Virgin Atlantic Cargo increased volumes in 2018

Today, U.K.-based Virgin Atlantic released its 2018 results, which show the airline’s cargo arm increased volume by about 6% to 244,000 tonnes, compared to the previous year, while revenue grew 13% to £222 million, year-over-year. The carrier’s volume growth percentage was above IATA’s market average of 3.5%. The carrier attributed its success to a 50% […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 10, 2019

ABC leases ThermoSafe’s PharmaPort 360 active containers

AirBridgeCargo (ABC) has signed a leasing agreement for Sonoco ThermoSafe’s active bulk shipping container, the PharmaPort 360. The deal was publicized today at the LogiPharma event in Montreaux, Switzerland. The addition of the active containers to ABC’s routes will bolster its foothold in the movement of pharmaceutical products. Fedor Novikov, deputy director of products at […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 9, 2019

Virgin Atlantic Cargo bolsters presence in Nigerian marketplace

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is responding to demand for inbound air cargo capacity to West Africa – especially healthcare products, like pharmaceuticals – by signing a five-year contract with Nigeria-based logistics company Sifax SAHCOL. Starting this week, Virgin Atlantic’s import and export cargo for the region will be handled in Sifax SAHCOL’s 22,000 square-meter, Lagos-based warehouse […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 9, 2019

Increased wait times at U.S.-Mexico border may compel modal shift to air

Last week, the United States President Donald Trump suggested the potential complete closing of the U.S.-Mexico border. This rhetoric exacerbates uncertainty among shipping companies involved in cross-border freight movements, after the issue had previously been considered largely resolved with the creation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to replace NAFTA. For more on this story, see the latest analysis in our sister site, Cargo […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • April 9, 2019

Top 25 Airports grow in 2018 despite global trade tensions

In 2018, the overall amount of cargo handled by the world’s top 25 airports increased by 5.3%, to reach almost 58 million tonnes of cargo. Growth slowed after 2017’s record high growth rate of 7.7%, likely due in part to the ongoing global trade tensions between the United States and some of its closest trade partners and market uncertainty related […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • April 8, 2019

SkyCell launches insurance add-on for pharma shippers

Switzerland-based cold chain packaging company SkyCell is now offering an insurance add-on for its pharmaceutical shippers to appeal to shippers of high-value, temperature-sensitive cargo. The new service, which it calls “Peace of Mind,” is backed by an unnamed multinational commercial insurance company and will offer coverage up to US$4 million per container.  The company acknowledged that this offering is a somewhat unconvential addition to a container leasing company’s service portfolio. Paul Martins, CEO of MNX […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 8, 2019

TIACA board adds ECS Group’s Bertrand Schmoll

Bertrand Schmoll, Chairman at General Sales and Service Agent (GSSA) ECS Group, was elected to the board of the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA). The election took place last month at a TIACA meeting in Singapore. Schmoll’s election to the TIACA board is concurrent with the early departure of TIACA Chairman Sebastiaan Scholte, who is […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 8, 2019

Dachser grew all business segments except Air & Sea in 2018

Frankfurt-based international logistics provider Dachser released its 2018 results, which show the company managed to grow its business overall, compared to 2017, despite  its lagging Air & Sea segment. The company increased consolidated net revenue by 5.5% to US$6.58 billion. It also increased its shipment “numbers” by 2.5% and its tonnage by 3%, year-over-year. However, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 5, 2019

DHL Express to upgrade Borneo facility in string of Malaysian investments

This week, DHL Express announced it would invest over U.S. $112,200 to upgrade its gateway facility near Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI), located in East Malaysia’s Sabah state. The express giant’s investments in the country will contribute to the overall development of its air cargo logistics infrastructure.  DHL Express plans to develop the facility to […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • April 5, 2019

Amazon’s Tampa footprint to grow with Atlas acquisition of ex-United space

Today, the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority passed a resolution granting Atlas Air approval to lease United Airlines’ former facilities at Tampa International Airport (TPA). The move suggests Amazon is growing its Tampa footprint, which will also support the airport’s already growing cargo volumes. The acquisition aligns with Amazon’s need for increased space as both its […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • April 4, 2019

Break Out: How cross-border e-commerce could evolve as Cainiao goes global

“Alibaba was founded in China, but it was created for the world.” This grandiose statement was made by Jack Ma, the Chinese business magnate at the helm of the world’s largest retailer and e-commerce company, Alibaba, in June 2015. He was speaking at the Economic Club of New York and had just defined a new […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 4, 2019

Etihad Cargo renews partnership with MICCO

Etihad Cargo has renewed its partnership with road-feeder-services provider MICCO and will continue to rely on MICCO for road feeder services across that provide greater connectivity to its hub in Abu Dhabi, and neighboring countries. MICCO has operated Etihad’s own road services network – which spans across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, including Dubai, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 4, 2019

Atlas to fly 747-8Fs on behalf of Qantas Freight

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, which has had a long-standing ACMI lease agreement with Qantas Freight for the operation of two 747-400 freighters, said in a statement today that the agreement will be upgauged to cover ACMI leases of two 747-8Fs. According to flight tracking software FlightAware, the two -400Fs have flown trans-Pacific routes connecting Australia, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 4, 2019

New Cargolux flights underscore BUD, CGO as rising hubs

Luxembourg-based all cargo carrier Cargolux announced plans today to double its weekly service to Budapest (BUD), increasing from three to six connections weekly. The new flights will increase available capacity between Europe and China and support Budapest (BUD) and Zhengzhou (CGO) airports’ aims to become regional hubs. 
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • April 4, 2019
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