Rickenbacker Revival: How an all-cargo airport found a new spark

For most dedicated cargo airports, their charm has also been their own curse – they look good on paper, but often have trouble succeeding in the real world. By eliminating the clutter of passenger operations to focus specifically on the needs of airfreight, all-cargo airports have been marketed for decades in the United States as […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 7, 2016

Getting I.T. Right: What forwarders can learn from DHL’s struggle

No one ever said it would be easy. But few people thought it would be so hard. DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, the logistics arm of Deutsche Post DHL, had finally determined that it was going to get rid of “Logis,” its legacy IT system that dated back as far as 30 years, patched together from […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 2, 2016

The Power 2015: Stability at the top

Stability at the top For the top four forwarders on the Power 25 list, ranked by tonnage, there was seemingly little change. DHL’s Supply Chain and Global Forwarding divisions led the field, yet again, by a wide margin, with 2.11 million tonnes of air cargo shipped during 2015. However, the leader hardly had an easy […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 26, 2016

Frankfurt Airport builds on momentum

The introduction of a curfew that banned freighter flights during the night could not knock Frankfurt airport off its perch as Europe’s top gateway for air cargo, despite dire warnings that this would cripple the airport and send cargo to other European hubs. Nor can a decline in in cargo traffic, it seems. Frankfurt’s throughput […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • May 5, 2016

3D Printing & Cargo: Threat or opportunity?

Many people still think of 3D printing (3DP) as a toy for the “maker” geeks crowd. Today, that toy status of 3DP is official. Mattel recently introduced a 3D printer for kids called the ThingMaker, which runs on cuttingedge 3D design and printing technology from Autodesk, the same company that brought the world AutoCAD. The […]
  • Michael Moore
  • May 4, 2016

Perishables bear fruit: Why air cargo shouldn’t fear modal shift

The flat peach – also called a Saturn peach or a doughnut peach for its toroid shape – is high in potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C, and has become a popular health snack in many parts of the world. In 2015, flat peach production spiked, reaching more than 200 percent of the average volume […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 2, 2016

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
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