Arctic blast threatens ops at US airports

An Arctic blast southward that began yesterday caused a drop in temperatures and snow storms across the U.S. resulting in flight delays and cancellations at several major airports, including Chicago O’Hare (ORD), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Charlotte (CLT), Detroit (DTW), Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Atlanta (ATL), Denver (DEN) and Minneapolis−Saint Paul (MSP).   Today, over 2,900 […]

DHL 3Q delivers stronger profits and volumes

In its third-quarter 2019 earnings statement on Tuesday, Deutsche Post-DHL Group reported quarterly operating profit growth across most of its divisions, as well as year-over-year volume increases for its both its Time Definite International (TDI) and Time Definite Domestic (TDD) Express products. The company’s break-up of its Post-eCommerce-Parcel division into the Post & Parcel Germany […]

Rio de Janeiro Airport recertified under CEIV Pharma

Brazil’s RIOgaleão Airport (GIG) completed its successful recertification under IATA’s CEIV Pharma program. The airport received its initial certification in 2016 and completed staff training to recertify, the airport said in a Monday statement. An IATA Validator conducted workshops on “Temperature Controlled Cargo Operations” and “Audit, Quality and Risk Management for Temperature Control Cargo” as […]

Vietnam bans recalled and damaged lithium batteries on flights

Vietnam will ban damaged and recalled lithium batteries, as well as electronic devices using those batteries, on Vietnamese airlines as well as foreign airlines operating into and from Vietnam, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority announced in a statement this month. The ban will begin as of Nov. 15. The ban will affect both devices with […]

Hactl breaks own single-day handling record

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) handled 104 freighter aircraft on Nov. 3, breaking its former record of 102 aircraft set last November. The peak time of activity took place between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. local time, when Hactl handled 13 freighters simultaneously.   Recent upgrades to Hactl’s IT system, including a new airside management app, helped the company increase its ramp time efficiency […]

Alibaba seals $38 billion Singles’ Day sales record

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. logged more than 268 billion yuan ($38.3 billion) of purchases during its Singles’ Day bonanza, exceeding last year’s record haul after a 24-hour shopping marathon.An estimated half-billion shoppers from China to Russia and Argentina swarmed the e-commerce giant’s sites to scoop up everything from Apple Inc. and Xiaomi Corp. gadgets to […]

Alibaba ups majority stake in Cainiao ahead of 11.11

Alibaba increased its majority stake in its logistics affiliate Cainiao Smart Logistics Network to 63% from 51% with an investment of US$3.3 billion today. The news comes just before China’s major “11.11” shopping holiday on Nov. 11, and on the heels of other moves the e-commerce giant recently made to expand its global presence, including shipping freight via train to Liège and […]

Changi Airport cargo community to pursue CEIV Fresh certification

Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN) today announced that a working group had been formed among the airport’s cargo community to pursue the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Perishable Logistics (CEIV Fresh) certification.   The airport, together with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, dnata Singapore and Singapore Airlines will shoulder certification-related costs with the aim to improve […]

Liège Airport reports record October cargo throughput  

Liège Airport (LGG) today reported record volumes for the month of October with a cargo throughput of 84,000 tonnes.   51% of these volumes were comprised of imports, according to the airport. Year-to-date cargo at LGG increased 3% y-o-y to 730,000 tonnes, despite challenging market environments.   Steven Verhasselt, vice president of commercial at LGG, this week joined the Cargo Airport Growth Summit […]

Revenue and cargo down, net profit up in Emirates’ half-year earnings report

Emirates Group saw mixed results for the period running Apr. 1 to Sept 30, 2019, with declines in revenue but increases in net profits across its overall Group, airline and dnata arms. Emirates Airlines saw an 8% decrease in volumes to 1.2 million tonnes of cargo, while overall capacity for the first six months of the financial year also declined by 7% […]

Could airports be the next hubs for disruptive 3D printing? 

Is manufacturing really slowing down or is it undergoing a transformation that can not yet be measured by traditional means? Robotics, drones, augmented reality and other technologies are transforming manufacturing in such a way not seen since the Industrial Revolution. But, in my opinion, one of the most disruptive forces is 3D printing. Not only could it disrupt the actual manufacturing process, but […]

Lufthansa Cargo accelerates fleet renewal, to add more 777Fs

German carrier Lufthansa Cargo has committed to buying two more 777Fs from Boeing and will go ahead with its plan for an accelerated withdrawal of its MD-11Fs [FATs 005226-005227]. The two new aircraft will be delivered next year and will be based at the Frankfurt (FRA) hub, while the remaining ten MD-11Fs will all be retired by the end […]

CargoLogic Germany operates maiden commercial flight to CGN

Leipzig (LEJ)-based CargoLogic Germany (CLG) has commenced commercial operations with a revenue flight between Paderborn (PAD) and Cologne (CGN) that took place on Saturday, Nov. 2. The flight utilized one of two freighter-converted 737-400Fs in the carrier’s fleet. "We  are indeed now operating revenue flights on behalf of a customer out of Cologne," the carrier […]
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