IAG, Cargo Airlines Association speak out on open skies

The Cargo Airlines Association, representing the all-cargo carrier industry, issued a statement Thursday urging the U.S. government to maintain its open skies agreements it negotiated with 115 countries worldwide, which promote world trade. The association maintains that cargo carriers employ more than 760,000 people, and that those jobs would be in jeopardy if any action […]

Emirates may use Europe hubs to expand in U.S.

Tim Clark, the CEO of Emirates Airlines, can’t seem to help stirring up the pot over the open skies debate with U.S. carriers. According to Reuters, Emirates is considering opening new routes to the U.S. from Dubai, in addition to flying new routes from Europe under its fifth-freedom rights with the United States, in defiance […]

Lithium battery packaging to be explored by group

The hazardous cargo committee of the International Civil Aviation Organization, an agency of the United Nations, heard a detailed presentation last week in Montreal about the dangers presented by shipping lithium ion batteries on freighters or in the bellies of passenger aircraft. Aircraft manufacturers and members of pilot’s unions, presented findings by the U.S. Federal […]

SWAPA joins open skies group – Congress sends letter

The debate involving the U.S. legacy carriers, American, United and Delta Air Lines v. the big three Gulf-based carriers, Etihad, Emirates and Qatar, refuses to go away. Last week, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) joined the Partnership for Fair and Open Skies, a coalition of U.S. airlines and airline industry labor unions, which has […]

Cargolux joins other carriers in lithium battery ban

All-cargo airline Cargolux has decided to temporarily impose a ban on the transport of lithium-ion battery bulk shipments beginning May 1. The decision came after the carrier reviewed new information released by the FAA, Boeing and International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) regarding the effectiveness of on-board fire extinguishing systems. The FAA tests showed that an […]

Cathay Pacific issues latest ban on lithium batteries

Another lithium domino falls. Cathay Pacific joined Qantas, Delta, United and Virgin Australia in banning the shipment of lithium-ion batteries on either freighters or in the bellies of passenger aircraft. The rule only applies to batteries being shipped in bulk, not those that are being used in laptop computers, mobile phones or similar devices. JOC.com […]

Outlook stormy as U.S. open skies debate rages

FROM THE PRINT EDITION: What began as a slow-simmering disagreement over the use of government subsidies – one that has lasted for years – has recently mushroomed into a thunderhead of angry rhetoric, threats of lawsuits and proposed legislative action to roll back open skies agreements. The major U.S.-based carriers continue to accuse Middle Eastern […]

Etihad’s Hogan warns against ‘protectionist’ tactics

With several North American and European carriers continuing to pressure governments and international regulators to modify open skies agreements in response to what they consider unfair tactics by Persian Gulf carriers, James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad Airways, responded with a strong warning about how a recent rise of protectionism in the aviation industry […]

Carriers aid in Ebola crisis

Delta World Charter and Air Partner Charters operated a cargo relief flight in late February from Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, to Conakry, Guinea. The flight was delivering essential supplies to the West African county to aid in the fight against the Ebola virus. Skyline Air Ltd. And Geodis Wilson acted as the forwarders.

Lithium battery shipments deemed too risky

Lithium batteries are everywhere – in your cell phone, laptop or iPod. They are lightweight, cheap to make and can hold much more energy than standard batteries. But they can also burst into flames occasionally, and that is the impetus for the call by aircraft manufacturers to ban bulk lithium battery shipments on cargo and […]

UAE economy minister says provide proof

The economy minister for the United Arab Emirates’ fired back at the three U.S. legacy airlines, Delta, United and American, which have accused the Gulf carriers of benefiting from government subsidies. The three have accused Etihad, Emirates and Qatar airlines of having an unfair advantage by receiving $40 billion in government subsidies from their home […]

FedEx, Boeing join fray over open skies

As the rhetoric heats up between the top three American and Persian Gulf-based carriers over competition and alleged abuses of government subsidies, FedEx and Boeing have stepped into the war of words to defend the use of open skies agreements between the carriers. Earlier this month, representatives from legacy carriers American, Delta and United met […]

Answering the biggest questions in air cargo

Throughout 2014, Air Cargo World has posed questions to its website visitors on topics affecting the airfreight industry. Here is an aggregation of some of ACW’s most popular polls. The italicized answers are the ones that received the most votes. A poll asking, “Will Delta’s cargo reorganization signal a trend in the industry?” garnered the […]

The week in brief

Lufthansa Cargo increased its load factor to more than 70 percent in the first six months of the year. The airline also reduced its capacity by 2.1 percent compared to a year ago, with the sharpest decline in Africa and the Middle East. Overall, Lufthansa Group’s second quarter operating profits were lower than expected. Boeing, […]
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