The Freight 50 List for 2018

The impossibility of perfection We at Air Cargo World and Cargo Facts are proud of the nearly comprehensive portrait that this Freight 50 listing paints for the air cargo carrier business. But we also know enough to realize that a perfect list is nearly impossible to compile. While it’s a trustworthy estimate, it’s still just […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 31, 2018

Freight 50: A newcomer to the list

ASL AIRLINES BELGIUM – Created from TNT Airways after the merger of TNT Express with FedEx, this carrier is based in Liège Airport (LGG), operating 28 aircraft – mostly 737-400 freighters, plus a few 747-400Fs and 757-200Fs. Debuting impressively in the No. 40 spot on the Freight 50 list, this Belgian all-cargo operation of the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 31, 2018

IAG Cargo to launch ‘only direct flight’ from LHR-PIT

U.K.-based IAG Cargo, the airfreight arm of the IAG Group, released news of its plans to launch “the only direct flight” from Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Pittsburgh Airport (PIT) in the United States – service that will commence on April 2 of next year, to operate four times per week, year-round. The export-oriented U.S. hub […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 30, 2018

Antonov completes longest sequence of An-225 flights on record

Ukraine-based Antonov Airlines has completed the delivery of 12 heat-recovery steam generator modules – weighing 160 tonnes per unit – from Iquique Airport (IQQ) in Chile to Chimore Airport (CCA) in Bolivia for client Hansa Meyer Global Transport. And what aircraft was used in such a gargantuan project? Why, the largest aircraft in the world, of course […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 30, 2018

E.U.-Japan free-trade deal expected to increase trade by 18 percent

While much of the world remains concerned about the long-term effects of the protectionist policies the United States has taken with China, Europe, Mexico and Canada, the European Union and Japan have taken steps to solidify their relationship with what is being called the E.U.’s largest bilateral trade agreement in its history. According to an analysis […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 27, 2018

DHL GF, Ethiopian Airlines launch JV to build logistics infrastructure in Africa

DHL Global Forwarding and Ethiopian Airlines have entered a joint venture (JV), “DHL-Ethiopian Airlines Logistics Services Ltd.,” that will serve the entire continent of Africa based from Ethiopia – with Ethiopian Airlines holding a majority stake in the venture. “With its GDP growth, Africa is stepping into the spotlight as production hub,” CEO of DHL […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 26, 2018

IATA’s confidence index survey shows industry is hopeful, but cautious

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released the results of its latest “Airline Business Confidence Index” survey, which indicates that industry leaders are still optimistic about continued growth in demand for air freight, but cautious as they come down from the high of last year’s heyday, for a few reasons. The survey, conducted in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 26, 2018

Cathay concludes real-time tracking test with Unilode, OnAsset

After working with unit load device (ULD) management firm Unilode Aviation Solutions and supply china data management company OnAsset Intelligence, Hong-Kong-based carrier Cathay Pacific said it has completed a field test of a ULD track-and-trace system that supplies data to customers in real time. Powered by Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) beacons, the ULD system was tested […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 26, 2018

AAPA traffic growth continued to slow in June

The latest cargo traffic results released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) continued a pattern of gradual decline in traffic growth among its member carriers since April. The organization reported a 3.4 percent year-on-year growth rate in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) handled for the month of June. The number marks a 1.5 percent drop […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 24, 2018

United Cargo leases cool-chain containers from ThermoSafe

Cool-chain container company ThermoSafe, subsidiary of Sonoco, has gained United Cargo’s business for the leasing of the “PharmaPort 360,” a temperature-controlled bulk shipping container designed for the movement of pharmaceutical products – enabling United Cargo’s clients to lease the containers directly from the airline. The smart containers hold a +5°C temperature setting for long periods, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 24, 2018

Freightos, Lufthansa Cargo collaborate on instant ‘e-booking’ of air cargo

In an effort to hasten the digitalization of the airfreight industry, online cargo marketplace Freightos has teamed up with Lufthansa Cargo to create a new online portal through which forwarders can compare rates and book air cargo space nearly instantly. By combining Freightos WebCargo and Lufthansa Cargo’s application programming interface (API) services, enabling forwarders to […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 23, 2018

ABC adds Ho Chi Minh City to international network

AirBridgeCargo (ABC), a subsidiary of Russian airline conglomerate Volga-Dnepr Group, has launched a new 747-freighter service to Ho Chi Minh City. The move connects Vietnam to ABC’s international network – guaranteeing “48-hour delivery times, including ground handling,” to anywhere ABC flies out of its Moscow hub. In June, Air Cargo World spoke with ABC operations […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 23, 2018

NCA slapped with ‘Business Improvement Order’ as limited flights continue

A month after the Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) halted all flight operations due to problems with its aircraft maintenance records, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT) issued a “Business Improvement Order” for violating safety procedures under the Civil Aeronautics Law of Japan. When the violations first came to light in mid-June, NCA […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 20, 2018

Silk Way West to share capacity with JAL Cargo

Azerbaijan-based Silk Way West and Japan Airlines subsidiary JAL Cargo have released news of a new cooperation to allow JAL Cargo’s use of Silk Way West’s airfreight capacity on flights between Azerbaijan and Japan. Silk Way West said it plans to bump the frequency of its Baku-Komatsu route it from three to four weekly operations, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 20, 2018
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