Uni-Top to enter US ops with Wuhan-Chicago 747F service

Chinese carrier Uni-Top Airlines is seeking permission for three-times-weekly scheduled cargo operations between Wuhan (WUH) and Chicago (ORD) using 747-400Fs, according to a filing with the U.S. Department of Transportation. The scheduled freighter operations would begin in late 2019, according to the filing. The carrier estimates expected cargo transported during the first year of operations […]

Qatar Airways adds first route to Portugal

Qatar Airways, in its latest expansion effort, touched down its first passenger flight at Lisbon Airport (LIS) in Portugal today.  The new daily direct flight between Doha (DOH) and LIS, operated using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, is offering 70 tonnes of cargo capacity to and from Portugal per week and includes direct connections to Europe, […]

More freighters, new destinations for Qatar Airways Cargo

Qatar Airways Cargo signaled its intent to continue expanding an already sizable freighter fleet with a commitment to order five more 777 freighters from Boeing. Separate from the commitment, announced today at the Paris Airshow, Qatar Airways outlined three new freighter routes that will launch in the coming months. This year, Qatar Airways will boost […]

Emirates expands pharma corridor network and opens purpose-built facility in Chicago

Emirates SkyCargo has boosted its pharma corridor network from 12 to 20 stations and launched a facility in Chicago dedicated to pharmaceutical shipments. The carrier’s pharma operations in Dubai have also been recertified as compliant with the EU’s Good Distribution Practice (GDP) requirements. The pharma corridor program was launched by Emirates in January 2018 and […]

Last-mile tech startup FarEye looks to Americas for expansion

India-based logistics technology startup FarEye, announced yesterday that it plans to grow its presence in the United States by opening a Chicago office and building out its team of local experts to serve the U.S. market. For starters, the company appointed Larry Klimczyk as president of the Americas region. The company’s CTO, Gaurav Srivastava, will also be relocating to Chicago.   Best known for its end-to-end […]

SEKO acquires Chicago-based forwarder GoodShip

Fulfilling its previously stated goal to grow its global footprint and forwarding holdings, SEKO Logistics this week purchased GoodShip – a fellow Illinois-based forwarder. Headquartered in Chicago, GoodShip’s location will underpin SEKO’s Chicago gateway – a landing pad for its international customers. SEKO’s president and CEO, James Gagne, said that, after more than 40 years […]

DHL to open logistics ‘innovation center’ near Chicago

DHL is deepening its foray in logistics innovation with a new presence in the United States, today releasing plans to open an innovation-focused facility in Rosemont, Ill. The new location, located just outside the Chicago area, will offer partners and clients a look into what DHL predicts its transport infrastructure to look like in 2050, […]

Amazon partner ABX to start daily freighter flights to Rockford, Illinois

Cargo-only carrier ABX Air is tight-lipped about whose cargo will be routed through Illinois-based Rockford International Airport (RFD), but with the recent deal between ABX parent company ATSG and Amazon, the answer might just involve a certain Seattle-based e-commerce giant that sounds like a river in Brazil. Starting Sept. 6, ABX will operate a daily […]

IAG adds Cargo Connector services in U.S.

IAG Cargo’s Cargo Connector delivery service is now available in eight U.S. cities. The import delivery service takes freight off the aircraft and delivers it directly to the forwarder’s handling facilities. Initially Cargo Connector was offered as only an export collection service, but IAG has since  expanded to handle import delivery as well. The service […]

AirBridgeCargo adds Atlanta

Earlier this year, AirBridgeCargo Airlines added Los Angeles to its schedule, and now the carrier has extended its U.S. service once more, adding twice-weekly 747 freighter flights to Atlanta as of Nov. 20. The scheduled service operates on Fridays and Sundays, with onward connections to Europe and beyond to the carrier’s online stations in Russia […]

Grim new numbers from WorldACD

Editor’s note: The text in this article has been edited to reflect that revenue losses in the Asia-Pacific trade lane ranged between 13 and 47 percent over the previous year. Also, the Nairobi to Amsterdam, Chicago to London, and Mumbai to London routes have been identified correctly as being the only ones of the top […]