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Sky Gates Cargo to add 747-400F to fleet

Sky Gates Cargo to add 747-400F to fleet

May 26, 2017 at 5:42 pm 0 comments

With its Russia, Europe and Far East routes exceeding expectations, startup carrier Sky Gates Cargo announced that it will add a second 747-400F to its fleet. The impending aircraft, expected to be delivered sometime next month, was part of Cathay Pacific’s cargo fleet and is currently being operated by SilkRead More

April Drewry price index indicates ongoing recovery

April Drewry price index indicates ongoing recovery

May 24, 2017 at 5:30 pm 0 comments

Consider the airfreight recovery to be still alive and kicking. That’s the verdict according to th latest installment of the Drewry East-West Airfreight Price Index, showing airfreight rates continuing to recover through April. With an 8 percent year-over-year increase in monthly rates, Drewry’s numbers suggest that that demand for airfreightRead More

Booming Asia rail trade prompts DHL to open Stuttgart center

Booming Asia rail trade prompts DHL to open Stuttgart center

May 8, 2017 at 5:59 pm 0 comments

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 ChinaRead More

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

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

April 20, 2017 at 5:58 pm 0 comments

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, coversRead More

Airport cargo handle jumps 3.3%

Airport cargo handle jumps 3.3%

April 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm 0 comments

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 aRead More

Back in black? European air cargo business boom continues

Back in black? European air cargo business boom continues

April 11, 2017 at 4:49 pm 0 comments

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,Read More

Premium cargo on the wish lists of Hong Kong companies

Premium cargo on the wish lists of Hong Kong companies

April 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm 0 comments

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 ChanRead More

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

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

April 5, 2017 at 5:58 pm 0 comments

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 aboutRead More