Charles Kauffman

Charles Kauffman

Senior Editor

Charles Kauffman is the Senior Editor of Air Cargo World Magazine, and the publication's sister newsletter, Cargo Facts. Charles holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington, and an MA in International Relations from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He speaks Mandarin and Spanish.

WestJet doubles down on cargo, insources domestic sales ops as international network grows

On Oct. 1, Calgary-headquartered WestJet Cargo will begin transitioning domestic cargo sales ops to a newly established in-house sales team. Previously, domestic and Canadian export sales were handled through a GSA partner.   Growth of the internal cargo team follows WestJet’s January decision to increase the visibility and expectations of its cargo division by bringing it under the “commercial” […]

Speakers from AeroMexico Cargo, Pratt & Whitney to speak at Cargo Facts Symposium

Less than one month out from Cargo Facts Symposium 2019, and the lineup of air cargo industry visionaries joining this year’s Speaker Faculty continues to grow. Speakers joining us this year at the event, to be held Oct. 16-18 at the InterContinental San Diego, include Getulio Centanaro, VP Cargo Sales Americas, AeroMexico Cargo, and Larry Gray, Director-Customer Value, Environment […]

CargoLogic Germany cleared for take off with AOC

Leipzig (LEJ)-based CargoLogic Germany (CLG) was issued an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA), the German civil aviation authority. With an AOC in hand, the carrier expects to start flying “imminently,” CargoLogic Germany told Cargo Facts. Initially, CLG will operate a pair of 737-400 SFs that were redelivered to the carrier earlier this year, on-lease from Vx […]

DB and Lufthansa reach settlement over price-fixing saga

The long running air cargo price-fixing cartel edged closer to resolution this week, as Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa reached an undisclosed settlement for the carrier’s alleged participation in a price-fixing cartel that operated between 1999-2006.   When Deutsche Bahn first filed the claim to German courts in 2013, it sought more than US$1.5 billion in damages from 11 carriers that had been found guilty by the U.S. […]

Volga-Dnepr Group misses targets, begins restructuring process

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group will be executing a restructuring plan after the group’s three carriers – AirBridgeCargo (ABC), ATRAN and Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) – saw their collective traffic drop by 6% in the first half of 2019, to 2.6 million FTKs, missing targets by 20%. While an immediate change involves the appointment of a new general […]

Mongolian startup cargo carrier prepares for launch

Earlier this week, startup carrier Mongolian Airways Cargo unveiled its first freighter aircraft during a ceremony held at its base in Ulaanbaatar (ULN). Once operational, the carrier plans to bridge the Mongolian capital to major hubs in East Asia and Europe with scheduled freighter capacity. Launching a cargo airline aligns with the government’s broader goals […]

Tripping over tariffs

Temporary disruptor, or catalyst for supply chain revolution? An effortless downswing launches a ball up into the sky where it bisects an incoming China Southern 747 freighter making its final approach toward the nearby airport’s eastern runway. Unbeknownst to the golfer, a footwear executive in town for an urgent supply chain meeting, she has more […]

Hawaiian Air’s Matheny on adding capacity where it counts

Perhaps best known for its role in connecting commodity flows between the contiguous United States and the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaiian Air Cargo is doubling down on its intra-island cargo service with the introduction of dedicated freighters. Driven in part by booming e-commerce demand spurring demand for perishable flows into and off the islands, last summer […]

July’s digital issue of Air Cargo World is here

The June 2019 digital edition of Air Cargo World magazine is now available to read on our website. As this issue of Air Cargo World was going to press, hundreds of aircraft following flight paths that would have crossed the Persian Gulf found themselves in a difficult situation. After the U.S. nearly launched an airstrike […]

IAG Cargo links API to Freightos WebCargo to offer dynamic pricing

In a move aimed at ushering in an era of dynamic pricing for its carrier affiliates, IAG Cargo, the parent of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo, announced today that Freightos’ WebCargo platform will become the first live user of its digital APIs. Following the integration, freight forwarders using WebCargo now have instant, real-time […]

Leading ULD manufacturers inaugurate new digs

May has been an active month for ACL Airshop and Jettainer, two of the world’s leading Unit Load Device (ULD) manufacturers. Last week, U.S.-based ACL Airshop inaugurated a new manufacturing facility in South Carolina. Lufthansa Cargo subsidiary Jettainer, meanwhile, today celebrated the completion of its renovated “JettHub” logistics center near Frankfurt Airport. Renewed investment in […]
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