Accenture launches cloud-based connectivity platform 

Today, Accenture announced the launch of its new cloud-based platform, Accenture’s Freight and Logistics Software (AFLS) Exchange, that allows for integration of air cargo carriers’ operations with those of their partners’ networks.  AFLS Exchange gives carriers real-time visibility across their partner and joint venture networks. Carriers can leverage the platform for route enquiries, capacity availability checks and bookings. According to Accenture, the platform is […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • July 15, 2019

Direct Relief consortium completes long-range drone pharma delivery

This week, a consortium led by humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief announced the successful completion of a program testing the potential use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, in delivering temperature-controlled medicines and vaccines.   Members of the consortium include drone developer Volans-i, biopharmaceutical company Merck, AT&T and passive temperature control packaging company Softbox.  The successful long-range pilot test was conducted […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • July 12, 2019

Tripping over tariffs

Temporary disruptor, or catalyst for supply chain revolution? An effortless downswing launches a ball up into the sky where it bisects an incoming China Southern 747 freighter making its final approach toward the nearby airport’s eastern runway. Unbeknownst to the golfer, a footwear executive in town for an urgent supply chain meeting, she has more […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 11, 2019

IATA, ATA call for industry adoption of CEIV Live Animals Cert 

Yesterday, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Animal Transport Association (ATA) to encourage industry adoption of IATA’s CEIV Live Animals Certification, during the recent ATA 49th Annual Conference in Budapest.  Under the MoU, ATA will encourage its members to pursue attainment of the CEIV Live Animals certification program, which establishes baseline standards protecting animal welfare in handling and […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • July 11, 2019

SF Airlines launches route connecting China, Kazakhstan

Yesterday, SF Airlines launched a new cargo route connecting Urumqi (URC) in China’s western Xinjiang province to Almaty (ALA) in Kazakhstan. The route is the airline’s first dedicated freighter flight directly connecting China to Kazakhstan and supports China’s development of its “Belt and Road” initiative.  SF Airlines will fly the new route twice weekly using […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • July 5, 2019

From freight to plate

More seafood than ever is being flown by air, setting new standards for speed A tongue-in-cheek saying you’re likely to hear within months of joining the air cargo industry is that if cargo is flying, someone, somewhere has made a mistake. As a mode of transportation, air transport is more expensive than road, rail or […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 4, 2019

Reports of dismal May traffic continue into June with early Delta stats

Statistics released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) and WorldACD indicate air cargo demand continued to fall during the month, as export activity continued to slow in the face of challenging international business climates. Meanwhile, preliminary stats from Delta Air Lines suggest June is likely to be even slower.  WorldACD reported that general traffic for cargo measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) decreased 5.0% in […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • July 2, 2019

US-China trade war shifts cherry season haul’s destinations

Cherry season is officially underway as growers, carriers and logistics providers are working to transport the seasonal perishable through networks to consumers worldwide. Beyond initial weather challenges to crops, growers and airfreight operators say markets for cherries this year have shifted due to volatility from the U.S.-China trade war.  Winter weather this year caused an initial delay in the shipping […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • June 27, 2019

Does the air cargo industry take bad service for granted?

Air Cargo customers are generally satisfied with the service they receive from their airlines and airports, even when they receive bad service, report finds. While some companies are highly rated, all companies have room to improve the quality of their offering. In late 2018, we surveyed approximately 1,900 air cargo customers from more than 80 […]
  • Frederic Horst
  • June 27, 2019

North American cross-border airfreight flat in April

Freight as valued in USD between the United States, Canada and Mexico bucked trade tensions to increase 1.8% year-over-year during April. However, that gain was realized primarily from oceangoing vessels, pipelines and trucking, while airfreight – making up the smallest overall modal share at $3.8 billion – was flat compared to April 2018.  Despite the dissolution of the North American […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 25, 2019

Volga-Dnepr, Leipzig/Halle operator ink agreement for cargo and business development

Today, Volga-Dnepr Group and Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG (MFAG), the company that manages Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) expanding their strategic partnership at LEJ. The agreement is intended to boost cargo infrastructure development at the airport and establish LEJ as a multimodal hub for Volga-Dnepr’s scheduled and charter operations.  Under the agreement, the two […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • June 18, 2019

Kerry Logistics, Correos enter JV to serve Chinese export market

Today, Hong Kong-based logistics company Kerry Logistics Network Ltd. announced a joint-venture with Spain’s national postal service, Sociedad Estatal de Correos y Telégrafos, to provide end-to-end cross border services for companies engaged in e-commerce exports from China. Under the agreement, the companies will establish a new 200,000 square-foot sorting center in Southern China. The facility will […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • June 17, 2019

Cargolux strengthens South American presence with new Santiago route

On June 14, Cargolux Airlines reinstated its scheduled freighter service to Santiago (SCL) in Chile. The new scheduled freighter service, however, has been redesigned to offer four additional destinations as regular connections between Europe and South America.   The carrier will fly a weekly route connecting Luxembourg (LUX)-Viracopos (VCP)-SCL-Bogota (BOG)-Aguadilla (BQN), before returning to Cargolux’s LUX hub via Amsterdam […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • June 17, 2019

Freightos launches Webcargo Sky to offer faster price quotes

Freightos, the online freight marketplace, released an addition to its logistics technology suite yesterday that allows users to access real-time airfreight prices, CMO Eytan Buchman told Air Cargo World. The new product, called Webcargo Sky, gives forwarders live access to an airfreight database that includes connections to over 370 airlines and encompasses 1,400 forwarders. For […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • June 14, 2019
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