Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa to begin cargo space agreement Sept. 1

This week, Brussels Airlines and its parent carrier, Lufthansa announced a start date for a cargo sharing agreement announced earlier this year that will allow Lufthansa to market bellyhold capacity on the Belgian subsidiary carrier, while offering Brussels Airlines access to Lufthansa’s portfolio of international destinations. For Lufthansa, the deal is a shortcut to capitalizing […]

DHL GF, Ethiopian Airlines launch JV to build logistics infrastructure in Africa

DHL Global Forwarding and Ethiopian Airlines have entered a joint venture (JV), “DHL-Ethiopian Airlines Logistics Services Ltd.,” that will serve the entire continent of Africa based from Ethiopia – with Ethiopian Airlines holding a majority stake in the venture. “With its GDP growth, Africa is stepping into the spotlight as production hub,” CEO of DHL […]

Cargolux bans ‘hunting trophies,’ citing environmental sustainability

Today, Luxembourg-based all-cargo carrier Cargolux has banned the transportation of wild game, otherwise known as “hunting trophies,” to take effect immediately. “This practice does not align with the company’s ethical engagements and policies,” said Richard Forson, CEO of Cargolux, stating that the carrier is “committed to building a sustainable business model,” including environment preservation. This […]

Turkish Cargo moves in on Africa-Europe perishables market

Turkish Cargo’s reputation as a major player amongst other major carriers that move perishables from East Africa to Europe continued to bud this month. Based out of the astutely located Istanbul hub, the carrier reported today that it carried 906 tonnes of roses from Nairobi to the Netherlands between Jan. 16 and Feb. 12, in […]

Mining, port activity prompts Cargolux to add stops in Africa

In a bid to increase its presence in the Central African region, Cargolux Airlines will add stops in Douala in Cameroon, and Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Services to Lubumbashi will begin on Sept. 15; Douala starts Oct. 3. The two additional cities both add stops to existing flights. Flights to Lubumbashi, […]

Western Global Airlines, Network Airline Management renew ACMI deal

All-cargo carrier Western Global Airlines (WGA) renewed its long-term ACMI contract with UK-based Network Airline Management (NAM) last week, operating WGA MD-11 freighters on Africa-to-Europe routes. The renewal keeps WGA freighters flying scheduled and charter flights on behalf of NAM, primarily between Europe and Africa, with operations based in Liege, Belgium. NAM said that the […]

Ethiopian Airlines sets late June date to open new cargo terminal

Ethiopian Airlines has set this year’s ICAO Global Air Cargo Development Forum, hosted by Ethiopia, as the date for the inauguration of its Cargo Terminal-II. The event takes place from 27th to 29th June 2017. The new 150,000 square meter Cargo Terminal includes facilities such as the dry cargo terminal warehouse, the perishable cargo terminal […]

WorldACD: Consistent volume growth pushes up air cargo yields

  Growth might be tapering off, but airfreight is experiencing such high demand that, unless customers have blocked space agreements (BSAs), their freight might not fly. According to WorldACD’s April numbers, air cargo posted a “respectable” 7.7 percent volume increase, year-over-year, however, performance varied across the industry. In direct tonne kilometers, growth was 8.5 percent, […]

Ethiopian Airlines adds Ahmedabad to India cargo network

Ethiopian Airlines announced that it will add Ahmedabad, the carrier’s fifth cargo gateway to India, to its global cargo network as of March 28, 2017. The Addis Ababa based carrier also finalized preparations to launch new flights to Victoria Falls, Oslo and Antananarivo, set to start 26-28 March 2017. Ethiopian Cargo 777-F Group CEO Tewolde […]

AirBridgeCargo pivots away from Africa citing market weakness

AirBridgeCargo’s CEO Sergey Lazarev told Russian Aviation Insider that the carrier’s Africa routes, which had been operated by U.K.-based sister airline CargoLogicAir, had proven to be commercially unfeasible, due to the weakness of the African market. The London Stansted via Frankfurt to Libreville, Johannesburg and Nairobi route has been scrapped in favor of more profitable […]

New Qatar Airways flights to Namibia a boon for exporters, tourism

Qatar Airways launched a four-times-weekly route between Doha and Windhoek, Namibia, this week that will add 92 tonnes of bellyhold capacity per week on board the carrier’s 787 passenger aircraft. While the lion’s share of Namibian exports reach only as far as neighboring countries such as South Africa and Botswana, Europe and North American markets are […]

DHL lands global airfreight contract with Chinese cell phone manufacturer

Transsion Holdings, one of the world’s fastest-growing and mobile phone manufacturers, has chosen DHL Global Forwarding to arrange the shipment of its cell phones. Under the agreement, DHL-GF will provide airfreight services, including customs clearance, from Transsion’s manufacturing base in South China to 28 countries around the world, covering parts of Asia, the Middle East […]