Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics opens facility in Germany

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) opened a new manufacturing facility in Constance, Germany, on Feb. 20 to produce systems for the postal, parcel and airport logistics market. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Michael Reichle, CEO of SPPAL, said that combining development and manufacturing under one roof “enables us to develop innovative and forward-looking […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 20, 2017

National carriers balk at proposed increase in Alaska jet fuel tax

After cruising for decades on high oil prices, the state of Alaska is scrambling to make up budget shortfalls by introducing a bill that would triple the state tax on jet fuel, sparking predictable dismay from several U.S.-based carriers that use Anchorage as a major trans-shipment hub on long-haul routes. Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines and […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 17, 2017

Air France-KLM Cargo’s 2016 woes stretch into the new year

Air France-KLM Cargo’s ongoing restructuring has failed to correct a slide in cargo volumes and revenues that has dogged the carrier since it’s merger in 2004. Cargo revenues fell especially hard last year, down 14.7 percent to €2.06 billion as the worlds most storied combined cargo carriers struggle to compete in a competitive marketplace. While […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 16, 2017

Airberlin’s three new A330-200s to boost U.S.-Germany belly capacity

Airberlin announced plans to add three wide-body A330-200 aircraft, to be flown on additional long-haul flights to the United States, scheduled to begin this summer. In addition to growing the German carrier’s existing A330 fleet to 17, the aircraft will boost belly-hold capacity between Berlin Tegel and Orlando International, and two Californian destinations – San […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 16, 2017

Valentine’s Day surge in flower traffic smells sweet at LATAM Cargo [VIDEO]

With Valentine’s Day finally in the rear-view mirror, carriers like LATAM Cargo are savoring one of the mainstays of the Latin Americans airfreight business: the annual January surge in flower shipment. This year, the Chile-based carrier handled more than 160 million bouquets of flowers (around 9,000 short tons) in the three weeks leading up to […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 15, 2017

Valentine’s day flower trade drives air cargo business [ VIDEO]

In the run-up to Valentine’s Day this year, Emirates SkyCargo has added four additional freighters from Nairobi, carrying an additional 350 tonnes of flowers into Amsterdam. LATAM Cargo announced that it is transporting more than 160 million bouquets of flowers (around 9,000 tons) in the three weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day. Luxembourg-based Cargolux said […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 13, 2017

FedEx Express opens new facility at Milan-Malpensa Airport

A little over a year since breaking ground in 2015, FedEx Express has opened its new “mini hub” in southern Europe at Milan-Malpensa Airport. In spite of its diminutive nickname, the facility is three times the size of the former FedEx facility, making it the company’s third-largest cargo hub in Europe, behind Paris CDG and Cologne. […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 10, 2017

LUG takes over Etihad’s Frankfurt, Munich cargo handling

Ground handler LUG aircargo will take over freight handling operations for Etihad at Munich this month, and will assume the carrier’s Frankfurt Airport operations in March. Etihad entered into a code-share agreement with Lufthansa between the same airports late last year, creating the potential for Lufthansa freight to move between Germany and Etihad’s Abu Dhabi […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 10, 2017

Fraport’s global portfolio starts year in good form

Global airport management company Fraport’s January cargo traffic figures indicate continued gains into 2017 on the back of a strong finish to 2016. At the flagship, Frankfurt Airport, 265,835 tonnes of cargo were handled in January, a 5.8 percent, year-over-year, increase. On the other side of the planet, Fraport’s 70-percent owned Jorge Chávez International Airport […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 9, 2017

Qatar Cargo launches additional Pharma Express flights from Basel, Brussels

The healthcare business continues to boom for Qatar Cargo, which launched additional Pharma Express flights from Basel and Brussels to the carrier’s hub in Doha. The routes connect to other Pharma Express flights via Doha, linking European Union-based pharma companies with markets in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. The three Indian cities generate more than 30,000 […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 8, 2017

Agility opens first temperature-controlled life-sciences facility at Hyderabad

Kuwait-based logistics company, Agility, has opened the first temperature-controlled life-sciences storage and handling facility in the Hyderabad Airport Zone. The 6,000-square-foot facility is located at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, within easy reach of supply chains for Indian pharma manufacturers in Hyderabad, Goa, Pune, Vishakhapatnam and Bangalore. The center will provide conditioning, preparation and storage of […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 7, 2017

The shock of the new

As we age, it’s common to feel indifferent toward the new year. Once you’ve seen 40, 50 or 60 years go by, the need for champagne, confetti and Guy Lombardo music can seem like overkill. As U2’s Bono memorably sang more than 30 years ago, “Nothing changes on New Year’s Day.’ Not so for 2017. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 6, 2017

Dallas Fort Worth Airport to open new cold chain facility

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) announced plans to build a 37,000-square-foot cold chain facility, to be operated by AirLogistix USA. The airport expects the facility to come online this summer. With 14,000 square feet of refrigerated storage space, the new transfer facility will give DFW the ability to control warehousing temperatures for shipments of […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 3, 2017

Made in Vietnam: Emerging logistics giant isn’t slowing down post-TPP

Electronics manufacturers in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam had been ramping up capacity since 2008, when the country joined 11 other nations in crafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. The free-trade agreement would be the largest ever conceived and promised to promote economic growth and launch Vietnam as a regional manufacturing and export […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 2, 2017
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