Gatwick’s Embleton replaces departing Crawley at IAG Cargo

A little over a year after taking charge of IAG Cargo and embarking on several modernization initiatives, Drew Crawley announced today that he is stepping down from the CEO position to become head of Avios, the loyalty program for parent company IAG Group. In his place, IAG Group has appointed Lynne Embleton, formerly the managing […]

ACE Awards 2017: Celebrating Excellence

Who says the air cargo industry is resistant to change? In this year’s Air Cargo Excellence (ACE) Awards, various trends, such as the rise in e-commerce and the increased demand for perishables, have led to new infrastructure investments and innovative programs to focus on certain niches of higher-yield airfreight. These changes have had a dramatic […]

Qatar Cargo launches direct freighter service to Cambodia

Qatar Airways Cargo began freighter service to Phnom Penh today, focusing mostly on Cambodia’s garments business, which accounts for about 80 percent of the country’s exports. The weekly service, operating on the Doha–Phnom Penh–Doha route, will offer more than 60 tonnes of cargo capacity each way aboard one of the carriers A330 freighters. The airline […]

UPS launches Lithuania service, doubling capacity, adding production time

UPS announced a new direct flight from Kaunas, Lithuania, to its European air hub in Cologne, Germany.  The flight allows UPS to offer later collection times for export shipments from the country, while also adding capacity. “UPS can now offer companies in Lithuania up to three additional hours of production time due to the later […]

Volumes rise for Virgin Atlantic Cargo in ‘challenging’ 2016

Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s volumes rose 1.8 percent in what the carrier called a “challenging market environment.” Overall, the airline carried 218,000 tonnes of cargo across its international network for the calendar year. A strong second half of the year and high peak-season demand helped boost volumes, although John Lloyd, senior vice president of cargo at […]

China’s newest all-cargo carrier takes to the skies

Early this morning, Guangzhou-based all-cargo start-up, Longhao Airlines put its first 737-300F into revenue service on a flight between Jiangsu Nantong Xindong Airport (NTG) and Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN). The carrier, which has already inked a deal to carry cargo on behalf of Shenzhen-based SF Express Airlines, has ambitious plans to put five freighters into […]

DFW: Balancing cargo needs for the short and long term

It’s hard enough to stay one step ahead of the competition – try thinking three decades down the road. That’s the challenge that John Ackerman, executive vice president of global strategy and development for Dallas–Fort Worth Airport (DFW), said he must contend with in today’s fickle and often unpredictable air cargo market. For instance, DFW […]

Momentum for cargo builds for Asia-Pacific airlines in February

Air cargo markets across Asia picked up momentum last month, posting solid increases in demand, according to preliminary February traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). International air cargo demand for member carriers registered growth of 11.3 percent in freight tonne kilometers (FTK), compared to February last year, and a 7.6 percent […]

ACE Awards 2017: Winners for top carriers

On the carrier side, one of the most impressive improvements was seen at UPS Airlines, rising from 97 overall points and just missing a certificate last year to 113 points and a Diamond Award for carriers handling more than a million tonnes of cargo annually. Jim Mayer, public relations manager for the giant integrator, said […]

ACE Awards 2017: Special Delivery

Added to the list of questions in this year’s ACE Survey was one about how well the carriers and airports performed while handling “specialty cargo” – perishables, dangerous goods, pharma, animals and oddly shaped cargo, etc. This was included because of the growth in interest in niche categories of air cargo in recent years. The […]

International trade drives Aeroflot cargo business

Sometimes it pays to be in the right place at the right time. Moscow-based Aeroflot, located midway between Europa and Asia, saw cargo and mail volumes grow 29.2 percent in February, driven by strong international freight volumes, while domestic volumes were flat. Full-year revenues for the Russian carrier rose 19.4 percent to US$8.7 billion. At […]

NCA cancels remaining 747-8F orders

Japan-based NYK Group, parent of Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), said it reached an agreement with Boeing to cancel NCA’s two remaining orders for 747-8 freighters. NCA was a launch customer for the 747-8F, placing an order for eight units in November 2005, and upping its total to 14 in early 2007. However, by the time the carrier took […]

FedEx CFO: ‘If I were you guys, I would forget Q3’

FedEx reported net income in its fiscal third quarter up 10.8 percent to US$562 million, as revenue rose 18.5 percent to $15 billion. Reported operating income was also up strongly (18.6 percent) to $1.03 billion. Great results, right? Well, yes, and no. Because, as has become almost usual with financial reports in our industry, the […]
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