LATAM Cargo’s ‘Solidarity Plane’ delivers aid to Puerto Rico

LATAM Cargo transported more than 40 tonnes of disaster relief supplies from Miami to Puerto Rico, which is still struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria more than a month after the Category 4 storm hit on Sept. 20. The humanitarian aid came aboard a 767 freighter through LATAM’s “Solidarity Plane” initiative, which […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 26, 2017

Air France-KLM adds four cargo stops to winter schedule

Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo is adding four new cargo destinations from its hubs Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (AMS) to its winter route. The new season begins on Oct. 29 and runs through March 25, 2018. The carrier will offer two weekly 777-200 flights from CDG to Malé (MLE) in the Maldives. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 26, 2017

Cathay Pacific first Hong Kong carrier to earn CEIV pharma cert

Cathay Pacific received Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV-Pharma) certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), making it the first Hong Kong-based airline to earn the designation. At Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), Cathay now joins a list of supply-chain services that also have earned the CEIV cert, including Cathay […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 25, 2017

K+N, JD.com team up on quality control system for imports

Swiss forwarder Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) is partnering with Beijing-based e-commerce company JD.com to create a supply-chain system to manage quality control of imports to China. The two companies have designed a “Transfer Centre” approach that incorporates checks for quality control at a consolidation warehouse in Japan before goods are shipped to China. The Transfer […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 25, 2017

U.K. aims for final proposal on Heathrow expansion in 2018

The saga continues for London Heathrow’s third runway expansion, as the U.K.’s Transport Secretary Chris Grayling began a consultation period on a revised version of the airport’s national policy statement. The goal is to publish final proposals for the LHR expansion during the first half of 2018, which will be subject to a vote in […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 25, 2017

WFS gets handling contract for Qatar’s Pittsburgh freighter stop

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) was awarded the cargo handling contract for Qatar Airways Cargo’s new twice-weekly scheduled 777 freighter stop at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Qatar Airways Cargo launched the new stop on Oct. 11, making Pittsburgh the thirteenth U.S. city in Qatar Cargo’s network, and Qatar Airways the first international airline with scheduled freighter […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 25, 2017

AAPA cargo volume growth keeps up rapid pace

Despite predictions of a slow-down in year-over-year volume growth likely to coincide with last year’s September uptick in cargo volumes, September 2017 kept up the double-digit increase in cargo traffic volumes, at least among Asia-based cargo carriers. The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) reported y-o-y growth of 11.4 percent in September, when freight tonne […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 24, 2017

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
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