Alibaba expects record volumes for latest ‘Single’s Day’ e-commerce event

China’s Alibaba revealed a preview of the promotions planned for Single’s Day on Nov. 11, the largest one-day retail event in the world, which requires a similarly massive logistics effort. Alibaba expects more than 100 million customers to participate in the sales day, which will include more than 140,000 brands total and more than 60,000 […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 20, 2017

TIACA launches new air cargo rating platform: CSQ

Before making plans for dinner, you probably vet restaurants you’re considering with a visit to Yelp. Why shouldn’t you do the same thing when it comes to airfreight? The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) is trying to give shippers that option through an initiative launched yesterday at its 2017 Executive Summit in Miami. The initiative, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 20, 2017

USPS plans autonomous vehicle tests on rural routes

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is following in the steps – or in this case, the wheels – of integrators like UPS, FedEx and DHL by testing an autonomous delivery vehicle on rural routes, in partnership with the University of Michigan. If successful, USPS expects to deploy the vehicles on 28,000 rural routes by 2025. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 20, 2017

U.K.-based Airlander cashes in with U.S. crowdfunding

U.K.-based Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) opened a crowdfunding round in the United States for its Airlander 10 hybrid airship, which resumed test flights in May, following a nine-month hiatus after sustaining damage during a rough landing in August 2016. Airlander closed two successful crowdfunding rounds in the U.K., but U.S. investors were barred from investing […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 19, 2017

CargoLogicAir adds scheduled route to Middle East, Hong Kong

British all-cargo airline and Volga-Dnepr Group subsidiary CargoLogicAir (CLA) is adding its second scheduled cargo route, with weekly service connecting London and Frankfurt to Dubai and Hong Kong. On the new service, CLA’s new 747-8F will depart London every Saturday with 135 tonnes of cargo capacity, bound for Dubai and Hong Kong via Frankfurt, and […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 19, 2017

Full-freighter flights at AMS down by 20 percent this winter

With Amsterdam Schiphol Airport at its annual maximum for air traffic movements and the rejection of a proposal that full-freighter operations at the airport receive exemption from IATA and European Union slot allocation rules, industry associations The Netherlands Trade Union Confederation (FNV) and Air Cargo Netherlands (ACN) expect 20 percent of freighter flights to and […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 18, 2017

MAG: Airfreight is vital for post-Brexit Britain

United Kingdom-based Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which owns and operates London Stansted, Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports, highlighted the importance of airfreight as a major focus of the U.K. government’s new aviation strategy after the country leaves the European Union. MAG is calling for the government to make investments in road and rail infrastructure […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 18, 2017

Rhenus opens doors at new Italian branch office

The Rhenus Group opened a new branch office and warehouse in the Lazio region of Italy near Rome on Oct. 12, expanding its coverage in the area surrounding the Italian capital. The new warehouse, located in a Riano logistics park, includes 20 gates and hydraulic ramps, 19 van distribution gates, storage capacity of 12,500 pallet […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 18, 2017

AMS slot scarcity pressures freighters

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport’s annual maximum of 500,000 air traffic movements (ATMs) is challenging freighter operations at the airport and has led the Dutch airfreight community association Air Cargo the Netherlands (CAN) to request a local rule from the Airport Slot Coordination Committee to exempt full-freighter operations from the restrictions. While Dutch officials said the rule […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 17, 2017

Alaska ‘combi’ aircraft goes into retirement [VIDEO]

Marking the end of an era at Alaska Airlines, the last of the carrier’s 737-400 combi fleet is scheduled for official retirement tomorrow. The five combi aircraft will be replaced by three converted 737-700 freighters, the first of which began commercial service last month. Alaska expects the combis will undergo conversion to full freighter configuration […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 17, 2017

K+N airfreight volumes take off in first nine months of 2017

During the first nine months of the year, Swiss logistics company Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) saw its airfreight volumes rise by more than 180,000 tonnes for an increase of 19 percent. Most of K+N’s growth was driven by specialized cargo including pharmaceutical, high-tech, automotive and perishables. The logistics company has been quick to integrate its […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 16, 2017

IBS Software wins contract to manage Etihad online cargo ops

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways awarded a multi-year contract to IBS Software for the management of its cargo sales and operations through IBS Software’s iCargo product. Under the contract, iCargo will automate Etihad Cargo’s network-wide booking, pricing and capacity management operations and perform real-time revenue management, and shipment status and quality management monitoring. “We are also […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 16, 2017

WCA seals deal to acquire majority interest in EGLN

Freight forwarding network WCA has agreed to acquire a majority ownership interest in its rival freight and logistics network, ELITE Global Logistics Network (EGLN), in a deal that will combine the networks’ programs and benefits. The agreement will officially begin on Jan. 1, 2018, and Roy Stapleton will continue as EGLN president in charge of […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 13, 2017

BRU picks up 4 weekly Singapore Airlines freighter flights from crowded AMS

Breaking with recent overall industry growth in cargo volumes compared with 2016, cargo traffic at Brussels Airport (BRU) fell by 1.1 percent, year-over-year, in September, but the airport expects the decrease to be partially offset by the addition of new Singapore Airlines Cargo freighter flights that had been flying through Amsterdam. Four of Singapore Airlines’ […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 13, 2017
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