Delta says most pets must be shipped as cargo

  Beginning March 1 next year, Delta passengers who are accustomed to checking their pets as “baggage,” will need to book them on Delta Cargo. The airline will continue to allow small animals as carry-on luggage, and will also let members of the military with active transfer orders to transport their pets as checked baggage. […]

John Lloyd: Virgin Atlantic’s ties with U.S. pay off

Virgin Atlantic Cargo maintains more than 350 forwarding destinations worldwide, but for the past 12 months, few have been as important as the 11 routes developed in the United States over the last few years, said John Lloyd, the carrier’s senior vice president, cargo. The most recent – 16 tonnes of A330 belly space between […]

Delta to leave A4A in 2016

One of the big three U.S. carriers, Delta Air Lines, has decided to split from the trade group, Airlines for America (A4A), a move that could weaken U.S. airlines’ ability to lobby as a united front in Washington D.C., according to a report by Reuters. The split, which will take place officially in April 2016, […]

Carrier turf war turns Sea-Tac into a cargo player

When the conversation turns to U.S. West Coast hubs, most for­warders, carriers and passengers think of LAX, San Francisco or San Diego. But what about Seattle – that place of timber, fish and software? While the Emerald City is known worldwide for such mega-retailers as Starbucks Coffee, Microsoft, Costco and Amazon, those brands are only […]

Logistics M&A activity makes big splash in Q2

A rash of “mega-deals” during the second quarter of 2015 have made transportation and logistics one of the hottest mergers and acquisitions sectors, boosting the average deal value to US$564 million, according to a recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers. There were nine M&A deals made during the quarter with a combined value of $23.6 billion, which […]

Cecil killing prompts trophy cargo policy review

Call it the “Cecil Effect.” In the aftermath of the illegal killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist in Zimbabwe, airlines that carry “trophy kills” as cargo have come under pressure by organizations such as the Humane Society International. Now, Delta Air Lines, which had been a holdout, has agreed not to carry […]

Delta invests in China Eastern

U.S.-based Delta Air Lines has said it will invest US$450 million to purchase a 3.55 percent stake in Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines. The deal has yet to be approved by the two airlines respective boards of directors, but both are already members of the SkyTeam Airline Alliance and have a code-sharing agreement for passengers. This […]

South African Airways back-peddles on trophies

Without giving a reason, South African Airways lifted a ban it just put in place in April on transporting hunting trophies of endangered species, such as elephants, rhinos, lions and tigers. Bloomberg reported that the airline discussed the issue with government officials and industry groups before making the decision to reverse the policy. According to […]

Boeing issues lithium-ion battery warning

As the debate continues regarding the safety of carrying large shipments of lithium-ion batteries, Boeing issued a warning last week to its customers that flying bulk shipments of the batteries can cause fires capable of destroying large aircraft. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that, from tests the agency has conducted, “the transport of […]

Delta changes animal policy

As of June 30, Delta Airlines has discontinued the transportation of live animals on 757 aircraft to and from Europe, to comply with European Union regulations. The policy change applies to animals being transported as “checked baggage” and as “cargo.” There are no exceptions, including military personnel. Delta has stated it is contacting customers who […]

Al Baker says Qatar may exit oneworld alliance

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said he sees no point in remaining in the oneworld airline alliance if the airline that invited him in is going to block his business. Al Baker, speaking at the IATA annual meeting in Miami last week, said fellow member American Airlines Group is “impeding our growth.” The feud […]

e-AWB adoptions slip for second month

Despite encouragement by IATA, the adoption of electronic airway bills (e-AWB) has not exactly taken the industry by storm this spring. After reaching a peak of 26.9 percent in February, the adoption rate dropped by 0.7 percentage points in March and a further 0.3 percent in April, according to IATA’s latest release.. The two-month cumulative […]

Group calls for Delta to ban hunting trophies

South African Airways and Emirates SkyCargo led the way by banning the transport of animal pelts or products made from endangered animals such as lions, elephants, rhinos and tigers. Now, Lufthansa has joined in and activists are calling for Delta Air Lines to do the same. More than 85,000 people have signed on to a […]

Report refutes claims of Gulf carrier interference

Research and a subsequent report by Washington, D.C.-based consultancy Edgeworth Economics, commissioned on behalf of Etihad Airways, claimed the Gulf carrier’s services to the United States have actually increased traffic numbers for the U.S.-based carriers. The study claimed that passenger numbers for Delta Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines have increased by 18 percent, or […]
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