A peek behind the curtain at Prime Air [VIDEO]

It’s been almost two years since “Amazon One,” the first Prime Air 767 freighter took to the skies for Amazon’s carrier, “Prime Air,” operated on a CMI basis by Air Transport Services Group and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. Today, Amazon’s freighter network has expanded to a total of 33 aircraft – all the same 767F model. […]

Boeing shows off its own heavy-lift Mars rocket [VIDEO]

Last month, when Elon Musk launched the Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying his own Tesla roadster, it was a great moment for not just space exploration, but also for private enterprise and the advancement of the cargo industry. The spotlight was all on Musk and his amazing vision — but the spotlight is not his forever. […]

Ensuring that security systems match up for mail, high-risk cargo [VIDEO]

Security validators navigate a complex interplay of language and cultural factors when conducting validations around the world. Last week, Air Cargo World shadowed Corposec executive director Elad Gadot during ACC3 and RA3 validations at the Mexico City International Airport. While the validation approvals take time, both airfreight carrier CAL Cargo and warehousing agent Borderless Air […]

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch dazzles, but overshoots target orbit [VIDEO]

In the airfreight business, there is “specialty cargo,” and then there is “Elon Musk cargo” – a separate category all by itself. In an audacious launch on Tuesday that was half technology showcase, half marketing stunt, the aerospace entrepreneur’s SpaceX company sent its unmanned “Falcon Heavy” lift vehicle – the most powerful rocket currently in […]

Tompkins Robotics goes portable with its ‘t-Sort’ parcel sorting system [VIDEO]

Tompkins Robotics partnered with design startup Lab Z to create the automated sorting system “t-Sort,” which uses independent robots for parcel and unit sortation. The system performs similarly to the traditional conveyer-belt tilt tray or cross-belt sorters, but instead uses individual robots with no track, allowing each robot to travel independently along the shortest route […]

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 […]

Boeing’s cargo UAV a shot in the arm for drone delivery market [VIDEO]

A working prototype cargo drone unveiled today by Boeing marks the entry of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer into the unmanned electric air cargo air vehicle space. While analysts have predicted for some time now that drones are on course to transform the logistics sector, Boeing’s additional aerospace muscle represents a seismic shakeup of the […]

Massive Stratolaunch aircraft successfully tests engines [VIDEO]

About five months ago, we introduced you to the Stratolaunch, one of the most unusual aircraft we’ve seen in our 75 years of publishing. Built to carry another smaller vehicle designed to launch satellites into low-Earth orbit from high altitudes, the Stratolaunch was made by Stratolaunch Systems Corp., an aerospace firm created by Microsoft co-founder Paul […]

Alibaba pumps billions more dollars into China’s brick-and-mortar market [VIDEO]

Is Alibaba taking a page out of Amazon.com’s playbook? Alibaba Group announced this morning that it will acquire a 36.2 percent stake in Chinese supermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group for US$2.88 billion, an investment that “further underscores its commitment to ‘new retail,’” according to a company statement. The investment gives Alibaba a strategic foothold […]

JD.com developing heavy-load, fixed-wing drones [VIDEO]

BEIJING – At 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, a promoter in a rural village on the outskirts of Suqian, in China’s Jiangsu Province, phoned another villager to let him know his JD.com package had arrived. The order, placed just before midnight on the night before, was delivered via one of JD’s own-developed Y3 multi-rotor drones. […]

Air New Zealand tracking technology delivers worldwide visibility [VIDEO]

New Zealand’s national carrier is installing more than 5,500 Bluetooth tags on its cargo containers, pallets and unit load devices (ULDs), as well as more than 100 readers at 29 airports for which it provides cargo services around the world. The technology is provided by Core Transport Technologies, which installs its low-energy Bluetooth devices into […]

Latest FedEx acquisition part of ongoing bid for e-commerce market [VIDEO]

FedEx has acquired Northwest Research, along with the latter’s capabilities to “resolve at-risk shipments” that the integrator hopes will improve its customer experience. Based out of Salt Lake City, Northwest Research is an inventory research and management company, and the latest in a string of FedEx acquisitions that bolster its e-commerce logistics capabilities. With Amazon.com […]
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