Asian carriers’ July traffic reflects continued impact of trade war

In July’s first look, Asian carriers reported year-over-year declines in cargo traffic across the board for the month, reflecting the continued impact of protectionist policies on global trade in their operations. Taiwan-based EVA Air and China Airlines both saw significant declines in year-over-year traffic, while Mainland China-based China Southern Airlines and Air China also reported lower numbers compared to the same month […]

Hong Kong flight disruptions increase: Airport strike update

Disruptions to flights in and out of Hong Kong worsened on Monday after protesters coordinated strikes to bring the city to a standstill. After dozens of morning cancellations, airport authorities said they would reschedule flights starting from 12 p.m. local time and reduce the volume of arrivals and departures. Pilot and flight-crew unions for Hong […]

Declines dominate Asian carriers’ June traffic reports 

Several Asia-based carriers reported year-over-year declines in their traffic for the month of June. Taiwan-based EVA Air and China Airlines both saw significant declines, while China-based China Southern Airlines and Air China also reported lower numbers compared to the year prior, but with less impact on their change in cumulative traffic for the first half of […]

Asian carriers report mixed traffic for May

In Asia, Taiwan-based EVA Air and China Airlines reported year-over-year declines, while China-based China Southern Airlines and Air China reported mixed results in their traffic for the month of May. Singapore Airlines, meanwhile, saw a continued decline in its traffic this month.  EVA Air’s cargo traffic, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) declined 6.0% year-over-year for the Month of May to 300 million FTKs. Load […]

Air China, Royal Jordanian choose WFS for Copenhagen ground handling

One of the world’s largest cargo handling firms, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), expanded its business even further today by signing two more contracts with Air China and Royal Jordanian Airlines to provide ground handling support at Denmark’s Copenhagen Airport (CPH). By the end of May, WFS said it will begin handling cargo transported by Air […]

Air China Cargo and China Southern Cargo to merge?

As the Chinese Government moves to pare down its outlays on state-owned behemoths, it has been widely reported that the cargo and logistics operations of Beijing-based Air China and Guangzhou-based China Southern will be divested and merged into a single entity. Sources quoted in Bloomberg have even identified potential investors for the new company, which […]

Air freight demand continues to grow in November

Many of the world’s major cargo carriers and airports have reported their November results, with gains appearing almost as strong as they were in October, it still looks like a very good month. Strikes at Lufthansa impacted not only the carrier, but also its main hub at Frankfurt (FRA), and neither Cathay Pacific nor Hong Kong […]

Polar Air Cargo settles in price-fixing class-action

The class-action lawsuit involving global price-fixing of fuel and other surcharges from 2000 to 2006 continues to wind down nearly a decade after the alleged transgressions occurred. This week, Polar Air Cargo, LLC, and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings have agreed to settle with the plaintiffs for US$100 million, which is the second-largest settlement amount to […]

Cathay reaches settlement in Canadian cartel case

The saga of the alleged air cargo price-fixing cartel that stretches back to 2006 has reached one more milestone, as Cathay Pacific Airlines reached a US$4.5 million settlement in the civil antitrust class action brought against it and other airlines in Canada. “Cathay Pacific does not admit any unlawful conduct, wrongdoing or liability in the […]

ACP Worldwide to serve Air China in Africa

ACP Worldwide has been chosen as the cargo GSA across South Africa for Air China and will sell capacity on the airline’s first ever nonstop, direct flight between China and Africa.  The first inbound flight was on Oct. 29, with the first outbound on Oct. 30. Services using a 777-300ER will operate from Johannesburg’s OR […]

Air carrier antitrust case holdouts will go to court

Four cargo airlines that have not settled in the long-running air cargo antitrust case will have their day in court. The four holdouts – Air China Ltd./Air China Cargo Co. Ltd.; Air India Ltd.; Air New Zealand Ltd.; and Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc./Polar Air Cargo, LLC/Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. – will meet in […]

Cecil killing prompts trophy cargo policy review

Call it the “Cecil Effect.” In the aftermath of the illegal killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist in Zimbabwe, airlines that carry “trophy kills” as cargo have come under pressure by organizations such as the Humane Society International. Now, Delta Air Lines, which had been a holdout, has agreed not to carry […]

Cargo cartel case now a class action

A case that has dragged on for nearly a decade has recently been given new life, thanks to a ruling by the U.S. District Court. Shippers seeking damages against carriers that colluded to fix fuel and security surcharges between Jan. 1, 2000, and Sept. 30, 2006, were granted class-action status on July 10. The airlines […]

Anti-trust settlements top US$1 billion

Kaplan Fox, one of four co-lead counsels representing the plaintiffs in the antitrust allegations leveled at several air carriers, has revealed that a US$99 million settlement has been made with EVA Airways, which brings the total aggregate settlements in the long-running legal action to more than $1 billion. Litigation is still pending against four of […]
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