Belly shift: EVA retires last combi

January 5 was a small watershed for EVA Air. The 747-400 used for flight BR868, which landed in Taipei that day, subsequently exited the carrier’s fleet, marking the demise of combi aircraft from the lineup. Its retirement leaves Asiana the lone operator of 747 combis in Asia. Stan Wraight, executive director of Strategic Aviation Solutions […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 10, 2015

Many returning winners at ACE Awards

SHANGHAI – There were many familiar faces among the winners on March 10 during the Air Cargo Excellence (ACE) Awards ceremony, held in conjunction with IATA’s World Cargo Symposium here. But there were also some notable newcomers that climbed the ranks in this celebration of the top airlines and airports, as chosen by Air Cargo […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 10, 2015

IATA, Shanghai to promote e-freight jointly

SHANGHAI – IATA and the city of Shanghai, China, are partnering on an initiative to help stamp out cumbersome paper processes in the logistics industry. On March 10, during IATA’s World Cargo Symposium, the organization announced that it had signed a “letter of initiative” to promote e-freight efforts jointly with Shanghai Customs, Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 10, 2015

ULDs are ready for their closeup

SHANGHAI – Unit load devices (ULDs), as we know them, have been around for at least 45 years, but for some reason, they are still the Rodney Dangerfield of the aviation industry. During Monday’s “ULD Regulations Workshop” at IATA’s World Cargo Symposium, they finally got the respect they deserved as critical safety parts of every cargo […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 10, 2015

UAE economy minister says provide proof

The economy minister for the United Arab Emirates’ fired back at the three U.S. legacy airlines, Delta, United and American, which have accused the Gulf carriers of benefiting from government subsidies. The three have accused Etihad, Emirates and Qatar airlines of having an unfair advantage by receiving $40 billion in government subsidies from their home […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 9, 2015

Northern Air Cargo assists in ‘The Last Great Race’

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, called “The Last Great Race,” has been held every year in Alaska since 1973. The race is the re-enactment of the dogsled freight route from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, covering a distance of 1,049 miles in harsh, cold winter conditions. Before the advent of aircraft, dog sled drivers, known […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 9, 2015

Where the runway meets the road

In July 2014, U.S.-based Amerijet International launched what seemed to be a pretty good idea. The all-cargo carrier set up air hubs in Reno and Columbus with the idea that a road feeder service could serve the relatively short distances to and from four cities in the western United States out of Reno, and five […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 9, 2015

A (very) quick turnaround to Brazil

Here’s a final image to kick off your weekend. When Panalpina loaded an Atlas Air 747-400F for its first scheduled service from Huntsville, Alabama, to Viracopos, São Paulo, on the gloomy afternoon on March 3, videographer Bob Gathany of AL.com was there to record the event. As the crews prepared the flight for the inaugural […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 7, 2015

Cargo Security: A Delicate Balance

Last fall, Air New Zealand flight NZ057 was at the terminal on Fiji’s Nadi International Airport, preparing for a three-hour flight home to Auckland. For this leg of the flight, the cargo handler, Air Terminal Services (ATS), owned by the Fiji government, was tasked with loading 13 ULDs full of 27 tons of cargo into […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 7, 2015

News Briefs: Alaska goes to Big Easy; Hactl passes test; flydubai gets EU ACC3

Alaska Air Cargo started full cargo service March 2, with direct flights from Seattle to New Orleans using the bellies of 737-800s, said Kathy Denker, director of cargo sales and postal relations, during the AirCargo 2015 conference in New Orleans. Six months earlier, the U.S. carrier had begun daily direct passenger flights to the Big […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 5, 2015

Chinese New Year boosts volume, but rates stay low

The airfreight frenzy that usually precedes the Chinese New Year provided a jolt to January volumes in the Asia Pacific market this year, partly because of the later-than-usual start of the festivities (February 19) and partly due to the West Coast port crisis in the United States. However, activity on this major trade route failed […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 28, 2015

Tricky job tackled by Volga-Dnepr

Volga-Dnepr engineers in Ulyanovsk, Russia, had to move quickly this month in response to an urgent customer request. Their mission? To move 35 tonnes of pipeline, in 62-foot-long sections, from Scotland to Turkey. Huseyn Mammadli, logistics executive with Volga-Dnepr, said the engineers developed a load plan and built a multi-purpose shipping cradle to load the […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 25, 2015

News Briefs: Swissport in Astana, East Midlands boom, V-Day flowers bloom

Swissport International will take over the ground handling at Astana International Airport in Kazakhstan. Airport Management Group, which took over six airports in Kazakhstan earlier this year, signed a memorandum of understanding with Swissport to phase in its services. Additionally a new joint venture, Swissport Kazakhstan, will take over passenger handling at Astana May 1 […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 25, 2015
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