The Iranian Conundrum: How sanctions removal affects global logistics

The Parisian Azadi Hotel was recently the voted the most popular hotel in Iran. The award, which the hotel touts, was based on an “extensive poll” by the Islamic Parliament of Iran, which the hotel calls “one of the most authoritative institutions in Iran.” The hotel boasts views of the mountains ringing Tehran. It is […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 6, 2016

Airlink’s ongoing humanitarian relief missions

The crucial role airlift plays in expedited delivery is not limited to global trade, but is also of great significance to humanitarian relief.  Air Cargo World’s publisher, Royal Media, has, for some time, supported the efforts of Airlink, a leading rapid-response relief organization that links commercial and charter airlines within its network to pre-qualified nonprofits […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 5, 2016

Shifting Sun: Japanese forwarders, carriers broaden their horizons

After U.S. and Japanese officials agreed in mid-February to add new landing and take-off slots at Tokyo Haneda Airport that will allow daytime flights to the United States for the first time, passenger carriers were practically licking their lips. Because of this agreement, Japanese and U.S. airlines will soon get five new slots each at […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • April 4, 2016

The Best & Brightest: The ACE Award winners of 2016

The stars of the air cargo world shined brightly in Berlin last month, as the Air Cargo Excellence (ACE) Awards Gala was held at the InterContinental Berlin Hotel, in conjunction with IATA’s World Cargo Symposium. Sponsored by Air Cargo World magazine, the ACE Awards recognize outstanding achievement among the world’s top cargo carriers and airports. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 31, 2016

ASEAN single market taking slow route to integration

As the world anticipated the arrival of Jan. 1, 2016, the 10 countries that make up the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) were poised for a New Year’s Eve party with spe­cial global trade significance. From that date on, goods, services, capital and skilled labor are supposedly flow­ing freely between the borders of […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • March 9, 2016

Too tough to handle?

A pallet of unprotected cargo on an airport tarmac with an outside temperature of 21°C can quickly reach tempera­tures above 55° C. At that point, an egg can fry in about 20 minutes. Now just image if that pallet contained tempera­ture-sensitive pharmaceutical goods, or some other high-value perishable. Costs incurred by the top ten pharmaceutical […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 2, 2016

Alibaba vs. Amazon: How e-commerce giants are reinventing forwarding

Last September, Mike Maynard, an airport planner for Cincinnati-based engineering firm CDM Smith, was checking out the flight activity at nearby Wilmington Airpark (ILN) in Ohio, when he noticed something odd. As a former network analyst at DHL, Maynard had a habit of reviewing innovative routes, and this one, in particular, jumped out at him. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 1, 2016

Decision Time: What to know about outsourcing MROs

For Tim Komberec, 2004 was a crossroads year. After operating a fleet of Fokker F27s for FedEx Express regional service over several years, the president and CEO of Idaho-based cargo carrier Empire Airlines was poised to re-fleet and expand with ATR-42 aircraft, which were being converted to freighter configuration. Then there was the question of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 4, 2016

Building Bloc: Africa’s new free-trade hope

Last December, amid two days of fanfare, a new long-haul 787 passenger route was launched from Durban, South Africa. The four-times-per-week service was hailed by local provincial officials as a triumph for the region and would begin “opening up new markets for our goods around the world,” as well as delivering tourists and tourist money, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 1, 2016

Uncharted waters: Three cargo leaders to watch in 2016

After starting with a promising surge in airfreight demand during the U.S. West Coast port crisis, 2015 has proven to be a tough year as the industry endured economic fallout from a slowdown in the Asian economy, falling airfreight demand on prominent trade routes and a marked decline in fuel surcharge revenues. Through it all, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 3, 2015

Three to watch: Ilin taking AirBridgeCargo Airlines to new heights

Cargo carriers and forwarders alike probably wish they had had the year that AirBridgeCargo Airlines has had. With an 18 percent rise in tonnage in the first nine months of 2015, compared to 2014, and a 28 percent rise, year-over-year, in tonnage carried in September, the scheduled-freight arm of Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group has continued to be […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 1, 2015

Three to watch: Reich righting the ship at Cargolux

When Dirk Reich, a former executive with forwarder Kuehne + Nagel, was appointed president and CEO of Luxembourg- based cargo carrier Cargolux International in March 2014, the carrier was deeply riven by personnel changes, labor concerns over foreign investment ventures and the lingering stain of the surcharge price fixing scandal that toppled former CEO, Ulrich […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 1, 2015

Three to watch: Musser steadying Expeditor’s helm

To build one of the most prosperous and fast-growing forwarding businesses in a competitive field is an impressive achievement. To continue that record of success after taking the reins from a charismatic and outspoken leader, following soon after one of the worst economic crises in history, is an altogether different – yet no less impressive […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 1, 2015

Three to watch: Rising 3PL stars converge

The past 12 months have seen some of the highest levels of merger and acquisition activity (M&A) within the 3PL industry in at least the last 15 years. As of early November, Armstrong & Associates (A&A) tracked 11 mergers worth more than $100 million this year – the highest total since the consulting firm began […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 1, 2015
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