UTi seeks turnaround with last-mile ByBox service

In a year that has been a roller coaster for many freight forwarders, one of the roughest rides has come from U.S.-based logistics firm UTi Worldwide. As airfreight demand dwindled at the midpoint on this year, the red ink be­gan spilling at UTi, including a US$70.7 million loss in the second quarter and a net […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 6, 2015

Dead stowaway found in cargo plane

Reuters has reported that the body of a dead stowaway was found in the landing gear of a cargo aircraft at Amsterdam-Schiphol on Saturday, Sept. 12. The flight had come from Africa, but border police did not give any more details due to an ongoing investigation. It is unknown if the stowaway was a refugee […]
  • Staff Reports
  • September 14, 2015

Airports Council International says airfreight growth modest

Even as North America is getting up to speed economically, a cyclical slowdown in emerging markets is squelching the prospects for significant advances in the global airfreight market, according to the Airports Council International half-year report. The council also predicted limited global growth for the remainder of 2015. Air-freight volume worldwide grew in June at […]
  • Staff Reports
  • August 14, 2015

Tiny Djibouti gets a lift from Qatar

Beginning Aug. 1, Qatar Airways Cargo will expand its African service with a weekly flight from Doha’s Hamad International Airport to Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport, its seventh African freighter destination. The new service will use A330Fs, carrying more than 170 tonnes of perishables for import to Djibouti every week. With a strategic geographical location, bordered by […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 29, 2015

Tyler calls for greater intra-African connectivity

Over the next 20 years, the continent of Africa is expected to experience a 5 percent-per-year expansion in its airfreight business, but it still must overcome significant challenges in terms of infrastructure, economic development and, above all, connectivity if it is ever to live up to its enormous potential, said Tony Tyler, the director general […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 23, 2015

Etihad Cargo begins Brazzaville 777F service

Expanding its reach into the African market, Etihad Cargo has begun twice-weekly flights freighter flights to Maya Maya Airport, in Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of the Congo. The service, which employs a 777F, flies from Abu Dhabi to Brazzaville via Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. Brazzaville is a key political, economic and […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 22, 2015

Turkish Cargo expands African freighter service

The rapidly expanding cargo division of Turkish Airlines has added a tenth destination in Africa to its maindeck network. On May 18, the carrier began regularly scheduled freighter service to Dakar, Senegal, using an A330F. The route goes from Istanbul to Dakar and then on to Los Angeles, and then returning to Turkey, the company […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 18, 2015

Plans revealed for Ethiopian trans-shipment hub

Ethiopian Airlines has made no secret that it wants to be not only the largest airline in Africa but also one of the top global carriers in the world. According to more details that have been released about ongoing cargo terminal expansion at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, the carrier will likely have a world-class […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 18, 2015

Security issues grow in sub-Saharan region

It just got a little more complicated to make international express shipments in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Regulators in the United States and the European Union have added three more countries in Africa – Sudan, South Sudan and Djibouti – to a list of countries that are deemed a high risk for cargo shipments. Flights from […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 7, 2015

West Coast port crisis boosts Q1 air freight

The global airfreight market experienced a modest bump in the first quarter of 2014, thanks to a strong February which was positively colored by the combination of the West Coast port labor crisis and a massive automobile recall in the U.S. Total air cargo traffic worldwide for Q1, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), increased […]
  • Staff Reports
  • May 5, 2015

Cargo theft a growing problem in EMEA

In 2014, losses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as a result of cargo theft totaled US$80 million, according to the Transported Asset Protection Association. The association reported an average of  three major cargo crimes occurred each day in 2014, targeting high-value, easy-to-steal goods in the supply chain, with an average loss of […]
  • Staff Reports
  • April 16, 2015

Emirates SkyCargo expands Indonesian network

The Indonesian island province of Bali has been added to Emirates SkyCargo’s Asia-Pacific network, joining Jakarta as the second gateway for the carrier in Indonesia. It is the 24th Asia-Pacific destination for Emirates, which will have the capacity to transport 294 tonnes of cargo capacity per week, in both directions, in the belly of a […]
  • Staff Reports
  • April 14, 2015

Airlink responds to flooding in Malawi

Airlink, a humanitarian response organization and its partner airlines, have responded to a crisis in Malawi due to severe flooding caused by above average rainfall in January. Airlink brings pre-qualifed nonprofits together with airlines. The situation is dire, with 1.15 million people affected by the flooding and 336,000 of them displaced. It’s been reported that […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 11, 2015

Brussels Airlines boldy goes where others fear to fly

Brussels Airlines Cargo is winning plaudits from world health and aid agencies for its response to the ongoing Ebola epidemic, which continues to plague West Africa. While other carriers withdrew or redirected flights, the Belgian national carrier, Brussels Airlines, has maintained a full schedule, particularly to the worst-hit countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 3, 2015
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