The week in brief
31, 2013, cargo increased by 2 percent.
CHAMP Cargosystems launched CargoUpdate, which is designed for airlines and GSAs to easily publish and disseminate operational and news announcements to the global air cargo community. This airfreight community portal is optimized for smartphones and tablets.
Berlin’s Schönefeld and Tegel airports recorded 2,942 tonnes of airfreight in January, 31.5 percent more than in the same period in 2013.
Vietnam’s VietJetAir finalized a major order for the A320 family. The purchase agreement covers firm orders for 42 A320neo, 14 A320ceo and 7 A321ceo, plus 30 purchase rights. In addition, the airline will lease eight more A320 family aircraft from third-party lessors.
In January, Brussels Airlines’ cargo, measured in freight tonne kilometers, grew 30.7 percent year over year.
FedEx Corp. announced an international expansion for its SenseAware service, which enables near real-time visibility into sensitive and high-value shipments. Customers will now be able to monitor shipments throughout an additional 14 European countries and Canada, and on board flights from three additional air carriers: Air France, Cathay Pacific and Qantas Airways. Customers in Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland can now use SenseAware.
Miami International Airport will welcome back two international carriers in the coming months with Spanish carrier Air Europa announcing new Miami-Madrid service and French low-cost carrier XL Airways France announcing seasonal service between MIA and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Air Europa will launch three weekly nonstop flights on June 4, using A330-200 aircraft. XL Airways France will again offer three weekly nonstop flights beginning May 25 utilizing Airbus A330-300 aircraft and will also carry cargo.