Freightos’ connectivity study: Only a handful of air carriers make the grade

In its latest benchmarking study of air cargo carriers’ “digital maturity,” or their ability to connect with their customers through digital applications, Freightos said the industry has made great strides in its digitalization efforts, but it lags far behind the progress made in oceanfreight and is limited to only a handful of large carriers. The […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 21, 2019

IATA Air Cargo Innovation Award finalists focus on ULD tech

For the third year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released the names of three finalists for the organization’s Air Cargo Innovation Awards. This time, all three focus on the same piece of equipment in the supply chain: the ubiquitous unit load device (ULD). IATA’s judges winnowed down the short list of finalists from […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 20, 2019

Aerolíneas Argentinas, SmartKargo to partner for door-to-door e-commerce service

Combination carrier Aerolíneas Argentinas is partnering with IT company SmartKargo to develop what Máximo Amadeo, commercial director of Aerolíneas Argentinas, calls “a real 24-hour, door-to-door service across the country” for e-commerce delivery. The digital offering can be likened to apps like Uber, in that independent couriers will be able to elect to participate in the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 19, 2019

A380 fades as Boeing celebrates the 747’s Golden Anniversary [VIDEO]

It’s been a bittersweet week for the jumbo-jet industry. Soon after Boeing celebrated the 50th anniversary of its iconic 747, Airbus announced that production of its ambitious, double-decker passenger behemoth, the A380, will be halted in 2021, due to a sharp decline in new orders. The A380’s largest customer, Emirates, said it will slash its […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 15, 2019

WFS to build new pharma facility in Copenhagen

Paris-based cargo handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) announced its plans to build a new pharmaceutical facility at Copenhagen Airport (CPH). Construction of the facility will begin in April.
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • February 13, 2019

Regulators, aviation industry show new support for drone operations

Ever since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued strict rules in 2016 for the limited operation on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the United States, the air cargo industry has waited for a loosening of the regulations as drone technology has progressed at a rapid pace. Today, the FAA may be taking its first steps […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 12, 2019

CHAMP releases tool to monitor aviation emissions

Today, Luxembourg-based IT company CHAMP Cargosystems has released a new offering to help ease clients’ compliance with newly imposed emissions regulations. CHAMP’s product, the EmissionsCalculator – available for airlines, shippers and forwarders – gathers data from clients’ usage of CHAMP’s digital platforms, broken down by flight or air waybill number to measure harmful emissions, such […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 12, 2019

B&H inks MRO warehousing deal with Apex Aero at LHR

British aerospace logistics firm B&H Worldwide has signed a three-year warehousing deal with Apex Aero, a U.K.-based supplier of aftermarket aircraft parts. Under the deal’s terms, B&H will provide forward stocking location (FSL) services for Apex Aero at its London Heathrow (LHR) warehouse. The service will allow Apex to send Boeing and Airbus aircraft parts […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 11, 2019

Cargo Facts EMEA 2019: Digital infrastructure to become defining element of successful hubs

Just what will a successful cargo hub look like in the future? Although space for expansion and improvements to existing physical infrastructure are important, panelists discussing the topic during this week’s Cargo Facts EMEA Symposium in Frankfurt agreed that digital runways will become just as crucial to the success of an airport’s cargo operations as […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 8, 2019

This year, I resolve to put infrastructure ahead of technology

Recent statistics indicate that only 9 percent of New Year’s resolutions made are ever kept for more than a few weeks. At the beginning of each year, many of us promise to eat less, get more exercise, increase charitable contributions or find other creative ways to improve ourselves in hopes of a brighter future. Personally, […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • February 7, 2019

ABC incorporates digital claims offering with CargoHub partnership

AirBridgeCargo (ABC), subsidiary airline of the Volga Dnepr Group, is partnering with Netherlands-based CargoHub to utilize its digital platform “CargoClaims,” for management of its customers’ claims and pre-claims requests. The IT company describes its claims offering as a “multi-stakeholder platform enabling shippers to submit claims to any airline within one platform.” The software was endorsed […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 7, 2019

Following the Pack: Reassessing often-overlooked cool-chain packaging

On Dec. 13, Southwest Airlines flight 3606 was 35,000 feet above Idaho en route from Seattle to Dallas when the captain announced to passengers that the plane was turning around and heading back to SeaTac – a measure that is only taken in the most critical of circumstances. In fact, the incident made headlines on […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 6, 2019

dnata furthers investment in freight forwarding

Today, dnata furthered its investment in freight forwarding by purchasing stake in two companies – a 50 percent stake in Dubai Express, Freightworks LLC and a 25.5 percent stake in France-based Bolloré Logistics LLC, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from UAE-based Kanoo Group LLC. As a result of the transaction, dnata is now the sole owner […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • February 6, 2019

CHAMP’s Matt Woolmer on bringing digitalization to SME forwarders

In January, Oman Air Cargo became the latest carrier to jump onboard the digitalization train by offering its customers electronic access to its capacity via Traxon cargoHUB, a digital messaging platform for carriers and forwarders from Luxembourg-based IT firm CHAMP Cargosystems. The platform is compatible with IATA’s electronic air waybill (e-AWB) initiative, called e-Freight, which […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 5, 2019
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