Qatar to serve Indian pharma market

Following the success of Qatar Airway’s “QR Pharma” express Brussels-Basel-Doha service, launched last January, Qatar is now beginning pharma express routes from India to Doha. The first route, beginning today, will operate from Mumbai via Ahmedabad to Doha on Tuesdays and Fridays. The second route will begin on Nov. 11, operating from Hyderabad to Doha […]

Alibaba doubles down on ‘Double 11 Day’ preparations

On Wednesday this week, many countries of the world will pause to reflect on the sacrifices of their military veterans. But November 11 – known to many nations as Veteran’s Day, Armistice Day or Remembrance Day – takes on another, less somber, much more lucrative meaning in China: Singles Day, when young, unmarried people go […]

Destination Unknown: What the future may hold for freighters

By its very nature, airfreight logistics is a global, macro-economic industry, but it’s sometimes easy to fall into the habit of short-range thinking. Take freighter aircraft, for example: Earlier this year, much of the buzz in the industry was about the coming decline of maindeck cargo. With the rise of belly capacity in today’s widebody […]

IAG Cargo updates IT system

IAG Cargo has upgraded its software to Accenture Air Cargo Reservation systems, which the carrier said  will help improve functionality and performance by simplifying booking procedures and allowing adjustments as business priorities change. Gareth Sinclair, head of revenue management at IAG Cargo, said the new software will allow the carrier to be more flexible and […]

A local focus can reveal universal truths

The common phrase “all politics is local” describes the principle that political success is directly tied to politicians’ ability to understand and influence the issues of their local constituents. Politicians must appeal to seemingly mundane and simple concerns of those who elect them because personal issues, rather than big and intangible ideas, are what voters […]

CEVA to manage Pellegrini hub near Milan

Italian company Pellegrini, which provides services such as catering, food supply, voucher, vending, cleaning and integrated services, has awarded CEVA Logistics with a five-year contract for in-house warehouse management at its Peschiera Borromeo facility, near Milan. CEVA will manage a warehouse of 28,000 square feet, which will store and handle fresh, frozen and nonfood products. […]

Miami becomes second pharma hub to form CEIV community

At Air Cargo Americas this week, IATA made the announcement that Miami International Airport (MIA) has become the first airport in the United States and the second in the world to  be named a pharmaceuticals hub under the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Pharmaceutical Handling (CEIV-Pharma) program. The only other airport to achieve […]

Ethiopian Cargo moves from Brussels to Maastricht

Ethiopian Airlines has moved its cargo operations from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Masstricht-Aachen (MST), effective Nov. 1, citing delays on behalf of the Belgian government  to respond to Ethiopian’s request for an extension of Fifth Freedom traffic rights. The carrier had wanted the rights to  fly on to Dubai World Central, Hong-Kong Chek Lap Kok […]

Heathrow plans ahead to cut processing time in half

Heathrow airport – the origin of four out of five of all U.K. long-haul flights – is critical to the U.K.’s position as a hub for international trade. With that in mind, Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye announced a plan with a 15-year vision to invest US$273.7 million in improving the hub’s ability to transport both cargo […]

GEODIS completes acquisition of OHL

The logistics consolidation trend continued this week as GEODIS, the French supply chain company, received regulatory approval and completed its acquisition of Nashville-based OHL (Ozburn-Hessey Logistics). OHL, founded in 1951, is a leading 3PL in the United States, with annual revenue in excess of US$1.3 billion. The company said it anticipates that the united structure […]

Lufthansa Cargo reports operating loss, will park two freighters

For the second-straight quarter, Lufthansa Cargo AG, the logistics and cargo arm of Germany’s Lufthansa Group, reported an operating loss. With no end to the current declining airfreight demand in sight, it is likely that the carrier’s cargo business will end up reporting its first full-year operating loss in six years. Lufthansa Cargo’s earnings before […]

UPS profits rise despite revenue drop in Q3

Although UPS reported that overall revenues fell 0.4 percent to US$14.2 billion during the third quarter, compared to the same period last year, the integrator said its operating and net profits both showed improvement as a result of “revenue quality enhancements” that began earlier this year. The decline in revenues were blamed on currency exchange […]

Expeditors keeps breaking its own records

Expeditors International continued its remarkable string of successes with its third-quarter figures. As was the case in the second quarter, net income, net revenue and operating income were all records for the forwarder, and all came despite a sluggish economy. David Harris, at sister publication, Cargo Facts, provides more details.

To the rescue: Can lithium batteries be made safe for flight?

On Sept. 3, 2010, a UPS 747-400 cargo aircraft took off from Dubai, headed to the UPS hub in Cologne-Bonn. It crashed shortly after taking off, killing the two crew members on board. Three years later, the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) concluded that the cause of the crash, a fire on board […]