Virgin Atlantic Cargo is first to adopt new Accenture booking platform

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is launching a “digital transformation,” it announced this week, with its switch to Accenture’s newest cargo booking platform. Virgin Atlantic is the first company to adopt Accenture’s cloud-enabled AFLS 8.0 platform, which will go live in early 2020 and replace Virgin’s 10-year-old Voyager operating system. The new system offers customers the ability […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • June 6, 2019

Amazon unveils futuristic helicopter-plane hybrid drone for deliveries

Amazon.com Inc. has unveiled a revolutionary new drone — part helicopter and part science-fiction aircraft — that the company expects to use for test deliveries of toothpaste and other household goods starting within months. The new device takes off vertically, then tilts to fly horizontally like a plane. It also features artificial intelligence, using a suite of […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • June 5, 2019

The Last Shall Be First: South American e-commerce’s last-mile boom

If ever there was a country that encapsulates the extremes of modern society, it could be the South American country of Brazil. By far the largest of the nations on the continent, it is also the wealthiest, but also has some of the largest, most densely populated slums, located not far from enormous villas and […]
  • Staff Reports
  • June 5, 2019

Cargo Chat: cargo-partner’s Tolentino optimistic despite trade shifts, tariffs

First it was the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Then came the 2000 “dot-com” crash and the 2008 global financial crisis. In the most recent iteration of “black swan” events to ruffle the feathers of global business, the world has encountered Brexit. Perhaps more comparable to a sitting duck, the Atlantic fowl has found good company […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • June 5, 2019

Growing Amazon Air operation supports expansion of next-day deliveries

Amazon announced this week that it will be expanding the number of items included in its free one-day shipping program for Prime members in the United States to 10 million SKUs. In recent years, the e-tailer has invested heavily in its Prime delivery program, and delivery speed has increased as a result. The scale of […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • June 5, 2019

Leipzig approves massive cargo expansion plan

Today, Leipzig/Halle Airport’s (LEJ) supervisory board approved a major investment package that will support the expansion of air cargo and logistics infrastructure at the airport, including the construction of a second “Cargo City.”  The supervisory board representing Mittledeutsche Flughaven AG, which owns and manages the airport unanimously voted in support of developing new apron areas, logistics and office buildings in […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • June 4, 2019

Air Canada Cargo to market Drone Delivery Canada drone cargo routes [VIDEO]

Air Canada Cargo and Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) have signed an exclusive agreement marketing DDC’s drone and delivery services in Canada.  Under the agreement, DDC will build and operate up to 150,000 drone delivery routes in Canada for the carrier. These routes will include timetables, flight schedules, payload capacities, type of drones to be deployed […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • June 4, 2019

IAG Cargo links API to Freightos WebCargo to offer dynamic pricing

In a move aimed at ushering in an era of dynamic pricing for its carrier affiliates, IAG Cargo, the parent of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo, announced today that Freightos’ WebCargo platform will become the first live user of its digital APIs. Following the integration, freight forwarders using WebCargo now have instant, real-time […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 4, 2019

Jettainer to digitize American Airlines Cargo ULDs

ULD management company Jettainer is undertaking a proof-of-concept test to equip slightly more than 10%, or 2,000, American Airlines Cargo containers and pallets with Bluetooth Low Energy tracking tags. In a statement announcing the plan, Jettainer also said it would extend its cooperation agreement with AA Cargo for another five years.  Lufthansa Cargo-owned subsidiary Jettainer partnered with logistics data company CORE Transport Technologies in October […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 4, 2019

The Power 25: Top forwarders face turbulent headwinds

With the continued stagnation in airfreight growth noted in the first quarter of 2019, global freight forwarders may be forgiven for waxing nostalgic for the heady days of early 2018, when the e-commerce surge was expected to keep the 2017 peak season going all year long. Sadly, those days were short-lived and, a full year […]
  • Staff Reports
  • June 3, 2019

Panalpina, DHL GF join growing list of digital freight sales platforms

Two more companies have joined the now not-so-exclusive group of logistics providers offering digital freight sales platforms available in air cargo – today, Panalpina announced it will present its new customer platform at Air Cargo Europe 2019 in Munich this week, while DHL Global Forwarding (DHL GF) launched its own platform last week. While the growing number of these […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • June 3, 2019

IATA downgrades 2019 outlook for global air transport

The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) reduced its 2019 outlook for the global air transport industry by 21% to $28 billion in a statement released yesterday. IATA had previously forecast the 2019 outlook at $35.5 billion. Under the new forecast, 2019 industry performance is expected to fall under 2018’s net post-tax profits, which IATA estimates […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 3, 2019

Air cargo carriers are caught in crossfire of Trump-China trade war

Donald Trump’s intensifying trade war with China dented air cargo traffic even before FedEx Corp. got dragged into the brawl, as companies worldwide reconfigure their supply chains in the face of increasing tariffs. Global cargo demand fell 4.7% in April from a year earlier, according to the International Air Transport Association, equaling a February drop […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • June 3, 2019

Kalitta Air ditches JFK, launches freighter services from smaller Stewart Airport

This week, U.S.-based ACMI and charter operator Kalitta Air launched new scheduled freighter services connecting Los Angeles International (LAX) to Stewart Airport (SWF), in support of the United States Postal Service (USPS). Beyond the increased capacity these services provide, the new flights' routes demonstrate the growth of a trend that started earlier this year: air […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 31, 2019
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