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 […]

Emirates SkyCargo launches South American service

Emirates SkyCargo is eying South America as a key region of growth. In addition to citing the freight implications for Emirates’ daily passenger route to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, which commenced January 3, the carrier also has high hopes for its thrice-weekly freight route to Sao Paulo.
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  • January 16, 2012

flydubai Cargo off to a strong start

flydubai, which came into the world as a low-cost carrier in June 2009, launched a cargo division January 1, and in the first few weeks of operation, flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said he has been pleased with the venture’s performance. He called the new services a natural step in the evolution of flydubai, but […]
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  • January 16, 2012

Southwest to launch ATL freight facility

Southwest Airlines has constructed a 26,000-square-foot cargo facility at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which will open for business on February 12. The launch of this facility coincides with Southwest’s initiation of passenger service to Atlanta, a byproduct of the carrier’s May 2011 acquisition of AirTran Airways.
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  • January 13, 2012

Air France-KLM aims to reduce €2 billion in debt

In order to reduce its net debt load by €2 billion in the next two years, Air France-KLM will put a 5-percent cap on capacity growth over the next three years and immediately freeze pay raises, among other measures. The group will also aim to break even on its medium-haul network within three years.
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  • January 13, 2012

LH Cargo posts record 2011 despite ‘gloomy’ early 2012

Last year was particularly prolific for Lufthansa Cargo, with the carrier transporting 1.9 million tonnes of freight and mail in 2011 — a 5 percent, year-over-year, jump — and increasing capacity by 8.6 percent. A “gloomy start” to 2012 could quickly reverse this trend, however.
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  • January 12, 2012

ETS will cost airlines €364 million, study finds

In the first full year of the EU’s emissions trading scheme, airlines will be forced to buy €364 million worth of emission credits in order to comply with the new policy, an analysis conducted by Brussels-based Altimedes Consulting found.
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  • January 12, 2012

AirBridgeCargo commences Chengdu route

AirBridgeCargo Airlines has launched thrice-weekly freight service to Chengdu International Airport. The route, which is performed by a Boeing 747-400 freighter, connects the capitol of the Sichuan province to major European destinations, including Moscow and Amsterdam.
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  • January 12, 2012

Emirates in expansion mode

Emirates has launched daily service from Dubai to Dublin, making its maiden Irish route the third new routing unveiled since the start of the new year; the carrier launched flights to Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro earlier this month. Emirates also announced plans to add a daily flight from Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City […]
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  • January 10, 2012

GACAG fears effects of EU ETS

The Global Air Cargo Advisory Group has spoken out about the contentious EU Emissions Trading Scheme, which tariffs carriers flying into European airspace starting this month. Citing the potential ramifications of the legislation, GACAG officials fear the EU ETS will place unnecessary burdens on the airfreight industry, instead of sustaining it.
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  • January 10, 2012

Liege Airport reports record-breaking year for cargo

Financial turmoil sweeping the eurozone couldn’t restrain Liege Airport’s 2011 cargo volumes, which increased 5.5 percent, year-over-year. The Belgium-based airport, which transported 674,469.82 tonnes from January to December, also recorded a double-digit increase in aircraft movements in 2011.
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  • January 5, 2012

Battery association challenges FAA study

The Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA) has challenged the Federal Aviation Administration’s September study detailing the risk of transporting lithium batteries by air. Dismissing the research as “flawed,” the PRBA expressed concern about the FAA’s methodology, data and conclusions.
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  • January 5, 2012

Cargoitalia calls it quits

Cargoitalia, the all-cargo carrier that had been recently slashing routings and trying to evolve amid the departure of commercial director Roberto Gilardoni, has suspended operations. The carrier was born from Alitalia’s cargo division and counted three MD-11Fs among its fleet.
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  • January 5, 2012