Brazil’s economic crisis keeps LATAM Cargo in the weeds

LATAM Airlines’ cargo business, along with the regional economy, got pounded in 2016, and the latest January numbers suggest that the beleaguered Santiago-based carrier isn’t out of the woods yet, despite a 1.9-percentage-point increase in its cargo load factor. According to the carrier’s monthly report, out yesterday, revenue tonne kilometers fell 2.4 percent, year-over-year, to […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 9, 2017

Qatar Cargo launches additional Pharma Express flights from Basel, Brussels

The healthcare business continues to boom for Qatar Cargo, which launched additional Pharma Express flights from Basel and Brussels to the carrier’s hub in Doha. The routes connect to other Pharma Express flights via Doha, linking European Union-based pharma companies with markets in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. The three Indian cities generate more than 30,000 […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 8, 2017

MIA ocean-to-air perishables program starts operation

Florida’s first-ever ocean-to-air perishables trans-shipment transferred through Miami International Airport (MIA) last week en route to the E.U. Ten tons of peas that arrived at Port Everglades on Jan. 30 from Guatemala were trucked to MIA and then flown to Amsterdam via Centurion Cargo on Feb. 2. Last October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 6, 2017

Qatar Cargo appoints Siginon as Nairobi ground handler

Siginon Aviation has been appointed Qatar Airways Cargo’s ground and ramp handler for the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya. Qatar Airways Cargo has served Nairobi for ten years now. Siginon Aviation’s facility includes a 3,000-square-meter perishables center, a 5,000-square-meter general cargo warehouse and specialized storage for dangerous, valuable and temperature-sensitive cargo. Nairobi […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 3, 2017

Cargo growth levels off at Dubai’s DWC

Airfreight volumes at Al Maktoum International (DWC) registered an anemic increase during 2016, at just under 898,000 tonnes, up only 0.8 percent, compared to the nearly 891,000 tonnes handled during 2015. At this time last year, the airport announced that cargo volumes had surged 7.7 percent during 2015, compared to the previous year. But with […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 1, 2017

Amazon to move Prime Air cargo hub to Cincinnati

When Amazon announced last year that it was entering directly into the air logistics business with the launch of Prime Air, the airfreight world knew that it had to prepare for bold moves by a deep-pocketed company with a passion for innovation. Yesterday, the Seattle-based online retail giant made another bold move by announcing the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 1, 2017

Kalitta Air’s implements CHAMP’s weight & balance software

U.S.-based cargo carrier Kalitta Air has implemented CHAMP Cargosystems’ Weight & Balance application, which manages load planning.  Kalitta operates a fleet of sixteen 747 freighters, and has obtained FAA approval for the usage of CHAMP’s technology for its freighter fleet. CHAMP’s software is a Java-based web application, enabling carriers and forwarders to drag, drop and […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 31, 2017

ABX pilots’ strike lowers ATSG 2016 earnings

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) announced that it expected fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 Adjusted EBITDA to be approximately US$7 million short of its previous guidance. The company blamed work stoppage in mid-November 2016, when pilots at its subsidiary ABX Air, which flies packages for Amazon.com and DHL Worldwide Express, went on strike. ATSG’s revised 2016 […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 27, 2017

Crustaceans crush 2016, leading to 4.1 percent cargo rise at Halifax

Thanks to a booming year for lobster, Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) saw substantial cargo growth over 2016, processing more than 33,000 tonnes of cargo, up 4.1 percent over 2015. An estimated US$187 million in seafood exports were shipped last year, an increase of approximately $40 million from 2015. As demand for lobster and other […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 27, 2017

Hactl takes on Vietjet’s cargo handling at Hong Kong

Vietnamese carrier VietJet has chosen Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) to provide cargo terminal operations for its newly launched flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong. The daily services are operated with narrowbody A320 aircraft. In the first nine months of 2016, Vietnam was Hong Kong’s fifth largest export market. Vietnam’s […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 25, 2017

Dubai International cargo volumes close out 2016 up 3.4 percent

After registering a contraction in the third quarter, Dubai International (DXB) cargo volumes recovered in the last three months of 2016, closing out the year at 2.59 million tonnes, up 3.4 percent over 2015’s 2.51 million tonnes. December’s volumes added DXB to a list of airports that saw record numbers for the month, compared to […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 25, 2017

Etihad’s Hogan to step down as losses mount in minority investments

After 10 years at the helm of Etihad, president and CEO James Hogan will step down during the second half of 2017. Hogan has overseen the growth of Etihad from a 22-plane regional carrier into a 120-aircraft global airline, with seven airline equity partnerships that serve more than 120 million passengers per year. In recent […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 24, 2017

China-UK railroad corridor spells trouble for airfreight

The first container train from China reached the U.K. today, arriving at the London Eurohub in Barking. Completed in 18 days, the rail transit connection threatens to disrupt China-Europe supply chains, with airfreight appearing especially vulnerable. The 10,000- to 12,000-kilometer transit takes 12 to 18 days, depending on the route used, and is attractive for […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 18, 2017

MyCargo 747-400 freighter crashes in Kyrgyzstan, killing 37

A 747-400 freighter aircraft, flown by Turkish carrier MyCargo Airlines on behalf of Turkish Airlines, crashed early this morning just short of the runway at Manas International Airport (FRU) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, killing all four crew members aboard and 33 people on the ground. Flight TK-6491 was in the middle of a routine cargo flight […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 16, 2017
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