FedEx’s Smith calls for action to defend global trade, save jobs

Soon after making a TV appearance to criticize the Trump administration’s pull-out from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, FedEx CEO and founder Fred Smith stepped up his efforts to stave off a costly trade war by creating an online portal to encourage citizens to defend global trade and potentially save millions of jobs that depend on it. […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 26, 2017

Fred Smith delivers TPP eulogy on Fox Business

FedEx founder and CEO Fred Smith went on Fox Business yesterday to counter the White House’s negative narrative on the already moribund Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and also presented evidence for the positive role of free trade in the U.S. economy. “Trade is what made America great,” Smith told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo. “About 40 […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 25, 2017

Come a long way: 75 years of good, bad, ugly air cargo ads

The calendar has finally turned over to 2017, and so begins Air Cargo World’s celebration of our long history – 75 years, in fact. Beginning in October 1942, when U.S. forces were battling in Guadalcanal and the Soviets began to turn the tide against Hitler in Stalingrad, founder John F. Budd began publication of Air […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 2, 2017

Study raises concerns about Amazon’s impact on U.S. economy

Within five years, one-fifth of the US$3.6 trillion retail market in the United States will have shifted online, and Amazon is on track to capture two-thirds of that share, according to a report released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). The organization’s assertion that “Amazon is a monopoly hiding in plain sight” is sure […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 26, 2016

Those who ignore high-tech progress, prepare to get forked

American baseball star Yogi Berra once said that when you get to a fork in the road, take it. His quote recently came to mind while listening to speakers at the recent Air Cargo Forum, sponsored by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) in Paris. Participants in the conference suggested that shipping companies that fail […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • December 2, 2016

Lufthansa makes new offer on sixth day of pilot strike

A 4.4 percent increase in remuneration for Lufthansa pilots is the latest attempt by the German carrier to end a pilot strike that is costing the company an estimated €15 million per day. The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union representing the pilots said it is considering the deal, but its spokesman Ingolf Schumacher demanded to know […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 30, 2016

Freightos CEO joins industry voices defending international trade

Nullifying the Trans Pacific Partnership would be an “inauguration gift to China at the expense of rapidly developing countries like Vietnam,” said Freightos CEO, Zvi Schreiber. He joins a growing list of industry leaders voicing concern that scuttling the deal would put the U.S. at a disadvantage, while empowering China, in direct contradiction to president […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 25, 2016

FedEx Freight boss urges Trump to reconsider trade agreement benefits

Michael Ducker, president and CEO of FedEx Freight, joined a chorus of logistics and transportation interests calling for President-elect Donald Trump to honor America’s commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and bolster extant trade ties.  “Trade agreements are the solution, not the problem,” Ducker told the 2016 JOC Inland Distribution Conference, adding that his company […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 18, 2016

International trade interests brace for Trump presidency

Global markets are in turmoil as President-elect Donald Trump readies his transition team and, presumably, advances what is expected to be and agenda hostile to free trade. Meanwhile, the air cargo community is rushing to build bridges with free-trade factions within the new regime, such as Vice President-elect Michael Pence, who has a strong pro-free […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 9, 2016

Cargo Chat: Cargolux makes Puerto Rico pharma service ‘official’

Early last month, Cargolux launched a new weekly route from its home base in Luxembourg directly to Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN) in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. That may not seem like a logical cargo route, considering that the American commonwealth in the Caribbean has been enduring a crippling recession for the last two years and is […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 4, 2016

ACAS: Running out of time to reach the finish line

Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to four terms as President of the United States, but he never got the chance to see the finish line of his last administration – or glimpse his true legacy. While his untimely death a month before the fall of Nazi Germany precluded witnessing it, the United States and its […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • October 31, 2016

Montreal aviation CO2 deal meets signatory-state resistance, NGO criticism

Government, industry and civil society representatives at this year’s 39th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly agreed to recommend adoption of a measure to control carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, despite resistance from developing economies, such as China, which expressed concern that the deal would stifle development. Other countries – including Russia, India, South Africa, Saudi […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 7, 2016

A practical solution to an impractical screening problem

When it comes to the screening and inspection of cargo, U.S.-based airfreight forwarders have become experts on the topic and its challenges. Physically screening 100 percent of air cargo on passenger flights to and from all U.S. airports has been one of the most monumental achievements in aviation since the Sept. 11 tragedies of 15 […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • October 5, 2016

Swan song for the first jumbo jet?

In remembrance of the late Boeing engineer Joe Sutter, the “Father of the 747,” who passed away last week, columnist Brandon Fried shares his memories of the first time he spotted the world’s first jumbo jet, as a child, and how it profoundly affected him throughout his life. The first time I saw a Boeing […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • September 5, 2016
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