Virgin Australia renews cargo deal with Virgin Atlantic Cargo

Virgin Atlantic Cargo will continue to provide international long-haul cargo sales and management for Virgin Australia through a new, long-term agreement that was renewed between the two airlines. Despite their similar names, the two carriers are distinct airlines. Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin brand, is no longer among the top 20 shareholders in the […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 25, 2016

ANA cutting cargo flights to China

Japan-based All Nippon Airways (ANA) is moving cargo from its freighters to the bellyholds of its passenger fleet, while scaling back scheduled all-cargo flights in October, the airline announced. The decision mirrors an industry-wide general freight trend, as increasing bellyhold capacity exerts downward pressure on the profits of freighter operations. ANA’s decision was based on […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 24, 2016

ACI airport data shows air cargo volumes still under pressure

Airport Council International’s (ACI) half-year report showed that airfreight volumes remained sluggish, despite gains in passenger traffic. Total airfreight handles reported by the world’s airports posted a marginal 0.5 percent growth, year-over-year, for the first six months of 2016, while passenger numbers increased 5.6 percent for the first half of the year. The organization blamed […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 23, 2016

Panalpina relocates to new Cairo Airport cargo facility

Panalpina has moved its head office in Egypt and all Cairo operations to the newly developed Cairo Cargo City at Cairo International airport. The move follows last year’s acquisition of Panalpina’s long-standing general sales agent, Afifi, positioning the Swiss company closer to the Egypt’s developing oil and gas sector. Panalpina is the first freight forwarding […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 22, 2016

First steps to a better last mile for e-commerce

The annual barbeque was only days away when Miriam looked out of the kitchen window of the two-story Duluth duplex she and her husband Mark lived in and realized that their lawn furniture had been ruined by last year’s unusually severe Minnesota winter. Miriam flipped open her laptop and rushed to avert a seating crisis. […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 4, 2016

Unchartered Waters: Surviving a treacherous charter market

There’s an old adage in the airfreight business that says if you have to ship something by air, you’ve probably made some kind of mistake. Why else would shippers pay exorbitant air cargo rates instead of putting it in a truck or on the water? This is especially true in the ad hoc air charter […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 3, 2016

Airfreight tonnage the bright spot in Expeditors’ Q216 results

The strength of Seattle-based Expeditors International’s airfreight unit helped balance out the mediocre performance of its oceanfreight business, though not enough to prevent net profits from falling 1.6 percent, year-over-year, to US$116 million. Although gross revenues were down 12.8 percent to $1.48 billion, net revenues, which is a more meaningful measure of what a forwarder […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 3, 2016

U.K.-based carriers, airports search for Brexit signs

Last month’s British vote to bow out of the European Union has unleashed political turmoil across the nation. In the logistics industry, responses to the “Brexit” have been less dramatic, but operators are bracing themselves for tough and uncertain times ahead. Initial reactions showed consternation and confusion in the face of an outcome that had […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • August 2, 2016

Crossing the Line: Will cross-border regulations trip up China?

Powdered milk is a phenomenally popular product in China. Numerous scandals involving contaminated domestic milk, a shortage of dairy cows and a general admiration for imported products have made milk powder a commonly found commodity in the e-shopping carts of Chinese consumers. In fact, for one Australian milk cooperative, China has been seen as the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 1, 2016

Asian cargo numbers up for June after weak 2016 start

Preliminary June traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) provided a rare bright spot in an otherwise dour few weeks of reports. Air cargo demand among Asian carriers last month saw modest growth for the first time since the start of the year, growing by 4.1 percent, year-over-year, measured in freight tonne […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 29, 2016

DHL opens new Chicago service center

DHL has expanded its operations in Chicago, opening a US$1.3 million service center facility to meet “heavy demand” for international e-commerce growth from local businesses in the state of Illinois. The new center, the company said, will handle a variety of shipments, including international small parcels, palletized shipments and container freight. At 38,000 square feet, […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 29, 2016

Can London’s mayor break the airport expansion logjam?

Who says the Brits can’t make a decision on airport expansion? London’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, who took office in May, has dropped his predecessor’s objections and approved the expansion of London City Airport. The airport has been granted planning permission for its $451.3 million expansion, allowing it to increase passenger traffic from 4.3 million […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 29, 2016

Air France-KLM Cargo still posting losses in first half of 2016

It’s been a year already scarred with bad economic and political news in France and much of Western Europe, and it has so far been reflected in the first-half figures from Air France-KLM Cargo, which saw freight volumes fall 6.5 percent to 558,000 tonnes, year-over-year. Cargo revenues for the first six months of the years […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 28, 2016

Hamburg-Greenville, S.C., freighter services to begin in November

Hamburg-based freight forwarder Senator International has announced plans to start twice-weekly flights between Greenville-Spartanburg Airport in South Carolina (GSP) and Munich, beginning on Nov. 5. Senator International’s addition will significantly increase cargo capacity between Germany and the region, which includes the U.S. states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. One obvious beneficiary […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 26, 2016
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