Kenya to become first country to adopt CSQ tool at airports nationwide

In an effort to raise the bar on cargo-handling standards across Africa, Kenya is scheduled to become the first country in the world to adopt a new benchmarking tool, called Cargo Service Quality (CSQ), at all of its airports nationwide. Developed last year by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), the CSQ tool is made […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 5, 2018

Panalpina expands cold storage at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport

This week, Panalpina opened its expanded cold-storage space at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). With this development, the company seeks to strengthen both services for customers in the perishable industry, and its competitive position in the region. Panalpina has doubled its cold-storage space at the airport by 1,500 square meters. According to the company, […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 29, 2018

Entebbe makes strides in cargo infrastructure, digital processes

Stories of projects that aim to improve infrastructure in East Africa are cropping up more these days, one example being Uganda’s principal hub, Entebbe International Airport (EBB), which is making moves to improve its cargo facilities. The airport began a US$200 million expansion project in 2016, which includes the construction of a new cargo center, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 29, 2018

DHL flies medicine via fixed-wing drone to Lake Victoria island [VIDEO]

DHL has completed testing of “Deliver Future,” its pilot project to transport medicine using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to Ukerewe Island in East Africa’s Lake Victoria. Over a six-month period, the fixed-wing “DHL Parcelcopter 4.0” (pictured), which utilizes German drone manufacturer Wingcopter’s tilt-rotor technology, successfully flew a 37-mile route to an Ukerewe Island in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 4, 2018

Into & Out of Africa: Links to China are rewriting the rules of African airfreight

Mere hours after being offloaded from an inbound flight originating at Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport (CAN), a case of cell phones has already been processed through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s (NBO) new express center. They now sit at the edge of an off-airport warehouse, waiting for pickup to continue their journey over land. In the […]
  • Molly Thompson
  • October 3, 2018

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
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