DHL doubles Connecticut service center capacity with $4 million investment 

DHL completed a US$4 million expansion and upgrade of its service center operations in Hartford, Conn., the company announced yesterday. The move is intended to accommodate growing cross-border e-commerce trade.  With the investment made earlier this year, DHL added 16,000 square feet of warehousing space to bring the facility’s total space to 38,000 square feet. With this expansion, the […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 16, 2019

Virgin Atlantic, Delta to expand UK-US services in 2020 

Today, Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo jointly announced plans to expand their networks between the United Kingdom and the United States.  As part of the expansion, the carriers will increase trans-Atlantic flights between Gatwick (LGW), Heathrow (LHR) and Manchester (MAN) to destinations in the U.S. beginning next year.  Delta will join Virgin Atlantic at LGW where […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 15, 2019

UPS invests in TuSimple autonomous driving company 

UPS’ venture capital arm, UPS Ventures, made a minority stake investment in autonomous driving developer TuSimple, UPS announced today. With this investment, the companies are working together to test self-driving tractor trailers in Arizona.   UPS and TuSimple initiated self-driving tests in May 2019 on a route between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. During the tests, UPS provides truckloads of […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 15, 2019

LATAM sees dip in Q2 cargo traffic, revenue

LATAM Airlines’ cargo traffic declined 2.9% y-o-y during the second quarter to 849 million freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), leading to a 10.2% y-o-y decline in cargo revenue to US$269.3 million, the company said today during its earnings call. LATAM said that these figures were particularly impacted by the sale of the company’s former subsidiary MasAir in the second half of […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 14, 2019

time:matters expands network with 3 new Asia locations

Today, Lufthansa Cargo’s time-critical logistics subsidiary time:matters announced the expansion of its Sameday Air network for urgent shipments in Asia to include three new locations in Tokyo (NRT), Bangkok (BKK) and Singapore (SIN).   Flights to these three destinations will connect to the company’s locations in Europe, Israel, the U.S. and Mexico through 21 Sameday Air partner airlines.  According to time:matters, urgently required shipments at Asian […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 14, 2019

21 Air to begin US-Mexico cargo ops

After receiving approval from the United States Department of Transportation, North Carolina-based cargo carrier 21 Air plans to begin scheduled cargo operations between the U.S. and Mexico. The carrier operates two 767 freighters and “looks forward to entering into a long-term ACMI contract with a multi-billion airline group and a global player,” the carrier said […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 9, 2019

Amazon petitions FAA for commercial drone ops exemption 

In addition to wide- and narrowbody freighters joining the Amazon Air fleet, Prime Air drones may soon begin delivering Amazon purchases directly to customer doorsteps. Next in the series of the broader air cargo industry’s commercial drone saga, Amazon Prime Air submitted a petition to the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday that, if approved, would enable the carrier to conduct commercial delivery […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 9, 2019

Delta Cargo traffic continues downhill slide in July

Delta Air Lines reported another decline in traffic for its cargo division during July. The carrier’s cargo traffic declined by 8.5% year-over-year during July, and 8.1% year-to-date. Traffic for July stood at about 180 million cargo ton miles, or 263 million freight tonne kilometers (FTKs). Although still down from July 2018, traffic declines have slowed […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 8, 2019

Airfreight demand languishes in IATA June report 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data today indicating that cargo traffic, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 4.8% year-over-year in June. Year-to-date demand is down 3.6% y-o-y. The further decline in traffic from last month suggests the air cargo industry is still in the doldrums as political economic volatility slows worldwide trade.  Freight capacity […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 7, 2019

DP-DHL Group’s Q2 operating profit up, despite persistent drop in airfreight volumes 

While Deutsche Post-DHL Group reported an increase in its overall revenue and operating profits for the second quarter of 2019, compared with Q218, the company’s Global Forwarding, Freight (GFF) division saw airfreight volumes decline by 5.8% year-over-year for Q2 to 888,000 tonnes. For the first half of 2019 ending June 30, GFF saw a decrease in volumes by 4.9% compared to the same period the […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 6, 2019

Swiss WorldCargo plans new routes for US and Japan

Today, Swiss WorldCargo, the airfreight division of Swiss International Airlines, announced plans to launch nonstop services from Zurich (ZRH) to Osaka (ITM) and Washington D.C. (IAD) utilizing A340-300 and A330-300 aircraft, respectively. The flights are scheduled to begin March 2020.  Swiss WorldCargo will fly the route to ITM five times weekly. The IAD route will be operated daily during the carrier’s […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 6, 2019

Japan Airlines, Kalitta Air enter freighter codeshare agreement 

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced the beginning of a freighter codeshare agreement with Kalitta Air. Under the agreement, Kalitta Air will operate three codeshare flights per week between Narita Airport (NRT) and Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD) using 747-400F aircraft beginning today.   While JAL has chartered freighter flights based on seasonal demand in recent years, this new codeshare agreement with Kalitta Air establishes scheduled freighter service between Asia and […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 1, 2019

WorldACD, Drewry June figures snap dismal picture of 1H2019  

Following the challenging political and economic conditions experienced over the first half of 2019, WorldACD released its report indicating a decrease of 9% in international airfreight volumes year-over-year for the month of June. Meanwhile, Drewry said airfreight prices are continuing to rise.  According to WorldACD, airlines suffered a y-o-y decrease of almost 15% in revenue, combined with a […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 1, 2019

United Cargo expands TempControl network and services

Today, United Cargo announced that it would be expanding its TempControl services for shipping pharmaceutical, helathcare material and other temperature-sensitive cargo to Mexico City International Airport (MEX) through an interline agreement with AeroUnion.  Under the agreement, United Cargo will transport TempControl shipments to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which will then be transferred to AeroUnion’s daily widebody service to MEX. TempControl shipments going to MEX can depart from any certified handling location in the […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • August 1, 2019
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