Lithium battery shipments deemed too risky

Lithium batteries are everywhere – in your cell phone, laptop or iPod. They are lightweight, cheap to make and can hold much more energy than standard batteries. But they can also burst into flames occasionally, and that is the impetus for the call by aircraft manufacturers to ban bulk lithium battery shipments on cargo and […]

Security: The art of the possible and the practical

SHANGHAI — Journalists usually attend events like IATA’s World Cargo Symposium in the hope that they will have the opportunity to interview some of the big players in the airfreight business. But on Wednesday morning, IATA staged an interview of its own, putting two of these important players on the stage, and having one interview […]

News Briefs: CEVA opens Singapore HQ & More

A new taxiway, linking Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s ‘Kaag’ runway with the airport’s Sierra cargo zone, has halved live runway crossings for the frequent freighter aircraft that visit Schiphol every week. The new link is also reducing taxi distances saving fuel, CO2 emissions and time. The new taxiway enables landing aircraft to taxi direct to the Sierra […]

Belly shift: EVA retires last combi

January 5 was a small watershed for EVA Air. The 747-400 used for flight BR868, which landed in Taipei that day, subsequently exited the carrier’s fleet, marking the demise of combi aircraft from the lineup. Its retirement leaves Asiana the lone operator of 747 combis in Asia. Stan Wraight, executive director of Strategic Aviation Solutions […]

Many returning winners at ACE Awards

SHANGHAI – There were many familiar faces among the winners on March 10 during the Air Cargo Excellence (ACE) Awards ceremony, held in conjunction with IATA’s World Cargo Symposium here. But there were also some notable newcomers that climbed the ranks in this celebration of the top airlines and airports, as chosen by Air Cargo […]

IATA, Shanghai to promote e-freight jointly

SHANGHAI – IATA and the city of Shanghai, China, are partnering on an initiative to help stamp out cumbersome paper processes in the logistics industry. On March 10, during IATA’s World Cargo Symposium, the organization announced that it had signed a “letter of initiative” to promote e-freight efforts jointly with Shanghai Customs, Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection […]

ULDs are ready for their closeup

SHANGHAI – Unit load devices (ULDs), as we know them, have been around for at least 45 years, but for some reason, they are still the Rodney Dangerfield of the aviation industry. During Monday’s “ULD Regulations Workshop” at IATA’s World Cargo Symposium, they finally got the respect they deserved as critical safety parts of every cargo […]

UAE economy minister says provide proof

The economy minister for the United Arab Emirates’ fired back at the three U.S. legacy airlines, Delta, United and American, which have accused the Gulf carriers of benefiting from government subsidies. The three have accused Etihad, Emirates and Qatar airlines of having an unfair advantage by receiving $40 billion in government subsidies from their home […]

Northern Air Cargo assists in ‘The Last Great Race’

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, called “The Last Great Race,” has been held every year in Alaska since 1973. The race is the re-enactment of the dogsled freight route from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, covering a distance of 1,049 miles in harsh, cold winter conditions. Before the advent of aircraft, dog sled drivers, known […]

Where the runway meets the road

In July 2014, U.S.-based Amerijet International launched what seemed to be a pretty good idea. The all-cargo carrier set up air hubs in Reno and Columbus with the idea that a road feeder service could serve the relatively short distances to and from four cities in the western United States out of Reno, and five […]

A (very) quick turnaround to Brazil

Here’s a final image to kick off your weekend. When Panalpina loaded an Atlas Air 747-400F for its first scheduled service from Huntsville, Alabama, to Viracopos, São Paulo, on the gloomy afternoon on March 3, videographer Bob Gathany of was there to record the event. As the crews prepared the flight for the inaugural […]
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