Ian Putzger

Flower Power: Can standards bring order to the chaotic flower market?

In mid-April Conrad Archer, managing director of Panalpina Airflo, Kenya, was bracing himself for a sharp spike in traffic volume. The run-up to this year’s Valentine’s Day had produced a surge of more than 30 percent above normal in flower volume, and projections for Mother’s Day pointed to a similar spike – which translates into […]

Premium cargo on the wish lists of Hong Kong companies

The new year in Hong Kong began in an auspicious manner for the airfreight community. In the budget that was propsed in February, Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, outlined plans to foster air cargo. To cement Hong Kong’s status as major hub and enhance its competitive edge, Secretary Chan pledged to look at measures […]

Joint sales with Lufthansa kicks off as Cathay shifts gears

The Year of the Rooster was barely under way, and most Chinese workers were out celebrating the biggest festival in their calendar, when the fledgling partnership of Cathay Pacific with Lufthansa Cargo shifted into a higher gear with joint sales activity. Feb. 1 was the day the combined westbound sales activity out of Cathay’s home […]

In Good Time: Time-critical services save the day for a just-in-time world

On an aircraft, certain parts, like wing surfaces and engine fan blades, are absolutely critical pieces of equipment. The same might be said about a professional soccer player and his shoes. If those shoes don’t make the trip, the player is sidelined. This scenario occurred recently when a key player of the French National Football […]

In Good Time: Cut it close, pay a price

From aerospace and energy to manufacturing, the need for mission-critical shipment delivery to avoid line-down situations is a booming market, said Ingo-Alexander Rahn, global head of air freight for DHL-GF. SameDay Speedline provides guaranteed priority lift, 24/7/365, along with monitoring and customized solutions as the key planks of the new offering, he said. In light […]

On the rails: Growth in Asia’s slower lane

Last October the British and Chinese governments agreed to allow more than double the number of passenger flights between the two nations and threw the door open to unlimited cargo flights. To date, however, no air carrier has availed itself of the opportunity. Instead, rail, as well as rival ground-based modes, have risen in popularity. […]

Can modest Shenyang Airport live up to its lofty ambitions?

Hong Kong’s premier air cargo handler sees promising potential in northeastern China, not far from the border with North Korea. In September, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (Hactl) subsidiary Hactl Development Holdings signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with Liaoning Airport Management Group, owner of Shenyang Taoxian International Airport, in what both parties described […]

Parcel traffic ambitions overcome European borders

Britain’s vote for the “Brexit” may have dealt a blow to the European Union, but the vision of an integrated European parcel network is very much alive, thanks to the Deutsche Post DHL Group (DP-DHL). The German postal, express and logistics giant is acquiring a strong presence in the British market with the takeover of […]

Warehouse building boom chases Chinese consumers

In August – two months before SEKO Logistics would sign onto Alibaba.com’s “OnePartner” program – the U.S.-based forwarder opened a 50,000-square-foot warehouse in Hong Kong, following the establishment of another 50,000-square-foot facility in the territory last November. Both of these facilities are aimed straight at e-commerce. The first one targets the Hong Kong market, chiefly […]

Deconstructing the TPP: One size may not fit all in this trade bloc

Henry Dinh Huu Thanh, president of Vietnamese forwarder Bee Logistics, is looking forward to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Like many other Vietnamese forwarders, he said the TPP will “bring many opportunities for our company.” For example, if the mega-trade deal is ratified, Bee Logistics will be able to increase traffic volumes, diversify its customers, optimize […]

Hanjin crisis only part of Korean air cargo struggles

Amidst the shockwaves emanating from last month’s news of the bankruptcy filing of Hanjin Shipping came speculation of a potential silver lining for air cargo carriers. Would the scramble for cargo originally booked on Hanjin vessels provide a windfall for airlines, with a surge in demand to drive up rates and yields? Other than a […]

More freighters hunt for loads across the pond

The North Atlantic seems to be an unlikely arena for new freighter services, but maindeck lift between Europe and North America is on the rise, thanks to several operators. In July, Qatar Airways boosted its footprint in the trans-Atlantic market with the launch of new freighter flights to New York and Halifax. The Middle Eastern […]

Textiles make Cambodia a stylish destination for freighters

On flights from Singapore to Moscow, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has taken to carrying a significant volume of textiles, a commodity not usually associated with Singapore. The cargo comes from a place that, until recently, was never a major player in terms of air cargo: Cambodia. Since early July, ABC has operated a weekly freighter from […]

U.K.-based carriers, airports search for Brexit signs

Last month’s British vote to bow out of the European Union has unleashed political turmoil across the nation. In the logistics industry, responses to the “Brexit” have been less dramatic, but operators are bracing themselves for tough and uncertain times ahead. Initial reactions showed consternation and confusion in the face of an outcome that had […]
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