Atlas accelerating pivot from heavy freight to express

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) is pivoting towards e-commerce and express shipments to take advantage of high-growth markets, said CEO William Flynn at the company’s investor meeting yesterday. And while Atlas already has a reputation as one of the more dynamic cargo airlines, the announcement accelerates its move away from heavy freight and towards more […]

Cathay Pacific/Dragonair post weak May numbers despite uptick in cargo

Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair’s May cargo numbers are up, despite a decline in passengers during a month that Cathay Pacific general manager for revenue management Patricia Hwang called, “traditionally one of the slower months for travel.” The jointly owned airlines carried 145,102 tonnes of mail and cargo in May, down 1.3 percent compared to […]

Amazon feels a $350,000 burning sensation

Who’d have thought a product called “Amazing Liquid Fire” could be dangerous air cargo? Apparently, not Amazon. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) didn’t think carrying the product, sold as a drain cleaner, was such a hot idea and is looking to slap Amazon with a US$350,000 fine for allegedly shipping prohibited and dangerous goods by […]

Cargolux China moves towards global coverage

Starting next year, Luxembourg-based Cargolux will launch an ambitious global strategy out of its hub at the Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport. Dirk Reich, president and CEO of Cargolux Group, explained that the cargo airline’s soon-to-launch Chinese JV (Cargolux China) would initially focus on the trans-Pacific and intra-Asia routes before pivoting to a global reach. Cargolux […]

Delta Cargo enhances pharma handling at Rio de Janiero

Rio de Janiero is now a Delta Cargo Variation Pharma 4 station, making it the first in Latin America. Effective June 13, the Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport (GIG) became one of only 49 airports around the world certified to handle Variation Pharma products, and one of a select 16 that can handle pharmaceuticals […]

Qatar Airways Cargo ramps-up global ambitions

Qatar Airways Cargo unveiled plans yesterday to increase its positon in three new markets – the trans-Pacific, Australia and South America – with ambitions of becoming a “strong player” there in the next nine months, according to Qatar’s CEO of cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann. At a press conference held on the opening day of Air Cargo […]

Emirates grows Swiss cargo footprint with second flight to Geneva

Emirates SkyCargo has doubled its lift capacity between Geneva and Dubai with a second daily flight. The additional service increases capacity on the route by nearly 140 tonnes, using a 777-300ER that can handle outsized cargo. SkyCargo currently offers bellyhold cargo capacity to Geneva and Zurich, along with dedicated freighter service to Basel. With twice […]

MASkargo migrates to the cloud

MASkargo has switched over to the cloud-based Unisys Logistics Management System for its domestic and international cargo operations. Using a cloud-based delivery model allowed MASkargo, the cargo division of Malaysia Airlines, to transition faster than through a traditional software environment. The new software allows shippers to respond to volume peaks and is adaptable to changing […]

Layoffs loom at Lufthansa Cargo

Our sister publication, Cargo Facts reports on updates to the Lufthansa Group’s C40 cost reduction plan which will now include a 15 to 17 percent reduction to the cargo unit’s workforce.

Second air cargo carrier enters Russian market despite grim outlook

Just weeks after startup cargo carrier Direct-Avia was launched after acquiring two ex-Transaero Tu204-100Cs on lease from Ilyushin Finance Co., another carrier, SkyGate Airlines, has announced it will begin flights this year from Moscow’s new Zhukovsky Airport. The news was announced at the opening ceremony for the airport earlier this month and is a part […]

TNT grows in Spain to accommodate economic recovery

TNT Express – following its acquisition last month by FedEx – announced plans this week to expand its international express delivery service in Spain, adding 1,300 postal codes to its next day delivery. The company anticipates reaching 90% of Spanish businesses with the expansion. The move is the latest in a series of improvements that […]

Beleaguered LATAM Cargo posts disappointing May numbers

LATAM Cargo’s May airfreight numbers reveal more disappointing news for the struggling South American carrier. Revenue tonne kilometers (RTKs) were down 11.9 percent, year-over-year, from 303 million in May 2015 to 267 million last month. Available tonne kilometers (ATKs) fell 6.7 percent, y-o-y, from 591 million in May 2015 to 552 million in 2016, but […]

New cargo terminal at Mumbai to meet e-commerce growth

Air cargo volumes at Mumbai International Airport Ltd. (MIAL) are on the rise, and a new domestic air cargo terminal that opened earlier this week is expected to allow the airport to capture a larger portion of India’s booming e-commerce market. The new, 60,000-square-foot facility will contribute an additional 300,000 metric tonnes of capacity and […]

New weekly freighter service between Belgium, Angola

Network Airline Management (NAM) and TAAG Angola Airlines have signed a long-term contract to provide a weekly 747-400F service from Liège, Belgium to Luanda, the capital of Angola. With oil inching back over US$50 per barrel, Angola’s recovering hydrocarbon-driven economy relies on the timely delivery of sophisticated parts and equipment to run its oil and […]
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