Schiphol cargo posts robust mid-year figures

Cargo volumes at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport reached 796,801 tonnes for the first six months of 2016, a 1.6 percent, year-over-year, growth, with a 2.5 percent, year-over-year, growth for June, reaching 135,528 tonnes. In the context of anemic growth on the global scale, Schiphol’s numbers represent “strong mid-year growth,” according to Europe’s third biggest cargo hub. […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 18, 2016

Boeing delivers first of five 747-8Fs to CargoLogicAir

Boeing and CargoLogicAir took advantage of the Farnborough International Airshow to announce the delivery of the first of five potential 747-8Fs that the U.K. based subsidiary of the Volga-Dnepr Group hopes to receive within its first five years of operations. CargoLogicAir earned its U.K. Air Operator Certificate early in 2016 and commenced twice-weekly 747-400 ACMI […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 14, 2016

Air Serbia offers free tickets to cargo customers

Just weeks after launching its New York-to-Belgrade route, Air Serbia said it is looking to boost airfreight traffic on its A330-200s used on the new route, with a cargo promotion. Through Aug. 31, agents in the United States, whose first customer order is for a shipment of more than 10 tonnes, will receive two economy-class […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 14, 2016

Astral halts South Sudan cargo service, charters evac flight

Due to an outbreak of military hostilities this week in the newly formed country of South Sudan, Kenya-based cargo carrier Astral Aviation has temporarily suspended its three-times-per-week cargo flights from Nairobi to Juba, the capital of South Sudan. While a cease-fire has been called on Wednesday and the airport has reopened since being forced to […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 13, 2016

Volga-Dnepr Group signs major deals with Boeing, GE Aviation

Boeing and Volga-Dnepr Group signed a contract today for long-term logistics support for Boeing and its partners. The Russian carrier also inked a deal for twenty 747-8 freighters to grow and upgrade its fleet. The deal was announced at this year’s Farnborough Airshow in the U.K. The logistics support agreement tasks Volga-Dnepr with long-term logistics […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 12, 2016

Qatar Airways spurns Airbus, flirts with Boeing, buys into LATAM

Qatar Airways is having a busy week, as the Gulf-based carrier continues to grab the aviation sector’s attention at the Farnborough Airshow in the U.K. In addition to releasing its financials for the first time in a bid to suppress allegations of opacity and unfair subsidies, the carrier also signed an agreement today to buy […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 12, 2016

PEMCO to perform 737 freighter conversions for China’s Longhao

Guangdong Longhao Aviation Group (GLHA), a subsidiary of the diversified Longhao Group, has signed up for three 737-300 conversions from Jinan Shandong-based STAECO, a Pemco World Air Services (PEMCO) conversion partner. GLHA is a relative newcomer to the aviation sector. Its parent company, headquartered in Zhujiang Newtown in Southern China, is better known for its […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 11, 2016

Beyond Baku: Cargo carriers reach past the Caspian

If the Azerbaijani government had its way, the capital city of Baku might be called a “second Dubai.” Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD) – located on the Absheron Peninsula and surrounded on three sides by the inland Caspian Sea – has one of the largest and newest cargo terminals in the Commonwealth of Independent States […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • July 7, 2016

Virgin taking on pharma shipments without CEIV

Virgin Atlantic is muscling into the pharma air cargo business, but they are forging their own path, and opting to forego CEIV certification. In less than two years, the carrier has already doubled its share of the pharma market between the U.K. and North America, suggesting that its in-house Cool Chain product has the reputation […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 7, 2016

ACS wins U.K. humanitarian services contract

Air Charter Service (ACS) will provide airlift services for the British government’s humanitarian missions around the world for the next two years, the charter company announced. The contract is for two years and builds on the aviation company’s record of providing services during humanitarian and natural disasters. ACS will be the primary supplier on the […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 6, 2016

Asia-Europe cargo alliances appearing around every corner

Carrier alliances are rapidly becoming the way for forwarders in Asia to move their airfreight to overseas destinations. Following All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) alignment with Lufthansa, the Japanese carrier is about to embark on a second joint venture, this one across the Pacific with United Airlines. Germany- based Lufthansa, meanwhile, has set the wheels in […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • July 6, 2016

Australia greenlights Queensland cargo hub

The Australian government has approved the performance of unrestricted cargo services at the new privately held Wellcamp Airport in South West Queensland. The airport’s owner, the Wagner Group, one of Queensland’s largest privately owned construction materials and mining services companies, said it hopes to position the airport as a major airfreight hub for Australian exports […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 6, 2016

IATA WATS: Top five carrier ranks unchanged despite slow year

The annual IATA World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) report released today revealed a 1.6 percentage-point decrease in the worldwide freight load factor to 47.4 percent. IATA’s industry performance statistics for 2015 were based on a total of 214.2 billion freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) – up 2.3 percent, year-over-year – against a capacity of 254.2 billion […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 5, 2016

Cargolux starts weekly Ashgabat service

Cargolux Airlines added Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, to its network last week. The once-weekly service comes about a year after the all-cargo airline started flights to Turkmenbashi. Now, Cargolux services the country with eight flights per week, and plans to boost its weekly frequencies to 11 later this month. In addition to Ashgabat, Cargolux’s other destinations in […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 5, 2016
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