Top 5 takeaways from 2018 airport cargo throughput

Last year, the world’s top 20 cargo airports by volume handled some 51 million tonnes of cargo, comprising 42 percent of all global air cargo volumes, according to preliminary world airport rankings released this week by Airports Council International (ACI). Although in many cases, airports closely tracked the overall market’s low-digit growth for 2018, there […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 15, 2019

CCN, Microsoft launch blockchain air cargo billing, costing and reconciliation system

Singapore-based logistics company Cargo Community Network (CCN) and Microsoft launched a blockchain-based billing, costing and reconciliation system for air cargo at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Cargo Symposium in Singapore this week. The blockchain-based system, developed on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service, is designed to minimize billing discrepancies, accelerate billing reconciliation and provide […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 14, 2019

Cathay Pacific joins Pharma.Aero initiative

Today, Cathay Pacific Airlines became a full member of the Pharma.Aero initiative, a cross-industry collaboration for pharmaceutical shippers, CEIV-certified cargo communities, airports, forwarders and other air cargo industry stakeholders. Pharma.Aero was initially formed between Brussels (BRU) and Miami International (MIA) airports in 2016, and seeks to improve reliable, end-to-end air transportation and handling of high-value, […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 14, 2019

Air France-KLM first carrier group to adopt IATA’s DG AutoCheck system

SINGAPORE — Air France-KLM Cargo has become the first carrier group to adopt IATA’s Dangerous Goods AutoCheck system for the acceptance of dangerous-goods shipments. Of the more than 1.5 million shipments moved by the Franco-Dutch carrier each year, 173,000 fall under the category of dangerous goods, such as caustic chemicals, flammable materials or lithium batteries, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 13, 2019

HKG becomes first CEIV Fresh-accredited airport

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is now the world’s first International Air Transportation Association (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Fresh-certified airport. Launch partners in the program include the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), Cathay Pacific, Cathay Pacific Services Limited (CPSL) and Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl).  
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 13, 2019

Digitalization trepidation: Turning words, worry into action

SINGAPORE — Much has been said this week about the sorry state of the air cargo industry’s alleged lack of digital savvy and reluctance to embrace new technology. For those fed up with such hand-wringing, the late-morning presentations in Wednesday’s Digital Cargo Track at the World Cargo Conference were a welcome tonic for air cargo professionals seeking […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 13, 2019

WFS signs three-year handling contract with Qantas at DFW

Today, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) inked a three-year ground handling deal at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) for Australia-based carrier Qantas Airways. The agreement extends WFS’s relationship with Qantas, for which it already provides cargo handling services at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). 
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 13, 2019

CEIV-Fresh standard launched in Hong Kong for perishables quality

SINGAPORE — First it was pharmaceuticals. Next came live animals. This morning the International Air Transport Association (IATA) added yet another time and temperature-sensitive cargo category to its wildly successful Center of Excellence for Independent Validators program: Perishable goods. The new industry certification — the Center for Excellence for Perishable Logistics, a.k.a. "CEIV-Fresh" — is designed […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 12, 2019

de Juniac’s air cargo priorities for 2019: Trade, global standards, modernization

SINGAPORE — After acknowledging a rather sour start to the year for air cargo, IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac, in today’s opening address of the 13th World Cargo Symposium, called on governments and the air cargo industry to reverse this trend by focusing on three priorities to expand air cargo demand and maximize economic […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 12, 2019

A new model for complementary airport systems in Beijing and Chengdu

Air cargo logistics providers operating in major Chinese cities aren’t strangers to running cargo operations through multiple airports in Chinese cities. However, the development of the “one city, two airports” complementary airport model in Beijing and Chengdu will vary from those formerly established in the Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River city-clusters. The difference is this – formerly, one airport in the model would for […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 12, 2019

MASkargo to boost ULD track-and-trace capabilities with CORE Bluetooth

MASkargo, the air cargo logistics subsidiary of Malaysian Airlines inked an agreement with New Zealand-based CORE Technologies to retrofit its ULD containers and handling facilities in Malaysia with Bluetooth tag and reader infrastructure. Leveraging Internet of Things (IoT) technology, the Bluetooth sensors are automatically recognized by receptors at airports and ULD stations, making manual scanning […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 11, 2019

Alibaba acquires 14% stake in STO Express

E-commerce giant Alibaba Group will take a 14% stake in Chinese STO Express through a US$693 million deal. The move strengthens Alibaba’s access to STO’s network, while the new surge of investment will likely help the express carrier in its aims to grow its aircraft fleet.  
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 11, 2019

Pushed to the limits: As Beijing and Chengdu prepare to become multi-airport cities, where will the cargo flow?

In Nanjing, Thursday is the best day to eat at Mrs. Huang’s Yunannese cuisine restaurant. Why? Because it is the day that long dou, or dragon bean, shipments from China’s central Kunming province arrive in Nanjing, which is located in the eastern province of Jiangsu. According to Mrs. Huang, she and her husband could not serve certain traditional dishes at their […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 11, 2019

CLA celebrates female crew on International Women’s Day

Two women, who are pilots for Volga Dnepr’s United Kingdom-based subsidiary carrier CargoLogicAir (CLA), Captain Jacqueline Robinson and First Officer Carina Krause, became the first all-women crew to fly one of CLA’s 747 freighters. The trans-Atlantic flight carried 100 tonnes of cargo from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and arrived in Atlanta (ATL) just in time today […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 8, 2019
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