DP-DHL’s Frank Appel: Finding the right chemistry

Frank Appel’s business acumen came not from an MBA program but initially from a science textbook. He earned his Masters degree in chemistry at the University of Munich in 1989, followed by a Ph.D in neurobiology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1993 (although he demurs from using the “Dr.” title). Having trouble […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 26, 2016

Amerijet pilots reach contract deal with a “massive increase” in wages

Amerijet and its pilots have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract that includes substantial raises and addresses seniority and sick leave. According to Teamsters Local 769, which represents the 85 pilots in the bargaining unit, the new deal includes a “massive initial increase in base wages for Captains and First Officers of more […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 25, 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

Give thanks, and shop

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and as usual, distant relatives will convene at dinner tables across the country to discuss not only what they are thankful for, but also their Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping strategies. But this year, despite the air freight industry’s arduous efforts to ensure it is equipped to […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 24, 2016

AirBridgeCargo Airlines earns CEIV Pharma certification at Moscow hub

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) became the first airline in Russia, and seventh globally, to be awarded IATA’s Center of Excellence for Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification, on November 22, for the global transportation of pharma products via its cargo hub in Sheremetyevo, Moscow. The Russian cargo carrier has built a pharma hub to the […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 24, 2016

Changi looks to South West Pacific and North East Asia pharma trade for growth

Singapore’s Changi Airport saw cargo volumes hit a yearly high in October thanks to strong perishables and pharmaceutical traffic. Over the first three quarters, cargo at the airport has increased by 5.5 percent year-on-year (y-o-y) to 1.44 million tonnes. Pharmaceutical trade grew at 19 percent y-o-y over the first nine months, while perishables grew by […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 23, 2016

Keeping up with the specialized needs of Asian air cargo [VIDEO]

HONG KONG – After being the manufacturer to the world for the last few decades, led mostly by the inexpensive labor in China, the Asian market is rapidly evolving into more of a consumer society, creating a new dynamic for global trade lanes in and out of Asia, with cross-border e-commerce dominating the scene. That […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 23, 2016

ABX strike enters second day, Judge to rule on strike later today

The ABX Air strike has entered its second day, with other cargo carriers still refusing to cross the picket line as the carrier’s parent company, Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), takes the Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1224 to court at 3:30 pm local time Cincinnati to force the pilots back into the cockpit and […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 23, 2016

Amazon Prime hits 50 million membership mark as competitors falter

The latest membership estimates for Amazon.com’s Amazon Prime service show that the e-retailer’s bid to consolidate consumer spending onto one platform has now attracted almost one in six Americans, according to independent research by Cowen & Co. In addition to signing up some 50 million Amazon Prime customers, the company expanded into car sales this […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 22, 2016

E-commerce, general airfreight markets a study in contrasts [VIDEO]

HONG KONG – When it comes to growth in the airfreight business, perception is based mostly on what region you’re in and what type of cargo you carry, said Gert-Jan Jansen, managing director of market analysis firm The Seabury Group, during a session at the Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference (ALMC) on Tuesday. In the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 22, 2016

Astral Aviation to open drone hub at Kapese Airstrip, Kenya [VIDEO]

Astral Aviation has established a subsidiary, Astral Aerial Solutions, to handle the Kenyan cargo airline’s foray into drone delivery. The venture’s first customers oil and gas industry companies that need to move equipment out to remote sites. Astral’s CEO Sanjeev Gadhia told Business Daily Africa that Astral Aerial Solutions would soon operate surveillance drones along […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 21, 2016

Peak season robust at Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Terminal

HONG KONG – At the height of the peak season’s surge of activity, the ground floor of the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal was a hive of activity, where transshipments were being scanned, broken down, consolidated or repackaged and then hustled through the facility. During Monday’s tour of the facility by the operators, Cathay Pacific Services […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 21, 2016

Volga-Dnepr, Antonov to end Ruslan venture by end of year

After 10 years of marketing a unique aircraft that specialized in the lifting of heavy, oversized cargo to remote areas, Ruslan International has announced that it will cease operation on Dec. 31, 2016. Ruslan was created in 2006 as a joint venture between Antonov Airlines and Volga-Dnepr Group to market the carriers’ combined An-124-100 fleets […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 20, 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
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