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ACE Awards 2019: Top Airports chart

*Correction: A previous version of this table classified Quito as the diamond award winner for the 400,000 to 999,999 tonnes category. It was actually the diamond award winner for the up to 399,999 tonnes category. AIRPORT SURVEY CRITERIA Airports are rated by freight forwarders, cargo agents and third-party logistics providers on the following criteria: Performance: Quality […]

Pardon the Disruption: Three Executives to Watch in 2019

Even during prosperous times like the air cargo industry has had in 2018, predicting the future is a thankless and nearly impossible task. However, after polling our readers and analyzing the major moves made this year, Air Cargo World has created a short list of three air cargo executives who are expected to be very […]

Frankfurt Airport – Expansion of Europe’s leading cargo hub

Twenty-three hundred hectares – that is the area of Frankfurt Airport, the largest airport in Germany. In 2017, Frankfurt Airport handled 2.2 million tonnes of airfreight and welcomed 64.5 million passengers. Therefore, it is the largest airport for airfreight handling in Europe. Forty percent of air cargo is transported in the bellies of passenger aircraft […]

The World of Airports: Don’t Fence Me In

Air cargo is currently booming, but this success has come at a price – congested airports with little room for growth, fewer parking slots for trucks and freighters, and higher fuel costs. Clearly, the industry cannot simply grow its way out of these problems. To find answers before customers begin looking to other transport modes, […]

The World of E-Commerce: Taking advantage of retail’s online revolution

Buzzword or not, the “e-commerce revolution” has reshaped not only the air cargo logistics chain but the overall retail market, on a global scale. With the rise of e-commerce giants such as Amazon in the United States, and Alibaba and JD.com in China, the need for e-commerce shipments to move across the globe in only […]

The Freight 50: Analysis of air cargo growth in 2017

More room at the top The dominant carriers rarely see change at the top – and that’s true for the first three on the list. Like every year in recent memory, FedEx, was again No. 1, with 16.9 billion FTKs, rising by a decent 7.6 percent over last year. FedEx was again followed by No. […]

The Power 25: On the rise with the world’s top forwarders

It’s amazing what a little extra business can do. About 18 months ago, there was a lot of hand-wringing about the sorry state of the freight forwarding industry. They were far behind on the technology adoption curve; Amazon was coming along to disintermediate everyone in the logistics business and overcapacity was slowly bleeding the carriers […]

Power 25: Stability at the top, churn at the bottom

Stability at the top As expected, DHL Supply Chain and Global Forwarding stands alone and almost untouchable at the top of the pyramid, with nearly 2.25 million tonnes handled in 2017. Kuehne + Nagel was a distant second, but it still managed to increase its throughput by 20 percent, to 1.57 million tonnes. “Overall, you’ve […]

ACE Awards 2018: Specializing in Excellence

It can be said now that 2017 was one of the longest periods of sustained growth for air cargo demand. The 9.2 percent average rise in total freight tonne kilometers worldwide, according to IATA, was the greatest surge since the brief post-recession correction in 2010 and has been credited with raising the fortunes of virtually […]

ACE Awards 2018: Top Airports chart

  AIRPORT SURVEY CRITERIA Airports are rated by freight forwarders, cargo agents and third-party logistics providers on the following criteria: Performance: Quality of customer service; handling of exceptions Value: Competitiveness of rates and charges; customs clearance efficiency Facilities: Airside capacity; apron capacity and aircraft parking; warehousing; operational restrictions; ground connectivity In addition to highlighting winners, […]

ACE Awards 2018: Customization is their specialty

These days it’s not enough to just handle general cargo efficiently and be recognized for customer service and performance. One must be able to specialize as well, for goods such as perishables, dangerous goods, pharma, animals and oversized goods. For the second consecutive year, Air Cargo World asked ACE survey respondents about the top performers […]

ACE Awards 2018: Top airports, carriers chosen for Air Cargo Excellence

CARRIERS The top vote-getter in the Large Carrier category (1 million tonnes of cargo handled and up) came as little surprise: Cathay Pacific Airways, which was a Platinum Award winner last year, won the Diamond Award this year. A spokesperson from Cathay Pacific Cargo said 2017 was the strongest year for growth in airfreight demand […]

ACE Awards 2018: Top Carriers chart

  CARRIER SURVEY CRITERIA Air carriers were rated by freight forwarders on the following criteria: Customer Service: Quality of customer service; tracking and tracing of shipments; electronic air waybill (e-AWB) capabilities Performance: Timeliness of delivery; space availability; availability of main-deck capacity Value: Competitiveness of rates; availability and quality of special services; route network In addition […]

Logistics Reinvented: 3 air cargo executives to watch in 2018

At times like these, with air cargo demand flying high and e-commerce growing with no end in sight, it might be tempting for some logistics companies to ease up on the gas and enjoy coasting while the momentum is strong. Not so for the three air cargo executives profiled here. Though they vary widely in […]
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