Flying taxi startups using European technology to debut in Asia

The world’s first passenger-drone services may debut in Asia -- but the technology behind these flying taxis will be largely European. Volocopter GmbH of Germany said Thursday it will open a landing facility in Singapore later this year for trial flights, while Austria’s FACC AG is working to produce hundreds of passenger drones for Chinese partner EHang Inc.by the […]

Speakers from Flexport, MAB Kargo, SF Express to take part in Cargo Facts Asia

The lineup of air cargo industry visionaries speaking at the Cargo Facts Asia 2019 conference in Shanghai has recently expanded to include George Li, group vice president of SF Express and president of SF Airlines; Neel Jones Shah, senior vice president and global head of airfreight at full-service air and ocean forwarder Flexport; and Ibrahim Mohamed Salleh, […]

Budapest Airport plans growth strategy for Asia with new routes

Today, Budapest Airport (BUD) announced its new growth strategy for Asia, set to launch in the new year, which includes the addition of several direct freighter and belly cargo routes to China. Although details on schedules and frequency are still to be determined, the new flights are expected to begin operations next summer. The new […]

Hong Kong, Alibaba Group to build HKG smart logistics hub

Today, Airport Authority Hong Kong and Alibaba Group announced their commitment to collaborate in building a global smart logistics hub at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). The right to develop and manage the hub at the world’s busiest cargo airport was awarded earlier this year to a joint venture led by Cainiao Network, the logistics […]

Swissport revamps regional management structure

Zurich-based cargo handler Swissport will consolidate its management structure from nine to three regions, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The three new positions will cover the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), APAC (Asia-Pacific) and Americas regions. The three new regional heads will report directly to Swissport’s CEO and president, Eric Born, replacing the current position […]

Early 2018 holiday shopping breaks peak season records

Following on the heels of China’s 11.11 shopping holiday, numbers are out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. American shoppers kicked off the start of the shopping season in the United States, spending US$24.2 billion shopping online — 23 percent more than what they spent over the same five days in 2017. American consumers spent […]

American Airlines has record-breaking Q2, but proceeds with caution

The cargo arm of the traditionally passenger-focused American Airlines increased its second quarter freight volume by 10 percent to 158,757 tonnes compared to the same period last year, according to its recent quarterly statement. The airline said this marks its best June performance in more than 10 years, standing out among many carriers that saw […]

Booming Asia rail trade prompts DHL to open Stuttgart center

If air carriers and forwarders weren’t yet concerned about competition from Eurasian rail cargo connections, they may be after today, when DHL Global Forwarding opened a new “China Rail Competence Center” Germany to better coordinate door-to-door services to customers via rail and truck. Rail freight traffic between Germany and China has increased 10 times in […]

Yusen targets intra-Asian e-commerce with Hong Kong cool center

Japan-based Yusen Logistics recently opened a new temperature-controlled facility at the Tsuen Wan Logistics Center in Hong Kong – a move aimed at satisfying the region’s growing demand for e-commerce-fueled food imports from Japan and Europe.  Yusen’s new chilled facility is symbolic of the changing commodity flows moving through Asia. The new 17,000-square-meter center located […]

WCS 2016: ICAO’s Dr. Liu projects notable air cargo growth through 2030

BERLIN — While the chief aim in the freight business is to move as much cargo as possible, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is in existence to make sure it’s done as safely as possible — and that is despite some notable growth in air cargo expected through 2030, said ICAO Secretary General, Dr. […]

Calgary still top dog in Alberta

At the end of 2015, Calgary International Airport (YYC) saw a 4.65 per cent increase in cargo tonnage over 2014 figures, bringing the total amount of cargo transported through YYC in 2015 to 134,695 tonnes. This represents more than three-quarters of all air cargo moved in the Canadian province of Alberta. YYC offers comprehensive air […]

Etihad takes delivery of new 777F

  Etihad Cargo has made good on its plans for expansion by taking delivery of a new 777F, the 11th freighter in its fleet. The aircraft will enter service today. At last year’s Dubai Air Show, the carrier announced that it would take delivery of two additional freighters this year. The two  are part of […]

AAPA shows only modest cargo increase in 2015

While international passenger traffic increased by nearly 8 percent among Asia-Pacific carriers last year, air cargo demand improved only slightly, reflecting an overall slowing of global trade, said the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). In its preliminary report for 2015, AAPA found that international air cargo demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) saw […]
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