Berlin 1948/49: The airlift to end all wars – and launch an industry

“Rugged,” said one airman of the rest of the crew involved in the largest air rescue operation in history. “Rugged as a sunovabitch.” These were the words relayed to American air cargo professionals in the seminal 1949 series of articles penned by Richard Malkin, the legendary original managing editor of Air Transportation magazine, which decades […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 11, 2018

How to avoid future ACAS monkey business

I once had a neighbor who, when confronted with a challenge outside of his control, would always say, “Not my circus, not my monkeys” – a fun and cryptic way to describe a situation that was not his problem. This idiom came to mind as some forwarders expressed a similar sentiment in response to the […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • September 7, 2018

Industry consensus: A.I. has greater short-term ROI than blockchain

A study from the supply chain and logistics intelligence organization eyefortransport (EFT) shows that industry professionals perceive artificial intelligence (A.I.) as a better investment than blockchain. When asked to choose among the options of A.I., robotic process automation (RPA), internet of things (IoT) or blockchain, A.I. was the most popular choice among respondents – 33 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 29, 2018

Alaska Air’s Berry on ‘monumental’ expansion of domestic cargo frontiers

Seattle-based Alaska Air Cargo is often thought of for its unique, but vital, role in bridging air cargo flows between the state of Alaska, and the contiguous U.S. – a role that facilitates summer salmon barbecues in the Midwest, and stocks supermarket shelves throughout the state of Alaska. But this year, the carrier has taken […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 11, 2018

75th Anniversary Snapshot: Thinking inside the ‘Bunyan Box’

  Now that it’s July, when Americans are celebrating their independence, it seems fitting to spotlight a 60-year-old American innovation that changed the way the industry protected its precious cargo. Searching for a way to ensure that perishable airfreight could be quickly loaded and unloaded from cargo holds, while still protecting it from spoilage and […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 9, 2018

Independence Fray: Taking a holiday on free trade

Today, we at Air Cargo World are taking the day off to celebrate the United States’ hard-won independence from its Mother Country 242 years ago. We Americans will break out the usual red, white and blue bunting and march in star-spangled parades. But this year, the celebration feels a little different – the fireworks a […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 4, 2018

75th Anniversary Snapshot: Veterans of veterinary service

Since the earliest days of the air cargo industry, the transport of animals has evolved right along with the precious-but-nonliving goods secured in the cargo holds. In most of the issues of Air Transportation magazine, which later became today’s Air Cargo World, there is at least one mention of an exotic animal hitching a ride, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 8, 2018

AirBridgeCargo’s Lazarev: At right place, right time for further growth

Since joining the Volga-Dnepr Group in 2013, in the position of operations director of AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), Sergey Lazarev has overseen a period of rapid growth for the Russian all-cargo carrier. Two years later after joining the carrier, he was appointed general director of ABC, which had been aggressively pursuing long-haul cargo routes and achieving […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 7, 2018

Hitting the wall: Tariffs may bring a premature end to the cargo boom

Air cargo volumes over the past year achieved levels not seen in more than a decade as surging global economies fueled demand and reinvigorated the need for speed. Retailers and manufacturers seem to have been the prime users as increased business brought about by the e-commerce megatrend created the need for fast product delivery. Now, […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • June 5, 2018

Last chance! Today is last day of ACW’s Reader Survey

There’s not much time left! Today, May 25, is the final day to make your voice heard and help shape the content of future issues of Air Cargo World. As the most important parts of this magazine, you need to step up and enter you feedback about how we represent in the air cargo industry. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 25, 2018

75th Anniversary Snapshot: Data sharing – from floppy disks to Facebook risks

Last month, the U.S. Senate spent two days grilling Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about the abuse of personal data submitted by its customers, which may have been used to help sway the 2016 Presidential election. Today’s emphasis on the integrity of personal data made us nostalgic for a time not long ago, when the internet […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 10, 2018

Trucking woes may be a window of opportunity for airfreight

After several years of tepid industry performance, the American freight forwarder is finally reaping the benefits of sustained global economic growth. Driven, in part, by e-commerce-related activity, the industry sees volumes continuing to grow throughout the upcoming year. But with this kind fortune comes the challenge of tight truck capacity constraints, making it difficult for […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • May 7, 2018

Air France-KLM’s de Nooijer says perishables, e-commerce key to turnaround

Ever since Marcel de Nooijer was appointed executive vice president Air France-KLM Cargo at the end of 2016, he has focused on restoring the cargo division of the legacy carrier to its former glory after several years of less-than-stellar results. At the end of 2017, the carrier began to see some sustained improvement, with a […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 4, 2018

Alibaba’s Ma cautions against U.S.-China trade war

Stakeholders in the air cargo industry have been critical of U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist rhetoric since before he took office in 2017. Yesterday, Alibaba chairman Jack Ma added to the chorus of disapproval as he discouraged pursuit of a trade war between China and the United States, while embracing “American-led globalization.” Ma’s commentary on […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 12, 2018
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