AirBridge adds 6th U.S. gateway to North American market

Russia-based all-cargo carrier AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has launched twice-weekly Boeing 747 freighter services from Moscow to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, its sixth online gateway in North America. The new flight from Seattle, ABC said, will continue on to Chicago before returning to Europe and Moscow, providing ABC’s customers with connections to AirBridgeCargo’s international route network via […]

Qatar Airways becomes first airline to implement Cargo-XML

Qatar Airways is the first airline to implement Cargo-XML, replacing the antiquated Cargo-IMP interchange messaging system for electronic information exchange in air cargo. Cargo Extensible Mark-up Language (Cargo-XML) was selected in 2014 by IATA as the standard for electronic communication between all stakeholders. IATA says the standard is based on multimodal and cross-border messaging and […]

Brussels cargo bounces back in August

August cargo volumes at Brussels Airport have fully recovered, with positive growth for the first time since the terrorist attacks that crippled the airport in March of this year. Cargo traffic for the month grew by 6.6 percent to 39,848 tonnes, compared to August 2015. The airport’s full-freighter segment posted even more impressive numbers, growing […]

HACTL partners with Shenyang Airport on North China hub

Hong Kong’s largest independent cargo handler, HACTL, has entered into an agreement with Liaoning Airport Management Group, the owner of Shenyang Taoxian International Airport in northeastern China, to develop the airport into a “major regional cargo hub.” The agreement was inked by HACTL’s development arm, HACTL Development Holdings Ltd (HDHL). Shenyang Airport is located some […]

Carriers flock to Puerto Rico’s pharma exports

Even as mutual funds and other creditors circle Puerto Rico and its besieged economy, looking to claw back some US$70 billion in debt, Cargolux and CAL Cargo Airline are adding flights to the unincorporated U.S. territory to capitalize on strong pharmaceutical exports. For all its dismal financial press, Puerto Rico still has extensive pharmaceutical exports, […]

Bahamas startup carrier enters Caribbean cargo market

A startup cargo carrier in based out of the Bahamas is looking to “take back some of the flights from foreign carriers,” according to its president, Captain Christopher King. After obtaining approval to operate flights to the United States, Junkanoo Air now caters to freight forwarders, pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and medical labs, transporting time-sensitive equipment […]

AirBridgeCargo granted U.S. routes as foreign airlines file for access

A ruling by the Unites States Department of Transportation (DOT) granted AirBridgeCargo Airlines the rights to operate “scheduled foreign air transportation of property and mail” between the Russian Federation and the American cities of Seattle, Columbus, Boston, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. AirBridgeCargo already operates flights to the U.S., including weekly freighter service departing Houston […]

Dubai: Building the cargo city of tomorrow

If you were given almost unlimited space and funds to design an airport, what would it look like? How much greater efficiency would your operation enjoy, if you could plan where your warehouses and sorting areas are sited before a runaway is even paved? This may be a fever dream for many logistics professionals, but […]

More freighters hunt for loads across the pond

The North Atlantic seems to be an unlikely arena for new freighter services, but maindeck lift between Europe and North America is on the rise, thanks to several operators. In July, Qatar Airways boosted its footprint in the trans-Atlantic market with the launch of new freighter flights to New York and Halifax. The Middle Eastern […]

Swan song for the first jumbo jet?

In remembrance of the late Boeing engineer Joe Sutter, the “Father of the 747,” who passed away last week, columnist Brandon Fried shares his memories of the first time he spotted the world’s first jumbo jet, as a child, and how it profoundly affected him throughout his life. The first time I saw a Boeing […]

Will an enigmatic Hong Kong company restart the An-225 in China?

According to a press release put out by Ukraine-based Antonov on Aug. 30, a two-part “cooperation agreement” was reached with a Chinese company identified as “Aerospace Industry Corporation of China (AICC)” to resume production of the An-225 “Mriya,” currently the largest airplane in the world, and the only one of its kind ever built – […]

Post Luxembourg, SingPost to collaborate on e-commerce

Beginning this month, Post Luxembourg and Singapore-based SingPost will begin using each other’s main hubs as continental gateways for cross-border parcel deliveries between Europe and Asia. Just as Post Luxembourg has a European-wide delivery network, SingPost is able to reach nearly any destination in Asia. Customers using the services of either company can now seamlessly […]

Textiles make Cambodia a stylish destination for freighters

On flights from Singapore to Moscow, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has taken to carrying a significant volume of textiles, a commodity not usually associated with Singapore. The cargo comes from a place that, until recently, was never a major player in terms of air cargo: Cambodia. Since early July, ABC has operated a weekly freighter from […]

Latvian RAF-Avia commences operations and Frankfurt-Hahn

Latvian cargo-oriented airline RAF-Avia has stationed a second aircraft at the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, further establishing the carrier’s presence in Germany. Not to be confused with the British defense organization, RAF-Avia was established in Latvia in 1990 and is based out of Riga, the country’s capital. Six Antonov An-26 aircraft comprise the backbone of the fleet, […]
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