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 […]

Nippon, SIA Cargo implement codeshare deal

Japan-based Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) and Singapore Airlines Cargo (SIA Cargo) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to expand their current block-space agreement with cargo codeshare agreements on routes between Tokyo and Singapore. The new codeshare routes will commence from April 1, assuming the deal receives approval from regulators. NCA operates six scheduled cargo flights […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 13, 2018

Carriers expect big cargo week for Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year holidays

The one-two punch of Valentine’s Day on Wednesday and the run-up to the Chinese Lunar New Year in Friday are expected to create huge demand for air cargo this week, according to carrier estimates. This shipping of perishable flowers, plants, chocolates and gifts all around the globe could reach record levels for some carriers. UPS […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 12, 2018

Amazon begins two-hour Whole Foods delivery service via Prime Now

It’s been nearly six months since the announcement of the Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition, and more tangible evidence is being released about new services that the tie-up will bring to the grocery distribution supply chain. Late last week, Amazon launched a new two-hour delivery service for food from select Whole Foods Market locations in the United […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 12, 2018

London Heathrow reports record-breaking freight numbers for January

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) got off to an optimistic start in 2018, reporting today that it tallied a new record in cargo volume for January, with a year-over-year increase of a 6.9 percent in metric tonnes of cargo moved for the month. These positive figures suggest that forecasts of continued growth in early 2018 for […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 12, 2018

Amazon becomes more like an integrator with new program

In recent years, Seattle-based e-tailer Amazon has doubled-down on the expansion of its supply chain and fulfillment infrastructure, launching a dedicated freighter network, and enlarging the reach of its own-operated last-mile delivery services to include some 37 U.S. cities. Many in the air freight industry have long believed that it would only be a matter […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 9, 2018

75th Anniversary Snapshot: What’s more valuable? Passengers or cargo?

At the start of the new year, one can be forgiven for being overly optimistic about the future. But there are limits. One case in point comes from an article written in 1953 by Milton A. Caine, the former managing editor of Air Transportation magazine – the precursor to Air Cargo World. Titled “Cargo Will […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 9, 2018

Delta Cargo’s ‘Pharma 4’ program adds 8 new destinations

Atlanta-based Delta Cargo has added eight new destinations to its “Pharma 4” program for the shipment of products at room temperature, bringing Delta Cargo’s pharma network to a total of 49 locations worldwide. New locations in Delta Cargo’s Pharma 4 program include Bogota, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Sydney, São Paolo, Frankfurt and Seoul. The carrier […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 9, 2018

Singapore Air Show: Could we see CEIV for perishables soon?

SINGAPORE — Will the industry soon see a set of standards for the airfreight handling of perishables? Opinions at Changi Airport (SIN) are mixed, here on the floor of the Singapore Air Show. Yesterday, Singapore Airlines Cargo senior manager Clinton Tan told Air Cargo World that IATA’s CEIV-Pharma certification program was necessary to get stakeholders aligned […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 8, 2018

DSV wraps up record 2017, confirms M&A plans

Last year’s capacity crunch in airfreight pushed fourth-quarter operating profits for Denmark-based transport and logistics company DSV up by 28.7 percent, year-over-year, to US$196 million, rounding out the full-year’s group operating profits, before special items, to $801 million, up 42.5 percent, y-o-y. While business certainly picked up last year – growth in airfreight increasing 10.6 […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 8, 2018

UPS expands time-critical shipments with guaranteed midday delivery

UPS said it is expanding its time-critical delivery service, offering guaranteed delivery by either 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. from all 71 origin countries to 35 key destination countries. The new service, called UPS Worldwide Express Freight Midday, guarantees time-definite delivery for urgent, international, palletized shipments weighing more than 68 kilograms (150 pounds). “We have […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 8, 2018

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch dazzles, but overshoots target orbit [VIDEO]

In the airfreight business, there is “specialty cargo,” and then there is “Elon Musk cargo” – a separate category all by itself. In an audacious launch on Tuesday that was half technology showcase, half marketing stunt, the aerospace entrepreneur’s SpaceX company sent its unmanned “Falcon Heavy” lift vehicle – the most powerful rocket currently in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 7, 2018

Emirates SkyCargo launches Maastricht freighters as Schiphol congestion continues

Emirates SkyCargo launched its second scheduled freighter service to the Netherlands, this time to Maastricht, where the Dubai-based carrier will operate two 777F flights a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Starting at the end of March, Emirates SkyCargo plans to increase its freighter frequency into Maastricht to seven weekly flights, totaling 1,400 tonnes of additional […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 7, 2018

United Cargo, ANA westbound launch completes trans-Pacific joint venture

United Airlines Cargo and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have added westbound trans-Pacific routes to a cargo joint venture that the two carriers launched in 2016. The expanded terms now cover a multidirectional trans-Pacific cargo network. Under the now-completed JV, customers with shipments originating in the United States or Canada, bound for Japan, enjoy the same […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 7, 2018

Singapore Air Show: Drone tech is ready, but are we?

SINGAPORE—Alongside announcements of new freighter conversion orders and rumors of aircraft orders, the Singapore Air Show’s approach to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in airfreight service focused on the long-term promise of technology that may take time to pay off, but has the potential to remake the industry once it does – if the industry can […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 7, 2018
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