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 […]

New Munich Airport Information Security Hub tackles worsening cybercrime wave

Experts have warned that increasing digitization of supply chains could be the logistics sector’s Achilles heel. Even worse, most companies are not aware of their own security vulnerabilities, and most of us are ignorant of the frequency with which these attacks have occurred . It turns out, the number of cyberattacks is surging – and […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 1, 2018

China’s manufacturing shift to boost airfreight demand at expense of maritime

The latest analysis from DHL says that a shift from manufacturing to services and consumption underway in China bodes well for airfreight, at the expense of seafreight. With medium-term demand for air freight expected to stay strong, DHL is now advising businesses to secure sufficient airfreight capacity in case there is a shortage. “With China’s […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 1, 2018

Final 2017 results show healthy growth, yields for airfreight industry

The double-digit growth recorded through most of 2017 added up to the strongest growth over a calendar year since 2010, IATA reported today, as freight tonne kilometers across the airfreight industry rose by 9 percent for the year, compared to 2016. Last year saw improvement in world trade conditions generally, while resulting demand for manufactured […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 31, 2018

Top 5 airfreight logistics tech trends for 2018

We’re already a full month into 2018 and the e-commerce-driven demand for airfreight show few signs of abating. While the outlook for the year is generally positive and confidence in the industry is high, there are still many bottlenecks in the supply chain that need to be addressed, including increased safety and transparency, improved product […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 31, 2018

Drone startup closes funding for hybrid-electric cargo challenger to Cessna 208

A California startup promising to build an electric long-distance cargo drone announced yesterday that it has raised 140 percent of its initial angel funding goal. Sabrewing Aircraft Company CEO Ed De Reyes said the company had raised just shy of US$1 million from The Drone Fund, Integro LTD and two other investors. The funds will […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 31, 2018

Bolloré extends network to Scandinavia with purchase of Danish forwarder

In a bid to broaden its network into Scandinavian territory, French forwarder Bolloré Logistics purchased a majority stake in the Danish freight forwarder Global Solutions A/S. This acquisition, the company said, is part of its strategy of “development through external growth.” Bolloré, which has a presence in Norway, will now operate out of two of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 31, 2018

AAPA’s 2017 results confirm strength in airfreight

If months of double-digit growth during 2017 weren’t sufficiently convincing, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) released final numbers for the year, showing how airlines based in the region saw demand in freight tonne kilometers (FTK) rise 9.8 percent, compared to 2016. Strong year-over-year FTK growth of 7.5 percent in December capped off a […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 30, 2018

East-West airfreight rates pulled back in December, says Drewry

Rates for airfreight on east-west routes averaged US$3.06 per kilogram for December – an increase of 8.5 percent from December 2016. However, this rate is down $0.09 from November, according to the latest Drewry Sea & Air Shipper Insight. December’s numbers still stood well above the rest of 2017, with airfreight rates averaging about $3 […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 30, 2018

Walmart, Japanese e-commerce firm Ratuken make joint bid for online grocery market

A strategic alliance between Walmart and Rakuten, a Japanese e-commerce platform that is often referred to as, “the Amazon.com of Japan,” portends an epic battle of colossal e-commerce monsters across downtown Tokyo, as the Walmart- Rakuten alliance challenges Amazon.com, in a real-life faceoff of the behemoths. While the deal certainly sets the scene for an […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 30, 2018

Single African Air Transport Market approved to encourage cross-border trade

The dream of a continent-wide open skies agreement took a step closer in Addis Ababa yesterday at the annual African Union (AU) Summit, when the organization launched the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative, designed to improve intra-African air connectivity. Under the SAATM agreement, first proposed three years ago, 23 African nations agreed that […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 30, 2018

Airfreight rates still strong in lead up to Chinese New Year, says Freightos

Airfreight rates from China rose modestly last week, with increases in Chinese export demand ahead of the upcoming shutdown in a little over two weeks for the Chinese New Year. However, freight rates are currently well under levels seen in December, when heavy seasonal demand combined with bad weather to push shipments from Asia to […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 30, 2018

JFK’s ARK animal transport facility sues NY/NJ Port Authority over contract breach

The owner of a US$65 million animal care and transport facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is suing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for $426 million over an alleged breach of the facility’s long-term commercial lease. In a summons filed earlier this month in the Queens County office of […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 29, 2018

First Air applies for Canadian cargo expansion funding

In partnership with the Ottawa Airport Authority and Aeroterm, Canadian carrier First Air filed two applications with Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) for the expansion of its cargo facilities in Ottawa and Iqaluit. The first proposal addresses cargo capacity issues at First Air’s Ottawa International Airport (YOW) facilities by adding to First Air’s warehousing […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 29, 2018
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