DHL Supply Chain and Sanofi open Brazil logistics center

DHL Supply Chain, the logistics arm of the Deutsche Post DHL Group announced completion of a two-year project to consolidate the logistics operations of three divisions of Sanofi, a French multinational pharmaceutical company with extensive operations in Brazil. The consolidated distribution center is in Guarulhos, near São Paulo. The new facility consolidates Brazil operations and […]

Lufthansa Cargo to kick off Natal route

On Saturday, Lufthansa Cargo will launch a route that flies to Europe and Africa through Natal, Brazil – what company officials describe as an emblematic route that showcases how the German carrier is trying to refine its South American network for more direct connections. Specifically, the Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F will fly Frankfurt–Dakar–São Paulo Viracopos (VCP)–Natal–Dakar–Frankfurt once […]

Cross Pollination: Asian demand rises for Latin American trade

FROM THE PRINT EDITION: In early March, a loaded 747-400 freighter, operated by Atlas Air on behalf of forwarding firm Panalpina, pushed back from the gate in Hunstville, Alabama, and took off at sunset, full of ma­chine parts from the American Midwest. It was the inaugural flight of Panalpina’s twice-weekly “Brazil Wings” main-deck service from […]

LATAM Group opens new São Paulo cargo terminal

The LATAM Airlines Group has opened its largest cargo facility in Brazil, at Guarulhos Airport in São Paulo. The US$11.5 million facility, intended to be used exclusively for domestic cargo, has a total surface area of 161,458 square feet. The terminal provides significant new services and much more space than the old facility, which had […]

A (very) quick turnaround to Brazil

Here’s a final image to kick off your weekend. When Panalpina loaded an Atlas Air 747-400F for its first scheduled service from Huntsville, Alabama, to Viracopos, São Paulo, on the gloomy afternoon on March 3, videographer Bob Gathany of was there to record the event. As the crews prepared the flight for the inaugural […]

UPS study: E-commerce habits vary by culture

ComScore Inc. and UPS released their second UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper global study, which revealed emerging trends from the leading e-commerce markets in Asia, Brazil, Europe, Mexico and the United. States. Online shoppers across these markets are looking for alternate delivery options, the survey found. This is especially in demand in Asia, where […]

LATAM shifts focus from freighters to belly cargo

The LATAM Airlines Group, formed through the merger of Chile-based LAN Airlines and Brazil’s TAM, is hoping a strategy of downsizing its freighter fleet while carrying more cargo in the bellies of its passenger aircraft, will ensure a profitable cargo operation in 2015. While the United States suffered through the Great Recession, Latin America’s economy […]

World Cup fails to create cargo surge

Despite earlier projections, the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil has not led to a surge in air cargo. TAM Cargo, which is part of LATAM Airlines Group and based in Campinas, Brazil, does not expect a big increase in cargo into Brazil, CEO Pablo Navarrete says. But the airline expects a 5 percent increase […]
  • June 3, 2014

The week in brief

Cargo traffic and capacity for LATAM Airlines Group decreased by 11.5 percent in April compared to the same month in 2013. As a consequence, the cargo load factor remained flat at 61.1 percent. The decrease in cargo capacity and traffic is a result of a reduced freighter operation driven by weaker seasonal products from Latin […]
  • May 15, 2014

Boeing, Embraer to open biofuel research center

Boeing and aerospace conglomerate Embraer S.A. announced Monday that they will open a joint research center to advance a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil. The two companies will perform joint biofuel research, as well as fund and coordinate research with Brazilian universities and other institutions. The research will focus on technologies that address gaps […]

Brazil’s big potential

Brazil and its potential for cargo growth was a major discussion topic during conference sessions at Air Cargo Americas in Miami in November. Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) is back in the cargo business, according to Antonio Miguel Marques, president of the Invepar-ACSA consortium that is the concessionary for GRU. Improved road and airport […]

Will Brazil return to rapid growth? Run-up to World Cup and Olympics may offer boost

At the end of January, American Airlines put its first B777-300ER aircraft into service, and the route it picked for the new plane was Dallas/Fort Worth-Sao Paulo. The 777-300 means a significant boost in cargo capacity over the 777-200, which until now was the airline’s biggest cargo carrier – just the kind of plane for […]
  • April 3, 2013