Atlas reports strong shipper interest from China into 2Q

As manufacturing begins to ramp up again in China after the extended Lunar New Year holiday, shippers and forwarders are looking to airfreight as a stable mode of transportation into March, April and May, Atlas Air Worldwide President and CEO John Dietrich said during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call today. With little belly space available […]

Digital bookings on the rise, but are sales stuck in analog?

Digitalization of the cargo sales and booking process was a popular discussion topic at this year’s Cargo Facts EMEA earlier this month in Frankfurt. While interfacing with online booking platforms like and Freightos’ WebCargo is a practice gaining traction among carriers, human sales agents are still central to the process. “We have a high […]

Europe and Middle East carriers weather challenges to January traffic

Carriers based in Europe and the Middle East reported mixed cargo traffic results for January. Against a backdrop of flight cancellations due to efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, Air France-KLM reported year-over-year declines in cargo traffic, while Turkish Cargo reported volume growth for the month. It should also be noted that […]

China’s aviation market shrinks to smaller than Portugal’s

China’s aviation market, projected to overtake the U.S. this decade and become the world’s biggest, has shrunk to such an extent due to the coronavirus outbreak that it’s fallen from third to 25th, behind Portugal. Airlines have slashed capacity because of the epidemic centered in Hubei province, leaving the industry reeling. About 1.7 million seats […]

Etihad Cargo and dnata extend handling partnership to 15 global stations

United Arab Emirates-based companies Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, and air service provider dnata have inked two new agreements extending their partnership across 15 gateways in Etihad Cargo’s global network until 2023. With the extended partnership, dnata will provide warehouse and cargo-handling services for Etihad Cargo for the first […]

Asian carriers suffer coronavirus impact in January traffic

In January’s first look, Asian carriers reported year-over-year declines in cargo traffic across the board. While the annual slowdown in manufacturing in Asia around Lunar New Year is generally anticipated, this year’s outbreak of the novel coronavirus had a significant impact on carriers’ traffic, likely a result of the adjusted schedules to and from mainland […]

Emirates reports ‘good demand’ for ex-China cargo

Emirates SkyCargo said it is seeing “good demand” for import and export cargo to and from China following the extended Lunar New Year holidays. The airline utilizes a 777 freighter to Guangzhou (CAN) and Shanghai (PVG), as well as daily passenger flights between Beijing and Dubai. While airfreight demand is typically slow during the Lunar […]

LATAM strategic South American expansion boosts flower shipments

This Valentine’s Day love is in the air, like the yearly shipments of holiday flowers. LATAM Cargo flew more than 210 767-300F aircraft out of Colombia and Ecuador, carrying 12,600 tons of flowers for the 2020 Valentine’s Day season, the carrier said in a press release. This year’s figure represents a growth of 45% year […]

Emirates SkyCargo introduces bonded trucking corridors to Riyadh

Emirates SkyCargo has introduced two bonded trucking corridors in Saudi Arabia connecting the airports in Dammam (DMM) and Medina (MED) with Riyadh (RUH). The carrier said in a press release it has launched these two new corridors in response to customer demand, and to provide additional capacity options for businesses overseas sending cargo to Riyadh. […]

Amazon looks to build disruptive ‘startup cargo airline’

The story has been updated with comment from Amazon. Amazon, the e-commerce giant, appears to be planning an expansion of its already substantial air cargo operations.  According to a job posting that has since been removed but can be viewed here, the company’s Amazon Air Science and Technology team is looking to hire an applied scientist “to help scale […]

LATAM Cargo strengthens inter-Americas trade with two new routes

LATAM Cargo today announced it will begin service on two new cargo routes between Miami (MIA), Panama (PTY) and Bogota (BOG); and between MIA and Cali (CLO), that are intended to increase capacity from North America to Central and South America. Both routes began operations Feb. 11, and will be served on a permanent basis, […]

CCA to launch perishable shipment data sharing tests

The Cool Chain Association (CCA) plans to launch a new series of data sharing tests called the “LAX Initiative” in the coming months, and leverage the initiative to monitor perishable shipments on global trade lanes in a bid to improve supply chain management and reduce food loss. The LAX Initiative is built upon a previous […]

Hawaiian Airlines initiatives reduce fuel burn

Hawaiian Airlines continues to lower its annual jet fuel burn, despite unique obstacles to biofuel production and disproportionately high jet fuel consumption. The airline is the state’s largest and has served the four major islands longer than any other. “Since the inception of the fuel efficiency campaign we have steadily implemented initiatives to reach almost […]
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