Outlook stormy as U.S. open skies debate rages

FROM THE PRINT EDITION: What began as a slow-simmering disagreement over the use of government subsidies – one that has lasted for years – has recently mushroomed into a thunderhead of angry rhetoric, threats of lawsuits and proposed legislative action to roll back open skies agreements. The major U.S.-based carriers continue to accuse Middle Eastern […]
  • Staff Reports
  • April 1, 2015

IAG Cargo gives four white rhinos a new home

IAG Cargo transported four white rhinos from Johannesburg to Miami as part of a conservation project designed to support the species’ survival. The rhinos were transported from O. R. Tambo International Airport to Miami International Airport via London Heathrow. They were moved from Bester Birds and Animals Zoo Park, and will settle into their new […]
  • Staff Reports
  • April 1, 2015

Canada’s overnight wonder

FROM THE PRINT EDITION: Normally, when two companies bid for a competitive contract worth nearly a billion dollars, the story becomes one of winners and losers. This month, however, when Canada-based Cargojet officially takes over the seven-year contract to deliver express mail for Canada Post’s Purolator Express, they may not be the only winners. The […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 1, 2015

ICAO, FAA consider international drone standards

The water cooler topic of late seems to be drones. The technology for small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for use in domestic commerce is evolving faster than standards for larger drones, but how to regulate them has the aviation industry wringing its hands. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is working on new safety standards […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 26, 2015

Cool EMS expanding to France

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Japan Post, which have been providing “Cool EMS” express international delivery service since April 2013, will expand delivery areas to France – its first foray into Europe. In the expansion, the number of post offices available for Cool EMS will be increased from 25 to 78 in Japan. The service is […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 26, 2015

Bison on the move in Alaska

A herd of bison will be moved from the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage Valley, Alaska, to Shageluk, Alaska, in specially built “bison boxes,” which will be loaded onto a Lynden Transport commercial version of a C-130. The bison boxes are large containers which can hold seven of the huge animals – they are […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 26, 2015

News Briefs: Transaero agreement; infrastructure bill; DHL is hiring

Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co., Ltd., (Boeing Shanghai) has signed a maintenance agreement with Russia-based Transaero Airlines for its Boeing 767 fleet. With this contract, Boeing Shanghai has secured ‎all 767 operators in Russia as heavy maintenance customers. The first Transaero 767 was inducted for a C-check in late January, followed by another airplane nose-‎to-tail […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 25, 2015

Finnair to build new cargo terminal at Helsinki Airport

Finnair plans to invest approximately €80 million into a new cargo terminal at Helsinki Airport, near the airline’s technical operations area. Construction of the 377,000-square-foot facility is to begin immediately, with opening anticipated for spring 2017. To accommodate Finnair’s acquisition of the new A350XWB aircraft, the new terminal has been planned to handle approximately 50 […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 25, 2015

AirBridge Cargo earns 5th freedom rights for Hong Kong

Volga-Dnepr’s AirBridge Cargo, and other Russian cargo carriers, will soon be able to expand their traffic rights out of Hong Kong International Airport to a third destination outside Russia, after successful talks between Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency and the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong this month, reports ch-aviation. The Russian carrier was granted fifth […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 24, 2015

Thai Airways’ high debt forcing some changes

Thai Airways, with US$5.9 billion in debt, will sell some of its US$1.99 billion in non-core assets to cover some of the seven straight quarters of operating losses, according to Reuters. The Bangkok-based carrier said that, as part of its restructuring efforts, it will end freighter operations later this month with the end of its […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 24, 2015

FAA gives Amazon green light to test new drone

Amazon Logistics, Inc. was granted an experimental airworthiness certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration March 19, to test new designs of drones – also known as “unmanned aircraft systems” – that the company plans to use for research and development and crew training. However, this victory for the e-commerce giant comes with many strings attached. […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 20, 2015

IAG going to Cuba

Bring on the stogies. This summer IAG Cargo will be launching a new route into Colombia while also servicing Cuba. The new frequencies will connect Cali and Medellín in Colombia, and Havana in Cuba, which brings IAG’s worldwide network to 350 destinations. With these additional frequencies, IAG’s gateways in Latin America total 19. Additionally, IAG […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 19, 2015

Kenya’s Astral Aviation to increase intra-Africa service

Later this month, the fifth general election will be held in Nigeria since the official end of military rule in 1999. For Kenyan cargo airline Astral Aviation, the scheduled March 28 vote will be good news, not only for democracy in Africa, but also for the expected rise in charter shipments of election materials to […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 13, 2015
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