IAG Cargo’s Heathrow-Kuala Lumpur route strong after year

IAG Cargo’s Heathrow-to-Kuala Lumpur route has exceeded expectations one year after being launched. The service has benefited from strong demand by manufacturers, high-tech shippers and pharmaceutical customers. David Shepherd, head of commercial at IAG Cargo, explained that there was “significant demand for specialist pharmaceutical transportation.” Shepherd added that “following significant investment, we are now able […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 23, 2016

Ethiopian, Astral look for growth beyond Africa

Africa’s most outward-looking cargo carriers used this week’s Africa Air Cargo Summit in Addis Ababa to outline their expansion plans as they look to take advantage of international interest in the African economy. Both Ethiopian Cargo and Astral Aviation have medium-term plans to add freighters and/or international cargo hubs in Africa. Astral Aviation CEO Sanjeev […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 23, 2016

RIOgaleão Cargo welcomes An-124-100 from China

An An-124-100/RM aircraft visited Brazil’s RIOgaleão Cargo terminal at the Tom Jobim International Airport with a 32-ton payload last week. The freighter delivered a telescopic access bridge, sent from Shanghai, with the dispatch and handling operations lasting about eight hours. The Antonov’s specialized cargo was more than 34 meters long, 4.2 meters high and 2.7 […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 20, 2016

Iran-based forwarder joins WACO organization

In another sign that Iran may soon playing a larger role in world airfreight as it re-emerges from U.N. sanctions, the WACO network of independent freight management companies has added Iran-based Amadrah International Freight Forwarding to its roster. As Iran integrates with the global economy, its cargo sector holds immense opportunities, while also being rather […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 17, 2016

Cathay Pacific/Dragonair post weak May numbers despite uptick in cargo

Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair’s May cargo numbers are up, despite a decline in passengers during a month that Cathay Pacific general manager for revenue management Patricia Hwang called, “traditionally one of the slower months for travel.” The jointly owned airlines carried 145,102 tonnes of mail and cargo in May, down 1.3 percent compared to […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 17, 2016

Swiss WorldCargo, Cargologic, SATS launch quality corridor

Swiss WorldCargo, Cargologic and SATS have established a secure temperature-controlled, quality corridor between Singapore and Zurich, the consortium announced earlier this week. The three cargo-handling companies have synchronized their Singapore-Zurich facilities and procedures to deliver accurate, reliable shipments along all steps of the airfreight chain. The collaboration, according to a representative, will facilitate paperless cargo […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 17, 2016

Qatar Airways Cargo ramps-up global ambitions

Qatar Airways Cargo unveiled plans yesterday to increase its positon in three new markets – the trans-Pacific, Australia and South America – with ambitions of becoming a “strong player” there in the next nine months, according to Qatar’s CEO of cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann. At a press conference held on the opening day of Air Cargo […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 15, 2016

New Istanbul airport to offer massive cargo facility

On the streets of Istanbul, the construction of the new airport, located near the confluence ofthe Bosporus and the Black Sea, is a contentious issue. The project is part of President Erdogan’s ambitious infrastructure development project that he hopes will bolster Turkey’s position in regional and global markets. And with Turkish Cargo growing at an […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 15, 2016

Cargo Community Frankfurt grows despite dip in airfreight

The Air Cargo Community Frankfurt announced on Monday that three major air cargo players had joined the organization, bringing its membership up to 41 companies, representing all sectors of the air logistics chain. The newest additions – the Freight Forwarding and Logistics Association Hessen/Rhineland-Palatinate (SLV), Kuehne + Nagel and Hellmann Worldwide Logistics – bolster the […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 14, 2016

Second air cargo carrier enters Russian market despite grim outlook

Just weeks after startup cargo carrier Direct-Avia was launched after acquiring two ex-Transaero Tu204-100Cs on lease from Ilyushin Finance Co., another carrier, SkyGate Airlines, has announced it will begin flights this year from Moscow’s new Zhukovsky Airport. The news was announced at the opening ceremony for the airport earlier this month and is a part […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 10, 2016

TNT grows in Spain to accommodate economic recovery

TNT Express – following its acquisition last month by FedEx – announced plans this week to expand its international express delivery service in Spain, adding 1,300 postal codes to its next day delivery. The company anticipates reaching 90% of Spanish businesses with the expansion. The move is the latest in a series of improvements that […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 9, 2016

Beleaguered LATAM Cargo posts disappointing May numbers

LATAM Cargo’s May airfreight numbers reveal more disappointing news for the struggling South American carrier. Revenue tonne kilometers (RTKs) were down 11.9 percent, year-over-year, from 303 million in May 2015 to 267 million last month. Available tonne kilometers (ATKs) fell 6.7 percent, y-o-y, from 591 million in May 2015 to 552 million in 2016, but […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 9, 2016

New weekly freighter service between Belgium, Angola

Network Airline Management (NAM) and TAAG Angola Airlines have signed a long-term contract to provide a weekly 747-400F service from Liège, Belgium to Luanda, the capital of Angola. With oil inching back over US$50 per barrel, Angola’s recovering hydrocarbon-driven economy relies on the timely delivery of sophisticated parts and equipment to run its oil and […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 8, 2016

LHC’s Paderborn facility to enhance road-feeder connectivity

Starting June 15, a new Lufthansa Cargo facility at Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport will begin consolidating air cargo in Eastern Westphalia for road transport to the airline’s global hub at Frankfurt Airport, a 275 kilometer drive to the south. The facility will amalgamate standard freight, express freight and hazardous materials consignments before transporting them in regularly scheduled […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 8, 2016
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