabi and Vietnam’s Noi Bài International Airport in Hanoi. Using an Airbus A330-200F freighter with a capacity of 60 metric tonnes. The flight to Hanoi stops in Mumbai, however, the return services travel direct to Abu Dhabi.
Envirotainer has received full approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the RKN e1 container. Airlines based in the U.S., and any other country that recognizes FAA regulations, will now be able to conduct their own engineering assessment required to carry the RKN e1 container onboard their aircraft. Envirotainer has already acquired the necessary certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), as well as other country specific regulatory authorities.
ETIHAD Cargo achieved 27 per cent revenue growth during the first half of 2014. The freight division outperformed the global market, carrying 268,713 tonnes of air cargo and mail during the sixth-month period – up 25 per cent year-on-year – contributing significantly to the airline’s overall total revenue of US$3.2 billion.
Emirates SkyCargo, is set to further strengthen trade lanes between Scandinavia and its worldwide network with the start of operations to Oslo, Norway, from Sept 2. Oslo will become Emirates SkyCargo’s third gateway in Scandinavia after daily passenger and cargo services were introduced to Copenhagen, Denmark.
ETHIOPIAN Airlines has signed a €50 million loan agreement with the French Development Agency (AFD) to erect a new air cargo terminal at Addis Ababa.
Etihad Cargo uplifted record cargo tonnage across the globe in April and May, pushing the carrier into the list of top 10 performing global air cargo operators, based on monthly WorldACD carrier rankings. In April, Etihad Cargo moved 44,730 tonnes of cargo around the world, 30 percent more than in the same period last year.
E-commerce, which had propelled the growth of mail parcel volumes, according to Douglas Brittin , Secretary General, TIACA, has been bringing in further challenges for pending Advance Data Filing regulations. In accordance with the new regulations, individual shipment information would require to be submitted to destination regulatory agencies in advance of transportation, as against the current Customs’ requirement for information prior to arrival at the port of entry. Brittin, whilst addressing the delegates at the Universal Postal Union (UPU)’s Postal Security Group meeting in Bern, Switzerland, emphasized that the air cargo industry and Postal Operators need to continue working closely with Customs and Civil Aviation Security regulators to ensure new data submission regulations and screening protocols are standardized and workable.
Emirates SkyCargo is on track for moving to Dubai World Central (DWC) with the first phase of the building being finished. The cargo airline will commence operation of its all 12 freighters from the new cargo terminal with effect from May 01, 2014. The cross docks and perishables areas have been fully completed and would mark a critical milestone with the commencement of the operations scheduled from 1 May. The cargo handling system and interiors are also being finalized to time it with the commencement of the operations from the new cargo terminal. With the conclusion of the first construction phase, Emirates SkyCargo has commenced the testing of facilities and trucking operations between DWC and Dubai International Airport.
Etihad Cargo announced that it had, during the first quarter of this year, outperformed the global market, by undertaking transportation of 127,821 tonnes of freight and mail. This marks a year-on-year increase of 26 per cent, almost seven times higher than IATA’s prediction that the international cargo market will grow by four per cent in 2014. The airline’s cargo revenue also increased by 26 per cent to $243 million placing Etihad Cargo on track to become a billion dollar business in 2014.
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, won the Diamond Award, which is the top award given in a category, at the annual Air Cargo World Awards that was held in Los Angeles. Emirates SkyCargo topped the list of cargo carriers in the category for freighters who move 800 000 tonnes or more of cargo per annum. In addition, the cargo carrier was also named Cargo Airline of the Year 2014’, at the Air Transport News Awards held in Istanbul, Turkey. The award was bestowed based on Air Cargo World’s Air Cargo Excellence Survey, which measures carriers and airports with specific criteria and ranks them to identify in accordance with their performances.
Etihad Cargo announced that it is increasing its services to China with new bellyhold capacity between Abu Dhabi and Chengdu. The increase in the service has been effected from end March, 2014. The increase in service will enable the cargo capacity to and from Chengdu to grow 40 per cent to 930 tonnes a month as a result of the current five-weekly A330 passenger services between Abu Dhabi and Chengdu moving to a daily operation. The cargo increase comes as the result of the increasing trade flows to and from China and Abu Dhabi. During 2013, Etihad Cargo carried more than 73,000 tonnes of goods to and from China, registering an increase of 33 per cent as compared to 2012.
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, announced introduction of a weekly freighter service to Tunis and Abidjan. The new service is expected to increase the cargo capacity of the cargo carrier to these destinations. The new freighter flight will supplement the existing belly hold cargo capacity provided on Emirates’ daily passenger services to the two cities. Emirates SkyCargo currently offers more than 200 tonnes of capacity each week on the Tunis route, while the flights to Abidjan, which is a linked route with Accra, offers more than 300 tonnes. Emirates SkyCargo will use one of its Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft on the Dubai-Abidjan-Tunis-Dubai route, which is capable of carrying 103 tonnes of cargo.
Emirates SkyCargo has added two more feathers in its cap when it won two awards within a span of few weeks. The Cargo Airline won the nominations of the worldwide readers of STAT Times for the Award of ‘International Cargo Airline of the year’ on 5th February in a glittering ceremony organized by STAT Times as part of its International Biennial Air Cargo event, Air Cargo India 2014, in Mumbai. Prior to receipt of this accolade, the Cargo Airline had also won the ‘Top Cargo Handling Airline of Cochin 2013’ instituted by the Customs Department during the Customs Day Celebration held in Kochi, India.
Emirates SkyCargo is gearing up for the move of its freighter fleet to Al Maktoum Airport (DWC) by signing a trucking contract with Dubai-based Allied Transport LLC. In accordance with the five year contract, Allied Transport would provide road feeder services between Dubai International (DXB) and DWC for Emirates SkyCargo, including the operation of up to a fleet of 45 trucks in the first year. The operations of the Emirates SkyCargo freighter fleet from Al Maktoum International will be effected from May 1, 2014.
Etihad Airways had a year of record-breaking success after achieving its highest ever cargo volumes in 2013. Impressive cargo growth with 486,753 tonnes of freight and mail transportation undertaken by Etihad Airways was reported during the year thereby registering a staggering increase of 32 per cent as compared to the volumes recorded during 2012. The airline accounted for 89 per cent of cargo imports, exports and transfers at Abu Dhabi airport last year.
Emirates will use its new second daily service from Dublin in Ireland to transport a variety of key exports including Botox, a popular toxin patronised by the rich and famous to smooth wrinkles. The carrier’s B777-300ER will offer an additional 25 tonnes of belly-hold capacity everyday upon its introduction in September. Timings are scheduled to expedite more effective onward connections from Dubai to major destinations in Australia and New Zealand, with shorter journey times into Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Envirotainer, as part of its continued network expansion, has opened a new service station in Duesseldorf to ensure the quality and availability of its temperature-controlled air cargo containers for customers shipping pharmaceutical and healthcare products from the region. The Duesseldorf operation joins a network of more than 50 Envirotainer service stations at major airports around the world. The station services will be provided by ComPass Transport Systeme GmbH. Through this new facility in Duesseldorf, Envirotainer would be able to contribute towards greater and quicker access to the active cold chain.
Etihad Cargo, part of the UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, has become the first cargo airline in the Gulf region to implement Cargo-XML, the International Air Transport Association’s new technology standard for air cargo communications. Developed collaboratively with industry stakeholders, Cargo-XML removes the requirement for cargo paper documentation, otherwise known as an air waybill.
Envirotainer has announced successful launching of its Singapore service station. Envirotainer has a global service network with contracted suppliers at more than 50 airports. The Singapore service station is the second in line, after Atlanta, to open as a fully Envirotainer owned station – to make sure that high quality standards are met in the increasingly high demand life science market. Envirotainer offers a global service network on almost all continents. By investing in and opening up its own station in this critical healthcare market, Envirotainer will be able to provide greater and quicker access to the Active Cold Chain.
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, is expanding its operations in the Indian subcontinent following the recent launch of Emirates services to Sialkot, the airline’s fifth route in Pakistan. Supporting the thriving trade between the Indian subcontinent and the rest of the world, Emirates SkyCargonow offers a weekly capacity into and out of the region of 10,900 tonnes. The Dubai-Sialkot service is operated four times a week by an Airbus A330-200, providing a total weekly cargo capacity of up to 68 tonnes per direction, giving a boost to trade opportunities.
Emirates SkyCargo is expanding its operations in the Indian subcontinent following the recent launch of Emirates services to Sialkot, the airline’s fifth route in Pakistan. Supporting the thriving trade between the Indian subcontinent and the rest of the world, Emirates SkyCargonow offers a weekly capacity into and out of the region of10,900 tonnes.
ETIHAD Airways has ordered 56 widebodied aircraft, with options and purchase rights for 26 more in a deal valued at US$25.2 billion. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s order includes 25 B777X passenger aircraft, comprising 17 B777-9Xs and eight B777-8Xs, subject to programme launch. Etihad’s order includes one additional B777 freighter for its cargo fleet, with options for two more. Etihad Airways is the first airline to order the -8X variant and will be a launch customer of the model, which is expected to enter service around the end of the decade.
ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES is to begin 10-weekly flights to Kano, Nigeria, following an agreement between Nigeria and Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Airlines would operate seven weekly passenger flights and three weekly cargo flights to Kano, in addition to its current flights to Abuja, Lagos and Enugu. Part of the agreement would allow one Nigerian airline to equally fly the Ethiopian route to Addis Ababa and other cities in Ethiopia, while enabling the training of Nigerian aviation staff by the Aviation Institute in Addis Ababa.
ETIHAD CARGO and Singapore Airlines Cargo are to exchange confirmed cargo capacity on their services from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to London Heathrow (LHR) and Frankfurt (FRA). Under the agreement, Etihad Cargo will supply capacity on one of its weekly freighter services from Abu Dhabi to Frankfurt as well as access to its cargo network to the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. Singapore Airlines Cargo will provide capacity on its freighter services to LHR operated via Abu Dhabi. Singapore Airlines Cargo launched a weekly B747-400 freighter service from Singapore to London Heathrow via Abu Dhabi in June this year. A second freighter service on the same route is due to commence on 31 October.
Emirates SkyCargo has added a new Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft to its fleet as part of expanding its capabilities and capacity to meet current needs and long-term growth. The latest addition, which expands Emirates SkyCargo’s B777F fleet to 10, comes ahead of moving its freighter operations to Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport in May 2014. A dedicated freighter cargo terminal that will be able to handle 700 000 tonnes of cargo annually and various support infrastructure is currently under construction. Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has bolstered its position as a leading global player in air cargo industry by winning the ‘Overall Carrier Of The Year’ award at the Payload Asia Awards 2013. Emirates was presented the accolade after being shortlisted by a panel of judges, and being voted the best in the category by Payload Asia readers. Criteria for the award included the carrier’s network coverage and development strategy, operational performance in 2012, customer service and product innovations, as well as market leadership, responsiveness and adaptability.
Emirates is to launch daily passenger services to Khwaja Rawash Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan in December. Kabul will be the first destination in Afghanistan served by Emirates. The capital city will be the first destination in Afghanistan served by the UAE airline. The daily A340-500 passenger jet will offer new belly cargo opportunities for the carrier’s forwarder customers. “Emirates has identified a demand for a premium service airline offering between Dubai and Kabul,” said Barry Brown, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice-president, Commercial Operations, East. “We will be able to offer excellent global connections via Dubai, particularly for the shipment of pharmaceuticals, perishable foodstuffs and construction materials,” he added. Kabul will become the 138th destination on the Emirates route network.
EAS-Cargo is working with the Singapore-based Cargo Community Network (CCN) to rollout a new information technology platform for the Abu Dhabi cargo community called Cargo Community Service (CCS).The innovative one-stop service is designed to facilitate the air cargo booking and shipment processes for Abu Dhabi-based freight forwarders and clearing agents, by linking them directly with air cargo carriers, ground handlers and third parties. In addition, under CCS, a number of comprehensive electronic cargo services for the Abu Dhabi air cargo community will be introduced utilising a secure online portal called CCNhub. This includes Electronic Customs Manifest and Electronic Delivery Orders (eDO) functions, which offer freight forwarders a timely and cost-effective way of submitting customs data electronically for cargo clearance, in addition to obtaining pricing information for printing delivery orders.
Emirates SkyCargo and Air France-KLM are to introduce daily flights over the next 12 months which is expected to contribute to the continuing growth at Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International.Emirates SkyCargo has confirmed that all dedicated freight flights will be operated from its new base at DWC when it opens in May 2014 while Air France-KLM will relocate its regional hub to the airport from August this year.
Emirates SkyCargo has commenced construction of its new state-of-the-art cargo terminal and supporting facilities at Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport. The new terminal is set to become the home of its freighter operations with effect from May 2014. In addition to the cargo terminal, various facilities and infrastructure will be built including 46 truck docks and 80 truck parking spaces, 12 aircraft stands directly in front of the terminal, while additional interface facilities viz east and west cross docks will be built at Dubai International Airport. Amana Steel Buildings Contracting LLC, the company entrusted with the construction, started the foundation work for the cargo terminal, with the target to complete the first phase in December 2013. On completion of the first phase of the construction, the cargo handling system and the interior will be fitted, with the first section to be delivered to Emirates SkyCargo by the beginning of April next year and would be fully completed by mid-September.
Etihad Cargo has taken delivery of three new Boeing and Airbus wide-body freighters, taking the carrier’s expanding fleet to nine aircraft in turn paving way for a massive 62 per cent increase in tonnage uplift capability. In conjunction with Atlas Air, the freighter is being deployed on a new round the world scheduled routing taking in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Chicago, Miami, Viracopos, Quito and Amsterdam. Two other freighters recently joined the fleet include one Boeing 777F and one Airbus A330F.
Envirotainer has signed a strategic worldwide agreement with CHEP Aerospace Solutions with a view to strengthen its ability to serve the active cold chain requirements of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. Furthermore, Envirotainer will establish four new fully Envirotainer-operated competence centres in Atlanta, Amsterdam, Singapore and Vienna in order to further strengthen its ability to serve the cold chain market with state-of-the-art air cargo containers.

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, is set to increase its cargo capacity to the Philippines, when Emirates begins daily non-stop flights to Clark International Airport from 1st October 2013. Clark International Airport is located in the province of the Pampanga in Central Luzon, which is 80 kilometres to the north of Manila. Central Luzon is one of the growth regions in the Philippines and is host to the country’s premium economic zones, the Clark Freeport Zone and the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Etihad Cargo has certified international ground handling services company Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) as a Preferred Handling Partner (PHP). Only companies that meets the high service performance standards of Etihad Cargo and could assure consistency in quality across their regional operations can be PHP certified. Etihad Cargo has specific performance benchmarks in the areas of safety, security management, regulatory compliance, training, IT interfaces, business planning and risk management.

Envirotainer’s 1,000th RKN e1 electrical heating and compressor cooling air cargo container has rolled off the production line and a further 250 units will be added during 2013 in order to keep pace with demand from the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. Having pioneered the world’s first ‘active’ air cargo container in 1995, Envirotainer launched its RKN e1 heating and cooling container in 2005 and has continually invested in growing its fleet ever since to support the cold chain services of its airline and logistics partners and drugs companies across the globe. “We will add another 250 RKN e1 units to our fleet during 2013, and thus have the opportunity to meet the increasing demand.

Etihad Cargo has unveiled a new global advertising campaign, its first since rebranding from Etihad Crystal Cargo to Etihad Cargo more than one year ago. With the brand line “The world is our business. Let us take care of yours,” Etihad Cargo will run the major new brand campaign across 24 countries, supported by print and digital media advertising. The campaign celebrates Etihad Cargo’s key customers – freight forwarders – and reinforces the way in which the airline aligns its network, fleet, and service portfolio to support seamless transportation of customer goods across the globe.

Expeditors introduces a state-of-the-art facility for temperature critical products at BRUcargo, the dedicated cargo area at Brussels Airport. The new healthcare facility, in partnership with Aviapartner, is strategically located at a first line location at Brussels Airport. The direct ramp connection of the warehouse greatly minimizes the risk of transporting temperature controlled products off airport property to temporary storage. The 1500 m² facility is designed with the space and capacity to handle a wide variety of temperature sensitive shipment sizes. With both controlled room temperature (+15°C to +25°C) and refrigerated (+02°C to +08°C) fully monitored storage, the Expeditors healthcare facility will help shippers maintain product integrity while in-transit through BRUcargo.

Emirates SkyCargo, has asserted its position as a leading global player in air cargo industry by winning the ‘Cargo Airline of the Year 2013’ award at the Air Cargo Week World Air Cargo Awards. The awards come at a time of continuous growth for SkyCargo. Earlier this year, the freight division of Emirates significantly boosted its cargo capacity with the addition of three new Boeing 777F aircraft, taking its freighter fleet to 10 aircraft and its dedicated freighter network to 13 destinations. The awards come at a time of continuous growth for SkyCargo. Etihad Airways and Jettainer have partnered to launch a new lightweight and double-width Unit Load Device (ULD), known as type ALF. Compared to traditional double-width ULDs which typically weigh in at 196 kilograms, the new ALF model is almost 34 per cent lighter at 130 kilograms, a saving of 66 kilograms per unit, and a potential weight saving of 116 kilograms per flight. Etihad Airways will take delivery of 250 of the new ULDs this year, and the airline estimates that the significant weight reduction will result in fuel savings of the order of US$350,000 in 2013 and approximately US$1.1 million in 2014.

Etihad Cargo, commencing from June, will operate additional frequencies from Abu Dhabi to Benghazi, Dhaka, Frankfurt, Guangzhou and Khartoum. A new weekly route to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, will also commence in July, complementing the existing weekly freighter services to Dammam. In addition, during June, a new weekly freighter routing will commence to Vienna, and a twice-weekly freighter operation to Singapore and Sydney will be added to network. This brings the total worldwide Etihad Cargo network to 89 destinations, eight of which are freighter only (Benghazi, Eldoret, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Houston, Kabul, Sharjah, Vienna).Envirotainer and Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo signed the contract to reconfirm the partnership for the next five years. “AF-KL-MP Cargo has been among the very few airline operators which have focused on the development of air cargo pharmaceutical transportation from the very beginning. We have thus reached a worldwide ‘know how’ recognition in this field, shared throughout the whole pharmaceutical industry. We remain committed to answer our customers’ expectations on the paths of new technical achievement”. said Ramon Delima, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo VP Variation & Industries.Emirates, which now serves three gateways in Iraq, was the Official Carrier for TRADEUAE Iraq, a forum promoting trade between the UAE, Iraq and its Kurdistan region. The airline had a dedicated stand at the event, which took place in Erbil. TRADEUAE Iraq was designed to provide UAE-based companies with the knowledge and contacts to do business in the Iraqi market. Emirates’ flights to Iraq across its three gateways are served with Airbus A330-200s, which can carry up to 17 tonnes of cargo per flight.

Emirates SkyCargo is the first carrier to implement Electronic-Air Waybill (e-AWB) shipments under the industry’s recently ratified multilateral e-AWB standard. Emirates SkyCargo has tirelessly worked towards the adoption of e-freight with its customers, while also ensuring that processes are more widely understood and adopted in the industry as a whole.

Excalibur Almaz RRV the only space capsule to have been into space twice made its first journey to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This was the maiden journey of Excalibur Almaz RRV to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saudia Cargo flew the capsule on the 28thMarch 2013 from EMA to JED where it connected to Riyadh. Meticulous planning was made to ensure safe passage to its final destination. Excalibur Almaz RRV will be at the science fair in Riyadh and will be taken to schools for space education.

Emirates SkyCargo, is set to increase its cargo capacity to Tokyo, Japan, when Emirates launches a daily non-stop flight between Dubai and Haneda Airport with effect from 03 June, 2013. With the new daily flight to Haneda, Emirates SkyCargo is able to provide an additional 210 tonnes of cargo capacity per week, further supporting Japanese exports of mechanical components, electronic goods and automobile parts, and its imports of gas and oil products.

Emirates SkyCargo and Qantas Freight, subject to regulatory approval, will offer customers seamless access to each other’s networks, marketing cargo capacity to a combined total of 233 ports across six continents. Under the Emirates and Qantas partnership, Emirates SkyCargo and Qantas Freight will cooperate on cargo capacity on each other’s passenger services offering freight customers of both airlines new trade and business opportunities. “This partnership will offer customers a range of benefits including increased frequencies, more options and flexibility, and ultimately improvements through the creation of seamless connections to more destinations,” said Ram Menen, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo. “SkyCargo customers from around the world will initially have access to 28 destinations on Qantas Freight’s network including ten ports in Australia and eight destinations in Asia.” he added.

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has strengthened its Cool Chain Premium Service with the appointment of an additional cool chain solutions provider CSafe, a global provider of cool chain solutions, for the supply and service of mobile refrigeration units used for its Cool Chain Premium Service, which specialises in the transport of temperature-sensitive products, including pharmaceuticals. The contract will provide units for SkyCargo’s important Dublin to Australia route, which operates through Dubai. Upon completion of a successful test period, SkyCargo will analyse additional lanes for opportunities to further expand the agreement.

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing international airlines, has significantly boosted its total cargo capacity and expanded its dedicated freighter network with the addition of three new Boeing 777F aircraft. The three new freighters, each capable of carrying up to 103 tonnes of cargo, takes SkyCargo’s freighter fleet to 10 aircraft and its dedicated freighter network to 12 destinations.
[email protected], the Dutch Government-funded project to encourage the move towards paperless air cargo through its main airport, Schiphol, has completed its programme with a string of successes. Launched in July 2010 with funding of €1.2 million, the project has successfully achieved a five-fold increase in e-Freight shipments through Schiphol. In 2010, a total of 1,665 shipments were sent as paperless e-freight, however, by December 2012, the annual total rose to 21,176. Other achievements of [email protected] include the establishment of a help desk and the [email protected] Online Academy, to give advice and provide online training to the industry and potential users.
Enterprise Asia honoured Anil Khanna, Managing Director of Blue Dart Express Ltd., South Asia’s premier number one express air and integrated transportation, distribution and logistics company, with the ‘Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award’ at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA). Apart from Anil, Blue Dart too was conferred with the ‘Green Leadership Award’ for its GOGREEN Carbon Neutral Service at the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards (AREA) – South Asia.
Etihad Cargo, has launched the Etihad Kabayan Box, a dedicated personal freight service for the 500,000-strong Filipino expatriate community living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The new service will allow Filipinos to send up to 20 kilos for 150 AED and up to 50 kilos for 350 AED by air to the capital of the Philippines, Manila. While the service is for personal belongings only, there is no restriction on the number of Etihad Kabayan Boxes that may be booked.
Express Industry Council of India (EICI), the apex industry body of Express companies, has alleged that domestic airlines have formed a price cartel that is exploiting the levy of fuel surcharge (FSC) on cargo by not applying a rational pricing mechanism for the same. According to EICI findings, in the last four years there has been substantial hike in fuel surcharge, which has not been commensurate to the highly volatile Air Turbine Fuel (ATF) prices. With effect from November, domestic airlines have further increased the FSC on cargo by Rs. 2/kg in spite of a marked drop in ATF prices. “What has been surprising is that all airlines have chosen to increase the FSC by the same amount more or less at the same time. This has led us to believe that this action has been taken in concert,” said Vijay Kumar, Chief Operating Officer, Express Industry Council of India.
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has reinforced its position as a logistics industry leader by winning a top honour at the 2012 Supply Chain Asia Logistics Awards. The annual awards recognise corporations and individuals in the fields of supply chain and logistics. The Air Cargo Carrier of the Year Award is open to Asian and global air cargo carriers and was presented to Emirates SkyCargo in recognition of the innovative solutions it provides customers after being nominated by readers of Supply Chain Asia and then coming out on top after a final round of voting by a group of independent judges.
Emirates SkyCargo, has strengthened its operations in Thailand, with Phuket to become the second Thai gateway that connects it to international trade opportunities across its network of 126 destinations. The daily non-stop flight to Phuket, operated by an A340-300 with a belly hold capacity of 13 tonnes, will take the weekly cargo capacity into and out of the country to more than 640 tonnes. This capacity is spread across four flights to Bangkok and one to Phuket.
Emirates SkyCargo, has been named Air Cargo Carrier of the Year, at the 2012 Global Freight Awards held in London. The awards, formerly known as the IFW (International Freighting Weekly) Awards, recognize excellence in the freight and logistics industry. This is the sixth time that Emirates SkyCargo has won the award, having previously received the honour in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. Emirates SkyCargo beat off competition from five other carriers, namely British Airways World Cargo, Cargolux, Lufthansa Cargo, Air France/KLM Cargo and Virgin Atlantic Cargo.
Etihad Cargo, a division of Etihad Airways, will re-introduce a weekly freighter service from Abu Dhabi to the Nigerian city of Lagos. The service will be complemented by the addition of 16 new interline destinations across West Africa. These additional interline connections will link Lagos with the cities of Libreville (Gabon), Pointe-Noire (Congo-Brazzaville), Malabo (Equatorial Guinea), Douala (Cameroon), Accra (Ghana), Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), Nouakchott (Mauritania), Conakry (Guinea), Bamako (Mali), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Cotonou (Benin), Monrovia (Liberia), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Port Harcourt (Nigeria) and Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo). ECS Group, announced that China will be the next addition to its fast-growing network of international locations. During the last 18 months, the Paris-based ECS Group has opened offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmadabad in India and is expected to add a fourth location in Chennai by the end of 2012. It has also established its presence in Vietnam, Hong Kong and Niger. ECS President, Bertrand Schmoll, says China is the next target for the company along with further offices in Vietnam.Emirates SkyCargo, has transported almost 34,000 tonnes between the U.S. and points across its global network as the addition of Dallas/Fort Worth, Seattle and Washington, D.C. during this year increased its number of American trade lanes to seven. In the six months since its Seattle service was launched on March 1, Emirates SkyCargo has connected businesses across its U.S. network, including firms in New York, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco, to international trade opportunities in more than 120 destinations. The total of 33,760 tonnes, which includes 11,000 tonnes of imports and 22,760 tonnes of exports, represents an increase of 145% on the 13,760 tonnes carried in the six months from December 3rd 2007, the day Houston became the second US destination for Emirates following New York City.Etihad Cargo announced it was strengthening its operations in the Indian cities of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Chennai, by adding a new cargo sales team. It has also appointed AVS Cargo Management Services as its General Sales Agent (GSA) partner. Both measures are aimed at better serving the airline’s cargo customers. The new changes are effective immediately, and the sales team and GSA will provide a full complement of services including reservations and customer service.

Evergreen International Airlinesbegan twice-weekly scheduled cargo service between Miami International Airport and three cities in Brazil, becoming the eighth cargo airline serving MIA’s number one partner in air trade value. Evergreen will use Boeing 747-200F aircraft on a circular cargo route to Manaus, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, will carry up to 14 tonnes of freight per flight between South Australia and Dubai when four weekly flights to Adelaide are launched on November 1, 2012, significantly boosting trade between South Australia and Dubai. The additional 56 tonnes will take the weekly capacity to and from Australia to 1500 tonnes and Emirates SkyCargo’s capacity, which includes three dedicated freighter services from Sydney each week, will be further strengthened from March 1, 2013, when the number of services operating from Dubai to Australia rises to 84 per week.

Envirotainer has opened a new office in Singapore to improve access to its active temperature-controlled air cargo containers and cold chain management services across Asia Pacific, which emerged as the world’s fastest growing pharmaceuticals market. With Asia Pacific expected to grow by 97% and account for 29% of global pharma sales by 2016.

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has commenced a freighter service from Dubai to Japan and Korea. In addition to automotive parts, electronics, medical equipment and various other commodities that have been transported to date from Japan and Korea to Dubai and onwards to destinations across Emirates SkyCargo’s network of 125 destinations, the new route will be used to carry large items such as pipes and rotors used by the oil and gas industry; animals such as race horses; race cars and other vehicles; and heavy machinery.

Etihad Cargo inaugurated a new weekly freighter operation from Abu Dhabi to the Qatari capital, Doha. The new cargo service will operate every Monday using an Airbus A300-600F freighter, with a capacity of 42 metric tonnes. Etihad Airways already operates 26 weekly Airbus A319, A320 and passenger services between the two cities. “We are delighted to launch our first dedicated freighter service to Doha, and believe that it will further strengthen the trade ties between the UAE and Qatar.” Said David Kerr, Vice President of Etihad Cargo.

Etihad Cargo has unveiled a new and highly secure valuable goods service called SAFEGUARD. The UAE flag carrier’s new SAFEGUARD service is designed to support the requirements of global security service companies, freight forwarders, companies and individuals who need to dispatch valuable goods such as precious metals and stones, jewellery, legal tender, and priceless works all over the world, quickly and securely. Emirates is launching a new service to Erbil from Dubai, initially for four times a week which would be enhanced as daily service from September 1, 2012. The flights will be operated using an A340-300 aircraft with a 13-tonne cargo capacity.

Evergreen International Airlinesand Taikoo Aircraft Engineering (TAECO) took the delivery of the 50th 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) which has the distinction of being the first airplane to enter the Evergreen fleet and the 40th conversion completed by TAECO. Modifications to the airplane include a side cargo door addition, a new, strengthened main-deck floor, full main-deck lining installation, provisions for a new cargo handling system and complete revisions to the airplane systems. Boeing manages the overall conversion, including engineering and materials, and TAECO converts the airplane at its Xiamen facility under contract with Boeing. Ten conversions have been completed by customers using kits provided by Boeing.

Etihad Cargo, carried a record 175,000 tonnes of cargo in the first six months of 2012, registering a 21 per cent increase over the same period last year. The increase represents an extra 30,000 tonnes as compared to H1 2011, with higher revenues of 13 per cent. Etihad Cargo operates to 87 destinations internationally. Recently Etihad Cargo reported strong second quarter results for 2012, with tonnage up 22 per cent to 90,000 tonnes, contributing to revenues of US$183 million, up 11 per cent.

Etihad Cargo has inaugurated a new weekly freighter operation from Abu Dhabi to the Saudi Arabian city of Dammam. The new cargo service operates every Tuesday using an Airbus A300-600F freighter, with a capacity of 42 metric tonnes.

Emirates is expanding its air freight capacity to Iraq following an increase in demand. Accordingly, Emirates will commence a four times per week service to Erbil in August to so as to increase its existing services to Basra and Baghdad. In addition, the service for which an Airbus 340-300 is being used, will be converted to daily services from the beginning of September.

ExecuJet Europe launched a complimentary pet handling service at London Cambridge Airport, enabling domestic cats and dogs to travel internationally, without quarantine and overseas vet inspection. ExecuJet and London Cambridge Airport are now approved by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for the UK’s Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). New regulations introduced this year bring PETS fully into line with EU regulations and, accordingly, cats and dogs coming from the EU and certain non-EU countries will no longer require a post-vaccination blood test and the pre-entry waiting period will be reduced from six months to 21 days.

European Commission and the U.S. Transport Security Administration (TSA) have agreed to recognise each other’s air cargo security regimes, a move that will cut costs for carriers. The US-EU cargo security agreement would facilitate the recognition by the US of the equivalency and effectiveness of EU cargo security regimes as applied in all 27 EU countries and Switzerland. This will allow all air carriers flying out of the EU and Switzerland to apply EU security measures as a means of complying with US law.

Emirates SkyCargo has launched a new direct service from Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) to Dubai (UAE) which will offer about 240 metric tonnes of belly-hold capacity per week. Ho Chi Minh City has now become the 14th Sky Cargo base for Emirates Airline in the Far East. The new service will help strengthen business ties with key export countries such as China, Japan and Korea which are already using the Sky Cargo service to export goods to Europe, Africa and North America.

Emirates Airline, according to the report by Emirates’ Group, has maintained its lead position in terms of fuel efficiency due to its young, technologically-advanced fleet. A key factor in the Group’s environmental strategy, supported by the Boeing 777 order for an additional 50 aircraft in November 2011, is the airline’s eco-efficient fleet which is at the cutting edge of fuel efficiency and environmental performance. With an average fleet age of only 6.4 years as against the global IATA average of 11.3 years, Emirates fuel efficiency results are 22.5% better than the IATA average and CO2 emissions are 18.1% better than the IATA average.

Emirates SkyCargo won the Best Air Cargo Carrier Middle East award for 17th consecutive year at the Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA). The airline was named Best Air Cargo Carrier Middle East. Emirates has introduced new services to eight new destinations since January this year – Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Dallas, Lusaka, Harare, Liege (cargo-only), Seattle and Ho Chi Minh City. In addition, it will also be launching flights to Lisbon and Barcelona in July and Washington DC in September.

Emirates SkyCargo, will soon be connecting more American businesses with international opportunities with the addition of a seventh US gateway to Emirates global network. Washington DC, after the launch of flights from Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle earlier this year, will become the third US destination to join the Emirates SkyCargo network in 2012, injecting further impetus to the burgeoning trade lanes it operates between the US, its United Arab Emirates hub and points across the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Africa, the Far East and Australasia.

Emirates SkyCargo special freighter charters carried a record cargo of over 100 horses. The first shipment of 70 horses was the largest number ever transported by Emirates SkyCargo on a single freighter flight. The second flight arrived two days later carrying 42 horses.

Etihad Airways, announced that it had acquired 2.987 per cent stake in Aer Lingus. According to the airline, the purchase reflects its desire to forge a commercial partnership with the Irish national carrier and that it produces significant commercial benefits for both airlines.

Etihad Airways has signed a contract with Atlas Air, Inc. to provide the UAE flag carrier with its first Boeing 747-400 Freighter.The aircraft, with a payload capacity of 124 tons, will be used by Etihad Cargo to transport fresh produce, machinery and garments on routes to and from Africa, Europe, India and China over the Abu Dhabi hub. Delivery and commencement of operations are scheduled for June 2012.

Emirates SkyCargo was honoured by the Middle East logistics industry with three prestigious accolades at the annual Supply Chain and Transport Awards (SCATA). The freight division of Emirates was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award and named Cargo Operator of the Year (Commercial Airline), while Ram Menen, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Cargo, was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Abu Dhabi-based Lulu International Group. Etihad Airways will be the preferred supplier of air cargo services for Lulu’s retail operations into and out of the UAE.

Emirates SkyCargo will launch a new daily service to Ho Chi Minh, the capital city of Vietnam, with an aim to use the 240-tonnes of weekly belly hold capacity to stimulate trade between the city and its Dubai hub and more than 20 other destinations. The service will be further modified by the end of October when a B777-300ER will also be brought into service giving it an additional 80 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity.

Emirates Skycargo has been voted as the Cargo Airline of the Year and, for the 24th consecutive year was also named Best Middle East Cargo Airline. In addition it was named the Best African Cargo in the Cargo Airline of the Year 2012 awards held at London.

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has transported more than 25,000 tonnes over the past year on the burgeoning trade lanes between South America and points across its global network. The airline strengthened its commitment to the region with the launch of a new linked passenger flight from Buenos Aires-Rio de Janeiro to Dubai – the only non-stop service from Rio to the Middle East and fastest route to Asia – and increasing the frequency of its Sao Paulo freighter service.

Emirates SkyCargo has added a second dedicated weekly freighter service from Sydney, Australia. A B777 freighter is now flying twice a week on the Dubai-Singapore-Sydney-Hong Kong-Dubai route, providing these key trading points with additional connectivity to Emirates’ Dubai hub and onwards to more than 120 destinations on the carrier’s network.

EVA Airways(BR) has contracted FCS as cargo handling agent in Frankfurt since 1995. Since then BR has continuously strengthened its position in the market as high quality carrier and can look back to a continuously positive development.

Etihad Airways, the U.A.E. national carrier carried a record 31,700 tonnes of cargo in March, an increase of 20 per cent on the previous year. Total revenues for the month were up 14 per cent on February and 19 per cent on the corresponding period the previous year. In February, Etihad Airways carried 27,900 tonnes of freight.

ECS Group, the leading network general sales and service agency headquartered in Paris, has taken a controlling interest in Niger Air Cargo, a new cargo airline in West Africa.The airline, launched in association with a private investor in Niger, will operate a weekly MD-11 or DC-10 freighter service from Liège to Niamey, the capital and largest city in Niger. Each flight will offer up to 85 tonnes of cargo capacity.

European Commission announced it is handing down $225 million penalties on thirteen airfreight firms, including Kuehne + Nagel, Panalpina, Schenker, UPS, and Expeditors for what the regulatory body said was a “breach of E.U. antitrust rules” during the years 2002-2007. “The freight forwarders colluded on surcharges and charging mechanisms concerning important trade lanes, in particular the Europe-U.S.A. and the China-Hong Kong-Europe lanes,” the EC said.

Emirates SkyCargo honoured its top cargo agents from the city for their continued support and contribution to the airline’s success. The award ceremony hosted by Emirates SkyCargo at The Hyatt Regency witnessed top cargo agents from Mumbai such as DHL Lemuir Logistics Pvt Ltd, East West Freight Carriers Ltd, Freightwings Travels Pvt Ltd, Gallant Freight Travels Pvt Ltd, Jet Airfreight International Freight Forwarders, Kuehne & Nagel Pvt Ltd, Magnum Cargo Pvt Ltd, Modern Cargo Services Pvt Ltd, Shriswami Samarth Airfreight Pvt Ltd, UT worldwide India Pvt Ltd being recognised for their continued efforts and dedication.

Emirates SkyCargo, has cemented its position as a leading global player in the air cargo industry by winning the Platinum Award (Air Cargo Carrier – 800,000 or more tonnes) at the prestigious Air Cargo Excellence Awards 2012. Organised by Air Cargo World, the Air Cargo Excellence Awards is an annual event to recognise the best performers in the business. The ceremony was held at the Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Etihad Airways awarded three year cargo handling contract to WFS at London Heathrow. As per the three-year agreement, commenced in March 2012, WFS would handle an estimated 33,000 tons of air cargo a year for Etihad. In addition WFS would also handle cargo for the airline in Paris CDG.

EMIRATES SkyCargo has announced the expansion of its North American operation which will increase trade opportunities between the U.S and the airline’s global network.

Etihad Airways, along with its Unit Load Device (ULD) partner Jettainer, has embarked on a program to replace 3,000 containers from the original aluminium ULD fleet with environmental friendly lightweight versions. The new lightweight containers are manufactured from a range of composite materials including Kevlar, the material used in making bullet-proof jackets.

Emirates SkyCargo for the third consecutive year, has been honoured with the ‘Air Cargo Carrier of the Year 2012’ award at Air Cargo India 2012 events held in Mumbai. Mr. Ram Menen, Divisional Senior Vice–President received the award at a glamorous evening on February 02 and witnessed by the powerhouses of the Indian cargo sector. Carrying special cargo such as Formula -1 cars, two day old chicks, the famous Assam tea as well as luxury cars out of India only demonstrates Emirates SkyCargo’s potential and specialised ability to deliver at the highest level without a doubt. Additionally, the airline has been instrumental in carrying pharmaceuticals & vaccines, electronics & electrical, engineering spares, chemicals, jute, silk, various kinds of perishables, valuables such as jewellery – diamonds – currency and finished leather goods on a weekly basis from India to the world.

Emirates SkyCargo is expanding its North American operation and increasing trade opportunities between U.S. businesses and its global network. After the launch of daily passenger service from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) International airports Emirates SkyCargo will connect seven points in North America with trade prospects in more than 100 destinations worldwide.” Emirates is driving forward its operations in Europe by announcing a third daily flight to Milan from 1st June, taking to 49 the number of weekly flights offered to Italy.

Etihad Airways and WAHA International, the international non-profit, non governmental organisation, have teamed-up to transport disaster relief kits to Somalia. The relief kits, destined for two refugee camps and two hospitals in the Somali capital Mogadishu, contained 474 tents, 50 education boxes, and three tons of electrical material.

Etihad Airways announced it would double the size of its Airbus A330-200 Freighter fleet. The carrier said it had ordered two more A330-200Fs in a deal worth $423 million at current list prices.

Emirates SkyCargo has bolstered its operations on the booming Africa trade route. Supporting the thriving trade between Africa and the rest of the world, its weekly cargo capacity into and out of the continent will be over 6000 tonnes after the launch of flights to Lusaka and Harare. The addition of flights to the capitals of Zambia and Zimbabwe comes less than three months after the launch of a dedicated weekly freighter to Accra and Lome and means Emirates SkyCargo now has a total annual capacity of more than 300,000 tonnes.

Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo subsidiary of Emirates, expects that the trade between UAE and its global network will be bolstered with its daily passenger service between Dubai-Rio de Janeiro- Buenos Aires, launched on 3 January.

Emirates SkyCargo is now able to connect three points in South America with trade opportunities in more than 100 destinations. With this it now offers belly hold capacity on 14 weekly passenger flights between Dubai- Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires, in addition to 14 weekly passenger flights and thrice a week B777F service between Dubai and Sao Paolo.

Etihad Crystal Cargo announced a second weekly dedicated freighter operation from Abu Dhabi to Almaty in Kazakhstan. The additional freighter service was commenced in January 2012, using an Airbus A330-200F freighter with a payload of 59 metric tonnes on the route. David Kerr, Vice President of Etihad Crystal Cargo, said: “The success of our initial freighter service to Almaty which we launched back on July 28 has exceeded our expectations.

EMIRATES SkyCargo is boosting volumes to west Africa with a new weekly 747-400F service to Ghana. The aircraft will route through Lome (Togo) on the outbound flight and return to Dubai International Airport (UAE) after stopping at Frankfurt Airport (Germany). Goods from Ghana will then be shipped from Dubai to Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US.

Embraer and Kuehne + Nagel announced the extension of their global partnership to include the set-up of a logistics hub for the Middle East and Africa region. The hub will be located in Kuehne + Nagel’s logistics centre in Dubai Logistics City (DLC), offering spare parts logistics for the Embraer commercial aviation fleet.

Etihad Airways has successfully carried more than 100 historic manuscripts from Berlin’s State Library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin) to the National Library of Australia (NLA) in Canberra. The treasures, which span 1,000 years of human history, feature exquisite illuminated manuscripts, rare letters, sketches, documents and priceless musical scores, each handwritten by major figures in literature, religion, science, music, exploration and philosophy.

ECS Group, the world’s largest air cargo general sales and service agency, has opened its first offices in India, supporting its 2011/2012 global expansion strategy. Branches in Mumbai and Delhi are now operational and ECS expects to open further outstations in India as its business grows. To oversee the Group’s development in India, Mark Pulling has taken on the additional role of Regional Director, Middle East and Indian Sub-continent. The South Asia market represents some five percent of the global air cargo market in tonnage terms and India represents its most thriving market. Air Cargo business in India has overtaken ocean freight and rail freight in terms of growth, increasing by nearly 19 percent in the last three years as against 10.3 percent growth registered by ocean freight and 9.2 percent by rail.

EMIRATES SkyCargo has entered the freight record books after transporting the heaviest recorded single item ever carried by a 777F. The airline carried a 21.157-tonne – including packaging – specialised valve used to seal, control and monitor oil and gas wells. It was just short of the aircraft’s 21.624-tonne limit.

ETHIOPIAN Airlines has become the first customer of Southern Air’s new 747-400 freighter fleet after signing a multiple-year ACMI [aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance] agreement. Operations are scheduled to begin in early January 2012.

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saw third quarter revenues up four per cent to $11.7bn. Operating results for the third quarter ended February 28 improved due to volume and base yield growth in all three transportation segments of ground, freight and express.Freight Transportation ServicesIndex fell 0.2 per cent in January from December, declining for the second consecutive month, according to the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). The January 2015 index level (122.9) was 29.9 percent above the April 2009 low during the most recent recession. The level of freight shipments in January measured by the Freight TSI (122.9) was 0.6 per cent below the all-time high level of 123.6 in November 2014.Frankfurt Airport’S Cargo

volumes (airfreight + airmail) increased by 1.7 percent to about 2.2 million metric tons by year-end. Aircraft movements edged down by 0.8 percent to about 469,000 takeoffs and landings, reflecting the ongoing trend towards larger aircraft and better capacity utilization along with higher passenger and cargo volumes.

French freight forwarders have called on airlines to end separate fuel surcharges, which they argue are no longer relevant. TLF overseas, the French freight forwarders organization representing 95 percent of general air cargo transactions, expressed its “incomprehension” of a situation that requires more transparency and real positive economic signals from the carriers.
Fraport Cargo Services has acknowledged AirBridgeCargo Airlines as its largest international air cargo carrier at Frankfurt Airport in 2014 in the company’s annual ceremony to honour its top cargo carriers. This is the fifth consecutive year that ABC has held onto its strong position at Europe’s largest cargo airport and one of the world’s top 10 cargo hubs.
FedEx Corporation announced that it acquired Bongo International. Bongo International’s capabilities complement and expand the FedEx portfolio of offerings important to the rapidly growing global e-commerce marketplace. Bongo International is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla. and will operate as a subsidiary of FedEx Trade Networks.
FedEx Freight won the latest round in union representation battles with the Teamsters, with the rejection of the union at the carrier’s Louisville, Kentucky, terminal. City and road drivers were voting at the ninth terminal where the union filed for an election at the largest-less-than-truckload carrier. The company announced the results in a statement without disclosing the vote total at Louisville.
Fraport Cargo Services GmbH has been successively investing in the latest LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology for its huge cargo terminal at Frankfurt Airport (FRA). Completed in late September 2014, the migration to LED lighting involved replacing 437 lamps with the LED lighting. Early results of the LED replacement program proved to be very satisfying.
FedEx has announced the launch of FedEx® Global Returns, a shipping solution designed to simplify the worldwide returns process. The solution offers retailers enhanced ability to manage their customers’ returns experience, including editable return labels, customs documentation and flexible return destinations.
Finnair Cargo takes part in IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Handling programme (CEIV Pharma) – a joint pilot project organized by IATA and Brussels Airport, Finnair Cargo’s 2nd hub. This programme provides Finnair Cargo with IATA’s Pharma certificate in the beginning of 2015 –one of the two first airlines in the world to receive this cetificate.
Frankfurt Airport reported a cargo boost after its throughput (airfreight and airmail) rose by 3.2 percent to 179,555 tonnes in August – up 3.2 percent compared with the same month last year. Aircraft movements also climbed by 0.6 percent to 42,684 takeoffs and landings.
Fraport Cargo Services has opened its new special storage facility for temperature-sensitive shipments at 15 to 25 degrees, a temperature which is integrated in the FCS warehouse now also makes storage possible at a higher moderate temperature of 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.
FedEx Express has been recognized among the top 20 best companies to work for India by the Great Place to Work Institute. The survey is India’s largest annual study of workplace excellence and is based on confidential employee feedback and an audit of management processes by the Great Place to Work Institute.
FedEx’s ‘SmartPost’ service, which it operates in concert with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), fell 8 percent in FedEx’s fourth quarter. However, volumes actually increased 15 percent if the numbers excluded the “changes in shipping patterns from one large customer.
FedEx reported higher revenue and net income in the fourth quarter for the fiscal years ending May 31. Revenue increased 4 percent and net income surged 141 percent when compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. FedEx attributed the huge net income increase to adjustments made to FedEx Express in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013, which resulted in zero net income from the division.
Finnair Cargo will be enhancing its freighter capacity to Vietnam by adding a third weekly frequency on its Hanoi route. In addition, with effect from 02 June of this year, Finnair will also commence the seasonal passenger flights, which will offer increased cargo capacity to/from Hanoi onboard Airbus A340 three times per week until 23 September. With these six weekly flights Finnair Cargo’stotal cargo capacity from Europe to Vietnam would be doubled from 155 tonnes to 315 tonnes, with 270 tonnes carried by MD11F freighter and 45 tonnes by A340.
Fraport Cargo Services (FPS) and Asiana Airlines management decided to extend the existing cargo handling contract for another long-term period. This decision was taken by Asiana after less than one year’s partnership with FPS. Asiana is a premium carrier with 79 aircraft serving twelve domestic routes, 71 international passenger routes and 29 international cargo routes. The airline is permanently striving to increase its international network and its top priorities are quality, service and safety.
Finnair Cargo,together with its partner Nordic Global Airlines, operated a humanitarian relief flight to Cebu, Philippines. The equipment flown was to enable the Finnish Red Cross to establish more field hospitals in affected areas. The Finnish Red Cross’ shipment, weighing 87 tonnes, contained tents, medical items and equipment for a health clinic, vehicles, pumps and generators as well as water purification equipment and other relief items, such as blankets, tarpaulins and mosquito nets.
Fiji Airways and Emirates SkyCargo announced a new interline cargo arrangement. The newly-signed agreement would facilitate both airlines to offer rates for seamless carriage of cargo between Fiji and the Middle East and Europe. Fijian exporters will now be able to use Fiji Airways to send their exports to these markets from Nadi, Fiji, to Sydney or Auckland, New Zealand, and then onto Emirates SkyCargo’s global network. “This agreement further extends our global reach and opens up new business and trade lanes, giving our customers access to markets in the South Pacific region,” Sultan said. “It is a mutually-beneficial arrangement for both our airlines and our customers, and we look forward to working together with Fiji Airways.” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo, whilst commenting on the benefits of the interline agreement to Emirates.
Fraport AG,the owner and manager of Frankfurt Airport (FRA), handled movements of about 5.4 million passengers at its FRA global aviation hub in October 2013, resulting in a 3.5 percent increase year-on-year and a new October record viz 185,000 more passengers than that of the same period in 2012. As a result, FRA is continuing the growth trend of recent months. Cargo throughput rose by 3.5 percent year-on-year to 186,085 metric tons. Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) declined slightly by 0.4 percent to 2.5 million metric tons. The FRA’s aircraft movements were dropped by one percent to 42,580 takeoffs and landings.
Fraport AG, has achieved revenue of about €1.95 billion during the first three quarters of 2013 thereby registering an increase of €95.2 million or 5.1 percent year-on-year. The Group’s operational result (EBITDA) increased by €32.7 million or 4.9 percent to €706.2 million. As was expected, the Group result declined by €25.6 million or 10.6 percent to €216 million. This has been attributed to the non-recurrence of the previous year’s gains in connection with the disposal of financial assets as part of the Group’s asset management and associated currency effects.
FINNAIR Cargohas strengthened its Brussels cargo hub connectivity by adding twice-weekly MD-11 freighter services to Hanoi, Vietnam. “Finnair flew seasonal passenger operations to Hanoi until the end of October and adding Hanoi to our freighter network brings year-round continuity to the Finnair Cargo offering to and from the Vietnamese capital,” says Mikko Turtiainen, vice-president of global sales. The Brussels hub is now a core part of Finnair Cargo’s growth strategy and it has improved service and lead times between Asian destinations and central Europe, notes Juha Järvinen, managing director of Finnair Cargo.
Finnair has appointed Globe Air Cargo as its general sales and service agent in Singapore. The new contract gives Globe Air Cargo responsibility for sales and marketing on the airline’s Airbus A340 passenger flights from Singapore to Helsinki.. Freight forwarders in Singapore can also achieve fast connections via Helsinki to Finnair’s worldwide network of over 70 destinations. Globe Air Cargo, part of the ECS Group, expects shipments on the route to include industrial products and equipment and oil and gas components, as well as live tropical fish. FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, introduced FedEx Quick Form in Asia Pacific, providing small and medium sized enterprise (SMEs) with greater convenience when processing shipments. The tool is available in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) President M Rafeeque Ahmed welcomed ‘Drawback Rates’ but highlighted the need for review for Electronic Sectors Responding to Duty Drawback rates. Ahmed is of the opinion that by and large Drawback rates are on expected lines, as generally the decline are in the range of 0.1% to 0.5% with few exceptions. Ahmed also welcomed increase in rates for silk garments, fabrics and yarn, gold and silver jewellery and also highlighted the fact that bringing milk products under Drawback as exports growth in dairy sector has been encouraging. Fraport’s Cargo traffic rose by 1.5 percent to 173,905 metric tons, while accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) grew slightly to nearly 2.6 million metric tons (up 0.1 percent). Thus, FRA achieved a new August record for MTOWs as well as punctuality (86 percent). “We are pleased about the growth in cargo and especially passenger traffic. I would like to thank our staff for the diligent and hard work in ensuring excellent punctuality rates during the busy summer holiday season. Without their commitment, Frankfurt Airport would not have been able to reach record traffic levels” said Dr. Stefan Schulte Fraport’s Executive Board Chairman (CEO) . Fraport reported positive financial results for the first half of 2013. During the first six months of 2013, Fraport AG’s revenue rose by 5.1 percent to €1.212 billion. As a result of revenue growth, the operating result EBITDA also advanced by 4.7 percent to €374.6 million. Despite higher depreciation and amortization expenses – primarily in connection with the “Pier A-Plus” terminal extension – the Group result edged up one percent to a total of €82.1 million year-on-year. Fraport AG’s international airport business was one of the main drivers behind the increase, with the Group’s External Activities & Services segment posting a gain of €11.8 million thereby registering an increase of 11.8 percent. At the Group’s Frankfurt Airport (FRA) home base, the two business segments Aviation and Retail & Real Estate also contributed to the overall positive result, rising by €7.8 million (+10.1 percent) and €7.2 million (+4.4 percent) respectively. French Post Office Unit GeoPost – whose main components are DPD and Chronopost – has taken a sizeable stake in DTDC, “India’s premier express courier company. The shareholding represents just over 39% of DTDC’s capital.”India is a critical global market which is set for strong courier, express, and parcel (CEP) growth and we’re delighted to invest in one of its leading players,” said Iain Johnson Chief Operating Officer, GeoPost International. “The partnership will give us access to an unrivalled footprint in India and a great management team that shares our ambition to be a leading global CEP player serving both B2B and B2C markets,” he added.

FedEx is to withdraw 86 aircraft from the fleet of its air express arm, FedEx Express, in a move towards the operation of a more modern and fuel-efficient fleet. The operator informed that 10 aircraft would be retired immediately and it would bring forward plans for the permanent grounding of 76 others.  ”With the planned acquisition of new aircraft and projected slower economic growth than previously forecast, we are lowering maintenance costs by aggressively parking and retiring aircraft.” said David Bronczek FedEx Express President and CEO. FedEx Corp. announced that it has completed the first stage of a strategic acquisition by signing agreements to acquire the businesses operated by its current service provider Supaswift (Pty) Ltd. in South Africa and four other countries, including Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia, and is also in discussions to acquire Supaswift’s businesses in Botswana and Namibia. These acquisitions will operate under the FedEx Express business unit and the transaction is subject to necessary regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Freightos has launched a unique sales automation solution for freight forwarders allowing them, for the first time, to automate the pricing and sales of freight services from their own websites. Announced to the industry simultaneously in early March at the major logistics conferences in Las Vegas (AirCargo 2013) and Bangkok (WCA Family Week and WPA), FreightOS encompasses all the complexities of freight pricing, including carrier contracts in multiple formats, fast-changing and seasonal fees, and complex price breaks and surcharges. Freight OS will allow freight companies to provide their customers and partners with accurate quotes for delivery of any type of cargo, by any mode anywhere in the world.

Fraport Cargo Services GmbH (FCS) has started the year 2013 very successfully with two major long-term customers, convinced by the quality in service and performance of FCS, renewing their contracts on a long-term basis. Two more premium carriers viz Asiana Airlines and Singapore Airlines Cargo decided to switch their cargo handling to FCS, who is very proud of this development and takes it as proof of their constant effort to meet customers’ requirements entirely. FCS has been providing cargo handling service for Emirates Sky Cargo for more than 25 years. Since the beginning of this year the Emirates’ contract with FCS has been renewed again for another long-term period. FedEx and UPS raised their rates approximately 5 percent before the New Year. The U.S. Postal Service raised its rates 6.5 percent for Express Mail, 9 percent for Priority Mail, and 21 percent for Standard Post (formerly Parcel Post). However, for the most part, the USPS is still considered to be the cheapest shipping option. UPS was the first to implement higher shipping rates, with hikes of 5.9 percent for UPS Ground and 6.5 percent for UPS Air. FedEx followed suit, increasing shipping rates by an average of 5.9 percent. However, both companies have lowered their fuel charge. Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany is facing the prospect of further freight volume declines after losing Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Cargo to neighbouring Frankfurt Main. The hit was intensified by 2012 results showing that cargo traffic dropped by 28 per cent to 207,520 tonnes. Airport authorities blamed the decrease largely on the general economic situation and the fact that 2011 had been a record year for freight volumes. FedEx Trade Networks announced the opening of its first office in Thailand. Located in Bangkok, the new facility will allow businesses in Thailand and across Asia Pacific to take advantage of FedEx freight forwarding solutions and best-in-class services to optimize their worldwide supply chains. Finnair Cargo announced introduction of weekly MD-11 freighter flights via its new Brussels hub, connecting Brussels with Finnair’s Helsinki hub as well as New York JFK and new destination Chicago O’Hare. Finnair Cargo offers an extensive network to Finnair’s 14 Asian destinations, via Helsinki , including Japan, South Korea, China and Southeast Asia, with dedicated freighter flights to Hong Kong and Mumbai. Frankfurt Hahn Airport’s cargo handling during 2012 fell by 28% to 207,520 tonnes. According to the airport authorities, the decline was largely due to the general economic situation and also because of the fact that 2011 had been a record year for traffic. When compared with 2010, last year’s traffic showed a fall of only 9% . F.S.Mackenzie, the UK member of the FPS network of independent freight forwarders, has opened its fifth office, located at East Midlands Airport’s cargo terminal. The new office will provide a full range of air- and ocean forwarding services to local customers, with particular emphasis on the company’s well-established ocean NVOCC services, and those of its fellow FPS members. F.S. Mackenzie offers weekly export and import LCL services to over 120 ports worldwide and in the UK. The new F.S. Mackenzie office will also work in close collaboration with its Heathrow counterpart, to generate airfreight business through East Midlands Airport.
FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp and the world’s largest express transportation company, launched a new multimarket marketing and advertising campaign that pays tribute to the hundreds of thousands of team members worldwide who are responsible for powering the infrastructure, processes and technologies that drive the FedEx worldwide network. The “Solutions Powered by People” campaign highlights the above-and-beyond dedication of FedEx team members around the globe, demonstrating how these daily actions keep business moving for companies large and small.
FedEx Express, is gearing up for the busiest day in the history of the company. Between the last week of November and Christmas, FedEx forecasts more than 280 million shipments to move through its worldwide shipping networks. This is a 13% increase for the Christmas season over last year when 247 million shipments were processed. FedEx Corp. will see almost 19 million packages move around the world on December 10.

FIATA World Congress 2012, the premier event for the International freight forwarding community, was held at Los Angeles, California from 08 to 12 October 2012. Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) of United States hosted the event this year. The slogan of this year’s Congress was “Logistics Moving the World’. The event was a huge success with more than 800 delegates from 78 countries across the world, apart from an equally impressing number of exhibitors, taking part in this year’s event. STAT Times a multimodal international transport media took part as media partner in this event.
FedEx Express (FedEx), officially opened its new South Pacific Regional Hub in Singapore with an aim to provide better support customers in the Asia Pacific region and also to enhance their access to global markets. The S$97 million South Pacific Regional Hub is the first and only express transportation facility in Singapore and the largest FedEx consolidated facility in Asia Pacific that houses air, ground and clearance operations under one roof.
Fraport Cargo Services will continue its successful cooperation with Hahn Cargo Services GmbH (HCS) which was established in 2005. Since 2011 HCS has been owned by Silkway Holding from Azerbaijan, holding company of Silkway Airlines, which since 2011 has been operating cargo flights to Hahn. FCS and HCS agreed on the future continuation of their joint cooperation at Hahn Airport. FCS uses the warehouse of HCS with a size of more than 6,000 square meters, together with a sound experience of more than 50 years in the international air cargo business and approved handling software. Therefore, FCS is able to offer their airline customers in Frankfurt the handling at Hahn as a package. This includes not only the basic handling service but regular trucking traffic between Frankfurt and Hahn, organized by FCS for their customers.
FedEx Express, after reducing carbon emissions intensity from its aircraft and improving the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet by 20 percent in less than five years from its set target, has announced a revised, more aggressive target to move the company forward in an environmentally-conscious manner.
FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., has launched two additional Boeing 777 Freighter (777F) route in Asia Pacific. Both 777F routes have five weekly flights from Tuesday through Saturday, connecting Shanghai and Guangzhou in China to the FedEx Hub in Cologne, Germany. This is the first time that the FedEx has launched a 777F direct flight from its Asia Pacific Hub in Guangzhou to Europe. The two new 777Fs will meet the growing demand for capacity between Asia Pacific and Europe.
FedEx is advancing its FedEx Express unit’s fleet upgrade to more fuel-efficient aircraft by buying 19 additional Boeing 767-300 aircraft. This order is in addition to FedEx Express’ agreement with Boeing announced in December 2011 to buy 27 new 767s for delivery between fiscal 2014 and 2018 and to delay delivery of 11 of the 777 aircraft to save on fuel and cut costs. It was focused on cost cuts to boost profit margins during a prolonged period of slow global economic growth.
Frankfurt Airport’s freight traffic dropped 10.3 percent in May as compared to the same period during 2011 due to night flight ban and a weakening global economy. According to the airport, the cargo handled declined to 172,135 metric tons which caused traffic for the first five months of the year to drop by 11.2 percent from the year earlier period at 831,790 tonnes.
FlyUs, the Dutch-headquartered GSSA Company, has opened a new branch office in the Hungarian capital, Budapest to cater for increasing demand for its services from exporters in that country. FlyUs is the cargo GSSA for Air Asia, Air Transat, Copa Airlines, Global Aviation, Europe Airpost and Jet2. The new FlyUs office is right in the heart of the cargo area at Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc International airport.
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is to permanently retire 18 A310-200s and six Boeing MD-10-10s due to the continuing slump in demand for air cargo. The aircrafts have already been grounded so they will not be taken out of active service. These freighters are on top of the five 727-200s decommissioned at the start of this year and the 21 tri-jets planned for retirement for next year. However, FedEx Express will continue to accept delivery of further 757-200s and 777s as part of its fleet modernization drive.
Fedex Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp, in Taiwan is extending the call-in cut-off time for outbound shipments from Taiwan to Europe and Africa to as late as 19:00. This service improvement is applicable to FedEx International Priority (IP) and FedEx International Economy (IE) shipments from Taiwan to major destinations in Europe and Africa on weekdays. Europe was Taiwan’s fourth largest business partner in 2011. Emerging markets in Africa were regions where Taiwan exports experienced the biggest growth in 2011.
FedEx Corp announced that it has agreed to buy the Brazilian logistics company Rapidao Cometa Logistica e Tranporters S.A for an undisclosed sum. The proposed transaction will mark FedEx’s third acquisition in two months of a smaller, in-country logistics firm that can be folded into the company’s far-flung global network. Rapidão Cometa, which has been in business for 70 years, has served as one of FedEx’s authorized representatives in Brazil for more than a decade.
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, which set a new record for flown and trucked air freight in 2011, registered a double-digital fall in its tonnage take during the first quarter of the year. The airport’s global throughput totalled 113,277 tonnes, registering a decrease of 13% as compared to the same period during the last year.
Freight Transport Association (FTA), UK, has published a guide to managing deliveries in the capital during the summer to gear up to meet the requirements of London Olympics Games 2012. The support guide to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games includes maps, diagrams and details of the expected restrictions that will be in force, not just at the venues but across London over most of the summer period.
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took over cargo handling for Eritrean Airlines (B8) with effect from April, 2012 and started operating scheduled flights from Frankfurt Aiport to Asmara. Initially, the route will be served three times weekly with an Airbus A319 aircraft from Asmara via Rome to Frankfurt and back to Asmara again.
FedEx Corp. announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Polish courier Opek Sp.z o.o., a domestic ground network with an estimated $70 million in annual revenue. The latest FedEx acquisition comes on the heels of recent news of rival United Parcel Service coming to terms to acquire the Dutch firm TNT Express, for $6.85 billion, a move that will reportedly elevate the Atlanta-based delivery company to market-leading status in Europe. FedEx said it expects the Opek transaction to close by the summer.
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Fraport Cargo Services (FCS) have received the 2012 Air Cargo Excellence (ACE) Award as “Best Cargo Airport in Europe” in the category for hubs handling more than one million metric tons per year.
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beat the estimates of the analysts by registering a substantial profit for the 3rd quarter of the year reporting profit of $521 million, a big change from the $231 million posted for the same period a year earlier. Fedex said in a statement that a strong holiday season and milder winter weather aided in the company’s increased profitability. However, Fedex lowered its forecast for the rest of the year as global economic growth is projected to slow down and rising fuel costs loom.
FedEx Corp. is once again among the top ten most admired companies in the world, according to a survey published in FORTUNE magazine. The annual “World’s Most Admired Companies” report released listed FedEx as the #6 ranked company, up two positions from the organization’s rank in 2011. The survey measures nine attributes related to financial performance and corporate reputation.
FedEx Express is expanding its freighter service between Asia and the Middle East through India, speeding up shipment transit times by up to two days for connections from the Indian subcontinent to the Persian Gulf. FedEx said it will start operating an A310 freighter five days a week out of Guangzho through Mumbai and Delhi in India and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The flights will connect to services stretching from Afghanistan to Qatar.
French airports
posted record passenger numbers last year in contrast to air freight traffic which sank into the doldrums. Trade body, the Union des Aéroports Français (UAF), reported a 4% year-on-year decline in French air freight traffic to 2.45 million tonnes. Air cargo volumes in 2010 were up 16.8%, following a significant slowdown in 2009 and 2008, and last year’s decrease marked a return to the pre-economic crisis levels of 2007, the UAF’s figures said. The Paris airports, Roissy-CDG and Orly, which account for almost 90% of French air freight traffic, saw 2011 volumes slip by 3.8% on 2010, to 2.18 million tonnes, but this was up slightly on 2007 (+0.4%) .Throughput at Roissy-CDG specifically was down 4.1% to 2.08 million tonnes, resulting in the airport losing its crown as Europe’s premier gateway for air freight to Frankfurt (2.17 million tonnes), having taken the top spot from the German airport in 2010.
Federation of Freight Forwarder Associations (FIATA) has published its position paper on the dual filing for advance security declarations in accordance with the World Customs Organization (WCO) SAFE Framework of Standards. FIATA says it acknowledges the authorities’ prerogative to decide on the value of data elements in terms of risk analysis, but it believes it is the task of stakeholders to provide the authorities with recommendations on the best possible ways in which the information required is to be submitted, by the party that has that information, with the least possible disruption for the supply chain and in line with existing, long-established international trading practices, many of which are reflected in a series of international conventions.
FedEx Express, has announced the expansion of its network coverage from Asia to markets in the Middle East, providing significant service improvements to meet increasing business demand.Building on the January 2011 launch of the first FedEx direct service between India and the FedEx Asia Pacific hub in Guangzhou, southern China, this five-times-a-week routing improves FedEx connectivity to Middle East markets.
Fraport Cargo Services announced officially the winners of the award “Best Cargo Performer” annually on its Christmas Celebrity. The prizes were awarded to the customers and business partners in two categories: “Most Cargo Volume 2011” and “Biggest Volume Increase 2011”. AirBridgeCargo Airlines could be announced as winner in both categories. The prizes were given to the winners as “Bembel”, the traditional apple cider mug.
FedEx Express has expanded its airport facility in Hong Kong by more than a third to improve its parcel-handling efficiency, ignoring the downturn in the air cargo industry. The company installed new equipment and storage space, which would allow it to handle 200 tonnes of cargo in just under 45 minutes, compared with two to three hours in the past, said Anthony Leung.
Flydubai Cargo, that started operations in January 2012, will transport goods to all of the low cost carrier’s 46 destinations, as well as additional cities in India and Pakistan. Cargo, including perishable items, textiles, electronics, couriered items, mail, pharmaceuticals and general cargo, can originate from any point on the flydubai network or ?beyond.
FedEx said it has ordered 27 new Boeing 767-300F aircraft worth USD$4.7 billion at list prices as it plans to retire some of its older aircraft. The company also has exercised options for two additional Boeing 777 freighters.The world’s No. 2 package delivery company said three of the 767s would be delivered in fiscal 2014 and six per year in fiscal 2015-2018. FedEx said the 767s will replace FedEx Express’s MD10 aircraft with a 30 percent increase in fuel efficiency and a 20 percent reduction in unit operating costs.
FedEx Corp.’s fiscal second-quarter profit nearly doubled, boosted by higher holiday-season sales, and the company said it will purchase 27 new jets for its FedEx Express service in the next few years. Net income rose to $497 million, or $1.57 per share, from $283 million, or 89 cents, a year ago. The results were in the high end of its projected range of $1.40 to $1.60 per share.
Finnair
has reported that the amount of cargo and mail it carried in November grew by 7.2 percent year on year to 12,804.6 tonnes, while the overall load factor was 63.9 percent. In cargo, available tonne kilometres in Nov grew by 23.4 percent and revenue tonne kilometres by 7.8 percent compared with the same month a year ago.
FedEx Express has announced that the specially chartered Boeing 777F flight carrying two giant pandas from Chengdu, China, to their new home in Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo departed in the first week of December, 2011. Eight year-old female panda Tian Tian (aka Sweetie), and eight year-old male panda Yang Guang (aka Sunshine), departed on the flight known as the “FedEx Panda Express”. The pandas’ arrival marks the first time in more than 17 years that giant pandas will reside in the United Kingdom.
FedEx and DHL are in talks with GMR Infrastructure to make Hyderabad Airport their potential regional hub in India. Hyderabad is now the front-runner as India’s hub after the country’s civil aviation ministry’s plan to develop Nagpur as a cargo hub did not come to fruition since it was first identified in 2008. The airport intends to create a dedicated express terminal that will allow companies to clear customs and move time-critical packages quickly.
Frankfurt Airport (Fraport) has reported that its freight volumes have dropped 9.3 percent, reflecting the slower global economic growth. The airport hit the headlines earlier in 2011 after a German court imposed a temporary ban on night flights at Frankfurt Airport. The controversial move led to fears that the ban would cost Lufthansa, Germany’s dominant airline, millions. The airport said as it published its third quarter results yesterday: “Because of the overall downward trend in the cargo sector, Fraport expects a slight decline in cargo throughput at Frankfurt airport for the entire fiscal year 2011.”
FedEx Express the world’s largest express transportation company, has announced the opening of its new station in Cixi, its third station in the Ningbo area, in Zhejiang Province. The station is aimed at meeting the growing demand for express delivery services.
FedEx Express announced the launch of FedEx Economy, an intra-India, door-to-door, day-definite express delivery service for ground consignments. With this launch FedEx Express offers businesses in India a complete portfolio of domestic shipping services, presenting customers with a choice of air and ground services, thereby improving domestic connectivity.
Forward Air has become the primary provider of expedited ground logistics throughout the U.S. for United Cargo, the cargo division formed by the merger of United and Continental Airlines. The new logistics agreement was announced by United Continental Holdings, the holding company for both United Airlines and Continental Airlines. United Cargo said it benefits from its access to Forward Air’s logistics support team and shipment tracking tools.
Finnair says that its cargo tonnage handled in September was 13 379.3 tonnes, up 10.7 percent year on year, and the cumulative tonnage between January and September was 107,852.1 tonnes, an increase of 20.6 percent compared with the same period a year ago. The airline said its overall load factor in September was 61.9 percent, a decline of 3 percentage points, and its Jan-Sep load factor was 62.1 percent, a fall of 3.3 percentage points.
FedEx Express announced the launch of FedEx Economy, an intra-India, door-to-door, day-definite express delivery service for ground consignments. With this launch FedEx Express offers businesses in India a complete portfolio of domestic shipping services, presenting customers with a choice of air and ground services, thereby improving domestic connectivity. The service will be available from 116 origin cities to 262 destination cities within India.
FedEx’s net profit rose 22 percent to $464 million in its June-August quarter, but the world’s largest air cargo carrier lowered its earnings expectations for the rest of the year, citing a slowdown in global trade. “We expect sluggish economic growth will continue,” CEO Fred Smith told.
Finnair is in negotiations with Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground services to the aviation sector, about the baggage and apron services at Helsinki Airport. The aim is to conclude negotiations before the end of the year.
Finnair is in negotiations with Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground services to the aviation sector, about the baggage and apron services at Helsinki Airport. The aim is to conclude negotiations before the end of the year.
Finnair has reported that it handled 12,818 tonnes of air cargo in August, up 15 percent year on year, and between January and August, the airline handled a total of 94,472 tonnes of air cargo, up 22.2 percent compared with a year earlier.
FedEx Corp.,
has announced the official opening of a new Shanghai operation station, its largest in China that has been established in response to growing customer needs and package volumes in the local market. Occupying an area of 5,140 square metres in the Pudong Sanlin area, the station handles the pick-up and delivery of international express shipments for customers in the Huangpu, Jingan, Nanhui, Fengxian districts as well as parts of the Pudong New District.
FedEx Corp moved closer to meeting its 2020 global citizenship goals with significant support from its 290,000 global team members and through a number of smart investments. The FedEx 2010 Global Citizenship Update, showcases how smart collaboration and strategic investments can help connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways, while creating economic opportunity.
FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company, delivered approximately 91 metric tons (200,000 pounds) of high-nutrient food to Nairobi, Kenya. The charitable initiative was organized in collaboration with UNICEF with the aim of offering life-saving assistance to severely malnourished children in south and central Somalia. To complete the large-scale humanitarian mission, FedEx used a Boeing 777F aircraft. The relief aid shipment coincides with the company’s announcement to donate an additional 777F relief flight. The in-kind donations currently make FedEx the single largest provider of philanthropic air lifts of aid for UNICEF in response to the famine in Somalia. Together the loads will treat over 6,000 severely malnourished children and provide fortified food for 4,000 families for two weeks.
Finnair Cargo is to launch an all-cargo flight to Mumbai in co-operation with Nordic Global Airlines. The new service, which will serve the route between Helsinki and Mumbai, will be operated once a week on Fridays with Boeing MD-11F aircraft. Finnair Cargo is a minority shareholder in Nordic Global Airlines Ltd (NGA), a new all-cargo airline based in Helsinki, Finland. NGA started commercial operations in August 2011.
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is positively booming; 112,975 metric tons of cargo have been shifted in the first half of this year alone. “This is a new record”, says Jörg Schumacher, Management Director (Spokesman) of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. “Compared to last year we have improved by 69% in this segment. This is helping us to compensate for the drop in the number of passengers.” At Frankfurt-Hahn, the effects of Ryanair reducing its number of routes as a result of the aviation tax have made themselves felt in the decrease in passenger traffic. In the first six months of 2011, 1,395,956 passengers used the airport in Rhineland-Palatinate – 13% less than in the previous year. Including transit and the road feeder service, the full cargo volume for January to June 2011 ran to 278,263 metric tons. With 19,060 tons of freight processed in June 2011 (own volume) Frankfurt-Hahn had the best result for this particular month in the entire history of the airport.
Fraport expects strong revenue growth in 2012 and does not rule out double-digit growth in core earnings, its Chief Financial Officer said. “The impact of a possible recession on our airport business will be relatively marginal in my opinion,” Matthias Zieschang said. “We will see a clear increase in revenue” in 2012, based on rising passenger volume, further price rises and a new runway that is under construction.
FedEx Express, announces the findings of a new study it has sponsored with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU): New horizons: Europe’s small and medium-sized companies look to emerging markets for growth, surveying the views of over 600 European SME executives.The study reveals how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are looking to emerging markets for rapid revenue growth as economic recovery in Europe remains slow. With many SME executives noting the “over-subscribed” and congested nature of the European marketplace, emerging markets have been fertile ground for SMEs seeking above-average returns. Almost 90% of the European SMEs surveyed are already doing business with emerging markets, and more than half expect to increase their involvement in 2011 and 2012. Furthermore, over half (55%) of the SMEs believe that the traditional BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China will be crucial to their business in the coming year, with nearly half (48%) of the SMEs singling out Brazil for improved perceptions of the country, bolstered by a smooth transition of political power and better infrastructure in the run-up to major sporting events.
FedEx Express has been recognized as India’s Best International Logistics Provider in Frost & Sullivan’s 2011 Voice of the Customer Awards in India. The award was given to FedEx for its excellence in international logistics services and for overall best performance in this segment across key industry sectors, as rated by end users. FedEx received the highest ratings from customers for its excellence across evaluation parameters including timely delivery, security of material, pickup locations, global network, commitment to providing the very best in customer experience and value-added services. “FedEx Express is honored to be recognized as the Best International Logistics Provider in India by Frost & Sullivan. We are committed to strengthening the FedEx Express position as the carrier of choice in India. India is a key market for us and we have consistently made the necessary investments to help provide businesses in the region with greater access to the global marketplace. We are committed to providing our customers with the best possible service and we will continue listening and responding to their needs.
FRAPORT, the operator of Frankfurt International Airport (Germany), saw a 13.4 per cent increase in cargo to 212,947 metric tonnes in April, compared with the 2010 period. Frankfurt Airport’s airfreight volume for Apr
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Garuda Indonesia Cargo formally announced its intent to join the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance at the TIACA Air Cargo Forum in Seoul. Garuda Indonesia Cargo expects to join the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance by the end of June 2015.

Globe Air Cargo India, part of the ECS Group, has been appointed by AirAsia India as its Cargo General Sales & Services agent (GSSA) ahead of the airline’s successful launch. The start-up low-cost airline commenced operations from its main operating base at Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport, with flights initially serving Chennai, Goa, and Cochin via three A320-200 aircraft.

Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) recommended a viable, effective air cargo screening technologies as an essential part of a multilayered, risk- and threat-based approach to air cargo security. While stating its support of ICAO Annex 17 and its guidance material as the baseline documents for air cargo security, GACAG encouraged ICAO members to use standard international codes for screening technologies and protocols. It also urged ICAO to develop global standards and guidance referencing currently utilized screening requirements such as explosive trace detection and the use of canines, as well as protocols.

GX-Dependable Global Express, Inc., and DAX-Dependable Air Cargo Express, Inc., an indirect air carrier and certified cargo screening facility, announced a strategic alliance with Novo Express International, which is a U.S.-based global air freight forwarder and U.S. customs broker. DGX and DAX companies are the founding members of the WCA Family, a global network of independent freight forwarders, and extends active support to the organization’s goal to provide high-value benefits and services to its members .

Globe Air Cargo promises strong air cargo volumes as Nippon Airways launches Chicago services. The two companies announced the introduction of double-daily flights to Tokyo, which commenced on September 1st 2013. Globe Air Cargo, part of ECS Group, has acted as ANA’s cargo general sales agent in Chicago since 2006 and also represents the airline in New York. The airline’s Boeing 777-300 aircraft operating these routes offer capacity of between 31-34 tons per flight. In the U.S., ANA also serves Washington, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Jose.

Gulf Air (GF) is forging ahead with its e-freight drive with the launch of an electronic Air Way Bill (e-AWB). All cargo will now be tagged with a bar code label in compliance with IATA’s specifications, thereby making it easier for both the carrier and customers to track shipments in transit. The news comes after GF recently used the e-AWB to transport a consignment from its Bahrain hub to Dubai (UAE).

Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) must build on its achievements of the last two years and provide ‘clear pointers, direction and targets,’ says its new Chairman, Oliver Evans. Oliver, Chief Cargo Officer of Swiss International Air Lines, assumed the role after his election as Chairman of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), one of the Group’s four founders alongside the International Air Transport Association (IATA), FIATA – the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, and the Global Shippers’ Forum.

Global Charter Alliance has entered into a strategic partnership with Nordic-based GSSA Cargo Care International, in which the latter will provide sales coverage throughout Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The agreement also covers the Faroe Islands and Iceland. The primary activity of Cargo Care which was founded in 2007 is airline general sales agency. It has quickly become one of the largest cargo GSSA’s in Scandinavia and the Nordics.

Global Logistics System (HK) Co., Ltd (GLSHK) announced its successful participation in Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot programme in collaboration with one of its customers Cathay Pacific Cargo. ACAS is a joint initiative by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to collect and analyse pre-departure electronic shipment data for identification of high risk cargo inbound to the US.

Global Traveler Magazine has voted Lufthansa Cargo as the world’s best cargo carrier. The award was presented to Lufthansa Cargo at Los Angeles. “It is a great honour to be chosen as Number One among the world’s cargo carriers and, simultaneously, an incentive for the entire team to continue convincing customers with the highest quality and performance.” said Dr. Andreas Otto, Lufthansa Cargo Board Member Product & Sales.

Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) has created a roadmap for “Paperless Air Cargo” to accelerate adoption of e-cargo in 2013. A ‘roadmap for paperless air cargo’ has been created by the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) to accelerate the industry’s adoption of e-Cargo in 2013. The Group previously announced its intention to collaborate towards the vision of an end-to-end paperless transportation process for air cargo and the new GACAG e-freight Roadmap outlines the approach, scope, and overall plan the GACAG members intend to promote to bring that vision to reality. For the first time, the roadmap outlines a shared end-to-end industry approach, with clear leadership roles, around three core components, or Pillars which are categorized as Pillar I for Engaging regulators and governments worldwide to create an ‘e-freight route network’ with fully electronic customs procedures and where regulations support paperless shipments, Pillar II for Working collaboratively within the cargo supply chain to digitize the core industry transport documents, starting with the air waybill and Pillar III for Developing a plan to digitize the commercial and special cargo documents typically accompanying airfreight today, in or outside of the ‘Cargo Pouch’. “This new roadmap will form the basis to manage the e-freight initiative moving forward and fully integrates the work done previously in the context of the e-freight project. It also identifies a number of areas where further work needs to be done in collaboration between the different associations that are members of GACAG and that represent the entire air cargo supply chain. This work includes standards, business process and other areas.” said Michael Steen, Chairman of GACAG.

Germany’s Magdeburg Cochstedt airport saw the first cargo flight on Dec. 12 following the issue of a freight forwarding license by Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA), the national civil aviation authority. RAF-Avia, cargo carrier based in Riga, Latvia, operated the inaugural service using one of the two 5.5 tonne capacity AN-26 freighters that it now has stationed at the German airport. RAF-Avia runs commercial charters as well as providing feeder services for TNT and DHL.

GMR Infrastructure and Container Corporation of India has launched dedicated air freight services at ICD Kanpur. The airlines will now accept cargo at the ICD itself. All custom clearances and claim of duty drawback will be undertaken at the container depot. The facility will cut down on the cost and time involved in shipping and also reduces multiple handling of air cargo, ensuring better protection and minimal transit risk to cargo items. It will also ease congestion at Indian airports which has been matter of concern for the trade. Bonded trucking services will be available thrice a week for transiting goods between ICD Kanpur and Delhi Airport.

Garuda Indonesia will spin off its air cargo division next year into an independent business to better tap into the country’s growing demand for air freight. Rajendra Kartawiria , Vice President, Cargo Garuda Indonesia VP informed that the national flag carrier would set up a new subsidiary, PT Garuda Indonesia Cargo, to handle its cargo business.”We see a lot of opportunity to grow in cargo sector, and we will also collaborate with domestic and global forwarders to expand our business.” Kartawiria commented.

Greek air freight community, which has been undergoing a rough patch lately, has launched a drive to stimulate new business. The endeavour is launched with the support of a group of top forwarders, backed by the whole air cargo community and members of the Airport Cargo community Committee (ACCC) . The endeavour, led by Alexis Sioris, Cargo Development Manger, Athens Airport and his colleagues would aim to target exporters and potential users of air freight capacity from Greece. The drive’s strategy is to approach different international chambers of commerce within Greece with a view to persuading their trade delegates to consider sending more goods by air to their respective countries and markets.

Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG), warned that The issuing of ad hoc directives and potentially impractical rules by national regulatory bodies seeking to implement advance electronic information would have an adverse and costly impact on air cargo security.

Gati Limited, has concluded the joint venture with Japan’s Kintetsu World Express to form Gati-Kintetsu Express Pvt Ltd, a new leader in Express Distribution and Supply Chain Solutions in India. Under the JV agreement, Gati will hold 70 per cent stake and 30 per cent will be held by Kintetsu World Express (KWE) in Gati-Kintetsu Express Pvt Ltd (GATI-KWE) making it a subsidiary of Gati Limited. KWE has invested USD 0.05354 bn for its 30 per cent stake in the JV. GATI-KWE expects to provide a seamless transfer for cross border trade through a single window solution to its customers like Texas instruments, HP, Panasonic, Toshiba and other global players.

Goodrich has opened a new 105,000ft2 facility in Brea, California, which will supply rescue hoists, cargo winches, digital data systems and in-flight entertainment products for the aerospace and defence industry. The facility is part of the company’s Sensors and Integrated Systems (SIS) division and will be a centre of excellence for software design and support. The site combines two former facilities in Diamond Bar and Monterey Park, California, and has additional space available for future expansion.

Göteborg Landvetter Airport chooses Vanderlande Industries to upgrade baggage handling system, worth 4.2 million Euros. It will be executed while the existing system remains operational and normal business continues. Vanderlande Industries has ample experience and expertise with this kind of project that requires careful and exact planning and execution.

Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) has now a website providing information about the coalition’s four task forces — customs and trade facilitation, e-commerce, security, and the sustainability of the global air cargo industry — and identifies the members of each group.

Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) has endorsed use of a standard Consignment Security Declaration for air cargo shipments to standardize and harmonize the reporting of physical security requirements. GACAG is recommending that international organizations such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), World Customs Organization (WCO) as well as national regulators adopt the declaration for inclusion in their guidance materials. In a statement, GACAG says it believes that, wherever possible, authorities should allow a standard Consignment Security Declaration to be submitted in electronic format, which would further improve efficiency, reduce paper, enhance communication and speed transmission.

Globe Air Cargo, part of ECS Group, has won the general sales agency contract for Centurion Cargo in Germany. Centurion Cargo is a privately-owned company founded in 2001. Based at Miami International Airport, it operates a fleet of MD-11F aircraft to and from Latin America. From Germany, Globe Air Cargo will generate cargo traffic for Centurion’s flights that depart from both Amsterdam and Luxembourg.

Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) has called on the EU to draw back from implementing its proposed Emissions Trading Scheme for aviation. GACAG argues that the scheme will spark a divisive and costly dispute with the international community and the global aviation industry, including the air cargo sector and its customers. Countries including the United States, India and China have challenged the EU scheme on legal and policy grounds. They want a return to multilateral efforts to develop international C02 emission standards within ICAO and other appropriate international fora.

Gulf Air Bahrain’s national carrier, has announced the launch of ‘Falcon Cargo’, its newly branded cargo umbrella offering more innovative, cost effective features, products and services to its customers.

GAC Group has formed a dedicated team to focus on providing vital logistics support for humanitarian aid efforts around the world. The GAC Humanitarian Aid Team (GHAT) brings together shipping and logistics professionals based in strategic locations worldwide with wide-ranging experience in serving this important niche sector. GAC has been delivering logistics services for the aid field of operations throughout its history. In the last decade, the company has supported the work of humanitarian and development organisations such the World Food Programme (WFP), Rebuilding Iraq and leading British aid procurement NGOs.

Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) has completed the formation of four Task Forces to focus on security, e-commerce, customs and trade facilitation, and sustainability of the global air cargo industry. Each Task Force will be responsible for addressing GACAG’s objectives – based on representation from all aspects of the air cargo supply chain and customers – and to present recommendations to the Group’s Steering Committee.

Globe Air Cargo, part of ECS Group, has won the cargo general sales agency contract for Icelandair in Italy. The contract, which began this month, will see ECS generating cargo for the airline’s 757 freighter flights from Liège in Belgium. Globe will truck cargo from Italy to connect with the flights.

Global Logistics System (HK) Co. Ltd. (GLSHK) announce that Croatia Airlines has selected EzyPost™ as its one-stop operating platform to handle its airmail business. EzyPost™ enables Croatia Airlines to track its mail shipments status and, in addition, to exchange electronic consignment note (CARDIT message) and electronic status of each mail bag (RESDIT message) with post offices worldwide. Željko Bratelj, Cargo Sales Manager of Croatia Airlines, said,” Our decision to choose EzyPost™ was prompted by the need to comply with the increasing stringent requirements of post office authorities around the world.

Garuda Indonesia Cargo, is looking for a cargo reservations/operations officer to monitor and control the outbound bookings for all on-line ports in Australia. The applicant must have airfreight forwarding/cargo airline experience and be motivated to work independently under pressure. This is a 1 year full time temporary contract position that may be extended.

GMR Airport, which operates the Hyderabad and Delhi airports, now plans to set up a modern cargo handling facility here. It will come up on 25 acres and is likely to be operational by 2013. The facility will have cargo handling capacity of one million tonnes (mt) and house a logistics park, exclusive facility for freight forwarding and warehouses, among others. According to Mr P.S. Nair, CEO Corporate, GMR, the setting up of such a facility near Delhi International Airport has been a long-standing demand. “We have engaged a global consultant and will have the architectural roadmap ready by next year,” he affirmed. He pointed out that the existing facility was a small one being operated by the local chapter of the Air Cargo Agents’ Association of India (ACAAI).

Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG) air cargo security and e-commerce will be the priorities of the newly-formed after its four founding member associations finalized and signed the basic principles of the Group at the IATA World Cargo Symposium in Istanbul. FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) also agreed to address the issues of Customs and trade facilitation and sustainability of the global air cargo industry.Completing the formation of the new group ahead of the original time schedule, the founding members said the advisory group’s role is to establish a vision and strategy for the global air cargo supply chain and to present joint industry positions to third parties, including inter-governmental organizations such as WCO and ICAO. Chairmanship of GACAG’s new Steering Committee will rotate among the members on an annual basis, commencing with TIACA for 2011. They have also agreed that TIACA will serve as the Secretariat for GACAG.

Germany is planning to introduce a new air cargo security surcharge. The German Transportation and Interior Ministries, which are currently investigating ways to increase air cargo security and how to pay for those changes, are concerned at recently revealed gaps in security. While the details have not been finalised yet it is likely that the surcharge will not only be on cargo entering and leaving the country but also on any that route through German airports.

Glasgow Prestwick, one of Ayrshire’s largest employers, plans to welcome some 90 new employees in March. The jobs will be spread across all of Prestwick’s departments which all contribute to the smooth and successful running of the airport.

GAC expands UK network with new Sheffield office. GAC Logistics UK Sheffield will provide a wide range of services and solutions to meet the diverse logistics needs of companies throughout South Yorkshire and the North Midlands. The company’s official launch was marked by a reception attended by Lord Mayor, Councillor Alan Law, as well as sporting heroes such as Sheffield United FC Manager Gary Speed, Rotherham United Manager Ronnie Moore, Chairman of the world’s oldest football club Sheffield FC Richard Timms, Premier League referee Uri Rennie and former Sheffield Wednesday and England player Viv Anderson. “The opening of our Sheffield base in Bramall Lane – our tenth in the UK – is part of GAC’s long-term plan to expand our national network, offering businesses a range of first-class shipping and logistic services,” says Neil Waudby, Director of GAC Logistics UK. “Over the next two years, another eight offices are expected to be open to further expand our UK coverage.”

GMR Hyderabad International Airport and Menzies Aviation operating the Cargo facility at Hyderabad Airport through the company Hyderabad Menzies Air Cargo Pvt Ltd (HMACPL) opened a dedicated cargo handling zone for exclusive use of Pharma products. India and in particular Hyderabad, is emerging as an important pharmaceutical manufacturing center. To support the growing local industry which has strong global footprints, Pharma Zone will now offer an accurate and temperature controlled care while handling pharmaceutical products. The Pharma Zone at Hyderabad Cargo terminal is the country’s first airport based temperature controlled facility and will now greatly assist the local pharma industry to meet the stringent requirements of global regulatory authorities.

Gati has started a new vertical Gati Redsun that will manage the account bringing in expertise of supply chain management that will enhance performance and optimize efficiencies through knowledge, experience and expertise based strategic implementation plan. This essentially cuts across services like Domestic & International logistics (Premium, Express & Economy) and integrates Value Added Services like Vendor Management, Order Management, Demand–Supply support & analytics, Procurement & IOR. The new vertical Gati Redsun signified an impressive growth of 65 percent jump in net profit this Q1 results.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport Freight has handled an unusual heavy-lift for engineering and crane specialist Sparrows – a 120ft (36.6 metres), 55-tonne crane bound for Abu Dhabi. Sparrows is a major player in oilfield engineering expertise and lifting services with headquarters in Aberdeen. The shipment was transported by another heavyweight – an Antonov 124, the world’s largest production-built cargo aircraft and a frequent visitor to Scotland’s west coast airport.

Garuda Indonesia, has taken the first step in rebuilding its long-haul international network with the launch of a new daily service from Jakarta to Amsterdam via Dubai. In line with the commencement of this new route, the airline has awarded a Europe-wide cargo GSA contract to European Cargo Services (ECS) to maximize the potential of its bellyhold freight capacity.

GAC Group has opened it newest logistics office at Oslo International Airport in Norway as part of organic growth to offer a wider range of integrated services to its clients. Located in the Oslo Air Cargo (OAC) building, the new office is well placed to provide a wide range of warehousing, logistics and air freight solutions. It is manned by a team headed by Logistics Manager Alexander Olsen, who has more than a decade of logistics experience including three and a half years with GAC in Singapore.

Globe Air Cargo has won the GSA contract to represent United Airlines Cargo in Spain. The airline operates a daily Airbus A330 flight from Madrid to Washington. From the US capital, United Airlines provides connections to all main US destinations. Globe Air Cargo, which won the contract through a competitive tender, expects to generate 4,000 tonnes a year for the airline ex Spain. Carlos Lazaro, Director of Globe Air Cargo in Spain, said: “This is the first time we have worked with United Airlines in Spain. Our network of offices in Spain and knowledge of the US market were significant factors in us winning this important new contract. With 11 tonnes capacity per flight and a superb network across the US, including wide-bodied flights to San Francisco and Los Angeles on the west coast, United Airlines is a prime air cargo partner to freight forwarders in Spain.”

GAC has strengthened its global energy and logistics network with the opening of GAC Energy & Marine Services LLC (GEMS) in the maritime and energy hub of Houston, Texas. Located in the new Central Green development close to Houston International Airport, the GEMS facility provides 65,000 square feet of covered warehousing space and 40,000 square feet of open air storage. It offers an extensive portfolio of services for the oil and gas and mining sectors, including: in-house case packing; international or domestic air and ocean freight management; and charter and project services. In addition, to give clients total visibility and control, GEMS uses the latest IT systems for all its operations, as well as track & trace and reporting management.

Great Wall Airlines, a cargo carrier based at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, China, has selected Ameco Beijing to perform one C check and one D check on two 747-400F aircraft.

Great Wall Airlines (GWL) all -cargo carrier is assuring customers that a recent change in majority ownership will not affect the company’s operations. China Eastern Air Holding Company, the parent of China Eastern Airlines, has acquired a 51 per cent stake in GWL, which was previously held by Beijing Aerospace Satellite Applications Corporation.This brings the total number of cargo airlines that China Eastern runs to three, China Cargo Airlines, Great Wall Airlines and Shanghai Airlines Cargo.The other shareholders in GWL, namely Singapore Airlines Cargo and Dahlia Investments, remain invested with a 25 per cent and 24 per cent stake respectively.

GO Airport Express, Chicago’s premier ground transportation company, has become an official donor for the World Land Trust-US. Under the Penny-per-Passenger program, GO Airport Express will donate one cent for every individual who books a ride to/from O’Hare or Midway airports. The company transports almost one million passengers per year, meaning approximately $10,000 will be donated annually to support the WLT-US’s efforts to save rainforests and other threatened habitats, such as those in Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia.

GMR Infrastructure Ltd has informed BSE that the Board of Directors of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), a subsidiary of the Company, have approved a Scheme of Arrangement, pursuant to Section 391 and 394(1) of the Companies Act, 1956. The Scheme of Arrangement is for the vesting of the Undertaking of the Hotel Division of GHIAL, into its wholly owned subsidiary, GMR Hotels and Resorts Ltd (GHRL), through Court process. The Scheme once approved by the Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh, would be effective from April 01, 2009.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) will celebrate the grand opening of the IAH Fresh Cargo Center. Houston’s largest airport partnered with Trammell Crow to develop the 61,484 square-foot facility, which opens Houston as a major gateway for temperature and time-sensitive air cargo. “This new cargo operation adds a needed dynamic to international and Houston-based importers and distributors of perishable products,” said Eric Potts, Houston Airport System interim director of aviation. “The facility is the first of its kind in Houston in size and scope and allows airlines and logistics managers to better serve their customers.”

GAC has signed a strategic partnership agreement with leading integrated document management specialist Swiss Post Solutions to bring its core document services and solutions to the Middle East. The alliance, to be known as GAC Office Solutions – Powered by Swiss Post Solutions, is part of the GAC Solutions umbrella. It combines GAC’s commercial skills, customer knowledge and geographical reach with Swiss Post Solutions technological and operational excellence in document outsourcing to offer a range of physical and digital solutions. These include mailroom services, scanning and processing of documents, data capture, records and archive management, print and reprographics as well as third party supplier management and the recently announced products Swiss Post Box and IncaMail. Clients will be able to manage their back office functions and customer interaction more effectively, creating clear business advantages.

Gigaset Communications (Shanghai) Ltd. has appointed Kuehne + Nagel to manage its national distribution centre in Shanghai. In addition, the logistics provider is responsible for domestic warehousing and distribution services for the entire range of Siemens-Gigaset-branded cordless phoneproducts in the Chinese sales market. The contract is an extension of the successful cooperation between Kuehne + Nagel and the Gigaset predecessor company Siemens Home & Office Communication Devices (Shanghai) Ltd. Since 2006,Kuehne + Nagel has been entrusted with central warehousing and national distribution services for Siemens Gigaset.

GeoPost, the express parcel arm of French Groupe La Poste, and Continental Air Express Pvt Ltd, an associate company of the Vohra family owned Continental Carriers Group, announced the setting up of a joint venture company. The new company will be called DPD Continental Pvt. Ltd. and offer inbound and outbound express parcel services under the world-class brand DPD to customers in India.

Groundforce Portugal has joined Cargo 2000’s quality management program to support airlines and freight forwarders. The company has a 69 percent share of the Portuguese market and employs 2,700 staff at five airports. Customers include TAP Air Portugal, SATA International, Air France, KLM and Austrian Airlines. Last year Groundforce handled nearly 123,000 tonnes of export and import cargo.

Graco Inc., one of the world’s leaders in fluid handling systems and components, has awarded Kuehne + Nagel a new contract for the provision of integrated logistics services for its Australian operations. Under the recently signed five-year agreement, Kuehne + Nagel is responsible for providing comprehensive services to support Graco’s entire product range of around 2,600 items to move, measure, control, dispense and spray a wide range of fluids and viscous materials used in lubrication, commercial and industrial settings.

Global Airline Services has been appointed GSA for Ethiopian Airlines in the Benelux region. The airline operates seven times per week with MD 11 or B747 freighters from Liege airport to Addis Ababa. Onward freighter service is available to 16 other destinations including Lagos, Khartoum, Lusaka, Kinshasa, Kigali, Mumbai and Dubai. Several extra destinations such as Douala, Harare and Lome are served with passenger flights using B757, B737 and B767 equipment. The total capacity of the MD 11 is between 75,000 to 85,000 kgs

Globe Air Cargo, part of European Cargo Services (ECS) has won the exclusive cargo general sales agency contract in the UK for the Nigerian airline, Arik Air. The new contract began recently with Globe Air Cargo marketing all of the airline’s cargo capacity on its daily flights from London Heathrow to Lagos. With Arik Air’s A340 passenger aircraft capable of lifting 12 tonnes of cargo, Globe expects to generate some 4,500 tonnes of freight a year for the airline from the UK.

Great Wall Airlines, an all cargo airline based in Shanghai Pudong Airport, commenced scheduled flight to India from June 2009. The routing will be Pudong- Chennai-Mumbai-Pudong. The carrier currently operates a fleet of 3 B 747-400 freighters with a network covering the major cargo hubs of Shanghai, Tianjin, Amsterdam, Manchester, Seoul, Chicago, Atlanta and Seattle.

Global Aviation, has announced the launch of a scheduled freighter service to Libya. It will operate a weekly flight, using an A300-600F, between Ostend in Belgium and the Libyan capital, Tripoli. It will be supported by a regular trucking service between Brussels and Ostend. Global Aviation has appointed Strike Aviation Group as its GSA for Europe and the Americas.

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Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport expects to cross the 100,000 tonnes milestone in the current financial year. The cargo facility at RGIA can handle 150,000 tonnes per annum and has a pharma zone for temperature-controlled cargo.While airfreight volumes in India have grown at a compound annual rate of seven per cent, RGIA recorded a 15 per cent increase in the 2014-15 financial year.

Hong Kong Air Cargo industry Services (Hacis)
plans to open additional bases on the Chinese mainland to extend its logistical support for cargo customers of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).Hacis has offered road feeder services (RFS) to the mainland since 2000 via its Customs-bonded SuperLink China Direct service.

Hong Kong’s
government has approved a third runway for the city’s international airport. Expected to open by 2023, it will help the island maintain its status as the world’s busiest air cargo hub and help Hong Kong maintain its position against other Asian rivals in China and Singapore. The HK$141.5 billion ($18.2 billion) scheme will be funded from internal funds, borrowings and user fees, including a HK$180 ($23.20) additional passenger fee.Hong Kong International Airport’s

air cargo throughput registered remarkable growth of 10.3 per cent to 659,000 tonnes during the first two months of the year. Robust growth was also seen in other traffic categories during the period, including passenger volume, which rose by 7.5 per cent year on year to over 10.6 million, and flight movements, which climbed by 5.1 per cent to 64,580.Hangzhou YTO Express Airlines

opened Shanghai Pudong-Incheon-Qingdao-Hong Kong-Shanghai Pudong charter route making it the first private cargo carrier in China operating international cargo service. The carrier received primary approval from Civil Aviation Administration of China in July 2014 and is licensed to operate domestic and international cargo services, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals

Limited finished 2014 with a strong final quarter that helped fuel an 8.7 percent rise in full year handled volumes to just over 1.8m tonnes. Hong Kong’s major independent cargo handler ended 2014 with its strongest quarter of the year, handling 491,000 tonnes, an increase of 4.9 percent on the same period of 2013.

Hyderabad airport will extend services to its airline customers by expanding their hinterland to Chennai enabling local trade members to route their shipment through the Hyderabad airport.Chennai is the second location after Nagpur for Hyderabad Menzies to start the AFS service.
Hong Kong International handled a new monthly record of 421,000 tonnes in November, becoming the first airport worldwide to exceed 400,000 tonnes in a month, while Europe’s largest all-cargo airline Cargolux also reported a new monthly record. Growth of 5.5 percent compared to a year earlier was driven by transhipment cargo and exports, which rose 11 percent and 5 percent year-on-year, respectively.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals and its added-value logistics subsidiary, Hong Kong Air Cargo Industry Services Limited (Hacis), were both honoured in this year’s Payload Asia Awards 2014. Hactl won the Ground Handler of the Year category. Hacis meanwhile won the Regional Logistics Provider of the Year Award, beating a number of well-known major operators
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HAE has been appointed to represent 2Excel Aviation as it commences commercial freighter operations with a B727-2S2F fleet. Having Boeing 727F aircraft based at Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster, offers the industry an opportunity to have reliable and cost effective charter and network solutions that can be deployed worldwide.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals recently hosted the 105th meeting of International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Dangerous Goods Board. The three-day event took place in Hactl’s in-house conference facility, and was attended by the 11 members of the Dangerous Goods Board, together with some 50 additional observers, including dangerous goods experts from leading airlines and representatives of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations.

Hong Kong Airlines has placed an order for 40 AMV main deck cargo containers for its fleet of A330 200F aircraft. The AMV container, custom designed by Nordisk in partnership with Airbus, has a base dimension of 96 x 125”, and accommodates side by side loading of unit load devices (ULDs) on the main deck of the A330 200F as well as the A300 600 and A310 300 converted freighters.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited has received the Gold Award in the Safety Management System category of the 13th annual Hong Kong Occupational Safety and Health (HKOSH) Awards.The HKOSH Awards are designed to recognise those organisations providing outstanding performance in workplace safety and health.
Hong Kong International Airport saw growth of 8.8 percent to 366,000 tonnes in cargo. The growth in cargo throughput in August was driven mainly by transshipments, which were up 22 percent from a year ago. During the month, cargo throughput to/from Southeast Asia and Mainland China improved most significantly compared to other key regions
Hactl has enhanced its security operations with the introduction of two electric vehicles to enable security staff to increase the frequency of patrols, and respond to any incidents more quickly.Security for the massive Hactl SuperTerminal 1 facility is a major task involving some 260 staff deployed in various duties, including perimeter and premises patrols and guarding, and cargo scanning.
Heathrow Airport reported that August was the busiest month ever driven by emerging freighter markets.Cargo was up 7.5 percent overall, increasing 58 percent to Turkey, 33 percent to Russia, 32 percent to Brazil, 30 percent to Mexico and 16 percent to China.Heathrow’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye comments: “Strong cargo performance to emerging markets underline why British business is backing Heathrow.”
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals enhanced the temperature-controlled zones in its SuperTerminal 1 facility, to accommodate pharmaceutical products requiring temperatures of 15°C to 25°C, 2°C to 8°C, and -15°C to -25°C; these are equipped with temperature mapping and 24-hour monitoring by trained operatives.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (HACTL)– achieved 11.5 percent growth in tonnage through its SuperTerminal 1 base in the first half of 2014, compared to the same period of 2013. Imports increased 13.6 percent year on year, to a total of 243,287 tonnes. Exports also grew by 8.8 percent over 2013, reaching 489,624 tonnes. Transshipments showed the largest percentage growth, to 64,849 tonnes – up 34.2 percent on the same period of 2013.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals has successfully achieved EU RA3 accreditation, spearheading the aviation security standards in Hong Kong. As a result, all cargoes bound for EU it handles comply with the new EU ACC3 regulations. Achieving RA3 status required an exhaustive independent audit of Hactl’s premises, staff vetting regime, training, procedures and security measures.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) announced its tonnage throughput for the first quarter of 2014. According to the announcement, 2014 started off with the increase in cargo volume at 144,564 tonnes during January thereby registering a growth of 12.5% as compared to the same period during 2013. February was a traditional slower month with the monthly tonnage at 95,947 tonnes, followed by a rise to 164,387 tonnes in March recording a 15.3% Year-on-Year growth. According to Mark Whitehead, Chief Executive of Hactl, March was a record month in which Hactl handled a record 93 flights on March 27 and a monthly total of 2,191 flights on the ramp. Hamburg Airport has commenced official beginning of the construction work on the new Air Cargo Centre which would replace the existing Air Cargo Centre with modern buildings and facilities on Weg beim Jaeger. The facility will retain the total space of 60,000 square metres. The new facility, which has been named as the “Hamburg Airport Cargo Center” (HACC), will open for business from the summer of 2015, with modern and efficient freight handling processes. The new HCC, consisting of cargo handling halls and offices, is based on a concept that allows for an annual capacity of up to 150,000 tonnes of air freight. The design of the Hamburg Airport Cargo Center was planned in close cooperation with the freight forwarding companies already based here.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has been selected by Jin Air, a low-cost carrier based in Korea to provide documentation, general cargo and ramp handling services. Jin Air, which was established in 2008, has been expanding its network in Asia region on a fast track. Currently, the airline has a fleet of 11 Boeing 737- 800, covering Hong Kong, Macau, China, Japan, the Philippines, Laos, Thailand and Guam. Incheon – Hong Kong was the airline’s first international cargo route.
Hong Kong International Airport Cargo’s volume in July grew year over year by .9 per cent to 341,000 tonnes. Flight movements reached 32,120 registering an increase of 7.5 percent as compared to the same month in 2012, beating the previous record set in May. Growth in cargo throughput during July is attributable to 5 percent year-over-year growth in exports. During the month, cargo throughput to and from North America outperformed other key regions. Over the first seven months of 2013, cargo volume grew by 2 percent to 2.3 million tonnes year over year, while flight movements increased by 5.5 percent to 212,790. On a rolling 12-month basis, HKIA handled 4.1 million tonnes of cargo and 362,685 aircraft movements, representing year-on-year growth of 3.5 percent and 5.4 percent, respectively.
Hahn Airport in Germany is facing the prospect of further freight volume declines after losing Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Cargo to neighbouring Frankfurt Main. The hit was intensified by 2012 results indicating that cargo traffic dropped by 28 per cent to 207,520 tonnes. Airport authorities attributed the decrease largely to the general economic situation and the fact that 2011 had been a record year for freight volumes.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) intimated that it had handled 4 million tonnes of air cargo volume in 2012, registering an increase of 2.2% year-on-year. According to the Airport Authority it had handled 372,000 tonnes of cargo in December 2012, registering a year-on-year growth of 3.9% and 7.6%. Growth in December cargo throughput was primarily due to an 8% year-on-year growth in exports. During the month, cargo throughput to and from North America and the Chinese Mainland outperformed other key regions. According to Stanley Hui , Chief Executive Officer of Airport Authority, despite the challenging global economic environment, regional economic growth continued to drive traffic increases at the airport in 2012.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), has reported the second best year in the company’s history, and recorded handling 754,226 tonnes in the fourth quarter in 2012, registering a 6.2% increase of cargo on 2011, the best total tonnage and best annual growth in any quarter since the beginning of 2011. The fourth quarter was also the best quarter for exports in 2012. November’s figure of 142,632 tonnes was the best in 2012, while December’s was the third best. December’s imports figure of 61,659 tonnes meanwhile made it the top import month of the year 2012. The year as a whole was the second best in Hactl’s 37-year history at a total of 2,777,519 tonnes registering a healthy 2.1% increase over 2011, and a trivial 4.2% short of the company’s all-time record of 2,899,603 tonnes which was set in the post-recession bounce of 2010.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – the major cargo handler at Hong Kong International Airport, has received the “Air Cargo Terminal of the Year” award for the sixth year running at the Supply Chain Asia Logistics Awards 2012. Organised by Supply Chain Asia magazine, the awards were based on online voting by industry players. Hactl’s winning submission successfully convinced judges about its customer service, IT know-how and systems, efficiency, its airline network coverage, the quality of its ground transport links, its charges, its special handling abilities, its record of launching products and services to match market demand, and its Corporate Social Responsibilities and environmental policies.

Haryana government’s proposal to set up cargo airport in the NCR Region has been accorded consent by the Airport Authority of India. In response to dedicated freight corridor being constructed between Delhi and Mumbai covering a length of 1483 kilometres, Haryana has drawn up plans to set up a cargo airport in the NCR sub-region. After carrying out preliminary site visit and pre-feasibility study, the Airports Authority of India has given its consent to the project site. In order to tap the opportunities likely to be generated by the freight corridor, a band of 150 kilometres on both sides is being developed as Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) covering the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced that it has delivered the 7,000th Beechcraft King Air since the legendary line of twin-engine turboprops began production in 1964.The milestone aircraft was a Beechcraft King Air 350i delivered to Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc., based in Indianapolis. All three current production King Air models – King Air 350i,King Air 250 and King Air C90GTx – will be at HBC’s static display at the Orlando Executive Airport, along with the Multi-Mission Beechcraft King Air 350ER demonstrator aircraft and other HBC aircraft.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)
reported that it handled 347,000 tonnes air cargo in September, registering a 6.8% increase as compared to the same period during 2011, while air traffic movements grew 4.1% to 28,850. The Airport Authority intimated that the air cargo growth was primarily due to 7% year-on-year growth in exports. During the month, cargo throughput to and from North America and Southeast Asia outperformed other key regions In the first three quarters of the year, the airport recorded handling 2.9 million tonnes of cargo, and 261,110 flight movements, registering increases of 0.9% and 5.3%, respectively as compared to the same period during last year.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl)
reported that its cargo volumes rose by 2.1 per cent in the third quarter 2012. Between July and September this year, Hactl handled a total of 697,791 tonnes, considered to be the best increase since the post Chinese New Year bounce in March. Amid reports of an Asian slow down, Hactl described its cumulative results for January to September as ‘positive’ with overall tonnage rising by 0.7 per cent to 2,023,293. “2012 continues to look positive and to show better results than we originally anticipated. The totals for the year so far would be even stronger had it not been for a disappointing start to 2012.” said Lilian Cha, Executive Director, Hactl.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)
, once again, was the airport in the region with the highest cargo throughput, processing over 328,000 tonnes of cargo in August 2012. While Shanghai Pudong (PVG) handled241,000 tonnes, Seoul Incheon, Dubai and Tokyo Narita handled 194,000, 191,000 and 157,000 tonnes, respectively during the period and remained as the four other busiest cargo airports in the region. In terms of air cargo traffic, Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern airports recorded a slight increase of +0.4% and +0.1% respectively in August 2012 as compared to August 2011. Year-to-date cargo traffic showed a decrease of -0.7% in the Asia-Pacific area and an increase of 2.9% in the Middle-East area.

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport announced that Air Cargo Germany will begin service there and also its plan to build a fourth cargo facility. The announcement was made by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at the Georgia World Congress Center, where Hartsfield-Jackson hosted the 26th International Air Cargo Forum and Exposition. “We are very excited about the continued growth of cargo here in Atlanta,” Reed said. “We have been a major transportation hub since the 1800s and will continue to lead our region as a logistics center for many years to come.” he added.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – the major air cargo handler at the world’s largest air cargo hub – has seen the company pull ahead by the best year-on-year growth since January 2011. Exports in the month were up 2.0% at 123,343 tonnes – the best increase since the post Chinese New Year bounce of March 2012. Imports were up 9.3% at 58,264 tonnes – the best growth since January 2012. Transhipments meanwhile were up 13.6% on 2011 at 56,154 tonnes, continuing the strong trend of the past year. The month’s total of 237,761 tonnes was the highest monthly throughput since March, and additionally marked the best year-on-year growth (6.3%) since February.
Hacis (Hong Kong Air Cargo Industry Services Limited), the road feeder and added-value logistics services arm of Hactl, has signed an agreement with the Hong Kong division of DB Schenker, extending the scope of the relationship between the two companies. The new contract will see Hacis providing DB Schenker with its Airport Direct Export Services, for the company’s considerable export airfreight traffic from China and Hong Kong. The Airport Direct Export Handling Centre at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) will now handle around one third of all DB Schenker’s Hong Kong air cargo volumes.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl)
, the major air cargo handler at the world’s largest air cargo hub, has been voted “Ground Handler of the Year” at the Payload Asia Awards 2012. The new award scheme, organised by air cargo industry publication Payload Asia, is intended to spotlight and recognise air cargo supply chain organisations that have made a difference in the industry – with particular emphasis on market adeptness, innovative products and superior strategy.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has announced that it had recorded its first year-on-year growth since February 2011, handling 1.32 million tonnes in the first half of 2012, with 691,684 tonnes of exports, 317,746 tonnes of imports and 316,072 tonnes of transhipments. Hactl said its export and transhipment volumes in April, May and June were better than the same period last year, and exports to Middle East were up by 10.4% and to Southeast Asia by 13.4% year on year. Transhipments saw the strongest performance with 55,655 tonnes in June, which was close to the past two highest records in December 2011 and March 2012.

HongKong Air Cargo Industry Services Limited, the road feeder and added-value logistics services arm of Hactl, has signed an agreement with the Hong Kong division of DB Schenker, extending the scope of the relationship between the two companies. The new contract will see Hacis providing DB Schenker with its Airport Direct Export Services for the company’s considerable export airfreight traffic from China and Hong Kong. The Airport Direct Export Handling Centre at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) will now handle around one third of all DB Schenker’s Hong Kong air cargo volumes. The contract signing ceremony was held at Super Terminal 1 in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) recorded consistent modest growth throughout the second quarter of 2012. The positive figures and progressive improvement throughout the first half of 2012 is indicative of Hactl’s return to sustained year-on-year growth for the first time since February 2011. Hactl’s throughput for the first half of 2012 totalled 1,325,502 tonnes, registering a fractional decrease compared to 2011. The throughput comprised 691,684 tonnes of exports, 317,746 tonnes of imports and 316,072 tonnes of transhipments. Exports exceeded 2011 figures in April, May and June 2012, as did transhipments thereby contributing to positive overall figures for all three months. Export volume to the growing markets, such as Middle East and Southeast Asia, posted strong growth in the first half of 2012, registering increase of 10.4 per cent and 13.4 per cent respectively as compared to the same period in 2011. Transhipments continued to be the strongest aspect of Hactl’s business, with June’s figure of 55,655 tonnes coming close to previous records in December 2011 and March 2012.
Heathrow airport handled 3.8 percent less cargo in May as compared to the previous year and is expecting further declines due to the deepening eurzone crisis. The drop to 123,172 tons left traffic down 2.3 percent in the first five months of the year at 600,961 tons, said BAA, the owner of Europe’s third largest cargo hub.

Hong Kong International Airport’s handling of freight volumes in May saw year-over-year growth for the first time since March 2011. Tonnage increased by 1.1 percent to 333,000 tonnes during May as exports expanded by 3 percent. Traffic to and from South East Asia had outperformed other regions.
Hong Kong International Airport registered a strong recovery in exports and transhipment traffic in the first quarter of 2012. Whilst the exports grew by 0.4% to 137,598 tonnes, the best monthly figure in the last 6 months, the transhipments were up by a best ever 7.7% to 58,543 tonnes. The 253,771 tonnes of cargo handled at the airport during March was also the best in a year, narrowly missing the March 2011 throughput by 0.7%.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has set up the first IATA Authorised Training Centre (ATC) for cargo in Hong Kong . With a view to increase the level of competency and the qualification of air cargo practitioners in the industry, the IATA Training and Development Institute (ITDI) – a leading source of international training and professional development programs serving all sectors of the transportation industry.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) said its cargo traffic fell 2.5 percent in the first quarter from the same period a year ago, as the global economy slowed. It handled a total of 633,935 tonnes of cargo in the January to March period, with exports and imports decreasing 1.7 percent and 13.3 percent, respectively, from a year earlier.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has completed the final phase of implementation of its new COSAC-Plus Cargo Management System. The cutover marks the end of a three year programme, and a total investment of HKD240million (USD31million; EUR22million; GBP19million).

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – the major air cargo handler at the world’s largest air cargo hub – has strongly welcomed the Hong Kong Government’s in-principle approval to adopt the three-runway option for the future development of the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Handling some 70 percent of general air cargo movements in Hong Kong, Hactl has grown in tandem with HKIA – the world’s busiest airport.

Hanjin Logistics Europe B.V. – a subidiary of South Korea’s Hanjin Logistics – has opened a new on-airport base at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The new facility, which includes both bonded and non-bonded warehousing, will act as a Benelux distribution centre for the company’s large volumes of import traffic arriving at Schiphol.
Hong Kong International Airport Cargo volume slumped more than 20 percent in January from December and by 17.5 percent year-over-year as sluggish demand during Chinese New Year led to double-digit declines in imports and exports. HKIA, the world’s largest cargo airport, handled 275,000 metric tons in the month. Exports fell 20 percent year-over-year, while imports and transhipment traffic declined 18 and 11 percent, respectively. Comparisons to January 2010, however, are skewed because Chinese New Year fell in February last year.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) announced that it successfully migrated the second group of 54 airline customers to its latest generation of Cargo Management System COSAC-Plus. The first flight handled was Cargolux CV793 departing at 7:47am to Luxembourg via Baku and Budapest. The first phase of COSAC-Plus went live on 26th December 2011, handling Delta Air Lines and Japan Airlines. The remainder of Hactl’s airline customers will migrate to COSAC-Plus in further phases throughout early 2012. Says Hactl Executive Director Tan Chee Hong.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has ended 2011 on a more positive note, with a narrowing of the gap between its performance compared to the record results of 2010.The last three months of 2011 saw total tonnages improve steadily, closing at 4.3 percent below 2010 by December.
Heathrow airport boosted cargo traffic 14.2 percent in December from a year ago, a record for the month and the first increase since February 2011. Europe’s fourth largest air freight hub handled 124,371 metric tons in December, taking the full year total to 1.485 million tons, an increase of 0.8 percent on 2010. The end year surge took Heathrow within a few thousand tons of third ranked Amsterdam Schiphol which reported cargo was “virtually unchanged” in 2011 at 1.5 million tonnes.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) reported that passenger volume and aircraft movements continued to grow in October. The airport handled 4.6 million passenger trips and recorded 28,545 aircraft movements during the month, representing growth of 5.9% and 5.0% respectively compared to the same period last year. Cargo volume was 342,000 tonnes, down 8.2% year on year.

Hong Kong Airlines is to launch four daily passenger flights and all-cargo services on Taipei or Kaohsiung routes having been granted traffic rights between Hong Kong and Taiwan with immediate effect.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), the city’s largest air cargo terminal operator, has announced that its latest generation of Cargo Management System COSAC-Plus .Phase I of the migration to COSAC-Plus also includes Japan Airlines. The remainder of Hactl’s 100+ airline customers will migrate to COSAC-Plus in further phases in early 2012.

Hong Kong International Airport
(HKIA) Cargo traffic at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) dropped 6.6 per cent to 343,000 metric tonnes in November. The 10 per cent year-on-year drop in exports was a major contributing factor, the local Airport Authority said. Over the first 11 months of this year airfreight handling declined 4.6 per cent to 3.6 million tonnes.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), the leading air cargo terminal operator at the world’s top air cargo airport, has been named “Air Cargo Terminal of the Year” for the fifth year in a row at the prestigious Supply Chain Asia Logistics Awards 2011 (SCALA 2011). Hactl’s award was presented at a glittering ceremony held at the Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre, in front of senior industry executives from the entire Asia Pacific region.

Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., presented its “Emerging Global Partnership Award” to Kuehne + Nagel at its American Supplier Day Conference recently held in Indianapolis, Indiana. With the award presentation Hill-Rom confirmed Kuehne + Nagel’s capabilities to support all Hill-Rom facilities, resulting in significant cost savings, consolidated processes, improved controls and service quality in 2011.

HERMES cooperation
with Innovative Software S.a.r.L of Luxembourg, allows HERMES customers to utilise EDIfly, an innovative solution for Type B messaging (IATA protocol commonly referred to as ‘SITA messages’). The EDIfly services offers a safe and secure transmission of these messages (fully encrypted and digitally signed) using the public internet, providing for the HERMES customer the valuble benefit of substantial savings for their airline clients. The EDIfly solution is offered on an annual flat-fee irrespective of the data traffic moved. Furthermore, non-standardized bilateral File Transfer Protocol (FTP) services can also be replaced allowing customers to gain the value of a standard FTP service across all users in the industry.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – the major cargo handling agent at the world’s largest airfreight hub – has signed two more carriers, both of which started services into Hong Kong. Silk Way Airlines of Azerbaijan commenced twice-weekly freighter services on Boeing 744F aircraft in November. The aircraft operates Hong Kong – Baku (its home base) – Istanbul – Milan Malpensa, returning by the same route. Silk Way Airlines’ all-freighter fleet comprises 16 aircraft: 2 B747-400Fs, 8 IL76s, 2 Stage 4-compliant IL76 90SWs, and 4 Antonov AN12s. The airline is expected to receive an additional B767-300F by mid-2012, when new routings will be developed.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), air cargo hub, posted a seventh-straight monthly decrease in air cargo volume in October, tracking a global trend with trade declining in the United States and Europe.
Hellmann Freight Forwarder Worldwide Logistics UK has secured a guaranteed capacity deal with Air New Zealand. The Block space agreement covers capacity on services flying from London Heathrow to Auckland International Airport.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – the major cargo handling agent at the world’s largest airfreight hub – continues to experience growth in transhipment traffic. The positive transhipment result – up 5.5% for the first three quarters of 2011, and 8.5% for September – is the bright spot in the company’s overall traffic. Exports are 9.0% down for the year to date, while imports are slightly better at 7.8% down. Overall, Hactl tonnages are down 5.8% on 2010, at a total of 2,009,275 tonnes.

HNA Group and Bravia Capital, Hong Kong-based private equity investor, have acquired a Turkish air cargo operator ACT Airlines for an undisclosed sum “to capitalize on growing Eurasian cargo traffic”.

Hong Kong Airport, the world’s busiest air cargo hub, posted a 6.1 percent decline in September cargo volume, as the European and US economic woes dampen consumer demand for high-value exports from Asia, especially China.Air cargo is an important indicator of trade and economic momentum as it accounts for about 35 percent of world trade by value.

Hactl SuperTerminal 1 – the world’s largest independent air cargo handling facility – will migrate to a totally new cargo management system in December 2011, following almost three years’ development and a HK$240million (USD31million/EUR22million/GBP19million) investment.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has welcomed the world’s very first B747-8F scheduled commercial flight into Hong Kong, with the arrival of Cargolux flight number CV8923. The 134-tonne capacity aircraft flew from its home base in Luxembourg with the westbound routing Hong Kong – Baku – Budapest – Luxembourg.
HALCON, a joint working group between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Container Corporation of India Ltd (Concor) along with the terminal operator – Clarion Solutions , part of India’s leading shipping and logistics conglomerate – Transworld Group, announced the commencement of air cargo services at Ojhar airport, Nasik. The infrastructure developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) at Ojhar will now be utilized for export and import activities by facilitating air cargo services from its Nasik base situated in Maharashtra. The entire state-of-the-art facility is managed and operated by Clarion Solutions, which is assigned as a terminal operator, ground handling operator and regulated agent.
HALCON, a joint working group between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Container Corporation of India Ltd (Concor) along with the terminal operator – Clarion Solutions , part of India’s leading shipping and logistics conglomerate – Transworld Group, announced the commencement of air cargo services at Ojhar airport, Nasik. The infrastructure developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) at Ojhar will now be utilized for export and import activities by facilitating air cargo services from its Nasik base situated in Maharashtra.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has announced that it handled a total of 221,375 tonnes air cargo tonnage in August, registering a year-on-year drop of 9.3 percent. The cargo handler at Hong Kong International Airport said cumulative tonnage from January to August was 1.79 million tonnes, a decrease of 5.6 percent year-on-year. Export volume in August experienced a 13.3 percent drop against last year to 117,771 tonnes. Aggregate export volume for the first eight months was 940,067 tonnes, down 8.6 percent compared with the same period last year.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Flight Movements continued to report solid growth in July, increasing 8.1% from a year ago to new single-month records. Cargo throughput, however, continued to show weakness and recorded a year-on-year decline of 6.1% to 341,000 tonnes. Cargo decline was attributed to the 8% drop in export volume and 9% drop in import volume. Transshipments grew by 2% year on year, while Taiwan experienced a double-digit drop.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) announce that Tianjin Airlines has appointed Hactl as its cargo ground handler at Hong Kong International Airport to support its new service between Hong Kong and Tianjin. Established in 2009, Tianjin Airlines is a regional carrier based in Tianjin Binhai International Airport under Hainan Airlines Group. The airline just launched its new scheduled passenger and cargo services between Tianjin and Hong Kong. Appointed by Tianjin Airlines, Hactl provides physical cargo handling and air cargo documentation handling services to its daily scheduled passenger flight using Embraer 190 aircraft.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals handled just 220,726 tonnes of air cargo last month, a year-on-year drop of 10.3 per cent, compared with a drop of 12 per cent in May and 9.3 per cent in April.Most of the drop came from imports, with June recording a year-on- year decline of 16 per cent, accentuating a generally slack second quarter.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) released its tonnage figures for June, the second quarter and the first half of 2011. A total of 220,726 tonnes were handled in June, down 10.3% year-on-year. Tonnage throughput for the second quarter and for the first half of the year was 674,750 tonnes and 1,325,095 tonnes, representing a year-on-year decrease of 10.4% and 4.7% respectively. Total tonnage volume in the first half of 2011 recorded a year-on-year growth of 32.0% and 3.7% comparing to the figures in 2009 and 2008 respectively. Import volume for June registered a 16.0% decline on a year-on-year basis to 54,630 tonnes. Aggregate import volume for the second quarter was 169,481 tonnes, down 11.5%. Cumulative import tonnage for the first half of the year was 344,871 tonnes, down 5.8% against the same period last year. Import volume from China for the first half of the year reported a year-on-year decrease of 6.3%. Import volume from Europe and the USA recorded a slight growth of 4.4% and 1.8% against the same period last year, while import volume from Middle East reported a strong year-on-year increase of 23.8%. Import volume from Japan fell drastically by 21.2% due to the tsunami crisis that occurred in March.

Hamilton International Airport, Ontario, has bucked the downward trend for cargo handling with recently released figures from 2010 indicating cargo flights increased by 14% compared with 2009, which is 3% higher than the North American growth of 11%. Ad – hoc cargo flights increased by 33.8% year on year. “This is a great result for Toronto-Hamilton Airport in what has been an otherwise challenging year.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has announced that it handled a total of 227,050 tonnes in May, representing a decrease of 12 percent year-on-year, and cumulatively the tonnage it handled in the first five months of the year was 1.1 million tonnes, down 3.5 percent year-on-year. Export volume for May was 120,943 tonnes, down 14.9 percent year-on-year. Total export volume for the first five months was 578,174 tonnes, representing a drop of 6.5 percent year-on-year. Import volume for May was 57,282 tonnes, down 11.7 percent against May last year. Aggregate import volume for the first five months of 2011 was 290,296 tonnes, down 3.6 percent against the same period last year

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has announced that MIAT Mongolian Airlines has appointed Hactl as its cargo ground handler at Hong Kong International Airport to support its new service between Hong Kong and Ulaanbaatar.

HEATHROW Airport’s (UK) largest cargo handler, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), has just gotten bigger thanks to a new Continental Airlines contract, and contracts in Spain and the Netherlands. Continental has transferred its business to WFS to join forces with merger partner, United Airlines. WFS has also acquired the lease on a further 60,000 tonne-capacity cargo terminal.

Hainan Airlines has named ECS Group as the general sales agent (GSA) for its operations in Switzerland. Hainan will fly between Beijing and Zurich and will operate three flights a week on the route using an A330 passenger aircraft and offer 18 tonnes of cargo capacity. In Switzerland, Hainan’s cargo capacity will be marketed by Globe Air Cargo, a wholly owned affiliate of ECS Group.

Hong Kong International Airport’s freight volume 6.2 percent in March over the same month a year ago as expedited shipping surged back following a demand downturn the month before. The increase in March came after Hong Kong, the world’s busiest cargo airport, reported its first monthly decline in more than two years in February, a 5.9 percent drop that included the lull during the Lunar New Year break. Shipping volume at the airport jumped 52 percent from February to March, including a 69 percent jump in export volume.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) announced its tonnage throughput for April 2011. A total of 225,791 tonnes were handled in the month, representing a decrease of 9.3% year-on-year. Cumulative tonnage for the first four months of the year was 876,136 tonnes, a slight drop of 1.1% year-on-year. Export volume for April was 122,123 tonnes, down 11.6% year-on-year. Total export volume for the first four months was 457,236 tonnes, representing a drop of 4.1% year-on-year. Import volume for April was 57,748 tonnes, down 6.4% against April last year. Aggregate import volume for the first four months of 2011 was 233,138 tonnes, down 1.3% against the same period last year. On account of the quake as well as its subsequent tsunami and nuclear crises, import from Japan in April showed a year-on-year decrease of 28.1%. The transhipment volume was 45,920 tonnes in April, dropped by 6.1% year-on-year. Cumulative transhipment tonnage for the first four months was 185,762 tonnes, representing a year-on-year growth of 7.6%.

Hainan Airlines is to lease five new A330-200 freighters from BOC Aviation under long-term agreements. The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in 2012 and 2013 and will be operated by Yangtze River Express Airlines, a subsidiary of the HNA Group. BOC Aviation, which has a portfolio of 169 aircraft, is now the largest lessor of the A330-200 freighter aircraft into China.


Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), the world’s leading air cargo terminal, announced its tonnage throughput for March and the first quarter of 2011. A total of 254,819 tonnes were handled in March, showing a slight increase of 4.4% year-on-year.Cumulative tonnage for the first quarter was 649,722 tonnes, up 2.0% against 2010. Export volume in March was 137,037 tonnes, up 4.3% compared with last year. Cumulative export tonnage for the first quarter was 335,099 tonnes, representing a drop of 1.0% year-on-year. Export to Japan in March registered a year-on-year drop of 18.3%. In the first quarter, export to China showed a year-on-year growth of 7.9% and export to Europe recorded a year-on-year decline of 6%.

HCL Infosystems, India’s premier Hardware, Services and ICT System Integration Company announced the awarding of a prestigious order over Rs. 300 Crores (approx USD $ 66 mn), from Indian Air Force to deploy the Wideband CDMA based Portable Wireless Network covering many Air Force Stations across India.

Hong Kong Airlines sign up to full suite of CHAMP cargo applications. Details were announced of a five-year multi-mn dollar deal between the HNA Group and CHAMP Cargosystems for its full suite of Cargo IT services to be deployed at two of the HNA Group’s airlines, Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express. The sister airlines, which share common management, will become the first Hong Kong-based airlines to migrate completely to the integrated Cargospot suite including: Airline and Revenue Accounting. The Cargospot suite is now the most widely used cargo management system on the market providing carriers with complete end-to-end control over the sale, operation and management of cargo.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has maintained its high 2010 cargo handling volumes through January this year. Cargo tonnage for January 2011 showed a year-on-year growth of 8.2 percent, close to the 2010 year-on-year growth of 7.4 percent. A total of 230,077 tonnes were handled in the month. Export volume in January increased 6.6 percent against last year to 122,934 tonnes while import volume for the month also showed a year-on-year growth of 4.1 percent, with 62,742 tonnes registered. Transshipment tonnage in January recorded an increase of 19.9 per cent, with a total of 44,401 tonnes of cargo being handled.

Hong Kong International as the world’s largest cargo airport, saw cargo demand grow by 24.2 percent in 2010 the airport’s cargo alone grew 23.4 percent to 4.1 mn metric tons, while Memphis International Airport, holder of the largest cargo airport title for the last 18 years, grew only 5.9 per cent to 3.9 mn metric tons.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)’s cargo tonnage experienced a 5.9 percent drop to 242,000 tonnes in February. Due to the long Chinese New Year holiday when factories annually shutdown to give their workers a break, Airport Authority Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui said that the negative growth in cargo tonnage was mainly due to the holiday’s seasonal impact.”The combined cargo volume for the first two months of the year showed a year-on-year growth of 3.1% reaching 575,000 tonnes. This was driven by the strong performance of import and transshipment. Strong momentum continued with the North America market as it saw double-digit year-on-year growth in the same period,” he said.
Heathrow Airport London has reported that its December air cargo throughput tumbled 9.4 percent in December impacted by a series of winter storms and tougher year-on-year comparisons which halted the airport’s year of strong gains in freight handling. Cargo tonnage also fell 15 percent from November to December, part of a series of declines airport manager BAA reported in a month that included snow storms that paralyzed the London area and the UK’s main gateway airport.

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) released its tonnage throughput for the first month of 2011. A total of 230,077 tonnes were handled in the month, representing a year-on-year growth of 8.2%. Export volume in January increased 6.6% against last year to 122,934 tonnes while import volume for the month also showed a year-on-year growth of 4.1%, with 62,742 tonnes registered. Transshipment tonnage in January recorded an increase of 19.9%, with a total of 44,401 tonnes of cargo being handled.

Hainan Airlines has extended its general sales and services agent agreement with ECS Group in Europe by awarding a new contract to the company in Hungary and Austria. The two-year contract that commenced in January sees Globe Air Cargo, part of ECS Group, responsible for marketing the airline’s scheduled services from Budapest to Beijing. Hainan Airlines’ winter schedule operates three Boeing 767 passenger and cargo
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International Air Transport Association published quarterly Cargo Market Analysis. Financial performance in the cargo business remains poor and does not deliver adequate returns for investors. Overcapacity has resulted in lower load factors and has placed downward pressure on yields. Lower jet fuel prices may provide temporary relief to some carriers but are not expected to have a lasting impact on cargo business profitability as jet fuel price reductions will be passed on to consumers.

International Air Transport Association called for further action on three vital aspects of the air cargo business: transitioning to paperless freight processes, a focus on global handling standards for pharmaceutical freight, and tough action to ensure the continued safe transportation of lithium batteries by air.

IAG Cargo has become the world’s first international carrier to gain Platinum membership of the Airforwarders Association (AfA). As Platinum members, IAG Cargo will help to shape AfA policy and engage in advocacy on key legislation that affects the cargo industry, freight forwarders and airlines, making it an influential industry voice.

IAG Cargo announced it has launched its innovative Cargo Connector service in San Francisco, the 10th city on IAG Cargo’s global network to benefit from the service. At no additional cost, freight forwarders in San Francisco can now opt to have IAG Cargo collect and courier deliveries of less than 300 kilos direct from their premises to the airport.

International Air Transport Association reported November 2014 data for global air freight markets showing that demand measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTK) grew 4.2 percent compared to November 2013. Capacity grew by 3.3 percent over the previous November. Compared to October 2014, air freight demand expanded by a healthy 0.8 percent. The most significant growth was recorded by carriers in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions, at 5.9 percent and 12.9 percent, respectively.

IFL Group has inked a firm purchase agreement with Bombardier to acquire the first Bombardier CRJ-200F, a conversion of a former Skywest Airline’s aircraft. Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) will do the conversion to a freighter. It will be used to fly cargo in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

International Civil Aviation Organization adopted a ban on the shipment of lithium metal batteries as cargo aboard passenger aircraft. The main concern is that if ignited, they can cause any nearby batteries to overheat and catch fire as well. Most passenger airlines in Canada have already voluntarily banned lithium metal batteries as cargo. It applies to all shipments of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger planes within Canada.

IAG Cargo became the first air carrier to win a Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification by the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. Additionally, the carrier has earned the status of Wholesale Distribution Authorization (WDA) for pharmaceuticals for use by humans and animals. The certification, announced on Dec. 17, assures that IAG Cargo has met the highest standards for handling time- and temperature-sensitive shipments originating or terminating through its network.
INternational air freight Association reported that air freight is refocusing its efforts to cut 48 hours from average transit times, focusing on transforming its processes so that it can meet the needs of specific traffic that will particularly benefit from increased speed rather than an overall average time improvement.
International Civil Aviation Organization indicates that 2014 saw global scheduled air freight traffic was up by 4.6 percent. That is a sharp increase on the year on year rate seen in 2013 (0.4 percent), as the air cargo industry shadowed the trend in improving conditions for world trade. Asia/Pacific was the world’s largest air freight market in 2014 with a 40 per cent share in terms of world freight tonne km (FTKs), with Europe and North America coming in at 22 per cent and 21 per cent respectively.
International Air Transport Association’s data for global air freight markets for October indicated that the strong performance of air cargo in recent months maintained its continuity. Demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTK), rose by 5.4 percent in October as against the same period during 2013. This out-stripped capacity which grew by 4.4 percent.
International Air Transport Association’s latest quarterly Cargo Market Analysis indicated that air freight volumes, supported by improving trade growth in some regions, have shown solid gains on a year ago. However, the weakness in load factors and yields continued to continue to impact adversly on financial performance. The analysis also indicated that emerging Asia trade volumes continue to rise and the US consumers are the most confident they have been since the recession, and that these developments have supported growth in demand for air-freighted commodities like semi-conductors.
IAG Cargo announced the launching of its new service named Euro Connector. According to IAG Cargo, the new service is a simple, cost effective and time-definite option for shipping freight into, around and out of Europe.
International Air Transport Association released data indicating that the global freight tonne km (FTKs) volumes registered a 5.2 percent increase as compared to September 2013 which nearly 0.8 percentage points ahead of the 4.4 percent average growth in demand reported for the year-to-date. The data also indicated that the capacity grew by 3.8 percent.
IJS Global has signed a global strategic partnership agreement with CTi prior to launch Time Critical Solution services to the aerospace industry where time-sensitive deliveries are a vital part of the production, manufacturing and distribution cycle.
IAG Cargo announced its Q3 results with commercial revenue of €236m versus €256m for the same period last year. On a like for like basis, adjusting the prior year’s figures to reflect a directly comparable freighter operation, commercial revenue increased 7.6 percent versus last year. Volumes of 1,331 million cargo tonne kilometres (CTKs) on a like for like basis1 for the quarter represent an increase of 12 percent compared to Q3 2013, while capacity increased by 4.1 percent.
International Air Transport Association’s Airline Industry Forecast 2014-2018 shows that international freight volumes are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1 percent over the next five years. Emerging economies, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, will be the fastest-growing markets.IAG Cargo has announced the launch of a new service EuroConnector, a simple, cost effective and time-definite option for shipping freight into, around and out of Europe. This innovative service will further help the carrier optimise capacity on its short-haul network. The launch has been timed to coincide with peak business demand in the run up to Christmas.

IAG Cargo announced that it has increased the frequency of its cargo services between its Madrid hub and Santiago in Chile, facilitated by an increase in Iberia passenger flights on this route from one flight daily to ten weekly. Operating until March, the additional flights take off on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays and are serviced by Airbus A340s. Businesses using this route will benefit from a boost in freight capacity of up to 111.6 tonnes each week.

IAG Cargo announces that from 27th May 2015 it will offer a full range of cargo services on the new British Airways passenger flights operating between London Heathrow and Kuala Lumpur. Through these services, IAG Cargo will support businesses in the region by opening up trade routes to more than 350 destinations on its global network.

International Air Transport Association announced August 2014 data for global air freight markets showing continued robust growth in air cargo volumes. Measured by freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), volumes rose 5.1 percent. Capacity grew at a slower pace of 3.4 percent from the previous year. This is the second strong month for cargo volumes in a row.

IAG Cargo has agreed a major new partnership with the logistics network IFLN. Under the terms of the agreement, IFLN has become a preferred global forwarder partner to IAG Cargo and will benefit from access to the carrier’s network of more than 350 global destinations.

IAG Cargo has opened its 100th station in its extensive Constant Climate network; a significant milestone in the rollout of its specialist service for time-and-temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products. This latest station opened in Bordeaux and follows hot on the heels of new stations in strategic locations across the world, including Nairobi, Hong Kong, Shanghai and most recently Osaka. Stockholm will be the location for the 101st station, planned to open later this month.

Indonesia AirAsia Extra has officially received the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the directorate General of Civil Aviation, Ministry Transportation of Republic of Indonesia (DGCA).The approval of the AOC will allow IAAX to be able to proceed with its application for operating permit and airport slots for its intended international routes.

IAG Cargo announced that businesses operating between London and the burgeoning Indian city of Chennai are to benefit from the introduction of the Boeing 787 to the route. One of the most advanced aircraft in the world, the B787 will commence flights on IAG Cargo’s service between Heathrow and Chennai.

International Air Transport Association welcomed the decision of Brussels Airport to become the first European hub for pharmaceutical freight using IATA’s global certification program for shipping cold-chain pharmaceuticals. The IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV Pharma) is a standardized global certification program that trains and conducts onsite assessments to provide the expertise needed adequately to transport cold-chain pharmaceutical products across the world.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) says that Chinese mainland will push forward for further liberalization of its air cargo market, because it is vital for its economic growth. “China, as the biggest exporting country in international trade relies heavily on air cargo business, we are actually taking a pro-active attitude towards air cargo liberalization” said Han Jun, Director General of International affairs of department of Civil Aviation Administration of China.

IndiGo has been engaged with the relief operations at Srinagar and is providing all kinds of rescue and relief supplies needed. IndiGo has so far carried and delivered 137,873 kgs of relief material (includes telecommunication equipment for Vodafone) and 12,541 kgs at various check in counters at the Airports across the network.

IAG Cargo has decided to replace their B 777-200 currently in use in their London-Chennai route with one of the most advanced aircraft in the world, Boeing 787. The new aircraft will be in operation on a daily basis each way from October 26.

International Air Transport Association released data for global air freight markets showing 2.3 percent growth in demand (measured in freight tonne kilometers).

IAG Cargo reported a strong financial result in the second quarter of the current year with a commercial revenue of €238 million against €271 million during the corresponding period in the previous year.The cessation of long haul freighter leasing contract with GSS in April 2014 resulted in lower cargo tonnage during this quarter with a cargo ton kilometre of 1,321, a decrease of 5.1 percent.

IATA says global air cargo traffic growth slowed as a strong performance by Asia-Pacific and Middle East carriers was offset by declines in Europe and North and South America.

International Civil Aviation Organization sees cargo improvements. World scheduled airfreight traffic expressed in freight tonne-kilometres (FTKs) grew by only 0.4 percent in 2013, but is expected to increase by 3.7 percent, 4.2 percent, and 4.4 percent in 2014, 2015, and 2016, respectively, ICAO predicts. Overall, cargo appears to be on a steady upwards trend.

IAG Cargo’s North American operations are set to benefit from the introduction of the next-generation Boeing 787 Dreamliner on two key routes: Philadelphia and Calgary. Businesses wishing to ship goods between these airports and IAG Cargo’s hub at London Heathrow will benefit from the additional capacity afforded by the B787, bringing the total available capacity on each flight to 14 tonnes.

IAG Cargo has announced that it is increasing the frequency of flights between its Madrid hub and Bogota, Colombia. Two additional weekly flights will be added to schedules from 9th August, with this number increasing to three in September.

International Air Transport Association released data for global air freight markets showing air cargo growth accelerated in May, with 4.7 percent growth compared to a year ago. This is up from the 3.8 percent year-on-year growth recorded in April. Cargo volumes, measured by Freight Tonne Kilometers (FTKs) were up across all regions, but with significant differences in performance.

IAG CARGO is extending Cargo Connector – a service offering to collect and deliver items weighing less than 300 kilos – to airports in Seattle and Houston.The service allows forwarders to book cargo at short notice, and removes the need for them to pay for their own driver and truck, which can prove costly during busy periods, say a company statement.Security screening can also be arranged as required.

IAG Cargo, with a view to improve connectivity between the European and Latin American markets, has announced an increase in flights between its Madrid hub and the high growth region of Panama. With effect from June 2014, an additional weekly flight will be added to the existing five flights per week, which would be further enhanced to daily service from July. The route, served by Iberia’s A340-300, A340-600, as well as the airline’s brand new A330-300, will deliver increased lift in and out of Panama City and boost capacity by 24% following the introduction of daily flights. Panama has an anticipated growth in GDP of 6.9 per cent this year, making it Latin America’s fastest growing region and an important market for IAG Cargo.

International Air Transport Association (IATA)had released data for global air freight markets during February this year indicating a 2.9% increase in demand as compared to the same period during 2013. According to the data, the first two months of 2014 have seen an overall 3.6% improvement in demand over the previous year. This is considered as a continuation of the growth in cargo markets which began in the second half of 2013. The vast majority of the growth in cargo was realized by airlines in the Middle East and Europe registering a 11.9% and 5.5% growth respectively as compared to the same period during 2013. According to the report, the outlook for air freight remains broadly positive, consistent with the cyclical pick-up in global economic growth. But current growth in trade is slower than expected at this point in the economic cycle, largely due to on-shoring trends which have equalized the relationship between world trade and domestic production growth. Moreover, while the US and Europe gain economic momentum, China is entering a steeper downturn. These factors are likely to keep future growth in air freight demand contained, but still stronger than the performance seen during 2013.

IAG Cargo’smassive increase in capacity on the Tel Aviv- London Heathrow service is proving beneficial to the businesses in Tel Aviv, the capital of Israel. The additional capacity has been earmarked by the carrier to help target Tel Aviv’s high-growth pharmaceuticals market. The increased capacity is the result of replacing narrowbody Airbus A321 aircraft with widebody Boeing 777 aircraft on 7 of the 14 weekly flights from London to Tel Aviv and on the return leg. The Boeing 777 has been operating on the route since 30th March 2014 and has the capacity to carry 18 tons on the Heathrow-Tel Aviv route and 16 tons on the Tel Aviv-Heathrow leg, as a result of which the IAG Cargo has increased its capacity by 1000 percent.

IAG Cargohas announced improvements to its services operating between London Heathrow and the important Indian trade hubs of Hyderabad and Chennai. Both the routes, for the first time, will be serviced by the Boeing 787. Whilst the services from Hyderabad commenced from March 31, the service from Chennai is scheduled to commence during October this year. The introduction of the B787 by the IAG Cargo is aimed at supporting the booming Indian pharma industry which is expected to acquire the status of a $27bn industry by 2016.

International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s 8th World Cargo Symposium conducted at Los Angeles called for the average end-to-end transit time to be cut by up to 48 hours by the end of the decade. The symposium mainly focused on “Transformation through innovation” as its theme. At present, the average end-to-end time for consignments is around 6-7 days – a schedule that has not improved since the 1960s. “In this FIFA World Cup year, we need to move the goal-posts for customer expectations. Cutting average transit times by up to 48 hours by 2020 would make a huge difference to our value proposition, and enable the industry to arrest modal shift, and drive new efficiencies for the business,” said Des Vertannes, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo in his opening keynote address during the symposium.
IAG Cargo and British Airways marked the commencement of commercial flights to Johannesburg on the new A380. By replacing the B747 model on the route, the A380 would offer meticulous cargo transport opportunities for the South African market. IAG Cargo has specified air conditioning capabilities for the hold, which will be beneficial for temperature-sensitive cargo, such as perishables or pharmaceuticals.
Incheon Airport’s cargo volume, after a lapse of three years, hit the bottom during 2013. However, due to its marketing strategies such as incentives for cargo freighters and aviation logistics businesses conducted together with Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation, the airline expects a recovery during this year. Incheon’s cargo volume had been stagnant for the first three quarters during the last year before the incentive scheme was put in place which led to a 3.8 percent growth in the fourth quarter.
IAG Cargo’s new A380 super jumbo service which is planned to operate to and from Changi International Airport later this year, will benefit the cargo customers in Singapore as the freighter has been added with additional capacity. IAG Cargo expect the new aircraft to prove particularly beneficial to the burgeoning pharmaceuticals sector, as its fully air-conditioned hold makes the aircraft ideally suited to Constant Climate, the carrier’s precision temperature-control product.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) released figures showing a 1.4% expansion of global freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) in 2013 as compared to 2012. According to IATA Cargo markets have been making very slow progress during the first half of the year. Acceleration in the trend took root in the latter half of 2013, placing air freight volumes on a steadily increasing trajectory. Capacity grew faster than demand at 2.6% and load factors were weak at 45.3%. Regional performance, however, varied. Middle Eastern and Latin American carriers reported the strongest growth in demand at12.8% and 2.4% respectively. Asia-Pacific carriers, which have nearly 40% of the global air freight market, saw cargo activities shrink by 1.0% over the year.
IAG Cargo has signed a long-term commercial agreement with Qatar Airways to purchase capacity on Qatar Airways-operated air cargo freighters. The deal will come into effect from May 1, 2014. Qatar Airways will operate five B777F flights a week between Hong Kong and London on behalf of IAG Cargo, providing continuity of service for IAG Cargo customers. The agreement marks a transition for IAG Cargo and follows the company’s decision to transfer freighter operations from its current provider, Global Supply Systems.
IAG Cargo has entered into a global strategic partnership with the freight management network The WACO System. In accordance with the agreement, WACO’s members have been nominated as preferred forwarders by IAG Cargo, the merged freight business of British Airways and Iberia, whilst IAG Cargo becomes part of WACO’s preferred carrier programme.
IAG Cargo has announced new routes for its next-generation aircraft the 787 and A380. The aircraft, which are being delivered to British Airways, will be deployed across a number of key routes in the IAG Cargo network throughout 2014, offering increased cargo capacity for customers as well as specialist features for the safe transportation of temperature-sensitive goods. The 787 will launch from four locations on IAG Cargo’s global network, with the first flight leaving Hyderabad on March 30, 2014.
IAG Cargo announced its third quarter results from July 1 to September 30, 2013, reporting commercial revenue including flown revenue plus fuel surcharges, of €256 million, thereby registering a decrease of 14.1 per cent as compared to the same period last year. Fluctuations in the exchange rates, in particular the strengthening of the Euro against other currencies over the last year, have had a reckonable impact on revenues. At a constant exchange rate, the revenue during the third quarter would be down 9.4 per cent. Volumes of 1,394 million cargo tonne kilometres (CTKs) represent a decrease of 7.7 per cent as against the same period during 2012. Cargo capacity was down 2.0 per cent.
ICELANDAIR CARGO and Aeroscraft Corporation (Aeros) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a strategic partnership that provides a new logistical air freight service and intermodal standard container transportation solutions throughout arctic circle destinations on multiple continents. The partnership would establish Iceland as a hub and enhance air cargo distribution in areas lacking significant infrastructure, such as Greenland, Siberia, Alaska and Northern Canada. The flourishing relationship will benefit both air cargo partners, leveraging the Icelandair Group’s capabilities and its strong network and business strategy.

IAG Cargo, the cargo business of British Airways and Iberia, is expanding its operations in Asia Pacific with the introduction of an additional air freighter service into Hong Kong. With this new service, IAG Cargo offers customers six freighter flights into the territory per week, boosting Hong Kong’s position as an important hub for the carrier while supporting business growth in the region. The service connects businesses to IAG Cargo’s network of 350 destinations and helps them take advantage of high-growth markets such as Latin America, where IAG Cargo offers one of strongest networks on the market. “Hong Kong is an incredibly important trade centre, not least for the garment and consumer electronics sectors and we have seen good growth from the region to all destinations. Our additional capacity will be welcome as businesses gear up for the peak Christmas season and we expect to see increasing volumes of consumer goods coming out of Hong Kong over the next few months.” said Steve Gunning, Managing Director at IAG Cargo.

IAG Cargo has announced more flights between London Heathrow and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, giving the Indian city’s pharmaceutical industry extra capacity to global marketers. The number of flights would further be raised from six to seven a week, with the launching of new daily service which was commenced on October 27. The route will also see capacity increased by 50% with the introduction of the larger B777-200, a model which boasts increased cargo capacity of six pallets, up from the current four.

IAG Cargo has opened this new pharmaceuticals centre at Heathrow airport. It is the latest step in the expansion of its Constant Climate service for temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical materials. With increasing numbers of shipments of this type moving to and from Africa, the new Constant Climate Centre will handle and store IAG Cargo’s Passive and Active Constant Climate products. It includes two temperature-controlled zones, the first maintained at 2-8 degrees and the second at 15-25 and accommodates 28 intact pallet positions or 56 AKE loading units.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on all participants in the air cargo value chain to work together towards the common goals of improved quality, increased efficiency through e-AWB and e-freight and more effective security. Combined, these measures will improve air cargo’s competitiveness in the face of stagnant demand growth and unfavorable market developments.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) held a press conference on the opening day of ICAO’s 38th Assembly. The Secretaries General of both the organizations chaired the press conference. The event followed on a special strategy session held earlier this year between the two agencies and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London. Raymond Benjamin of ICAO and Kunio Mikuriya of the WCO used the 38th Assembly opportunity to highlight their ongoing efforts to streamline and strengthen air cargo supply chain security, given the importance of the issue to several endorsements that ICAO will be looking for from its Member States during the Assembly period. Oliver Evans, Chairman of the Board for The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), who was present during the occasion provided important cargo industry viewpoints on current developments and planning’. As the UN’s specialized agency for civil aviation, ICAO has been stressing of late that aviation carries some 35% of global cargo by value or $6 trillion worth of goods each year, and that developing trade and cargo capacity in emerging regions remains a global priority.

IAG Cargo has launched its fourth route to China by connecting Chengdu from London Heathrow .The new route would be the first new Chinese destination for IAG Cargo, since flights were launched to Shanghai in 2005. IAG Cargo will be the only UK cargo carrier to offer a direct service between Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and London Heathrow. The three times weekly service, in addition, is also expected to support the booming tech and pharma trade from the region. IAG Cargo will be offering customers more bellyhold capacity between London Heathrow (LHR) and the Middle East and Africa, as a result of an increase in the group’s passenger flights on these routes. “The Middle East and As part of BA’s newly-unveiled summer schedule, from early 2014, additional frequencies from LHR to Tel Aviv in Israel, Accra in Ghana and Entebbe in Uganda has been added. Africa is a key market for IAG Cargo, especially when it comes to the movement of perishables, such as fresh fruit and vegetables,” said Tony Snell, IAG Cargo’s Regional Commercial Manager for the Middle East and Africa. IAG Cargo would be launching cargo services on a new route from London Heathrow to Austin, Texas, with a schedule to commence it from March 2014. It would also be offering an additional export route for the area’s growing tech-hub. IAG Cargo, the freight business of British Airways and Iberia, will be offering five flights a week to Austin before enhancing it as daily flights on May 3. IAG Cargo will be the only carrier offering a direct flight between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and London Heathrow. According to David Shepherd, Head of commercial at IAG Cargo the ” announcement underlines the fact that IAG Cargo is being more competitive than ever and really focusing on delivering the shipping options our customers require.” “This additional route into Texas builds on IAG Cargo’s extensive list of destinations that connect Europe and the USA to the rest of the world.” he added. IAG Cargo has increased its footprint in Latin America to support the region’s burgeoning pharma industry, which grew by nearly 9% in 2012, providing an important trade link to the destinations across IAG Cargo’s Constant Climate network. The additional LATAM stations have opened at El Dorado International Airport at Bogota, Juan Santamaría International Airport at Costa Rica, Tocumen International Airport at Panama, Simon Bolivar International at Venezuela and La Aurora Airport at Guatemala.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) revised its 2013 global industry outlook downwards to $11.7 billion on revenues of $708 billion. Airline performance continued to improve in the second quarter; however at a slower pace than was expected with the previous projection (in June) of $12.7 billion. This reflects the impact on demand of the oil price spike associated with the Syrian crisis and disappointing growth in several key emerging markets.Performance in 2013 is considerably better than the $7.4 billion net profit of 2012. The upward trend should continue into 2014 when airlines are expected to return a net profit of $16.4 billion. This would make 2014 the second strongest year this century after the record breaking $19.2 billion profit in 2010. “Overall, the story is largely positive. Profitability continues on an improving trajectory. But we have run into a few speed bumps. Cargo growth has not materialized. Emerging markets have slowed. And the oil price spike has had a dampening effect. We do see a more optimistic end to the year. And 2014 is shaping up to see profit more than double compared to 2012,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

IAG Cargo has announced that , Cargo Connector, its innovative small freight collection service, is now available to freight forwarders operating in the catchment areas of Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson and Dallas Fort Worth international airports. For consignments below 200 kilos, freight forwarders in these cities can now opt to have IAG Cargo collect and courier cargo direct from their premises to the airport, at no additional cost, with freight screening arranged as required. The service benefits freight forwarders by allowing them to book cargo at short notice, as well as removing the need for them to pay for their own driver and truck, which can prove costly during busy periods.

IAG Cargo announced that it will offer cargo services on a new Iberia route connecting Quito in Ecuador with its Madrid hub, with effect from 26th October 2013. The route will be serviced by Iberia’s largest aircraft the Airbus A340-600. This has been made possible due to the opening of a new facility in Quito capable of facilitating this large aircraft. These flights are in addition to the existing Madrid-Quito-Guayaquil-Madrid flights, which will now operate four times a week, rather than the current seven.

IAG Cargo has announced that Johannesburg will be the third route for its new Airbus A380 superjumbo, which boasts a maximum cargo volume of 184 cubic metres, or over 30 tonnes in weight terms. Its first flight is on February 12, 2014, and it will join the Boeing 747-400 that already serves the route. According to IAG Cargo MD, Steve Gunning, the temperature-controlled facilities of the A380 are a major aid for the export of flowers and fresh produce, especially with IAG Cargo’s Prioritise service, “With Africa being one of the world’s largest perishables exporters, anything that introduces greater cold chain management is a big win for our customers,” he said.

IAG Cargo has announced its first half results for the period January 1 to June 30, 2013, indicating commercial revenue, inclusive of flown revenue plus fuel surcharges, of €541 million thereby recording a decrease of 8.3 per cent as compared to the same period last year. Volumes of 2,756 million cargo tonne kilometres (CTKs) handled the period represent a decrease of 8.4 per cent as compared the first half of 2012.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) released figures for June indicating a promising rise in air freight demand in the global aviation industry. The figures show a 1.2% year-on-year expansion in air freight demand. Although weak, this is an improvement when compared to the 0.9% year-on-year demand growth recorded in May and the 0.1% growth realized over the first half of the year. While previously the global economic trend has been defined by robust emerging economies and stagnant growth in developed markets, the strongest improvements in business confidence are now occurring in some developed economies. Nevertheless, overall business confidence, which is a key indicator for air freight, continues to be weak.

IAG Cargo announced that it has broken ground on the site of its new dedicated ‘Constant Climate Centre’ located at its London Heathrow hub campus. ‘Constant Climate’ is part of IAG Cargo’s premium product which offers and provides precision temperature controlled solutions for the transportation of temperature sensitive material. The new facility, expected to be completed by September this year, will provide dedicated storage and handling for IAG Cargo’s Passive and Active Constant Climate products and will include two temperature controlled zones – the first being maintained at 2-8˚C and the second at 15-25˚C. Once completed, the centre will be able to accommodate 28 intact pallet positions or 56 AKE positions at any one time. This will increase IAG Cargo’s capacity at London Heathrow and builds on the strong growth seen in 2012 for IAG Cargo’s sophisticated pharmaceutical solution that employs both active heating and cooling containers, and passive solutions for intact and loose shipments.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports that International Air Freight market grew by a mere 0.1 percent in the month of May as compared to April, and registered a increase of 0.8 percent as compared to May 2012, as slowing business confidence and weaker Asian trade undermined cargo demand. Planes also flew with more spare cargo capacity in May than a year previously, which will erode airline profits. However, IATA considers that the recent easing of the decline in demand in the euro zone could help improve the global market overall. IATA also considers that “For the moment, however, levels of business confidence are barely above stagnation and world trade growth remains subdued in advanced economies, both of which will continue to place downward pressure on air freight demand,”.

International Air Transport Association (IATA), broadly following the trend of the last 18 months, released figures for global air cargo markets showing that growth has continued to flat-line in May. Global freight tonne kilometers increased just 0.8% in May as compared to a year ago. Capacity, however, increased by 2.1% causing load factors to fall to 44.9% marking their lowest level since the post crisis recovery. Since approximately 60% of global air cargo utilizes capacity in the belly of passenger aircraft, managing capacity at a time when growth in air travel is outpacing that of cargo is particularly challenging. The stall in cargo markets appears to be the result of a recent softening in growth in developing economies, including China. Moreover, business confidence is flat globally and declining in some developing economies, making the chances of a significant upturns in the near future unlikely. IAG Cargo has transported a large shipment of high-value, specialist security equipment across its extensive global network for use at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. The equipment was shipped to Rio de Janeiro from IAG Cargo’s hubs at London Heathrow and Madrid–Barajas and carried on both British Airways and Iberia aircraft, utilising the strength of the carrier’s combined network. The cargo was transported using IAG Cargo’s Perform Unitised product, specifically designed for the unique requirements of lose cargo shipments. IAG Cargo announced it will be able to offer customers additional freight capacity between London and Rio de Janeiro, due to an increase in the frequency of British Airways passenger flights from April. From October 28, 2013, the route will be serviced daily by a Boeing 777-300ER, replacing the 777-200 currently servicing the route. Customers will benefit from increased access to IAG Cargo’s cargo network, which supports more than 350 destinations worldwide. IATA Live Animals and Perishables Board (LAPB) has developed a basic “IATA Acceptance Check List for Time and Temperature Sensitive Healthcare Shipments”. The purpose of the IATA Standard Acceptance Check List is to inform airlines and ground handling agents of the minimum checks that must be performed when temperature sensitive healthcare shipments are presented to ensure that the requirements have been met. Acceptance Checklist Requirements for Time and Temperature Sensitive Healthcare Shipments will become mandatory for the transportation of healthcare cargo shipments with effect from 1 July 2013. International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for strong partnerships to promote air cargo competitiveness through e-commerce technology at the IATA e-cargo conference held in Geneva 18-19 June. An electronic revolution is transforming logistics and transport, creating a fundamental change in the security, safety, efficiency and reliability of air freight. This conference has undoubtedly put e-cargo at the forefront of industry thinking. Iraqi Airlines is operating two flights per week with A320 or A321 equipment. Capacity is between1 to 2-5 tons. Both airports are within road access to Baghdad. The Iraqi Airlines network also provides connections to the other destinations in the region.In addition to the A320 and A321, the airline also has the possibility of operating a A330 or B777 aircraft which would provide more cargo capacity.

IAG Cargo has announced that customers will be able to benefit from increased capacity and enhanced functionality on its new fleet of next-generation Airbus A350-1000 long-haul aircraft. Subject to approval by IAG shareholders, 18 of the aircraft are due to come into service from 2018, with IAG holding options for a further 18. The aircraft will operate on routes across IAG’s network, as well as providing the ability to target new markets as required. The A350-1000 order is part of IAG’s wider fleet modernisation programme which includes an order for 24 Boeing 787s and options for a further 18, which IAG is planning to convert into firm orders. The B787s are due to come online from 2013 and combined with the A350s will provide IAG Cargo’s customers with a stronger array of widebody capacity. Additionally, IAG will be bringing into service 12 Airbus A380s, also from this year. With the A350, IAG Cargo customers will benefit from the availability of an additional three pallets of cargo space per aircraft, equating to a maximum payload of approximately 30 tonnes. International Air Transport Association (IATA) released figures indicates that air freight markets weakened in March, and that the improvement in air cargo growth rates that began towards the end of 2012 has stalled. Global Freight Tonne Kilometers (FTKs) were down 2.3% in March compared to March 2012, with only the Middle East and Africa showing an expansion. Asia-Pacific carriers are the largest players in air freight (together they comprise 38.5% of the market). With a 3.3% fall compared to the previous year, this region showed the greatest weakness in terms of actual freight volumes. The US and Europe, however had larger percentage falls (5.2% and 4.0% respectively), but on a smaller market share. Global air freight volumes are now only 1.5% above the October 2012 low point, down from the 3.5% rise that had been reached in January. The March decline in air cargo is most likely a temporary stall. The fundamentals for a sustained improvement in air cargo volumes are in place.nternational Air Transport Association (IATA) released February data indicating that air cargo maintained the modest improvement in demand that began in the fourth quarter of 2012. Seasonally adjusted cargo volumes are 2.5% above the October 2012 low point. Comparisons with February 2012 performance however show a 6.2% decline. This is severely skewed as a result of two factors (1) February 2012 has an extra day owing to the Leap Year and (2) Chinese New Year (which is accompanied by many factory closings in Asia) occurred in January 2012 and in February 2013. After adjusting for these abnormalities, however, air cargo was actually up 2% in February compared to the previous year. Air cargo volumes declined by 0.6% in 2011 and a further 1.5% in 2012. Markets stabilized and began a weak recovery trend in the last quarter of 2012.

IAG Cargo announced that it will provide additional cargo capacity on flights from Hyderabad to London. The capacity will be generated from an additional weekly passenger flight originating at HYD airport, serviced by a Boeing 767 aircraft. The additional flight, which commences on 31st March 2013, will benefit customers in this important trade hub by offering increased access to IAG Cargo’s global network. In recent years Hyderabad has become an important manufacturing base for pharmaceutical industry products intended for the global market. Through this extra flight, business in Hyderabad will benefit from having greater flexibility over their shipment schedules. IAG Cargo has announced that it will be able to offer additional cargo capacity to businesses in China. The capacity will be made available on a new passenger service operating between Shanghai Pudong International Airport and London Heathrow. The flights will offer widebody capacity on a Boeing 777 and will now operate on a weekly basis, increasing from six flights to seven. This equates to a potential additional capacity of 42t to the route. The announcement follows the earlier one made during January this year stating that IAG Cargo has cargo capacity available on a new thrice weekly service operating between Heathrow and Chengdu in south-west China. International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on airlines and their partners in the air cargo supply chain to work together to make air cargo more competitive and address the challenges of safety, security and sustainability. “Air cargo is vital to the global economy, transporting more than $5 trillion worth of goods annually, or more than a third of world trade by value. And for airlines, it accounts for about 12% of industry revenues. But, like the rest of the airline industry, air cargo is a tough business. The last two years have been particularly difficult. Last year saw a 2% decline in both air cargo demand and yields. There are early signs that an upturn is on the way. To seize the opportunity we must strengthen the industry’s competitiveness,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO. International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that air freight markets declined for a second straight year, falling a further 1.5% in 2012 following a 0.6% decline in 2011. Air cargo has come under pressure from a slowdown in world trade growth and shifts in the freight commodity mix. Expanding emerging economies have driven demand for bulk items carried by sea, while economic weakness in the West dampened demand for high-value consumer goods transported by air. Freight capacity grew just 0.2% over the year, and the freight load factor was 45.2%. Asia-Pacific airlines which are the largest players in the air cargo market reported a 5.5% decline in demand and cut capacity by 2.4%. ITG has been conferred with Quality Award by Lufthansa Cargo. The Munich-based company achieved the highest booking quality and lowest no-show rate of all the forwarders participating in the competition. Lufthansa Cargo Vice President Area Management Germany J. Florian Pfaff presented the award at the cargo carrier’s annual conference for the Association of German Fowarders and Logistics Operators (DSLV). ITG branch managers in Frankfurt and Munich, Luigi Petrelli and Ralph Biller, accepted the award at the presentation. International Civil Aviation Organization, according to the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG), should serve as the focal point for implementing global air cargo supply chain security standards. In its latest position paper on ‘Air Cargo Supply Chain Security Regimes for Regulators’, the Group says it supports global standards and programs with regulatory backing around the world in order to facilitate safe, secure and efficient air cargo operations. It calls for ICAO, in collaboration with other international organizations, to take the lead role to continue improvements in the security of the global air cargo supply chain with the commitment of its member states. International Air Transport Association (IATA) released traffic results for November 2012 which showed an improvement in both passenger and air freight demand. Air travel was 4.6% higher compared to November 2011, up on the October result of 2.9%. Passenger capacity rose 3.2% and load factor improved one percentage point to 77.3% compared to the year-ago period. “November brought some positive signs for air transport demand—particularly for air cargo. It is premature to consider this a turning point for air cargo markets in terms of bouncing back and regaining lost ground. But, when coupled with positive economic developments in the US and an improvement in business confidence in recent months, the conditions are aligning to see a return to growth in 2013. In 2013 we expect that cargo volumes will grow 1.4%, and passenger traffic will increase by 4.5% worldwide,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

International Air Transport Association( IATA) backs the new industry body formed to represent the interests of the independent freight forwarding sector known as Elite Association of Logistic Networks (ELITE) and announced its official launch following the qualification of nine major global logistics networks as founding members. Combined membership of ELITE-qualified networks comprises over 3,550 freight forwarding companies around the world, with annual revenues in excess of US$60 Billion and over 140,000 staff operating from 7,000 plus offices in 188 countries worldwide.IFLN, the Texas-headquartered worldwide network of independent freight forwarders, has confirmed a global partnership deal with CargoWise, international logistics software provider, that will enable all the group’s members to boost productivity and reduce costs by accessing industry-leading technology. EdiEnterprise software from CargoWise is currently used by many IFLN members, as well as 21 of the top 25 largest freight forwarders in the world. The new agreement will make it easier for IFLN members to access the software and rapidly benefit from the productivity improvements it offers. IAG Cargo, the single business created following the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo, has announced that it has freighted a donation of wheelchairs from Swiss Paralympic champion Heinz Frei to Mpanshya Hospital in Zambia. The wheelchairs will provide better mobility for patients and orphans in and around the hospital. The wheelchairs were flown from Zurich, Switzerland to Lusaka, Zambia.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced successful trials of the Electronic Consignment Security Declaration, (e-CSD). The e-CSD meets regulatory demands for evidence that appropriate security measures have been applied to air cargo and mail by detailing how, when and by whom a consignment of cargo or mail has been secured. By standardizing the process and documentation of such evidence, e-CSD will replace redundant security declarations in various formats and simplify the implementation of security emergency amendments. The e-CSD trials were conducted in the UK followed by the Netherlands during October. This followed 18 months of intense work by IATA, with regulators, freight forwarders and other key stakeholders, to develop standards and processes for data capture.
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has freighted a donation of wheelchairs from Paralympic champion Heinz Frei to Mpanshya Hospital in Zambia. The wheelchairs were flown from Zurich, Switzerland to Lusaka, Zambia at no cost as a gesture of goodwill and support for Mpanshya Hospital. Gabi Thönen, founder of Friends of Mpanshya Hospital Zambia, says: “It’s great that IAG Cargo and Heinz Frei made this possible as these wheelchairs will make the difference to the lives of those in need at Mpanshya Hospital.”

IAG Cargo, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Global Logistics Network (GLN), a network of 421 small- and medium-sized freight forwarders spanning 125 countries. Operating across key strategic markets including Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America, GLN’s extensive network of independent freight forwarders has the potential to help IAG Cargo grow its share of the strategic small- to medium-sized market. This is the first MoU between IAG Cargo and a global freight/logistics network. Pending final agreement, GLN’s customers will benefit from the scale, reliability and credibility of IAG Cargo through the carrier’s global network of more than 350 air freight destinations. As part of the agreement, IAG Cargo is focussing on delivering flexible and effective distribution channels to GLN in order to make it as easy as possible for the two organisations to do business, including the creation of a customer proposition tailored to the needs of small- to medium-sized freight forwarders.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that African airlines transporting freight ‘in the region’ registered a 10.2 per cent increase in demand in August. “Africa contributes three per cent of the global economy, but it is growing the fastest. Some 28 of the 52 countries there have five per cent average economic annual growth and countries like Ghana, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mozambique, Niger and Uganda could potentially grow up to 10 per cent,” informed IATA .
IBS Software
, the leading global provider of next generation IT solutions for the Travel, Transportation and Logistics industries, has entered into a contract with Lufthansa Cargo AG (ICAG), the airline cargo service provider in the Lufthansa Group, for implementation of iCargo Solution, an air cargo management solution developed by IBS. The iCargo solution is designed to manage the Lufthansa’s entire air cargo movement worldwide. iCargo is an integrated solution that supports the requirements of airlines’ freight business providing enhanced web-enabled features that optimize operations, enhance profitability and provide scalability. The solution helps manage the increasing volumes of cargo movement requirements of freighters, ground handling agents as well as airports.
Indian Government recently took steps to boost air cargo growth in India. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has established the Air Cargo Logistics Promotion Board, which has representation from various industry segments and ministries. Similarly, the recent pilot project for 24×7 customs clearance at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore airports is a step in the right direction and is required to be extended to other airports too. India handles far less air cargo than individual airports such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Incheon, Paris and others, indicating the immense and untapped potential in this sector. However, issues such as inadequate infrastructure, process inefficiencies, lack of automation, and complex customs and other clearance procedures hamper growth. Improvements in inter-modal connectivity, automation at air-cargo handling terminals, 24×7 customs operations, and perishable cargo infrastructure and so on are required to harness the true potential of air cargo in India.

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reported that August air freight volumes fell 0.8% compared to the previous year and that the possibility of minor recovery that was anticipated at the start of the year diminished quickly. IATA also warned that the stability seen in freight markets during 2012 could be under threat owing to continued economic weakness. Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO, said that the strongest performers for air freight were carriers from the Middle East, Africa and, to a lesser extent, North America. Freight demand for Asia-Pacific, European, and Latin American airlines contracted as compared to last August. Middle East carriers saw an 11.3% increase in demand against a 10.4% increase in capacity. This is considered to be the strongest performance. North American carriers reported demand growth of 2.0% as compared to the previous August, while capacity reduced by 2.3%. African airlines continued their positive growth for the year with a 10.2% increase in demand as compared to an 8.1% increase in capacity.
IBS Software has been awarded the prestigious ‘IT Provider of the Year’ for the air cargo industry for the year 2012 by Singapore based Payload Asia. The award was announced on 05 September at the Payload Asia Conference in Singapore, a premiere global industry event attended by leading personalities from the air freight industry including leading airlines, industry consultants & experts, airports and other service providers.

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announced global traffic results for July showing slower growth in both air travel and freight, but with considerable variation by region and market. July freight demand was 3.2% lower than it was in the same month last year. This is down on the 0.1% year-on-year growth rate of June. A large part of that decline was due to a comparison with a relatively strong July last year, but overall the trend in air freight is weak, in line with subdued world trade growth.

IAG Cargo, through its brand Iberia Cargo, is the new freight handling agent for TAM Linha Aereas S.A.in Spain. TAM operates daily flights between São Paulo and Madrid using A330s that can carry more than 10,000kgs of freight in their cargo holds. Goods shipped by the Brazilian airline between both cities are now handled by IAG Cargo, through Iberia Cargo terminals at Madrid, as well as Barcelona airports. Cargo traffic from Madrid includes general freight, industrial goods, and parcels, while from São Paulo to Madrid it consists primarily of fruit and other perishable goods.TAM also has a fleet of trucks that transport cargo between destinations in Spain. And Goods carried by this fleet and arriving at Madrid and Barcelona airports are also handled in the Iberia Cargo freight terminals.

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has reported commercial revenue (flown revenue plus fuel surcharges) of €590 million in the half. This represents a decrease of 0.3 per cent against the same period last year. Volumes of 3,010 million freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) for the half represent a decrease of 1.8 per cent versus the same period last year. Cargo capacity for the same period was up 3.7 per cent. Overall yield (commercial revenue per FTK) for the first half increased by 1.5 per cent versus the same period last year; excluding exchange this yield was down 1.8 per cent.
IJS Global’s new world headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands has been awarded TAPA A status by DNV Business Assurance. TAPA is a unique forum which unites global manufacturers, logistics providers, freight carriers, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders with the common aim of reducing losses from international supply chains. It has established standards to ensure minimum requirements for safe and secure transportation, storage and warehousing of air cargo transiting on and off airports and airport associated facilities worldwide. TAPA A status indicates that the recipient achieved the best standards and practices of the industry and ensured that its facility meets all the compliance criteria on an on-going basis through regular auditing. It promotes standardisation, certification and regulation in the supply chain.

International Air Transport Association (IATA)
encouraged strong information technology (IT) partnerships to continue to facilitate change that strengthens the air transport industry. “IT has changed aviation for the better. Aviation is a global mass transit system for nearly 3 billion people and 50 million tonnes of cargo. This is a critical component at the foundation of our global community. We could not deliver this enormous value at an ever expanding scale without the support of IT partners,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

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announced global traffic results for May showing a general downward trend in line with deteriorating global economic conditions. Compared to April, the freight market contracted by 0.4%. Freight markets hit a low during the fourth quarter of 2011. Since then, they have basically moved sideways with just a 1.5% improvement on that level by May. The freight load factor stood at 45.3%, unchanged from the previous month but 1.2 percentage points below May 2011 levels.
International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s global traffic results for April indicates that the freight demand was down by 4.2% as compared to April 2011. The 4.2% contraction in air freight markets compared to April 2011 is some what misleading. Air freight markets slumped sharply in the first half of 2011 and bottomed out towards the end of the year. Various distortions and month-to-month volatility have marked the industry performance since the beginning of 2012. However, April cargo levels stood at about 2% higher than in November 2011. About 80% of this improvement has been captured by Middle Eastern airlines. Air freight for the Asia-Pacific, European and North American carriers has continued to show weakness.

International Air Transport Association (IATA)
applauded the historic agreement between the European Commission (EC) and the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to recognize each other’s air cargo security programs. The agreement is the culmination of seven years of effort by regulators and industry stakeholders to achieve alignment of air cargo security measures. This will avoid redundancies and allocate screening resources most effectively.
IAG Cargo has announced a further milestone in the integration of its cargo businesses, with the launch of its new website www.iagcargo.com. The new site will provide customers with a single point of contact for both Iberia Cargo and British Airways World Cargo and display information on the entire IAG Cargo network. Customers will now be able to access the combined Iberia Cargo and British Airways World Cargo schedules, use the joint track and trace functionality,
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Jet Airways is to launch dedicated freighter operations using an A330-200F aircraft wet-leased from its strategic-partner, Etihad Airways. Subject to regulatory approvals, the aircraft will fly from an operating base in New Delhi from April 2015 to a number of international and domestic destinations, including Bangalore, Hong Kong, Hanoi and Singapore.

Jan de Rijk Logistics has achieved certification in IATA’s CEIV Pharmaceutical programme, becoming one of the first logistics service suppliers in the air cargo supply chain to achieve this latest recognition of its pharma capabilities. With this certification they are able to differentiate by offering a competitive advantage to customers, says Sebastiaan Scholte, CEO of Jan de Rijk Logistics & Chairman of the Cool Chain Association (CCA).

Jan de Rijk Logistics signs contract with IAG Cargo for Iberian traffic. This new Road Feeder Services contract is a positive development in the current air cargo market and proof of the trust IAG Cargo has in the company’s extensive trucking network. Jan de Rijk Logistics will provide European trucking services to IAG Cargo for their Iberian traffic, which further strengthens Jan de Rijk’s already strong presence in the Iberian Peninsula.

Japan Airlines has applied to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to revise its international cargo fuel surcharge for flights departing from Japan from February. As the average fuel price of Singapore kerosene for the month of December in 2014 was $79.80 per barrel, the benchmark fuel price used for calculation of the fuel surcharge level will be within the range of $75.00 to $79.99 per barrel .
Japan Airlines has applied to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for the revision of its international cargo fuel surcharge for flights departing from Japan.JETTAINER has started operations in the US. The company intends to open other US branches on the near future, such as at Dallas/Fort Worth, the largest hub of American Airlines, and then Miami, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
JAL Group reported that it handled 25,077 tonnes of international air cargo and 2,638 tonnes of international mail an increase of 9.7 percent and 11.1 percent respectively. The group said it handled 35,192 tonnes of domestic air cargo and 2,197 tonnes of domestic mail in August, up 1.1 percent and 1.6 percent respectively.
Jeju Air cargo said that it will double the number of Chinese cities it flies as a number of its ongoing efforts to increase its number of flights. They will launch regular flight services to Jiamusi and Shijiazhuang. The new destinations will augment existing flights to Yantai and Qingdao.
Jettainer, the world’s leading service partner for outsourced unit load device (ULD) services, has opened a new office in the Abu Dhabi Airport Business City’s Logistics Park. Jettainer had established the offices at the customers’ international hubs in order to more efficiently communicate with the operative departments of the airlines in terms of managing pallets and containers for both passenger and cargo aircrafts. In addition, Jettainer added Abu Dhabi to its network of short term leasing stations. By choosing the so-called JettLease product, airlines are able to immediately lease units stationed in Abu Dhabi around the clock from one day up to several months JM Baxi Group has invested USD 0.04 bn in an integrated rail linked cargo terminal and inland container depot, Delhi International Cargo Terminal to cater to the growing trade of NCR and North India. The facility, is established in 65 acres of land, is situated near Sonepat, off National Highway No.1, which is the most important road corridor running across North India. In addition, phased investment of another USD 0.12 bn is expected to follow the current investment. DICT is a new generation infrastructure introduced to the trade through an innovative launch focusing on a B2B Trade Meet. The state of the art facility is equipped with a large container storage yard, EXIM warehousing with a capacity of 50,000 sq ft. and an equal capacity planned for the future. In order to provide flexibility and ease to the cargo arrivals by road some of the ramps have been specially imported from Italy. DICT is connected with three rail lines, linked through the serving station of Bhodwal Majri. In order to facilitate the cargo operations, modern handling equipment like reach stackers, Hydras, forklifts, 75 road trailers, 90 reefer plug points etc. are being deployed.

Jamaica Government has unveiled ambitious plans that will create the Caribbean island into a Global Logistics Hub for the Americas and position it as a regional trading rival to Singapore. High level discussions have already started with a number of overseas investors to develop vast areas of prime real estate to handle increased volumes of air and sea cargo. Projects under discussion include growth of container throughput at the Port of Kingston ahead of the expansion of the Panama Canal, as well as the development of commodity ports to handle petroleum products, coal, minerals and grain. JAL Group reports that it handled 21,308 tonnes of international cargo in December, 2012, registering an increase of 2.5% as compared to the same period during 2011. The international mail handled was 3,417 tonnes, registering a decrease of 12.9% year-on-year. The group reported handling 38,545 tonnes of domestic cargo in Dec, registering a decrease by 6.2% year-on-year, and 2,827 tonnes of domestic mail, registering a decrease by 6.7% as compared to the same month during the previous year. Japan Airlines (JAL) and Japan Post Co. Ltd will begin cooperating to offer “Cool EMS” – a new international speed post service of small, temperature-sensitive parcels from Japan to addresses in Taiwan and Singapore during this trial period of April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Japan is well-known for the superior quality, safety and freshness of its foods and with the number of visitors to Japan increasing over the years, demand in other parts of Asia for the country’s food and culinary ingredients such as fruits and other agricultural produce, Japanese raw fish (sashimi) and other seafood, as well as its regional specialties, have been on the rise. JAL Group intimated that it had handled 21,794 tonnes of international air cargo in November registering an increase of 4.1% and 2,282 tonnes of mail, registering a decrease of 11.9%, as compared with the same period a year earlier. The group reported that it handled 31,020 tonnes of domestic air cargo in November, registering a decrease of 6.2% and 2,286 tonnes of domestic mail registering a decrease of 5.7% as compared to the same period during the previous year.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has applied to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to revise its international cargo fuel surcharge for flights departing from Japan from January 2013.

JAL Group reported that it recorded a 8.2% increase in international air cargo in October to 21,630 tonnes, compared with the same period a year ago, and a 13.2% drop in international mail to 2,198 tonnes as against the same month a year earlier. According to the Group, it handled 33,495 tonnes of domestic cargo in October, marginally up 0.2%, and 2,286 tonnes of domestic mail, down 3.6% year-on-year.

Jettainer, the leading international service partner for ULD management, and Lufthansa Cargo started testing an application for smartphones. The so-called “JettApp” enables airlines to record ULD data promptly and accurately. All parties involved in the process chain – Jettainer, ground handling companies, repair shops as well as the airline itself – therefore benefit from excellent data quality.

JFK Airport Board approved plans for setting up of a 21st century animal handling facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The approval is accorded for a world class, $32 million facility at JFK that will handle roughly 70,000 domestic and wild animals annually. The center will set new national airport standards for comprehensive veterinary, kenneling and quarantine services. The new facility, dubbed ARK, will offer a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, animal daycare services and more efficient ways to transport animals worldwide, including exotic species. It will create 190 jobs, $12.3 million in wages and $50.5 million in economic activity during the span of the project’s 20-year lease.
Jettainer was appointed to manage and maintain the entire ULD fleet of airberlin. In addition, Jettainer will also introduce a number of ecologically friendly lightweight containers at airberlin in order to help decreasing the emission. 750 ULDs will gradually be replaced by modern lightweight containers. They will come into operation on long-haul flights of airberlin’s A330-300 and A330-200 aircraft. By using this new technology airberlin will be able to reduce the gross weight of such an aircraft by up to 200 kilograms per flight.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has applied to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to revise up its international cargo fuel surcharge for flights departing from Japan only, from September 2012. Since April 1, 2009, JAL started adjusting its cargo fuel surcharge levels on a monthly basis by using the one-month average fuel price of Singapore kerosene of the month before last. As the average fuel price of Singapore kerosene for the month of July in 2012 was US$117.58 per barrel, the benchmark fuel price used for calculation of the fuel surcharge level will be within the range of US$115.00 to US$119.99 per barrel .The international cargo fuel surcharge will therefore be 115 yen per kg on long-haul international routes, 93 yen per kg on medium-haul international routes, and 73 yen on short-haul routes.

JAL Group
announced that its overall demand for international cargo operations in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 (year ending March 31, 2013) was stagnant due in part to the European economy. However, JAL was able to maximize revenue through optimal use of cargo compartments on passenger aircraft. As part of the measures, JAL improved international and domestic flight connection services at Tokyo, responded to the demand for transportation of perishables from the U.S., and improved temperature controlled transport services of high value freight shipments such as pharmaceuticals. Domestically, JAL strengthened relationships with customers and promoted air transport of perishable goods all across Japan to acquire a stable and steady cargo demand.

Jettainer
was appointed to manage and maintain the entire ULD fleet of airberlin. Jettainer will also introduce a number of ecologically friendly lightweight containers at airberlin in order to help decreasing the emission. 750 ULDs will gradually be replaced by modern lightweight containers. They will come into operation on long-haul flights of airberlin’s A330-300 and A330-200 aircraft. By using this new technology, airberlin will be able to reduce the gross weight of such an aircraft by up to 200 kilograms per flight.
Japan Airlines (JAL) has applied to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) requesting revision of its international cargo fuel surcharge. The revision requested is for the flights departing Japan from August 2012. Since April 1, 2009, JAL commenced adjusting its cargo fuel surcharge levels on a monthly basis. The adjustment was based on the monthly average fuel price of Singapore kerosene. The benchmark fuel price used for calculation of the fuel surcharge level will be within the range of US$110.00 to US$114.99 per barrel. The international cargo fuel surcharge will therefore be 108 yen per kg on long-haul international routes, 87 yen per kg on medium-haul international routes, and 68 yen on short-haul routes.

Japan Airlines
admits to its role in air cargo cartel and the High Court has ordered the airline to pay a $2.275 million penalty for breaches of the Commerce Act. JAL has admitted liability in the Commerce Commission’s air cargo price fixing case for agreeing to fuel and security surcharges in Europe, the United States and Asia for cargo flown to New Zealand. It has also admitted liability for cargo flown from New Zealand to Asia.
JAL Group reported that it handled 19,678 tonnes of international cargo and 2,286 tonnes of mail in February, up 14.1 and 12.4% respectively year on year.The group handled 28,455 tonnes of domestic cargo and 2,191 tonnes of domestic mail in February, down 1.7% and up 7.9 percent respectively versus the same period a year earlier.
Japan Airlines (JAL) has adjusted down the benchmark fuel price levels corresponding to the fuel price range, for the fiscal year 2012. The carrier has also requested the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to revise its international cargo fuel surcharge for flights departing from Japan only from April 2012. Since April 1, 2009, JAL started adjusting its cargo fuel surcharge levels on a monthly basis by using the one-month average fuel price of Singapore kerosene of the month preceding the month under evaluation.
Jade Cargo has halted all flights as its owners Lufthansa Cargo and Shenzhen Airlines work on a plan to secure the Chinese air freight company’s financial future.
JAL Group reports 131,662,635 yen revenue cargo ton-kilometer (RCTK) in August, compared with a decline of 45.56 percent in the same month last year. August RTK was 524,652,415 yen, compared with 815,295,081yen a year earlier, while ATK was 794,237,123, versus 1,242,717,613 in the previous corresponding period.
Japan Airlines international cargo volume dropped for the 14th successive month in July on a year-over-year basis, plummeting 56.5 percent to 20,411 tons. The year-over-year pace of decline slowed down from 58.5 percent in June. JAL’s domestic cargo volume also fell for 13 months in a row in July on a year-on-year basis, nose-diving 21.4 percent to 33,843 tons. The year-on-year pace of decline was slower than 23.8 percent in June.
Japan Airlines Corp confirmed plans to establish a LCC JV in the Japan market by Dec-2012. Jetstar Japan will be Japan’s third new LCC announced this year, following hard off the heels of All Nippon Airways’ announcement last month that it plans to establish a JV with leading low cost airline AirAsia, AirAsia Japan, in addition to its previously announced LCC, Peach. The JAL JV would add another piece to the complex jigsaw that is now transforming the Asian airline market. The potential market growth as these successive ventures are introduced can be measured in the hundreds of millions of new passengers. Removal of highly restrictive regulatory conditions and the scale of opportunities as new city pair market options emerge mean literally that the sky is the limit for growth upsides.

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international cargo volume plummeted 58.5% in May as the carrier adjusted to business without full freighters. All Nippon Airways’ international cargo volume grew 2.1% in May, a sharp slowdown from the 12% growth the month before. It was unclear whether cargo operations at the carriers have been affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March, but the country’s two international airlines saw demand step back in May from April. Much of the increase at ANA has come as the carrier has grabbed market share from struggling JAL and the carrier now carries more passengers and cargo than its rival. JAL said its international cargo volume dropped for the 12th successive month in May on a year-on-year basis, but the pace of decline slightly slowed from 60.1% in April.
Jan de Rijk Logistics announces regular road feeder services between the Benelux and Turkey. Jan de Rijk Logistics has set up a joint operating partnership with Demirakca International Transport, a strong asset-based Turkish logistics provider. This partnership enables Jan de Rijk Logistics to offer groupage departures 3x per week for import and export and daily FTL services to and from Turkey, for both industrial cargo ( e.g. Automotive, Tobacco, FMCG, Pharma and Fashion ) and air-cargo related products. With a presence in Istanbul and Izmir, Demirakca also offers 12,000 m2 of local warehousing facilities, clearance services, domestic transport and air-cargo forwarding. The strong Benelux network coverage of Jan de Rijk Logistics, where the company can offer a next day service for pallets and FTL on a daily basis, will enable to increase exports from Turkey to the Benelux as well.

Japan Airlines (JAL) Group has reported that it handled 19,749 tons of international cargo in April, down 60.1 percent year on year and 1,892 tons of international mail, a decline of 39.7 percent compared with the same period last year. The airline said in a statement that it handled 30,276 tons of domestic cargo in April, down 20.4 percent year on year, and 2,224 tons of domestic mail, a decline of 7 percent compared with the same month last year.
Japan Airlines (JAL) and Am erican Airlines have embarked on a closer cooperation aimed at strengthening international cargo operations for the two airlines via a deal concluded in April this year.The deal provides cargo customers with more routing choices, new destinations, and increased cargo capacity by more effectively utilizing the combined worldwide network of both airlines, covering some 300 distinct destinations worldwide, while maximizing the value of their combined routes between Asia, the United States, and Latin America.

Jade Cargo International, has set itself ambitious goals for enhancing communication with customers and key service suppliers. In addition, it wants to play a leading role in China in respect of automation and industry initiatives such as e-freight. In 2010, the carrier took the decision to use Traxon Europe as e-communications services provider. The agreement between the two companies gives Jade Cargo access to the Traxon Europe world-wide network and covers availability, e-booking, electronic air waybill data transfer (FWB), electronic consolidation list (FHL) and flight manifest transmission as well as status information and e-status updates (FSU). Furthermore, Jade decided to integrate the Traxon’ AWB Data Capture application into its website.

JAL Group has announced that it recorded revenue ton kilometre of 493,143,472 in February, and available ton kilometre of 774,967,340, and cargo load of 63.63.

Jet Airways has shelved its idea of starting a cargo airline, at least for now. The carrier will continue to concentrate on increasing its cargo uplift through the belly space of aircraft.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport lived up to its reputation as the Cargo hub of Africa by winning the “STAT Times African Airport of the Year”. Evans Michoma, Marketing Officer-Cargo, Kenya Airports Authority said, “We are very proud of the recognition bestowed upon us by scooping the top award for being the African Airport of the Year 2011.”

Japan Airlines signed an agreement to sell its logistics unit, JAL Logistics, to a second-tier domestic logistics services provider. At present, JAL owns a 72 percent stake in JAL Logistics through its wholly owned subsidiary Japan Airlines International (JAL). JALUX holds the remaining 28 percent. JALI will sell its entire 72 percent stake to Hamakyorex JAL said. But the air carrier did not disclose the value of the transaction.

Jade Cargo International, the German-Chinese cargo airline, signed a one year agreement to have World Airways operate a 747-400 freighter on around the world service starting soon.

Jet Airways will inaugurate daily A330-200 services between Delhi and northern Italy’s Milan-Malpensa International airport on 5 December.

JFK International Airport recorded a increase of 31.6% in freight volume in April 2010 over the same month last year, but it should be borne in mind that the last year’s April figure was affected by the world economic downturn. The airport’s international freight volume in April 2010 was down by 5.1% over that in March 2010 and tonnage for domestic and international freight at JFK were still below that reported for the same month two years ago. International freight tonnage, which makes up about 80 percent of the East Coast gateway’s cargo, grew 35.6 percent in April compared to the same month last year, while domestic freight was up 18.2 percent.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) largest cargo handling facility is on schedule to complete its first phase, when it will commence handling of both import and export traffic. The brand new Transglobal Cargo Centre (TCC) will be the first fresh produce and cargo handling facility in Africa to incorporate a multi-storey ETV (elevating transfer vehicle)-based perishables handling system.This cool-chain ETV system will have capacity for storing 160 pallets – the equivalent of more than four 747 freighter loads.

Jade Cargo International has signed a contract to equip its cockpit crews with Lufthansa Systems’ Lido/RouteManual. By implementing the user-friendly navigation charts until summer 2010 the Shenzhen-based airline will join the growing group of airlines around the world profiting from the advantages of Lufthansa Systems’ aeronautical solutions. The electronic version of the charts, Lido/eRouteManual, will be introduced at a later point in time.

Japan Airlines has confirmed it will exit the air cargo freighter business by the end of October in a bid to cut costs. The carrier will continue carrying cargo in the bellies of passenger aircraft. It added that its passenger fleet had three times as much total cargo capacity as its freighter services. Its 10 freighter aircraft will be disposed of.

Japan Airlines (JAL) said it will suspend its scheduled freighter flight services by the end of October and would instead use the cargo belly space of passenger flights. The airline’s passenger flights provide cargo capacity of about three times the volume available on its scheduled freighter flights.

JAL Group announced that it ended negotiations with Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) on cargo business reform involving a possible merger between Japan Airlines International (JAL), the key subsidiary of Japan Airlines and NYK subsidiary, Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA). The commencement of negotiations involving the restructuring of cargo business operated by JAL and NCA was announced in August 2009, and the feasibility of a potential merger between the cargo business of JAL and NCA was being analyzed. Both parties have reached an amicable conclusion to end the negotiations because the structure of the merger could not be organized within the scope of the agreement between JAL and NYK.

JV company Swissport/Losch will start its operations on March 1st, 2010 with four Airlines. On March 28th Continental Airlines, and on April 1st also Air Berlin, are joining the group. Swissport UK announced that the provision of Thomson Airways Ground Handling Services in LGW, STN & NCL has once again been awarded to Swissport. The new contract commences on the 1st April 2010 and will continue to operate in the same UK locations over the next 3 years. These multi million pound contracts will not only provide excellent safety and operational performance for the Airline, but will also allow to build on the extremely successful ‘Be A Great Partner’ programme started in 2009.

Jet Airways reportedly is in joint venture talks with FedEx Corporation aimed at launching a cargo airline. Jet is a major player in India, carrying a claimed 750631 domestic passengers in January 2010 and 364041 on international sectors.

Jade Cargo International and Chengdu Municipality have entered into a strategic agreement to establish an international air cargo hub for western China. This hub will support the aviation business as well as promote the export-oriented economic development in Chengdu. Jade Cargo selected Chengdu Airport as the western center of its network and opens new international routes to Europe and the Middle East.

Jade Cargo International has selected IDMR’s Non-Routine module as their integrated electronic non-routine tracking and authoring system. The non-routine module will allow Jade Cargo to control all aspects of their non-routines. Many features including; simple data entry screens, image support, status tracking, man-hour accountability, electronic material slips, bar coding, seamless integration options and more will give Jade Cargo the ability to produce and track non-routines in the most efficient manner technology allows.

Japan Airlines delivered another stable month in terms of cargo volumes in August, with volumes down 10.8% year-on-year.That compares with a first-quarter figure to 31 June that was down 10.3% year-on-year and second-quarter volumes down 8%.

Jade Cargo International expands partnership with Air Logistics Group in India and the Middle East. Jade Cargo International and Air Logistics Group have entered into agreement to further expand their partnership. In August 2009, Air Logistics assumed the role of General Sales and Service Agent for Jade Cargo in India and the Middle East. “The professional efforts of Air Logistics Group will serve as the basis for our expanded sales presence in India and the Middle East,” commented Kay Kratky, CEO of Jade Cargo International. “During the past months our flight operations at Chennai, India and Sharjah, U.A.E have been well received by our customers. Now it is time to move forward with development of those markets,” he added.

Japan Airlines Cargo volumes for showed further signs of stabilisation in July. International volumes were down 20% year on year, following a 20.3% decline in June.In an attempt to match supply with demand, cargo capacity has also been reduced by around 20% in comparison to the previous year.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has opened negotiations with the owner of Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) about a potential merger of their cargo divisions, to create Japan’s largest air cargo transport provider. If the deal proceeds, the new combined business would start operations from 1 April next year.

JAPAN Airlines (JAL) is to hike its international cargo charges by 30 per cent. The massive jump will start in the middle of July and is an attempt by the carrier to exploit the recent rebound in demand for Japanese exports to China and Taiwan, although the price rise applies to all routes.

Jade Cargo International and Air Logistics Group have entered into agreement for representation in Europe. Air Logistics Group will represent Jade Cargo International as General Sales and Service Agent in the European markets of Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Israel, Scandinavia, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

Jade Cargo, the Shenzhen-based all-cargo carrier has begun its twice weekly Seoul-Shanghai-Vienna-Frankfurt-Seoul route, utilising a 747-400ERF.

Japan Airlines (JAL) is seeking to increase its fuel surcharge on cargo flights departing from Japan. The airline has applied to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for a revision commencing July 1, 2009. The international cargo fuel surcharge on long-haul international routes would increase from YEN38 to YEN45 per kg, on medium-haul international routes from YEN33 to YEN39 per kg and on short-haul routes from YEN28 to YEN33 per kg. ($1=98.60)

Jade Cargo International and Air Logistics Group have entered into agreement for representation in Europe. Air Logistics Group will represent Jade Cargo International as General Sales and Service Agent in the European markets of Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Israel, Scandinavia, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

Japan Airlines Corp., Asia’s largest air carrier, reported group operating revenue from international cargo fell 7 percent in the first nine months of the fiscal year starting in April from a year earlier to 133.5 billion yen (US$1.46 billion). The carrier also released data for the third fiscal quarter which clearly showed that international cargo was hit hard by the sharp global economic downturn that began last autumn.Group operating revenue from international cargo fell 26.8 percent on-year between October and December to 38.1 billion yen ($416 million).

Japan Airlines, Asia’s biggest air carrier, says international cargo volume declined for five months in a row to November 2008, when volume fell 25.1 per cent to 51,823 tons. Figures for the first eight months of fiscal 2008, from April, show international volume totalled 479,443 tons, down 7.8 per cent from the same period of fiscal 2007. Japan’s second-largest airline, All Nippon Airways, said international cargo volume declined for the first time ever in fiscal 2008 on a year-on-year basis. -Jack Handley.

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Kanban Logistics has received a certificate of registration for the AS9100 quality standard – the quality management system recognised by the Federal Aviation Administration as the standard for the aerospace industry. Major aerospace manufacturers and suppliers worldwide require compliance and registration to AS9100 as a condition of doing business with them.

Kerry Logistics is expanding the reach and capacity of its international freight forwarding activities in the Middle East and Canada with two strategic acquisitions. It will pay up to $32 million for a controlling stake in Dubai-based Able Logistics Group, an established international freight forwarder headquartered in Dubai with a regional leading position and offices across UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman and China.

Kalitta Charters II is in the process of converting a 737-400 passenger aircraft for general cargo purposes. General Manager Colin Handlon said the aircraft, the first 737-400 in the airline’s fleet, was acquired from Compass Capital of California. The conversion is being done by Aeronautical Engineers, at Dothan Regional Airport in Midland City.
Korean Air announced a 5.7 percent increase in cargo yield during the third quarter as a result of rise in its load factor which rose by 2.5 percentage points to 79.1 percent. The airline’s cargo arm, which accounts for 22.1 percent of total airline revenues in Q3, recorded a 10 percent rise in domestic cargo revenue sales in the three months to September.Kale Logistics Solutions has won “IT Solutions Provider of the Year-2014” at the annual Payload Asia Awards 2014. This international award was conferred on Kale on the basis of innovation & initiatives undertaken by it and successful deployment of its range of IT solutions for the benefit of supply chain industry worldwide.
Korean Air Cargo has extended its co-operation arrangements with LUG Aircargo Handling at Frankfurt International Airport for a further five years to 2019. LUG has handled freight for passenger and cargo aircraft as well as road feeder services on behalf of Korean Air Cargo for 17 years, making Koran the GHA’s longest-standing customer.
Kuehne + Nagel has introduced an online bookings and quotations service for its air cargo customers. Currently, quotation and booking processes in the airfreight industry are mainly handled via email or telephone.“Now, with KN FreightNet, Kuehne + Nagel customers can obtain quotes for export and import shipments online within seconds and are able to place their orders directly,” says a statement.
Kuehne + Nagel has been contracted by Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP), a part of Terex Corporation, to provide global transportation management and supporting services for its North American Genie aerial work platform equipment and Terex light towers. In accordance with the contract, Kuehne + Nagel will provide integrated management of global transportation operations for Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) . Kuehne + Nagel will also serve as the single point of contact to Terex AWP in North America for a wide variety of management functions including transportation planning and management, global performance measurement of logistics service providers, freight settlement, and continuous improvement projects.
Kuehne + Nagel hosted a grand opening ceremony for its new logistics center in Atlanta. Numerous customers and carrier partners were in attendance for the celebration at its new location. The event included guided tours of the operation, highlighting the advantages of the new expanded space and features. Due to its extensive intermodal network and international connectivity, the Atlanta location serves as an integrated global logistics gateway for Kuehne + Nagel. From the Atlanta facility, Kuehne + Nagel can reach 80 per cent of U.S. consumers in two flight hours or two truckload delivery days.
Kuehne + Nagel Singaporehas received ISO13485:2003 certification for its medical devices hub located at the Airport Logistics Park of Singapore. The achievement underlines the company’s capabilities in providing specialised logistics services for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. Audited by SGS International Certification Services Singapore Pte Ltd., the certification is an international standard that confirms Kuehne + Nagel’s competences in handling medical devices and related services, while consistently meeting customers and regulatory requirements. Beside the receipt, storage and distribution of sterile and non-sterile medical devices, secondary assembly processes such as customised labelling and repacking activities are also accredited. Kuehne + Nagel has implemented its pharmaceutical and healthcare strategy cross all the business units in the country. KUEHNE + Nagel’s airfreight sector recorded a 14.5 per cent jump in volumes during the first nine months of 2011 against the year-ago period. The group’s net earnings between January and September climbed to CHF 454 million (US$507 million) from CHF 449 million ($501 million) in 2010. Operational result or EBITDA for the period totalled CHF 728 million ($812 million), down by 2.4 per cent from CHF 746 million ($832 million) a year earlier. Korean Air received accreditation from the active temperature-controlled air cargo containers manufacturer as Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) in eight stations of America.The accreditation has been awarded to the stations of New York, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles,San Francisco, Seattle and Sao Paulo. Korean Air has now obtained QEP accreditation in 22 stations. From the additional accreditation, Korean Air expects to provide reliable service especially to the customers trading pharmaceuticals in the new rising markets such as South America. Currently, Korean Air offers Variation Pharma product for the customized transportation service of pharmaceuticals. Since 2010, Korean Air has been cooperating with Envirotainer to provide temperature controlled ULD to the customers who request their shipment to be transported in temperature controlled environment. Also, Korean Air assures safe and prompt transportation of pharmaceuticals from the 24 hours monitoring service which monitors the whole process of the operation.

Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) is pro-actively filing all air cargo shipments bound for the USA according to ACAS dual filing requirements as part of its quality airfreight services. On receipt of a shipment order the airfreight department transmits the House Air Waybill data to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to launch enhanced screening prior loading. When K+N receives the ACAS response (PSN) the company proceeds with consolidation and delivery to the air carrier. If there are problems with the shipment the logistics services provider is able to solve these pro-actively before tendering the shipment to the carrier. K+N has opted for a CHAMP application to facilitate the message exchange with the US CBP. The solution transmits IATA C/XML messages (XFZB) directly from K+N’s enterprise system to US CBP without manual intervention thereby optimizing data quality. It also transmits the CBP response messages back to K+N. Kargosistem, leading Turkish cargo GSSA, has been named GSSA of the Year at this year’s Cargo Airline of the Year Awards in London.The GSSA award is a new category in the 30-year-old annual event. According to award organisers Air Cargo News, Kargosistem’s innovative solutions were key to its success. Particular mention was made of its decision to cure first-sector capacity problems from Istanbul by buying in additional freighter space on its own account – while the scale of its IT investments was also noted as highly unusual for a company of its size. Korean Airlinesannounced that its fourth quarter profit more than tripled because of the stronger won thus making good the losses from a weak cargo business. The South Korean flag carrier’s net income rose to 140 billion won ($128 million) in the October-December period as compared to 44.5 billion won recorded during the same period in the previous year. According to the airline, the stronger won reduced its U.S. dollar debts resulting in an accounting gain. Kale Logistics Solutions announced that Techno Brain limited, an ISO 9001: 2008 certified & CMMI Level 3 Company, and Africa’s leading Custom Software application provider and Systems Integrator, has become its Partner in the African region. Under the agreement of Partnership, Techno Brain and Kale Logistics will synergize and leverage their combined strengths in the areas of sales, implementation & support of Kale’s IT solutions & services. With this partnership with Techno Brain, Kale Logistics will have a wider reach to African territories of- Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Southern Africa. Kerry Logistics, a leading global logistics service provider, through the group’s affiliates and a local alliance, further expanded its network in Vietnam by securing a majority stake in Tin Thanh Express, a leading express company, to offer integrated logistics solutions across the country. The new JV company, Kerry TTC Express, will combine the global logistics expertise and the international freight network of Kerry Logistics with the local competence and connections of TTC Express – where customers in Vietnam will now have access to ‘one-stop-shop’ logistics solutions and a globally integrated network. Kerry Logistics has secured a major contract by Samsonite (Thailand) to manage its supply chain. The scope of the contract comprises general warehousing, value-added services, pick and pack and local transportation services. The contract will include Samsonite’s full line of luggage products including suitcases, garment bags, casual bags, business cases as well as a wide variety of travel accessories. Korean Air, according to Peru’s Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry (Mincetur), will expand its cargo flights to Peru from once to twice a week and start passenger flights in a short term. “Korean Air is planning to start a second weekly flight for which they have already appointed a general manager for Peru as the company has been managed from Chile,” explained Jose Luis Silva, Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism. Kuehne + Nagel has been awarded a contract by AGCO to manage its aftermarket Parts Distribution Centre (PDC) in Johannesburg, South Africa. From the facility, parts are distributed within South Africa as well as to several neighbouring countries in Africa. The new Parts Distribution Centre (PDC) has gone officially operative in December 2012. It consists of a storage capacity for 40.000 parts. Located near the O.R. Tambo International Airport, the built-to-suit facility will enable AGCO to significantly improve order response times to its African customers. Kale Logistics has witnessed increasing demand for its best-of-breed applications in Middle East & African sub-continent. To strengthen its reach & support services for its regional customers, it has signed up with Encore Enpower for developing a strong partner network. “Kale Logistics is a much respected brand with good recall and more importantly it is possibly the only focused IT solution provider having a very strong vertical presence in Logistics, Airports & Transportation segments in the emerging markets. Our goal is to strengthen Kale Logistics’s presence in MEA region which would help them in addressing this market aggressively and help them support their customer better.” said Mr. Rishikesh Trivedi, CEO, Encore Enpower.

Kerry Logistics, continued its expansion across Asia with opening of two new offices -one in Myanmar (Burma) and another in Sri Lanka. The new offices are part of Kerry Logistics’ strategy of building its presence and network in emerging markets across the region. The new offices will complement the company’s existing freight network in Vietnam, Thailand, India and Bangladesh.
Kuehne + Nagel Group’s Half Year Report for 2012 indicated that it had achieved volume growth above market average. Turnover increased by 2.8 per cent to CHF 10,062 million. Gross profit improved by 2.6 per cent to CHF 3,032 million. The operational result (EBITDA) declined by 9.6 per cent to CHF 454 million. Cost control measures already showed a positive effect in the second quarter 2012 results. Net earnings excluding the one-off item for the antitrust fine in the first quarter were at CHF 279 million (11.1 per cent below the previous year’s period) and including the one-off item the result was at CHF 214 million.

Kerry Logistics has started building a new 11,000 sq. m. warehouse in the Song Thang area of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. On completion of the construction of the building in the first quarter of 2013, Kerry Logistics will have a total of nine warehouses with a total capacity of 62,000 sq. m. in Song Thang to meet the growing demand for storage space from its customers.

Kuehne + Nagel announced that it entered into an agreement to take over the book of business of Perishables International Transportation Inc., Vancouver, Canada. The acquisition is another step in implementing Kuehne + Nagel’s strategy to expand its activities in the field of perishables logistics globally. Established in 1991, Perishables International Transportation (PIT) is an independent freight forwarder, specialising in handling and transportation of fresh and frozen perishable goods. Its location at the cargo area of Vancouver International Airport provides access to all major airlines allowing for later cut-offs and shorter transit times for products such as fruits, vegetables and seafood. PIT, with its small but highly capable team, is considered to be the leading player in the perishables logistics segment in British Columbia.

Kuehne + Nagel has opened its second contract logistics facility in Hong Kong to meet the growing demand for quality warehousing and distribution services in the area. With the additional warehousing space of 75,000 sq. ft., Kuehne + Nagel now have a total of 350,000 sq. ft. under management in Hong Kong. The new facility is located at the Hutchison Logistics Centre, adjacent to Kuehne + Nagel’s warehouse at Asia Terminals Limited and its Container Freight Stations (CFS) in Kwai Chung, the major logistics hub in Hong Kong.

Kuehne + Nagel Australia has signed a five-year contract with Corning Cable Systems Australia, one of the leading providers of fibre optic and copper product solutions for customers’ telecommunications network. The agreement represents a strengthened relationship between the two companies in Australia. According to the contract, Kuehne + Nagel will be responsible for the end-to-end management of Corning Cable Systems’ 18,000 sqm facility in Melbourne, comprising 12,000 sqm indoor and 6,000 sqm outdoor warehouses. Comprehensive services offered at the dedicated facility will encompass inbound receipt, quality inspection, storage, deliveries to manufacturing plants, inventory management, consolidations, through to distribution, transport management and reverse logistics as well as value added services, such as kitting and cable cutting.
KLM Cargo has been awarded Platinum status in the IATA Cargo 2000 Quality initiative, to highlight KLM’s leading role in applying the ‘C2K’ quality philosophy and standards throughout its operations. The platinum status is only awarded to very few of the 80 members of Cargo 2000, including airlines, forwarders and airfreight partners. Air France Cargo obtained Gold status and a program to upgrade it towards platinum level has been set in motion. Martinair Cargo which joined Cargo 2000 last year and has already received Silver status.
Kale is the first company to introduce thoroughly tested EDI messaging for Indian ICD custodian’s in compliance with ICES v.1.5 requirements. Effective April 1, 2012 ICDs can exchange EDI messages as per the e-Trade initiative, anchored by the Ministry of Commerce. Kale’s GALAXY-Airport Cargo Management System is empowering the operations of leading custodians like Mumbai International Airport (MIAL), AISATS-Bangalore, Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) and Air India among others, for EDI message exchange with Indian Customs at their respective Airports.

Kuehne + Nagel launches new innovative airfreight solution for pharmaceutical products. The globally operating Kuehne + Nagel Group is rolling out KN PharmaChain, a product tailored to the specific needs of the Pharmaceutical and Health Care industry. KN PharmaChain offers – among other features – door-to-door temperature control, a 24 hour alert system, optional wireless temperature measuring and Best Practice (GxP) standards for facilities, working processes and training programmes. KN PharmaChain is Kuehne + Nagel’s response to the Pharmaceutical industry’s requirements for effective and proper airfreight transportation solutions.

KENYA Airways plans to invest US$3.6bn in new aircrafts and routes to cash in on the growth in cargo between Africa, China and India. Trade in all three markets has been expanding at an annual rate of about 200 per cent, chief executive officer (CEO) Titus Naikuni says. “We are looking at African markets and Asia, India. We need to connect these three landmasses,” he adds.
Kuehne + Nagel Group said its net earnings were slightly above the previous year and reached a new record high with CHF 606 million whilst maintaining growth momentum in a challenging market environment and achieved remarkable results. The company said owing to the strong Swiss Franc, turnover decreased by 3.3 per cent to CHF 19,596 million. The operational result (EBITDA) at CHF 978 million was 2.6 per cent below the previous year’s level.

Kuehne + Nagel Group is setting new standards in the handling of pharmceutical products. As part of its KN PharmaChain product, the company is introducing newly developed active wireless sensors which record and transmit the temperature of pharmaceutical airfreight shipments along the entire supply chain. The use of active wireless sensors is a major achievement in the segment of seamless airfreight cold chains for pharmaceutical products.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Kenya Airways are the first carriers in the air transport industry to offer a direct service between China and Africa. The service connects China’s key industrial zone in Guangdong with the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the Gateway to Africa, offering access to all key African markets. The combination of KLM’s strong position in China and Kenya Airway’s leading position in Africa have resulted in this unique network.

Kerry Logistics, a leading global logistics services provider, has completed the acquisition of its former joint-venture, Kerry Salvat Logistics S.A., through a buy-out of the remaining shares from its partner Salvat Logistica, S.A. Kerry Logistics has been a major player in Spain since 2005, providing a broad range of international freight and logistics services including, sourcing and buying from Asia as well as providing a platform for its Spanish customers to create opportunities to sell their products in Asia.
Kenya Airways to boost UAE capacity. “In Dubai we need to have a double daily frequency,” Abraham Joseph, Kenya Airways regional head for Middle East and Pakistan, comments. “There is tremendous potential. Currently we are doing about 85 per cent average in a month.” The carrier will also venture into Beirut in the fourth quarter and restart Karachi (Pakistan) flights in 2013. Kenya eyes further expansion for India, including Mumbai. The cargo division has recorded positive financial figures on flights from Dubai to Africa. “We contributed US$37 million for 2011 and we are planning to do about $50 million [this year],” Joseph adds.

Kuehne + Nagel the leading global provider of innovative and fully integrated supply chain, has recently been awarded as runner up in the ‘International Freight Forwarder of the Year` category by the worldwide readers of STAT Times, has entered into an agreement to take over the specialised Australian freight forwarder Link Logistics International Pty. Ltd. The acquisition is in line with Kuehne + Nagel’s strategy to globally expand its activities in the field of perishables logistics.

Kerry Logistics is expanding its presence in Central China, building a new logistics center in Zhengzhou in Henan Province. Construction of the facility will begin in the second quarter of 2012 with a scheduled completion date in the first quarter of 2013. The logistics center will be built on 70,000 sq. m of land acquired by Kerry Logistics to further expand its logistics network across the fast growing economies of Central China.
Kerry Logistics won the award for Asian 3PL of the Year at the prestigious Supply Chain Asia Logistics Awards in Shanghai.
King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh for the first time hosted the brand new Boeing 747-8 Freighter .Luxembourg based cargo airline Cargolux operated flight CV7527 to Riyadh with the new larger model of the famous Boeing 747 aircraft.

Kerry Logistics’ Product Customization and Consolidation Centre (PC3) in Tai Po, Hong Kong is the first industrial building in Hong Kong to be HK-BEAM (Gold) certified. This purpose-built facility has also received LEED (Gold) certification, an internationally-recognized green building accreditation, as the design and construction of the building has incorporated green technology. With a total area of 25,700 square metres (or 277,000 square feet), PC3 is designed for international fashion and lifestyle brands, serving as a regional distribution centre where product kitting, packing/repacking, assembling, customisation and consolidation are centralised.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has reported that its October cargo traffic declined by 5.2 percent while capacity increased by 0.6 percentage point. The airline said the low capacity growth was due to strict control of the capacity in full freighters.
Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) plans to introduce a new levy which is set to raise the cost of doing business for cargo owners based on weight of consignment and set at 50 cents per kilogramme on goods above 5,000 kgs in addition to a standing minimum charge of Sh250 per airway bill or consignment on shipments through its facilities.

Kuehne + Nagel Group in the first nine months 2011 delivered stable results despite divergent economic conditions and slowing market growth. Net earnings improved by 1.1 per cent to CHF 454 million. At CHF 728 million the operational result (EBITDA) was 2.4 per cent below the figure of the previous year’s period. Turn over decreased by 3.8 per cent to CHF 14,598 million.
Kuehne + Nagel opens new distribution center in Cartagena .Located inside Cartagena’s Contecar port and built in just 12 months, the new logistics and distribution center provides 10,000 sqm warehouse space and 11,000 pallet positions at full capacity. The facility complies with strictest security and environmental requirements and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

Kerry Logistics has secured a contract with IKEA to provide a broad range of services in Thailand. Kerry Logistics will be responsible for a range of value-added services focused on label printing and labelling prior to dispatch to IKEA’s stores across Asia. More than 7,500 SKU of goods will be processed for labelling by Kerry Logistics.

Korean Air Lines Co, South Korea’s largest carrier, has announced the launch of regular cargo flights from Incheon International Airport to the city of Chengdu in southwest China’s Sichuan province. Korean Air planned to operate cargo flights every Wednesday and Friday to meet demand for such services in Chengdu which has emerged as production bases of many global information and technology firms, including Apple Inc and Dell Inc, according to the company.
Kenya Airways will kick off its dedicated cargo freighter business with a focus on West Africa and Asia routes. Company officials said they expect the first craft, a Boeing 747 freighter to touch down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) . The aircraft will be on wet-lease meaning Kenya Airways will be leasing it from another airline and will not brand it with its colours. Two other freighters will be arriving by the end of the year on dry leases.

Kuehne + Nagel has recently signed a three year contract with Celio Future Fashion Limited for the provision of domestic warehousing and distribution services in India. Celio, a leading French producer of men’s apparel, operates a joint venture enterprise with Future Venture India Limited.
Kenya and Angola have concluded and signed the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) paving way for Kenya Airways to expand its operations into the Southern Africa country. As a result of the BASA, Kenya will now operate up to 3 weekly frequencies to Angola. For All-cargo operations, Kenya Airways will enter into co-operative arrangements with TAAG- Angolan airlines later in the year when KQ acquires its first freighter B747. The BASA also allows Kenya Airways to operate its route schedule from Kenya to any points in Angola with a provision of operating to destinations beyond using Angola as an intermediate point. This provides the pride of Africa with an opportunity to fly to South America via Luanda. “The signing of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement between the two governments is in line with Kenya Airways growth strategy as it helps us in ensuring expansion of the Luanda route which we only started operating one year ago; but more importantly it gives us the impetus to set up operations for flights to South America in the next few years,” noted Kenya Airways CEO and Managing Director, Dr. Titus Naikuni.

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has announced that it has entered into an agreement to take over Amsterdam-based J. van de Put Fresh Cargo Handling, a Dutch handling agent for perishable goods, which will enable the logistics services provider to further enhance its global “fresh-to-door concept”. J. van de Put, a family owned business, is specialised in handling perishables airfreight cargo since it was founded in 1976. It is located at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Europe’s main platform for perishables cargo, and facilitates logistics and customs processes for import and export shipments.

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reported that its net earnings during the first half of 2011 improved by 11.0% (currency adjusted by 26.7%) to CHF 312 million (US$383.95 million). The operational result (EBITDA) increased by 5.7% (currency adjusted by 20.4%) to CHF 502 million, while turnover at CHF 9,786 million was slightly below previous year’s level due to negative currency effects.
Korean Air Cargo said it has launched a twice-weekly service to Zaragoza, Spain, which will cater to the textile, clothing and auto parts markets in the region. The flights mark the third new route launched by Korean Air Cargo this year.

Kuehne + Nagel topped global international forwarder figures in 2010, handling nearly 10 per cent of the world’s air and sea freight business by revenue, according to research group Transport Intelligence.Kuehne + Nagel reported US$21.3 billion in revenue in 2010, tipping German’s DHL Global Forwarding into second and DB Schenker Logistics third, with Panalpina fourth. Overall, European forwarders took six of the top 10 spots. Expeditors International of Washington, US, was the top US forwarder in fifth spot, followed by Sinotrans, CEVA Logistics, Agility, UPS Supply Chain Solutions and DSV. Overall, the top 10 forwarders controlled 44 per cent of the market.

Kuehne + Nagel has further strengthened its less-than-container-load (LCL) offerings with the introduction of 39 new services since June 2011.The additions follow Kuehne + Nagel’s latest launches of a series of LCL routes in April and September 2010 and complement its existing portfolio of 276 direct and 92 multinational gateway services.

Kuehne + Nagel has been one of Cameron’s preferred logistics suppliers for the last 15 years. The Kuehne + Nagel team has provided Cameron with a strong global Oil & Gas logistics footprint with skilled operational and customer support centers in North America, South America, Asia and Europe, ensuring its materials continue to flow to meet its demanding supply chain schedules.
Korean Airlines is seeking US Export-Import Bank financing for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters and is in the RFP (request for proposal) stage of the process, according to financing sources. JP Morgan is understood to be in the lead for the mandate, according to financing sources. The current list price for the 747-8 Freighter is USD 319m.

Kuehne + Nagel has opened a new facility in Esbjerg, Denmark, strengthening its presence in the Danish market and particularly in the oil and gas sector. As the largest North Sea port in Western Denmark, Esbjerg is a strategic location for the many supply vessels serving oil rigs in the area. The city also boasts two airports and excellent links to the Danish road network. In addition to offering air, sea and road logistics services, the new facility will provide supply chain management, project logistics and rig and maritime support as part of the Kuehne + Nagel Oil & Gas.

Korian Airlines & Asiana Airlines mainly handle the air cargo traffic of South Korea which declined in April from a year earlier due to slowing outbound shipments, the transportation ministry said. South Korea’s air cargo shipments came to about 290,000 tons recently, down 3.3 percent from the same month a year earlier, according to the ministry.
Kuehne + Nagel Group had recovered its growth momentum only twelve months after the severest economic crisis in decades. The company’s strategy had proven effective and led to a record result in 2010. The Chairman also expressed confidence in the continuing positive development of business and results in 2011. This is based on the Kuehne + Nagel Group’s ability to maximise business opportunities worldwide, thanks to its comprehensive product portfolio and its ability to operate quickly, flexibly and efficiently, even in a volatile and difficult environment. Karl Gernandt, Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, outlined the strategic cornerstones of the growth initiative, which had been developed under his leadership and that will run into 2014. Its primary goal – sustained increase of the value of the company – will be generated through increased customer focus, integrated logistics solutions, efficiency and IT leadership.

Kuehne+Nagel celebrated being named Rolls-Royce (RR) “Supplier of the Year 2010” at UBM Aviation’s Airline Purchasing and Maintenance Expo in London. Kuehne+Nagel has supported the engine manufacturer’s supply chain requirements since 2004, with dedicated teams working in-house within Rolls-Royce across the UK, Scandinavia, Germany, the US & Singapore.

Kenya Airway’s cargo volumes in the first quarter. The airline saw volumes up 5.2 per cent at 14,326 tonnes. This positive trend looks to continue when the airline acquires its first freighter in September. The 737-300 aircraft, to be acquired on a lease agreement, has a capacity of 19 tonnes per trip, and will serve the growing demand on the Africa and Asia routes. The airline, which is 26 per cent owned by France-KLM, increased destinations in 2010 to Juba (Southern Sudan), Luanda (Angola), Malindi (Kenya), Muscat (Oman), Nampula (Mozambique) and Rome (Italy).Korean Air Lines,has seen first quarter profits fall by over US$100 million against January-March 2010 figures. High fuel prices and the disruption caused by natural disasters in Japan have translated into the 41 per cent dive. The airline posted 163 billion Korean won ($152 million) in consolidated operating profit down from 277 billion ($258 million) won a year earlier, as fuel costs soared by 30 per cent. Net profit, however, jumped 50 per cent to 282 billion won ($262.6 million), thanks to currency gains from a stronger won.Kale Logistics Solutions Pvt. Ltd.,announced that it has been awarded “Best SCM IT Solutions Provider” at the India SCM & Logistics Summit & Awards 2011 The award was presented by Shri K. Mohandas, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Government of India. The award was conferred as a part of Gateway Media Awards of Excellence: SCM & Logistics 2011. The award is aimed at recognizing and felicitating industry leaders and outstanding performers in the supply chain and logistics segment. Kale received the award for its significant success in increasing service levels and supply chain visibility, reducing costs, and minimizing lead times for its customers. Mr. Sumeet Nadkar, CEO & Managing Director, received the award on behalf of Kale Logistics.Kuehne + Nagelare now sending air waybill (FWB) and house air waybill (FZB) messages to Air Canada, using standards defined by the IATA XML Working Group. The messages are live data, and are being sent alongside their Cargo-IMP equivalents. Once the XML messages have been validated, they will replace the EDI ones. The service is supported by Unisys, whose Logistics Management System (LMS) has been sending and receiving XML messages since 2002. Like Air Canada and other LMS users, Unisys is very active in the IATA Working Group that designed the new XML standards.Kuehne + Nagel, which has acted as lead logistics provider for Airbus in Europe since 2008, has unveiled a new 18,000m2 logistics hub for the manufacturer in Montoir-de-Bretagne, Western France. The facility is designed to handle the production logistics of the Airbus manufacturing plants in Nantes and Saint-Nazaire. Processes carried out at the site will include: ordering, inbound flow management, quality inspections, warehousing, order preparation and parts delivery. Kuehne + Nagel will also handle kitting, cutting to size and parts handling inside and between Airbus facilities. The new hub is part of a network of six regional hubs with a total coverage of 150,000m2.

Kenya Airways will bid farewell to its reliance on belly capacity for cargo operations when it acquires it first freighter in September. The 737-300 aircraft, to be acquired on a lease agreement with a capacity of 19 tonnes per trip, will serve growing demand on the Africa and Asia routes. “There has been growth in cargo to and from the Asian routes and new commodities like meat headed for the Middle East,” Sauda Rajab, General Manager for Kenya Airways Cargo, said.

Korean Air has ordered two new 747-8 Freighters in a deal valued at $639m at list prices. The airline is also a Boeing customer for the 747-8 Intercontinental and is a partner on the 747-8 programme.

Kenya Airways Cargo has completed the installation of an electronic cargo monitoring system. Kenya Airways will only be the 2nd airline in Africa to achieve this. Known as E-Freight, the new system is billed as the answer to cargo operational efficacy in a bid to reduce costs, improve transit times, accuracy and the competitiveness of airfreight.Kenya Airways Cargoreceived the award for being the runner up of “STAT Times African Cargo Airline of the year”. Des Vertannes, the Head of Cargo at IATA presented the award to Sauda Rajab- Manager-cargo, Kenya Airways.
Kenya Airways has acquired its first ever cargo freighter and plans to increase its fleet, says Managing Director Dr Titus Naikuni. Dr Naikuni said the airline which operates daily flights to Lusaka will have the cargo freighter in service in the first week of April. He said the airline had noted rising demand for cargo services from customers and was keen to support the growth in intra-Africa cargo growth.Kuehne + Nagelhas announced that it has entered into an agreement to take over the two Colombian companies Translago S.A.S. and Agencia de Aduanas Excelsia Ltda. as well as Mastertransport SA, Ecuador, all of which are specialised in perishables logistics activities. Through these acquisitions, Kuehne + Nagel gains access to two of South America’s key perishables export markets, and, at the same time, considerably strengthens its position in the regional airfreight markets. Kuehne + Nagel will significantly expand its European overland network and by 2014 the number of scheduled international lines will have increased from 300 to 500 with departure frequency doubling to 2,000 per week.Kenya Airways has signed a cash handling partnership with the National Bank of Kenya, making it easier for cargo customers to pay freight, duty and handling charges at one stop shop. The partnership signed between the Africa Cargo Handling Ltd, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kenya Airways and the bank, will see the airline’s cargo customers pay their freight and handling charges at National Bank branches within the cargo facilities at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.Kerry Logistics has opened the first phase of its Product Customisation & Consolidation Centre (PC3) in Tai Po Industrial Estate, Hong Kong. The new 257,000 sq.ft facility will target leading fashion and retail brands.In line with Kerry’s aim to support greener supply chains, the purpose-built facility has incorporated green technology into the design and construction.As demand grows for green logistics solutions, Hong Kong-based Kerry Logistics is focused on reducing carbon emissions and ultimately the carbon footprint for products processed through the facility, supporting its customers’ own green product targets.Following a phased opening during 2010, the PC3 facility will be fully operational in February 2011.
Kerry Logistics won another two honours at the Hong Kong RFID Awards 2010 in Hong Kong for its Kerrier RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) solution – the Silver Award for the Best EPC (Electronic Product Code)/RFID Implementation and the Bronze Award for the Most Innovative Use of EPC/RFID. The Hong Kong RFID Awards aim to bring recognition to pioneering enterprises, which have successfully brought EPC/RFID technologies into their business operations.
Kuehne + Nagel has opened a new facility in the Barcelona logistics area “ZAL”. The new 16,000 sq m logistics platform features 54 loading and unloading bays and the site employs 180 professionals.Kerry Logisticshas received the Wine Storage Management Systems Certificate from Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (HKQAA) – a quality award for our excellence in wine storage management. The company has 29 years experience in wine storage and delivery and has been working with Hong Kong’s top two wine traders for eight years. The SAR government abolished the import duty on wines in 2008, which has resulted in a boom in the import/export and auctioning of wine in the territory. The value of the wine business is expected to increase to HK$4.64 bn by 2013.

Korean Air Aerospace presented its first cargo door prototype for the A350XWB. The aerospace manufacturing division of Korean Air Group is responsible for three doors of the future long-haul twinjet. The company is a subcontractor to the EADS subsidiary Eurocopter, which is to supply all passenger, service and cargo doors for the aircraft.

Korean Air reported a record quarterly operating profit powered by a boom in air cargo demand and consumer appetite for international travel. South Korea’s No 1 airline expects its earnings to peak in the third quarter on a firmer won and with passenger demand showing no signs of slowing down.

Kale Consultants Ltd, announced that Vietnam Airlines has selected Kale’s REVERA® and AMBER® solutions for its passenger & cargo revenue accounting requirements respectively. The airline will deploy these solutions on licensed basis. In current competitive times, airlines are continuously seeking various means of reducing operating costs and improving efficiencies.

Kuehne + Nagel opens a new state-of-the-art facility near the Colombian capital city to expand its integrated supply chain management solutions in the area. Located seven kilometres from Bogota, the Siberia’s industrial complex includes an industrial park, a “dry port” as well as business and logistics centres. The location has access to the main highways connecting major cities such as Medellin and Cali as well as the seaports of Cartagena on the Atlantic and Buenaventura on the Pacific coast and lies on direct route to Bogota’s main international airport.

Kale Consultants, expects the demand for Logistics IT solutions to grow in the coming year. With the rapidly growing economy producing an impressive market for logistics services, logistics service providers are feeling the need for best-of-breed solutions which can fulfill the criteria of efficiency, scalability, visibility and consistency. This, in turn, will enable the service providers to fulfill customer requirements of ‘MORE services at LESS cost’. The positive industry outlook is further strengthened by the results of Kale’s research study ‘Technology survey for the Indian Logistics Industry – 2009’ which points out that the technology adoption in the logistics industry is expected to grow by about 20% in 2010, compared to last year.

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Lufthansa Cargo had decided that an MD-11 freighter in its fleet will in future keep the name “Namaste India” (Greeting to India) on flights in the carrier’s global network. “Namaste India” is the eighth Lufthansa Cargo aircraft to be renamed in the last few months based on the winning idea of an open creative competition organised by Lufthansa Cargo to rename their entire fleet in 2013.

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raised its operating profit to €100 million last year, compared to €79 million in 2013, despite a decline in traffic, according to annual figures published by the German aviation group. The performance constrasts sharply with that of major rival Air France Cargo which posted a 2014 operating loss of €212 million, reduced to €188 million when the impact of a pilots’ strike was taken into account.

London Heathrow has installed the most powerful cargo X-ray scanner available. The new Astrophysics XIS-1818DV is a state-of-the-art dual view machine with a 180x180cm tunnel aperture. Its powerful 320kv generator enables it to penetrate up to 80mm thick steel – almost double the capability of most machines currently in use.

Lufthansa Cargo had managed to maintain its average load factor levels in 2014 amid tough competition. Full-year 2014 tonnages carried globally were down 2.7 percent, year on year, to around 1.7 million tonnes, with traffic ex-Europe particularly hit by the continued double-digit expansion of cargo capacity by competitor airlines from the Middle East.

LAN CARGO has launched a weekly B777 freighter service between Schiphol and Guarulhos, Brazil. A major target for the new service is pharma traffic. The new service operates on Mondays, and routes Amsterdam – Basel – Guarulhos (Sao Paulo) – Buenos Aires – Santiago de Chile. In addition to pharmaceutical traffic from Schiphol, LAN will also use the flights to attract cargo from southern Germany, southeast France, northern Italy and Austria.

London Heathrow Airport saw a 5.3 percent growth in cargo volumes in full year 2014 to 1.5m tonnes, ending with a final freight flourish. In December, cargo volumes at the number one UK freight hub rose 6.2 percent overall, including increases of 33.5 percent to Mexico, 29.4 percent to Brazil, 15 percent to Turkey and 11.2 percent to India.Lufthansa Cargo carried 1.7m tonnes of freight and mail in 2014, a year-on-year decline of 2.7 percent, although the leading German carrier maintained its capacity utilisation with a cargo load factor of 69.7 percent. Faced by tough competition, the cargo airline focused on a flexible and demand-driven management of its capacities with the aim of boosting yields.

Lufthansa cargo is celebrating two decades as an independent business after Deusche Lufthansa AG pooled its cargo activities into a separate company
LAN CARGO inaugurated its first and only cargo operation between the city of Basel in Switzerland and South America. The principal objective will be to increase the cargo transport offering from the region, primarily for the pharmaceutical sector.The cargo operation will fly every Monday on a Boeing 777F aircraft and its itinerary will be Amsterdam – Basel – Guarulhos (Sao Paulo) – Buenos Aires – Santiago de Chile.
Lufthansa Cargo’s transport figures remained flat in the first nine months of 2014, compared with a slight uptick in worldwide airfreight demand. Freight and mail volumes at the German carrier fell 3.2 percent to 1.2 million tonnes. The freight arm did not meet the expectations anticipated at the beginning of the year. The company continues to align its capacity strictly with the load factor, in order to stabilise income.
LAN Cargo has launched a weekly B777 freighter between Switzerland and Latin America, aimed at the pharmaceuticals sector. The cargo division of LATAM Airlines Group said that the B777F will depart every Monday on an Amsterdam–Basel–Guarulhos (Sao Paulo)–Buenos Aires– Santiago de Chile routing, extending an existing freighter service out of Schiphol in the Netherlands.
Lufthansa Cargo’s aircraft took to the skies with well-utilised capacities in the first nine months of 2014. Although the market environment remained challenging in the third quarter, a flexible and demand-focused capacity management generated a cargo load factor of just over 69 per cent – an excellent result for the sector. Freight and mail throughput showed a year-on-year decline of 3.2 per cent.
Lufthansa cargo has developed the 500-gram iPad into a new “Electronic Flight Bag” (EFB). In the future, the EFB, with navigation maps, operating manuals and other important documents will be just a finger-swipe away.“The iPad is the ideal basis for modern communication with the pilots and digital processes in the cockpit,” commented Wolfgang Raebiger, Director of Flight Operations at Lufthansa Cargo.
Lufthansa Cargo stations in Milano – Segrate (SWK) and Malpensa (MXP) are ready for e-AWB Single Process so (LH) customers can deliver their freight paperless at both airports and replace their master air way bill (MAWB) with the electronic air waybill (e-AWB).
Lufthansa’s cargo airline has developed the 500-gram iPad into a new “Electronic Flight Bag” (EFB). In future, the EFB, with navigation maps, operating manuals and other important documents will be just a finger-swipe away.
Lufthansa Cargo and ANA will launch a strategic air cargo joint venture on routes between Japan and Europe and vice versa. This is the first worldwide cargo joint venture of its kind. ANA has received antitrust immunity, i. e. approval for the joint venture from the Japanese Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport.

Lufthansa Cargo is further integrating Lagos into its own network through twice-weekly freighter flights. Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 freighter will take off from Frankfurt for the Nigerian city every Monday and Thursday.LATAM Airlines reported that cargo traffic decreased in August. Traffic dropped by 1.9 percent year over year as capacity decreased 5.6 percent. As a consequence, the cargo load factor increased 2.2 points to 59 percent. The decrease in cargo capacity is a result of a reduced freighter operation in addition to decreased availability in the bellies of passenger aircraft. Cargo traffic decrease was driven by weaker imports into Latin America.

LATAM Airlines group’s airfreight traffic decreased 0.4 per cent, as capacity fell 5.3 per cent. As a consequence, the cargo load factor increased 2.8 points to 57.4 percent.
Leipzig/Halle and Kansai Airports discuss security processes for international air freight. The strategic partnership between Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG and New Kansai International Airport Company (Japan) is taking shape.
London Heathrow Cargo volume increased 4.1 percent to 726,469 tonnes in the first six months of 2014, with “notable increases” on routes serving China, Japan, Brazil and the US. Airport management at the UK’s largest hub said that 35.1 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in half year, a 1.9 percent growth driven mainly by intercontinental traffic.
Lufthansa Cargo greets Japan with “Konnichiwa”. An MD-11 freighter in the Lufthansa Cargo fleet will in future be bearing the name “Konnichiwa Japan” (Good Day Japan) on flights in the carrier’s global network.
Lufthansa Cargo transported 65 horses and 22 mobile stalls in one aircraft from Frankfurt to Iranian capital Tehran by using Boeing 777F.
Lufthansa Cargo, giving due consideration to the signs of recovery noted in the air cargo market, flew fuller planes in the first three months of 2014. The cargo airline, owing to a disciplined capacity management, registered an increase in capacity of sales to nearly 72 per cent which is considered as an exceptional result compared to the rest of the market.
Lufthansa Cargo’s capacity management remains flexible and demand-driven. Having increased its capacities by 1.6 per cent, it was able to achieve a sell-out in the first quarter of 2014. With 399,000 tonnes of transported freight and mail, its tonnage remained on par with the previous year’s figure.
Lufthansa Cargo, Europe’s leading cargo carrier, has been conferred with the “Platinum Award” at the “Air Cargo Excellence Awards” that coincided with the World Cargo Symposium 2014 held at Los Angels. In addition, the cargo carrier was conferred with the 2013 “Award of Excellence” by the US based global logistics group Expeditors International . The cargo carrier’s ambitious ‘Lufthansa Cargo 2020” is reaping rich rewards. “The two awards are not only a great tribute to all the staff at Lufthansa Cargo, they also spur and commit us not relax our drive in pursuit of constant quality improvement and new, innovative products ” observed Dr. Andreas Otto, Lufthansa Cargo Board Member Product and Sales. “With the numerous projects initiated in its ongoing “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” future programme, the Company is ostensibly right on course to convince its customers and cement their loyalty.” he added.
Lufthansa Cargo’s customers will be able to get profit in future from the cooperation between the cargo carrier and the Cool Chain Group (CCG). The two companies will cooperate on direct delivery to the recipient’s doorstep of perishables, such as flowers, fruit or vegetables, as well as collaborate in the ongoing development of To-Door services. Lufthansa Cargo has been offering such services with its Fresh To-Door product for the past 15 years. In future, direct deliveries to customers will be on offer at a total of 36 European destinations in the Lufthansa Cargo network.
Lufthansa Cargo, which is one of Europe’s leading cargo airline, has announced that it had increased its capacity utilization during 2013. The capacity was increased during 2013 in terms of its cargo load factor by undertaking transportation of 1.7 million tonnes of cargo and mail, thereby registering a record tonnage of 69.9 percent that almost equalled the previous year’s record.
Liege Airport announced that despite the continued adverse affect by the global economic situation on air transport during 2013, it had a mixed year that fell into two halves. The first period that ran from January to June and confirmed the trends observed in 2012 with a fall in the volumes passing through the airport’s facility. From July 2013, for the first time in 18 months, volumes started increasing and the improvement continued through the rest of the year.
Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany has set a record in freight volumes for the ninth time in a row by handling 887,101 tonnes of freight in 2013 thereby registering an increase of 2.7 percent. Leipzig/Halle airport is one of the subsidiaries of Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding which is the parent brand of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG. The group with 1,010 employees had handled 887,281 tonnes of freight in 2013.
Luxair Group’s board of directors authorised the transfer of 8.41 percent of its holdings in Cargolux to the Luxembourg government, thus reducing the holdings to 35.01 percent. In addition, the board of directors has also decided to contribute to increasing Cargolux’s capital in the future. Luxair Group has therefore expressed its resolute wish to support the growth and the development of activities of Cargolux, a national flagship and international benchmark in freight services. Cargolux also retains its position as the main customer of Luxair Cargo.
Lufthansa Cargo’s customers will be able to keep themselves informed of the location of their shipment. Through the use of GSM transponders, the customers of Lufthansa will now be able to check online to locate the position of their consignment is at all times. With this service, Lufthansa Cargo is offering its customers maximum transparency and precise, real-time consignment tracking. The tracking devices have been specifically designed for use on board aircraft and are the first officially certified consignment trackers. The transmitters will switch off automatically during flight. Customers will find it very simple to use the trackers.
Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in the U.S. signed a cooperation arrangement to work more closely in the international airfreight market. In accordance with the arrangement, both the parties would be continually exchanging experiences and expertise. In addition, the arrangement also foresees an initiative for joint marketing operations. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Leipzig/Halle Airport both see themselves as important airfreight hubs and areas for attracting new business. Two of the three largest DHL Express hubs are based at these airports, and Leipzig/Halle is Germany’s second-largest air cargo hub.
Lufthansa Cargo, 41 years after the maiden flight of the legendary jumbo freighter anywhere in the world, is again heralding a new era of flying with a flight to New York. Lufthansa Cargo has ordered a total of five brand new freighters from US aircraft manufacturer Boeing (with a list price of USD 270 million per plane). With this major investment, Lufthansa Cargo is focusing on growth and the modernisation of its fleet. The airline devised a comprehensive future programme two years ago with the “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” strategy. Some of the strategic projects are already in the implementation stage. Besides the modernisation of the freighter fleet, EUR 100 million is also being invested in new IT systems.
Lufthansa Cargo has reached another milestone on the route to paperless air freight. As of now, security data can be transferred electronically for shipments from Germany. The electronic Consignment Security Declaration (eCSD) has been officially recognised by the German Federal Aviation Office for transport from Germany. The aim of introducing the eCSD is to provide evidence in electronic format that suitable measures have been applied to avoid risks in the transport of air freight and air mail. This contains information on how, when and by whom, among other things, a consignment has been secured.
Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 wide-body jet has delivered 25 tonnes of emergency aid to the capital of the Philippines on 10 November 2013. Flight LH 9922 was loaded with 5,400 fleece blankets, 3,000 plastic tarpaulins and tents as well as urgently needed medical supplies to speed first aid to the stricken area devastated by the super typhoon in the Philippines. The emergency initiative was coordinated by the BBK joint information centre.
Lufthansa Cargo remained in the black in the first nine months of the year despite losing €18 million in the third quarter. The German carrier posted a net income of €43 million from its business between January and September as compared to €67 million in the same period a year earlier. A 10.7% fall in revenue had been the main reason for the loss-making performance in Q3. “Cargo volumes were slightly down on last year in the first three quarters of 2013 but average yield fell sharply. Lufthansa Cargo is still generating a profit, however, thanks to flexible capacity management,” indicated a statement issued by the Group.
Lufthansa Cargo has taken delivery of its first Beoing 777F Freighter plane from Boeing. Lufthansa Cargo’s original plan to unveil the plane at a ceremony on Nov. 1 had to postpone the event because of the repairs. Lufthansa Cargo intimated through a statement that the brand new plane will be flown from Everett/Washington to Frankfurt. During the initially planned handover which was scheduled on Oct. 29, it was determined that the slats on the left wing needed to be fixed. The slats on the wings are used to give more lift to a plane at slower speeds

Liege Airport was awarded with the ‘Airport of the Year Award 2013’ by the ‘Payload Asia’. This international award is indicative of the successful strategy of Liege Airport and also confirms its leading position in Europe. The implementation of the unique business strategy has led to a remarkable growth in the last 10 years becoming Europe’s biggest full cargo airport. Liege Airport, serves both as an intercontinental connection point linking Europe with Africa, the USA, The Middle East and the Asia Pacific region and as a regional logistics cluster based in the heart of Europe. Lufthansa will be growing its service in the expanding Latin America market, commending with its winter 2013 schedule. The cargo airline added the Peruvian capital Lima to its global route network on 27 October. Its new service to Lima will be twice-weekly with MD-11 freighters. The return journey to Frankfurt will include stops in Quito, Ecuador, and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Peru’s strong economic development is boosted by numerous free trade agreements, also with the European Union, that became effective in March this year. Lufthansa Cargo has selected North America to usher in its new era using the Boeing 777 freighter. Atlanta, Chicago and New York are the three destinations scheduled for ‘777-treatment’ from November this year, a statement from Germany’s largest freight airline reveals. LAN CARGO, in order to anticipate the needs of customers and simplify their experience, is launching a new smartphone application that will allow all the airline’s customers to monitor the status of their shipments with their mobile phone, 24 hours a day, from any location. LAN CARGO mobile is the name of the new application specifically designed to facilitate real-time information from anywhere with direct access through a cell phone. To use this new service, the user will only be required to download the LAN CARGO app on a smartphone and enter the air waybill number. Leipzig-Halle Airport has announced that it handled just over 438,274 tonnes of cargo in the first half of 2013, registering an increase of 3.8% over the same period last year. Germany´s second largest freight hub , just behind Frankfurt Main, said the performance was “far above” that of German airports as a whole in the first six months of the year, which recorded a slight decline in volumes. Lufthansa’s logistics division, whose major component is Lufthansa Cargo, has posted a first-half year operating income of €61 million recording an increase of over 27% on the same period during last year. The improved result was achieved despite a 9.9% decrease in the cargo carrier’s revenue to just over €1.2 billion, and a 3.5% dip in freight and mail traffic to 839,000 tonnes. “The first half of 2013 was characterized by continuing restrained demand on global freight markets,” intimated the German airline group. Lambert St Louis International Airport (STL), with a new drive for cargo charter traffic, is stepping up its efforts to increase freight and logistics activity on and around the airport. STL which has been concentrating its marketing on scheduled freighter services has now decided to increase its efforts to win charter business as well, and also taking steps to position itself as the ideal cargo charter airport for the US mid West. STL is making itself more “charter-friendly” by increasing the amount of charter-related information on its website. The website also features details of local ancillary service providers such as cargo handlers, freight forwarders, customs brokers and specialist equipment operators. These are aimed towards simplification of the flight planning process for charter brokers and operators. Lufthansa Cargo has considerably decelerated the decline in tonnage in the second quarter of the year. The company transported 0.8 per cent less cargo and mail in June than as compared to same month in 2012. There was a 3.5% decline for the first half of 2013 as a whole. In a challenging environment with weak demand and overcapacities in important air freight markets, Lufthansa Cargo has succeeded in bucking the overall market trend by increasing the capacity utilisation of its aircraft to a high level of 70.0 per cent. This achievement is considered to have been made possible by flexible, demand oriented capacity management.

Lufthansa Cargo flew the Red Bull “Stratos” space capsule from Los Angeles to Frankfurt. In October 2012, Austrian extreme sport legend Felix Baumgartner jumped out of this very capsule from a height of almost 128,000 feet. In collaboration with the “Schaefer Trans Inc.” transportation company, the flying machine was moved on a flat-bed trailer from the facility of the “Sage Cheshire Aerospace” manufacturer in the Californian desert to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The 1.45-tonne capsule was then reloaded onto a Boeing 777F of AeroLogic, a joint venture between Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Express. Lufthansa Cargo is reportedly reviewing its expansion plans .The air freight division of Deutsche Lufthansa is examining its fleet expansion plans in the face of uncertainty over the prospects for economic recovery in Europe and could mothball some of its older aircraft. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht , Lufthansa Cargo Board Member intimated that an initial plan to keep all of its existing fleet despite having ordered five new planes has not been changed. The business placed an order for five new Boeing 777 aircraft two years ago and also had options for five more. Delivery is expected to begin in the European autumn. If the economy remains sluggish, some of the oldest planes in Lufthansa Cargo’s existing fleet of 18 MD-11 aircraft could be withdrawn from service and replaced by the new planes, Rupprecht added. Lufthansa Cargo’s forecast for a 2-3 percent increase in cargo capacity remains unchanged. Lufthansa Cargo is launching a competition for ideas on naming aircraft in the fleet. Passenger aircraft at Lufthansa have for years been flying the globe with the names of cities or federal states in Germany emblazoned on their fuselage. From autumn 2013, all the aircraft in the fleet of the Lufthansa subsidiary will be named as well, but in a different way. In an open and international competition, the cargo carrier is inviting people across the globe to suggest aircraft naming suiting their own personal preference. Lufthansa Cargo honoured DHL Cargo airline presenting “Planet Award of Excellence” in recognition of outstanding cooperation. The logistics group DHL has received the “Planet Award of Excellence” for the first time. Lufthansa Cargo, Germany’s largest cargo airline, traditionally awards the accolade for outstanding cooperation with its most important customers. LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates announced the purchase of 3,517 ultra-light Kevlar containers from Nordisk Aviation Products. These modern containers will replace all of those currently used in the company’s cargo operations as well as those of LAN CARGO and its affiliates, MasAir, LAN CARGO Colombia and TAM Cargo. These air containers make it possible to transport large cargo volumes in a single unit, as well as helping to mobilize different types of cargo more rapidly, efficiently, and with greater security and control. The material used to manufacture the containers – Kevlar – has many advantageous properties, including high impact resistance and excellent stability when exposed to extreme temperatures. Kevlar is 5 times stronger than the same amount of steel by weight, providing an ideal combination of ultra-lightness and strength. The Kevlar containers are 30% lighter than the current aluminum containers, and are made of the same material used to manufacture bulletproof vests as well as other products such as underwater cables and space vehicles, and in military applications, including the aeronautical industry. Lufthansa Cargo, has again been voted Europe’s Best Cargo carrier for at the Cargo Airline of the Year Awards. The customers in the airfreight industry, who were questioned in the ballot, thereby confirmed their high regard for Germany’s biggest freight airline. The British Air Cargo Media Group has conferred the prestigious award for 30 years. “This renewed distinction bears out the constant high quality which we offer to our customers,” noted Thomas Egenolf, Director Italy, Malta, UK & Ireland, who accepted the award at the presentation ceremony in London. Lufthansa Cargo signed an agreement with IATA enabling electronic Air Waybills to be used significantly easier and more efficiently in future. Paperless airfreight is set to become more convenient especially for customers of Lufthansa Cargo. Following the new IATA multilateral electronic air waybill standard, forwarders need to sign only one agreement with IATA to gain acceptance from multiple carriers for their eAWB. All signatory airlines are then automatically included in the accord. The agreement spells out clear rules on the usage of the eAWB and renders complex bilateral eAWB agreements on legal aspects and interfaces between carriers and freight forwarders unnecessary. LUG aircargo handling has added Rossiya Russian Airlines to its Munich customer portfolio effective June 1. LUG is one of the most innovative, independent ground service companies in Germany that has operated at Frankfurt/Main airport for more than 40 years and is also one of the leading GHA in Munich. Rossiya has been a customer of LUG at Frankfurt/Main airport since July 2012.The Russian passenger airline based in St. Petersburg operates, depnending on the season, three to seven flights per week with aircraft from the Airbus A320 family between St. Petersburg and Munich. Leisure Cargo has designated Fraport Cargo Services GmbH (FCS) as their future cargo handling agent in Frankfurt and has signed a long-term cargo handling agreement. FCS will be in charge of the cargo handling for the subsidiary of Air Berlin. Lufthansa Cargo, which is driving digital communications energetically forward, would present the award-winning customer magazine “planet” in new app format. In the new app of its “planet” customer magazine, Germany’s biggest cargo carrier is offering more multimedia content than ever before. With emotional videos, intriguing reportage photos and interactive infographics, Lufthansa Cargo is presenting airfreight in a particularly vivid form. The latest issue of the magazine focuses on the tighter security regulations in the airfreight industry, which come into force in Europe on 29 April, and which confront the logistics industry with immense challenges. Alongside the print magazine, the new app for mobile devices is assuming growing importance.

Lufthansa Cargo is laying on new MD-11 freighter services to Guadalajara in Mexico. The cargo airline will then be connecting the metropolis in the Mexican highlands with the Frankfurt hub. The twice-weekly flights ex Frankfurt are routed via Chicago and Mexico City and will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The return flights with a stopover in the USA are on Thursdays and Sundays. In the summer flight schedule beginning on 31 March, Lufthansa Cargo is offering connections to 317 destinations in 106 countries. A total of 48 cities, mostly in Asia, will be served with freighter flights. In Asia Lufthansa Cargo will be offering freighter connections to 25 destinations. Eight cities in North America will be served by freighters and nine in Latin America. Included in the Lufthansa Cargo timetable are also four freighter destinations in Africa. Lufthansa Cargo AG has underlined its leading role in the global air freight industry with an operating profit of 104 million euros,. Chairman and CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt presented healthy results for the 2012 business year in Frankfurt and noted the significant progress made by the cargo carrier with its “Lufthansa Cargo 2020” future programme. The innovative thrust of the airline will be singularly evidenced by delivery of two brand-new Boeing 777 freighters in autumn. The cargo carrier is anticipating a rise in profits in 2013. Logwin, a leading global provider of air and ocean freight and logistics services, has opened a new multi-user warehouse in Sydney, Australia offering a comprehensive range of logistics services. The new warehouse will enable Logwin to provide seamless supply chain services to a broad range of industries including retail, FMCG and fashion across Australia. Luxembourg said it had taken back a stake in freight carrier Cargolux from Qatar Airways with the intention of selling it on soon. Luxembourg has sold the 35 percent stake to Qatar Airways last year, and bought it back for the original sale price of USD$117.5 million. Qatar Airways decided to pull out after failing to agree on a strategy for the airline during meetings in November. Lufthansa Cargo AG expects the European air freight market to grow by 2-3 percent next year as the world economy recovers from a slowdown, Management Board Member for Sales, Andreas Otto said. He said in Germany alone, the market was also forecast to grow by 2-3 percent. Lufthansa Cargo’s capacity for the first quarter of 2013 would be unchanged from the current level.”In the first quarter we will then assess the situation,” on whether to expand capacity, he added.

Liege Airport, the largest cargo airport in Belgium and the seventh cargo airport in Europe, is the latest to join hands with “Air Cargo Africa 2013” as its “Gold Sponsor”. Liege Airport has taken up the Gold Sponsorship of the second edition of the biennial event which is scheduled to take place at Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention Resort, Johannesburg from 20 to 22 February 2013. Commenting on their decision to take up the Gold Sponsorship, Steven Verhasselt, Business Development Manager, Asia Office, Liege Airport says, “by joining AIR CARGO AFRICA as a gold sponsor, Liege Airport wants to confirm its commitment to the African market.

Lufthansa Cargo has been conferred with one of the 2012 internationally renowned ÖkoGlobe awards for ecological innovations in recognition of its development and use of lightweight containers. The cargo airline won third place in the mobility platform and logistics structure category after Volkswagen and Deutsche Post. In cooperation with its Jettainer subsidiary, Lufthansa Cargo has initiated a large-scale replacement programme involving the use of around 5,000 lightweight containers made from composite material in the next few years. The new-type containers, 13 kilos lighter than conventional aluminium containers, appreciably lower the fuel burn of aircraft and their CO2 emissions.

Lufthansa Cargo, during this winter, will offer flights to 300 destinations in 97 countries. The most important addition to the schedule is the new service to Tel Aviv, which will connect the city to the cargo airline’s global route network for the first time. Israel’s commercial and financial centre will then be served four times a week with Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 freighters, including three times via Istanbul. Additionally, Lufthansa Cargo is also expanding its services from Egypt. Freighter flights from Cairo to Frankfurt, which were reinstated in March of this year, will be continued in the winter schedule. Frequencies of the flights on this route will be increased to three flights per week. The Frankfurt-Cairo route will be operated once in a week via Istanbul by an MD-11 freighter.

Lufthansa Cargo, continues to transport almost 70% of load factor worldwide. In Asia, it handles almost 90%n of the total cargo. “The recession in Europe and the stagnation in US has impacted us, and in Asia, cargo volumes are down some 10%,” said Helge Kreuger-Lorenzen, Vice President for Asia-Pacific Operations, Lufthansa Cargo. “But we have been constantly adjusting capacity down since 2010, and as a result, now enjoy chargeable load factors of 80 to 90% in Asia.” to remain one of the most profitable air-freight carriers in a weak global market” he added.
Lufthansa Cargo will operate its first all-freighter service to Israel during this winter. Europe’s leading cargo carrier will connect Israel’s second-largest city, Tel Aviv, with its Frankfurt hub.

Lufthansa Cargo has been expanding its social media presence. With its own You Tube channel, facebook platform and website, the Lufthansa Cargo has expanded its social media presence. In just ten months since its launch, more than 14,000 facebook users have ticked the thumbs-up like-it button to indicate their approval of the Lufthansa Cargo website. With this facebook success, Germany’s biggest air cargo carrier has not only chalked up three times as many fans as employees but also come up with one of the strongest growing facebook platforms in the B2B domain (www.facebook.com/lufthansacargoag). Spurred by that success, the Company is expanding its social media presence with its own YouTube channel. Lufthansa Cargo is launched its new video channel on 1 October 2012 (www.youtube.com/lhcargoag).

Lufthansa has announced plans to build a modern logistics centre at Frankfurt Airport. The Lufthansa Group Supervisory Board approved the investment in the necessary infrastructure for Lufthansa’s cargo business. The building, which will replace the existing over 30-year-old Lufthansa Cargo Center, is expected to be operational by 2018.

Logwin, a leading logistics services provider, has opened a new sales office in Ahmedabad, the largest city of Gujarat State in western India. “The new sales office will mean that we can build our customer base in this economically vibrant city. We have the in-country expertise across a range of industries to deliver world class logistics services locally,” said Vijay Nair, Country Director of Logwin in India.
Lufthansa Cargo aims to stimulate innovation through open ideas competitions. The Lufthansa subsidiary is now launching the second round of its Open Innovation Challenge, and is the first cargo airline worldwide to do so. Over the coming weeks, innovative, forward-looking customer service solutions will be developed on the online portal www.innovation.lufthansa-cargo.com, which has been set up especially for the competition.

Lufthansa informed that its July freight volumes continued to fall owing to night flight ban at its Frankfurt hub and slowing economies. The volume of cargo and mail it transported in July fell 10.5 percent less as compared to the same period a year ago as it continued to slash capacity to stay profitable in a weak global air cargo market. The decline, to 144,000 metric tons, followed a 9.2 percent drop in first half traffic to 864,000 tons that was driven by sharply lower shipments on its core Americas and Asia-Pacific routes.

Lufthansa Cargo, transported 864,490 tonnes of freight and mail in the first six months of 2012, representing a year-on-year decline in volume by 9.2 per cent. Throughout this period, market conditions in all the traffic regions remained challenging. However, despite increasingly difficult conditions, Lufthansa Cargo succeeded in maintaining utilisation rates for its aircraft at a high level. Compared to the same period last year, the load factor slipped marginally, by 0.7 percentage points, to 68.4 per cent.

Lufthansa Cargo reduced CO2 emissions by more than 700 tonnes through the use of lightweight containers in May and June alone. For the first time, more than half the LD3 standard containers utilised for freight and baggage transports were made from light composite materials. By reducing weight, the composite materials lower fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Being 13 kilos lighter than the conventional type, the aluminium containers make a weighty difference in close to 70,000 container movements over the two months.

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launched a new communications campaign in June. It highlights one of the strengths that make the airline an “industry leader” : the premium quality. Last year’s image and customer survey underscored the level of quality in the fields of network, security and environment as well as the claim of always aspiring to improve. That is what sets Lufthansa Cargo apart from the competition. And because a company can only ever be as good as the people it employs, the airline is placing greater focus on precisely these people.
Lufthansa Cargo, transported 864,490 tonnes of freight and mail in the first six months of 2012, representing a year-on-year decline in volume of 9.2 per cent. Throughout this period, market conditions in all the traffic regions remained challenging. However, despite increasingly difficult conditions, Lufthansa Cargo succeeded in maintaining utilisation rates for its aircraft at a high level. However, as compared to the same period last year, the load factor slipped marginally, by 0.7 percentage points, to 68.4 per cent.

Lufthansa Cargo reduced CO2 emissions by more than 700 tonnes through the use of lightweight containers in May and June alone. For the first time, more than half the LD3 standard containers utilised for freight and baggage transports were made from light composite materials. Being 13 kilos lighter than the conventional type, the aluminium containers make a weighty difference in close to 70,000 container movements over the two months. Lufthansa is currently engaged on a major exchange programme, in which around 5,000 new lightweight containers will be brought into service in the coming years.

Lufthansa Cargo’s official fanpage, which was officially launched six months ago, has chalked up a total of more than 10,000 fans. The airline’s fanpage has given facebook users direct access to the Company since it came on stream in November 2011. It features informative newsfeeds on airfreight topics, photo reportages of airports around the world and entertaining games. One of Lufthansa Cargo’s principal concerns by launching the fan page is to communicate with users.
Lufthansa Cargo’s official fanpage, which was officially launched six months ago, has chalked up a total of more than 10,000 fans. The airline’s fanpage has given face book users direct access to the Company since it came on stream in November 2011. It features informative newsfeeds on airfreight topics, photo reportages of airports around the world and entertaining games. One of Lufthansa Cargo’s principal concerns by launching the fan page is to communicate with users.

Leipzig/Halle Airport handled approx. 347,374 tonnes of air freight during the first five months of this year. Compared to the same period in 2011, this volume of freight again represents double-digit growth of 13.8 percent. This development significantly sets Leipzig/Halle apart from the general trend across Germany: air freight volumes from January to April elsewhere in the country fell by almost five percent. Leipzig/Halle Airport has a 24-hour operating permit for cargo flights and direct links to the trans-European motorway and railway networks.

Leipzig/Halle Airport has once again managed to handle a heavy-duty loading operation. A road construction vehicle, which is 8.95 metres long, 2.95 metres high and 2.60 metres wide and weighs 23.5 tonnes, has been loaded on board an Ilyushin IL76TD-90 VD aircraft. The plane, which belongs to the Russian cargo airline Volga-Dnepr, is stationed at Leipzig/Halle Airport and can transport up to 50 tonnes of freight. The modern aircraft has a maximum range of 10,200 km and is one of the quietest in its class with classification according to Chapter 4 by the International Air Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Lufthansa Cargo
has awarded its “Planet Award of Excellence” to its global partner DB Schenker. The award by German cargo airline acknowledges DB Schenker’s outstanding contribution in 2011 as a global partner, which was most evident in the constantly high volume of freight business between the two companies. Lufthansa Cargo’s Global Partnership Programme is an important platform for sustainable growth.

Lufthansa’s venture with China’s Shenzhen Airlines, in which Lufthansa holds a 25 percent stake, is being dissolved because of tough freight conditions in the world’s second-largest aviation market informed Christoph Franz Chief Executive , Lufthansa. Jade Cargo International Ltd, based in China’s southern boom town of Shenzhen, has ceased to operate. Lufthansa took a loss of almost 16 million euros ($21.2 million) from the joint venture in 2011.
Leipzig/Halle Airport reported an increased tonnage in the first quarter of 2012 with 202,807 tonnes of air cargo passing through the airport. Volumes handled at Germany’s second largest airport rose by 14 percent and, once again, showed double-digit growth compared to the same period of the previous year. This development defies the downward trend across the rest of Germany with air cargo volumes declining by 4.1 percent.

Lufthansa Cargo
stood out once more as the best European cargo carrier at the “Cargo Airline of the Year Awards”. At the Gala Awards night held in London, Thomas Egenolf, Director Italy & Malta, accepted the award on behalf of Lufthansa Cargo as well as an additional accolade as best cargo carrier on Asia/Pacific routes.
Lufthansa Cargo transported 426,000 tonnes of freight and mail in the first three months of the year. Tonnage in the term was down by 9.3 per cent in comparison with the exceptionally strong first quarter in 2011. In a difficult market environment, Lufthansa Cargo reacted as in the previous year with flexible and demand-driven capacity management. The cargo carrier reduced capacity in all traffic regions. Overall year-on-year, capacity was down by 8.2 per cent, enabling the company to maintain the load factor at a high 69.5 per cent (minus 0.4 percentage against year-earlier level).

Lan Airlines is adding freighter capacity by taking delivery of two Boeing 777 freighters in the second half of the year. However, Lan and other regional airlines may face stronger competition for cargo business in Latin America. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that available cargo capacity in Latin America last year expanded by 5.6 per cent.

London Heathrow has become the 200th airport to receive regulatory approval for 747-8 operations, less than sixth months after the aircraft’s entry into service. Boeing says that 63 airports around the world are currently supporting revenue flights from the 14 in-service 747-8 Freighters being operated by five carriers.

Leipzig/Halle Airport was presented the Air Cargo Excellence Award during the IATA 2012 World Cargo Symposium in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). The readers of the leading international Air Cargo World magazine paid tribute to the services provided at the airport in awarding the prize in the “European airports between 400,000 and 999,000 tonnes” category. The key factors in the assessment process were the service and quality of the handling operations, value for money, the freight handling facilities and the work performed by the public authorities.

Lufthansa Cargo (LC) returned an operating profit of €249 million last year, the second-best result in its history. Chairman and CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt told a press conference in Frankfurt that the result was achieved despite adverse operating conditions. And this year, he said, the carrier faces several challenges, especially from the night-flight ban in Frankfurt.

Lufthansa Cargo
announced that the company would expand its network into interior areas of China this year. “After a very challenging 2011, demand in China has been stabilized and we do expect solid development this year. After having shifted capacities from Asia to the North Atlantic last year we will open new freighter stations in China in the summer schedule, and connect Frankfurt with Chongqing and Shenyang for the first time with freighters,” informed the company.
LUFTHANSA Cargo has announced it is cutting its losses and pulling out of its joint venture with the beleaguered Chinese-German freight carrier Jade Cargo. The company’s decision to sell its 25 per cent stake comes after Jade was forced to ground its fleet of six 747-400s due to weak demand in January.

L UFTHANSA CARGO is offering flights to 303 destinations in 99 countries this summer. New destination in the cargo carrier’s global network is Chongqing. The Chinese metropolis will be served with four flights weekly operated by Lufthansa Cargo’s MD-11 freighters. Other newcomers in the timetable – also thanks to the expansion of the network of Lufthansa passenger services – are Shenyang in northeastern China and Qingdao (Tsingtao) in Shandong province.

Lufthansa Cargo called for swifter implementation of the certified shipper approval process in Germany. Addressing more than 250 delegates from the logistics industry in Frankfurt, Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Lufthansa Cargo Executive Board Member Operations, said, “The fact is that with only 13 months to go until EU Directive 185 goes into force, fewer than one per cent of shippers in Germany have been accredited. This shows that there is an enormous need for action. All the partners in the logistics sector must take steps to significantly speed up the approval process.”

Lynden International has announced the opening of a new service center at Brucargo, the dedicated cargo area of Brussels Airport. The new location is part of Lynden’s strategy to expand its European network. The location will operate under a new company, Lynden International (BE). Apart from adding a key strategic link to Lynden’s extensive global network, the center will also help meet increasing demand for logistics services in medical, pharmaceutical and other growth industries.
Lufthansa Cargo carried around 1.9 million tonnes of freight and mail in 2011, a five percent increase year-on-year. The airline, which raised capacity over the 12 months by 8.6 percent, said the increase was chiefly due to the integration, of the capacities of aircraft in the fleet of Austrian Airlines and the expansion to eight Boeing 777 freighters.

LAN Cargo is riding an upward trend. During the fourth quarter of 2011 the carrier recorded a 15.8 per cent rise in freight revenue on the back of a 9.8 per cent gain in capacity. Revenue tonne kilometre also grew by 10 per cent year-over-year thanks to strong import pull to the Latin American market.

Lufthansa Cargo began operations of its first-ever flights between Frankfurt and Detroit/Michigan, beginning January. The route connects Germany with the center of the U.S. automobile industry every Monday (after the beginning of the summer schedule: each Sunday) by an MD-11 freighter in the cargo carrier’s fleet. The subsequent return flight will stop off in New York on the way back to Frankfurt. “The new freighter connection supplements the daily flights operated by Lufthansa passenger aircraft, and offers our customers more capacity and greater flexibility,” said Achim Martinka, Lufthansa Cargo Vice President The Americas.

Logwin
has opened a fashion logistics warehouse in Beijing as part of the expansion of its specialist “red carpet logistics network in Asia. “In 2012 we are expecting strong growth in the China market for our customers fashion products and the opening of our “red carpet logistics warehouse in Beijing demonstrates our confidence in the market,” said Tomas Sonntag, Managing Director of the region Far East Asia at Logwin’s business segment Air + Ocean.
Liege Airport handled 55,807.95 tonnes of goods during the month of December 2011 compared to 52,311.20 tonnes in December 2010. In twelve months, a total of 674,469.82 tonnes came through Liege Airport, compared to 639,434.07 tonnes in 2010, which represents a growth of 5.47%.

Logwin, a global leader in air and ocean freight and logistics services, has opened a new sales office in the city of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, to further strengthen its presence in China.

Logwin is launching red carpet logistics Asia-wide following the successful roll out of its premium fashion logistics product in Malaysia. The next phase of red carpet logistics expansion in Asia will see its service offering reaching fashion brands in Singapore, Hong Kong and Mainland China as well as Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Australia.

Lufthansa’s is reviewing its business in China, the world’s second-biggest economy, where cargo companies are struggling to make a profit, according to Lufthansa Cargo’s Chief Executive.

Lufthansa Cargo
, has shelved plans to invest around €1 billion (US$1.35 billion) at Frankfurt Airport, as a result of the night-flight ban there. “Lufthansa still wants to invest, but the size is dependent on the night flight regulations,” a spokesman said.

Liege Airport’s
cargo traffic in November 2011 remain positive. In November 2011, 59,091.343 tons of freight were transported through Liege Airport compared to 58,434.183 tons in November 2010, which represents a 1.12% increase. From January to November 2011, not less than 618,661.870 tons of goods were handled in Liege Airport. In 2010 during the same period, the airport counted 587,122.876 tons of cargo. These figures show an increase of 5.37%. These statistics show the continued strength of Liege Airport despite a 5-percent decrease in global air cargo traffic in Europe.

Lufthansa Cargo has started operations at its new facility for temperature-sensitive freight in Frankfurt. The Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center, which was built in just six months, is equipped with four cool storage rooms for four different temperature ranges as well as a deep-freezer cell on an area of 4,500 square metres. From now on, all temperature-controlled shipments carried by the airline in Frankfurt will pass through the new facility.

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Mumbai Airport is ranked first in India in handling international freight to the extent of about one-third of the country’s total international freight movement for the year 2012-13 according to a research study report conducted by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER).

MASkargo
is to replace its legacy computer network with a Cloud-based Unisys system to manage domestic and international cargo services. A contract with Malaysian Airline System Berhad will see Unisys replace MASkargo’s current in-house mainframe-based system with the Unisys Logistics Management System (LMS) which will also interface with automated warehouse and revenue management systems.
Mexico and United States signed an agreement to remove all limits on the number of airlines that can provide passenger or cargo service between destinations in both countries allowing new carriers to entering the market the freedom to fly to new cities.
Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport temperature-controlled infrastructure will be enhanced at ‘cargo complex Sheremetyevo’ in support of AirBridgeCargo Airlines’ (ABC) new Boeing 747F services from Basel in Switzerland, the home of many world’s leading life sciences organisations.The new developments are designed to ensure the airport maintains the integrity of temperature-controlled pharmaceutical products throughout the ground handling process.
Maximus Air, the heavy weight air cargo specialist from the U.A.E. is expanding its fleet to be able to cater to the increasing opportunities in the Middle East.
Munich Airport’s ground handling subsidiary AeroGround has succeeded in securing a long-term contract with AirBridgeCargo (ABC) for handling cargo.
Miami International Airport, America’s number one airport for international freight, according to the International air trade statistics released by the U.S. Department of Commerce, recorded yet another year of growth during 2013. The figures, which are based on trade data for the Miami Customs District, revealed that international freight originating and clearing customs inspection at MIA, or Origin/Destination (O&D) freight, amounted to 1,083,198 tons thereby registering an increase of two percent as compared to the figures recorded during 2012. O&D freight represented 59 percent of the actual total of 1.85 million tons of international freight moved through MIA in 2013. The remaining 41 percent was shipped through MIA in-transit to third-country destinations. MIA’s international air trade in 2013, valued at $68.5 billion, accounted for 96 percent of Florida’s total air trade value and 44 percent of the state’s combined total (air & sea) trade values, underscoring the airport’s economic impact beyond Miami-Dade County. In terms of nationwide impact, MIA handled 85 percent of all air imports and 80 percent of all air exports between the U.S. and the Latin American/Caribbean region last year. MIA also continues to hold the distinction of being the only U.S. airport to rank among the top 10 in the world for international freight. Mercator will be providing its market leading revenue accounting services, RAPID, to Biman Bangladesh Airlines. RAPID is designed to provide a firm financial foundation from which airlines can make informed strategic decisions, build their operations and concentrate on the core of their business: getting passengers safely to their destinations. It also ensures a continual and timely flow of information, providing accurate financial results.
Mumbai International Airport Private Limited (MIAL), with a view to foster better communication and effective dissemination of information to trade partners, has launched, along with its strategic IT technology partner Kale Logistics, India’s first air cargo community portal ‘GMAX-GVK MIAL Air Exchange.’ The project which began at the start of 2013 offers an integrated electronic communication platform and a central base for data sharing with MIAL’s trade partners.
Menzies Aviation Bobba (Bangalore) Private Limited, (MABBPL) announced that the company officially received the notification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), confirming its status as having successfully obtained the ISAGO (IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations) registration. “We are very pleased to be one of India’s first Major cargo terminal operator (CTO) to be registered on the ISAGO Registry, helping to set worldwide industry benchmarks. MABBPL’s commitment and efforts in pursuing rigorous quality and safety standards over the years have been being recognised.” said Venkata Reddy, CEO. Upon the successful completion of the station audit, which were held in April, 2013 MABBPL demonstrated operational and service integrity in conformity with ISAGO standards. Mahe International Airport’s new cargo facility, which is part of the ongoing airport modernization and expansion to bring 21st century operating standards to the Seychelles’ only international airport was inaugurated by Minister for Home Affairs and Transport Joel Morgan. A new warehouse facility with over 850 square metres of space was part of the newly commissioned buildings and, according to information available, new customs facilities are already under construction. Madurai airport in India is all set to handle foreign cargo. The Central government has allowed international freight movement from Madurai airport. According to Madurai airport director K. Sangaiah Pandian, the Union finance ministry has issued customs notification to handle cargo at the Madurai airport. “All types of goods right from perishable to industrial and textiles can be exported. And, there is no restriction on quantity either,” said Pandian. To start with, the international flights operating from and to Madurai are expected to haul belly cargo. However, the notification permitting “unloading of imported goods and the loading of export goods or any class of such goods” indicates that exclusive cargo flights could also be operated. Maximus Air announced the decision to ground its fleet of Airbus A300s with immediate effect. The decision was taken by the Board of Directors of Maximus Air and Abu Dhabi Aviation. The move will enable the company to focus on more lucrative sectors of its offerings. The air cargo market has changed significantly and many airlines across the world are collectively feeling the results of global downturn. Moscow Domodedovo Airport started preparation for the next implementation phase of e-Freight system. Execution with electronic document flow elements of transfer cargo flights (cargo movement from one aircraft into another) – is the airport’s next step to paperless process. It became possible due to electronic signature received earlier by temporary storage warehouse Domodedovo Cargo.

MASkargo and Silk Way Airlines of Azerbaijan have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation that will strengthen their competitive edge within the aviation industry. The agreement paves the way for greater collaboration between the airlines on cargo space agreements, ground handling and line maintenance. Both airlines will have access to each other’s capacity throughout their global networks, based on existing sharing and block space agreements of the two airlines. With Baku, capital city of Azerbaijan, as a transit centre, MASkargo hopes to develop bilateral relations and build a cooperative framework in the cargo business – given the country’s growing economy and potential in air transportation. Miami International Airport welcomed the inaugural flight of Tampa Cargo Airlines’ new Airbus A330-200F, one of only 15 of these new generation freighter aircraft in use worldwide and the first of its kind in Latin America. The A330-200F is one of the world’s only mid-size, all-cargo aircraft capable of carrying 70 metric tons up to 4,000 nautical miles. Tampa Cargo will add four of the mid-size freighters to its fleet to serve its 12 destinations throughout Latin America viz Medellin, Barranquilla, Cali, Bogota, Lima, Quito, Guayaquil, Caracas, Valencia, Asuncion, Manaus and Curacao.

Maldivian, the national carrier of Maldives, has appointed AISATS for ground handling services on the inaugural operations of its Airbus 320 aircraft to the Trivandrum International Airport. AISATS will be providing ground handling services to Maldivian’s flights operating twice daily on the Maldives – Trivandrum route.
MAGE SOLAR AG, part of the international MAGE GROUP, and Kuehne + Nagel, one of the leading logistics providers, is expanding their strategic partnership. In future, the global logistics provider will be assuming all of the warehousing and transport activities for the photovoltaic company. MAGE SOLAR has already been successfully working with Kuehne + Nagel in England and Australia since the beginning of 2012.
MASkargo, as part of its strategy to harness the oil and gas industry, is expanding its operations into Labuan, Sabah – a booming oil and gas hub in Asia. Ground equipments have been strategically mobilized for oil and gas charter operations with the B747-400 freighter and the A330-200 freighter. “MASkargo is definitely seeing a huge potential for Labuan to grow. While we expect the competition here to be stiff, we are confident that through collaborative efforts we will be able to tap into an economic growth that requires the fast and efficient movement of goods and services, particularly for the oil and gas supply chain,” said Mr Jamaludin Ismail, Senior Vice President Business Development & Freighter Services of MASkargo.
Miami-Dade’s the value of exports and imports shipped through airport and seaport continued along a positive trend through the 2nd quarter, although the pace of growth appears to have decelerated over the last four quarters. Exports in the first half of 2012 were 10.2% higher than in the first half of last year, while imports from January to June were 12.7% higher than in the same period last year.
Miami International Airport welcomes Evergreen International Airlines which has begun twice-weekly scheduled cargo service between Miami International Airport and three cities in Brazil, becoming the eighth cargo airline serving MIA’s number one partner in air trade value. Evergreen will use Boeing 747-200F aircraft on a circular cargo route to Manaus, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
MIA reported that freight volumes at MIA have surged, growing nearly 5 percent this year after slowing because of the global economic downturn to less than 1 percent growth in fiscal year 2011.
Moscow Domodedovo Airport has joined e-Freight, a pilot project for implementation of the international standards for electronic processing and tracking of air cargo, which was launched in Russia this year. In late August, the new technology aimed to improve the accuracy and reliability of the logistics system, was tested on a flight of AirBridgeCargo when processing transit cargo from Beijing to Frankfurt at Domodedovo airport.
MNG Airlines, Turkey’s dedicated freight operator, has taken delivery of its first of four A330-200Fs on order. Today the airline already operates a fleet of seven A300 cargo aircraft, and will expand its services by moving up to the A330 Freighter.
Munich Airport celebrated its 20th birthday this year. The airport’s performance in the cargo segment is has been impressive since its move to its new location in 1992. The volume of flown airfreight and airmail has nearly quadrupled registering an average rate of increase of 7.3% per year over the past 20 years. In 2011, the total cargo volume topped 300,000 tons for the first time.
Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), a unit of Malaysia Airlines, will pay A$6mil (RM19mil) as penalty following Australia’s Federal Court ruling over alleged price fixing. MAS told Bursa Malaysia that the settlement ended the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) claims against MAS and MASkargo over alleged price fixing of surcharges relating to certain air freight services.
Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Government of India has formed Inter-Ministerial Air Cargo Logistics Promotion Board. The Board, which would be headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation would aim to resolve inter-ministerial issues that affect air cargo operations in India.
Mercator, a leader in business technology solutions for the global aviation industry, has signed an agreement with flydubai, Dubai’s innovative low cost airline, to use Mercator’s industry leading cargo solution, SkyChain, enabling it to fully automate its cargo operations. Along with SkyChain, flydubai has also engaged Mercator to provide revenue accounting services, using RAPID, to process and account for Cargo transactions.
Mercator, the Dubai-based provider of business technologies to the aviation industry, has announced that Latin America’s second largest airline holding company, AviancaTaca Holding, has now gone live with its’ SkyChain cargo solution. The group’s airlines – TACA, Aerogal, TAMPA Cargo, and Avianca´s international cargo operations will now be able to seamlessly share cargo information across a single system. AviancaTaca selected Mercator to enable the group to manage its cargo via a single, integrated end-to-end system, the implementation of which is expected to increase productivity levels through more effective management of cargo sales, exporting, importing and transfer activities.
Maximus Air has completed the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), the global standard for assessing airlines’ operational safety, management and control systems. Fathi Hilal Buhazza, President and CEO Maximus Air said: “This is a very important step for Maximus. We welcome the confirmation of our high standard of service. We are also hopeful that our participation in this program will encourage other regional airlines/cargo carriers that are not IATA members to do so, raising safety standards throughout the regional airline industry.
Maximus Air has signed an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance lease agreement with express package carrier DHL. The deal calls on Maximus to operate two newly converted Airbus A300-600RP2F freighters across Europe for DHL.
Maximus Air Cargo, Middle Eastern freight specialist is tentatively looking to expand its fleet with Boeing 747-400 freighters, as it prepares to receive its latest converted Airbus A300-600. The Abu Dhabi-based company – which is unveiling a new brand image on the first day of the show – is underpinning its wet-lease operation, which it views as its main area of future activity, supported by its outsize cargo charter services.
MASkargo, the air cargo subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, is looking into the possibility of collaborating with AirAsia Cargo soon to create better synergy between the two companies. Managing Director, Shahari Sulaiman said the collaboration would bring a positive impact to the cargo industry in Malaysia, domestically and regionally, due to the current rapid economic growth in the region. He said with Malaysia Airline’s new Managing Director coming on board, the collaboration was something that he would discuss in future.
Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) is eyeing India as a potential market next year as part of its expansion programme. MASkargo’s Senior Vice-President (Revenue Management and Alliances) Jamaludin Ismail said based on customer feedback and requests received, airports like Chennai and New Delhi are being considered. Currently, MASkargo does not have dedicated freighters flying into India, although it offers belly space capacity on Malaysia Airlines daily fights to cities like Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) expects its revenue to grow by about M$200 million or 25 percent for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2012 (FY12) via new routes and higher capacity, Managing Director Shahari Sulaiman said.
Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), the air cargo subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, took delivery of the first of four A330-200F freighters at the Airbus assembly point in Toulouse.
MASkargo has become a new operator of the A330-200F, following the delivery of the first of four PW4000-powered aircraft ordered by the airline. The aircraft was handed over at a ceremony in Toulouse attended by MASkargo Managing Director Shahari Sulaiman. The A330-200F is the world’s most modern mid-size freighter and can carry 70 tonnes of payload, with a range capability of up to 4,000nm. For MASkargo, the aircraft’s performance and flexibility will enable direct freight services from its Kuala Lumpur base to destinations across Asia, with onward capability to Australasia, Europe or the US.
Mercury Air Group, Inc., a worldwide aviation services company specializing in jet fuel, air cargo and U.S. government contracting, has announced that it has purchased a 50 percent shareholding of Hong Kong-based Trans Asia Charters (TAC), which specializes in medium and long term wet leases for cargo aircraft and long term dry leases for passenger aircraft. TAC also operate ad hoc full charters with a special focus on cargo operations and military personnel flights using Western and Russian built aircraft. TAC is well known for concentrating on niche markets and special/outsize loads.
MENZIES Aviation has signed a five-year contract with AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) to handle its cargo at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (the Netherlands). The new contract, which will begin on 5 October, covers ramp and cargo-handling services. ABC operates 12 scheduled 747 freighter flights a week from Schiphol, processing around 70,000 metric tonnes of cargo a year.
MARTINAIR Cargo has launched operations from Dubai World Central (DWC) in the UAE. The carrier will fly six times a week to DWC on a KLM-leased 747. DWC is a 140km2 multi-phase development part of Al Maktoum International Airport. By 2013 the airport will be the largest in the world in terms of freight handled, moving up to 12 million tonnes a year.
Maximus Air Cargo, the Middle East’s largest freight operator, has reported record performance in July for its Airbus A300-GOORF acquired in March 2011, an increase of 14% month on month to 638 hours. The wet-leased regional aircraft, operated by Maximus under an ACMI agreement (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance & Insurance) on behalf of Etihad Crystal Cargo, has increased its charter services and deployed new destinations of Vienna, Damascus, Baghdad and Khartoum.
Maximus Air Cargo, the UAE’ largest dedicated all cargo aircraft operator, has taken delivery of the first of three new Airbus A300-600RP2F aircraft freighters. The 46 tonnes maximum payload capacity plane, which arrived in Abu Dhabi recently following completion of a conversion programme in Europe, has a non-stop range of 2650 nautical miles at maximum payload and offers greater fuel efficiency than the older versions of the A300. It is the world’s youngest airbus passenger plane ever to be converted to a freighter and represents the first phase of an aggressive AED350 million expansion programme by the Abu Dhabi-based company.
Maximus Air Cargo’s new aircraft conversions is on schedule.The conversion of a new Airbus A300-600 regional freighter, purchased by Maximus Air Cargo at the start of this year, and part of a of AED350 million expansion programme, is on schedule for its mid-summer entry into the company’s fleet. The aircraft, offering an maximum structural payload up to 46 tonnes of payload capacity, is one of three purchased from Japan Airlines (JAL) and has been at the Dresden, Germany plant of EADS EFW, where the complex adaptation process is now nearing completion. According to Maximus Air Cargo President and CEO, Fathi Hilal Buhazza its entry into operations will significantly boost Maximus operational capabilities.
Mercator has been named the winner of the World’s Best Cargo IT Solution Award at the 2011 Air Cargo Week World Air Cargo Awards – known as the Information Technology awards for the Air Cargo Industry. After received the highest number of nominations from thousands of readers worldwide, Mercator, the IT services business of Emirates Group, has won the “Air Cargo World’s’ International Award for Technology in Air Cargo” in the category of International IT Systems Provider of the Year. The awards were presented at a gala evening in Germany attended by global representatives from the logistics industry.
Maastricht Aachen Airport (MAA) and Royal Jordanian Cargo proudly announced the start of 5 weekly cargo flights, connecting MAA with Jordan’s Queen Alia Airport in Amman. The flights are expected to commence in June 2011 and the route will be served with an Airbus 310 freighter. “We are honored that Royal Jordanian Cargo has chosen to return its European cargo hub to Maastricht” said Sander Heijmans, CEO of Maastricht Aachen Airport and Maastricht Handling Services.
Mumbai airport has recorded a 13 percent increase in cargo to 44 million tonnes of international cargo from April 2010 to March 2011 despite infrastructure bottlenecks and strikes, the Indian Express reported. At the airport’s air cargo complex, the success of Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) in handling cargo has meant reduction in business for the other airport custodian, Air India. When MIAL took over airport operations in 2006, Air India handled 50 percent of the airport’s air cargo business. Now, MIAL handles nearly 70 percent of it, airport officials said. OSI Systems says its security division Rapiscan Systems has been awarded a US$12 million pan-European contract by logistics and air cargo major DHL. The systems ordered include Rapiscan’s high speed MVXR 5000 explosives detection systems, which can screen very high volumes of parcels and Rapiscan’s 600 series large tunnel dual view air cargo X-ray scanners, which are designed to screen large parcels and air cargo pallets.
Munich Airport handled almost 70,000 tons of flown airfreight and airmail in the first three months of the year – an increase of 21 percent in cargo as compared with the same period last year. March 2011 actually produced a new record-breaking traffic figure. With a total of nearly 27,000 tons of airfreight, the airport handled more cargo in a single one-month period than ever before.
Maximus Air Cargo, owned by Abu Dhabi Aviation Group, was the runner up for “STAT Times International All cargo carrier of the year in Africa”. Mohammed Parkar Vice President Commercial & Finance was presented with the award by Akshay Shrivastava, SR.V.P & Global Head of Business Solutions & Service Delivery.
Mercator, the IT division of Dubai based Emirates Group won the nomination for the “STAT Times International IT Systems Provider of the year in Africa”. John Batten, Executive Vice President, Cargo-worldwide-Swissport International, presented the award to Sandeep Fernandes Market Development Mgr-Mercator.
Maximus Air Cargo has bumped up its fleet to 11 following the acquisition of three Airbus A300-600 regional freighters from Japan Airlines. Maximus Air Cargo spent AED350 million (US$93.3 million) including conversion costs on the aircraft, which each will offer 48 tonnes of payload capacity when they are introduced in July, September and November this year.These aircraft are currently undergoing conversion from passenger to cargo configuration by specialist EADS EWS. Maximus’ growth of 16 per cent in 2010 enabled funds for the purchase and conversion.
Malaysia’s logistics industry is expected to grow by 11.5 percent to M$121 billion (US$39.63 billion) this year from M$108.5 billion in 2010, supported by the country’s strong external trade and stable economic outlook. Gopal R, Vice President, Transportation & Logistics Practice, Asia-Pacific and Country Head for Malaysia at Frost & Sullivan, said, “The industry is also forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 12.6 percent to M$196.5 billion in 2015. High technology and capital-intensive projects under the 10th Malaysia Plan and the Economic Transformation Programme would create opportunities for the industry, and logistics end-users were looking for comprehensive value-added services with the focus on long-term relationships with their logistics services providers.”
MNG Airlines will use the navigation data from Lufthansa Systems for their Flight Management System (FMS). Both companies signed a five-year-contract to this effect. The Lido/FMS database contains all important route information including altitude and airport data for optimizing routes on board modern aircraft.
Mumbai Airport is rapidly deploying new technologies such as a new electronic system to clear international cargo and CCTV, but initial teething problems have meant delays in the handling of goods.
MASkargo has been contracted to manage and market cargo space on Firefly flights out of Kuala Lumpur International Airport(KLIA) to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.Firefly’s twice daily flights to both Kota Kinabalu and Kuching took effect from January 15, with its new B737-800 fleet. Flights have been increased to three times daily to Kota Kinabalu and four times daily to Kuching from January 24 onwards.
MASkargo, the cargo arm of MAS, saw its fourth consecutive quarter of profits with a 34 percent revenue increase, with load factors outperforming other airlines in the Asia Pacific by 4 percent as reported by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). Managing Director/ CEO, Tengku Dato’ Sri Azmil Zahruddin said, “We are delighted to be returning to profitability this quarter with both passenger and cargo segments performing well.
Maximus Air Cargo, the UAE’s largest all air cargo operator, was a winner at the Aviation Business Awards 2010. The awards, which honor leadership and innovation in the industry, were held at a glittering awards ceremony at Emirates Palace Hotel.
Maximus Air Cargo, announced the launch of a new suite of ACMI and Charter services at TIACA Air Cargo Forum 2010 hosted in Amsterdam. The airline, which has flourished since its inception in 2005, is moving to a new stage of growth and the introduction of these enhanced services heralds the start of this strategy. In addition, plans are already afoot to add more medium to heavy freighters to its fully owned fleet of eight all-cargo aircraft.
Munich Airports has benefitted enormously in the freight segment from the resurgent economy. Never before has the airport handled as much freight in the first nine months of the year: The new record is now just under 200,000 tons of flown airfreight, a massive 29 percent increase over the same period in 2009. The increased import and export tonnage at Munich Airport is mainly attributable to co-loaded freight on long-haul flights.
Martinair Says Goodbye to Passengers as it has confirmed to focus completely on air freight and discontinue passenger services at the end of 2011. Martinair, a subsidiary of KLM, said it decided to quit flying passengers after 53 years because it lacks the scale with just four 767s to remain profitable in the future. The shutdown of the charter passenger business will result in the loss of 600 jobs among Martinair’s 1,800 employees. Martinair’s cargo unit currently operates seven MD-11 freighters and four 747 extended range freighters which it inherited from KLM Cargo. The carrier carried 328,000 metric tons of freight from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to 31 destinations last year.
Maximus Air Cargo, has just successfully completed the three relief flights which it gifted to the Red Crescent Authority’s (RCA) recent Telethon. The airline’s Ilyushin-76TD heavyweight airlifter undertook three mercy flights on behalf of the Red Crescent Authority carrying urgent relief goods to assist the 23 million who have been struck by unprecedented flooding in Pakistan. The three gifted flights were dispatched to Peshawar, capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; Multan in the Punjab Province; and Quetta, the capital of the Balochistan Province. The aircraft carried goods that had been identified by the National Disaster Management Authority in Pakistan as goods of immediate and urgent need. These included tents, blankets and drinking supplies. The airline, which is the preferred partner or the Red Crescent Authority, has significant experience in humanitarian mission so was keen to throw its weight behind the spirit of the telethon.
Malaysia Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus for two more A330-200F freighters, following the conversion of two existing options. The latest contract increases the airline’s firm orders for the type to four, all of which will be operated by the carrier’s subsidiary MASkargo. The aircraft will be powered by PW4000 engines from Pratt & Whitney. “We are confident that the A330-200F is set to become a game changer in the mid-size freighter market,” said MASkargo Managing Director, Shahari Sulaiman. “The aircraft will enable MASkargo to efficiently match capacity closely to demand on many medium lift sectors across our cargo network, and especially those operating via intra Asia.”
Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding and the Shenzhen Airport Group have signed a deal that is intended to boost freight traffic at the two gateways for which the pair are responsible – Leipzig/Halle in Germany and China’s Shenzhen Bao’an. The agreement, signed in China, covers exchanges of information and personnel and will be used to attract new air cargo carriers to the airports.
Maximus Air Cargo, the UAE’s largest all cargo airline, has pledged three free-of-charge cargo flights to Pakistan during the UAE Telethon for Pakistan. The airline, a part of Abu Dhabi Aviation Group, is an experienced player in UAE humanitarian effort and is an official partner of the UAE Red Crescent.
Maximus Air Cargo, the UAE’s largest all air cargo operator, went big true to its name last night at Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC). The Antonov 124-100, a beast of an aircraft with a payload of up to 120 tonnes, became the largest civilian aircraft to touch the tarmac at the recently launched Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport.
Maximus Air Cargo, the UAE’s largest dedicated aircraft operator, performed true to its name at the 2010 Supply Chain and Transport Awards (SCATA) held at Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai. In a glittering event, organised by ITP Business magazines, Maximus was proclaimed Cargo Operator of the Year (Cargo Airline) and President and CEO Fathi H. Buhazza was awarded the much acclaimed ‘Hall of Fame’, which honours leading personalities in the Middle East logistics industry.
Martinair Cargo returned to San Jose, Costa Rica after temporarily suspending service since November 2008. On-going analysis and refinement of the network revealed an opportunity to once again be established in Central America’s most vibrant market Costa Rica. The flight will be operated by Martinair’s MD-11 freighter aircraft routed from AMS via MIA to SJO then to Latin America and back to Europe.
Miami International Airport is LAN Cargo’s international headquarters and is where the company operates coldstorage import facility. LAN Cargo has made a US$4m investment to double its capacity for processing perishable goods and becomes the company with the largest coldstorage facility operated by an airline at a US airport, according to a report by the Miami Herald. The report also concludes that the airport was the second largest handler of international air freight last year.
MK Airlines has suspended all flying after the struggling cargo carrier failed to secure sufficient funding to continue its operations. The struggling UK-headquartered B747-200 freighter airline only exited administration last June with the promise of new investment. However, this appears to have failed to materialise and the future is now in extreme doubt.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) of Malaysia has ordered two Airbus A330-200 freighters – and taken options for another two – to join a previously announced order for up to 25 A330-300 passenger widebodies. “The new freighters will enable us to better serve the intra-Asia route, and offer direct services to Europe from India and Bangladesh,” said MAS managing director and CEO Azmil Zahruddin.
Maximus Air Cargo, the UAE’s largest dedicated cargo aircraft operator, is putting its full weight behind the General Civil Aviation Authority’s drive for safety. The Abu Dhabi based cargo solutions provider, which is part of Abu Dhabi Aviation Group, is hosting and sponsoring a number of safety-orientated events in the UAE. This will include hosting a meeting of the Gulf Flight Safety Committee (GFSC) at Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi and being a main sponsor at the World Food Programme’s two-day global safety conference at Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
MAC Holdings – a member of the EGSAC cargo GSSA network – has been appointed to represent airBaltic Cargo offline in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. This is the first time that the airline has been represented in Sri Lanka, and cargo is already beginning to flow on this new route. The agreement followed assistance from fellow EGSAC member Air Proxy, based in the Baltic States, which introduced MAC Holdings to its national carrier.airBaltic is the main Baltic carrier, serving over 60 destinations in Scandinavia, Russia and CIS countries, and Western Europe. It offers nonstop flights from three Baltic capital cities – Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn. MAC Holdings is using interline agreements with Kuwait Airways and Jet Airways to connect to the airline’s Riga (Latvia) hub.
Malaysian Airlines Cargo (MASkargo) is to invest RM100 million to upgrade its warehouse materials-handling cargo system, starting mid year and to be completed in four years. Managing director Shahari Sulaiman said the project would sustain its system capabilities for another 10 years and increase annual handling capabilities from the current 650,000 tonnes to a million tonnes. Shahari said the Malaysian airline’s air cargo demand was expected to grow by 7 per cent this year to 37.7 million tonnes.
Maximus Air Cargo made significant progress throughout 2009, despite what was for many a turbulent year. The year ahead will promise further inroads into the ACMI sector together with continued humanitarian work and the positioning of Maximus as a leader in safety standards. Growth continued with sales increasing nearly ten fold to nearly 100 million US dollars since the company’s inception just five years ago. Furthermore, staff levels in this period increased from 16 in 2004 to 184 in 2009. In particular, 2009 saw an increase in the number of airbus pilots to meet wet leasing requirements. In addition, the management of crew and operations were further improved by investment in an AIMS (Airline Information Management System).
Martinair will offer scheduled service from Viracopus, Brazil (VCP) to Ecuador (Quito and Guayaquil) and Colombia (Bogota) on its 4 weekly MD11 freighter flights. Martinair was able to obtain the traffic rights from Sao Paulo to Ecuador and Colombia from the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency – Agência Nacional de Aviacão Civil (ANAC) in cooperation with Grupo BETA (Brazilian Express Transportes Aéreos), a Brazilian cargo and logistics company. Martinair experienced tremendous growth in Brazil last year, launching twice weekly service in March 2009, growing to four frequencies by October and looking to expand further this year. “We are very pleased with our results in Brazil and expect 2010 to be even better now that we have obtained 5 th Freedom Traffic Rights,” said Meta Ullings, SVP Martinair Cargo.
Maximus Air Cargo, the UAE’s largest dedicated cargo aircraft operator, made significant progress throughout 2009, despite what was for many a turbulent year. The year ahead will promise further inroads into the ACMI sector together with continued humanitarian work and the positioning of Maximus as a leader in safety standards. Growth continued with sales increasing nearly ten fold to nearly 100 million US dollars since the company’s inception just five years ago. Furthermore, staff levels in this period increased from 16 in 2004 to 184 in 2009. In particular, 2009 saw an increase in the number of airbus pilots to meet wet leasing requirements. In addition, the management of crew and operations were further improved by investment in an AIMS (Airline Information Management System)
Mercator has recently successfully gone live with its product SkyChain in Latin America. SkyChain is a specialised IT solution aimed at airline cargo companies and is designed to maximize customers’ performance, help them raise their service quality and optimize their resources. A highly automated system, which removes many of the time-consuming paper processes in the business, SkyChain is compliant with the latest industry developments, including IATA’s e-freight initiative. TACA now joins a growing family of users including Swiss World Cargo, Sri Lankan Airways and Emirates SkyCargo.
Maximus Air Cargo, the UAE’s dedicated cargo aircraft operator, will open its UK office at London Stansted early 2010 and says its operation will incorporate an Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) and Royal Jet representative office – all operating from Endeavour House. Maximus is the largest all-cargo airline in the UAE, while Royal Jet is a Middle East private jet operator and claims to be the world’s largest Boeing business jets operator.Abu Dhabi Aviation is described as the region’s largest commercial helicopter and fixed wing aircraft operator working principally on offshore oil contracts.
Martinair Cargo recently carried out a very special transport when flying four White Rhino’s from Prague to Nairobi with a Boeing 747 BCF. A successful breeding program of the Czech Zoo Dvur Králové enables them to bring these special animals who are threatened by extinction, into the wild. After arrival in Kenya they continued their journey by truck to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where they were released in a special boma. There they will stay to get used to living in the wild.
McCarran International Airport is set to begin a project to construct a $29 million air cargo center at Las Vegas’ Las Vegas-based Marnell Properties plans to conduct a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 16 for the 201,000-square-foot airfreight logistics center at the airport’s new Terminal 3. The project is set for completion in one year. The Marnell Air Cargo Center is being designed to host freight and mail-sorting operations for companies including FedEx Corp., Southwest Airlines, Worldwide Flight Services, Allegiant Air and UPS.
MNG Airlines, the largest Turkish all-cargo operator, has placed a follow-on order with Airbus for two more A330-200Fs to support its expanding cargo operations. These aircraft are in addition to the two firm orders for the which the carrier placed in 2007, bringing its total orders for the type now to four aircraft and reaffirming its confidence in the type to expand its network as the freighter market gradually rebounds.
MIDEX, United Arab Emirates national cargo carrier has selected Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance for Total Care Support on its B747 freighter. In addition to Engineering Services, Component Support and Engine Maintenance, AFI KLM E&M began a D-check on the B747-200. Being responsible for maintaining the fleets of its parent airlines, AFI KLM E&M has built up considerable expertise in all types of checks, from daily inspections to comprehensive heavy maintenance tasks. The D-check on the is expected to take six weeks to complete.
Market Air has won a three-year contract to provide cargo GSA services in Spain for airlines of the SAS Group.The contract was won through a competitive tender and took effect on September 1st 2009. It awards Market Air responsibility to market cargo capacity to freight forwarders in Spain for Scandinavian Airlines, Spanair and Blue 1. The SAS Group airlines operate more than 50 flights a day from Spain serving destinations in the Canary and Balearic Islands, mainland Spain, Europe, the United Sates and Far East. Its fleet of MD80 and Airbus A321/320 can carry between 1,500-3,000 kilos of airfreight per flight.
Martinair has extended its agreement with Pratt & Whitney (P&W) to continue its ‘EcoPower’ engine wash service for its PW4000 engines. “To date, we have reduced our CO2 emissions as a direct benefit of EcoPower engine washes,” said Peter van der Horst, VP of maintenance and engineering at the Dutch airline.
Maximus Air Cargo has successfully delivered British Household Cavalry horses to Abu Dhabi. The horses will perform in the International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) and it is the first time they have travelled beyond Europe.
Maximus Air Cargo, the award-winning and largest UAE based air cargo solutions provider, has carried the UAE Urban Search and Rescue Team to Padang in Sumatra in response to the devastating 7.6 magnitude earthquake. Maximus Air Cargo operated one of the first relief flights into earthquake stricken Padang, Indonesia over the weekend. The UAE’s Urban Search and Rescue team responded to the disaster by dispatching one of Maximus’s Ilyushin IL-76TD aircraft to Padang, shortly after the earthquake struck.
Maximus Air Cargo announced the appointment of Zed Commu-nications to handle its local and international public relations business. The agreement was signed in Abu Dhabi and took effect on 1st September 2009. Thomas Bommer, Marketing Manager of Maximus Air Cargo said: “Our relationship with Zed is very good indeed and we have been particularly impressed by their high level of professionalism and ability to deliver against tight deadlines.”
Martinair Cargo has successfully integrated a customised version of the Official Airline Guide’s (OAG’s) next generation Airfreight Rates (AFRA) product. The AFRA product, a global internal rates management system, should bring efficiency and allow flexibility in publishing the latest tariffs and quotations electronically. Rob Veltman, VP of cargo sales and marketing Europe, Martinair Cargo, said: “The customisation of AFRA gives us complete control in managing our entire rates management process.”
Market Air has won a three-year contract to provide cargo GSA services in Spain for airlines of the SAS Group. The contract was won through a competitive tender and took effect on September 1st 2009. It awards Market Air responsibility to market cargo capacity to freight forwarders in Spain for Scandinavian Airlines, Spanair and Blue 1.

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Norwegian is now offering airfreight services from Oakland International Airport (OAK) to Oslo-Gardermoen (OSL) and Stockholm-Arlanda (ARN). Airfreight is flown on the environmentally friendly Boeing 787 Dreamliner out of OAK.

National Air Cargo received a hefty contract boost to continue providing transportation for the U.S. government.The contract which is worth $500 million comes from the U.S. The Orlando Business Journal previously reported that National Air Cargo relocated its headquarters from New York to Orlando. The move created 105 new jobs.
National Air Cargo announced that it is expanding its market reach and footprint to include enhanced charter passenger service in the Middle East. The service expansion coincides with the launch of a refreshed brand identity and improvements to the company’s online booking and tracking capabilities.
NIIT Technologies, a leading global IT solutions organization, announced a partnership with GRU Aeropor to Internacional de São Paulo(Sao Paolo International Airport), the largest international airport in Latin America to implement and transform the Cargo Handling system at the airport. This partnership, the first of its kind in Latin America, will result in a single platform cargo handling system, which will handle all performance and operational needs of the cargo terminal, including core processes such as import, export, national/domestic cargo and abandoned cargo. A web-enabled interface will connect and streamline all external customer service-based processes and agents. GRU will benefit with a fully integrated software platform that will enable enhanced efficiencies, increased monitoring and greater control over ground handling operations.
National Air Cargo Holdings, Inc., a global cargo logistics provider, and its subsidiary, National Airlines, has relocated its headquarters and airline offices to Orlando. The two year project will create 105 new jobs and $875,000 in capital investment to the community.
Norwegian has added a cargo segment to its operation with the aim of implementing a logistics and capital investment plan to leverage on its expanding European and global route network. The company has established Norwegian Cargo, a dedicated freight subsidiary tasked to develop and commercialise on the carrier’s freight-carrying potential based on its 120-plus destination network. The airline currently operates a fleet of 73 aircraft on 330 routes. This network has begun to expand out of Norwegian’s original short-haul business model to include new long-haul routes to North America and Asia due to commence soon. Norwegian Air Shuttle is launching a stand-alone cargo company to exploit the growing capacity of its network as it expands the number of air routes it has around the world, the firm said. The airline, which booked Europe’s biggest ever aircraft order last year with the purchase of 222 short-haul jets from Boeing and Airbus, is opening new routes to Asia and North America. NAC2000 has opted for-Kale Logistics’ Airport Ground Handling Management system- GALAXY for automation of its activities at Lusaka Airport, Zambia. With this selection, NAC2000 is now poised to move from its manual operations to a globally connected web-based cargo management system which will help it better serve its customers & communicate with all its external stakeholders.

Nigeria is building cargo terminals at 12 airports to help boost export of farm produce, informed Yakubu Dati, General Manager of the Airports Authority. “Our airports are being rebuilt to provide means for exporting perishable and non-perishable agricultural output to remove waste, save time and increase farmers’ income” said Dati during an interview. According to Dati, the Lagos-based Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, also known as FAAN, is working with farmers’ groups and airlines to identify and serve foreign markets. Dati also informed that after building the terminals, private investors will provide refrigeration services, air transport and other facilities for export, helping to support agriculture.

Norbert Dentressangle has completed the acquisition of the ambient and temperature-controlled warehousing and general cargo freight forwarding activities of Belgian logistics company, Nova Natie. These activities generated a full year turnover of €40 million in 2011. With 250 employees and 120,000 m² of warehousing space 95% of Nova Natie’s business is carried out from the Port of Antwerp in Belgium, with the remainder at Schipol Airport in the Netherlands. With a strategic location in the Port of Antwerp, the acquisition significantly strengthens Norbert Dentressangle’s logistics business in Belgium.
NEO Air Charter, the newly-launched broker, and co-founder of the Global Charter Alliance, has appointed Active Airline Representatives as its sales agent covering the Netherlands. Active’s main business is general sales agency for airlines; it represents the 18 carriers managed by Leisure Cargo, along with Aeroflot, Coyne Airways, Olympic Air and Rossyia. As the sales agent for NEO, Active will act as a local contact point for enquiries, and will add NEO’s charter capabilities to its service portfolio.
Naki Air announced launching of a new cargo route connecting Vizag (India) with Africa, Europe and the US. The airline will operate at least two freight services from the southeastern port city to Dubai (UAE) from June. The airline, with bases in both the US and Dubai, indicated that the exports would include pharmaceutical products, perishable goods and automobile products.

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is expected to be accorded approval by China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) to commence cargo operations for the first time from the west of the country. Ningxia Cargo Airlines, which has a registered capital of CNY120m (US$18.98m) and a Boeing fleet of 737 and 747 freighters, plans to use pilots and maintenance and repair organisation professionals from Turkish Orex Orbit Express Airlines for the services.

Norbert Dentressangle Overseas, the freight forwarding division of the France-based transport group, has launched Red Sky Connect, a managed, air freight service covering the world’s four major trading regions. The six initial routes will connect China to Europe and the Americas, Latin America to Europe and the US, and the US to Europe, which will be expanded with the addition of further routes in due course.
NetFreight – the browser-based multi-modal freight management system from Impatex – has just undergone its largest-ever upgrade, embodying many new and enhanced features. The latest release is particularly designed to satisfy the needs of larger, multi-branch customers. Chief among the new features of NetFreight is its e-Freight capability: all users can now send electronic airwaybills in the form of FWB and FHL messages direct from the system.
Ningxia Autonomous Region Northwest hinterland China’s is targeting at an air cargo throughput of 40,000 tonnes and a passenger volume of six million by 2015, double the figure in 2010. By 2015, Ningxia’s airports will be operating more than 50 lines covering over 40 cities according to its development plan. During the period from 2006 to 2010, Ningxia airports’ passenger throughput grew from 877,000 to 3.01 million at an annual rate of 29 per cent, faster than the average rate in China. However, the region’s air traffic infrastructures are still lagging behind the country’s average.
Neo Air Charter has been launched by Adnan Duran (former Director of Business Development for Chapman Freeborn Airchartering Group), as Managing Partner. He is supported by a highly-experienced team of experts in aviation, airfreight and chartering, also well-known in the charter sector. Neo is based in Frankfurt, and is already planning to open offices at other strategic charter gateways around the world.

National Air Cargo has emerged into a leading global freight forwarder with presence in Europe, Middle East, Far East and Africa with more than 500 employees. National specializes in express cargo delivery and has developed a global reputation for exceptional customer service and performance moving high priority shipments across the globe.
National Air Cargo announced the expansion of its fleet to suit itself in a very competitive in the global marketplace. The expansion includes three B747-400 BCFs, which are the first long range wide-body freighters for the company. This move enabled National’s transition into a more modern and fuel efficient fleet in order to provide better service to its customers. The inaugural flight for the first B747-400 BCF was on September 9th 2010 from Frankfurt, Germany to Kuwait City, Kuwait, onwards to Bagram, Afghanistan and then on to Hong Kong, with a return flight to Frankfurt. Nigeria Customs Service’s one-stop-shop cargo examination system at the port is not working and should be reviewed, Alhaji Idris Suleiman, Comptroller of Apapa Area I Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), said, a stakeholders’ forum organised by the command in Lagos, he said: “We should own up that we have failed in the one-stop-shop cargo examination exercise and go back to the drawing board.”Suleiman said there were complaints that some security agencies attached to the examination points were not showing up and that delay in releasing goods had added to the cost of cargo clearance, Vanguard reported, quoting Suleiman as saying that the service would henceforth release goods even if any of the security agencies refused to show up for the examination.

National Air Cargo Holdings, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has granted new international passenger charter authority allowing National to expand its global reach. “This authority represents a very significant milestone in National’s two-track strategy to augment and modernize our already substantial international cargo carrying capacity with market-leading international passenger charter operations,” Steven Harrison, President of National Airlines said.

National Air Cargo (NAC) plans to open a freight agency at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the coming months. The Netherlands is the second European country where NAC will establish operations. NAC’s Dutch operations will focus on forwarding activities in Europe in addition to sales. “It is our intent to purchase capacity from other airlines too, such as KLM and Martinair Cargo”, said NAC’s Freight Manager, Mr. J. Van Berkel.

Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), head office in Narita-shi, Chiba; President: Tadamasa Ishida) has signed a global lease agreement with Envirotainer for active temperature-controlled air cargo containers. The agreement is in support of the airline’s new NCA Pharmacare product for the transportation of high value, highly sensitive pharmaceutical products. Japan in the world’s second largest pharma market worth an estimated US$80 billion per annum and this is the first time an airline in Japan has developed a specific product based on the use of Envirotainer containers. NCA has been trialling the service for 12 months using Envirotainer’s RKN e1, RKN t2, RAP t2 and CLD t2 containers and has received extremely positive feedback from its customers.

NIGERIA is now requiring freight forwarders to register to operate within the country, allegedly to target foreign companies in particular. At a meeting to announce the move to local forwarder associations, a spokesman for the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria (CRFFN), Olayiwola Shittu (right), said the industry needs to be “sanitised”.

National Air Cargo is investing resources to expand the company’s presence in Asia as part of its strategic plan to enhance growth and develop new business opportunities in the Asian marketplace. The company recently formed a dedicated sales team for Asia and added toll free phone numbers that will be maintained for extended hours through a dedicated call center based in Kuala Lumpur. “This investment is based on our significant growth in the Asian marketplace which has grown by approximately 50% in just the last year alone,” Alan White, regional director, Pacific Rim, National Air Cargo said. “We are confident that this allocation of corporate resources will provide us with a significant return on our investment in this emerging global marketplace.

National Air Cargo is investing resources to expand the company’s presence in Asia as part of its strategic plan to enhance growth and develop new business opportunities in the Asian marketplace. The company recently formed a dedicated sales team for Asia and added toll free phone numbers that will be maintained for extended hours through a dedicated call center based in Kuala Lumpur. “This investment is based on our significant growth in the Asian marketplace which has grown by approximately 50% in just the last year alone,” Alan White, regional director, Pacific Rim, National Air Cargo said. “We are confident that this allocation of corporate resources will provide us with a significant return on our investment in this emerging global marketplace.”

Network Cargo Systems Intl. Inc. has been named General Sales & Service Agent (GSSA) for AirBridgeCargo Airlines for USA and Canada.”As a result of the cooperation agreement with AirBridgeCargo, we are able to offer our customers reliable services to the Russian market with its strong economic growth. We can provide an excellent product using the non-stop cargo flights operated by AirBridgeCargo to Moscow Sheremetyevo and services in domestic Russia as well as excellent timings to Central Asia,” says Howard Jones, President of NCS. He added: “We look forward to a smooth transition and launch of the AirBridgeCargo product in North America. The emphasis will be placed on offering an excellent product at a competitive price with superior Customer Service. Making the freight forwarding industry feel at ease in dealing with AirBridgeCargo will be our focus as they need fast response times to quotes, updated information on bookings, uplift information, post flights and accurate information on what is happening in regards to rules and regulations in the Russian market. We know we have a big job ahead in 2010 and beyond but we are very confident that we will succeed and surpass all expectations set out.”

National Air Cargo and its sister company National Airlines announced both companies completed the first phase of “Operation Blanket Delivery”, a collection and donation program started in early October 2009 to benefit orphaned children in Afghanistan’s capital city Kabul. Employees from both companies’ worldwide offices collected over 1,000 blankets which were recently transported by a National Airlines DC-8 cargo plane to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The blankets were then distributed by National Air Cargo employees and officials from the Afghanistan Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, which oversees the orphanages, to the children of the two largest orphanages in the city that care for boys and girls aged 2 – 18 years old and are home to more than 600 children. Most of the children are separated from their families due to the ongoing conflict.

National Air Cargo provided charitable land transport to deliver more than 3,000 pounds of various donated personal affects on behalf of Jammies for GI’s to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas to ensure that recovering injured U.S. troops have personal clothing items while at the hospital. Wounded troops often must leave their personal items such as clothes, under garments and personal hygiene products behind when they are evacuated because of an injury from a war zone. The supplies were picked up by an express truck contracted by National Air Cargo at the Jammies for GI’s warehouse in Kenmore, N.Y. with a scheduled delivery date to Brooke Army Medical Center. Jammies for GI’s, based in Tonawanda, NY, is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting and supplying wounded U.S. troops with clothes and personal items. The organization is entirely volunteer based and collects donated items from across the country.

National Air Cargo announced that it will extend its weekly DC 8 cargo aircraft from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E), to Hahn, Germany before returning back to the United States. The flight will specialize in space available, preferred and priority cargo destined for Europe and the US, from the Middle East. Operated by National Airlines, the DC 8 flight will depart Sharjah, U.A.E. weekly on route to Hahn, Germany and Ypsilanti, Michigan. National has been operating this weekly frequency from Sharjah to Ypsilanti (Michigan, United States) since March 2009

National Air Cargo announced that it has received TSA approval to operate a Certified Cargo Screening Facility at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, MI. The newly designated facility will help relieve congestion of the screening for domestic and international air cargo shipments at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and other airports in southeastern Michigan.

Nippon Express has reported lower profits and sales for the fiscal 2008 year. Operating profit was down 30.9 per cent to US$337 million and net profit was down 58.4 per cent to US$153 million. Group sales totalled about US$18.4 billion, down 3.8 per cent from fiscal 2007.

Norbert Dentressangle Transport and logistics group, said it has won a new five-year warehousing and two-year distribution contract with Groupe SEB, a worldwide manufacturer of small domestic appliances. The contract is based out of Dentressangle’s 200,000 sq.ft multi-user site, in Telford, in the UK. The operations manage substantial throughputs each day, with value added services to multiple channels; including major retailers, business to business customers and direct to consumer. The site also handles consumer replacements and end of line goods, the company added.

Nippon Cargo Airlines of Japan, a subsidiary of NYK Line, announced that it is in talks with Japan Airlines to launch code-sharing cargo flights on the Japan-United States route at the end of March. An agreement would link JAL, Asia’s largest air carrier, and NCA, Japan’s only all-freighter airline, in the busy U.S. market. NCA parent NYK is Japan’s largest shipping company by sales.The tie-up is part of the airlines’ efforts to increase operational efficiency and cut costs as demand for airfreight slumps amid the global economic slowdown.

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Oman Air has appointed a new and exclusive General Sales and Service Agent in France. Air Cargo Logistics had entered into an agreement with Oman Air to provide the national carrier with full cargo sales, marketing and customer service activities across France. Oman Air currently operates 4 x weekly A330 flights from Paris Charles De Gaulle to Muscat with onward connections across the Middle East and Asia.

O’Hare International Airport expects cargo volume handled at the airport to touch 1.5 million tonnes in the current year. For the half year ended June, the airport recorded an increase of 8.5 percent in the cargo volume handled over the same period in 2013. The airport handled approximately 738,500 tonnes of cargo during the half year period.

OAG Cargo announced that Saudi Airlines Cargo has decided to make its US origin rates – General, BellyFlex, MainDeck, Dangerous Goods, Perishable and Courier – available on AFRA (Air Freight Rate Application). This represents a major vote of confidence in OAG Cargo and its AFRA system – an application that enables air freight rates to be communicated between airlines and forwarders as well as sales quotations between forwarders and shippers. In addition to adding valuable additional content to the service that AFRA provides for the air cargo industry, the decision by a major airline to join the community highlights the fact that publishing rates in AFRA can help all carriers to maximise their yield on freighter operations.

Oman Air, the Middle Eastern carrier, recorded rise in cargo tonnage handled in the first five months of 2012 by 33 percent as against the 13 percent increase posted last year. Revenue derived from its cargo activities also soared some 47 percent through May, compared to a full-year increase of 28 percent in 2011.

Ozar Airport in Nasik handled its first direct uplift export cargo recently with its terminal and ground handling operator, Clarion Solutions ensuring smooth loading of the heavy and odd-sized, 30 MT, moulding machinery. The shipment was being sent to Copenhagen (Denmark) for repairs and was loaded on the heavyweight specialist AN-124 aircraft. Leading charter operator and GSA in India, Air Shagoon, operated the flight for Pantos Logistics.
O’Hare International Airport is poised to be one of the world’s largest air cargo hubs with the building of the $200 million air cargo centre as announced by Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the Chicago City. According to the Mayor, the planned new 820,000-square feet facility will dramatically increase the airport’s air cargo capacity and create more than 1,200 construction jobs, 1,200 permanent on-site jobs and 10,000 jobs related to the development in the area. The first phase of the facility would be opened in 2013, and the completed facility would be opened by 2020.
OAG Cargo’s coverage of the South American air cargo market is being extended with the addition of all of TAM Airlines’ cargo schedules for flights serving Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The airline is also using access to OAG Cargo’s international freight forwarder customer base to promote the launch of its latest route from Brazil to Mexico.
Oman Air Cargo and the Port of Salalah have inked deal that will see cargo arriving at the sea airport from Asia moved by air on the national carrier to the Euopean freight hubs of Frankfurt-Main and Milan-Malpensa International Airports.
OMAN Air and the Port of Salalah have signed an agreement opening up a new sea-air cargo corridor through the port between Asia and Europe. The route will slice 48 hours from the current transit time and 20 per cent in handling costs. Total transport times for freight from Hong Kong (China) to Frankfurt and Munich (both Germany), Milan (Italy) or Paris (France) will take 16 days.
Omani government has awarded the baggage handling contract for the new passenger terminals at both Muscat International and Salalah airports to Vanderlande Industries. The contract with a value of approximately 50 million Euros is due to be completed on April 1, 2014. Vanderlande was selected because its solution offered the best total cost of ownership based on its highly redundant systems which at the same time minimise space requirements and maximise energy efficiency.

OAG Cargo enhanced and upgraded AFRA Air Freight Rates application. The optimized AFRA product is expected to become the standard for air freight rates management by airlines and their customers. It is the culmination of a three-year development project with significant investment by OAG Cargo, embracing the company’s eight years of acquired knowledge in air freight rates management, pre-transport decision-making and analysis. AFRA Optimized & enhanced is a completely rewritten and improved version of the cargo rates management tool that, has become a key rate and surcharge distribution mechanism for 920 airlines and 300 cargo GSAs, which together publish more than five million rates for AFRA’s 12,600 individual users globally at more than 900 freight forwarding companies. As OAG Cargo sets for further expansion of AFRA, customers can continue to rely on exceptional performance and response times which in some cases have been able to be improved even further.
Oman Air Cargo has given details of a pan-GCC custom-bonded truck service – operated by Able Logistics – connecting Muscat with Salalah and other GCC countries. Oman Air says it is the first time the region has seen a scheduled custom bonded trucking service for customers, connecting cargo between airports as well as to selected airports in the GCC.
OAG Cargo is seeking new business opportunities in Eastern Europe for its leading decision support tools for the air cargo industry with the appointment of DAEDALUS Sales & Marketing Consultants as its general sales agent in the region. OAG Cargo’s portfolio of solutions incorporates routing and shipment planning, dangerous goods regulations, real-time air freight rates, aviation schedule data, operational announcements and tracking as well as analysis solutions and multi-media cargo schedule products. More than 30,000 freight forwarders are registered users of OAG products globally while its Air Freight Rates Application (AFRA) provides a database of nearly five million tariffs from 920 airlines. art Jan Haasbeek, Vice President Strategic Sales of OAG Cargo, said: “Eastern Europe is a relatively untapped market for us currently but we are planning to change that with the appointment of DAEDALUS. It has a proven track record of providing sales and marketing support to companies with products, services, software and solutions in the aviation industry. We are giving DAEDALUS a strong portfolio of products to take to market and we are confident the benefits we can offer will result in many more companies signing up to the measurable business benefits delivered by OAG Cargo.”
O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Africa’s busiest and the largest airport was the runner up for “STAT Times African Airport of the Year”,. as per the online voting by the readers. Jay Shelat, VP Cargo, Jet Airways, presented the award to Unathi Batyashe Fillis, Manager Communications & Brand Executive of OR Tambo International Airport.

Oy Procargo – Professional Cargo Care in Finland and Ocean Knight Shipping in Shanghai chartered one of Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ new IL-76TD-90VD freighters to transport a 34-ton metallic roll and equipment to a paper factory in China. Loading the shipment in Finland required the use of the aircraft’s special extension ramp and roller system and internal winches. The cargo was positioned for loading using two cranes. After holding two previous records for the heaviest single piece loads carried onboard the IL-76TD-90VD,

OAG Cargo announced the launch of the OAG Cargo airfreight portal for forwarders and airlines in Thailand through an expansion of its partnership with Trade & Logistics Siam Ltd. The launch of the new portal within the Thai market brings the full range of OAG Cargo’s global services to the local Thai air cargo community and represents an increase in activities in the Asia Pacific region for OAG Cargo.

OAG Cargo announced the launch of the OAG Cargo airfreight portal for forwarders and airlines in Thailand through an expansion of its partnership with Trade & Logistics Siam Ltd. The launch of the new portal within the Thai market brings the full range of OAG Cargo’s global services to the local Thai air cargo community and represents an increase in activities in the Asia Pacific region for OAG Cargo. To access the portal, log on to www.oagcargo.com.

Olympic Air, the newly-launched, privately-owned Greek airline, has awarded cargo GSA contracts to European Cargo services (ECS) companies in France, Italy, the UK, Romania and Bulgaria. Aero Cargo will represent Olympic Air in France while Globe Air Cargo – another wholly-owned business in the ECS group – will market the airline’s capacity in the other four countries.

Overseas Courier Service (OCS) and All Express (ALLEX) have signed a merger which will officially commence as from August 1, 2009. ALLEX, the express parcel delivery service, which was created by ANA in partnership with Japanese forwarders Nippon Express and Kintetsu World Express in April 2008, will merge with OCS, a Tokyo-based international parcel delivery and forwarding company.

Opal Asia Logistics, a fast growing logistics company, in its endeavour to expand its India network, has opened new offices in Jaipur, Nashik and Rajkot. “The addition of our branches will facilitate even better level of services to our customers with most competitive, comprehensive and professional global logistics services,” company sources said. Opal, which already has 13 branch offices across India, is planning to expand to Chennai, Tuticorin, Visakhapatnam and Vadodara.


OAG Cargo Solutions has signed an agreement with IBS Software Services to develop its next generation Air Freight Rates application, AFRA-2. IBS will deliver a completely new application that will significantly enhance the way airlines, GSA’s and freight forwarders interact on the distribution, management and selection of real-time airfreight rates.

Opal Asia Logistics, a fast growing logistics company, in its endeavour to expand its India network, has opened new offices in Jaipur, Nashik and Rajkot. “The addition of our branches will facilitate even better level of services to our customers with most competitive, comprehensive and professional global logistics services,” company sources said. Opal, which already has 13 branch offices across India, is planning to expand to Chennai, Tuticorin, Visakhapatnam and Vadodara.


OAG Cargo Solutions has signed an agreement with IBS Software Services to develop its next generation Air Freight Rates application, AFRA-2. IBS will deliver a completely new application that will significantly enhance the way airlines, GSA’s and freight forwarders interact on the distribution, management and selection of real-time airfreight rates.

OMAN Air’s chief executive officer, Peter Hill, has said that the carrier will boost its freight division over the next five years.At present it accounts for only two per cent compared to for example Emirates which 19 per cent. Hill says that Oman Air will aim for 12 per cent by 2014.

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Panalpina expects the airfreight market to grow by between three and four per cent in 2015, driven by the technology, perishables and industrial consumables sectors. The Switzerland-headquartered multi-modal logistics company predicts that airline rates will “stay the same or even increase in selected trade lanes”, even though there is pressure on rates due to increasing belly capacity.

Pilot Marketing
has celebrated its 25th anniversary. Since 1990, Pilot has worked with clients in every aspect of the freight and logistics business – including passenger and cargo airlines, shipping lines, airports, handling agents, forwarders, freight wholesalers, charter brokers, 3PLs, express parcel operators, GSSAs, truckers and IT companies.

PACTL handled 1.5 million tonnes of freight in 2014, reflecting a 16.15 percent year-over-year increase. Also known as the Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal ,the partners – Shanghai Airport, Lufthansa Cargo and JHJ Logistics Management – reported domestic cargo volume rose by 6.25 percent, year-over-year, to 97,336 tonnes in 2014.

PacAvi Group has delivered its prototype passenger to freighter (P2F) Airbus A320 to HAITEC Aircraft Maintenance in Frankfurt for conversion. Initial work has commenced on the prototype, which will be fully converted on an “aggressive schedule”. PacAvi Group chief executive Stephan Hollmann said: “We view HAITEC not only as a great partner in our global network of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and engineering companies, but also as a perfect location for conversion of our A320 prototype to a freighter, since we have a significant engineering and design staff in Germany.
Panalpina has opened new bases in Morocco and Kenya as part of a drive to expand its presence in Africa, a continent in which it was once a dominant player in the oil and gas project sector. Offices in Casablanca in Morocco and Nairobi, Kenya, and will spearhead a drive for energy and infrastructure business.
Pilot Freight services will expand to two new branch locations to the north and south in the first quarter of 2015-one in Mexico City and the other in Vancouver, both offices will open as full service stations offering air, ocean and ground, import, export, logistics and home delivery services.
PACAVI Group and AeroTurbine plan to combine on a new program for conversions of Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft from passenger-to-freighter configuration with commercial deliveries beginning by 2017.
PEMCO has redelivered three more 737-300 freighter conversions to Yangtze River Express.Shanghai-based YRE, which manages the cargo operations of Hainan Airlines, China Xinhua Airlines and other members of the Hainan Air Group, has already placed two of the freighters into service, with the third entering service.
Panalpina expects the air cargo market to grow by 2-3 percent in 2014. The Panalpina Group reported an EBIT of 48 million Swiss francs equivalent to $54 million for 2013, which is more than double as compared to the EBIT recorded during the year 2012. The airfreight volumes of the company recorded a slight growth of 3 percent in 2013. Panalpina had undertaken transportation of 825,100 tonnes of air cargo in 2013, registering an increase over the 801,400 tonnes handled during 2012. The gross profit per tone decreased by 2 percent, which the company attributed to rate increases, particularly during peak season of the fourth quarter of the year leading to a slight expansion of air freight gross profit to 631.4 million Swiss francs equivalent to $711.5 million, supported by double-digit gross profit growth of the oil and gas and projects business as well as the automotive and manufacturing business.
Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) members are reportedly working on a draft documentation, that was inspired by the game-changing new EU Good Distribution Practice [GDP] certificate introduced in September, to devise a GDP-style global standard regulation covering the air transportation of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. The documentation is expected to shake up the air cargo industry so as to weed out the bad operators. The draft guide has already been reviewed by a team of medical experts. In addition, a consultation process, to ensure it is acceptable to non-EU countries, is due to take place later during this year. The original guidelines that are in force were set in 1994.
PEMCO World Air Services announced a new Boeing 737 freighter conversion partnership with Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Servicios Aeroindustriales R.L. (COOPESA) in San Jose, Costa Rica. PEMCO’s expansion into Central America with COOPESA, an MRO company, is aimed at achieving additional freighter conversion capacity to meet high demand for PEMCO’s B737-300 and -400 freighters. The first passenger-to-freighter project in PEMCO’s Costa Rica operation was a 737-400 11-position high-yield freighter.
Panalpina has become the first company in the world to achieve completely paperless flights for general airfreight. Using its own controlled Boeing 747-8 freighters, the Basel (Switzerland)-based forwarder now operates several paperless (e-freight) port-to-port services with final destinations in Europe, Hong Kong and the USA. The first flight was operated on November 19, 2013 which departed from Huntsville AL (USA). The company is confident that it will be able to fly all general airfreight on its own controlled freighters without paper within a short span of time.
Pilot Marketing has been appointed to handle media relations for St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), USA. STL was an important cargo hub for many years, until TWA was acquired by American Airlines, and impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. With active support from its state and local governments, STL is now working hard to re-generate its cargo business as part of a broader economic development initiative.
Panalpina’s operations at Brussels airport are the latest to obtain official GDP (Good Distribution Practice) certification. Having not only fully GDP compliant but also officially GDP certified facilities at strategic locations around the globe, is part of the company’s strategy to service its growing customer base in the healthcare industry. Healthcare is one of Panalpina’s fastest growing business sectors, serving both pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. At present, Panalpina is one of the world’s top five supply chain service providers for the healthcare industry and the business accounts for around 5% of the company’s revenues.
Panalpina’s newly GDP certified facility at Brussels airport has a dedicated area for storing pharmaceuticals in transit. Human as well as veterinary medicines can either be stored at between 2°C and 8°C or between 15°C and 25°C. The temperatures are constantly monitored and temperature sensitive cargo is handled by trained Panalpina personnel only. A special customer service desk would coordinate and oversee the cross-docking and interim storage of the valuable goods.

Palau Airways (P7) has appointed Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT) as its handling agent for cargo and documentation at the Hong Kong International Airport. Palau Airways is a newly-established airline based in Palau that launched scheduled flights between Palau and Hong Kong.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
will be reimbursed almost $8 billion for the work done for other agencies at the World Trade Center site.”We expect $7.83 billion back; of that we have a firm commitment for 90 percent of it,” said Anthony Hayes on behalf of the port authority. He further stated that out of the total amount $4.75 billion has been received so far. Reimbursement means the Port Authority is responsible for a little under $7 billion of the $14.8 billion Trade Center redevelopment project work performed on behalf of third parties at the Trade Center site that includes work for the 9/11 Museum and Memorial, the New York Police Department and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced it has secured written agreements from two shipping giants, FedEx and UPS, that they will no longer transport mammals for laboratory use. UPS says that it will also “restrict” an exemption that allows for the transport of amphibians, fish, insects and other non-mammals.
Payload Asia Awards 2012 honoured the very best in the air cargo community at a spectacular gala dinner and awards ceremony held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore. Guest of honour at the event was the Director-General of Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Mr Yap Ong Heng.

Paris-Vatry Airport was selected by singer Madonna’s team from among a number of European facilities suggested by Sound Moves (leader in air transport and charters for the entertainment industry and representative TFS France (a major player in international multimodal transport) to repatriate all MDNA Tour equipment and material to the United States upon completion of the star’s European engagements.

Panalpina’s second Boeing 747-8 Freighter entered service. The second of two brand-new Boeing 747-8 Freighters entered scheduled service within Panalpina’s unique own controlled air freight network. The aircraft in Panalpina livery was delivered to Atlas Air, Inc., Alabama.
Pilot Marketing has been appointed to handle media relations for Air New Zealand Cargo throughout Europe. Apart from the services at its home market of New Zealand, the carrier has cargo activities in Hong Kong, Mexico and the west coast of the USA. It has also been re-appointed to handle Air Menzies International (AMI) after a brief break. AMI is the world’s oldest and largest trade-only airfreight- and express wholesaler, with bases in the USA, Europe, Africa, Australasia and Asia.
Pacific Air Logistics, the Indian division of the global GSSA, Air Logistics Group, has established a new head office in Delhi at G5 Building, Terminal 1, IGI Airport, to oversee its five branch offices at key gateways across India. Air Logistics Group has been established in India for over 10 years, building a strong customer base with operations in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Kolkata.
Pilot Freight Services has established a new facility adjacent to Washington Dulles International Airport. The facility, being the second location in the vicinity of Washington, D.C., will complement Pilot Freight Services existing office in Baltimore.
Penang International Airport said for the first quarter of 2012, the volume of airfreight handling is expected to decrease by at least a single-digit percentage compared with the corresponding period last year. This is because airfreight for January, which coincided with the Chinese New Year holidays, dropped by about 24% to 8,859 tonnes compared with a year earlier, when it was around 11,657 tonnes.
Panalpina recorded a “successful year” in 2011, with a profit of Sfr127 million (US$138.7m), following its 2010 loss of Sfr26 million. The Swiss forwarder said this was due to organic growth across all regions and product divisions. Net forwarding revenue fell 9% to Sfr6.5 billion, reflecting the strength of the Swiss franc and lower freight rates. Gross profit, after deducting customs, security charges and freight rates, was flat at Sfr1.47 billion but was up 12% after adjustment of currency fluctuations.
PANYNJ Chairman David Samson has announced the competitive sale of Consolidated Bonds, 171st Series, in the aggregate principal amount of $400 million. The 171st Series bonds were awarded on the basis of the lowest true interest cost of the bids received. The 171st Series bonds, awarded to J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, at a price of $416,326,710.65, are composed of bonds due from July 15, 2030 to January 15, 2042, at interest rates ranging from 4 to 5 percent per year.

PortGround GmbH was awarded an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certificate by Germany’s customs authorities at the end of 2011. The AEO certificate allows its holders to benefit from certain customs simplifications as well as security facilitations.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) has resumed cargo services operating out of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 in Manila. PAL cargo operations were suspended on 27 September when the ground crew union staged protests after PAL’s plans to implement a wide-ranging corporate restructuring programme involved the outsourcing, among others, of PAL Cargo.
Pilot Marketing has been appointed to handle media relations for Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) with immediate effect. Hactl operates SuperTerminal 1 in Hong Kong – the world’s busiest international air cargo hub. Hactl’s senior management team is therefore highly authoritative on all matters related to airline cargo handling specifically, and on the air cargo industry in general throughout the Far East. Panalpina is expanding its US footprint with a new depot next to its existing Alabama hub. The facility will provide complete kitting and parts assembly for some of the world’s largest well known hi-tech manufacturers. In addition, the fully-equipped 40,000 square foot facility offers temperature-controlled storage areas for Panalpina customers in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
Panalpina has become one of the world’s biggest Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) for active cooling solutions. With the newest accreditation of twenty locations – almost half of them in Asia – Panalpina now has a total of forty-three Envirotainer accredited locations in twenty-seven countries to meet the soaring demand for forwarding temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals. Swedish cool-chain logistics specialist Envirotainer has confirmed Panalpina’s accreditation of twenty additional stations worldwide as Qualified Envirotainer Providers (QEP), bringing the total of accredited stations to forty-three. Panalpina has gained this latest accreditation after meeting the strict requirements of Envirotainer’s Training and Quality Program for Good Distribution Practices of temperature sensitive healthcare products.

Pet Airways of Delray Beach, Florida added St. Louis to its network of 14 major city destinations. Flights to and from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport began this summer. Pet Airways, Inc. is the only airline specifically designed for the safe and comfortable transportation of pets, or “Pawsengers.” Pets are continuously monitored by an in-flight Pet Attendant in a climate-controlled cabin with lots of fresh, cool air for maximum comfort. “This is a unique airline that obviously has growing support across the country for those who want to make custom travel plans for the transportation of their pets,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
Pet Airways, the first airline specifically for the transport of pets, has reported a 3Q revenue of $356,000, this compares to $188,000 taken in the 3Q of 2009. However, net loss was $2.17m compared to $685,000 last year. Dan Wiesel, chairman and CEO of Pet Airways was optimistic, commenting: “Our revenues in the first nine months of 2010 illustrate the growth we are seeing in our business.”

Panalpina is expanding its dedicated air cargo operation with a leased 747-400 freighter. The global forwarder will use it to launch trans-Pacific services connecting the company’s European and North American hubs to Hong Kong and Dubai. The service will include direct flights between Hong Kong and Panalpina’s large operation in Huntsville, Ala., and a connection to the forwarder’s longstanding “Dixie Jet” trans-Atlantic flight between the U.S. manufacturing center and Luxembourg. The service expands the scheduled, wholly controlled flight operations Panalpina has used to complement its basic forwarding and logistics services. The company will lease the jumbo freighter from Atlas Air under an ACMI contract, for the aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance services that Atlas provides.

Plane Handling, which handles 320,000 tonnes of cargo a year for over 30 leading airlines in the UK, has rejoined Cargo 2000. The company was formerly a member through the Aviance alliance but has now joined in its own right following its acquisition by Dnata, the Dubai-based international ground handler.

PANYNJ region also showed a positive growth for the region as a whole in freight traffic during the corresponding period recording a positive growth of 11.6%. The total freight traffic including domestic and international freight showed a positive growth of 16.2% as compared to that in the same month in 2009. However mail traffic showed a negative growth of 3.8%.at JFK and 3.4% at the NYNJ region. The transatlantic sector accounted for the maximum freight for the period after the domestic sector with 35.53% whereas at the JFK International Airport, the transatlantic sector accounted for 44% of the total traffic.

PanAir Cargo has appointed European Cargo Services as its cargo general sales agent in 20 countries in Europe, Scandinavia and Singapore. In Europe, the Panamanian cargo airline is now represented by ECS in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, UK and Ukraine.PanAir Cargo, a trademark of Cargo Three, Inc, commenced operations in 1991. In addition to its main operational base strategically located at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, PanAir Cargo has offices in the major cities of Central America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved a $6.3 billion budget for 2010 that controls spending by providing for zero growth in operating expenses for the second consecutive year and reducing agency headcount to its lowest levels in 40 years. The budget also calls for $3.1 billion in capital spending to keep its priority projects moving forward, but also defers certain major capital expenditures in response to the economic downturn, which has significantly impacted the agency.

Panalpina has gained Accreditation as a Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) after meeting the strict requirements of Envirotainer’s Training and Quality Program for Good Distribution Practices of temperature sensitive healthcare products. Envirotainer, pioneers of ‘active’ temperature-controlled air cargo containers, launched its QEP program at the request of shippers of healthcare products and in response to industry guidance. The program acknowledges those service providers that are capable of properly managing shipments using Envirotainer containers. It confirms providers meet their obligations as defined in the current Good Distribution Practices guidance documents, including the requirements of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Project cargo forwarding has been on a roll in the last few years, but for those forwarders that rely on air freight movements, there are a number of challenges on the horizon that may very well impact on their business model within the next decade.

Purolator Courier Ltd., Canada’s largest courier company, opts for LoadControl, Lufthansa Systems’ weight & balance solution. LoadControl enables airlines to improve their efficiency in aircraft handling and reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.5% per flight. “We were looking for a powerful weight & balance solution to optimize load planning in compliance with governmental regulations. LoadControl fully meets our requirements and the system will automate and accelerate our aircraft handling process,” comments George Travassos, Director Air Operations at Purolator.

Prism Lighting Services, LLC introduces the Prism Inflatable Light (PIL) to the Air Cargo Industry. The PIL1000 was designed so that one person in total darkness can illuminate 12,000 square yards in 3 to 4 minutes. With a 1000 watt Metal Halide bulb and weighing only 47 pounds, it is ideal for staging operations at night.

Panalpina, Swiss logistics group has reported a 78 per cent drop in first-half net profit to EUR16.9 million and says it does not expect to see any improvement in the second half of this year.

Pet Airways, which is now flying domestic pets in cages in the main cabin of the plane, rather than in the cargo hold. The carrier does not transport human passengers other than crew and attendants to care for the animals during flights. Pet owners have to fly separately. One-way fares start at US$149 and the carrier reports many flights on the airline’s initial schedule are booked out with a waiting list on some flights, depending on the animal’s size.

Polet Airlines is to start scheduled cargo services using the newly launched IL-96-400T freighter. This new aircraft, which is said to burn 25-30 per cent less fuel than the 747-200F, can accommodate up to 34 PMC pallets in a 25 upper-deck and nine lower-deck configuration. Polet have appointed Unitpool to supply and manage their ULD requirements. This enables Polet to be flexible regarding when and where they operate the three new aircraft being delivered in 2009.

Progress Software Corp has entered into a partnership with autoID systems GmbH to develop and deliver an airline logistics and catering system based on the integration of the Progress Apama Complex Event Processing (CEP) platform and RFID technology.

Polet Airlines being an important player in the heavy and outsize cargo niche is entering international regular cargo transportation market. To achieve this goal Polet Airlines has leased three IL-96-400 aircraft from Ilyushin Finance Co. to bring them into commercial operation by autumn 2009. Furthermore, the aircraft fleet will be extended by acquisition of three additional IL-96-400 aircraft in 2010-2011. The wide body IL-96-400T is the first cargo aircraft of this type, manufactured in Russia. Its launch into operation means a lot to the industry. The declared characteristics such as fuel efficiency, payload factor, cargo compartment volume make it an attractive product in most market segments. In particular, fuel consumption by IL-96-400T is some 30% lower than by Boeing-747-400F. Cargo hold volume is over 770 cbm. Bringing the first three aircraft into commercial operation from 2009, with present market activity, the company is expecting to reach positive results by 2011.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Air cargo volumes fell almost 30% in the first quarter while port traffic was down over 17% at the airports and maritime terminals owned by The authority operates John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, La Guardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports, and is the port authority for a range of marine terminals located across the two states. Exact volumes were not released but a statement from the authority admitted the 17.4% quarterly decline in maritime traffic was the biggest quarterly contraction in more than 15 years. “The port authority isn’t recession proof and that’s becoming more and more clear as our facilities report their activity levels,” said executive director, Chris Ward.

Paramount Airways officially announced the launch of its cargo operations with Chennai as its hub. The airline has optimised the belly space of all its five aircraft and will operate with inbound and outbound flights to destinations like Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Kochi, Vizag, Tiruchirapalli, Ahmedabad, Goa and Pune.

Procter and Gamble (P&G), the world’s leading consumer goods company, has awarded Agility Pakistan its QA Pinnacle Award after an extensive audit of the company’s distribution centers by its Worldwide Quality Assurance team. The QA Pinnacle Award recognizes Agility Pakistan as a business partner of P&G that has demonstrated its ability to deliver quality products and services to meet the high standards it sets through systemic quality improvements. “This is a great achievement for the Pakistan team who have been working tirelessly to raise quality standards and to receive the QA Pinnacle Award from one of the world’s leading companies is well deserved recognition,” said Wolfgang Hollermann, CEO, Agility Asia Pacific.

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Qantas Freight is seeing major efficiency benefits after adopting a “self service” system for import collections. Bob Labrun, head of operations, told the World Cargo Symposium (WCS) that truck drivers are able to input import collection notifications online at the carrier’s cargo terminals in under a minute, removing a former bottleneck that could see them taking a ticket and waiting in line for an hour or more.


Qatar Airways Cargo
launched twice weekly Airbus 330 freighter services to Basel, Switzerland. The airline will also commence a “Pharma Express” service the first of its kind in the industry, offering air freight to the pharmaceutical industry worldwide. The Pharma Express service will link two key pharma origins, Brussels and Basel, with the extensive Qatar Airways’ network, via Doha, Qatar.

Qatar Airways Cargo has commenced operations to three new freighter destinations, Lagos, Accra and Guangzhou, with all three routes being served by the Airbus A330 freighter. Freighters to Lagos and Accra commenced on December 6. The twice weekly freighter service operates from Doha to Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and then onward to Accra’s Kotoka International Airport, with a scheduled stop in Europe before returning to Doha.
Qatar Airways Cargo transported a total of 67 world-class show jumping horses from Liège, Belgium, to Doha, Qatar, for the final round of the 2014 Longines Global Champions Tour season which concluded on 15 November 2014. The final Grand Prix of this year’s series took place at AL SHAQAB, one of the most spectacular equestrian venues in the world, providing a fabulous international stage for the crowning of the overall Longines Global Champions Tour Champion.
Qatar Airways Cargo has taken delivery of its fourth Airbus A330-200 freighter. The A330-200F has a 70 tonnes payload and a range of 7,400 km. Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways chief officer cargo said: “We are delighted to receive our latest A330 freighter which will assist us in our growth by providing even more capacity and range for our customers, on both scheduled and charter operations.”

Qatar Airways Cargo and Qatar Customs have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the use of electronic air waybill (e-AWB). The document was signed by Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann and Mohammed Ahmed Al Mohannadi, Operations and Risk Analysis Department Manager of Customs in the presence of senior officials from both companies.

Qatar Airways Cargo is launching two extra freighter destinations, Brussels in Belgium and Shanghai in China.Brussels will be served four times a week by an A330F. It will fly via Entebbe to Brussels on Wednesdays and Sundays and via Nairobi to Brussels on Mondays and Fridays.

Qatar Airways Cargo started operating its second freighter service to Delhi, India. This second frequency builds rapidly on the back of the first freighter service from Doha which was launched in May.
QATAR Airways has announced its intention to order four new B777 freighters with options for up to four more as part of a potential $37.7 billion passenger and cargo aircraft shopping spree with Boeing.
Qatar Airways Cargo has successfully undertaken transportation of 79 horses to Doha for “CHI AL SHAQAB 2014” event, the only CHI (Concours Hippique International) competition in the Middle East and Asia participated by nearly 129 riders and 176 horses from 27 countries. The event was conducted from 10 to 15 March, 2014 at Doha. Horses are transported primarily between the Middle East and Europe, and between Europe and the U.S.A. Unlike pets such as cats and dogs, horses cannot be transported in the lower deck of regular passenger planes.
Qantas Freight announced relocation of its UK office and all operations to dnata City, a purpose-built cargo logistics center at Heathrow. dnata’s UK business will provide Qantas Freight with cargo ground handling at London’s Heathrow airport. In accordance with the long-term partnership agreement between the two parties, dnata will manage all aspects of freight handling for Qantas, which flies twice-daily A380 operations to Heathrow.
Qatar Airways Cargo announced the launching of two new premium services named ‘Q Pharma’ and ‘Q Fresh’ as part of its efforts towards optimization of the transportation of time and temperature sensitive goods, including high-value pharmaceutical products and perishables. Q Pharma, which is an air freight service for pharmaceutical and healthcare products, offers both active and passive solutions. Q Fresh, is designed for the shipment of perishable products that require temperature control during transit.
Qatar Airways Cargo’s first shipment was delivered at the new Hamad International Airport. The shipment for Qatar Petroleum was transferred from Europe to Doha. The new cargo terminal, which is one of the largest in the world, has the capacity to move 5,700 shipments simultaneously and to handle 1.4 million tonnes of cargo per annum by 2015, representing a 75 percent increase from the current airport.
Qantas Freight has announced the release of a new version of its popular smartphone app to the Google Play Store, giving customers using Android smartphones the ability to track shipments and view flight information. The release of the Android app follows the success of Qantas Freight’s iPhone app which launched in September 2012. The iPhone app has been downloaded more than 40,000 times and has a five star user rating.
Qatar Airways Cargo has announced that it will begin scheduled dedicated freighter services to four new destinations viz Beirut (Lebanon), Madrid (Spain), Paris (France), and Tbilisi (Georgia) whilst increasing frequency to Seoul (South Korea) and increasing capacity on its Oslo (Norway) route. On 30 October, Qatar Airways Cargo started operating a twice-weekly service to the Spanish capital of Madrid. The new service is operated with Qatar Airways’ Airbus A330 freighter and is expected to include textiles and apparel (including footwear), food and beverages, metals and metal manufacturers, chemicals, automobiles, machine tools, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment.
Qatar Airways has placed a firm order for five new Airbus A330-200 Freighter aircraft in an agreement signed at the Dubai Airshow 2013. These new aircraft will complement the airline’s rapidly growing network, which includes more than 40 routes that have dedicated freighter services. Included in the order are eight additional A330-200F options – which would make today’s deal potentially worth over $2.8bn at list prices for a total of 13 aircraft. These aircraft on order will complement three A330-200Fs Qatar Airways already operates since earlier this year.
Qatar Airways is the latest cargo carrier to quit Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. It will cease its twice-weekly B757 freighter when winter season schedules soon. It follows the big blow in July when Aeroflot discontinued its cargo operations at Hahn having operated up to 10 MD-11 flights per week. At the beginning of 2013, Hahn lost another of its long-standing cargo airlines, Etihad Cargo, who transferred its programme of four weekly freighter flights to Frankfurt Main, located around 100 kilometres away. Qatar Airways Cargo signed Multilateral e-Airway bill agreement with IATA. The agreement with IATA enables Qatar Airways Cargo to accept e-AWB from all participating freight forwarders. Freight forwarders who have signed multilateral e-AWB agreements with IATA will be able to tender e-AWB shipments to Qatar Airways Cargo at multiple airports around the globe. To facilitate seamless electronic data exchange with freight forwarders, Qatar Airways Cargo has appointed Cargo Community Network – Singapore, a provider of cargo community system services (CCS) and e-solutions for the air cargo industry, as its CCS partner. “Benefits of electronic airway bills include reduced costs, higher productivity, better reliability, and enhanced regulatory compliance,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker: “Most importantly it paves the way toward a paper-free e-freight system.” he added. Qatar Airways has enhanced the baggage allowances with additional baggage weight allowed per person. Economy weight allowances have increased from 23kg to 30kg while Business and First Class have each been increased from 30kg and 40kg to 40kg and 50kg respectively. The number of bags remains the same and dependent on the type of ticket being purchased. The increased weight allowance would not be admissible whilst travelling to points that are regulated by per-piece allowance. “Revising our standard baggage allowance comes at a time whereby the number of destinations we fly is increasing and our global reach is broadening,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. “The number of customers we see travelling for longer periods of time, whether for business or on holiday, reflects the necessity for increased baggage allowance no matter their destination.” Qatar Airways launched its second weekly cargo flight to Oslo with effect from 5 July 2013. The airline has stepped up its Doha – Oslo capacity by adding another flight that is operated on Fridays. It would add to the current weekly cargo flight, which was introduced during April this year and is being operated on Mondays. The Doha – Oslo cargo route is operated with a state-of-the-art Boeing 777 freighter aircraft with a capacity of 100 tonnes and would complement to the existing cargo carried on the airline’s daily passenger flight that has a capacity of 15 tonnes in addition to passenger baggage. Qantas Freight is to launch a weekly freight service between Australia and Papua New Guinea. The flight between Cairns, Brisbane, and Port Moresby will be operated by a Boeing 737-300F, offering 15 tonnes of cargo capacity each way. Qantas Freight executive manager Lisa Brock intimated that the export market between Australia and Papua New Guinea is strong and the new freighter service would provide much needed capacity on the route. Qatar Airways Cargo has been awarded for quality performance and excellent customer care at the Italian Air Freight Agency Associations Annual Gala Dinner held at the Triennale Museum in Milan recently. Qatar Airways freighter division won the Best Carrier of the Year 2012 award for best „flown as booked performance at a ceremony attended by more than 100 industry representatives and special guests. Qatar Airways Cargo will begin a new freighter service between the US and Italy – a traditional and well established trade route that will double the freight capacity of the Doha-based carrier’s cargo services out of the United States. Qatar Airways Cargo, during March this year, performed one of its largest high profile horse shipments. The safe handling and care of the horses was of upmost importance to the operation. The shipment was carried out using five special charter flights organised by Qatar Airways Cargo’s charter division. 97 horses, travelling in 49 specialist horse stalls along with 15 tons of equipment, were flown from Amsterdam to Doha on Qatar Airway Boeing 777 Freighters. The shipment was one of the airline’s largest to date.

Queen Alia International Airport in Amman in Jordan, according to Airport International Group of Jordan, increased its January to October cargo traffic by 7.66% to 77,594 tonnes. “The traffic results for October continue to provide us with confidence in the future of QAIA,” said Kjeld Binger, CEO of AIG. “With the new terminal nearing completion, visitors will soon be welcomed to the Kingdom via a landmark, modern gateway, which we anticipate will have a positive impact not only on the airport, but on the entire country. These latest figures further bolster our commitment to working toward a prosperous future for both QAIA and Jordan” he added. AIG is investing an estimated $750 million in the construction of a new terminal at the airport, which is 92% complete. The terminal will increase the airport capacity to 9 million passengers annually, nearly three times the current airport capacity of 3.5 million passengers annually. Future expansions will further increase the airport capacity to 12 million passengers a year.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker has called on the British government to urgently address capacity constraints at London Heathrow to avoid a ‘catastrophic situation’ for the country’s economy. Al Baker was vocal in support for a third runway at the world’s busiest international airport to remain competitive with rival European airport hubs. The government recently began a review to address the critical airport issues in south east England in the face of growing competition from airports in Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.

Qantas Airways, Australia’s struggling top airline, moved to strengthen its air cargo network with the acquisition of 100 percent of the air freight business of Australian Air Express. Qantas will also sell its 50 percent stake in freight and logistics business StarTrack to Australia Post, receiving net proceeds of AUD$408 million (USD$422 million). Under joint venture arrangements since 2003, Qantas and Australia Post each currently owns 50 percent of Australian Air Express and StarTrack.
Qatar Airways has appointed CHEP Aerospace Solutions to maintain and repair its worldwide fleet of Unit Load Devices (ULDs) and galley cart equipment under a five-year contract. CHEP will use its global network of 50 repair stations to maintain Qatar Airways’ fleet of more than 24,000 ULDs and galley carts, and will expand this network by opening a repair location in Doha.

Qatar Airways, which took a big stake in European freight carrier Cargolux during 2011, has plans to convert up to 20 of its Airbus A330 passenger jets into freighters. “We are in talks with EFW, negotiations are going on about the delivery schedule. We should be able to come up with something at Farnborough. It should be about 15 to 20 aircraft,” Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways said. The plan involves giving a second life to mid-sized passenger jets.

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, launched a scheduled freighter service from Sydney to Chongqing and from there to Chicago via Shangahi. The new freight service became effective from April 2012.
Quick Cargo Service (QCS) has seen its turnover increase 11.5 percent to €49 million (US$64.2 million) during 2011. The company’s airfreight export sector recorded 32,000 metric tonnes, up 14.1 percent compared to 2010. Gross yield outcome grew by 13.6 percent to a total of €12.5 million ($16.4 million).
Qatar Airways expands its global bellyhold and freighter network via its Doha hub starting in May. The airline has rolled out passenger bellyhold capacity over six months to Iraq, Tanzania, Serbia and Myanmar, while new freighter lanes to Korea, Pakistan, South Africa and Oman since March 26 using the carrier’s fleet of six freighters.
QATAR Airways has signed an order for two 777-200 freighters at the Dubai Airshow. “The 777 has quickly become our flagship long-haul aircraft and since we started taking delivery of this aeroplane in 2007, we have been able to open up exciting, new, diverse passenger and cargo routes worldwide from our Doha hub,” Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said.
Qatar Airways’ cargo division has announced it will begin scheduled dedicated freighter services to three North American destinations – Atlanta, Houston and Toronto. The new North American services will be operated with Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777 freighters and will fly from the airline’s hub in Doha via Luxembourg.
Qatar Airways announced it had entered into a strategic equity and commercial partnership with Cargolux to acquire a 35 per cent stake in Europe’s leading cargo airline. The agreement was signed in Luxembourg by Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker and Cargolux President and CEO Frank Reimen in the presence of the Prime Minister of the State of Qatar, His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani, and Luxembourg’s Minister of Finance Luc Frieden. The accord will give Qatar Airways a greater foothold in the growing freight business offering synergies with the cargo operator, which has a global reach from its Luxembourg hub. Doha-based Qatar Airways Cargo provides freight services to more than 100 destinations, worldwide using the cargo space available on Qatar Airways’ passenger aircraft fleet. In addition, the carrier operates dedicated freighters to over 30 destinations within the airline’s international route map.

Qatar Airways
operates a mixed fleet of 98 passenger, cargo and corporate jet aircraft. Its freighter fleet comprises five aircraft – three Airbus A300-600s and two Boeing 777s flying across six continents. The carrier has a further four Boeing 777 freighters due to join its fleet over the next few years.
Qatar Airways and Emirates, already luring passengers from British Airways and Air France, will extend the contest to the $68-billion air-freight market by turning their bases into global cargo hubs. Emirates, the world’s biggest airline by international passenger traffic, aims to add as many as 18 cargo planes in Dubai, while Doha-based Qatar Air is converting 15 passenger jets to freighters and buying 33 percent of Cargolux Airlines International, Europe’s biggest freight-only carrier. The plans are sounding alarm bells at companies already under pressure as Emirates builds a fleet of 90 superjumbos and Qatar awaits delivery of 200 jets worth $35 billion as part of a bid to persuade travelers to fly via the Gulf instead of London, Paris and Frankfurt. SkyTeam Cargo, which includes the freight arm of Air France-KLM Group, is concerned about the expansion.
Qatar Airways Cargo has expanded its dedicated freighter routes with new services to Kuwait. Freighter operations to Kuwait are served with an Airbus A300 freighter on the route boosting Qatar Airways Cargo capacity in the airline’s home region – the Gulf. The new dedicated freighter route to the capital Kuwait City complements the existing freighter services in the Gulf to Riyadh, Dubai and Bahrain and will mostly be used to carry cargo goods ranging from perishables, consolidated shipment and pharmaceuticals to garments, food items and equipment for oil and petroleum companies. The cargo upgrade in the Gulf follows Qatar Airways’ announcement of a major frequency increase of its regional passenger operations in Saudi Arabia, which will see routes to Riyadh and Jeddah go from daily to double daily services and Dammam securing an additional daily flight, all effective June 1. The Doha-based airline will also launch its newest destination in the Kingdom with four-flights-a-week to Medina on July 14.

Qatar Airways plans to expand its cargo fleet to about 15 aircraft by 2015 from the current five, according to chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, who said the airline would take a 33 percent stake in European cargo carrier Cargolux Airlines International S.A. “We are planning to convert as many as 15 Airbus A330s into freighters, hopefully by 2015 depending on how many slots we get for the conversion from Airbus with their centre in Germany,” he said, adding that some of the 15 planes may go into the airline’s leasing arm “or we may even increase the number if there is a freighter demand because we have nearly 30 A330s”. The move would blend well with the Doha-based carrier’s plans to become one of the major cargo players by 2015, according to Al Baker.

Qatar Airways is going to secure a 33 per cent stake in Cargolux. “We are going to sign an agreement with them in a few weeks. We see there are synergies and Qatar Airways would like to expand,” Al Baker said, declining to shed light on the value for the deal. Six years ago Etihad tried to buy a 33.7 per cent stake in Cargolux at a reported US$130 million.

Qatar Airways has signed an agreement to buy three 777 freighters. The news comes as the airline takes delivery of its 25th 777. Qatar’s new orders include a further two 777-300ERs. Combined, the five new aircraft will set the airline back US$1.4 billion at list prices.”The capacity of the 777 freighter is unrivalled and its economics make it an attractive addition to our fleet,” Akbar al-Baker, Qatar Airways’ chief executive officer, said.

Qatar Airways Cargo plans to buy a stake in Cargolux. So far, details are lacking. Marc Hoffmann, chairman of the Board of Cargolux, declined to comment, but he confirmed that 35 to 49 per cent of the company’s shares are for sale. Swissair’s 33.7 per cent stake has been available since it was sold in 2009. As of January 2010, the airline is owned by Luxair (52.1 per cent), Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat (13.1 per cent), Société Nationale de Crédit et d’Investissement (11.5 per cent), the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (eight per cent) and other shareholders (2.5 per cent).

Qatar Airways Cargo has announced an expansion of its dedicated freighter routes with new services to Hanoi, Kozhikode and Bengaluru. Freighter operations to Kozhikode and onto Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, are served with an Airbus A300 freighter on the route boosting Qatar Airways Cargo freighter capacity in India by an additional 40 metric tonnes a week. Cargo flights from Doha to Hanoi, stopping in Hong Kong on the return sector. The weekly service is operated with one of the airline’s dedicated Boeing 777 freighters and follows the successful launch of passenger flights to the Vietnamese capital in November 2010. Qatar Airways also operates scheduled services to Ho Chi Minh City and is the only Gulf carrier flying to Vietnam.

Qatar Airways is to boost its fleet with three additional Boeing 777 Freighters and two Boeing 777-300 ERs in an order valued at US$1.4 billion at list prices. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the Business & Investment in Qatar Forum held in New York in the presence of the State of Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani; US Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood; and US Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency Joseph LeBaron. The agreement was signed in America’s financial capital by Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker and Boeing sales director Tony Valentine.

Qatar Airways is preparing for huge capacity increases to Germany in March with additional flights to Frankfurt and Munich, together with the introduction of services to Stuttgart – its fourth German gateway. With two new weekly flights to Frankfurt, four additional services to Munich and the introduction of thrice-weekly flights to Stuttgart, the airline’s German frequency rises from 24 to 33 flights a week. All the flights are non-stop to and from Doha, Qatar Airways’ operational hub. Services to Germany’s capital city Berlin remain at daily.
Qatar Airways has taken delivery of its latest Boeing 777 aircraft with relief aid onboard for victims of the devastating floods that hit Pakistan in August. The supplies arrived in Doha following a 14-hour non-stop journey from Seattle. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-300 Extended Range (ER) version, is the 23rd wide body Boeing 777 to be inducted into the airline’s fleet. Qatar Airways, Boeing and a non-profit organisation – AmeriCares collaborated to bring the relief aid from the United States. he uplift in the cargo hold of the airline’s newest 777-300 ER aircraft comprised of almost 35,000 pounds of medicine and medical supplies.

Qantas Freight has begun offering courier and baggage delivery services to Qantas and third party customers under the new brand name Qantas Courier. Executive manager Qantas Freight Stephen Cleary said, “Qantas Courier had been established to reposition the Australian and New Zealand operations following the sale of Qantas’ investment in DPEX Worldwide.”

Qantas has reported an underlying profit before tax of A$377 million for the full-year ended 30 June 2010. Its freight volumes were up seven per cent, it has A$3.7bn cash on the balance sheet and all segments of the airline were profitable, although yield was down 11 per cent on 2008. Its budget arm – Jetstar – had a record result with capacity up eight per cent and profitability up 22 per cent.

Qatar Airways Cargo has announced it will begin scheduled freighter services to Chicago, Illinois – its first dedicated freighter operation to the United States – from August 18. The new twice-weekly services will be operated with Qatar Airways’ new Boeing 777 freighters and will fly from the airline’s hub in Doha via Amsterdam. Payloads on the new services will be up to 100 tonnes per flight and are expected to include freight items such as machinery, textiles, auto parts, fruit and vegetables and general cargo.

Qatar Airways has told Airbus to decide its A330 cargo conversion strategy or risk losing its business to Boeing. Airbus is thought to prefer to push its new-build A330-200 freighter instead of converting older metal. Qatar says the converted A330s would either join Qatar Airways’ cargo arm or be placed with its newly-created leasing division.

Qantas, Australia’s national carrier and one of the world’s leading airlines, has implemented IBS’ Cargo Management Solution in its international air freight division, Qantas Freight. Through this deployment, the airline has successfully migrated its global cargo sales, reservations and capacity management functions to IBS’ iCargo platform. iCargo, a new generation end-to-end logistics solution, replaced a legacy system at the end May with a cut over involving cargo operations in thirteen countries.

Qantas has sold its Asian express airfreight business to the Toll Group. The sale of the DPEX Group – Asia’s biggest independent express business – excludes the airline’s stake in the DPEX Australian operation. Its completion is also subject to approval by the Chinese competition authorities as both Qantas and Toll have significant unrelated existing interests in China.

Qatar Airways has begun cargo operations using its brand new Boeing B777 Freighter, with the plane’s first flight departing from Doha for Amsterdam recently. The new cargo freighter was delivered to the airline’s hub at Doha International Airport over the weekend following a non-stop flight from Boeing Everett factory in Seattle, Washington. The B777F is the latest addition to the Qatar Airways fleet, now numbering 83 aircraft, and adds significant capacity to the airline’s burgeoning freighter network. The new aircraft has a payload capacity of 102 metric tons, almost double the capability of the airline’s Airbus A300-600 freighters

Qatar Airways is considering whether or not to convert its A330-200 passenger aircraft into freighters.The Middle Eastern carrier met with Airbus to discuss the proposal. Qatar’s chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said that if the company goes ahead then it will create a conversion centre at the carrier’s Doha base.

Qantas Freight announced that it would join Cargo 2000, the air freight industry’s premier quality management program as an associate member. Qantas Freight Head of Commercial, Mr Theo Triantafillides, said membership of Cargo 2000 would help Qantas to continue to differentiate itself through the provision of outstanding customer service and bring together many of the process improvements the business had made over the past 12 months.

Qatar Airways Cargo has boosted dedicated freighter services to Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The new twice-weekly schedule provides improved access to Johor Bahru, a thriving centre in the south of the Malaysian peninsula, which also offers an alternative entry point for shipments into South East Asia. The new freighter schedule has been combined with the carrier’s road haulage operations to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to offer convenient timings for shipping beyond Johor Bahru.

Qantas Freight added a fourth US city – Dallas, Texas – to its freighter network. Providing air freight services between the southern US city, China and Australia. Qantas Freight executive manager, Stephen Cleary, said the addition of Dallas to the business’ US network, which also includes Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, was part of a long term plan to strengthen Qantas Freight’s presence in key markets.

Qantas Freight has appointed Aero Cargo International its general sales agent in France. The contract involves marketing cargo capacity on the carrier’s daily B 747-400 passenger flights from Frankfurt, Germany as well as its twice-weekly B747 freighter operations ex Liege and Frankfurt, which operate via Singapore. Aero Cargo will be marketing all destinations in the Qantas network to freight forwarders across France.

Qantas Freight has commenced a direct weekly Boeing 747-400 freighter service between Australia, Vietnam, China and the United States. Executive Manager Qantas Freight, Mr Stephen Cleary said the new route confirmed Qantas Freight’s commitment to seeking new opportunities to service the needs of its global customers against the background of a worldwide decline in demand.


Qantas Freight has officially opened its new Freight Terminal at Melbourne International Airport. Completed in four stages, the redevelopment included construction of a new administration building, extensions to the main terminal building, installation of automated materials handling equipment, new loading docks, a dedicated mail handling area and a custom-designed perishable freight facility. The state-of-the-art terminal, designed to incorporate as much green design, automation and technology as possible, can now handle almost triple the number of aircraft containers. The terminal features a fully-automated temperature-controlled perishables facility able to store up to 20 AKE type containers at a constant temperature of 13C. The area also features a scalable SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) computer system.


Qatar Airways Cargo gains Cargo 2000’s certificate to improve the quality of air cargo increasing its coverage of the Middle East. Qatar Airways Cargo has decided to become Regional Associate Member of Cargo 2000. The Doha-based airline says membership of Cargo 2000 will allow Qatar Airways Cargo to monitor its quality and delivery standards on the basis of the most highly-regarded industry standard.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the arm of leading five-star airline Qatar Airways, is testing a new initiative to increase the protection of temperature sensitive shipments. The introduction of heavy-duty thermal blankets will help combat the temperature conditions throughout the journey by keeping any perishable cargo at a constant temperature. The thermal pallet cover protects pallets of perishable and pharmaceutical cargo during transportation by stabilising the cargo temperature and shielding it from weather and temperature fluctuation, including rain and sunlight damage. The product is designed to provide cold chain integrity, and can be custom manufactured to be used with a variety of pallet sizes.

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Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has seen a 112 percent increase in the amount of cargo it transports. The figures, which represent the number of consignments in and out of the airport, show a second successive year of growth. The figures represent tonnage through the airport year on year for 2013 and 2014.
Ruslan International has partnered with German charter broker Karpeles Flight Services (part of DB Schenker) to move a 60-tonne AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter from London Stansted Airport (STN) to an undisclosed location in Africa. To fit the AW101 through the An-124’s 4.3-meter-high, nose-loading cargo door, AgustaWestland technicians partially dismantled the chopper and rebuilt it over a three-day period upon arrival.
Rapiscan Systems, a global security inspection specialist, wants to move on to the next stage after completing a contract from the UK Civil Aviation Authority to determine the feasibility of automatically detecting lithium batteries in air cargo. Undeclared lithium batteries in airfreight can pose a fire risk if damaged or badly packaged, due to their high energy levels.
Royal Jordanian Airlines has secured 5-year RA3 and ACC3 EU certifications for its cargo operations from Amman to any EU country.The security manual defines the standards and security measures implemented to meet regulatory requirements.
Ruslan International has moved 75 tonnes of urgent oil and gas industry coil-tubing equipment from London Stansted to Adelaide by AN-124. The company, which manages 17 giant AN-124 freighter aircraft for its partners Antonov Airlines and Volga Dnepr Group, undertook the charter to support a drilling programme in the Coober Pedy Basin of South Australia.
Rickenbacker International Airport is set to begin Export loading services.Shippers and forwarders will have the opportunity to load exports directly in Columbus and utilize Rickenbacker International Airport as a gateway to international destinations served by the network of Cathay Pacific Cargo through their Hong Kong hub.
Rapiscan Systems has won a UK contract to determine whether the presence of lithium batteries in air cargo shipments can be detected automatically.The contract for the US-based security inspection specialist comes from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Ruslan International, which manages and markets the combined fleets of its shareholders Antonov Airlines and Volga Dnepr Airlines, has undertaken transportation of a giant power station rotor from Kuwait to Singapore, using one of the 17 An-124 aircraft under its management. Loading and unloading the rotor which weighed 99 tonnes on its custom-designed cradle necessitated the use of mobile cranes and the aircraft’s own portable ramp system, the latter adding a further seven tonnes to the total load uplifted.
Ruslan SALIS GmbH has passed the verification audit for compliance of its quality management system to ISO 9001:2008 standards conducted by TÜV Thüringen, the independent German auditor. The certification allows the company to join the pool of large international companies committed to ISO 9001:2008 quality principles and also demonstrates to customers it ability to deliver prompt, reliable and quality services.
Rhenus Logistics and Dutch Customs authorities have put a ‘remote scanning’ of airfreight shipments pilot scheme into operation in Amsterdam. The forwarders who would X-ray scan freight shipments selected by Customs, subsequently make the scanned images available to Customs in real-time. Customs thereafter takes care of receiving, reading and analysing the images remotely. The remote scanning facilities are part of the ‘Schiphol SmartGate Cargo programme’, one of the first international public-private cooperative projects in the airfreight sector.
Ruslan International cargo, had air lifted Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympic Torch high into the sky above the city of Ulyanovsk on the first day after Christmas. The airline has utilized its AN-124-100 to accomplish the task. As part of the official torch relay programme, the Olympic flame was encased in a secured lantern and placed in the aircraft. While onboard, it was accompanied by an entourage of flame guardians with a series of Volkswagen Amarok trucks that had been driven into the spacious hold of the world’s largest serial airlifter.
Ruslan International has arranged the transport of a giant rotor from Chengdu, China to Šiauliai, Lithuania on board one of the 17 Antonov An-124s which it manages for its shareholders Antonov Company and Volga Dnepr Airlines. The load, which weighed a total of 116,800 kgs with its specially-constructed cradle and the necessary loading equipment, was close to the maximum payload for the aircraft, and was one of the heaviest loads carried on an An-124 between China and Europe. The aircraft routed via Urumqui (China) and Aktyuinsk, Kazakhstan. At 1433 cm long, 451 cm wide and 388 cm high, the rotor was also a close fit in the aircraft’s main cargo cabin. Two mobile cranes were required to position the cargo on the loading track, for winching on board the aircraft. Before the flight was finalised, Ruslan International sent a representative to visit the shipper in China, in order to advise on preparation of the cargo.

Ruslan International, the company which manages and markets the combined Antonov An-124 fleets of its shareholders Antonov Airlines and Volga Dnepr Airlines, has arranged the successful movement of a 101-tonne oil platform component from Bergen (Norway) to Busan (Korea) on an An-124 flight. The load – comprising a “separator”, along with two support frames and other loading equipment – weighed a total of 114,000 kilos, coming close to the giant aircraft’s capacity for the route flown. Royal Jordanian (RJ) started operating direct, regular cargo flights between Amman and Frankfurt with effect from April 7, 2013. Initially, the airline will run one flight weekly. From the beginning of May, RJ will add another flight per week, and has plans to increase it to three by 2014. Muath Majali, VP Cargo Sales and Services said that the feasibility study RJ conducted for the German market revealed the importance of a cargo route connecting Amman and Frankfurt.

Royal Jordanian, a regular weekly operator at Athens, recently delivered a prize winning show horse to its new home in Jordan. Athens is famous for its safe handling of horses, from the large scale consignments of the Olympics and the young riders championships down to a single animal. This privately owned show jumping horse, was carefully moved from Athens to its new home on board Royal Jordanian’s weekly A310-300 freighter. The shipment was handled by Swissport Hellas Cargo, the Greek part of Swissport Cargo Services.


Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
has been adjudged as “The Best Cargo Airport & Best Cargo Terminal of the Year” by Air Cargo Association of India. Winning recognitions seem to have been a regular affair for Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA). Recently, the airport has been honoured with the “Best Cargo Airport & Best Cargo Terminal of the Year” Award. ACAAI, the national association representing the air cargo industry in India, promotes growth, development and professionalism in the Indian cargo agency business.

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) has commissioned an exclusive Cargo Apron, capable of handling Code F aircraft such as Boeing747-8F, B747-400F, Airbus A380 type into service. The Airport is now positioned as “Pharma Hub” of the country constituting about 70 per cent exports being pharmaceuticals. Dedicated cargo apron is now an imperative to accommodate wide body aircraft to boost and sustain cold chain from shippers’ premises to consignee premises.

Rickenbacker Airport’s freight operations continue to soar, while the number of passengers at Port Columbus remains flat. The amount of cargo passing through Rickenbacker in June totalled 12.8 million pounds, registering an 18.1 percent increase from the same month in 2011. Through June, the total is 77.5 million pounds, a 23.1 percent increase from the same period a year ago. One of the keys to the improvement is Kalitta Air, a Michigan-based carrier that has been making three flights a week from Hong Kong to Rickenbacker since August.
Royal Jordaian Airlines (RJA) may merge with a larger carrier, informed Hussein Dabbas, its resigning Chief Executive Officer. Though the airline’s operating revenue grew by 6.3 per cent last year, operating costs also rose, resulting in a loss of US$82m to the company. In addition, it also abandoned four routes this year and cut frequencies on others.

Reliance Industrial and Investments Holding
, has written off 90 percent of investments in aviation, cargo and logistics company Deccan 360. According to the company’s results filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the company has written off the 21.4mn US$ it invested in Deccan. The report further states that “An amount of 10.2mn US$, net of losses recognized in earlier years, has been recognised in the results”.

Riga International Airport serviced 7,519 tonnes of cargo in April, an unprecedented amount to date in the history of the airport. It is 657 per cent higher than last year in April. On average, the airport has been previously serving 1,000 tonnes of cargo per month. The amount of cargo served at the airport in April has mainly increased due to commencement of operations by two US airlines Kalitta Air and National Air Cargo.

Ruslan International
, the company which markets and manages the combined Antonov An-124 fleets of its shareholders Antonov Airlines and Volga Dnepr Airlines, has completed a programme of 15 flights using the giant An-124 freighter aircraft, for the Japanese peace keeping contingent of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). The flights, each covering 13,000 km from Narita and Chitose in Japan to Entebbe, Uganda, carried non-combat vehicles, containerised freight, power generators, communication equipment and other supplies for the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF).
Royal Jordanian Cargo is all set to levy carbon tax surcharge to offset the impact of the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS tax). The move comes as more than two dozen countries including India, the US, China and Brazil have raised objections to Europe’s decision to include airlines in the scheme.
Revenue Technology Services (RTS), Mercator (the commercial arm of Emirates Group IT) has developed a fully integrated Cargo Revenue Management Solution which will roll-out to Mercator’s global customer-base in the first quarter of the year.

Royal Jordanian Vice President/Cargo Sales and Services Muath Majali said that Queen Alia International Airport has become a hub for the Middle East and a cargo transit point to the rest of the world due to Jordan’s distinguished location and the availability of suitable air cargo infrastructure and logistics. The airline accounts for 60% of freight exports from Jordan and 40% of its imports.
Royal Jordanian Airlines has awarded its cargo GSSA contract for Austria and Eastern Europe to Globe Air Cargo, part of the ECS Group. The full GSSA contract covers sales, marketing, operations and planning and also includes road feeder services from countries in Eastern Europe to Vienna and trucking to points across Europe for cargo arriving in Austria from Amman.
Royal Jordanian will reach two new destinations, to Lagos and Nairobi, in December. The move is expected to help both RJ and the tourism sector in the kingdom benefit from the tourism potential in some major West and East African countries.
Ruslan International – the joint venture company which markets and manages the combined fleet of 17 An-124 aircraft belonging to its parents Antonov Airlines and Volga Dnepr Airlines – has successfully operated its first An-124 commercial flight from Australia since the acceptance of its aircraft as per Chapter 3 ICAO noise-compliant by the country’s Department of Infrastructure & Transportation.
Royal Jordanian Airlines has extended its contract with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) to include all cargo ramp transportation at Heathrow. The new contract means WFS now provides all cargo handling and ramp transport for the airline’s seven Airbus flights a week between London and Amman.

Ripley, one of Chile’s top retailers of apparel, accessories and home products, has chosen Kuehne + Nagel as provider for their global order management. Under the agreement, Kuehne + Nagel will be responsible for the global order management of Ripley’s international sourcing. The contract includes freight management and value-added consolidation services from the export regions Europe, Middle East, the Americas and Asia-Pacific. Kuehne + Nagel will integrate Ripley’s suppliers across its international supply chain and provide web-based visibility and reporting, including IT interfaces to a number of third-party service providers. The company will utilise its award-winning KN Login application, which drives efficiencies through a single platform and enables standardisation of the retailer’s logistics operations worldwide.

Ryanair announced that it will incentivise all of its passengers to travel light during the peak summer months by increasing checked-in baggage fees for July and August to €20 per bag. Checked-in bag fees remain at €15 for passengers travelling outside of the two peak summer months of July and August.

Routes celebrated the first regional heat of this year’s Airport Marketing Awards and announced the winners for the Americas region. The trophies were presented at the prestigious gala dinner of the 3rd Routes Americas – the only network planning event for all the Americas – where up to 300 delegates enjoyed the celebrations at the beautiful Museo Pedro De Osma in Lima.Winners were chosen from three categories: North America, Central America/Caribbean and South America. While Edmonton International Airport picked up an award for best airport in North America, Aruba – Queen Beatrix International Airport scooped in the Central America/Caribbean category. Quito International Airport was crowned best of its kind in South America. The overall winner for the entire Americas region is Edmonton International Airport.

Roche Chile has chosen Kuehne + Nagel to manage its national distribution centre, involving warehousing and distribution services for medical, promotional and raw material product ranges. Kuehne + Nagel has been awarded an exclusive logistics contract to manage the warehousing and distribution activities for Roche Chile. Under the terms of the agreement, Kuehne + Nagel will handle endproducts and raw materials. The services also cover the handling of sensitive cargo such as temperature-controlled biotechnological products and psychotropic medicines.


RNCOS according to a new industry research report, China’s logistics industry is likely to recover from the after effects of the economic slowdown in the next couple of years. Industry will witness marginal downturn in 2009 and will start recovering from 2010 onwards. The report titled “Chinese Logistics Market Forecast to 2012” finds that the logistics industry in China is undergoing transformation phase due to increasing investment and several other factors that have been thoroughly discussed in the report. RNCOS have analyzed the performance of the logistics industry of China in accordance with the ongoing market trends. RNCOS have found the economic value generated by logistics industry in China during the last six years (2003-2008) has witnessed phenomenal 25% CAGR to reach Yuan 89.9 Billion in 2008.

Rutges Cargo, has become the first trucking company to publish performance data measured against Cargo 2000’s service level agreement for road feeder services. Rutges Cargo, recently acquired by Wallenborn Transports S.A., provides scheduled cargo deliveries for airline and freight forwarder customers to 100 airports throughout Europe and was the first trucker to join Cargo 2000. In compliance with the Cargo 2000 standard, the company is measuring and reporting its performance for four key milestones in the road transport journey; booking processed, on-time departure, on-time arrival and Freight Status Update (FSU) message sent to the client airline within 60 minutes of these events.


Rutges Cargo, recently acquired by Wallenborn Transports S.A., provides scheduled cargo deliveries for airline and freight forwarder customers to 100 airports throughout Europe and was the first trucker to join Cargo 2000. In compliance with the Cargo 2000 standard, the company is measuring and reporting its performance for four key milestones in the road transport journey; booking processed, on-time departure, on-time arrival and Freight Status Update (FSU) message sent to the client airline within 60 minutes of these events. Dick Foote, EDI Manager for Rutges, said: “We are capturing data to report to Cargo 2000 by using onboard computer systems that have been fitted to our transport fleet. We are also developing the use of SMS messages from mobile phones as a means of transmitting FSU data. The first three months of data have been used to enhance our performance in all areas of our operation.”The Booked Message contains both estimated and actual delivery times against which our on-time performance is measured and distributed to Cargo 2000 members. We will use this data to discuss our performance at regular meetings with individual Cargo 2000 members that are customers of Rutges Cargo in Europe and share our commitment to both quality of service and cost efficiency of operations. Many of our airline customers have told us their customers place a high value on the knowledge their shipments have a confirmed and specific onward truck connection with a recognised flight number so we consider the Booked Message milestone to be a useful development.”

Routes Airport Marketing Awards winners of the 2009 World, run in association with OAG (Official Airline Guide) have been announced. The awards were formally presented at the gala dinner of the 15th World Routes in Beijing in China’s prestigious Great Hall of the People. There were four regional categories: Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific and Africa. Athens triumphed in Europe. Dallas Fort Worth was crowned winner of the Americas category. The Asia Pacific category was awarded to Christchurch, and Jomo Kenyatta collected the award in the final category for Africa. The winners of two special awards were also announced: The Orbis Social Responsibility Award, which was presented to Air France, and the Routes Outstanding Achievement Award, which was presented to this year’s host Capital Airports Holding Company. Award winners have succeeded in a series of heats throughout the year at regional Routes events to be shortlisted for the World Routes Airport Marketing Awards.


Russia’s first ever sports cars were showcased at the 63rd International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt after being delivered to Germany onboard one of AirBridgeCargo Airlines’ (ABC) Boeing 747 scheduled cargo flights from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.


Ryanair has increased its baggage fees by an additional 50 per cent. However, passengers will from the same date be allowed to carry up to two bags, each at 15kg, before incurring excess baggage charges of GBP15 a kilogram, double the current allowance. Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara defended the increased charges by saying it will persuade passengers to travel with only minimal luggage, thus bringing down costs.


Rhenus B.V. (Rhenus) has signed a contract to install OAG Cargo’s Airfreight Rates (AFRA) application as its single platform for rates management in 10 European countries. This will enable Rhenus operations across the region to seamlessly capture all contract, promotional and general airfreight rates from its airline partners and GSAs, speeding up its existing market information and buying processes so that the company can buy airline capacity in the most efficient way. Dirk de Rooij, Director Business Development at OAG Cargo, commented: “Rhenus has been a valued customer of AFRA in The Netherlands and Belgium since the product launched in 2003. With this new agreement, Rhenus is extending its use of the application to include the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Russia. This next step clearly demonstrates the benefits that Rhenus is deriving from using AFRA as a single source of rate information in terms of making management decisions and increasing the productivity of its staff.”

Rutges Cargo has launched ‘Urgent’, a new secure express delivery service for customers needing to move valuable, time and temperature-sensitive shipments in Europe. The European truck operator, which serves customers in the air cargo, hi-tech, pharmaceutical and perishable sectors, has invested in a fleet of small vans capable of carrying up to 1,400 kilos of product. Prime customers for Urgent have been identified in the aerospace, pharmaceutical, high tech and luxury goods sectors. The new service is being rolled out in phases, starting around the company’s home territory in Amsterdam, followed by the whole of the Netherlands and ultimately across Europe. Rutges Cargo currently operates scheduled truck services to some 100 airports throughout the continent.

Ryder System said it has been certified as a third-party logistics provider in the Custom-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program, an initiative that seeks to promote supply chain security and reduce border vulnerabilities.


Rutges Cargo, the European truck operator serving customers in the air cargo, hi-tech, pharmaceutical and perishable sectors has upgraded its quality certification to ISO 9001:2008 following a successful audit by independent assessor, SGS.The accreditation is in line with the standards achieved by Rutges Cargo’s parent company in the Netherlands, the Wim Bosman Group.


Route Development Group (RDG) concluded its annual series of regional route development networking forums. For the first time the event incorporated the Middle East. It brought together airlines, airports and tourism authorities from more than 30 countries in the region. RDG is now gearing up for the world’s largest route development forum, the 15th World Routes to be held in Beijing on 13-15th September 2009, where delegates will once again be able to continue the discussions and relationships forged at Routes’ regional events – with the emphasis steered towards global route development. Co-hosted by ONDA and ACI Africa, the forum mirrored the positive spirit many airports and airlines maintain.

Rhenus Freight Logistics GmbH & Co. KG has signed a cooperation contract with Lufthansa Cargo. Rhenus will therefore be a preferred partner of the cargo carrier by strengthening the transatlantic competence. Rhenus has decided to team up with Lufthansa Cargo, because both companies stand for quality services. Lufthansa Cargo is one of the world’s biggest air cargo carriers with core competencies in the airport-to-airport business.


Rutges Cargo has combined its security transport, control and visibility systems, temperature-controlled vehicle fleet and European network to launch a new product for pharmaceutical distribution. The ‘controlled’ product has been developed around the specific requirements of the world’s leading healthcare companies, according to Jason Breakwell, Rutges Cargo’s commercial manager. “The transportation market for temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals continues to grow even in these challenging times, driven by regulatory and product demands such as the increase in the number of biotech products that need temperature control,” he says.


Route Development Group (RDG) concluded its annual series of regional route development networking forums. For the first time the event incorporated the Middle East. It brought together airlines, airports and tourism authorities from more than 30 countries in the region. RDG is now gearing up for the world’s largest route development forum, the 15th World Routes to be held in Beijing on 13-15th September 2009.

Royal Jordanian started implementing the new cargo IT platform of CHAMP Cargosystems- Cargospot .Thus the airline completed the second phase of the system’s cut-over, with the first phase being the cargo handling mode at the cargo terminal, which has been operational since early January 2009 for all carriers that RJ handles at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA). The second phase includes the replacement of the previously used in-house solution “CHARMS” with the best-in-class IT solution- Cargospot- that covers all aspects of air cargo sales, reservations, pricing, management information and cargo handling

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Southwest Airlines Cargo is once again among the industry’s best performing airlines. For the sixth consecutive year, the Dallas-based airline is celebrating being named the Airforwarders Association’s (AfA) “Domestic Carrier of the Year.” The awards don’t stop there as the airline also earned the Express Delivery and Logistics Association’s (XLA) awards for “Domestic Airline of the Year” for the 15th year in a row, as well as “Excellence in Web & Technology.”

Shanghai is pushing ahead on e-Freight with an agreement to phase out the need for a security check stamp on paper air waybills (AWBs). IATA and Shanghai Customs, Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Shanghai Airport Authority, China Eastern Airlines, and Shanghai E-port signed a Letter of Initiative (LOI) to jointly promote e-Freight in Shanghai.

Swissport International saw its overall revenue increase by 38 per cent in 2014, partially due to its late 2013 acquisition of Servisair and the ground handling business that came with it. Total revenue and operating income for the year was USD 2.94 billion. Even without Servisair, Swissport was able to grow ahead of the market by six per cent on a like-for-like basis. Swissport’s cargo business delivered a positive year, accounting for an increase of 5.4 per cent in airfreight tonnage, year over year.

Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions has equipped the first US pre-clearance terminal in the Middle East with a modern baggage handling system. In the facility adjacent to Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates Siemens’ new baggage handling system ensures full passenger convenience.


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Cargologic AG and SATS have concluded a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at further enhancing their cargo handling and information services. The MoU, which was signed in Zurich by Oliver Evans, SWISS’s Chief Cargo Officer, Marco Gredig, Managing Director of Cargologic, and Alex Hungate, President and Chief Executive Officer of SATS, outlined the basis for the partners’ future collaborations and alignments in areas such as quality, e-initiatives, temperature-controlled transport management and specialized handling solutions.
South African Airways Cargo support the Toyota Imperial South Africa team when they were approached by Toyota to transport the racing vehicles to Sao Paulo, Brazil en route Lima in Chile. The shipment consisted of 3 vehicles and spares which weigh about 7941 kgs. It took about 16 hours for the shipment to reach its destination with 11 hours spent on the aircraft.

Sodexi have opened a new 7,600-square-meter express freight warehouse at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. Based at CDG, Sodexi is an express freight handler for airlines, including Air France-KLM, Aeroflot, Time Matters (a Lufthansa subsidiary), Saudi Airlines, Alitalia and Estonian Air. Geopost owns the other 35 percent of Sodexi. The warehouse will be used to process air freight and mail, according to CDG.
Steder Group B.V successfully secured urgent cargo charters on behalf of Aggreko International which was entrusted with the task of providing temporary power by Shell Gabon. In order to carry out the task, two consecutive flights by the mighty Antonov-124 cargo plane were chartered with Abu Dhabi based Maximus Air Cargo.
SIA Cargo more than halved its operating loss to S$34m in the first half of the current financial year, versus S$71m of red ink in the comparable period 2013. Airfreight demand has seen a moderate recovery in recent months, with demand projected to be stronger in the third quarter as a result of the traditional peak period in the lead-up to Christmas.
Swiss World Cargo launched a new app that enables customers to access its interactive services from their smartphone or tablet available free of charge from the App Store or Google Play Store, which lets customers check their shipment status by air waybill number, monitor the timetables for all connections and find contact information for the carrier’s offices worldwide.
Steder Group B.V successfully secured urgent cargo charters on behalf of Aggreko International. The project was managed through the Steder Groups branch office in Dubai. Two consecutive flights by the mighty Antonov-124 cargo plane were chartered with Abu Dhabi based Maximus Air Cargo.

Shanghai Pudong Airport Cargo Terminal has achieved year-over-year tonnage growth of 20.31 percent, reaching a total of 134,322 tonnes of freight . Overall, the cargo terminal saw tonnage rise by 16.55 percent to 1,078,811 tonnes in the first three quarters of 2014. PACTL has thus achieved the best monthly result in the company’s history as well as the strongest result for the first nine months of any year.

Swiss WorldCargo laun-ched its new “ebooking” tool. The new booking and data capturing platform, which is based on Unisys’s Cargo Portal Services, is accessible via swissworldcargo.com website, and gives customers round-the-clock access to Swiss WorldCargo’s full range of products and services.

Singapore Airlines Cargo has appointed CHEP Aerospace Solutions to maintain and repair its fleet of ULDs. Under the five-year contract, CHEP will provide repairs for 16,000 containers for SIA, as well as Scoot, SIA’s medium- and long-haul low-cost subsidiary. CHEP will expand its operations in Singapore to support the new business.

SAUDI AIRLINES Cargo has appointed ECS Globe Air Cargo India as its sole general sales and services agent. ECS operates 10 offices at major domestic and international airports in the region, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Cochin and Calicut. The company supports two freighter flights and 54 passenger flights for the carrier.

Swiss WorldCargo division of Swiss International Air Lines, has entered into a new partnership agreement with WCA. Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Swiss WorldCargo will undertake a number of unique cross-cooperation projects with three of WCA’s specialty groups – WCA Pharma, WCA Time Critical and WCA Dangerous Goods.
Swiftair has placed firm orders for four B737-400SF passenger to freighter conversions with Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) and has options on a further four aircraft.The first B737-400, built in 1991, is currently being modified at Commercial Jet Inc (CJI) in Miami, an authorised AEI conversion centre.The second aircraft is on location in Miami.
South African Airways welcomes global airfreight community to AIR CARGO AFRICA as ‘Official Airline Partner’, Air Cargo Africa 2015 is the mega event set for 25-27 February at Casino Convention resort, Emperors Palace in Johannesburg engaging the world air cargo community to strengthen networking corridors with the African Continent.

Singapore Airlines’ cargo division halved its first quarter loss to S$18 million in the financial year first quarter, after it was better able to match capacity with demand.SIA Cargo recorded lower revenue in three-month period despite a 0.9 percent improvement in yield, as the air freight market “continued to be affected by excess capacity.”
Schiphol Airport’s air cargo tonnages continued to build throughout the second quarter of 2014, leading to overall growth of 8.84 percent in the year to date.In the period second quarter, Schiphol handled a total of 801,700 tonnes.
Saudi Airlines Cargo announced the upgrade of its Shanghai service with its B747-8 freighter with immediate effect. The airline will now be operating three weekly B747-8F flights from Shanghai directly to Europe and KSA, thus enabling customers to connect to the entire Saudia Cargo Network. “We are very excited to be able to operate our B747-8F aircraft in the Shanghai market after obtaining the required permits,” said Peter Scholten, VP Commercial at Saudia Cargo. “This is the beginning of our further expansion into the Greater Chinese market, where we already operate two weekly B747-400Fs in Guangzhou and 8 weekly B747s (both 400s and 800s) in Hong Kong,” he added. The upgrading of the service is to cater to the growing demand for greater capacity ex China and is also expected to fulfill current market requirements.

Saudi Airlines Cargo has been bestowed with the “Top Cargo Airline Performance” award during the annual Brussels Airport Aviation Awards event, which recognizes airlines and partners that stand out in terms of punctuality and performance, environment and safety and network and route development. The award has enabled the cargo line to uphold its strong presence in the European market and to confirm its position as the leading cargo airline operating out of Brussels for the third consecutive year. The award criteria was based on number of flights, number of destinations to and from Brussels, total tonnage, uplift per flight, and change in volume compared to the previous year. Europe is a key market for the airline, which operates an average of 11 flights a week to 7 destinations around the globe and has been a major cargo airline at Brussels Airport for many years.

Saudi Airlines Cargo has successfully transported a large number of wild animals from Johannesburg, South Africa) to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The operation, undertaken on behalf of Riyadh Zoological Garden, followed weeks of meticulous planning and coordination due to the special nature of the shipment. The scale of the project was such that close cooperation between all parties was necessary in order to ensure that the logistical side of the undertaking was carried out according to plan. This included obtaining the required documentation and approvals from the various authorities for the transport of such a large quantity of live cargo to the Kingdom. Using one of the airline’s B747 aircraft to carry the 16 pallets comprising 141 animals, which included Giraffe, Kudu, Hartebeest, Gemsbok, Impala, Springbok, Blesbok and Duikers, were safely delivered to Riyadh. The Riyadh Zoo management team had expressed its appreciation for the efficiency and assistance that it received from the airline’s ground staff in processing the shipment.

Shanghai Pudong International Air Cargo Terminal Co. Ltd (PACTL) has recorded increase in cargo tonnage by 12.52 percent in January and February of this year as compared to the same period during 2013. The company handled 191,361 tonnes of cargo in January and February. It is considered as the best result for the first two months of an year in the history of PACTL. In addition it also improved its own record of cargo handling set during 2011. PACTL’s domestic cargo volumes has recorded a growth of 7.14 percent to 14,199 tonnes in January and February year over year, while its international cargo recorded an increase of 12.97 percent to 177,162 tonnes.

Saudia Cargo operated a series of four extra freighter flights from Nairobi to Amsterdam during February this year, so as to meet the high demand of flower exports during this traditional peak month. The extra frequencies, operated using B747F, were supplementary to the carrier’s already existing six weekly scheduled B747F frequencies on this prime sector, thereby providing a massive consolidated capacity of 2,800 tons for Kenyan flower traffic into Europe over the month.
Saudi Airlines Cargo has announced that it will increase its belly capacity on new international routes through the commencement of Saudia Arabian Airlines’ passenger flights to Manchester and Los Angeles with effect from April 1, 2014, as result of which it would offer new air cargo opportunities to these destinations. The Manchester service will be operated by the airline’s B777-200 airplane with a capacity of 9 tons from Saudi Arabia and 12 tonnes into the Kingdom, while the Los Angeles service will be operated by the B777-300 airplane with a capacity of 6 tonnes from Saudi Arabia and 8 tons into the Kingdom. The services to these destinations will be operated thrice a week.
Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS) perishables handling facility has become the world’s first centre of excellence in pharmaceuticals handling, as certified by IATA. SATS Coolport was set up to cater for high growth in pharmaceuticals airfreight at Changi airport. During 2013, it handled more than 15,200 tonnes of pharmaceuticals. IATA certification gives pharmaceutical companies a guarantee of excellence in service standards and ease in conducting audits. As a result, the Changi Airport becomes an even more attractive pharmaceuticals airfreight hub.
Shanghai Pudong Int’l Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd. (PACTL) has been selected to provide customized cargo handling and documentation services for the Taiwanese airline EVA Air. The cooperation arrangement, which was launched on October 14, applies to both EVA Air cargo and passenger flights.
Saudi Airlines Cargo and AV Cargo Airlines are announced their joint co-operation for the movement of cargo to 4 destinations in West Africa via Lagos. Through the signing of the recent interline agreement, Saudia Cargo will benefit from the extension of its network through its cargo hub in Lagos. Cargo will be carried on Saudia B747 freighter services into this key Nigerian airport for onward connections to AV Cargo-served destinations Bamako, Freetown, Pointe-Noire and Ouagadougou. With both carriers operating wide-body freighter aircraft it is an ideal combination as it complements their respective services. Swissport International Ltd. and Scandinavian Airline Systems (“SAS”) announced signing of a Letter of Intent. The letter provide the basis for continued negotiations between the two companies, aiming at an agreement to transfer full ownership of SAS´ ground handling in Denmark, Sweden and Norway to Swissport. As a first step, both parties intend to establish a joint venture company to which the business and operations of SAS ground handling and Spirit (cargo handling) will be transferred. The Letter of Intent would pave way for continued negotiations between SAS and Swissport International related to the complete outsourcing of SAS ground and cargo handling services including the workforce of approx. 5000 full time employees in Scandinavia. It is the intention of both companies to establish a joint venture company of which Swissport will hold 51% ownership and SAS 49%. Swissport will take the management and operational responsibility for the company that will provide the ground and cargo handling for SAS and other airline customers in Scandinavia. SAS will successively transfer full ownership of the company to Swissport. Singapore Airport Services and Catering Firm SATS have signed an agreement with Oman Air and Oman Airport Management Company to explore a possible joint venture to develop and operate cargo facilities in the Gulf state. SATS intimated that the venture was still subject to further evaluation and due diligence. Singapore Changi Airport handled 152,800 tonnes of airfreight in September 2013 registering a decrease of 2.5% year-on-year. For the month, traffic to and from South East Asia, North East Asia and the Middle East registered double-digit growth. Airfreight shipments were stable at 1.4 million tonnes (+0.7%) for the same period Saudia Cargo is increasing its belly and freighter capacity on a number of routes across its global network. In its scheduled freighter service network, the cargo airline will add one additional flight per week from Guangzhou to Brussels, bringing the total number of weekly flights to three plus one additional flight per week from Dhaka to Brussels, bringing the total number of weekly flights to five and two additional flights per week from Nairobi to Amsterdam, resulting in a daily service. A number of these routes will benefit from service upgrades, with B747-400Fs being utilised on the Dhaka-Brussels route as well as the on Nairobi-Amsterdam route, where all MD-11Fs will be replaced by B747-400F aircraft. The revised schedule will also see the introduction of a new European destination as the airline prepares to begin its first ever scheduled freighter services from the United Kingdom to KSA, commencing with two flights per week from Manston. Overall capacity from Europe will grow by 5 frequencies to 22 weekly freighter flights to KSA from its hubs in Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Malpensa and Manston. SATCOM has become Lufthansa Cargo’s satellite communications system which allows the freighters of the logistics specialist in the Lufthansa Group to fly even more efficiently. In July, Lufthansa Cargo completed the installation of the system in all 18 aircraft of its MD-11 fleet. Installation of the system, which commenced in summer 2012, will be of benefit to the environment. With the newly-installed system, Lufthansa Cargo can take more direct flights on numerous routes. That will provide relief on the cost side and will make a positive contribution to the Lufthansa Group’s environmental targets. By 2020, the airlines in the Group aim to lower the specific emissions by a quarter compared with 2006. Saudi Airlines Cargo has announced the re-launch of its Nairobi hub and expansion of its network coverage in sub-Saharan Africa. With five weekly scheduled freighter flights into Nairobi and enhanced interline partnerships, Saudia Cargo is now able to provide wider access to 23 additional destinations in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa as well as the Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean Islands. These comprise Antananarivo, Bujumbura, Brazzaville, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Douala, Entebbe, Harare, Juba, Kigali, Kinshasa, Libreville, Lilongwe, Luanda, Lusaka, Maputo, Mogadishu, Mombasa, Moroni, Mwanza, Pemba, Yaoundé and Zanzibar. Saudia Cargo is also in a prime position to facilitate ad hoc charter flight solutions for large consignments via the NBO hub to various regional destination points. Saudi Airlines Cargo has recorded 6% growth in a sluggish air cargo market for the first six months of the year. In the period from January – June 2013 Saudia Cargo moved a total of 270,000 tons, thus breaking last year’s record of 250,000 and achieving a 6% increase in revenue and a 4% increase in tonnage. Saudia Cargo is launching OK-2-KSA, a new online tool aimed at assisting customers to obtain the necessary approvals for the import of five types of goods by air into Saudi Arabia. ‘OK-2-KSA’ will enable Saudia Cargo’s clients to request approvals online for automotives, dangerous goods, high value goods, human remains and live animals. In addition, ‘OK-2-KSA’ will enable Proof of Delivery (POD) to be requested online for shipments to the airline’s hubs in Saudi Arabia. Swiss WorldCargo and Chapman Freeborn Airchartering, announced that they have forged a new strategic partnership with a view to further enhance their offerings in the cargo market. Chapman Freeborn has commenced supporting Swiss WorldCargo with all third-party chartering requirements through its worldwide office network with effect from 01 July 2013. Already an acknowledged global leader for care-intensive cargo services, the agreement will allow Swiss WorldCargo to expand its specialized product portfolio and offer clients full or part charter solutions using the entire range of cargo aircraft worldwide. Chapman Freeborn, in turn, will benefit by working closely with one of the market’s leading airlines which has a network of some 120 destinations in over 80 countries – served by a fleet of 85 aircraft including Airbus A319, A320, A321, A330-300 and A340 types. Stansted, with the launch of its latest weekly flights between the UK’s third busiest cargo airport and Moscow by Russian freight carrier Transaero, has added a latest addition to its world-wide cargo network. The new service not only provides a direct link to Moscow but also access to multiple connections across Transaero’s wide-ranging network and has been specifically developed to cater for increased demand from freight forwarders. “We are delighted Transaero have chosen London Stansted as their preferred UK airport for developing their UK cargo services. This is the first new cargo service to London Stansted since the recent acquisition by M.A.G, and we are certain it will not be the last. Transaero’s arrival clearly demonstrates the attractiveness of London Stansted as a UK cargo hub and is a perfect example of why M.A.G chose to invest in our new London gateway, the only London airport with spare capacity and world-class infrastructure already in place to meet demand and support growth in the South East right now.´ said Conan Busby, M.A.G’s Cargo Business Development Manager. Swissport ties up with Russian airfreight handling company Service-VS at Vnukovo Airport, Moscow. The signing of a new contract has paved the way for ground handler Swissport’s market entry into the Russian Federation. Cooperation with local company Service-VS at Vnukovo Airport, Moscow, covers all ground handling services at the Russian airport. As part of the joint agreement, Swissport will implement its standardised processes for increased quality and safety. Saudi Airlines Cargo has been awarded the “Air Cargo Industry Achievement Award 2013” at an event organized by Air Cargo Week in Munich (Germany) on 5 June 2013. Collecting the Air Cargo Industry Achievement Award for Saudia Cargo was Mr Nabil Khojah, CEO. Also in attendance were the VP Commercial, VP Operations and other members of the Management team. South African Airways Cargo (SAA Cargo) has taken delivery of its B737 400 freighter aircraft. This follows months of planning to ensure that SAA Cargo’s freighter fleet is upgraded with bigger and fuel efficient aircraft for its domestic and regional markets. A further aircraft, the Boeing 737-300 will replace the current B737-200 and is expected to be delivered in July. SAA Cargo will have a fleet comprised of three (3) B737300Fs and one (1) B737400F. Saudi Airlines Cargo is expanding its dedicated fleet of charter aircraft with the arrival of 2 B747-400 freighters. Saudia Cargo’s latest additions will form part of its 15-strong fleet composed of 4 MD11s, 2 B747-8Fs, 7 B747-400s and 2 B747-200 aircraft. Of these aircraft, 12 will be used for Saudia’s scheduled services to 27 freighter destinations worldwide, while its charter business will benefit from 3 dedicated B747 freighters. Singapore Changi Airport was voted by Cargonews Asia readers as the Best Airport in Asia , for the 27th consecutive year, at the annual Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) Ceremony held at the Conrad Beijing. To mark the unprecedented achievement of winning for 27 consecutive years, Changi Airport Group, who owns and manages Singapore Changi Airport, was also inducted into Cargonews Asia’s Hall of Fame. In addition, Changi Airport garnered the Best Green Service Provider – Airport award, an accolade that Changi has won four years in a row for embracing innovation along with its commitment to pursue sustainable business practice.
Saudi Airlines Cargo has successfully transported 630,000 juvenile sea bream fish from Larnaca (Cyprus) to Tabuk (Saudi Arabia). The operation, undertaken on behalf of Tabuk Fisheries via Sagro Aquaculture, required meticulous planning and coordination due to the special nature of the cargo involved. Close coordination between the Saudia Cargo team and Sagro Aquaculture was essential in order to ensure that the logistical aspects ran as smoothly as possible. This included obtaining special approval from Flight Operations for the method of shipment, arranging extra Ground Support equipment for Tabuk Airport to be able to handle the MD11F scheduled for the flight – the largest aircraft to operate through Tabuk in recent years – and obtaining permission from the Airport Authority and Customs to handle such a large quantity of live cargo arrivals into the Kingdom. “Thanks to the team effort of everyone involved in this project, we are delighted to report the safe arrival of the young fish to their new home in Tabuk,” said Steve Manser, Director – Cargo Charter Sales at Saudia Cargo. “The success of this operation serves to demonstrate the wide range and nature of cargo that we are able to handle and we hope that the fish will be joined shortly by future flights from Larnaca,” he added.
Schiphol Cargo tonnages indicated a return to modest growth in the first quarter of 2013. The total of all export and import cargo was 366,269 tonnes, up 2.25% on 2012.January recorded a good start to the year, with 116,137 tonnes of cargo (up 6.66%), partially due to a change in the dates of Chinese New Year. As a result, Asia showed a dramatic improvement of 17%, but Europe was even better at 22.8% growth. February figures recorded a corresponding readjustment in Asian freight of 9.5% below 2012, but a strong return for Latin America (+13.3%) cushioned the impact of this fall, producing a total of 113,469 tonnes for the month (down 3.9%) and a running total of 229,607 tonnes for the first two months (reducing the year-on-year margin to 1.2%). However, in March, the picture recovered again: with strong figures for Europe (+ 15.1%), Africa (+15.1%) and Latin America (+10.3%), and Asia also up 4.9%, the month’s total of 136,663 tonnes (+4.1%) put the year to date figure back on a growth course. March also recorded total exports exceed imports for the first time since October 2012. Freighter movements through Schiphol rose marginally in January-March 2013, from 3,765 in 2012 to 3,780 (up 0.4%).
Swissport International Ltd has won the Ground Handling category of the Cargo Airline of the Year Awards 2013. The award is instituted by Air Cargo Media Group, publisher of newspaper Air Cargo News.The exceptional achievements demonstrated by Swissport Cargo Services across its business over the last 12 months were much appreciated by the Judges. Those are embracing substantial progress in quality and performance initiatives, process standardisation, technological innovations, network expansion, and enhancing customer relationships and services, along with internal initiatives to optimise its levels of efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Saudi Airlines Cargo has added two Boeing B747-8F aircraft to its fleet, bringing the total number of full-freighters operated by the company to 15. The arrival of the new aircraft will enhance the airline’s market position and is in keeping with its growth strategy.
St. Louis International Airport (STL), with the April opening of a brand new 200,000 sq ft (18,600 sq m) facility for TAGG Logistics at Free Trade Zone 102, adjacent to the airport, has received a welcome boost to its drive to increase freight and logistics activity. The new logistics center replaces TAGG’s three current sites around the city, improving its efficiency and adding 35% to its capacity. It will feature high-specification bulk distribution space, multiple kitting and assembly lines, a high-volume order-picking system and a state-of-the-art warehouse management system.
Swissport International has been certified as the first Preferred Handling Partner (PHP) of Etihad Cargo, the fast-moving cargo division of United Arab Emirates carrier Etihad Airways. Etihad Cargo has specific performance benchmarks in the areas of safety, security management, regulatory compliance, training, IT interfaces, business planning and risk management. The two-year PHP certification with Swissport would focus initially on six Etihad Cargo stations viz. Athens, Geneva, Larnaca, Nairobi, Seoul and Toronto.

Saudi Airlines Cargo Co. has announced that it will add additional flights to selected routes in its existing freighter schedule. The new schedule will include one additional weekly B747 freighter from Dhaka to Frankfurt, bringing the total number of freighter flights to 4 from Dhaka, one additional weekly flight from Hong Kong to Lagos, resulting to 9 weekly flights from Hong Kong and 8 to Lagos and one additional weekly flight from Frankfurt to Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number of weekly flights to 5. Saudi Airlines Cargo Company has further strengthened its business relationship with Fast Forward Cargo in the UAE by increasing its frequencies to West Africa from Dubai World Central. Under an agreement signed by both parties, the new partnership will operate what is equivalent to 175 combined B747 flights between the UAE and West Africa, connecting mainly to Lagos in Nigeria and N’Djamena in Chad via Saudia Cargo’s HUBs in Riyadh and Jeddah. “Saudia Cargo has been instrumental in helping us reach a dominant position in West Africa where, over the last five years, we have grown to be one of the biggest logistics solutions providers from our base in Sharjah and Dubai,” commented Al Ameen, CEO of Fast Forward. “We are honored to have been awarded a further contract extension by the airline and see Saudia’s confidence as a reward for the commitment shown by our staff and the company overall,” he added. Swissport International Ltd and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced singing of a Letter of Intent that creates the basis for continued negotiations between the two companies, aiming at an agreement to transfer full ownership of SAS´ ground handling in Denmark, Sweden and Norway to Swissport. As a first step, both parties intend to establish a joint venture company to which the business and operations of SAS ground handling and Spirit (cargo handling) will be transferred. The Letter of Intent would pave the way for continued negotiations between SAS and Swissport International related to the complete outsourcing of SAS ground and cargo handling services including the workforce of approx. 5000 full time employees in Scandinavia. Saudia Cargo operated a series of four extra freighter flights from Nairobi to Amsterdam in order to meet extra demand for flowers during the traditionally busy month of February. The extra flights that were operated with a mix of MD11 and B747F were in addition to the existing five weekly scheduled freighter flights on this sector, providing a total capacity of 1,000 tons for flowers into the European market during this particular peak season. Slade Shipping, a member of WCA Projects Network (WCAPN), has successfully completed a prestigious and high-value project move for the oil and gas industry. The move of the oversized equipment from the US to India involved chartering three specialized freighter aircraft including the giant Antonov An-124 that has the capability of accommodating 120 tons of outsize cargo measuring up to 6.4 m in width, 4.4 m in height and 36.48 m in length. The growing reputation of Slade Shipping, both within WCAPN and industry-wide has led to the company receiving numerous new contracts. SIA Cargo announced that its overall 2012 cargo traffic (measured in freight-tonne-kilometres) was 8.0% lower year-on-year, while cargo capacity decreased by 9.0%. As a result, cargo load factor (CLF) increased by 0.8 of a percentage point. Load factors were higher for all route regions, except East Asia and Americas. CLF for the East Asia route region declined by 3.3 percentage points as demand did not match capacity increases arising from additional cargo capacity on passenger aircraft. CLF improved most in South West Pacific, by 6.5 percentage points, mainly due to movements of seasonal perishables.

Schiphol Amsterdam Airport finished 2012 with its strongest quarter for cargo, and resilience in most markets largely overcame continuing softness in traffic to and from Asia and the USA. For the Airport, the last quarter was the best of 2012 for both exports and imports, reaching a total of 380,284 tonnes.2012 as a whole saw improvements in exports to Europe, including Russia, which went up by 29%, and also to Latin America which went up by 8.9%. Whilst imports from Europe including Russia rose to 57%, from Africa it rose to 1.8%. Exports accounted for 49.34% of all cargo registering a slight increase from the 48.96% in 2011. These positive figures largely counteracted continuing weakness in Asia and the USA – Schiphol’s top two markets. These were both down 8% overall year on year, although exports to Asia held up better than imports. Asia retained its number one slot with a 37.8% share of all traffic, although this slipped from 40% in the previous year. The USA meanwhile accounted for 17.6% of Schiphol’s traffic, down from 18.6% in 2011. Total freighter movements in 2012 fell slightly to 15,543 – down 2.5% on 2011.
Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, Russia, decided to outsource its Operations for baggage handling on Terminal D to Vanderlande Industries. With this Operations contract Vanderlande’s services scope on Sheremetyevo Airport has been expanded. For the last two years, the company was already responsible for the maintenance on the baggage handling and screening systems of Sheremetyevo, Terminal D. The satisfaction on the current performance and the trust in the site-based team convinced the Airport to award the Operations contract to Vanderlande Industries. With a growth in baggage numbers of over 20% there is also a growing need for a better and more efficient baggage handling performance. With Vanderlande performing both operations and maintenance, Sheremetyevo Airport is ready for the future and to keep her leading role in Russia.
STAT Media Group of India and Singapore-based VFPR & Media Consultants have announced the launching of a new regional trade event for the air cargo and logistics industry in Asia and the Middle East. The “Air Cargo & Logistics Asia 2013” Conference & Exhibition, will be held for the first time at the Marina Bay Sands Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore on 16-18 October, 2013, will be an international biennial event, which will focus on the air cargo, logistics and E-Commerce delivery activities in the Asian and Middle East regions. The Air Cargo & Logistics Asia 2013 Conference will take place on the mornings of October 16 and 17, 2013.
Swissport International, announced that the Etablissement de Gestion des Services Aéroportuaires d’Oran (EGSA Oran) Tender Commission has taken a decision to award Swissport Algeria with a 5-year ground handling licence for Oran International Airport Ahmed Ben Bella. The award of the licence follows a comprehensive and rigorous open international tender process. Both Swissport and EGSA Oran are confident that the tender result will contribute positively to the general development of Oran International Airport Ahmed Ben Bella and its aviation sector, as well as its employees, airlines and passengers. The 5-year licence includes all ground handling services, including cargo handling, at Oran International Airport Ahmed Ben Bella, which is aiming to achieve a throughput of 2.5 million passengers a year with the new airport terminal that is scheduled to be completed in 2015.
Siemens plans to sell its baggage handling, postal and parcel sorting business. While the company holds leading market positions in his business with a global presence and an installed base around the world, there are very limited synergies with other Siemens business due to the high mechanical content and focus on system integration. “Whilst favorable market conditions, innovative strength and good profit results of Siemens’ logistics activities, we are convinced, that a different ownership structure taps this business’s full potential,” said Joerg Ernst, CEO of Siemens’ Logistics and Airport Solutions Unit.
Swiss WorldCargo underlines its commitment to paperless cargo by joining the Proof of Concept for the IATA’s “Multilateral e-Air Waybill Agreement” initiative. The cargo division of SWISS is the first carrier worldwide to sign up for this Proof of Concept, which marks a significant milestone within the e-commerce framework promoted by the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group (GACAG). Saudi Airlines Cargo has posted record revenue figures – a result it credits to its freighter operations. While, in general the freight traffic fell 4% compared to 2011, which is 8% below 2008 levels, Saudi, in contrasat grew its revenues by 20% during the year under review.
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TIACA’s latest Professional Development Workshop, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, has inspired participants to see a bright future in air cargo. The three-day programme, held at the end of February in conjunction with Air Cargo Africa, attracted 18 participants from across the air freight supply chain for an interactive educational experience reflecting real world air cargo business and operational situations.

Turkish Airlines has signed a firm order for the purchase of four A330-200F freighters to support its expansion in the cargo market and growing market demand. The aircraft will be delivered in April 2015, April 2016, October 2016 and January 2017, the carrier confirmed. Turkish Airlines already has five A330-200Fs in its fleet.

TNT has launched B737-400F service between Israeli capital Tel Aviv and the express operator’s European hub in Liege, Belgium.The new service “answers increasing demand” and allows TNT to shorten transit times for express shipments to and from Tel Aviv by one day.

TIACA members have been advised that recently released updates to security programs for all-cargo aircraft in the USA must be implemented by February 16, 2015. The updated security programs, issued by the United States Transport Security Administration (TSA) on December 29, 2014, affected all US and non US-based freighter aircraft operatorswithin, into, and out of the US.

Transair has signed an agreement with Pacific Air Cargo under which the two carriers would cooperate to provide scheduled cargo services connecting the U.S. mainland to multiple destinations in Hawaii. With this Pacific Air Cargo will tap into Transair’s inter-island network to connect Honolulu to the neighbouring islands, while Transair will gain access to the mainland.

TNT is increasing its services in Europe with the launch of B737-400 freighter services to Hanover in Germany, renowned as the Europe’s largest express delivery market. TNT has also broken ground on a 6,350 sq m depot in Eindhoven, the Netherlands in order to replace the existing, rented facility in the same town, which is considered to be too small.
TEN-T Programme will co-fund with €1 million studies for the construction of an intermodal terminal at Timisoara International Airport in Romania with the aim to promote the integration of freight transport within the air, rail and road TEN-T network.

Turkish Cargo has been awarded “Overall Carrier Of The Year” and “Combination Carrier of the Year” at Payload Asia Awards 2014.
TNT is stepping up its services in Europe with the launch of B737-400 freighter services to Hanover in Germany, Europe’s largest express delivery market. The express parcel operator now offers five flights a week connecting Hanover to the company’s main international air hub in Liege (Belgium), Hanover to Billund (Denmark) and Oslo (Norway) to Hanover.

 

Turkish Airlines is extending its cargo capacities with a new terminal at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. As part of the project, Siemens is fitting out the new cargo terminal with modern conveyor systems. The first expansion phase will be completed by the end of 2014 boosting the airport’s annual capacity.
TAP Portugal expects to save more than €2•5m in fuel costs over the next four years by replacing its 3,500 Unit Load Devices for lightweight units as part of an outsourcing deal with CHEP Aerospace Solutions. The Star Alliance member has agreed to transfer control of its existing ULDs to CHEP, which has committed to replace them with lightweight units.
TIACA’s next Air Cargo Professional Development Workshop is planned to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, in February 2015. The three-day course, designed to develop management skills for air cargo professionals, will be the first in a global series of up to four next year, following the success of TIACA’s inaugural workshop in the Netherlands this summer.
TIACA team will push for wider adoption of e-freight and to support the association’s membership drive. John DeBenedette, managing director, WIN, has joined the TIACA Board.

Turkish Cargo is to begin a twice-weekly A330-200 dedicated freighter service to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad, India. The new route will connect the city and its catchment area to 260 destinations in Europe, the Americas, Africa, as well as the CIS countries through the carrier’s hub in Istanbul.

Turkish Cargo has added Hyderabad to its destinations with the launch of weekly freighter services to take place from Hyderabad. Hyderabad is a new destination served by Turkish Cargo. Turkish Cargo serves 32 destinations in the Far East and has a network connecting 260 destinations in 107 countries.
Turkish Cargo received an award from ANAMA (National Association Air Cargo Agency) because of remarkable growing performance, frequency and destination development in Italy.
Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) announced that the carrier has implemented strict cargo policy on the shipment prohibition of shark fin on THAI Cargo
THAI Cargo has announced that it is well equipped to guarantee an entirely secured process for all shipments to European Union states and on all flights across the THAI network as an air carrier and warehouse operator, duly following the guidelines set forth by the European Union and ICAO to protect civil aviation against acts of unlawful interference. Towards achieving this goal, THAI Cargo has reinforced the European Union’s ‘Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport’ (ACC3) and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)’s Regulated Agent(RA) regulations governing transportation of air cargo and mail from third countries to EU states.
The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has appointed “Meantime Communications” which specializes in public relations, event, editorial, design, and new media solutions focusing in business-to-business services for the transport, supply chain and logistics sectors, as its Marketing and Public Relations agency, following a competitive bidding process. ‘Meantime Communications” will be working in tandem with TIACA to raise awareness of the Association’s leadership role in the air cargo supply chain, support its global communications campaigns, and also nurture its event content.
TIACA urged for caution and called for ‘significant further testing’ and common global standards on advance data for air cargo security screening. According to the Association, furthermore, common global standards and procedures are required to be developed to avoid potentially serious disruption to the flow of world trade. Whilst addressing the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) Annual Technical Experts Group on Air Cargo Security Conference in Brussels, Doug Brittin, Secretary General of TIACA cautioned customs regulators against taking unilateral action to require submission of certain customs information for all air cargo shipments, in advance of aircraft departure.
The International Air Transport Association, with a view to tide over the predicament of the next generation’s lack of interest in air cargo, has launched a new programme named ‘Future Air Cargo Executive (FACE)’. FACE is a three-pillar initiative that is designed to attract, retain and develop talent. IATA will organize the second edition of the FACE Summit (FACES), a program tailored for air cargo professionals under 35 with a career ambition to become a future executive, during the 8th World Cargo Symposium in Los Angeles scheduled to be held between March 11-13, 2014.
TurkIsh Cargo annonced entering into an agreement with a new truck company in order to make more effective operation in Germany , under the framework of our global logistic network. With the new agreement, the carrier expects all its agents will be able to task more effective and flexible operations and expand their service network.
TAM Cargo, the cargo unit of LATAM Airlines Group in Brazil, announced the commencement of operations at its new cargo terminal. With 13,000 square meters (140,000 square feet), it is the company’s largest cargo terminal in Brazil. Manaus, capital of Amazonas state, is one of the country’s most important production centers for a wide array of industries. In August, the Manaus Industrial Complex recorded a revenue increase year-to-date of 10 percent from the same eight-month period in 2012, according to the Manaus Duty Free Zone Superintendence. The structure has 2,600 stocking positions, a cold room for perishables and parking spaces for 70 small, medium and large vehicles. TAM Cargo’s terminal has 14 docks and six positions distributed on two ramps
The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has appealed to the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to certify that its 100% cargo screening level on passenger aircraft has been achieved and also to use its authority to immediately remove the ongoing requirement to report cargo screening data. The requirement is included in the standard security programs covering various participants in the air cargo supply chain.
Transaero, the Russian freighter operator entered the maindeck market with the start of all-cargo operations with a leased Tupolev 204-100C aircraft. The ‘plane was first deployed on a domestic routing from Moscow to Novosibirsk and Yakutsk, but management indicated that it wanted to use TU-204 freighters both on domestic and international sectors.
Turkish Airlines new 10,500-sq m cargo facility at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul will play an important role in the continuing expansion of the airline. 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. The facility has its own emergency power generator back up to meet emergency situations that may arise during black outs. With passenger services to 239 destinations, Turkish Cargo also flies scheduled freighter flights to 47 locations across the globe with its fleet of nine dedicated cargo aircraft. Besides, Turkish Cargo also offers onward land transportation to more than 1,000 off-network points.
TAP Cargo has implemented a new cargo management system over their entire international network. The aim was to fully automate the complete commercial, operations, and accounting processes. The carrier opted for an integrated solution and chose CHAMP Cargosystems’ Cargospot Airline, Cargospot Handling, and Cargospot Revenue. While Cargospot Airline automates the entire commercial and operations process Cargospot Handling is a comprehensive terminal management solution. Cargospot Revenue, a substantial revenue accounting system, fully integrated with the other modules, is in the final stage of implementation and will go live shortly.
TNT Express reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and reported that its troubled Brazilian unit is reducing losses. First-quarter adjusted EBIT from continuing operations fell 16 percent to 38 million euros ($49.5 million), while revenue fell 4.5 percent to 1.67 billion euros. “The initiatives to improve our margins, lower our cost base and reduce our exposure to loss-making activities have all been launched,” Bernard Bot Interim Chief Executive intimated in a statement.
The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) strongly welcomes the proposal by the European Commission to strengthen and speed up the implementation of the Single European Sky. After over a decade of discussions, legislation and failed implementation, the Association says it is imperative that the EU and its Member States take action now to realize the benefits of an integrated and modernized air traffic management (ATM) system.
Toll Global Forwarding will move to a brand new UK headquarters building at London Heathrow Airport in October. The new facility – on a secure 2.65 acre compound on the North Feltham Trading Estate, close to Heathrow’s cargo village – will include 50,000 sq ft of warehousing featuring 8 truck docks, a cargo handling system, storage for 1200 pallets and a large, multi-zone chiller for perishables.
Turkish Cargo, will begin full-freighter operations to Guangzhou, the People’s Republic of China. Turkish Cargo has made this addition to its already existing wide-range network of over 200 destinations in over 80 countries serving destinations across the Far East to the USA, from Europe to the Middle East and Africa. Turkish Cargo’s move is subsequent to its massive fleet expansion plan augmenting its fleet with 117 new aircraft of which it has received delivery of 20 airplanes from Airbus during 2012.
Turkish Airlines (THY) has been increasing its flight frequencies from Sabiha Gokcen Airport, introducing a number of new international routes this summer. It has decided to shift some part of its cargo operations from its main hub Atatürk Airport to Sabiha Gokcen Airport. time:matters, the expert for international Special Speed Logistics, would be expanding its network in China. According to the expansion plan, in addition to fast transport times with designated handling and customs clearance of shipments in Shanghai and Hong Kong, customers will especially benefit from the significantly increased amount of delivery options throughout China. time:matters services go far beyond standard transport solutions.
Tampa Cargo, AviancaTaca Holding’s cargo airline based in Colombia, has taken delivery of the first of four new A330 Freighter (A330-200F) aircraft at Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 772B engines. The new aircraft is part of the airline’s fleet renewal strategy and will allow Tampa to expand its presence in new and existing international markets, including Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, the United States and Uruguay. “We are confident in the A330-200F’s proven advanced technology, eco-efficiency and range,” said Fabio Villegas, CEO of AviancaTaca. “Tampa Cargo looks forward to growing its cargo business and serving our customers in the Americas by partnering with Airbus and integrating the first A330-200F into its fleet.” he continued.
The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has welcomed the announcement by EU Climate Action Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard to suspend the inclusion of international aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and to allow the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to press ahead with creating a global solution for managing aviation’s carbon emissions. “The announcement by Commissioner Hedegaard that she is to suspend the inclusion of international aviation in the EU ETS is a very welcome and pragmatic move and a strong signal that the Commission is intent on working with international partners to achieve a global agreement on reducing aviation CO2 emissions,” said Michael Steen, TIA