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Birth of a Niche: How small freighters can create big cargo opportunities

Bob Convey had just finished booking two more orders for Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI)’s CRJ200 freighter conversion when Air Cargo World rang to talk about the aircraft conversion house’s   come-from-behind success story. “We always launch these programs based on a combination of gut feeling and industry knowledge and research,” the senior vice president of sales […]

New CCS-UK module accelerates air deliveries, collections across U.K.

U.K.-based airfreight body CCS-UK has gone live with its CCS-UK Advanced Info module, which allows freight agents and transport companies working on their behalf to pre-alert handling agents about loads being delivered. By automating these processes, CCS-UK Advanced Info is designed to speed up deliveries to, and collections from, transit sheds at London Heathrow Airport […]

Market conditions and e-commerce boost Atlas Air earnings

E-commerce traffic shows no signs of abating, and Atlas Air Worldwide (AAWW) is well positioned to provide the requisite airlift, company President and CEO William Flynn told investors during the company’s Second-Quarter 2017 Results call. Atlas posted an adjusted income from continuing operations of US$29.1 million. “Earnings growth in the second quarter reflected a 17 […]

Nevada test puts Hyperloop One’s tech one step closer to deployment (updated)

Hyperloop One’s test vehicle clocked 310 kilometers per hour on a 500-meter track in the Nevada desert, successfully completing “phase two” of the high-speed rail transportation project that the company says could, “be anywhere, move everything and connect everyone.” Lofty goals, indeed. But, hyperbole aside, during yesterday’s test, the company’s XP-1 transportation pod accelerated for […]

Seafreight woes boost cargo volumes at Hong Kong’s Hactl

Strong international trade and a shift from ocean to airfreight have pushed cargo volumes at Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (Hactl) up 16.6 percent in the first half of 2017, according to the ground handler. Whatever the cause, some 860,242 tonnes of freight during those first six months are undeniable proof that exports, imports, […]

Delta’s global cargo management control center goes live today

Delta Cargo officially opened its Cargo Control Center (CCC) today in Atlanta, but the scope of the operation covers the entire globe. From this one location, the facility will provide coverage of “all aspects of cargo transportation and management,” allowing Delta to track shipments via air, truck, mail and freight, both domestically and internationally. By […]

Are ‘modest gains’ the new normal for Dubai’s cooling air freight market?

Dubai’s new freight hub is now handling approximately one third of the emirate’s air freight, as both regional airports posted middling first half numbers, reflecting a regional downturn. Freight volumes at Dubai World Central (DWC) rose 3.2 percent year-over-year (y-o-y) to 443,835 tonnes during the first half of 2017. Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports […]

Tigers “virtual warehouse” circumvents Brexit disruption

A Hong Kong logistics company aims to circumvent Brexit related disruption by storing client’s wares in “virtual warehouses” that “may be physically located between the EU and the UK.” To this end, Tigers Global Logistics has become an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) in the United Kingdom (UK), and has opened its seventh U.K. office, in […]

AA Cargo road-feeder services open new markets in Europe

Expanded road-feeder services from across Europe into London Heathrow (LHR) are adding almost 4.5 million tonnes of additional freight into American Airlines Cargo bellyholds per month, making the Dallas/Ft Worth-based carrier a formidable contender in Europe – even in markets where it doesn’t have airlift. AA Cargo has expanded its European trucking network this summer, […]

Amazon’s Prime Now Singapore launch sets stage for Alibaba turf war

Amazon’s Prime Now is now available in Singapore, offering its signature-free two-hour delivery. The launch is the e-commerce giant’s first foray into South East Asia, and it’s point of entry is significant. Singapore is home-turf for Amazon’s major rival, Alibaba, which indirectly owns Redmart, Singapore’s largest online supermarket, through its Lazada subsidiary. This is the […]

Japan Airlines, Vietjet partnership to boost Asia cargo volumes

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Vietjet inked a formal partnership agreement for code-share cooperation on all flight services between Japan and Vietnam, as well as on the domestic flights of both airlines. While the terms are still being negotiated, a representative for Vietjet confirmed that both parties will “consider cooperation” in cargo operations. The partnership will […]

Panalpina warns shippers to book now to offset early peak-season congestion

Panalpina is warning shippers to book early to avoid higher rates and delays, as the Swiss forwarding and logistics company moves to accommodate an early peak season. This year’s Far East peak season is expected to start earlier than the global peak, and may be even stronger than the already robust 2016 season. On the […]

E-commerce, cross-border trade drive impressive Q2 results at UPS

UPS reported strong financial and operational performance in the second-quarter of 2017, with net income up 9.1 percent year over year to $1.38 billion as revenue rose 5.0 percent to $15.75 billion. Operating income for the second quarter was up 8.7 percent to $2.22 billion. With results like these, writes David Harris over at our […]

Cargo losses at Etihad more evidence of Gulf region’s cargo downturn

What Etihad Airways called a “slight improvement” in freight carried during fiscal year 2016 failed to offset increased pressures on cargo revenues and yields, prompting a 10 percent decline in freight revenues to US$900 million. Cargo volumes for Etihad’s FY 2016 rose just 0.8 percent to 595,916 tonnes. The news from the Abu Dhabi-based carrier […]
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