World’s largest aircraft completes first-ever flight

The world’s largest aircraft – measured by wingspan – took its first flight from Mojave Air and Space Port (MHV) on Saturday, departing at 6:58 a.m. PST. It achieved a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour and reached an altitude of 17,000 feet before returning 2.5 hours later.  The plane was designed by the […]

B&H, Compass Forwarding sign MOU

British aerospace logistics firm B&H Worldwide inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with New York-based Compass Forwarding in a move that will expand both parties’ global footprints. The companies’ portfolios of services overlap complementarily; both focus on aerospace industry clients, offering services such as aircraft-on-ground (AOG) desks, airside access, and company materials (COMAT) handling. The MOU […]

U.S. Air Force considers adding military cargo space route

There are new cargo routes, and then there are the out-of-this-world ideas. A recent proposal being considered by the U.S. Air Force definitely fits in the latter category. “Think about this: 30 minutes, 150 metric tonnes, less than the cost of a C-5 [military aircraft],” said Gen. Carlton Everhart, the Air Force’s mobility commander, who […]

CEVA Logistics completes phase one of Rolls-Royce aero logistics project

CEVA Logistics has completed the first phase of its aero logistics project with client Rolls-Royce, establishing three app-integrated hubs or “supply chain control towers” in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, U.K., Singapore and Jacksonville, U.S. The logistics company currently moves more than 1,200 shipments per week – from small parcels to out-of-gauge loads – for the company each week, […]

Russia breaks record for fastest space cargo mission [VIDEO]

Air cargo is supposed to be the fastest-possible delivery mode on the planet, but once you leave Earth, you have to hand it to the Russians. This week, Russia’s space program upped our standard for “express delivery,” shipping 3 tonnes of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) in just 3 hours, […]

B&H signs contract with JetStar Asia Airlines

British aerospace logistics firm B&H Worldwide continues its foray into the Asian market, last week signing a new contract with Singapore-based airline JetStar Asia – an expansion of the companies’ eight-year relationship. In the new agreement, B&H will provide its aerospace-handling services to JetStar Asia’s presence in the Singapore Free Trade Zone (FTZ) from its […]

German companies purchase property to build aerospace MRO facility

Yesterday, aircraft service provider Lufthansa Technik and engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines – both German companies – acquired the property for their joint venture, an aerospace maintenance facility they are calling Engine Maintenance Europe (EME) Aero. The site is located near the Rzeszów Airport in a cluster of aviation and aerospace-related facilities known as “aviation […]

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. […]

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 […]

But… how does it fly? [VIDEO]

We’ve all heard about Howard Hughes’ “Spruce Goose” from the 1940s. We still see Antonov’s massive An-225 flying the skies today. But no one has quite seen the likes of the Stratolaunch, the next contender for “World’s Largest Aircraft,” which was revealed for the first time earlier this month. Created in 2011 for Stratolaunch Systems […]

Visionary Transportation startup eyes the stars with electric cargo rocket

Startup Visionary Transportation has big plans for the next few years, including the development of a 15-foot electric rocket for launching cargo into space, according to Air Cargo World‘s sister publication, Mobility Buzz. Visionary Transportation will begin research and development on the cargo rocket, soon after it completes a prototype for an electric SUV. Later, the Chicago-based […]

AirBridge adds 6th U.S. gateway to North American market

Russia-based all-cargo carrier AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has launched twice-weekly Boeing 747 freighter services from Moscow to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, its sixth online gateway in North America. The new flight from Seattle, ABC said, will continue on to Chicago before returning to Europe and Moscow, providing ABC’s customers with connections to AirBridgeCargo’s international route network via […]

SEKO Logistics sets up aerospace sector

A new SEKO Aerospace and Aviation arm, headed by Bryan Lowrie as managing director, has been established in Dallas. SEKO Logistics has been active in the aerospace industry, but is now looking to earn a larger share of a market projected to be worth US$352 billion by 2023. “Customers don’t buy from you unless they […]

Cargo? Maybe on the next flight…

Today’s story is about a flight that didn’t carry any cargo. It didn’t depart from any of the usual places — no flowers from Colombia or iPhones from Zhengzhou — and it didn’t land at any airport you’ve ever landed at. Its payload was less than a 747, or even a 737. In fact, its […]