Liège cargo strategy pays off with record volumes in 2017

While other European airports were giving cargo the cold shoulder (or at least forcing them to compete for limited slots), Belgium’s Liège Airport did just the opposite, perusing cargo carriers through a strategy of unlimited slots and landing times, and massive investments into cargo facilities. Now, the airport is announcing all-time record volumes of 717,000 […]

Top 10 Air Cargo World stories of 2017

We at Air Cargo World thank you for your loyal readership during this surprisingly busy 2017 and wish you continued success in the coming new year. But before we turn the calendar to 2018, we thought we’d take one last look back at this year – our 75th continuous year in publishing – and find […]

AirBridgeCargo opens ‘Control Tower’ for special cargo

Moscow-based all-cargo carrier AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has introduced a new “Control Tower” operation, custom-built to handle special cargo monitoring and for preventative or corrective actions regarding service disruptions. The Control Tower – not a physical tower structure but a “point of convergence” – is based in Moscow and is staffed by supply-chain specialists round-the-clock. Its […]

AirBridgeCargo, DHL Global Forwarding successfully test RKN containers

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has completed its multi-modal shipment trial for Deutsche Post DHL Group’s ocean- and air-forwarding arm DHL Global Forwarding, using Envirotainer’s RKN active cargo container. The trial tested the container for delivery of healthcare products from Moscow to Miami using Good Distribution Practice (GDP) cool chain standards. During the trial, which took place […]

Asia-Europe cargo and pharma prompt a ‘bright outlook’ at AirBridgeCargo

With the 10-month results coming in, 2017 is looking increasingly like a bumper year, with AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) announcing that its 10-month volumes were up 15 percent, year-over-year, to 575,000 tonnes. ABC noted that all major markets saw growth, and the Moscow-based all-cargo carrier said that it expects similar results “through the end of the […]

AirBridgeCargo to deploy Sky Fresh freight management software

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) and Sky Fresh signed a service-level agreement last week to launch the new Sky Fresh platform that digitalizes cargo acceptance checklists and allows the Moscow-based carrier to manage cargo via a smartphone or tablet. In addition to digitalization, the Sky Fresh online web platform centralizes data from acceptance checklists, giving ABC the […]

AirBridgeCargo gains Schiphol slots after threat over Russian airspace

The slot scarcity at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) took a dramatic turn after a threat from Moscow to close Russian airspace to Dutch planes if AMS refused to accommodate more aircraft slots for Russian airline AirBridgeCargo (ABC). As Dutch newspaper NRC reported, Air France-KLM signed an agreement on Nov. 3 to lend ABC slots for […]

European shippers demand IATA act to defend freighter operations

The European Shippers Council (ESC) is warning that slot-allocation policies at major airports will “immediately hurt the rest of the supply chain, hamper the economic investment climate, and result in a loss of jobs” unless policies are changed to accommodate full freighter operations. For example, with freighter flights at Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) facing a 20 […]

Liège rolls out the red carpet for freighters, while competitors cut slots

Liège Airport is investing more than €20 million into new warehouses and cargo handling facilities, opening its doors to the cargo business during a time when other regional airports are struggling with overcapacity and limited cargo slots. Over the course of the next year, Liège plans to add nearly 20,000 square feet of cargo facilities, […]

BRU picks up 4 weekly Singapore Airlines freighter flights from crowded AMS

Breaking with recent overall industry growth in cargo volumes compared with 2016, cargo traffic at Brussels Airport (BRU) fell by 1.1 percent, year-over-year, in September, but the airport expects the decrease to be partially offset by the addition of new Singapore Airlines Cargo freighter flights that had been flying through Amsterdam. Four of Singapore Airlines’ […]

GECAS acquires 747-8 on lease to AirBridgeCargo

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) added a 747-8 freighter to its fleet through an acquisition from Boeing’s aircraft leasing unit, Boeing Capital Corp. The aircraft was on lease to Moscow-based AirBridgeCargo as the fifth 747-8F of 20 aircraft that ABC’s parent, Volga-Dnepr Group, agreed to take delivery of, according to the terms of a 2015 […]

AirBridgeCargo’s volume growth slows, but remains in double digits

As perhaps the world’s fastest-growing all-cargo airline, AirBridgeCargo (ABC) again reported respectable volume growth of 16 percent, year-over-year, for the first half of 2017 to 335,000 tonnes. Growth rates, however, are down compared to 2016 – when ABC reported sharply higher cargo tonnage growth of 31 percent, y-o-y, during the first five months of the […]

Are ‘modest gains’ the new normal for Dubai’s cooling air freight market?

Dubai’s new freight hub is now handling approximately one third of the emirate’s air freight, as both regional airports posted middling first half numbers, reflecting a regional downturn. Freight volumes at Dubai World Central (DWC) rose 3.2 percent year-over-year (y-o-y) to 443,835 tonnes during the first half of 2017. Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports […]

The Freight 50: A strong finish to 2016

A strong finish In some ways, 2016 came in like a lamb for the airfreight industry and went out like a lion – one whose roar can still be heard today as the surge in demand carried well into 2017. IATA’s WATS report noted that the particularly strong peak season in 2016 “coincided with a […]
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