Tripping over tariffs

Temporary disruptor, or catalyst for supply chain revolution? An effortless downswing launches a ball up into the sky where it bisects an incoming China Southern 747 freighter making its final approach toward the nearby airport’s eastern runway. Unbeknownst to the golfer, a footwear executive in town for an urgent supply chain meeting, she has more […]

ANA sees exports to China plunge in first quarter

Japanese carrier ANA’s airfreight traffic to China took a serious hit in the first three months of 2019, with Shinya Katanozak, president and CEO of ANA Holdings, reporting to local media that the amount of cargo dropped by 24% compared to the same period last year. According to ANA traffic figures, ANA’s overall international cargo […]

ANA to utilize 777F for inter-Asia, trans-Pacific routes

Japan-based combination carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) released its 2019 flight schedule, which reveals how the carrier's soon-to-be-delivered 777 freighter will be utilized to address “projected increases in demand over the medium- to long-term for routes between Asia and North America,” ANA said. Next summer, the carrier plans to initially utilize the freighter for six-times […]

Cargolux to operate Nippon Cargo flight from LUX to NRT

Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) said it will commence use of capacity on Cargolux’s 747-400F and 747-8F aircraft, which fly weekly between Luxembourg (LUX) and Narita (NRT). This cooperation was initially publicized at the tail end of 2017 and is set to begin on March 27. NCA has outsourced some of its routes to other carriers […]

United Cargo, ANA westbound launch completes trans-Pacific joint venture

United Airlines Cargo and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have added westbound trans-Pacific routes to a cargo joint venture that the two carriers launched in 2016. The expanded terms now cover a multidirectional trans-Pacific cargo network. Under the now-completed JV, customers with shipments originating in the United States or Canada, bound for Japan, enjoy the same […]

Joint sales with Lufthansa kicks off as Cathay shifts gears

The Year of the Rooster was barely under way, and most Chinese workers were out celebrating the biggest festival in their calendar, when the fledgling partnership of Cathay Pacific with Lufthansa Cargo shifted into a higher gear with joint sales activity. Feb. 1 was the day the combined westbound sales activity out of Cathay’s home […]

Asia-Pacific airlines show modest recovery in cargo

Air cargo markets in the Asia-Pacific region are growing, albeit slowly, according to preliminary traffic figures for the month of July, recently released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). Member airlines’ cargo volumes grew by 3.9 percent, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs). In spite of a 3.4 percent increase in capacity for […]

ANA cutting cargo flights to China

Japan-based All Nippon Airways (ANA) is moving cargo from its freighters to the bellyholds of its passenger fleet, while scaling back scheduled all-cargo flights in October, the airline announced. The decision mirrors an industry-wide general freight trend, as increasing bellyhold capacity exerts downward pressure on the profits of freighter operations. ANA’s decision was based on […]

Asia-Europe cargo alliances appearing around every corner

Carrier alliances are rapidly becoming the way for forwarders in Asia to move their airfreight to overseas destinations. Following All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) alignment with Lufthansa, the Japanese carrier is about to embark on a second joint venture, this one across the Pacific with United Airlines. Germany- based Lufthansa, meanwhile, has set the wheels in […]

Lufthansa, ANA expand their JV

Lufthansa Cargo and All Nippon Airways (ANA) will extend their much-lauded joint venture this July by merging both of their feeder networks. The new agreement builds on the current JV, which connects Lufthansa Cargo’s services in Germany, Austria, France, the U.K. and Belgium to intercontinental flights. As of July 12, all European countries will benefit […]

Shifting Sun: Japanese forwarders, carriers broaden their horizons

After U.S. and Japanese officials agreed in mid-February to add new landing and take-off slots at Tokyo Haneda Airport that will allow daytime flights to the United States for the first time, passenger carriers were practically licking their lips. Because of this agreement, Japanese and U.S. airlines will soon get five new slots each at […]

Lufthansa to expand JV, cut costs and staff

After a tougher-than-expected third quarter, Lufthansa Cargo has sent out mixed signals about its plans for 2016, announcing an expansion of its joint venture with All Nippon Airways (ANA) Cargo, but also launching a cost-cutting program that will likely reduce maindeck capacity and eliminate some jobs. Starting this month, Lufthansa Cargo and ANA expanded their […]

Lufthansa Cargo reports operating loss, will park two freighters

For the second-straight quarter, Lufthansa Cargo AG, the logistics and cargo arm of Germany’s Lufthansa Group, reported an operating loss. With no end to the current declining airfreight demand in sight, it is likely that the carrier’s cargo business will end up reporting its first full-year operating loss in six years. Lufthansa Cargo’s earnings before […]

Lufthansa to add JV partner this year

Speaking at the Freighters and Belly Cargo Conference in Abu Dhabi, sponsored by Air Cargo News, Bernhard Kindelbacher, senior vice president for strategy, subsidiaries and business development at Lufthansa, said the carrier will announce a new joint venture partner before the end of this year. The planned JV, Kindelbacher said, will be an expansion of […]
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