Cathay Pacific develops solution for lithium-ion batteries on freighters

Standalone lithium-ion batteries can once again be carried by Cathay Pacific Cargo on its freighter aircraft, after the carrier developed and introduced a fire-containment bag. Shipments of standalone lithium-ion batteries are a significant driver of freighter traffic, especially given the growth of e-commerce and personal electronic devices. Under a provision adopted by the ICAO Council in February 2016, lithium-ion […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • August 1, 2019

Flexport files complaint against Western Global, switches to Atlas Air for 747F ops

Air and ocean forwarder Flexport filed a complaint against Western Global Airlines (WGA) in a U.S. District Court in New York, alleging that “service failures” led to the carrier’s inability to meet the contractual obligations of a three-year operational leasing agreement the two parties signed last year. Under the deal, Western Global was to operate a 747-400BCF on behalf of Flexport through March 31, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 25, 2019

ACE Belgium Freighters secures AOC, to begin operating from LGG base

Cargo startup ACE Belgium Freighters received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) on April 18 and will begin cargo operations from its base at Liège Airport (LGG) to Tel Aviv (TLV) and soon, to New York City (JFK) and Atlanta (ATL).  Eshel Heffetz, ACE’s CEO, said the carrier is currently seeking approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for operations […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 22, 2019

Cargolux 747F makes emergency landing after cockpit fire

A Cargolux 747-8F was en route from Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Airport (KUL) to Zhengzhou Airport (CGO) in China yesterday, when the plane was forced to return to KUL after the crew reported fire and smoke in the cockpit. According to a statement from Cargolux, the aircraft landed safely and the crew was able to leave […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 17, 2019

AAPA reports stable May growth, warns of protectionist policies’ effect on demand

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) today reported a 4.9 percent year-over-year increase in its member carriers’ cargo traffic to 6.13 billion FTKs. The AAPA said the growth was driven by generally solid economic growth across the Asia-Pacific region, combined with stronger demand for manufactured goods. The May growth is slightly lower than the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 26, 2018

Belly shift: EVA retires last combi

January 5 was a small watershed for EVA Air. The 747-400 used for flight BR868, which landed in Taipei that day, subsequently exited the carrier’s fleet, marking the demise of combi aircraft from the lineup. Its retirement leaves Asiana the lone operator of 747 combis in Asia. Stan Wraight, executive director of Strategic Aviation Solutions […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 10, 2015