Digital bookings on the rise, but are sales stuck in analog?

Digitalization of the cargo sales and booking process was a popular discussion topic at this year’s Cargo Facts EMEA earlier this month in Frankfurt. While interfacing with online booking platforms like and Freightos’ WebCargo is a practice gaining traction among carriers, human sales agents are still central to the process. “We have a high […]

Cargolux completes Cargo iQ certification renewal

Luxembourg-based Cargolux Airlines has renewed its Cargo iQ certification for the next three years, the carrier announced today. Cargo iQ is an International Air Transport Association (IATA) interest group, comprising airlines and forwarders. The group aims to improve end-to-end work processes across the logistics chain through increased transparency, as well as common and measurable standards. […]

ANA Cargo launches 777F flight to Chicago

Japan-based ANA Cargo today commenced long-haul freighter operations with its own 777F aircraft. The carrier deployed its second of two 777Fs (65757) for the first flight on the new route between Tokyo (NRT) and Chicago (ORD). ANA Cargo told Air Cargo World that today’s inaugural flight carried approximately 80 tonnes of freight, consisting mainly of […]

TACF18: ANA Cargo, CargoXS join Cargo iQ

TORONTO – Tokyo-based ANA Cargo and Netherlands-based IT company CargoXS have joined Cargo iQ, the IATA interest group created to implement quality standards for the air cargo industry. The organization’s executive director Ariaen Zimmerman released the news today during a panel at TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum. Hiroshi Sugiguchi, executive vice president of global marketing at ANA Cargo […]

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 […]

Shifting Sun: E-commerce alone might not be enough

For many regions enduring stagnant air cargo growth, the cure-all has often come in the form of e-commerce – the rising tide of international e-commerce that tends to lift all boats and inject life into moribund trade lanes. Japan’s proximity to China, one of the fastest-growing online retail markets in the world, may make e-commerce […]

Lufthansa, United form trans-Atlantic JV

Two months ago at the Freighters and Belly Cargo Conference in Abu Dhabi, Bernhard Kindelbacher, senior vice president for strategy, subsidiaries and business development at Lufthansa, said there would be an announcement of a new joint venture before the end of the year. Today’s news of Lufthansa Cargo and United Cargo expanding their current passenger […]

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 […]

ANA Cargo has sluggish first half

Efforts by All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) cargo division to capture higher cargo volumes by introducing a new loading reservation system  weren’t enough to boost the carrier’s airfreight numbers for the six-month period ending Sept. 30. First-half annual cargo revenue for domestic routes at ANA slipped 3.7 percent, year-over-year, from US$133 million to $128.5 million in […]

ANA, Lufthansa stretch cargo partnership

Lufthansa Cargo and ANA Cargo are expanding the joint venture they established in December 2014 to cover European destinations. Effective Aug. 3, freight consignment routes from Europe to Japan will number 90 direct flights each week, beginning with additional frequencies from Germany, France, the U.K. and Austria. Other European countries are expected to follow. The […]

Lufthansa delays new cargo center in Frankfurt

Saying the carrier needed to prioritize capital investment in other directions, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said that a new cargo handling center, which was to be constructed at Frankfurt Airport, will be delayed for at least two years. Addressing a general meeting of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Spohr said investment in 2015 will be €2.9 billion, […]

ANA Cargo delivers Japanese food

Changi Airport Group (CAG) welcomed the arrival of ANA Cargo’s inaugural flight from Okinawa, Japan, a new freighter city link for Changi Airport. ANA Cargo will operate six weekly Okinawa-Singapore-Tokyo Narita services, using a Boeing 767-300F aircraft. ANA Cargo hopes this new service will widen distribution channels for fresh Japanese food products to Singapore and […]