Boeing handed over the first 747-8 Intercontinental aircraft to launch customer Lufthansa on April 25. According to a press release, the aircraft is much more fuel-efficient than its predecessor, the 747-400, and generates 30-percent less noise. Lufthansa is expected to fly the 747-8 Intercontinental to Frankfurt on May 1, jumpstarting delivery ceremonies at both Boeing’s Everett, Wash.-based headquarters and in Germany.
LAN Cargo has introduced the CO2 calculator, a tool that alerts customers about the carbon emissions of their shipment. The calculator analyzes the historical emissions of the company, the amount of fuel burned, the distance traveled and the flight load factor to estimate the amount of carbon emitted from transporting a load from point A to point B.
Canadian carrier WestJet has launched westjetcargo.com, a standalone website dedicated to cargo. On the site, users can book and track shipments; review shipping guidelines and restrictions; and make claims. The carrier plans to expand into the U.S. and Mexico in the future.
Southern Air Holdings has taken delivery of its fourth Boeing 777F. The ACMI operator will fly the new freighter on behalf of DHL Express, utilizing it on the integrator’s new Hong Kong-Los Angeles-Leipzig, Germany-Hong Kong route.
Air France-KLM Cargo and Martinair Cargo have launched a new app for the iPhone and iPad that allows forwarders to review the status of their shipments on airwaybills. Marc Baan, vice president of marketing and e-business at Air France-KLM Cargo and Martinair Cargo, said a recent global customer satisfaction survey reaffirming the importance of online tracking led to the creation of this tool. “Although we already score well on our online services, including ‘Track & Trace,’ we believe making tracking available on smartphones and tables will be a very welcome addition for our customers,” Baan said.