Alaska Airlines brings annual Copper River salmon to ‘lower 48’ [VIDEO]

It’s a rite of passage between the icy waters of Alaska and the tarmac of Seattle’s SeaTac Airport (SEA). Every year, the adult king and sockeye salmon return to the pristine waters of Alaska’s Copper River in late spring, and Alaska Airlines prepares to fly the first load of this fresh, highly prized seafood delicacy […]

CNS 2019: Unilode rolling out tracking tags to collect real-time ULD data

MIAMI – In an ongoing project to make unit load devices (ULDs) more useful for the track-and-trace demands of e-commerce, Don Jacobs, chief commercial officer and managing director for Unilode’s Americas segment, said yesterday at the CNS Partnership Conference that it has begun rolling out a new Bluetooth-equipped tag to provide real-time data to mobile […]

CNS 2019: Despite improved DG handling, manufacturing standards still lag

MIAMI – At the CNS 2019 Partnership Conference yesterday, Jonathan Pai, technical solutions engineer, Smiths Detection, advocated for more rigid manufacturing standards for lithium batteries during his presentation titled, “Deep learning algorithm and lithium battery detection.”   Despite IATA’s efforts to alert carriers to DG shipments so they can be handled properly, risk remains from shipper and manufacturer negligence. “Manufacturing standards especially, can represent a significant […]

CNS 2019: E-commerce places historic, unexpected pressures on U.S Customs

MIAMI – This year, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency celebrates its 230th year since its founding in the earliest days of the Republic, in 1789. Thomas Overacker, executive director of cargo and conveyance security for CBP’s Office of Field Operations, said yesterday during the CNS Partnership Conference that this year may be […]

Development efforts pay off as Xi’an welcomes first fifth-freedom flights by Korean Air 

On May 12, Xi’an International Airport (XIY) welcomed its first fifth-freedom right air traffic route, operated by Korean Air via Seoul (ICN)-Xi’an (XIY)-Hanoi (HAN) using a 777 freighter. The route launch supports various facets of Chinese regional and national aims to develop aviation hubs in line with international network expansion to meet evolving demand in China.  

IAG Cargo revenues dip in Q1, despite rise in traffic

Like many carriers this year, U.K.-based IAG Cargo said its first-quarter 2019 revenues declined year-over-year, falling to €275 million during the period March 31 for a 2.5% loss, compared to Q1 of 2018, at a constant exchange rate. However, its cargo traffic increased by 2.6% to 1.39 billion cargo tonne kilometers (CTK), thanks to a […]

Dangerous goods, other specialty cargo business grows at PACTL

During a panel discussion on specialty cargo handling at Cargo Facts Asia in Shanghai last month, Christian Haug, Vice President, Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd. (PACTL), said that dangerous goods (DG) handling at Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) is becoming a bigger business, having grown to represent about 3% of its cargo handle. […]

Return to Sender: Is Europe’s cross-border e-commerce boom about to fizzle?

The engines of an ASL Airlines Belgium 747 freighter are cooling down on the tarmac at Liege Airport (LGG), where the aircraft is resting after an 11-hour flight from Ürümqi Diwopu Airport (URC) in China’s far-western Xinjiang province. A crew of neon-vested ground handlers quickly whisk a mix of pallets and containers off the massive […]

The Silicon Solution? How robots are reinventing the cargo warehouse

At first sight, the machines are not much to look at – hardly like classic robots at all. They’re colorful and sleek, but they look more like expensive suitcases lying on their sides than the most cutting-edge examples of artificial intelligence (A.I.) in the logistics field. But once these little rectangles start moving by the […]

Break Out: How cross-border e-commerce could evolve as Cainiao goes global

“Alibaba was founded in China, but it was created for the world.” This grandiose statement was made by Jack Ma, the Chinese business magnate at the helm of the world’s largest retailer and e-commerce company, Alibaba, in June 2015. He was speaking at the Economic Club of New York and had just defined a new […]

Alaska Airlines brings annual Copper River salmon to ‘lower 48’ [VIDEO]

It’s a rite of passage between the icy waters of Alaska and the tarmac of Seattle’s SeaTac Airport (SEA). Every year, the adult king and sockeye salmon return to the pristine waters of Alaska’s Copper River in late spring, and Alaska Airlines prepares to fly the first load of this fresh, highly prized seafood delicacy […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 17, 2019

SF’s A.R. tool boxes up cargo in the blink of an eye [VIDEO]

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could look at an object that needed to be shipped overnight and could see the dimensions instantly in front of you before you boxed it up? Last week, a video was posted on the website of China’s SF Express, showing how SF Technology’s Vision Team has made that dream […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 17, 2019

Amazon proposal could introduce cargo ops to Lakeland Airport

Amazon and Lakeland Linder International Airport (LAL) are requesting local government approval for a proposed $100 million investment from Amazon.com Services, Inc., that would go towards the construction of a 225,000 square foot air cargo facility, and a seven-jet cargo hangar at the Florida airport. The new deal would further expand Amazon’s already-robust operations in Florida and would thrust LAL into the […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 17, 2019

DHL Express, EHang launch smart drone in Guangzhou

Cargo drones may not yet be regulated enough to be unleashed into the skies of major airfreight hubs, but major integrators, such as DHL Express, have be partnering with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturers to create increasingly intelligent, reliable and customizable drone systems when the time comes. The latest demonstration took place today in Guangzhou, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 16, 2019

Asia-Pacific airlines grow cargo revenue, yields in 2018

Despite slower growth in air cargo demand, airlines in the Asia-Pacific region generated US$21.2 billion in cargo revenue in 2018, 11.5% higher than 2017, and increased their yields by 8.9%, year-over-year, to US$0.27 per freight tonne kilometer (FTK), according to preliminary financial performance figures released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). The association’s […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • May 16, 2019

CFA: Air cargo trade lanes can adapt to a trade war [VIDEO]

During a roundtable panel discussion at the 8th annual Cargo Facts Asia symposium held last month in Shanghai, executives from Agility and China Southern Airlines discussed the impact of the United States-China trade war on the Asia-Pacific air cargo market. According to panelists, while trade flows have shifted in the region as a result of […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 16, 2019

DOT awards Chicago Rockford $9m for cargo infrastructure expansion

Yesterday, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s intent to award Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) $9 million in grants. The grants will support RFD’s expansion of its cargo operations and aims to become a Midwest regional cargo hub.  The $9 million will be used to fund the airport’s construction of its […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 16, 2019

Descartes strengthens tracking capabilities with CORE acquisition

Descartes Systems Group has strengthened its cargo-tracking capabilities by acquiring CORE Transport Technologies, a New Zealand based company which provides airlines and ground handlers with electronic applications to help track cargo, mail and unit load devices (ULDs). According to Descartes, it acquired CORE for an upfront cash payment of US$21.0 million, plus potential performance-based consideration. […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • May 16, 2019

Cathay Pacific obtains CEIV-Fresh certification

Cathay Pacific today has become the world’s first airline to obtain the CEIV-Fresh certification, which was unveiled at the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 13th World Cargo Symposium in Singapore earlier this year. IATA piloted the CEIV-Fresh certification with Airport Authority Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, and terminal operators Cathay Pacific Services Limited (CPSL) and Hong […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • May 15, 2019

Pilot food transport study reveals greater need for cool-chain transparency

A recent pilot study tracking the quality of temperature-sensitive food on a long-haul flight found that 40% of food transported around the world — via air, ocean and land — requires refrigeration and 20% of food loss is caused by a breakdown in the cool chain, according to officials for food waste tracking app Too Good To Go, which identifies users who can buy leftover food from retailers.  The […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 15, 2019

SF Airlines applied to launch trans-Pacific 747 ops

In a filing to the US Department of Transportation dated 13 May, Shenzhen-based SF Airlines requested permission to operate scheduled cargo service three times per week between Hangzhou (HGH) and New York (JFK), for at least one year. The service would begin in September 2019, using SF’s 747 freighter capacity.  SF Airlines took delivery of its […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 15, 2019

Amazon breaks ground on massive new cargo hub at CVG [VIDEO]

Following much anticipation over the past week, Amazon broke ground today on its new Amazon Air cargo hub at Cincinnati/North Kentucky International Airport (CVG). The giant e-tailer also released a video mock-up of the massive new facility, as seen below. 
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 15, 2019

WFS, Avinor abruptly cancel plans for Oslo Airport seafood center

Last summer, ground handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) had agreed with Avinor AS, Norway’s state-owned operator of Oslo Airport (OSL), that it would create a new cool chain seafood cargo center at OSL that would handle up to 250,000 tonnes of seafood per year. Yesterday, however, WFS and Avinor said the plans for the new facility have been canceled.  “Avinor AS […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 14, 2019
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