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The week in brief

By Staff Reports on May 1, 2014
  • Emirates will launch a new daily service to Brussels, Belgium, beginning Sept. 5. Belgium is a key cargo hub. Export commodities that Emirates SkyCargo expects to transport include pharmaceuticals, automotive spare parts, chocolates, machinery and equipment and electronics.
  • Three finalists have been selected for general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The finalists are Hartsfield-Jackson’s interim manager Miguel Southwell, Oakland aviation director Deborah Ale Flint and Baltimore/Washington International CEO Paul Wiedefeld.
  • Leipzig/Halle Airport has a new weekly cargo route operated by AirBridgeCargo Airlines to Moscow.
  • Cargolux Airlines International S.A. delayed the start of scheduled services to Zhengzhou, China, from April 24 to the new date of May 29. This delay is to enable the airline to finalize all regulatory requirements relating to the commencement of scheduled flights to Zhengzhou, which arose due to “unforeseen procedural changes” in the manner in which information has to be submitted to and approved by China, Cargolux said. The cargo that was booked on the affected flights was re-routed on Cargolux’s other flights into China.
  • Jettainer, a provider for outsourced ULD management, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Founded April 27, 2004, as an outsourced department of Lufthansa Cargo, the company today manages airlines around the world. Over the years, the ULD increased from its original 27,000 to over 85,000 units. Even the containers and pallets have changed considerably; once made out of aluminum, approximately 40 percent of all small containers are now made of lightweight composite material, leading to less fuel consumption and emissions for airlines. Jettainer started out with a staff of nine employees at its headquarters in Raunheim, near Frankfurt Airport. Today, 60 employees are active in the Raunheim, Dusseldorf, Zurich, Rome, Milan, Philadelphia and Abu Dhabi offices.
  • TNT Express had a reported operating income of 17 million euros (US$23.5 million) in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Boeing and Turkish Airlines celebrated the carrier’s 75th direct delivery of a Next-Generation 737 airplane. The 737-800 arrived at Turkish Airlines' base at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport.
  • Canadian North airline is establishing a new Pilot Training Centre at Edmonton International Airport in Canada. The Pilot Training Centre will house a Boeing 737 full-flight simulator. The simulator and facility are planned to be operational and certified by Transport Canada this fall. Training of the first pilots will coincide with the completion of facility construction and simulator set-up.
  • IAG Cargo’s new five-per-week freighter service between Hong Kong and London Stansted started Thursday. The service, operated on behalf of IAG Cargo by Qatar Airways, will use a Boeing 777F. The new service replaces freighters previously leased from Global Supply Systems.
  • Qantas Freight launched Q-GO, a revitalized suite of airfreight products. The airline’s product range has been simplified to four Q-GO products (Q-GO Priority, Q-GO Express, Q-GO Classic and Q-GO Mail) based on speed of service.
  • Unisys Corporation announced a next-generation cargo revenue accounting service, which provides airlines with control and automation of their revenue accounting process, including air waybill audit and adjustments, revenue determination and proration, and reporting. 
  • American Airlines Cargo increased the maximum piece weight for bulk-loaded shipments on its narrow-body aircraft to 350 pounds (158 kilograms). Previously, American’s maximum bulk piece weight was 300 pounds (136 kilograms).
  • This year’s Schiphol Aviation Awards have named European Cargo Services B.V., a GSSA, as winner in the cargo category.