UPS teams with Matternet to deliver medical samples via drone

In what UPS is calling the first revenue drone service in the United States, the integrator said today that it has collaborated with California-based drone technology firm Matternet to send the first of many daily scheduled daily flights of medical samples via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for a North Carolina hospital client. With clearance by […]

Unilode boxes up IATA’s Innovation Award at WCS [VIDEO]

After a full week of meetings and panel discussion about innovations in the air cargo arena – many of which focused on the management and tracking of unit load devices (ULDs) – IATA’s 13th World Cargo Symposium (WCS) ended with the announcement that ULD management firm, Unilode Aviation Solutions, was named the winner of this […]

Air France-KLM first carrier group to adopt IATA’s DG AutoCheck system

SINGAPORE — Air France-KLM Cargo has become the first carrier group to adopt IATA’s Dangerous Goods AutoCheck system for the acceptance of dangerous-goods shipments. Of the more than 1.5 million shipments moved by the Franco-Dutch carrier each year, 173,000 fall under the category of dangerous goods, such as caustic chemicals, flammable materials or lithium batteries, […]

Digitalization trepidation: Turning words, worry into action

SINGAPORE — Much has been said this week about the sorry state of the air cargo industry’s alleged lack of digital savvy and reluctance to embrace new technology. For those fed up with such hand-wringing, the late-morning presentations in Wednesday’s Digital Cargo Track at the World Cargo Conference were a welcome tonic for air cargo professionals seeking […]

A new model for complementary airport systems in Beijing and Chengdu

Air cargo logistics providers operating in major Chinese cities aren’t strangers to running cargo operations through multiple airports in Chinese cities. However, the development of the “one city, two airports” complementary airport model in Beijing and Chengdu will vary from those formerly established in the Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River city-clusters. The difference is this – formerly, one airport in the model would for […]

A Nose for Cargo: Canine screening may become cargo security’s best friend

  They have become such a common sight in airports, we hardly even notice them anymore. Four-legged sentinels named “Oz” or “Champ” or “Scout” have been walking the terminals in airports throughout the world, using their astounding sense of smell to determine whether any passenger has been anywhere near even the faintest traces of explosive […]

Unilode boxes up IATA’s Innovation Award at WCS [VIDEO]

After a full week of meetings and panel discussion about innovations in the air cargo arena – many of which focused on the management and tracking of unit load devices (ULDs) – IATA’s 13th World Cargo Symposium (WCS) ended with the announcement that ULD management firm, Unilode Aviation Solutions, was named the winner of this […]

Airbus Skyways drone completes first shore-to-ship delivery [VIDEO]

Today, an Airbus Skyways drone loaded with 1.5 kg of cargo departed from the Marina South Pier in Singapore, and traveled a distance of 1.5 km where it landed on the ship deck of the M/V Pacific Centurion.  After transferring its payload to the shipmaster, the Skyways drone returned to shore, completing the 3 km […]

A380 fades as Boeing celebrates the 747’s Golden Anniversary [VIDEO]

It’s been a bittersweet week for the jumbo-jet industry. Soon after Boeing celebrated the 50th anniversary of its iconic 747, Airbus announced that production of its ambitious, double-decker passenger behemoth, the A380, will be halted in 2021, due to a sharp decline in new orders. The A380’s largest customer, Emirates, said it will slash its […]

UPS teams with Matternet to deliver medical samples via drone

In what UPS is calling the first revenue drone service in the United States, the integrator said today that it has collaborated with California-based drone technology firm Matternet to send the first of many daily scheduled daily flights of medical samples via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for a North Carolina hospital client. With clearance by […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 26, 2019

Speakers from Cainiao, Finnair Cargo join Cargo Facts Asia speaker faculty

The lineup of air cargo industry visionaries speaking at Cargo Facts Asia 2019 in Shanghai has recently expanded to include Terry Xie, head of linehaul & planning, Cainiao and Fredrik Wildtgrube, head of global sales, Finnair Cargo. See more details in our sister publication, Cargo Facts.
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 26, 2019

Strike activity by air traffic controllers costing ‘millions of euros’ at LGG

Liège Airport (LGG) said that the absence of air traffic controllers during the night of March 25 and 26, due to employee strike activities, has seriously affected operations, including cargo flights, and is costing companies at the airport “millions of euros,” according to a story from Aviation24. Belgium-based Skeyes, the autonomous public company in charge […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 26, 2019

Scholte steps down from TIACA earlier than planned

The International Air Cargo Association’s (TIACA) chairman, Sebastiaan Scholte, is stepping down from his role a few months earlier than planned, coinciding with his departure from the role of CEO of Netherlands-based Jan de Rijk Logistics on July 1. TIACA said that according to its bylaws, board members must be trustee members of the Association, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 26, 2019

Early results point to steep declines in February airport throughput

February cargo throughput results for the world’s airports are still being finalized, but early analysis indicates year-over-year drops in cargo volumes in Europe and Asia, while American airports are close to flat with February 2018 traffic. Almost all airports worldwide posted year-over-year declines in volume for February and declines or very modest growth overall for 2019.  
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 26, 2019

ABC increases frequencies to Asian destinations

Moscow-based subsidiary of the Volga Dnepr Group, AirBridgeCargo (ABC), is bolstering its footprint in Asia by increasing frequencies to its popular trans-Eurasian routes, including Narita (NRT), Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) and Shenzhen (SZX). As of the end of March, frequencies to each destination will now be eight, two and six per week, respectively. “Based […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 25, 2019

BIFA now supports extension of ‘Transitional Simplified Procedures’ in no-deal Brexit

With U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s attempt at a third vote in Parliament over a Brexit deal appeared to be falling apart today, there may be a glimmer of hope for the logistics industry in the face of what looks to be an inevitable “no-deal” Brexit nightmare. The British International Freight Association (BIFA), has apparently […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 25, 2019

Hactl signs ground-handling services contract for Raya Airways

Today, Malaysia-based all-cargo carrier Raya Airways inked an agreement with Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) for use of its ground-handling services at Hong Kong International Airport(HKG), including ramp handling, terminal handling and documentation services. Raya Airways operates a connection between HKG and its home base of Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB), near […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 25, 2019

Logistics community rallies to send relief to cyclone survivors in SE Africa

The logistics community is rallying to respond to the devastation in southeast Africa, where the residents have been reeling from the impact of Cyclone Idai, which struck the Mozambique coast on March 14 and moved west to Zimbabwe and Malawi in the following days. The official death toll of 500 people is expected to rise […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 22, 2019

Rhenus Group acquires South African forwarder

The Rhenus Group has announced another acquisition – this time of a Johannesburg-based forwarder World Net Logistics (WNL) – following its purchase of Toronto-based 3PL the Rodair Group earlier this month. The South African forwarder provides clients with air- and seafreight services, with a network in South Africa, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 22, 2019

Helsinki Airport aims for drone cooperation with Skyports trials [VIDEO]

While unauthorized drone operations near London Gatwick Airport (LGW) led the United Kingdom to tighten restrictions on near-airport operations earlier this year, Finland’s Helsinki Airport (HEL) is taking a more cooperative approach that could help launch urban drone deliveries. This week, U.K.-based drone infrastructure firm Skyports successfully completed urban environment drone delivery trials at HEL. […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 22, 2019

Vietnam approves plans for cargo expansion at SGN

Yesterday, the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport approved the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) – which operates 21 of the country’s airports – to invest in the expansion plan for Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN), designed by French airport operator Groupe ADP’s consulting subsidiary, ADP Ingénierie (ADP-I).
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 22, 2019

UPS partners with blockchain company Inxception to launch B2B app

UPS and San Francisco-based technology company Inxeption are partnering to develop a blockchain-based platform for business-to-business (B2B) merchants, called “Inxeption Zippy.” The companies’ joint statement cited data from market research company Forrester that said the B2B e-commerce market is projected to reach US$1.8 trillion by 2023, but added that many B2B merchants have been slow […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 21, 2019

Cargo-partner turns 25, set to move into ‘BUD Cargo City’ this year

Vienna-based logistics provider cargo-partner, which is celebrating it 25th year in service in Hungary, said it will become one of the first tenants in the “BUD Cargo City” project at Budapest Ferenc Liszt Aiport (BUD) before the end of this year. See more details in our sister publication, Air Cargo Airports.
  • Randy Woods
  • March 21, 2019
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