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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

LATAM boosted fuel efficiency in ‘2015 Sustainability Report’

In an industry with a spotty environmental track record, to say the least, LATAM Airlines is apparently headed the right direction, based on its “2015 Sustainability Report,” published late last week. Over the course of 2015, LATAM was able to cut fuel consumption by 38.4 million gallons of jet fuel, equivalent to a 366,500-metric-tonne decrease […]

WorldACD: May another disappointment for air cargo

Air cargo volumes grew by an anemic 0.5 percent in May 2016, measured against the previous year’s May figures, according to WorldACD (see chart above). In a report released this week, the market data company noted significant diversity in performance, with the origin North America market tumbling 4 percent, year-over-year, while the Middle East/South Asia […]

UPS expanding field-stocking locations to Europe

UPS announced plans yesterday to expand the number of its medical device field-stocking locations (FSLs) in Europe. UPS FSLs were first developed in the United States to ensure that medical device manufacturers deliver their products to more than 80 percent of U.S. hospital beds within four hours. The facilities are strategically located to reduce transit […]

Logistics Launchpads: Welcome, Logistics Class of 2016

The startups selected in the accelerator programs under Lufthansa/RocketSpace and EPIcenter represent a range of emerging industry tech sectors, and will have a chance to validate their products through pilot testing with multiple global corporations. The chosen startup firms in both programs are: EPICENTER LOGISTICS INNOVATION ACCELERATOR (Mar. 23-Aug. 11, in Memphis) NovoNav – Provides […]

Richard Forson to take reins of Cargolux, Aug. 1

A day after word broke that Cargolux president and CEO Dirk Reich intended to step down as CEO, the Luxembourg-based all-cargo carrier confirmed the story and said that current executive vice president and CFO Richard Forson will step in to take on the roles of president and CEO. Reich, who joined Cargolux in May 2014, […]
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