CNS 2019: Despite improved DG handling, manufacturing standards still lag

MIAMI – At the CNS 2019 Partnership Conference yesterday, Jonathan Pai, technical solutions engineer, Smiths Detection, advocated for more rigid manufacturing standards for lithium batteries during his presentation titled, “Deep learning algorithm and lithium battery detection.”   Despite IATA’s efforts to alert carriers to DG shipments so they can be handled properly, risk remains from shipper and manufacturer negligence. “Manufacturing standards especially, can represent a significant […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 8, 2019

Cargolux’s ‘Mimmo’ Ceci calls for increased digitalization

Last summer, Luxembourgian all-cargo carrier Cargolux made a significant internal move, bringing Domenico “Mimmo” Ceci from senior vice president of commercial planning over to executive vice president of sales and marketing, where he will be in charge of the further digitalization and automation of processes at Cargolux. With more than 30 years of experience at […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 7, 2019

Air France-KLM reports ‘slowdown’ in Q1 cargo volume

Citing an economic slowdown, as well as “political uncertainties and trade disputes,” Air France-KLM said today that the resulting pressure on airfreight rates caused a 4% unit revenue drop in its first-quarter results. Due to the sluggish economy, airfreight tonnage was essentially flat, at 270,000 tonnes, for the three-month period ending March 31 “Several network […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 3, 2019

Alpine Air Express majority stake acquired by PE firm AE Industrial Partners

AE Industrial Partners, a private equity investor specializing in control investments in the aerospace and defense sector, among others, has acquired a majority interest in Utah-based airfreight operator Alpine Air Express. According to a statement from the companies, AE will partner with Alpine’s existing shareholders, and Alpine CEO Michael Dancy will continue in his role. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 3, 2019

Tampa Airport awards $43 mn construction contract to GLF Construction Corp.

Yesterday, Tampa International Airport (TPA) awarded a US$43 million contract to Miami-based GLF Construction Corp. for the construction of a new taxiway and bridge at the airport. The project is part of the TPA’s overall expansion and efforts to strengthen cargo infrastructure to support growing cargo volumes as Amazon, UPS and FedEx expand their footprints at the […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 3, 2019

New China, Uruguay MOU expands air transport, customs opportunities  

During China’s second “Belt and Road” International Cooperation Summit last week, China and Uruguay signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing an air transport and customs agreement between the two countries. The new agreement not only supports China’s ongoing westward aviation network expansion, but also increases business opportunities for air cargo stakeholders of both countries. 
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 2, 2019

RedCargo, Oman Air to share Southeast Asian, EMEA connections

Malaysia-based RedCargo Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of AirAsia Group Berhad ,this week signed an interline cargo agreement with Oman Air, giving both companies access to broader networks between Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). RedCargo was launched in March 2018 as the exclusive sales […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 1, 2019

New Chongqing-Addis Ababa routes to support China-Ethiopia cargo ops

Last week, Ethiopian Airlines Group, the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government Port and Logistics Office and Chongqing Airport Group signed a freight route cooperation agreement. The new routes established by this agreement will expand on China’s already growing “Belt and Road” initiative, while also supporting Ethiopian’s efforts to grow its cargo operations. 
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 1, 2019

Korean Air replaces legacy systems with global iCargo platform rollout

Korean Air has become the latest cargo carrier to adopt the iCargo platform, offered by IBS Software, as it plans to discontinue its legacy system that has been in use for more than 30 years. Last week, the iCargo platform was integrated into 130 of Korean Air’s station worldwide, giving it control of the carrier’s […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 29, 2019

Cargolux welcomes first of three incoming 747-400Fs to LUX

Last Friday, a 747-400ERF (35234) previously operated by ASL Airlines Belgium was ferried to Cargolux’s main hub in Luxembourg. Following paint and maintenance, the aircraft will be the first of three incoming freighters the carrier will add to its fleet this year. Shortly after the aircraft’s arrival, Cargolux shared photos of the aircraft on its […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 29, 2019

Cargo demand continued to sag among Asia-Pacific carriers in March

As we begin to pull away from the January/February time frame that is usually skewed by the effects of Chinese Lunar New Year, the preliminary March cargo figures from the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines (AAPA) remain depressed, though slightly improved compared to January and February, falling by 3.2% compared to the same month in 2018. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 29, 2019

China Southern provides timeline, plans for cargo unit reform

Earlier this month at Cargo Facts Asia in Shanghai, Zhang Dezhi, VP Cargo for China Southern Airlines, told conference delegates that the reform process was well underway for the cargo unit of China’s largest combination carrier and that a detailed plan would be announced before the quarter’s end. Frustrated with the division’s sluggish growth rates […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 29, 2019

Budapest advances aviation links to China in agreements with Xi’an, Zhengzhou

Last week, Budapest Airport (BUD) announced that is signing cooperation agreements with two Chinese cargo hubs – Xi’an (XIY) and Zhengzhou (CGO). The airport said the move is an important step forward in its efforts to increase connections with Asia and denotes China’s growing interest in Hungary. 
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • April 29, 2019

Forwarding boosts unit operating profit for UPS in Q1

UPS reported first-quarter 2019 net income was down 17.4% year-over-year to $1.11 billion, on revenues that were up slightly (0.3%) at $17.1 billion. Operating profit for the quarter declined 8.3% to $1.39 billion, as the company was hit by forecasted “headwinds” and a series of severe winter storms that impacted the company’s US Domestic segment. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 26, 2019
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