Air cargo delivering in times of crisis

In times of natural disasters, air cargo is often the only way to respond quickly enough to move food, first aid supplies and other necessities into hard hit areas. Drones are also being utilized to assess damage, for search and rescue operations and to drop small packages of food, water and medicines into hard-to-reach areas. […]
  • Cathy Roberson
  • September 4, 2019

Cargolux 747 relocates live belugas from China to Iceland

A Cargolux-operated 747 freighter carrying two live beluga whales landed at Iceland’s Reykjavik Keflavik Airport (KEF) on Wednesday after a 6,000-mile flight that began on the other side of the world in China. Ahead of the flight, the belugas were loaded into custom-fit slings within specially-designed containers and were trucked from Changfeng Ocean World to […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • June 21, 2019

DHL Express, EHang launch smart drone in Guangzhou

Cargo drones may not yet be regulated enough to be unleashed into the skies of major airfreight hubs, but major integrators, such as DHL Express, have be partnering with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturers to create increasingly intelligent, reliable and customizable drone systems when the time comes. The latest demonstration took place today in Guangzhou, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 16, 2019

UPS teams with Matternet to deliver medical samples via drone

In what UPS is calling the first revenue drone service in the United States, the integrator said today that it has collaborated with California-based drone technology firm Matternet to send the first of many daily scheduled daily flights of medical samples via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for a North Carolina hospital client. With clearance by […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 26, 2019

Logistics community rallies to send relief to cyclone survivors in SE Africa

The logistics community is rallying to respond to the devastation in southeast Africa, where the residents have been reeling from the impact of Cyclone Idai, which struck the Mozambique coast on March 14 and moved west to Zimbabwe and Malawi in the following days. The official death toll of 500 people is expected to rise […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 22, 2019

Flexport lands billion-dollar investment from SoftBank

It’s getting harder to call Flexport a scrappy little logistics tech startup from San Francisco. Today, the five-year-old full-service online forwarder raised US$1 billion in a funding round, led by Silicon Valley’s SoftBank Vision Fund, bring its total valuation to $3.2 billion. With a “B.” Other investors in the round were Founders Fund, DST Global, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 21, 2019

Following the Pack: Reassessing often-overlooked cool-chain packaging

On Dec. 13, Southwest Airlines flight 3606 was 35,000 feet above Idaho en route from Seattle to Dallas when the captain announced to passengers that the plane was turning around and heading back to SeaTac – a measure that is only taken in the most critical of circumstances. In fact, the incident made headlines on […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 6, 2019

DHL Global Forwarding to open humanitarian logistics hub in Dubai [VIDEO]

DHL Global Forwarding is creating a new center focused specifically on logistics for humanitarian crises around the world. The Global Competence Center for Humanitarian Logistics is to be located in Dubai, strategically positioned between Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. The facility is also in relative proximity to the already existing International Humanitarian City – a major […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 6, 2019

Air Cargo Executive of the Year: Giving back is the better part of valor

One aspect of the director job at Amazon Air that Sarah Rhoads said she enjoys the most is being able to use the wide-ranging logistics network to help out communities and those less fortunate than herself. For instance, in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 25, 2018

Giving thanks for Airlink’s help during natural disasters

Today and tomorrow, Air Cargo World will be closed in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. But while many U.S. companies have shut down to let their teams celebrate with their families, one aviation-related organization is still working tirelessly to provide aid and comfort to victims of natural disasters across the globe. During this start of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 22, 2018

ACS aids Indonesian earthquake

As the death toll from the 7.5-magnitude Indonesian earthquake and resulting tsunami on Sept. 28  climbs over the 2,000 mark, the coastal communities on the coast of Sulawesi are continuing the process of repair with the help of airborne relief efforts, like that of United Kingdom-based Air Charter Service (ACS). ACS said that, so far, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 26, 2018

TACF18: Cargo drones loom large over Toronto show [VIDEOS]

TORONTO – Amid all the talk of digitalization, blockchain and cargo communities at this year’s Air Cargo Forum, the session that earned the biggest buzz this week was the “Unmanned Freight Aircraft” panel. Rather than the small quad-copter demonstration projects seen over the last few years, the manufacturers showcased here are working on prototypes for […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 18, 2018

Hurricane Michael disrupts traffic across U.S. Southeast

In a region still soggy from the historic floods from Hurricane Florence last month, airlines, airports and logistics companies across the Southeastern United States are busy handling the delays, closures and power outages that followed yesterday’s landfall of Hurricane Michael in the Florida panhandle. The strong Category 4 hurricane slammed into Florida’s Gulf Coast southeast […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 11, 2018

Air cargo industry responds with aid for Indonesian tsunami [VIDEO]

  As the death toll continues to rise past 1,500 people following the devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi last Friday, the air cargo industry is responding with aid and personnel that are being sent to the hardest-hit area near the city of Palu and also to a […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 5, 2018
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