Air cargo’s top 3 tech trends of 2019

Although 2019 was a challenging year for air cargo, it did see an exponential boom in the design and application of several disruptive technological products. Air cargo is often bemoaned as sorely lagging in digitalization, but 2019 could be remembered as a turning point for the industry. This year, air cargo had to not only […]

Battelle turns coal to jet fuel

A $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Ohio Coal Development Office (OCDO) is funding the continued development of a process that turns coal into liquid products, including jet fuel. The project, undertaken by Battelle, a Columbus-based research institute, was specifically advanced by the government with the goal of finding higher-value […]

Rapiscan gets TSA green light for explosive detection system

California-based security equipment and systems company Rapiscan Systems has received the United States Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) approval for its Rapiscan Systems RTT 110 Explosive Detection System (EDS) machine. The RTT 110 is the first high-speed Computed Tomography EDS to be approved on the TSA’s Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL), according to the company. The […]

PayCargo makes additional filings against CargoSprint in ongoing lawsuits

Two lawsuits, filed by logistics payment platform PayCargo against competitor CargoSprint, are still pending after PayCargo filed an amended complaint in Georgia earlier this month. The recently amended lawsuit was filed originally in the Northern District of Georgia in July and is related to CargoSprint’s requirement that its customers using SprintPass software also use its […]

Drone Delivery Canada receives first approval for Moose Cree project funding

Cargo drone delivery operator Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) received its first conditional approval for funding of its Moose Cree First Nation project, announced a year ago this month, DDC said in a statement on Tuesday. The project is designed to deploy DDC’s drone delivery platform within Moose Cree First Nation communities in Ontario. The project […]

Hawaii looking to offer sustainable fuel supply to airlines

Hawaii could be among the first states offering a sustainable fuel supply to airlines, according to a recent Hawai’i Public Radio interview with Joelle Simonpietri, an organizer of the Hawaii Aviation and Climate Action Summit, held this past week on Dec. 3 in Honolulu. Simonpietri, a former Operational Manager of the military’s Green Initiative for […]

DB Schenker opens solar-powered logistics center in Dubai

DB Schenker has opened a new, massive logistics and distribution center, named DLC II, in Dubai near Dubai World Central International Airport (DWC). According to the logistics company, the building is its first fully solar-powered logistics center in Dubai and will serve as a base for the company’s long-term plans to develop a logistics hub […]

Leading European carriers call on EU policymakers for regulatory support

Brussels-based association Airlines for Europe (A4E) has called on European Union policymakers for regulatory support of its members – including Air France-KLM, Cargolux, Finnair, International Airlines Group (IAG) and Lufthansa Group – with the release of its “A4E Air Cargo Policy Manifesto.” The manifesto outlines how EU policymakers can streamline regulations and implement them at […]

Flipkart leads $60mn financing round in logistics platform Shadowfax

India’s e-commerce giant Flipkart has made a strategic minority investment in Indian logistics platform Shadowfax. The investment is part of $60 million Series D funding Shadowfax has received from Flipkart, along with existing investors Eight Roads Ventures, NGP Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, Mirae Asset Naver Fund and World Bank-backed International Finance Corporation (IFC). Shadowfax will use […]

Consultant Insight: Could drones rescue the ailing air cargo industry?

It seems hardly a week goes by without news of another drone delivery trial. While these stories are fascinating, they are also polarizing, often pitting analysts against one another in terms of the viability of drones in last-mile deliveries. A recent Wall Street Journal commentary by Matthias Winkenbach, director of the Megacity Logistics Lab at […]

IAG Cargo announces successful drone trial at Madrid warehouse [VIDEO]

IAG Cargo has spent most of the last 18 months trialing autonomous drone technology in its Madrid warehouse, Carly Morris, head of innovation at IAG Cargo, told Air Cargo World this week. The successful trials established IAG Cargo’s ability to use drones for autonomous navigation across multiple racks, accurate scanning of air waybills and identification […]

Cargolux completes Cargo iQ certification renewal

Luxembourg-based Cargolux Airlines has renewed its Cargo iQ certification for the next three years, the carrier announced today. Cargo iQ is an International Air Transport Association (IATA) interest group, comprising airlines and forwarders. The group aims to improve end-to-end work processes across the logistics chain through increased transparency, as well as common and measurable standards. […]

Liège Airport advances cargo op digitalization with Alibaba Cloud’s Aviation Brain

Liège Airport (LGG) has entered a partnership with the technology subsidiary of Chinese e-tail giant Alibaba, Alibaba Cloud, to leverage the tech giant’s “Aviation Brain” AI platforms across airport operations and handling procedures. The move is intended to strengthen the airport’s regional hub status through increased operational efficiency and improved digitalization of cargo operations. LGG’s use of the technology […]
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