Chelsea Toczauer

Chelsea Toczauer

Associate Editor

Chelsea Toczauer is the Associate Editor of the company’s daily news and monthly magazine Air Cargo World. She holds two BAs in International Relations and Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Southern California, as well as a double accredited US-Chinese MA in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University joint degree program. Chelsea speaks Mandarin and Russian.

FedEx doubles down on LatAm forwarding market with Cargex acquisition

Yesterday, Memphis-based FedEx announced it reached an agreement to acquire Columbia-based freight forwarder Cargex and its customs brokerage affiliate, Agencias de Aduanas Aduanamos S.A. Nivel 2. Subject to customary regulatory approval, the deal is expected to close by yearend.  The acquisition complements recent FedEx Express projects in Latin America and is intended to strengthen FedEx’s freight forwarding and customs brokerage capabilities in Columbia and broader Latin America. Last month, FedEx launched direct 767 freighter flights to Bogota (BOG) and Medellin (JMC) from Miami (MIA) in part, to capture perishables […]

Mercado Libre and Azul Cargo Express partner to expand 24-hour deliveries in Brazil

Today, Azul Cargo Express announced a new partnership with Argentine e-tailer Mercardo Libre. As part of the agreement, Mercado Libre will utilize Azul’s air network exclusively in Brazil, to facilitate 24-hour e-commerce deliveries throughout the country. Although the two companies just started working together earlier this year, business from Mercado Libre already accounts for 10% […]

WFS to open new Pharma Center at CDG

Ground handler and airport service provider Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) announced today it will invest €10 million (US$11.06 million) to open a new Pharma Center on site at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG).   The 2,400-square-meter Pharma Center will offer both landside and airside acceptance capabilities and will have its own docks and maneuvering area for loading and unloading pharma shipments. It will be the only […]

AFCO raises $36m for new BWI air cargo facility

The real estate arm of US-based Aviation Facilities Company Management (AFCO) secured upwards of $36 million in financing for a new air cargo facility under construction at Baltimore International Airport (BWI). AFCO said the funds will finance the construction of a 200,000-square-foot air cargo facility and a 450,000-square-foot aircraft parking apron. Completion of these projects […]

Air France, Kuehne + Nagel complete system-to-system proof of concept 

Today, Air France-KLM and Kuehne + Nagel announced that they have jointly created a direct system-to-system connection that integrate their electronic booking processes.   In a proof of concept test completed in July, the companies enabled host-to-host connection through an application programming interface (API), which allowed for a system-based, integrated and interactive match between available capacity and demand between […]

JetBlue launches cargo operations 

This week, JetBlue announced it will partner with Miami-based consultancy Aeronex Cargo to gradually expand the carrier’s cargo operations.   Initially, JetBlue will utilize flights to and from Fort Lauderdale to interline cargo moving through Miami International (MIA), with Aeronex organizing the MIA to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) road-feeder transportation.    Prior to 2018, the low-cost carrier did not carry any cargo at all. The decision to foray into air cargo follows the successful execution of a pilot program launched in 2018 under which […]

Elroy Air’s first large VTOL cargo drone test a success [VIDEO] 

Today, Elroy Air announced the successful completion of its first full-scale system flight test of its large unmanned aerial cargo aircraft. In the test, completed at 9:14AM PST on Aug. 14, 2019, the company’s lead test pilot remotely controlled the 1215-pound prototype to reach a height of 10 feet where it hovered for 64 seconds […]

Arbitrator affirms Atlas Air’s win against pilots’ union

Today, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings confirmed that its subsidiary Atlas Air won an arbitration against the union that represents its pilots, the Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1224. The arbitration decision made yesterday affirms that the merger provisions of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) apply in connection with Atlas Air’s 2016 acquisition of Southern Air.  […]

Menzies Aviation extends ground handling license at Caribbean airport 

Today, Menzies Aviation announced the extension of its ground handling license at Princess Julianna International Airport (SXM), located on the Caribbean side of Saint Maarten. The five–year extension of the license enables Menzies Aviation, which has been operating at SXM since 2001, to conduct ground handling operations at the airport to December 2026.   The license represents more […]

Trade downturns persist in July airport volumes 

Airports posted their preliminary results for July volumes that indicated a continued weakness in global markets resulting from protective trade policies and political uncertainty.  Asian and European airports’ results denoted those regions are experiencing the greatest impact of continued trade conflicts for the month, which was also reflected the traffic of carriers based in those regions. Only Guangzhou Baiyun […]

Panalpina, DSV merger compels major cuts in former leadership 

Today, Panalpina announced changes in its leadership structure following its merger with DSV. These changes include the elimination of the positions of Chief Commercial Officer, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Information Officer, Executive Vice President, Air Freight and Executive Vice President of Ocean Freight.  The cuts resulted in former CCO Karl Weyeneth, CLO and Corporate Security Christoph Hess, CIO […]

Cargojet signs strategic agreement granting Amazon voting shares 

Cargojet announced today that it signed a strategic agreement with Amazon.com NV Investment Holdings, an affiliate of Amazon.com.ca Inc., as a key carrier for Amazon’s middle-mile transportation in Canada. The new agreement also grants the e-commerce giant the opportunity to buy a stake in the carrier.  The news follows Cargojet’s recent handling of record volumes in support of […]

Air Canada Cargo, GTA dnata extend perishable handling agreement

GTA dnata will begin handling all of Air Canada Cargo’s cool chain shipments at its newly renovated facility at Toronto International Airport (YYZ) beginning on Sept. 16, the carrier announced today. Previously, GTA dnata handled just the carrier’s pharmaceutical shipments.  Air Canada Cargo will leverage GTA dnata’s cool-chain facilities at YYZ to handle its AC Fresh perishables product, which customers use to book shipments of commodities such as seafood, chilled meats, fruits and […]

Halifax Stanfield breaks ground on new Air Cargo Logistics Park 

Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) began construction this week on a new Air Cargo Logistics Park at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ). The new facility is meant to increase capacity at the airport and support the export of Nova Scotia businesses’ goods to international markets.  The Air Cargo Logistics Park will be built on 25 […]
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