Kenya’s Astral Aviation to purchase two Falcon cargo drones

Today, at the Farnborough International Airshow, Dubai-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company Falcon Drones Technology and Nairobi-based cargo carrier Astral Aviation agreed that the airline will purchase two of Falcon’s  Lucas-F250 drones (pictured), with an option to purchase another 10 of the aircraft next year. The drone has an endurance of 10 hours, a range […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 18, 2018

Emirates increases frequency between Dubai, Angola

Emirates Airlines has added two weekly flights between Dubai and Luanda, the capital of Angola, increasing its service between the two destinations to five times per week, starting July 1, and then ramping up to daily service, starting in winter. The carrier will employ a 777-300ER aircraft on the route, which will provide 23 tonnes […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 12, 2018

Single African Air Transport Market approved to encourage cross-border trade

The dream of a continent-wide open skies agreement took a step closer in Addis Ababa yesterday at the annual African Union (AU) Summit, when the organization launched the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative, designed to improve intra-African air connectivity. Under the SAATM agreement, first proposed three years ago, 23 African nations agreed that […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 30, 2018

WCS 2017: Astral Aerial wins IATA Innovation Award for ‘UTM Concept for Africa’

ABU DHABI — As IATA wrapped up its 11th World Cargo Symposium here yesterday, it announced that conference participants chose Astral Aerial Solutions as the winner of its 2017 Air Cargo Innovation award, amongst five finalists that had been narrowed down by a panel of judges. Astral Aerial won for its UTM Concept for Africa, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 17, 2017

Air Algerie spins out cargo unit

Air Algerie Cargo commenced operations as a standalone unit of Air Algerie on Nov. 15, with a flight between Algiers (ALG), and Lyon Saint-Exupéry (LYS) in France. Although the carrier has some interesting fleet options, Air Algerie is purportedly using its Lockheed Hercules. In May of this year, Air Algerie outlined plans to launch a separate […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 17, 2016

Svilen Rangelov of Dronamics on new air cargo potential [VIDEO]

A panel at the inaugural ELEVATE conference, held in Miami this week talked about innovation in air cargo and drones were raised as one factor that could cut costs and improve coverage. We caught up with Svilen Rangelov of Bulgaria-based Dronamics to hear his thoughts on drones and to talk about what his company is doing […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 13, 2016

ABC continues cargo growth with strong May performance

AirBridge Cargo extended its strong performance in 2016, reporting a 31 percent tonnage increase, year-over-year, in May. The Moscow-based all-cargo airline increased- its freight tonnes kilometer totals for the month by 21 percent, y-o-y, and 24 percent for the first five months of 2016, compared to the same previous period. ABC carried 50,482 tonnes of […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 20, 2016

Etihad takes delivery of new 777F

  Etihad Cargo has made good on its plans for expansion by taking delivery of a new 777F, the 11th freighter in its fleet. The aircraft will enter service today. At last year’s Dubai Air Show, the carrier announced that it would take delivery of two additional freighters this year. The two  are part of […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 1, 2016

Brussels’ January pax traffic expands at expense of cargo

Brussels Airlines reported strong results from January, with passenger traffic rising by 8.5 percent, compared to the same month last year, along with a load factor that improved by 7.8 percentage points, year-over-year. The bump in traffic, however, did not translate to belly cargo, as the Belgian carrier saw a 15.7 percent, y-o-y, decline in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 25, 2016

Liberalization of African skies may finally arrive in 2017

It’s been a long time coming, but it appears that liberalization may finally be coming to the skies over Africa, but perhaps not until next year. This was the assessment by an aviation lobbying group called the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), which told the Chinese Xinhua news service that significant progress has been made on […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 18, 2016

Building Bloc: Africa’s new free-trade hope

Last December, amid two days of fanfare, a new long-haul 787 passenger route was launched from Durban, South Africa. The four-times-per-week service was hailed by local provincial officials as a triumph for the region and would begin “opening up new markets for our goods around the world,” as well as delivering tourists and tourist money, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 1, 2016

And the ‘Air Cargo Journalist of the Year’ is…

Our congratulations to Randy Woods, editor of Air Cargo World, who was named last night the “Air Cargo Journalist of the Year” by the Seahorse Club, the London-based organization for journalism professionals in the freight transport, shipping and logistics sectors worldwide. Randy won for his feature article “The Lion Roars” on Ethiopian Airlines’ cargo operations. The story was published […]
  • David Harris
  • December 9, 2015

IATA reports plateau in cargo growth for October

As was expected, given the preliminary monthly traffic reports by many major carriers, global air cargo volumes, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), were flat in October 2015, rising by just 0.5 percent, compared with the same month last year. Freight load factors in October also fell to the 44 percent range, a level not […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 3, 2015

Amsterdam-Schiphol remains steady in Q3

Tonnage handled at Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport for the third quarter of 2015 was close to that of Q3 2014. The hub saw a total of 409,034 tonnes of cargo handled in Q3, only 0.08 percent lower than that of the same period last year. Asia and Europe were down 5 and 10 percent respectively, but that […]
  • Staff Reports
  • November 19, 2015
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