ICAO, FAA consider international drone standards

The water cooler topic of late seems to be drones. The technology for small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for use in domestic commerce is evolving faster than standards for larger drones, but how to regulate them has the aviation industry wringing its hands. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is working on new safety standards […]

Cool EMS expanding to France

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Japan Post, which have been providing “Cool EMS” express international delivery service since April 2013, will expand delivery areas to France – its first foray into Europe. In the expansion, the number of post offices available for Cool EMS will be increased from 25 to 78 in Japan. The service is […]

Transfreight to be sold to Penske Logistics

Japanese trading company Mitsui & Co. has signed an agreement to sell Transfreight North America (TFNA), its wholly owned U.S. logistics subsidiary, to Penske Logistics for an undisclosed sum. TFNA is based in Kentucky, while Penske Logistics, a 100 percent subsidiary of Penske Truck Leasing, is headquartered in Pennsylvania. TFNA provides logistics services, primarily to automotive […]

Qatar freighters going to the city of angels

Qatar Airways Cargo based in Doha, Qatar, will launch a freighter service to Los Angeles in April. The twice-weekly 777F frequency, with capacity for 100 tonnes of cargo, is the carrier’s fourth U.S. freighter destination, joining Houston, Chicago and Atlanta.

Tigers acquires WorldLink

Hong Kong-based supply chain company Tigers has acquired Perth, Australia-based forwarding company WorldLink. No price was disclosed. WorldLink principals David Wilkins and Toni Glucina will stay on.

CEVA opens new facility in Italy

CEVA Logistics opened a 17,000-square-foot local distribution center for Magneti Marelli After Market Parts and Services, an independent spare auto parts network,  in Padua Interporto, Italy.  The new center features 5,000 shelf locations and is entirely managed by RFID, which is supported by CEVA’s technology suite CEVA Matrix.

U-Freight has new HQ

U-Freight America Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of international freight service and logistics group U-Freight, has moved into new headquarters in San Francisco. The 5,300-square-foot office will be home for U-Freight America’s sales, accounting, customer service and administration teams, as well as staff from the company’s NVOCC, U-Ocean.

Bison on the move in Alaska

A herd of bison will be moved from the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage Valley, Alaska, to Shageluk, Alaska, in specially built “bison boxes,” which will be loaded onto a Lynden Transport commercial version of a C-130. The bison boxes are large containers which can hold seven of the huge animals – they are […]

AfA calls for new TSA leader

The Airforwarder’s Association wants President Obama to nominate a new administrator for the Transportation Security Administration. The agency has been without a confirmed administrator since the end of 2014, when John Pistole retired. Policy initiatives that AfA said need a confirmed administrator in order to move forward include finalizing pending changes to TSA’s indirect air […]

Carriers aid in Ebola crisis

Delta World Charter and Air Partner Charters operated a cargo relief flight in late February from Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, to Conakry, Guinea. The flight was delivering essential supplies to the West African county to aid in the fight against the Ebola virus. Skyline Air Ltd. And Geodis Wilson acted as the forwarders.

DHL expanding in India

The Hindu Business Line reports that DHL Express is planning to establish its third air cargo terminal in India, to be located in Mumbai. The new facility will be in addition to DHL facilities at the Delhi and Bengaluru airports. A forecast by IATA in late 2014 said India was the second fastest growing air […]

No more lithium batteries says Qantas

Qantas is no longer accepting shipments of lithium ion batteries on its freighters or passenger planes due to concerns of fire or explosion. The ban applies to batteries packed on their own rather than those packed in equipment. The carrier will make an exception if a shipment of the batteries is needed for an emergency. […]

Forward Air and Towne complete deal

Road feeder service Forward Air Corporation closed on its acquisition of CLP Towne, Inc., earlier this month. Towne, founded in 1963, is a full-service trucking provider offering time-sensitive LTL shipping, full truckload service, an extensive cartage network, container freight stations and dedicated trucking. Forward Air acquired Towne for the aggregate purchase price of US$125 million, […]

News Briefs: Transaero agreement; infrastructure bill; DHL is hiring

Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co., Ltd., (Boeing Shanghai) has signed a maintenance agreement with Russia-based Transaero Airlines for its Boeing 767 fleet. With this contract, Boeing Shanghai has secured ‎all 767 operators in Russia as heavy maintenance customers. The first Transaero 767 was inducted for a C-check in late January, followed by another airplane nose-‎to-tail […]
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