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

EMO Trans opens Vietnam outpost as China manufacturing moves south of the border

As manufacturers shift operations from China to Vietnam in search of lower labor costs, logistics operations are following suit. New York-based EMO Trans joined the ranks of forwarders setting up shop in the country, opening its doors this week at a facility near Ho Chi Minh Airport, in the country’s southern region. EMO Trans president […]
  • Lewis King
  • 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

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

Hactl’s November results reveal healthy market, even as growth rates slow down

Despite slowing year-over-year growth rates in monthly annual comparisons, demand for airfreight still appears to be extremely strong – at least it is at the world’s largest cargo hub. Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) reported that it had broken three records during the first week of November, indicating the industry’s position in the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 15, 2017

DHL expands Hong Kong hub as China market heats up

With last week’s 11/11 e-commerce holiday just the latest in a series of broken records for e-commerce volumes, companies are re-evaluating the scope of China’s market and positioning themselves for continued growth. Case in point: DHL Express announced a €335 million expansion of its Central Asia Hub (CAH) in Hong Kong, as the express shipper […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 14, 2017

Volume growth slows at Fraport’s airports in October

The steady growth story at Fraport Group’s airports appears to be winding down at last, as cargo volumes at Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) rose by only 0.7 percent, year-over-year, in October to 192,263 tonnes. The slowdown in growth is hardly cause for alarm, however, as October’s total cargo volumes at FRA rank as the second-highest […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 10, 2017

Uli Ogiermann seizes opportunity from Qatar blockade crisis

Call it Uli’s “swan song.” On June 5, a Saudi-lead blockade threw Qatari businesses into turmoil, snarling supply chains and sending panicked residents flocking to grocery stores to snatch up dwindling supplies. Five months later, those same stores are brimming with produce, and Qatar’s national economy is humming along. But that outcome wasn’t always certain, […]
  • 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

75th Anniversary Snapshot: It’s déjà vu all over again in Hong Kong

The situation on the ground and in the air was becoming untenable. Tarmacs at the airport in Hong Kong were overcrowded. The capacity for both passengers and cargo were just a few years away from reaching design limits. The new air hub needed more infrastructure to access it, including high-speed rail and a new six-lane […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 7, 2017

AirBridgeCargo gains Schiphol slots after threat over Russian airspace

The slot scarcity at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) took a dramatic turn after a threat from Moscow to close Russian airspace to Dutch planes if AMS refused to accommodate more aircraft slots for Russian airline AirBridgeCargo (ABC). As Dutch newspaper NRC reported, Air France-KLM signed an agreement on Nov. 3 to lend ABC slots for […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 7, 2017

Blown Away: Reconnecting broken supply chains

On a Tuesday in Mexico City, employees at DSV Air & Sea, S.A. de C.V. were in the middle of a normal workday in the head office when a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck, killing more than 350 people. “People were scared, running in the street,” said Torge Koehnke, vice president for Latin America with DSV Air […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 6, 2017

Elbow room: Alerting governments about the airport space crunch

Airport consultants say that if you’ve seen one airport, you’ve seen… one airport. In other words, not all airports are alike, and each one possesses its unique challenges. But recently, during a regional outreach event sponsored by the Airforwarders Association and hosted by the Seattle Tacoma International Airport, audience members confronted a standard issue they […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • November 3, 2017

Turkish Cargo adds two more QEP-accredited stations to roster

Turkish Cargo added two more QEP-accredited Envirotainer stations as part of the carrier’s strategy to attract more high-value pharmaceutical traffic, which chief cargo officer Turhan Ozen said, “addresses decreasing yields in the industry.” The two stations, Brussels and Atlanta, extend Turkish Cargo’s pharmaceutical transportation service in important pharma markets. The Istanbul-based cargo carrier seems to […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 3, 2017
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