Booming Asia rail trade prompts DHL to open Stuttgart center

If air carriers and forwarders weren’t yet concerned about competition from Eurasian rail cargo connections, they may be after today, when DHL Global Forwarding opened a new “China Rail Competence Center” Germany to better coordinate door-to-door services to customers via rail and truck. Rail freight traffic between Germany and China has increased 10 times in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 8, 2017

United, Lufthansa Cargo JV to share freight capacity, booking, handling

Finally, some good news regarding United – United Cargo, that is. After two years of negotiations, United Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo entered into a joint venture this week, covering a wide-range of cargo cooperation on routes between the United States and Europe. The trans-Atlantic deal, first proposed in 2015, covers cooperation on available capacity and […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 20, 2017

Airport cargo handle jumps 3.3%

Total airport cargo handled — loaded and unloaded freight and mail — worldwide in 2016 was up 3.3 percent over 2015 to about 106 million tonnes, according to preliminary data from the Airports Council International. International freight handled was up 4.3 percent to about 66 million tonnes, accounting for a little more than 62 percent […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 19, 2017

Back in black? European air cargo business boom continues

With the March numbers starting to trickle in from European carriers and airports, early indicators suggest that the air cargo business is on track for yet another great month across the continent. On the airport side, Heathrow saw what it’s CEO, John Holland-Kaye, described as “surging trade.” Meanwhile, Air France-KLM, which has struggled with declining […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 11, 2017

Premium cargo on the wish lists of Hong Kong companies

The new year in Hong Kong began in an auspicious manner for the airfreight community. In the budget that was propsed in February, Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, outlined plans to foster air cargo. To cement Hong Kong’s status as major hub and enhance its competitive edge, Secretary Chan pledged to look at measures […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • April 11, 2017

Where have all the pilots gone? How a looming shortage may curtail e-commerce

Bug smashers, nearjets, flippers, junkstreams. To most pilots, these names conjure memories of their first jobs in the business, flying small aircraft for regional carriers, often carrying cargo. “It’s real flying, the sort that puts hair on your chest,” a seasoned American pilot named Dover explained. “There’s nothing glamorous about it. You are the dispatcher, […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 5, 2017

Will there be a modal shift to Hyperloop? Don’t answer yet…

A recent post in Tech Crunch breathlessly postulated that the planned Hyperloop One system envisioned for the Middle East will one day be able to handle the equivalent of US$12 billion of the region’s entire $35 billion cargo market, including all $7 billion worth of airfreight shipments in the Gulf Cooperation Council region. I’ll pause […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 30, 2017

China’s newest all-cargo carrier takes to the skies

Early this morning, Guangzhou-based all-cargo start-up, Longhao Airlines put its first 737-300F into revenue service on a flight between Jiangsu Nantong Xindong Airport (NTG) and Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN). The carrier, which has already inked a deal to carry cargo on behalf of Shenzhen-based SF Express Airlines, has ambitious plans to put five freighters into […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 29, 2017

Momentum for cargo builds for Asia-Pacific airlines in February

Air cargo markets across Asia picked up momentum last month, posting solid increases in demand, according to preliminary February traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). International air cargo demand for member carriers registered growth of 11.3 percent in freight tonne kilometers (FTK), compared to February last year, and a 7.6 percent […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 28, 2017

FedEx’s new Liège-Memphis service to boost TNT networks

The FedEx-TNT deal was completed more than a year ago, but the benefits for TNT customers will finally be felt soon in North America. FedEx Express will begin operating a new 777F flight linking Liège, Belgium and Memphis, starting early April 2017. The aircraft will continue on from Memphis en route to Shanghai via Seattle […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 21, 2017

Agility hitches its wagon to Changi air cargo hub

Kuwait-based Agility has acquired a 177,000-square-foot warehouse near the Changi International Airport, upping its Singapore warehouse space to 600,000 square feet. The acquisition is the company’s fifth warehouse in the country, as Singapore expands and upgrades its port and airport infrastructure to strengthen its position as a global logistics powerhouse and one of Asia’s top […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 21, 2017

WCS 2017: Astral Aerial wins IATA Innovation Award for ‘UTM Concept for Africa’

ABU DHABI — As IATA wrapped up its 11th World Cargo Symposium here yesterday, it announced that conference participants chose Astral Aerial Solutions as the winner of its 2017 Air Cargo Innovation award, amongst five finalists that had been narrowed down by a panel of judges. Astral Aerial won for its UTM Concept for Africa, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 17, 2017

WCS 2017: De Juniac optimistic about air cargo growth, innovation

ABU DHABI, UAE — Optimism has come to air cargo. It’s not often that an IATA World Cargo Symposium starts off with a positive message about the industry, but in yesterday’s opening address, IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said he wanted to “share an optimistic view, which is far too rare in […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 14, 2017

Joint sales with Lufthansa kicks off as Cathay shifts gears

The Year of the Rooster was barely under way, and most Chinese workers were out celebrating the biggest festival in their calendar, when the fledgling partnership of Cathay Pacific with Lufthansa Cargo shifted into a higher gear with joint sales activity. Feb. 1 was the day the combined westbound sales activity out of Cathay’s home […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • March 8, 2017
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