Walmart, Japanese e-commerce firm Ratuken make joint bid for online grocery market

A strategic alliance between Walmart and Rakuten, a Japanese e-commerce platform that is often referred to as, “the Amazon.com of Japan,” portends an epic battle of colossal e-commerce monsters across downtown Tokyo, as the Walmart- Rakuten alliance challenges Amazon.com, in a real-life faceoff of the behemoths. While the deal certainly sets the scene for an […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 30, 2018

Virgin Atlantic deploys CSafe RAP containers for pharma, life-science cargo

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is now accepting bookings for the new CSafe RAP container for large shipments of pharmaceutical and life-science products. The carrier is the first U.K.-based airline to approve the use of CSafe’s new RAP container for temperature-sensitive healthcare products, just days after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved the unit for use […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 25, 2018

Agency approval of new CSafe RAP active container opens E.U. market

Cold-chain packaging manufacturer CSafe Global has received approval for its new CSafe RAP active container from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), expanding its customer base in the pharmaceutical and life-sciences market, for companies shipping temperature-sensitive products globally. The EASA is an E.U. agency that regulates civilian aviation safety. The agency’s approval means that EASA-regulated […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 23, 2018

Emirates SkyCargo begins ‘pharma corridor’ program to ensure cool-chain integrity [VIDEO]

Emirates’ air cargo arm, SkyCargo, has added another layer of protection of the high-value cool-chain commodities in its global network with today’s launch of “pharma corridors,” linking various destinations that are designed to maintain strict end-to-end temperature control for sensitive goods. According to SkyCargo, the facilities within these corridors are operated under uniform cool-chain standards […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 22, 2018

WFS goes after perishables, pharma at JFK with 15-year lease on new terminal

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is betting big on New York’s air cargo market, signing a 15-year lease on the new Aero JFK II facility, a 346,000-square-foot cargo terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The new terminal is part of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s plan to reverse the region’s underperforming […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 9, 2018

Kabul to Mumbai cargo service kicks off with perishables delivery

A flight carrying 40 tonnes of fresh apples arrived at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM) on Dec. 27, marking the first flight to Mumbai on the new dedicated airfreight corridor between India and Afghanistan, India’s IANS newswire reported. After delivering its haul of perishables to Mumbai, the flight returned on Thursday to Kabul […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • December 29, 2017

Qatar Cargo wraps up bumper Chilean cherry season airlift

This latest growing season in Chile has come up all cherries for Qatar Airways Cargo. Between Nov. 13 and Dec. 19, 2017, the Doha-based carrier has transported 1,400 tonnes of cherries from South America to markets in Asia, where demand for the fruit is especially high. Qatar Airways Cargo said that the lift required fourteen […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 26, 2017

CSafe Global expands pharma transport capabilities with new O’Hare service center

A new service center, opened by CSafe Global at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD), will allow the cold-chain packaging solutions company to enhance its support and service levels in the life-science transport business for temperature-sensitive shipments from the Midwestern United States. The new ORD facility has already started servicing CSafe’s RKN active- and passive-system containers, […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 22, 2017

Christmas crustaceans enjoy seasonal surge at Halifax Stanfield

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Halifax Stanfield International Airport’s (YHZ) cargo business, as traditional seasonal demand for seafood translates to millions of dollars’ worth of lobster and other seafood from Nova Scotia moving through the airport. This year appears to be no exception. “By the end of the month, we estimate […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • December 21, 2017

Panalpina continues acquisitions spree in Belgian perishables sector

Focusing again on its stated goal of becoming the “world leader” in the perishables market by 2020, Swiss forwarder Panalpina has continued its recent string of acquisitions in the sector, announcing its intent to purchase Belgium-based Adelantex and AD Handling. Financial terms of the agreement were not released by any of the companies. The two […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 19, 2017

IATA lays out plans for Live Animal, ‘Fresh’ CEIV certifications

In a presentation for today’s International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) cargo media day, IATA’s head of special cargo, Andrea Gruber, said that, following the success of the association’s CEIV-Pharma certification, 2018 will likely bring a pilot program for CEIV-Live Animal certification, as well as the potential of “CEIV Fresh” for perishables. The live-animal CEIV certification […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • December 6, 2017

Air Cargo Executive of the Year: Peter Gerber stays one move ahead

In the game of chess, the key to victory is the ability to stay several moves ahead of your opponent. With proper planning, an adroit chess player who may seem to be backed into a corner can make the precise moves to flip the momentum of the game. By the third quarter of 2016, Lufthansa […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 4, 2017

CSafe Global receives FAA approval for RAP ULD container, set to launch in 2018

Long-ignored by many in the air cargo industry, ULD’s are getting their time in the sun in the form of investment as the industry revisits the cargo storage devices’ utility in transporting high-value goods. CSafe Global’s RAP ULD container is the latest to gain FAA approval, in response to what the ULD manufacturer called, “increasing […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 30, 2017

Asia-Europe cargo and pharma prompt a ‘bright outlook’ at AirBridgeCargo

With the 10-month results coming in, 2017 is looking increasingly like a bumper year, with AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) announcing that its 10-month volumes were up 15 percent, year-over-year, to 575,000 tonnes. ABC noted that all major markets saw growth, and the Moscow-based all-cargo carrier said that it expects similar results “through the end of the […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 29, 2017
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