Mercado Libre and Azul Cargo Express partner to expand 24-hour deliveries in Brazil

Today, Azul Cargo Express announced a new partnership with Argentine e-tailer Mercardo Libre. As part of the agreement, Mercado Libre will utilize Azul’s air network exclusively in Brazil, to facilitate 24-hour e-commerce deliveries throughout the country. Although the two companies just started working together earlier this year, business from Mercado Libre already accounts for 10% […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 29, 2019

Volga-Dnepr gets US approval for 777X engine charters

Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Airlines received an emergency exemption from the U.S. Department of Transportation for up to three AN-124-100 freighter charter flights between Columbus Rickenbacker Airport (LCK) and Everett (PAE), Seattle (SEA) or Spokane (GEG), in support of Boeing’s 777X production. The charters, which began yesterday with a flight between LCK and PAE and may continue […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 22, 2019

Qantas Freight expands Australia Post agreement

The cargo branch of Australian carrier Qantas, Qantas Freight, announced the expansion of its AU$1 billion (US$675 million) domestic and international airfreight agreement with Australia Post to support growing e-commerce demand for parcel shipment. Under the seven-year agreement, Australia Post will have access to space on Qantas Freight’s freighter fleet, as well as priority access […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 12, 2019

Cathay Pacific develops solution for lithium-ion batteries on freighters

Standalone lithium-ion batteries can once again be carried by Cathay Pacific Cargo on its freighter aircraft, after the carrier developed and introduced a fire-containment bag. Shipments of standalone lithium-ion batteries are a significant driver of freighter traffic, especially given the growth of e-commerce and personal electronic devices. Under a provision adopted by the ICAO Council in February 2016, lithium-ion […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 1, 2019

Flexport files complaint against Western Global, switches to Atlas Air for 747F ops

Air and ocean forwarder Flexport filed a complaint against Western Global Airlines (WGA) in a U.S. District Court in New York, alleging that “service failures” led to the carrier’s inability to meet the contractual obligations of a three-year operational leasing agreement the two parties signed last year. Under the deal, Western Global was to operate a 747-400BCF on behalf of Flexport through March 31, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 25, 2019

Qatar Airways Cargo adds Singapore to freighter route 

Today, Qatar Airways Cargo announced the addition of Singapore as a new destination on its trans–Pacific freighter route.  Qatar Airways Cargo’s twice-weekly 777F flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays traverse the Pacific along a route stopping at destinations from Chicago (ORD)-Singapore (SIN)-Macau (MFM)-Los Angeles (LAX)-Mexico City (MEX)-Guadalajara (GDL)-Liège (LGG)-Doha (DOH). The carrier offers over 100 tonnes of cargo capacity […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • July 16, 2019

Sichuan Airlines plans new international frequencies with A330 freighters 

Sichuan Airlines announced that it took delivery of its first A330-200F aircraft from BOC Aviation late last week. This is not only Sichuan Airlines’ first freighter but is the first A330F for any mainland Chinese carrier.  Sichuan Airlines also told our sister site, Cargo Facts, its plans to commence scheduled operations with its A330Fs in October – […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • July 15, 2019

Ethiopian’s new Chongqing frequency expands China’s Belt and Road initiative

Today, Ethiopian Airlines announced the addition of a weekly cargo flight from Chongqing (CKG), China to locations in Africa and South America. Beyond expanding the Ethiopian flag carrier’s network, the route also serves as an extension to China’s Belt and Road initiative.  The new route, which Ethiopian Airlines began operating at the end of June, begins at Shanghai Pudong […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • July 9, 2019

Hawaiian Air’s Matheny on adding capacity where it counts

Perhaps best known for its role in connecting commodity flows between the contiguous United States and the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaiian Air Cargo is doubling down on its intra-island cargo service with the introduction of dedicated freighters. Driven in part by booming e-commerce demand spurring demand for perishable flows into and off the islands, last summer […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 8, 2019

Atlas Air chief Flynn retires, with Dietrich to take the helm in 2020 

President and Chief Executive Officer William Flynn at Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings will step back to chairman of the board at the end of this year, Atlas announced today. The current EVP and Chief Operating Officer at Atlas, John Dietrich, is set to take Flynn’s place as president effective immediately. He’ll also take over as CEO when Flynn […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • July 2, 2019

ANA 777F fleet addition to boost US-Asia volumes

All Nippon Airways (ANA) added a Boeing 777 freighter to its fleet today, as it expands its network in Asia and North America.  The 777 will operate connecting cargo flights from Narita International Airport (NRT) to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), with a stop at Kansai International Airport (KIX) from July 2 to August 25. The carrier will […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • July 2, 2019

Iran airspace restrictions set to impact major cargo carriers

The current Iran-U.S. military confrontation, which today led the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) prohibiting U.S.-registered aircraft from operating over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, is set to have major cargo implications for European and Asian carriers. Following the FAA notification, the European Organization for the Safety […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 21, 2019

Virgin Atlantic to expand network and fleet

Earlier this week, Virgin Atlantic Cargo announced its order for 14 A330-900neo aircraft.Of the 14 aircraft ordered, the carrier will purchase eight and lease six, with the option to order six more moving forward.   The order, valued at $4.1 billion, is one step in Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s program to replace 100% of its aircraft […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • June 21, 2019

More freighters, new destinations for Qatar Airways Cargo

Qatar Airways Cargo signaled its intent to continue expanding an already sizable freighter fleet with a commitment to order five more 777 freighters from Boeing. Separate from the commitment, announced today at the Paris Airshow, Qatar Airways outlined three new freighter routes that will launch in the coming months. This year, Qatar Airways will boost […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • June 19, 2019
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