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Top 5 airfreight logistics tech trends for 2018

We’re already a full month into 2018 and the e-commerce-driven demand for airfreight show few signs of abating. While the outlook for the year is generally positive and confidence in the industry is high, there are still many bottlenecks in the supply chain that need to be addressed, including increased safety and transparency, improved product […]

Bolloré extends network to Scandinavia with purchase of Danish forwarder

In a bid to broaden its network into Scandinavian territory, French forwarder Bolloré Logistics purchased a majority stake in the Danish freight forwarder Global Solutions A/S. This acquisition, the company said, is part of its strategy of “development through external growth.” Bolloré, which has a presence in Norway, will now operate out of two of […]

Single African Air Transport Market approved to encourage cross-border trade

The dream of a continent-wide open skies agreement took a step closer in Addis Ababa yesterday at the annual African Union (AU) Summit, when the organization launched the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative, designed to improve intra-African air connectivity. Under the SAATM agreement, first proposed three years ago, 23 African nations agreed that […]

Emirates SkyCargo begins ‘pharma corridor’ program to ensure cool-chain integrity [VIDEO]

Emirates’ air cargo arm, SkyCargo, has added another layer of protection of the high-value cool-chain commodities in its global network with today’s launch of “pharma corridors,” linking various destinations that are designed to maintain strict end-to-end temperature control for sensitive goods. According to SkyCargo, the facilities within these corridors are operated under uniform cool-chain standards […]

Crane’s Pete Mento returns to keynote at AirCargo 2018

The annual AirCargo 2018 Conference, which has been moved back to its early year position on the calendar (Feb. 18-20) in Austin, Texas, will feature the ever-popular Pete Mento of Crane Worldwide (pictured) as this year’s keynote speaker. Mento’s background as an air forwarder, customs broker and noted futurist means that while most people are […]

Top 10 Air Cargo World stories of 2017

We at Air Cargo World thank you for your loyal readership during this surprisingly busy 2017 and wish you continued success in the coming new year. But before we turn the calendar to 2018, we thought we’d take one last look back at this year – our 75th continuous year in publishing – and find […]

Even freighters are being sold online this holiday season

E-commerce has indeed transformed the airfreight market, leading to robust activity last week in advance of the Christmas holiday. What may be less known is that aircraft transactions are becoming part of the online shopping experience. Last Thursday, the China-based e-commerce platform Taobao, owned by Alibaba, successfully auctioned off a 747-400ERF for US$23.3 million — […]

November air cargo demand remains unusually strong

It’s no secret that demand for air cargo services skyrocketed at the start of the current peak season, and has continued for several months. But even as the calendar turned to September and October, and the year-over-year comparisons started bumping up against the strong peak season figures from 2016, the surge in demand in November […]

Panalpina continues acquisitions spree in Belgian perishables sector

Focusing again on its stated goal of becoming the “world leader” in the perishables market by 2020, Swiss forwarder Panalpina has continued its recent string of acquisitions in the sector, announcing its intent to purchase Belgium-based Adelantex and AD Handling. Financial terms of the agreement were not released by any of the companies. The two […]

Air cargo demand, yield growth to continue into Q1 2018, IATA says

This year, as most air logistics people already know, was wildly successful in terms of demand growth. But the expected return to reality, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), may not come for at least another quarter into the new year, due to continued strong economic and trade conditions and a sharp rise […]

75th Anniversary Snapshot: Long live the ‘Queen of the Skies’

Being so much bigger than any other commercial airliner that had flown before it, the 747 still turns heads today, nearly 50 years after it took its first flight. The team that designed and built the world’s first jumbo jet at Boeing were nicknamed “The Incredibles,” not only for the sheer audacity of the vision […]

Air Cargo Executive of the Year: Peter Gerber stays one move ahead

In the game of chess, the key to victory is the ability to stay several moves ahead of your opponent. With proper planning, an adroit chess player who may seem to be backed into a corner can make the precise moves to flip the momentum of the game. By the third quarter of 2016, Lufthansa […]

Top 4 forwarders that may be ripe for M&A activity in 2018

Although mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the 3PL community so far in 2017 were not quite as numerous as they were in 2016, many airfreight industry analysts say the current boom times for air cargo should make 2018 another banner year for consolidation in the still fragmented freight forwarding business. Just two months ago the […]

3 Execs to Watch: Neel Jones Shah sees cargo from both sides now

After scanning the highlights of Neel Jones Shah’s CV – vice president of sales and marketing for United; chief cargo officer at Delta; a seat on Amerijet’s board – one would hardly consider him a driving force behind the reinvention of freight forwarding. However, in the last 10 months of 2017, this career cargo carrier […]
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