Consultant Insight: Middle East outlook for 2020 is promising

A flurry of activity from forwarders and logistics providers has focused on the Middle East region of late.  Kerry Logistics opened a new office in Bahrain as well as a new bonded logistics facility in Dubai. Meanwhile, DB Schenker and DHL Express, both of which took advantage of free trade areas around airports, opened a […]

Jettainer to digitize American Airlines Cargo ULDs

ULD management company Jettainer is undertaking a proof-of-concept test to equip slightly more than 10%, or 2,000, American Airlines Cargo containers and pallets with Bluetooth Low Energy tracking tags. In a statement announcing the plan, Jettainer also said it would extend its cooperation agreement with AA Cargo for another five years.  Lufthansa Cargo-owned subsidiary Jettainer partnered with logistics data company CORE Transport Technologies in October […]

Cargo losses at Etihad more evidence of Gulf region’s cargo downturn

What Etihad Airways called a “slight improvement” in freight carried during fiscal year 2016 failed to offset increased pressures on cargo revenues and yields, prompting a 10 percent decline in freight revenues to US$900 million. Cargo volumes for Etihad’s FY 2016 rose just 0.8 percent to 595,916 tonnes. The news from the Abu Dhabi-based carrier […]

DHL Supply Chain to take over MRO logistics for Etihad Airways Engineering

Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) firm Etihad Airways Engineering said it plans to outsource all its logistics functions to DHL Supply Chain, the Abu Dhabi-based engineering arm of Etihad Airways announced yesterday.  In a letter of intent signed by the two companies, DHL Supply Chain will assume management of the MRO’s stores, local transport […]

Etihad Cargo adds Cambodia freighter service

Etihad Cargo has launched a weekly freighter service between Abu Dhabi and Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, in a bid to capture Cambodia’s growing garment and footwear output. Fashion related industry now accounts for 10 percent of the country’s workforce, and Cambodia’s rise represents a demand for cheap labor as countries like China see […]

WCS 2017: Get ready for air cargo disruption on the Horizon

ABU DHABI, UAE — For most of the last 50 years, the symbol of a successful “future” has been the long-promised, never-realized flying car. While most of us have long ago given up dreams of seeing these hybrids take to the air in real life, that is exactly the catalyst that has driven entrepreneur Svilen […]

LUG takes over Etihad’s Frankfurt, Munich cargo handling

Ground handler LUG aircargo will take over freight handling operations for Etihad at Munich this month, and will assume the carrier’s Frankfurt Airport operations in March. Etihad entered into a code-share agreement with Lufthansa between the same airports late last year, creating the potential for Lufthansa freight to move between Germany and Etihad’s Abu Dhabi […]

Etihad’s Hogan to step down as losses mount in minority investments

After 10 years at the helm of Etihad, president and CEO James Hogan will step down during the second half of 2017. Hogan has overseen the growth of Etihad from a 22-plane regional carrier into a 120-aircraft global airline, with seven airline equity partnerships that serve more than 120 million passengers per year. In recent […]

Is Lufthansa’s tie-up with Etihad a sign of détente?

Etihad Airways and Lufthansa finalized a codeshare agreement, set to start in January 2017, and subject to government approval. The agreement signals a strategic cooperation between two former, and often bitter rivals along a vital passenger and cargo route. Etihad attributed its record-breaking cargo volumes in October to “volumes from Europe to Asia Pacific,” and […]

Chapman Freeborn, Volga-Dnepr celebrate Solar Impulse 2’s dénouement

The Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) may have been the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the globe after touching down in Abu Dhabi on July 26, but it wasn’t exactly alone. To earn this achievement, Si2 had to make multiple stops along the way, and charter carriers Chapman Freeborn and Volga-Dnepr were on hand throughout the […]

Two routes become four in IAG Cargo’s Middle East expansion

Citing a growing economy in the Gulf region and an expected surge in traffic to Qatar for the coming World Cup football tournament in 2022, IAG Cargo said it plans to split two of its current routes to the Middle East region into four separate services. This year, IAG Cargo said it will split its […]

Etihad Airways Cargo tonnage up 4 percent in 2015

Abu-Dhabi-based Etihad Airways reported its largest net profit ever in 2015, a figure that jumped 41 percent, year-over-year, to US$103 million. Low oil prices and strong demand for cargo, passenger and other ancillary services helped elevate the carrier’s profitability last year. Cargo tonnage, in particular, grew by 4 percent to 591,000 tonnes. Growth in cargo […]

Too tough to handle?

A pallet of unprotected cargo on an airport tarmac with an outside temperature of 21°C can quickly reach tempera­tures above 55° C. At that point, an egg can fry in about 20 minutes. Now just image if that pallet contained tempera­ture-sensitive pharmaceutical goods, or some other high-value perishable. Costs incurred by the top ten pharmaceutical […]
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