FAA responds to US carriers’ exemption requests for Middle East ops

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responded Jan. 10 to several U.S.-based air cargo and express carriers requesting exemption from the FAA’s initial Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) banning U.S. carriers from flying in certain Middle East regions last week. In its response, the FAA included the issuance of a new NOTAM superseding the original and […]

US cargo carriers request FAA exemptions for Middle East ops

Several U.S.-based air cargo and express carriers, including Kalitta Air, FedEx and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ subsidiary carriers, requested exemption from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to continue operating in the Middle East despite the recent Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) banning U.S. carriers from flying in certain regions. Airlines that submitted requests to the […]

Atlas Air to operate 747F for El Al between Liege and Tel Aviv

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ Atlas Air subsidiary will operate a 747-400 freighter for El Al Israel Airlines under a new leasing agreement beginning this month. The freighter will add capacity on “significant routes” for El Al, and particularly on the route between Belgium’s Liege Airport (LGG) and Tel Aviv (TLV), according to a statement from […]

Top 10 air cargo stories of 2019

Following a year of ups and downs, it can be useful to pause for a look back to gain some perspective and anticipate the trends that may dominate the year ahead. In this final list of the year, we at Air Cargo World invite our readers to join us in reflecting on those stories that dominated the […]

Amazon adds third carrier in Sun Country Air, fleet could near 100 by 2021

Minneapolis-based low-cost carrier Sun Country Air has agreed to operate ten 737-800BCFs on a CMI-basis for Amazon for a period of six years. The carrier will become Amazon’s third ACMI operator in the United States after Air Transport Services Group and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. Amazon will lease all ten 737-800BCFs from GECAS, and transfer […]

Despite trouble at pax airline, Hong Kong Air Cargo carrying on business as usual

While HNA Group affiliate Hong Kong Airlines is running into serious financial difficulties and is teetering on the verge of collapse, its dedicated airfreight subsidiary, Hong Kong Air Cargo, appears to be conducting business as usual. Hong Kong Air Cargo’s five A330-200Fs are currently all flying, operating services between Hong Kong (HKG) and destinations such […]

Appeals court rules for Atlas Air, Southern Air against pilot unions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in favor of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ subsidiary carriers, Atlas Air and Southern Air, in the carriers’ dispute with the union representing its pilots. The appeals court ruling follows earlier decisions by arbitrators also rendered in favor of the airlines, which found that the union, […]

Nippon Cargo Airlines reorganizes freighter ops

Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) announced changes to its winter freighter schedules beginning Oct. 27, and affecting operations in North America, Asia and Europe. The changes in NCA’s North American operations include an upgauge in some of the carrier’s flights in Los Angeles (LAX). Atlas Air operates for NCA into LAX under CMI agreements using NCA’s […]

Arbitrator affirms Atlas Air’s win against pilots’ union

Today, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings confirmed that its subsidiary Atlas Air won an arbitration against the union that represents its pilots, the Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1224. The arbitration decision made yesterday affirms that the merger provisions of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) apply in connection with Atlas Air’s 2016 acquisition of Southern Air.  […]

Atlas Air, ABX, Southern Air pilots protest at CVG

Aug. 20, 2019: This story has been updated to include comment from Atlas Air.  Tomorrow, pilots flying for Atlas Air, Southern Air and ABX Air, which operate on behalf of Amazon Air and DHL, will protest at Cincinatti/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), which is the largest hub for these carriers. Pilots are protesting stalled contract negotiations […]

The Freight 50: 2018’s top carriers standing strong in the face of headwinds

Signs of a slowdown in global trade and airfreight demand had already begun to surface last year, and in 2019 have materialized into a challenging global economic environment. This year’s headwinds, however, did not come as a major surprise to the industry, where leaders had warned of the eventual consequences of erecting trade barriers and […]

Trade war bites into Atlas’ 2019 income

During its earnings call today, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings CEO William Flynn revealed that “revenue and earnings in the second quarter were below our expectations, as air cargo volumes and yields were affected in the near term by the widely reported impact of tariffs and trade tensions.” The situation is unlikely to improve in the […]

Flexport files complaint against Western Global, switches to Atlas Air for 747F ops

Air and ocean forwarder Flexport filed a complaint against Western Global Airlines (WGA) in a U.S. District Court in New York, alleging that “service failures” led to the carrier’s inability to meet the contractual obligations of a three-year operational leasing agreement the two parties signed last year. Under the deal, Western Global was to operate a 747-400BCF on behalf of Flexport through March 31, […]

US Court of Appeals rules in favor of Atlas Air in pilot union labor dispute 

On June 5, the U.S. Court of Appeals (COA) affirmed a ruling from a district court that favors Atlas Air, Inc. and Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc., subsidiaries of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., in a labor dispute with their pilot unions.  The ruling knocks down an appeal the union filed claiming that the district court had no jurisdiction in the original case, based on the […]