Freighter conversion companies get busy

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Passenger to freighter is the cover feature in the July issue of the STAT Trade Times. In the story, Reji John examines the freighter conversion market which is still coming out of its prolonged period of weakness. However, there is an uptick in demand for freighters and that is keeping conversion companies busy. In the special report Surya Kannoth writes about challenges about air freight in niche markets, which according to the report has immense potential but has several hurdles when the specialty is an isolated geographic location, small market or unique environment. Logistics and transport companies are increasingly looking at doing business with landlocked regions across the world moving away from the traditional markets, reports Namrata More in industry focus.

While South Korea’s Seoul Incheon International Airport is the airport in focus this time; read about Brussels Airport’s BRUcargo pharma certification programme, which is a key initiative for the pharmaceutical industry.

In the regional report, Namrata evaluates Far East, which has major air cargo destinations and plays a vital role in the global air cargo industry. For the country report Namrata looks at United Arab Emirates, which has emerged as a country that has taken the lead in developing its air cargo portfolio. In the city report, Surya visits Shanghai, China’s busiest hub for corporate travel and trade. The report examines the decision to create China’s first free trade zone and how it is likely to enhance this position.

Transporting dangerous goods by air is the focus in the commodity report. As the air cargo industry sets tougher norms the challenges are getting even bigger.

In the shipping section, read about Port Miami which has equally strong numbers both from cruise and cargo tragic. And check out how technology is aiding transportation of perishables by sea more efficiently.

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