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

How will the airfreight ‘wild card’ be played in 2018?

Based on the latest combined January and February results from WorldACD and IATA, 2018 clearly got off to a strong start in terms of cargo demand. But the real question is: Now what? Except the 2018 version of “now what” also includes a new wild card. Any speculation about the future involves taking stock in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 4, 2018

Industry mourns death of former Hactl CEO, Mark Whitehead

The airfreight industry is still reeling from the news yesterday that Mark Whitehead, the recently retired CEO of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (Hactl), passed away in his sleep while he was competing in an ocean yacht race, which was one of his lifelong passions. Mark joined Hactl in 2010 and, under his leadership, “the company […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 4, 2018

ACE Awards 2018: Specializing in Excellence

It can be said now that 2017 was one of the longest periods of sustained growth for air cargo demand. The 9.2 percent average rise in total freight tonne kilometers worldwide, according to IATA, was the greatest surge since the brief post-recession correction in 2010 and has been credited with raising the fortunes of virtually […]
  • Staff Reports
  • April 3, 2018

What will ELDs do to the noble profession of truck driving?

One of the biggest thrills I remember when I was a kid was leaning against the back-seat rear window of my father’s Pontiac Bonneville and gesturing to oncoming truckers to blow their air horns. Once heard, the glee throughout the car was contagious, not only because of the rig’s loud roar but also the impressive […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • April 2, 2018

DHL Global Trade Barometer calls for slight decline in air trade

According to DHL, the outlook for air trade this year has dipped slightly due to an increase in oceanfreight momentum. This is the conclusion reached by the latest figures from the integrator’s Global Trade Barometer, an index that tracks the progress of global air cargo development. Despite a one-point point drop, the air trade outlook […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 28, 2018

ACE Awards 2018: Top Airports chart

  AIRPORT SURVEY CRITERIA Airports are rated by freight forwarders, cargo agents and third-party logistics providers on the following criteria: Performance: Quality of customer service; handling of exceptions Value: Competitiveness of rates and charges; customs clearance efficiency Facilities: Airside capacity; apron capacity and aircraft parking; warehousing; operational restrictions; ground connectivity In addition to highlighting winners, […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 27, 2018

ACE Awards 2018: Top airports, carriers chosen for Air Cargo Excellence

CARRIERS The top vote-getter in the Large Carrier category (1 million tonnes of cargo handled and up) came as little surprise: Cathay Pacific Airways, which was a Platinum Award winner last year, won the Diamond Award this year. A spokesperson from Cathay Pacific Cargo said 2017 was the strongest year for growth in airfreight demand […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 27, 2018

ACE Awards 2018: Top Carriers chart

  CARRIER SURVEY CRITERIA Air carriers were rated by freight forwarders on the following criteria: Customer Service: Quality of customer service; tracking and tracing of shipments; electronic air waybill (e-AWB) capabilities Performance: Timeliness of delivery; space availability; availability of main-deck capacity Value: Competitiveness of rates; availability and quality of special services; route network In addition […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 27, 2018

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. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 2, 2018

A ‘New NAFTA’ could lead to angry Canadian neighbors

To most Americans, Canadians are perceived to be chronically polite and kind. But recently, a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission defeating the Trump administration’s attempt to impose duties of almost 300 percent on imported jets made by a Canadian manufacturer may be the cause for some uncharacteristic celebratory behavior. The decision may have […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • March 2, 2018

75th Anniversary Snapshot: What’s more valuable? Passengers or cargo?

At the start of the new year, one can be forgiven for being overly optimistic about the future. But there are limits. One case in point comes from an article written in 1953 by Milton A. Caine, the former managing editor of Air Transportation magazine – the precursor to Air Cargo World. Titled “Cargo Will […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 9, 2018

Singapore Air Show: Could we see CEIV for perishables soon?

SINGAPORE — Will the industry soon see a set of standards for the airfreight handling of perishables? Opinions at Changi Airport (SIN) are mixed, here on the floor of the Singapore Air Show. Yesterday, Singapore Airlines Cargo senior manager Clinton Tan told Air Cargo World that IATA’s CEIV-Pharma certification program was necessary to get stakeholders aligned […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 8, 2018

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 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 7, 2018
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