Flexport prepares first charter flight with Atlas

It’s been only two and a half years since Flexport began operations as an online forwarder, but they have already reached a major milestone by chartering a 747 freighter flight from Hong Kong (HKG) to Los Angeles (LAX). Since we are in mid-November, Flexport is also getting a taste of life for forwarders at peak […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 17, 2017

Lufthansa Cargo, Fraport Ground Services renew contract through 2025

Lufthansa Cargo AG and Fraport AG Ground Services have signed a contract to extend their ground-handling partnership at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) for eight more years. The agreement, extending from January 2018 to December 2025, covers aircraft ground handling – particularly the loading and unloading of Lufthansa Cargo’s freighter aircraft. Transportation of cargo to and from […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 17, 2017

LATAM ends streak of 19 consecutive quarterly revenue losses with Q3 spike

The good news is finally in for LATAM Cargo, which overturned a spate of poor quarterly performance to post cargo revenues up 2.5 percent to US$272.2 million for the third quarter – the first year-on-year quarterly increase since Q2 2013. Cargo traffic, measured in revenue tonne kilometers (RTKs), grew 3.5 percent over the quarter. The […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 16, 2017

Etihad Cargo launches third U.S. all-cargo route to Miami

Miami International Airport (MIA) now has two all-cargo routes to the Middle East, following the launch of weekly 777-200F service via Etihad Cargo. The new scheduled freighter flights make a stop in Columbus, Ohio, before continuing to Miami, Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi. The route launch makes MIA Etihad Cargo’s third U.S. cargo route and its […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 16, 2017

Natilus cargo drone closes second round of seed funding

Cargo drone startup Natilus announced that it has closed a second round of seed funding with investment from Starburst Ventures, Seraph Group, Gelt VC, Outpost Capital and Draper Associates. The funds will go towards “aggressively scaling,” in anticipation of the startup’s first Federal Aviation Administration-approved flight for its 30-foot prototype. The test flight is scheduled […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 13, 2017

EVA Air Cargo takes delivery of first 777 freighter

EVA Air Cargo took delivery of its first 777F yesterday and plans to put the new freighter in service on routes between Asia and North America later this month. The Taiwanese carrier ordered five 777 freighters from Boeing in 2015 and will take delivery of the remaining four by September 2019. As it adds the […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 9, 2017

Virgin Australia daily Melbourne-Hong Kong route meets demand for cargo capacity

Virgin Australia will launch a daily Melbourne-to-Hong Kong service on Nov. 12 that the carrier says will accommodate growing demand for cargo capacity between Australia and China, driven by a combination of the peak season for perishables season, the growth of e-commerce and rising express freight business from Hong Kong. Virgin Atlantic’s regional sales manager, […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 9, 2017

SIA Cargo’s reintegration pays off as cargo revenues surge in first half

SIA Cargo’s reintegration into parent company Singapore Airlines seems to have reversed the steep losses at the Singaporean cargo carrier. Just-posted half-year operating profits of US$23 million represent a $56.5 million, year-over-year, increase. Total cargo revenues for the first half of FY 2017-18 were also up $90 million on higher freight carriage (up by 6.1 […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 8, 2017

FedEx to be launch customer for new ATR production freighter

Aircraft manufacturer ATR has signed an agreement with FedEx for the purchase of thirty ATR 72-600 production freighters, with options to increase the order to twenty more. The deal will make FedEx the launch customer of ATR’s first production freighter. According to David Harris, editor of our recently redesigned sister publication, Cargo Facts, any carrier […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 8, 2017

Network Airline Management, Astral Aviation ink 747F ACMI deal

Air Atlanta Icelandic signed a long-term ACMI deal to place a 747-400 freighter with Network Airline Management (NAM) and Astral Aviation. The added capacity will help NAM expand its perishables capacity for exports of flowers and vegetables from Nairobi to the United Kingdom. On Nov. 7, the freighter made its inaugural flight from London’s Stansted […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 8, 2017

AEI racks up orders for CRJ200 conversions with Pinnacle Partners

With a contract for two more conversions signed last week, Aeronautical Engineers, Inc.’s (AEI) CRJ200 SF freighter conversion program is well on its way to proving market demand for its 6.7-tonne cargo capacity, jet-speed, long-range delivery option. The customer, Pinnacle Partners, provides fleet expansion and reduction services, and said it regards the CRJ200 freighter as […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 7, 2017

AF-KLM says third-quarter cargo gains are evidence of ‘cargo turnaround’

Air France-KLM’s self-described “cargo turnaround” seems to have finally pushed the carrier’s third-quarter results back into the black, with total cargo revenues up 1.2 percent to €493 million. Across a longer timeline however, year-to-date cargo statistics at the carrier still indicate an airline that has struggled to match the recovery rates of its regional counterparts, […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 6, 2017

FedEx braces for unprecedented holiday volumes as e-commerce sales surge

FedEx expects to handle between 380 million and 400 million packages this holiday season, positioning the Memphis-based integrator at the epicenter of yet another record-breaking holiday season in 2017. Citing “changing market dynamics related to the growth of e-commerce,” FedEx said it expects the highest surges in demand to occur on Mondays, more than doubling […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 3, 2017

The Plum Blossom Soars: How Taiwan’s largest cargo carrier makes freighters work

On the tail of every China Airlines aircraft, blazoned across the vertical stabilizer, there is an image of the iconic pink and white plum blossom. The flower is symbolic not only as the official flower of Taiwan, where China Airlines is based. It is also revered for its robustness and ability to endure harsh winter […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 2, 2017
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