Will this be the first cargo airship on the market?

Last Friday, we talked about rocket launches as possibly becoming an air/space cargo vehicle of the future. For our fun Friday post this week, we look back to one of the oldest forms of air travel — lighter-than-air craft — as our cool vehicle of tomorrow. After working for 20 years on a number of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 15, 2016

Logistics startup Fleet raises US$4 million in seed funding

Fleet, described as an “online marketplace for international logistics,” has raised US$4 million in a seed funding round, led by Hunt Technology Ventures, LP. Designed as an online platform from which freight forwarders can showcase their services, Fleet enables potential customers to connect with forwarders and offers them sales and marketing assistance. Fleet also offers […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 14, 2016

CNS 2016: What experiences are your customers having?

NASHVILLE — The score so far: Consistency and predictability are better than faster speed. Associations work well with each other, but there’s room for improvement. Electronic air waybills (e-AWBs) are worth the trouble it takes to switch over from paper. And forwarders are actually the segment that’s getting the most out of e-AWBs at the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 12, 2016

CNS 2016: Atlas’ Flynn focuses on air traffic control at CNS

NASHVILLE — Just days after signing a US$110 million deal to purchase Southern Air Holdings, William J. Flynn, president and CEO of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, made the odd choice of focusing on the state of air traffic control in the United States as the main topic of his keynote address at the CNS Partnership […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 12, 2016

CNS: Keeping cargo safe from Congress

NASHVILLE — Why are associations important in making cargo move? It’s a question best not asked to Congress, said one panelist, Brandon Fried, executive director, the Airforwarders Association, as he fondly recalled past encounters with Congressmen harnessing distorted views of a “dangerous” airfreight industry. In essence, a single Congressman riled up by the period’s pressing […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 11, 2016

Great moments in space cargo history: Sticking the barge landing

As we wrap up this week, we thought we’d end on a celebratory note in the waters of the Atlantic off Florida’s coast. Earlier this afternoon, the privately owned spaceflight company, SpaceX, launched an unmanned cargo capsule from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station using its Falcon 9 rocket — something that’s been done […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 8, 2016

Freightos: Traditional freight models face uncertainty

Where will airfreight growth come from in the future? A better leading question is how can traditional airfreight logistics service providers survive in the near future?  According to 90 industry leaders surveyed in the Freightos “Future of Freight Survey,” making the right kinds of technological upgrades and providing value-added services are imperative to survival and […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 8, 2016

Mercator acquires RMS

Seattle-based Revenue Management Systems was acquired by Dubai-based Mercator, part of global equity firm, New York-based Warnburg Pincus LLC, with details regarding the deal still under wraps. As part of the acquisition, Mercator will add RMS’ AirRM software to its portfolio. At present, more than 70 of the world’s leading airlines utilize the cloud-based AirRM […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 5, 2016

eAWB 360 campaign to hit North America

In an effort to increase the penetration rate of electronic air waybills (e-AWB) to 56 percent globally by year’s end, IATA launched an aggressive airport-centric publicity campaign, called eAWB360), which began in Europe and is set to hit North America on May 3. As part of the campaign, IATA works with selected airports to implement […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 1, 2016

A different kind of logistics network

We at Air Cargo World are excited that Steven Li, Director of Cross-Border E-Commerce Logistics for Cainiao, will join attendees in Hong Kong next month as a speaker at Cargo Facts Asia 2016, hosted by our sister publication, Cargo Facts. Since today is Friday, we will offer a couple of fun videos – one describing the China […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 25, 2016

WCS 2016: Technology in air cargo: Start small

BERLIN – At last week’s World Cargo Symposium, Niall van de Wouw, managing director of CLIVE, said that the key to getting started in airfreight technology is to start small. Not a fan of what he called “big data,” he said big data was what tripped up DHL Global Forwarding’s failed attempt at rolling out […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 21, 2016

WCS 2016: Saving lives with the help of Matternet cargo drones

BERLIN – On the final day of the World Cargo Symposium, the future of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the industry was a hot topic, especially following a morning presentation by Matternet, a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of drones that are currently being uded to deliver life-saving drugs to remote field clinics in Malawi. In the […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 18, 2016

WCS 2016: Jettainer, DoKaSch seal ULD maintenance deal

BERLIN – Jettainer may have had one of the more amusing booth displays here at the World Cargo Symposium, featuring a person dressed as a dancing, waving ULD. But there was some real news to report from the ULD management firm, including the deal announced with DoKaSch on a new IT system to improve the […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 18, 2016

WCS 2016: Cargo 2000 rebrands as Cargo iQ

BERLIN — Cargo 2000, the 82-member IATA specialist interest group, has finally moved beyond the turn of the millennium and changed its name officially to Cargo iQ. The group also recently embarked on its new Smart Data Project, which will add 110 million lines of performance data annually, enabling Cargo iQ  members to further improve […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 17, 2016
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