MallforAfrica adds Chinese vendors to e-commerce platform

African shopping platform MallforAfrica – which sources “billions of items” from United States and United Kingdom-based retailers – has opened a warehouse in China and will now make Chinese products available through its online shopping app, connecting African consumers to the Chinese e-commerce market. Once goods are purchased, customer orders are fulfilled from MallforAfrica warehouses […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 18, 2018

Ethiopian launches first African freighter service to Miami

Yesterday, Ethiopian Airlines launched the first of two weekly freighter flights between Addis Ababa and Miami creating the first-ever cargo-only route between the African continent and Miami International Airport (MIA). The scheduled flights will operate on a route that includes intermediate stops in Spain, Colombia and Belgium, and all flights will employ 777-200LRF freighter aircraft. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 30, 2018

Ethiopian Airlines shows cargo volume growth in Q2

Ethiopian Airlines has released its results for the period ended on June 30, which shows an 18 percent increase in cargo volume to 400,339 tonnes and a 26 percent increase in net profit to about US$ 245.6 million compared to the same period last year. The airline has added eight new destinations to its network […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 15, 2018

Agility Logistics reports Q2 growth in net income, airfreight volume

Kuwait-based Agility Logistics has released its Q2 2018 financial results, which show a 20 percent increase in net profit and a 14 percent increase in volume, year-over-year, in its airfreight segment for the three-month period ended in June 30, 2018. Its freight forwarding and contract logistics segments were the two major drivers of revenue within […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 7, 2018

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
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