FAA gives Amazon green light to test new drone

Amazon Logistics, Inc. was granted an experimental airworthiness certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration March 19, to test new designs of drones – also known as “unmanned aircraft systems” – that the company plans to use for research and development and crew training. However, this victory for the e-commerce giant comes with many strings attached. […]

IAG going to Cuba

Bring on the stogies. This summer IAG Cargo will be launching a new route into Colombia while also servicing Cuba. The new frequencies will connect Cali and Medellín in Colombia, and Havana in Cuba, which brings IAG’s worldwide network to 350 destinations. With these additional frequencies, IAG’s gateways in Latin America total 19. Additionally, IAG […]

News Briefs: HKG’s runway #3, IAG leads e-AWB, MASKargo all-in

The Hong Kong government gave final approval for a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), aiming to meet the phenomenal growth in passengers and air cargo. Officials said the project will begin next year and cost US$18.2 billion. About 650 hectares of land will be reclaimed from the sea for the runway and […]

Kenya’s Astral Aviation to increase intra-Africa service

Later this month, the fifth general election will be held in Nigeria since the official end of military rule in 1999. For Kenyan cargo airline Astral Aviation, the scheduled March 28 vote will be good news, not only for democracy in Africa, but also for the expected rise in charter shipments of election materials to […]

Frankfurt top dog again? Well, maybe

Europe’s top cargo airport? Well, surely that would be Frankfurt. Or maybe Paris? It’s a good question, because through last year both gateways were trumpeting the fact that their cargo figures for 2013 clearly showed they were each the busiest cargo gateways in Europe. On paper, at least, Frankfurt appeared to be the underdog with […]

IATA’s Innovation Award winner announced

SHANGHAI – At the end of four days of meetings, workshops, networking and a fair amount of derision from the shipper community, IATA’s 9th annual World Cargo Symposium drew to a close yesterday with thoughts about the future of the industry and it’s rather urgent need for innovation. Such was the backdrop for IATA’s inaugural […]

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 […]
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