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 […]

FedEx to make investments in Indianapolis hub expansion, wage increases

FedEx announced plans to invest about US$1.5 billion into expanding its FedEx Express Indianapolis hub over the next seven years, creating a modernized and enlarged “SuperHub,” as well as accelerate plans to increase hourly wages. The company said the investment is one part of a larger $3.2 billion investment plan, resulting from the passage of […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 29, 2018

Tompkins Robotics goes portable with its ‘t-Sort’ parcel sorting system [VIDEO]

Tompkins Robotics partnered with design startup Lab Z to create the automated sorting system “t-Sort,” which uses independent robots for parcel and unit sortation. The system performs similarly to the traditional conveyer-belt tilt tray or cross-belt sorters, but instead uses individual robots with no track, allowing each robot to travel independently along the shortest route […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 26, 2018

FedEx advocates for NAFTA reform to facilitate cross-border e-commerce

With representatives from Mexico, Canada, and the United States currently meeting in Montreal for the sixth round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) reforms, major differences remain, and the March deadline is approaching fast. With its sprawling transnational network predicated on free trade, FedEx is following the developments closely, especially regarding […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 26, 2018

David Binks of FedEx Express Europe, TNT, to retire in June

David Binks, FedEx Express Europe president and CEO of TNT, will retire in June after spending more than 30 years with the company and playing an important role in FedEx’s acquisition of TNT Express, which was completed in 2016. Binks will be succeeded by Bert Nappier, who currently serves as FedEx Express senior vice president […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 26, 2018

Double-digit growth in cargo revenues boosts American Airlines’ 2017 profits

American Airlines (AA) announced a full-year net profit of US$1.9 billion, or $2.4 billion excluding net special items, for 2017, which the carrier concluded was, “a remarkable year.” While passenger operations were predictably robust, the fastest-growing segment was cargo, which registered a 14.4 percent, year-over-year, increase in revenues, to $800 million, driven by a 15 […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 26, 2018

American Airlines Cargo adding four more European destinations to network

Starting early in the second quarter, American Airlines (AA) is launching cargo services to new destinations across Europe. On May 4, the carrier will begin flights from Philadelphia (PHL) to Budapest, Hungary (BUD), and Prague, Czech Republic (PRG), as well as flights from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Venice, Italy (VCE). AA is also launching a […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 26, 2018

Lufthansa leads Series A funding for online freight platform Fleet

Lufthansa Cargo led a US$10 million Series A round of financing in Fleet, an online freight platform startup, with participation from investors, including Hunt Technology Ventures and UPS. Fleet is an online marketplace that matches customers’ demand for freight services with available capacity provided by logistics companies, offering an alternative to the conventional freight-forwarding model. […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 25, 2018

Virgin Atlantic deploys CSafe RAP containers for pharma, life-science cargo

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is now accepting bookings for the new CSafe RAP container for large shipments of pharmaceutical and life-science products. The carrier is the first U.K.-based airline to approve the use of CSafe’s new RAP container for temperature-sensitive healthcare products, just days after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved the unit for use […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 25, 2018

Airforwarders Association partners with TIACA

The industry organizations Airforwarders Association (AfA) and The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) are partnering up to act as joint advocates for the aviation industry with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that formalizes an alliance between the associations. Under the MoU, TIACA’s secretary general Vladimir Zubkov will attend the AfA’s board meeting […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 25, 2018

Agility sets bullish logistics outlook for 2018

Kuwait-based 3PL Agility has published its “2018 Emerging Markets Logistics Index,” a sweeping overview that actually takes into consideration markets that are technically past the “emerging” designation, to provide a logistics outlook for the global economy. The report’s airfreight coverage confirms growth where most observers expected it to be, but also delivers a few surprises, […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 24, 2018

Turkish Cargo launches 777F Miami cargo flights

Turkish Cargo launched weekly freighter flights connecting Istanbul to Miami and Houston, both strategical cargo destinations for the Istanbul-based carrier. Turkish Cargo’s Miami/Houston cargo flights will utilize the carrier’s recently acquired 777-200Fs. The new freighter route connects Miami and Houston to 120 countries through more than 300 destinations with its Istanbul-Madrid-Miami departing flights and Miami-Houston-İstanbul […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 24, 2018

Pharma.Aero adds major airfreight members to board

The Pharma.Aero initiative formed between Brussels Airport and Miami International Airport in 2016 is continuing to gain steam, as Hong Kong International Airport, AirBridgeCargo Airlines, Alha Group and Brink’s Life Sciences have all joined the initiative’s board. The initiative advocates for pharmaceutical shipping standards based on IATA’s CEIV-Pharma certification. Though founded by airports, Pharma.Aero “is […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 24, 2018

Schiphol rides out slot shortage to handle 1.75 million tonnes in 2017

Freighter slot space has been infamously tight at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Cargo in recent months, but the handling facility still reported an increase of 5.4 percent in 2017 airfreight volumes. The airport said that strong demand in the Far East for European goods boosted total cargo figures to 1.75 million tonnes. While annual imports from Asia […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 23, 2018

Agency approval of new CSafe RAP active container opens E.U. market

Cold-chain packaging manufacturer CSafe Global has received approval for its new CSafe RAP active container from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), expanding its customer base in the pharmaceutical and life-sciences market, for companies shipping temperature-sensitive products globally. The EASA is an E.U. agency that regulates civilian aviation safety. The agency’s approval means that EASA-regulated […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 23, 2018
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