NASA launches ‘time-critical’ cargo to ISS in latest record-setting Antares launch [VIDEO]

Over the last 20 years, many unmanned cargo capsules have been launched to the International Space Station in low-earth orbit, but this may be the first “express” launch, using Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket. When the NG-11 Cygnus cargo spacecraft (pictured at right) lifted off yesterday afternoon, from NASA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on the Virginia coast, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shanghai, Emirates Top 2019 ACE Awards

In a year that roared in like a lion – full of activity, growth, high demand and optimism – and crept out like a frightened lamb – with declining traffic, fears of trade wars and a looming Brexit – 2018 was a topsy-turvy time for many in the air cargo industry. It’s only fitting, then, […]

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 […]

NASA launches ‘time-critical’ cargo to ISS in latest record-setting Antares launch [VIDEO]

Over the last 20 years, many unmanned cargo capsules have been launched to the International Space Station in low-earth orbit, but this may be the first “express” launch, using Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket. When the NG-11 Cygnus cargo spacecraft (pictured at right) lifted off yesterday afternoon, from NASA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on the Virginia coast, […]

Amazon backs out of foray into Chinese e-commerce market [VIDEO]

Amazon is about to cash out of the Chinese e-commerce market, according to a report from Reuters, which said the Seattle-based e-commerce giant will close down its regional Chinese online storefront on July 18. According to Reuters’ sources, Chinese consumers will still be able to order products from the United States, Britain, Germany and Japan […]

World’s largest aircraft completes first-ever flight

The world’s largest aircraft – measured by wingspan – took its first flight from Mojave Air and Space Port (MHV) on Saturday, departing at 6:58 a.m. PST. It achieved a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour and reached an altitude of 17,000 feet before returning 2.5 hours later.  The plane was designed by the […]

NASA launches ‘time-critical’ cargo to ISS in latest record-setting Antares launch [VIDEO]

Over the last 20 years, many unmanned cargo capsules have been launched to the International Space Station in low-earth orbit, but this may be the first “express” launch, using Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket. When the NG-11 Cygnus cargo spacecraft (pictured at right) lifted off yesterday afternoon, from NASA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on the Virginia coast, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 18, 2019

Amazon backs out of foray into Chinese e-commerce market [VIDEO]

Amazon is about to cash out of the Chinese e-commerce market, according to a report from Reuters, which said the Seattle-based e-commerce giant will close down its regional Chinese online storefront on July 18. According to Reuters’ sources, Chinese consumers will still be able to order products from the United States, Britain, Germany and Japan […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 18, 2019

SVO presents ‘2030 master plan’ to stakeholders

This week, Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) and Moscow Cargo presented their “2030 Master Plan” for the expansion of the airport’s cargo complex, which is intended to cement SVO’s status as the region’s leading cargo hub and address rising demand for trade between China and Russia. Last month, SVO told Cargo Airport News the details of its plans, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 18, 2019

Cargo Facts Asia gives exclusive look at SF Express SuperHub development plans

SHANGHAI – China’s fastest-growing express carrier, SF Express is developing its “SuperHub” in Ezhou city, as the base for its growing operations. The SuperHub will open by the end of 2021, SF Express VP George Li said during a presentation at Cargo Facts Asia, hosted by our sister publication, Cargo Facts, yesterday morning in Shanghai.
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • April 18, 2019

Panalpina Q1 EBIT falls 7.4% for air segment on heels of DSV purchase

Today, Panalpina released its first-quarter results for 2019, following its recent acquisition by its fellow-Swiss rival DSV, in which it delivered double-digit growth in operating profit of 15% to $US28.1 million, year-over-year. However, performance was a bit less eye-popping when breaking down the results segment by segment. Its Air Freight segment saw volumes increase by […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 17, 2019

Houston Airport System and Cabo Frio Airport ink air cargo ‘pipeline’ deal

Last week, Houston Airport System – which manages George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) – and Brazil’s Cabo Frio Airport (CFB) signed an agreement to create an air cargo “pipeline” between the airports, serving two of the largest oil, gas and energy clusters in the Americas.
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • April 17, 2019

IAG Cargo makes Critical service available 24/7 for Easter weekend

With an increase in demand expected for the upcoming Easter weekend, IAG Cargo said it is increasing its London hub’s time-critical service to now be available around the clock for urgent shipments. Daniel Johnson, head of product at IAG Cargo, said that, last year, the carrier saw a “10% increase in demand in the weeks […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 16, 2019

Digital forwarder Zencargo completes Series A funding round

London-based Zencargo, a digital freight forwarder, has completed Series A funding, in which it raised US$20 million to continue developing its software and prepare for the launch of its new supply chain analytics and insights group. Alex Hersham, co-founder and chief executive, said that “failing to digitize the supply chain is holding back global businesses,” […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 16, 2019

Dimerco opens Seattle office for trans-Pac business

Taiwan-based logistics company Dimerco is bolstering its trans-Pacific foothold with the addition of Seattle to its North American service network. Last week, the company opened its Seattle office, which will focus on air exports, such as aerospace, medical and health-related cargo, electrical equipment and perishable exports, such as fruit and seafood. Dimerco Express’ general manager […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 15, 2019

World’s largest aircraft completes first-ever flight

The world’s largest aircraft – measured by wingspan – took its first flight from Mojave Air and Space Port (MHV) on Saturday, departing at 6:58 a.m. PST. It achieved a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour and reached an altitude of 17,000 feet before returning 2.5 hours later.  The plane was designed by the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 15, 2019

Atran’s launch of freighter service boosts Xi’an, Moscow development goals

Yesterday, Moscow-based Atran Airlines, under parent company Volga-Dnepr Group, launched the first flight of its new freighter service from Xi’an Xianyang (XIY) to Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) international airports. Flights will be operated by a 737-400F aircraft and carried once-weekly, starting this month, before increasing to twice–weekly next month. 
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • April 15, 2019
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