Pace quickens to airlift humanitarian aid to Nepal

Humanitarian response organizations from around the globe are trying to speed up the air transport of relief supplies and aid workers to Nepal following the April 25, 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Efforts have been slow because the Kathmandu International Airport, in the nation’s capital, is a difficult airport to access, requiring specific training of flight crews, and […]

Wisskirchen to operate Cologne Bonn Cargo Center

Beginning in July, Wisskirchen Handling Service will be the new operator of the Cologne Bonn Cargo Center at Cologne Bonn Airport. Wisskirchen will lease the cargo terminal and receive a 30-year concession for handling air cargo at the German hub. The approximately 40 airport employees who work in the terminal will keep their jobs and […]

Norbert Dentressangle introduces time-critical unit

Both the air and sea divisions of European logistics and freight forwarder Norbert Dentressangle have launched a range of time-critical services for urgent and specialist deliveries to companies in such sectors as oil and gas, automotive, manufacturing, fashion, and life sciences. The company has recruited time-critical expert, Stacy Rouillon, along with a dedicated team of […]

Cybersecurity threat larger than most imagine

ORLANDO — During yesterday’s cybersecurity panel discussion here at the CNS Partnership Conference, moderator Matthew Eggers from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce asked audience members whether they had ever been hacked. Using digital polling devices, 40 respondents said “no,” 23 said “I don’t know” and 23 said “yes.” Another question asking whether attendees’ IT departments can […]

Swiss WorldCargo collaborates with Matternet drone project

ORLANDO – Andreas Raptopoulos, CEO of Matternet, a company that manufactures a small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), announced at the CNS conference this morning that his company will work with carrier Swiss WorldCargo and postal logistics firm Swiss Post on a project to test the Matternet ONE drone as an automated cargo delivery system. Oliver […]

25th CNS opens with renewed call for e-freight

ORLANDO – In the past year E-cargo saw its biggest jump yet, with 25 percent of CNS members in the United States getting on the EAWB bandwagon, up from 7 percent. Warren Jones, the president of CNS said it has benefitted his company, and his customers. Indeed, a common theme echoed in Jones welcoming statement, […]

Menen Praises CNS, Scolds Industry for Inertia

ORLANDO – Former Emirates SkyCargo head Ram Menen, even in retirement, proved that he can still captivate an air cargo audience during his keynote address yesterday for the Opening Session of the CNS Partnership Conference. His message was warmly received, but his message was mostly an admonishment as he scolded the industry for its painfully […]

Social Media Gives Cargo a Voice and a Face

ORLANDO – Cargo doesn’t have a voice. That is what customs broker and moderator Scott Case said as he opened the session Monday on social media at CNS 2015. Case said social media is our digital footprint, and it’s important that our message on these platforms be understood as we want them to be. In […]

Lufthansa Technik becomes largest MRO for Avianca

Avianca Holdings Group and Lufthansa Technik AG, international provider of technical services for commercial aircraft, have recently signed several maintenance, repair and overhaul contracts, making Lufthansa Technik the largest components maintenance provider of the airline group. Lufthansa Technik is providing total component support for Avianca’s 787 fleet, currently consisting of four aircraft; 11 more have […]

Cargo theft a growing problem in EMEA

In 2014, losses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as a result of cargo theft totaled US$80 million, according to the Transported Asset Protection Association. The association reported an average of  three major cargo crimes occurred each day in 2014, targeting high-value, easy-to-steal goods in the supply chain, with an average loss of […]

Hard lessons from the West Coast port crisis

Forwarders’ Forum (from the print edition): When McDonald’s restaurants in Japan could no longer wait for French fries delayed by the West Coast port labor slowdown, the company turned to air cargo, shipping 2,600 tonnes from the United States to Japan. With that, the popular food chain joined other companies affected by the port congestion, […]