FedEx first U.S. cargo carrier to service Cuba

As the thaw continues between the United States and Cuba, the U.S. Department of Transportation has granted FedEx the rights to operate a five-times-weekly freighter service between Miami and the city of Matanzas. While eight other airlines were granted rights to fly passenger routes between the U.S. and Cuba routes earlier this month, FedEx is […]

Boeing delivers first of five 747-8Fs to CargoLogicAir

Boeing and CargoLogicAir took advantage of the Farnborough International Airshow to announce the delivery of the first of five potential 747-8Fs that the U.K. based subsidiary of the Volga-Dnepr Group hopes to receive within its first five years of operations. CargoLogicAir earned its U.K. Air Operator Certificate early in 2016 and commenced twice-weekly 747-400 ACMI […]

Air Serbia offers free tickets to cargo customers

Just weeks after launching its New York-to-Belgrade route, Air Serbia said it is looking to boost airfreight traffic on its A330-200s used on the new route, with a cargo promotion. Through Aug. 31, agents in the United States, whose first customer order is for a shipment of more than 10 tonnes, will receive two economy-class […]

DHL lands global airfreight contract with Chinese cell phone manufacturer

Transsion Holdings, one of the world’s fastest-growing and mobile phone manufacturers, has chosen DHL Global Forwarding to arrange the shipment of its cell phones. Under the agreement, DHL-GF will provide airfreight services, including customs clearance, from Transsion’s manufacturing base in South China to 28 countries around the world, covering parts of Asia, the Middle East […]

Airbus 20-year forecast predicts massive shift in freighter demand

Airbus has drastically drawn down the number of dedicated freighters it anticipates being in service 20 years hence, according to its recently released “Global Market Forecast, 2016-2035.” The disparity is remarkable, both terms of number of aircraft and the shift in the market that it signals over the next two decades. While last year’s global […]

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 […]

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 […]

DB Schenker hires uShip to improve freight brokerage

In an effort to capitalize more quickly on the rise of e-commerce, DB Schenker has purchased the exclusive European rights to uShip’s transportation management software (TMS), rather than creating its own system. The two companies signed a five-year deal that uShip’s chief marketing officer Dick Metzler explained as a way for “uShip to support their […]

Lufthansa, ANA expand their JV

Lufthansa Cargo and All Nippon Airways (ANA) will extend their much-lauded joint venture this July by merging both of their feeder networks. The new agreement builds on the current JV, which connects Lufthansa Cargo’s services in Germany, Austria, France, the U.K. and Belgium to intercontinental flights. As of July 12, all European countries will benefit […]

Chinese cross-border e-commerce purchases to skyrocket in 2016

More than 15 percent of Chinese will purchase e-commerce goods from abroad this year, according to a recent eMarketer report. These 181.2 million e-commerce customers will represent a 41.6 percent increase over 2015, when 128 million Chinese engaged in cross-border online purchases. Companies such as Alibaba, which has a significant stake in the regional online […]

German air cargo restrictions another setback for Bangladesh [updated]

Germany is now the third country, after Australia and the U.K., to restrict direct cargo flights from Bangladesh due to security concerns. The decision was made by the LBA, Germany’s civil aviation authority, and was taken “because of information provided by our law enforcement authority and intelligence services.” Shipments from Bangladesh to Germany, the LBA […]

New UPS sorting facility in France signals optimism for EU growth

UPS appears to be confident that France and the European Union, – even without the U.K. – will remain a strong-enough economic driver of the global economy to justify a new US$100 million facility nears the adjoining cities of Corbeil-Essonnes and Evry. The center is due to open in early 2018 and will feature UPS’s […]

Serbia, U.S. route ends 24-year hiatus

Air Serbia launched flights to the United States last week, marking the first time direct service has existed between the two countries since the Balkans wars in the 1990s. The A330-200 used on the new route is of interest to freight forwarders in Eastern Europe and North America, thanks to its ample belly capacity. The […]
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