GECAS doubles its stake in the 737-800 freighter conversions

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) demonstrated its confidence in the 737-800 freighter today by announcing plans to convert 30 more if its passenger Boeing 737-800s into freighters. The order, announced during the Paris Air Show, more than doubles GECAS’ current investment into the freighter type, which includes the 25 aircraft GECAS already has on order […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 21, 2017

UPS, Boeing confirm three passenger-to-freighter 767-300 conversion deal

At the 2017 Paris Air Show yesterday, UPS and Boeing officially announced a passenger-to-freighter conversion deal involving three 767-300 aircraft. The agreement underscored the demand for P-to-F conversions, with FedEx and the U.S. Airforce having booked out production freighter slots well into the future.  In its annual forecast, Boeing said worldwide demand for maindeck lift […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 20, 2017

Spanish logistics alliance to collaborate on full-service supply chain services

Valencia-based Milestone Logistics has launched a partnership, called the “360 Alliance,” with four other logistics firms, to offer full supply-chain services, including logistics consulting, international transport, warehouse logistics and packaging. Led by Milestone, the group includes 3PL firms Gesprolog, Aza Logistics, Alfilpack and Mulem. The cooperation is the first Spanish collaborative logistics alliance created to […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 20, 2017

DHL Express tags on more orders for EFW A330-300 conversions

DHL Express expanded its A330-300 conversion deal with ST Aerospace today, contracting an additional four A330-300 conversion slots, with options for an additional 10 conversions. The conversions will be undertaken by ST Aerospace’s subsidiary, Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), which is jointly owned with Airbus Group. The first two A330-300 conversion freighters are scheduled to enter DHL’s […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 19, 2017

Armstrong’s 3PL report calls 2016 ‘mediocre’ for U.S. airfreight

While the third-party logistics (3PL) market had a “mediocre” year in the United States, global 3PL revenues reached US$802 billion in 2016 and are on track to exceed $962 billion in 2020, according to the latest 3PL report by market research firm, Armstrong & Associates. The report, titled “Third-Party Logistics Market Results and Trends for […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 16, 2017

Alibaba to enter European cloud computing market in mid-2017

As it seeks to expand its global reach outside China, Alibaba Cloud announced that it will introduce “MaxCompute,” to Europe’s US$18.9 billion cloud computing market in the second half of 2017. The E.U. cloud market is smaller than, say, its U.S. counterpart, but it is already populated by the likes of Amazon, Salesforce, Microsoft and […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 15, 2017

Atlas Air, pilots’ union agree to direct negotiations

Atlas Air World Wide (AAWW) and Teamsters Local 1224, which represents the carrier’s pilots, are returning to the negotiating table. The two parties have agreed on a process by which to begin direct negotiations for a single labor contract covering crew members for both subsidiary carriers Atlas Air and Southern Air. This development ends more […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 15, 2017

Kerry Logistics enters JV with Globalink Logistics, expands in CIS region

In an effort to broaden its presence in the Central Asian region, Kerry Logistics has partnered with Dubai-based Globalink Logistics DWC, a freight forwarding group with extensive operations across The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The joint venture will “significantly expand Kerry Logistics’ coverage in Central Asia and the CIS, opening the door to potential […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 13, 2017

Southwest Cargo commences ops at CVG

  Earlier this week, Southwest Cargo opened its newest cargo facility at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG). Like Southwest’s entire U.S. domestic network, the carrier’s cargo division will manage the bellyspace capacity on flights moving through CVG. Initially, eight daily nonstop flights will serve CVG, with five to Chicago’s Midway (MDW), and three to Baltimore’s BWI. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 9, 2017

ELEVATE 2017 conference agenda released, board of advisors formed

Air Cargo World, the industry’s most widely read news source, has released the agenda for its second annual ELEVATE Conference, the publication announced today. ELEVATE 2017 will take place on October 2nd at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Miami, Fla., and will explore the rise of e-commerce and the digitization of global logistics. Many air freight and […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 8, 2017

Air China launches weekly 777f service between Shanghai and Liege, Belgium

An Air Cargo China 777F from Shanghai touched down Liege Airport yesterday, marking the start of weekly freighter services between the two airports. The additional capacity is being deployed in response to growing e-commerce volumes between China and Europe, the Belgian airport said. Steven Verhasselt, VP Commercial at Liege Airport, explained that the new freighter […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 8, 2017

Where We Went Wrong – Part 3: A new way forward

As seen in the first column in this series (February 2017), the emergence of e-commerce exposed how the air cargo industry is little match for new consumer logistics demands, which mandate transparency in pricing, speed and quality. The product offered by scheduled airlines, featuring interchangeable capacity and forwarding services in its industry model, should have […]
  • Stan Wraight
  • June 7, 2017

More U.S. online shoppers looking abroad for purchases

Almost half of online shoppers in the U.S. (47 percent) are now purchasing from international retailers, a UPS study has found. So, while it’s no secret that e-commerce is redefining the national economy, this latest information suggests that even borders are under pressure. The news has immediate implications for the integrators, which specialize in moving […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 7, 2017

Bridges to Breakthroughs: How free trade can survive in a protectionist world

A war on the Korean peninsula would be unthinkable for global supply chains. “If Korea is hit by a missile,” Soo Kyoum Kim, of IDC Research told Bloomberg, “all electronics production will stop.” South Korea’s semiconductor manufacturers supply two-thirds of the world’s electronic memory chips, and it was the country’s indispensability to the global economy […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 5, 2017
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