From freight to plate

More seafood than ever is being flown by air, setting new standards for speed A tongue-in-cheek saying you’re likely to hear within months of joining the air cargo industry is that if cargo is flying, someone, somewhere has made a mistake. As a mode of transportation, air transport is more expensive than road, rail or […]

FAA bumps Vietnam to Category 1 safety rating, direct flights to follow

Yesterday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Vietnam a “Category 1” safety rating as defined by the regulatory body’s International Safety Assessment (IASA) program. The new rating will enable airlines based in Vietnam to establish direct service to the United States which, will soon boost belly cargo capacity moving out of one of the […]

Exports are taking off at Rickenbacker Airport

The fashion industry, and the many retailers based in Ohio, have made Rickenbacker Airport (LCK) in Columbus, U.S., a sustainable cargo-only airport for scheduled freighters and charters, such as Qatar Airways Cargo’s 777 freighter flight earlier this month. However, the airport is also seeing dramatic increases in exports for products, including “fashion, auto parts, electronics, […]

With passenger ops in doldrums, Cathay turns to cargo for good news

First came the Persian Gulf and mainland Chinese carriers. Then the low-cost competition kicked in. Yesterday, Cathay Pacific posted its worst first-half loss in at least two decades as it continues to lose passengers to its rivals. With no improvement in conditions expected this year, cargo was the only bright spot in Cathay Pacific’s otherwise […]

Cathay facing cargo disruptions from Super Typhoon Meranti

The Hong Kong-based carrier Cathay Pacific Cargo canceled flights and delayed others as Super Typhoon Meranti bore down on the Chinese mainland yesterday, after punishing the island of Hong Kong, wreaking havoc throughout the region’s transportation sector. The storm dumped about 800 millimeters of rainfall in one day on mainland China, submerging roads and temporarily […]

Cathay Pacific cargo outpaces passenger growth for April

Moving into the second quarter of 2016, Cathay Pacific Airways cargo operations returned to growth, with year-over-year traffic increases that outpaced capacity expansion. Traffic rose by 0.6 percent, to 854,000 revenue tonne kilometers (RTKs), while available tonne kilometers (ATKs) fell 0.8 percent, to 1.345 million. Tonnage, meanwhile, rose 2.1 percent to 148,000 tonnes. Although cargo […]

News Briefs: Emirates in Birmingham, Qatar’s A350, Drewry’s Nov. index

Emirates, the flag carrier of United Arab Emirates, said it will add a third daily frequency to the U.K.’s Birmingham Airport (BHX) on Aug. 1, 2015. Emirates will operate a 777-300ER aircraft on the route, flying from Dubai International (DBX) to BHX. The seven new daily flights between DBX and BHX will increase cargo capacity […]