Freight to Plate: A taste for the exotic

Alaska Air Cargo is one example of how much the world has come to rely on airfreight delivery of high-quality meat, fruit and vegetables vir­tually anywhere with a runway across the globe. Foods that used to be con­sidered “exotic” or limited to narrow growing seasons – such as blueberries, strawberries or asparagus – are now […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 3, 2015

Freight to Plate: From couriers to crustaceans

It’s difficult enough to maintain the freshness of perishables like salmon during a trans-ocean journey – just imagine how much harder it is when the air cargo destined for dinner that evening is still alive. That’s the task undertaken by Canada-based KF Aerospace, which has recently reinvented itself as a part-time lobster wrangler. Formerly known […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 3, 2015

Freight to Plate: Clearing the Air

There’s a colorless, odorless, hard-to-detect gas, and it’s coming to get you. Well, it won’t hurt you physically, but if you’re a shipper of highly perishable food, it might steal from your bottom line. The gas is ethylene, sometimes re­ferred to as the “ripening hormone.” It’s a naturally occurring byproduct of the decaying process, slowly […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 3, 2015

ACAS extended one more year

Forwarders and carriers that still need time to finalize their advance data-sharing operations can breathe a little easier. They now have one more year of pilot testing to smooth out the kinks, said the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The law enforcement organization said the Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) pilot program will be […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 30, 2015

Strong first half for Rickenbacker

U.S.-based all-cargo airport, Rickenbacker International, saw a 40.1 percent increase in cargo handled in the first half of 2015, compared to the first-half figures for 2014. So far this year, the airport has handled just over 46,000 tonnes of goods, compared to 33,000 tonnes in the same period in 2014. Carriers Cargolux, Cathay Pacific and […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 29, 2015

AAPA reports rare drop in Asian airfreight FTKs

While international passenger demand continued to grow, the Asian air cargo market in June softened, per the latest traffic results from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). Total freight tonne kilometers (FTK), as reported by the association’s 16 member carriers, dipped 0.5 percent, compared to June 2014 figures. With freight capacity increasing 2.5 percent […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 28, 2015

India to open first private airfreight station

The opening of the Indev Airfreight Station in Chennai, the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, marks the first private airfreight station in India. Operations are scheduled to begin Aug. 1 in the 20,000-square-foot facility near Iringattukottai. The building was put on hold for nearly three years due to lack of capability to […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 24, 2015

HAE partners with Turkish Air Cargo in U.S.

Ground handler HAE Group will partner with Turkish Air Cargo as its GSSA, responsible for all sales and customer service activities of the airline in the U.S. cities of Atlanta, Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, Portland and Seattle. Turkish started its freighter service from Atlanta to Istanbul on July 11, using an A330-220. This new route gives […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 23, 2015

Hawaiian says aloha to inter-island cargo

Hawaiian Airlines plans to add three ATR 72 turboprop aircraft in an all-cargo configuration to its fleet in order to expand its inter-island cargo delivery. The new service will begin in the first half of 2016, with flights between Honolulu International Airport and Kona , Kahului , Līhuʻe  and Hilo. The new service will be […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 23, 2015

CSafe Global opens service center in Basel

Cold-chain ULD manufacturer CSafe has opened a full-service center in Basel, Switzerland, which is also a new location for Airplane Equipment Services (AES), a maintenance and ULD handling company. AES already provides service support for CSafe ULDs in Frankfurt and Cologne. “Where we were able to provide some services and stocking of containers in Basel […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 22, 2015

Done Deal: FedEx orders 50 767 freighters

FedEx yesterday confirmed it had placed a firm order with Boeing for fifty 767-300Fs, plus an option for 50 more. Our sister publication, Cargo Facts, which reported last week that the order was imminent, discusses the details behind this long-awaited mega-deal.
  • David Harris
  • July 22, 2015

B&H Worldwide launches critical logistics center

London-based B&H Worldwide, a logistics company that provides parts and services for grounded aircraft, has opened  a new logistics center at London Heathrow Airport. The facility will be staffed 24/7 for customers needing emergency service, no matter where on the globe they are. The company said it handles approximately 21,000 aircraft-on-ground (AOG) shipments annually, with […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 22, 2015

FAA allows first drone delivery in U.S.

The first federally approved cargo delivery by an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in the United States was completed successfully last week, transporting nine pounds of medical supplies. The July 17 exercise, in partnership with NASA, made three three-minute flights from Lonesome Pine Airport, in Virginia, to a clinic at the Wise County Fairgrounds, about two […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 21, 2015

Hellmann orders more screening devices from Morpho

Hellman Worldwide Logistics recently purchased additional Itemiser DX explosives trace detectors (ETD) from Morpho Detection. Morpho Detection will supply and service the ETDs, which are used for screening air cargo. The order is also an extension of Hellman’s 2014 contract to provide screening capability in compliance with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s Certified Cargo Screening […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 20, 2015