NCA slapped with ‘Business Improvement Order’ as limited flights continue

A month after the Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) halted all flight operations due to problems with its aircraft maintenance records, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT) issued a “Business Improvement Order” for violating safety procedures under the Civil Aeronautics Law of Japan. When the violations first came to light in mid-June, NCA […]

Hermes releases updated software at Hanoi Airport

United Kingdom-based logistics company Hermes Logistics Technologies (HLT) released an updated version of its cargo management software, Hermes 5 (H5), which will allow for “simpler integration with new technologies,” and give handlers of sensitive cargo the ability to run the software within any private or public cloud service. The company premiered the product at Vietnamese […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 10, 2018

In Safe Hands: A behind-the-scenes look at cargo security audits

Elad Gadot doesn’t smoke, but he stood drinking coffee from a paper cup outside the security corridor – the last place for warehouse workers to grab a smoke before heading back inside. All around him, old ladies were doing booming business hawking cigarettes and drinks to the workers at Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 9, 2018

Hong Kong heads ACI’s list of top 20 airports

According to preliminary data from the Airports Council International, total cargo handled (loaded and unloaded freight and mail) by airports worldwide in 2017 was up 7.9 percent over 2016 to about 118 million tonnes. International freight handled was up 9.9 percent to about 73 million tonnes, accounting for 62 percent of the total volume. To […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 9, 2018

CEVA’s long-awaited IPO scheduled for Q2 on Swiss exchange

After months of speculation and years of rumors, the Switzerland-based 3PL CEVA Logistics said today that it is scheduling an initial public offering (IPO) during the second quarter of 2018 and hopes to raise US$1.36 billion, part of which would be used to relieve some of the company’s massive debt loads. In today’s statement, CEVA’s […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 9, 2018

Liège Airport to host 300 world-class horses for 20 days

Liège Airport will be host to 300 horses for the next two weeks, utilizing its horse-accommodating facility, which it calls “Horse Inn” that opened back in 2016. The horses will be staying at the Liège Airport prior to the Longines Global Champions Tour 2018 (LGCT), an international show-jumping competition in Miami, in which 30 of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 9, 2018

Tompkins International releases ‘t-Sort’ robot fulfillment technology

North Carolina-based Tompkins Robotics released a new automated sorting system, t-Sort, calling it the first portable automated sortation system of its kind. The technology, which the company developed in partnership with robotics company SI Systems, replaces the need for human “pick labor” in the order-fulfillment sector, enabling it to compete with products like Amazon’s uni-channel […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 9, 2018

Van de Weg rejoins Volga-Dnepr Group saying he ‘missed the action’

Today, Robert van de Weg has returned to Russian airline conglomerate Volga-Dnepr Group to fulfill the role of vice president of sales and marketing, where he will oversee the development of AirBridge Cargo, Volga-Dnepr Airlines and Atran Airlines’ positioning within the cargo market. Van de Weg worked at the company for about three years, leaving […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 6, 2018

Bolloré Logistics opens warehouse in Miami-area FTZ

Yesterday, French 3PL Bolloré Logistics opened a new 70,000-square-meter facility in the Miami-Dade County foreign trade zone (FTZ). The new operation will consolidate its existing freight forwarding and contract logistics services into one site. The new location will address demand for cargo-warehousing services from its clients in cosmetics, aerospace and general retail moving through Miami […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 6, 2018

75th Anniversary: Back to the age of flying cars – sort of

Generations of futurists have promised us the concept of the “flying car” for decades, all to no avail. But in 1954, when the car was king, we came pretty close, at the dawn of the Jet Age. It’s only natural that the air cargo industry would merge aviation with the ultimate symbol of American independence. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 6, 2018

IATA expands CEIV certification program with live-animal version

Today, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a new certification program called CEIV-Live Animals, that provides an industry standard for the safe handling of animals being transported in the cargo hold of aircraft. The launch is an expansion of IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) program that ensures compliance to handling […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 5, 2018

AirBridgeCargo moves 15 tonnes of pharma

Moscow-based carrier AirBridgeCargo (ABC) transported 19 va-Q-tec brand temperature-controlled containers containing pharmaceuticals for German logistics company Biotech & Pharma – a feat which the carrier says is a new record for ABC. In Frankfurt, ABC’s crew loaded the 15 tonnes of cargo into a 747-8 freighter, while being supervised by a team of specialists trained […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 5, 2018

Airlink positioning for ‘new heights’ with Smith named CEO

The Board of Trustees for the humanitarian aid group Airlink said this week that they are marking the “next chapter” of their organization by naming Steven J. Smith (left) as their new president and CEO and adding Jon Sharp (below), president and CEO of Engine Lease Finance (ELF), to its 15-member Board of Trustees. According to […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 5, 2018

How will the airfreight ‘wild card’ be played in 2018?

Based on the latest combined January and February results from WorldACD and IATA, 2018 clearly got off to a strong start in terms of cargo demand. But the real question is: Now what? Except the 2018 version of “now what” also includes a new wild card. Any speculation about the future involves taking stock in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 4, 2018

Industry mourns death of former Hactl CEO, Mark Whitehead

The airfreight industry is still reeling from the news yesterday that Mark Whitehead, the recently retired CEO of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (Hactl), passed away in his sleep while he was competing in an ocean yacht race, which was one of his lifelong passions. Mark joined Hactl in 2010 and, under his leadership, “the company […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 4, 2018
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