Standing out from the crowd: three executives to watch in 2020

In a year marked by declines from the heights of growth that characterized 2018, a few industry executives caught the attention of air cargo editors and readers for their forward-thinking and strategic decisions. After polling our readers and considering the major milestones for air cargo logistics in 2019, Air Cargo World has created a shortlist […]

US cargo carriers request FAA exemptions for Middle East ops

Several U.S.-based air cargo and express carriers, including Kalitta Air, FedEx and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ subsidiary carriers, requested exemption from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to continue operating in the Middle East despite the recent Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) banning U.S. carriers from flying in certain regions. Airlines that submitted requests to the […]

Consultant Insight: FedEx and UPS 2020 express rates now in effect

According to Benjamin Franklin, only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. We may want to add transportation rate increases to the list, as well. Despite overall declining volumes, airfreight carriers, including express providers, continue to raise rates. Express operators have been among the positive standouts in an otherwise dismal airfreight market, with […]

Record returns to follow record e-commerce peak, says UPS

UPS expects a 26% year-over-year increase in returns processing on Jan. 2, 2020, thanks to the important role e-commerce has come to play in holiday shopping fulfillment, the integrator said in a press release today. UPS forecasts Jan. 2 as the peak returns day following the 2019 holiday season, when consumers send back millions of […]

Icelandair to handle all FedEx shipments to and from Iceland

Icelandair Cargo signed a three-year deal with FedEx to handle all FedEx and TNT shipments to and from Iceland, the carrier said in a statement on Friday. The deal will go into effect in early 2020. The three-year agreement will support U.S.-based FedEx in its goal of expanding operations in Iceland, the statement said. Meanwhile, […]

Consultant Insight: FedEx falls hard in its latest earnings report

FedEx reported a surprising fiscal second-quarter decline in revenue and operating income during Tuesday’s earnings call in which CEO Fred Smith described the quarter (period ending November 30) as an anomaly. Smith reminded those on the call of the shorter holiday season that required planning and expenses to handle volumes that would fall during the […]

FedEx Ground nixed as shipping option for Amazon’s Prime sellers

Effective Wednesday at 2 PM EST, third-party sellers fulfilling Amazon Prime orders will no longer be able to ship Prime orders through FedEx Ground or FedEx Home, according to a copy of the seller communications from Amazon reviewed by Air Cargo World. Earlier this year, FedEx severed ties with Amazon from both its Express unit […]

FedEx opens expanded pharma center in Tokyo

The renovation of the TNT Life Science Center in Tokyo has been completed, FedEx said in a statement on Monday. The newly expanded center will provide better logistics services for pharma products used in clinical trials. The larger, more technologically advanced center will allow for shipments by overseas pharmaceutical customers of investigational medication product in […]

International express growth will moderate, but continue to outperform air cargo

Global air express growth has consistently outpaced general freight and airmail, and currently accounts for 17% of international air cargo traffic. Fueled by cross border e-commerce, shipment growth has accelerated in the past 5 years to 7.6%, but in our recent Air Express Market Outlook, we predict more moderate growth and increased pressure on yields […]

DHL 3Q delivers stronger profits and volumes

In its third-quarter 2019 earnings statement on Tuesday, Deutsche Post-DHL Group reported quarterly operating profit growth across most of its divisions, as well as year-over-year volume increases for its both its Time Definite International (TDI) and Time Definite Domestic (TDD) Express products. The company’s break-up of its Post-eCommerce-Parcel division into the Post & Parcel Germany […]

FedEx expands Asia-Pacific International First service

FedEx Express has expanded its FedEx International First service in the Asia-Pacific region to 14 more origin markets with destinations in the U.S. and Canada. A total of 25 markets in the region can now take advantage of the express company’s fastest option to connect to the world. According to FedEx, International First is a […]
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