More freighter orders for Boeing

January was kind to Boeing in terms of freighter aircraft orders – especially if you consider the 767-200C a freighter. To start, Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines converted two 777 passenger aircraft orders to freighters, and an unidentified customer ordered one 777F. As shown in the chart, this brings Boeing’s total orders for the type to 168 (including […]

FedEx Express opens new facility at Milan-Malpensa Airport

A little over a year since breaking ground in 2015, FedEx Express has opened its new “mini hub” in southern Europe at Milan-Malpensa Airport. In spite of its diminutive nickname, the facility is three times the size of the former FedEx facility, making it the company’s third-largest cargo hub in Europe, behind Paris CDG and Cologne. […]

LUG takes over Etihad’s Frankfurt, Munich cargo handling

Ground handler LUG aircargo will take over freight handling operations for Etihad at Munich this month, and will assume the carrier’s Frankfurt Airport operations in March. Etihad entered into a code-share agreement with Lufthansa between the same airports late last year, creating the potential for Lufthansa freight to move between Germany and Etihad’s Abu Dhabi […]

On the rails: Growth in Asia’s slower lane

Last October the British and Chinese governments agreed to allow more than double the number of passenger flights between the two nations and threw the door open to unlimited cargo flights. To date, however, no air carrier has availed itself of the opportunity. Instead, rail, as well as rival ground-based modes, have risen in popularity. […]

Brazil’s economic crisis keeps LATAM Cargo in the weeds

LATAM Airlines’ cargo business, along with the regional economy, got pounded in 2016, and the latest January numbers suggest that the beleaguered Santiago-based carrier isn’t out of the woods yet, despite a 1.9-percentage-point increase in its cargo load factor. According to the carrier’s monthly report, out yesterday, revenue tonne kilometers fell 2.4 percent, year-over-year, to […]

Qatar Cargo launches additional Pharma Express flights from Basel, Brussels

The healthcare business continues to boom for Qatar Cargo, which launched additional Pharma Express flights from Basel and Brussels to the carrier’s hub in Doha. The routes connect to other Pharma Express flights via Doha, linking European Union-based pharma companies with markets in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. The three Indian cities generate more than 30,000 […]

DHL: Cross-border e-commerce to grow at 25 percent through 2020

Cross-border e-commerce will increase at an annual average rate of 25 percent between 2015 and 2020 (from US$300 billion to $900 billion), according to research published last week by DHL Express. That rate is twice the pace of domestic e-commerce retailers and manufacturers in the six countries featured in the study, and underscores the importance […]

MIA ocean-to-air perishables program starts operation

Florida’s first-ever ocean-to-air perishables trans-shipment transferred through Miami International Airport (MIA) last week en route to the E.U. Ten tons of peas that arrived at Port Everglades on Jan. 30 from Guatemala were trucked to MIA and then flown to Amsterdam via Centurion Cargo on Feb. 2. Last October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) […]

Qatar Cargo appoints Siginon as Nairobi ground handler

Siginon Aviation has been appointed Qatar Airways Cargo’s ground and ramp handler for the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya. Qatar Airways Cargo has served Nairobi for ten years now. Siginon Aviation’s facility includes a 3,000-square-meter perishables center, a 5,000-square-meter general cargo warehouse and specialized storage for dangerous, valuable and temperature-sensitive cargo. Nairobi […]

Strong 2016 closeout raises IATA’s global airfreight volumes

Confirming several other reports on the recent surge in demand for air cargo services, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) found that airfreight demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), grew by 3.8 percent in 2016, compared to 2015, according to the latest global data. Growth in 2016 was well ahead of the industry’s average […]

Amazon to move Prime Air cargo hub to Cincinnati

When Amazon announced last year that it was entering directly into the air logistics business with the launch of Prime Air, the airfreight world knew that it had to prepare for bold moves by a deep-pocketed company with a passion for innovation. Yesterday, the Seattle-based online retail giant made another bold move by announcing the […]

Kalitta Air’s implements CHAMP’s weight & balance software

U.S.-based cargo carrier Kalitta Air has implemented CHAMP Cargosystems’ Weight & Balance application, which manages load planning.  Kalitta operates a fleet of sixteen 747 freighters, and has obtained FAA approval for the usage of CHAMP’s technology for its freighter fleet. CHAMP’s software is a Java-based web application, enabling carriers and forwarders to drag, drop and […]

AerCaribe 737-400SF skids off runway on landing in Colombia

An AerCaribe 737-400SF was seriously damaged after it skidded off the runway during landing at the Alfredo Vásquez Cobo International Airport in the city of Leticia, southern Colombia. The aircraft’s undercarriage reportedly failed and collapsed as it ran over soft ground when the freighter overshot the runway. According to Colombia’s civil aviation authority, Aeronáutica Civil, […]
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