DHL agrees to $53 million settlement in class action

A scheme to inflate and maintain freight forwarding surcharges that began shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and continued until January 2011, has led DHL Global Forwarding (DHLGF, the forwarding arm of Deutsche Post-DHL) to agree to pay a US$53 million settlement in a class action lawsuit that was filed in 2008. If approved, the […]

Kalitta pilots vote to authorize strike

Pilots with U.S.-based Kalitta Air have voted 213-7 to authorize a strike, stating that the company has delayed responding to union wage and benefit proposals for more than two and a half years. The pilots are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Airline Division, Airline Professionals Teamsters Local 1224. Kalitta, with a headquarters in […]

UPDATE: No explosives found in seized Cairo packages

  Two DHL packages that were seized yesterday at Cairo International Airport on suspicion that they contained “explosive materials,” as reported earlier in Air Cargo World, have been determined to contain no such materials, according to DHL officials. “As part of our standard screening and security procedure, we identified a shipment at DHL’s Cairo airport facility […]

Ethiopian Cargo moves from Brussels to Maastricht

Ethiopian Airlines has moved its cargo operations from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Masstricht-Aachen (MST), effective Nov. 1, citing delays on behalf of the Belgian government  to respond to Ethiopian’s request for an extension of Fifth Freedom traffic rights. The carrier had wanted the rights to  fly on to Dubai World Central, Hong-Kong Chek Lap Kok […]

DHL Global Forwarding pulls plug on IT system

What began as a €750 million project to modernize the world’s largest forwarding operation and make a splash in the logistics IT market ended ignobly last week as Deutsche Post-DHL announced that its troubled New Forwarding Environment (NFE) IT system will be completely scrapped, with an expected write-down of €345 million in the company’s first […]

FedEx, TNT expect no European objections

The deadline for the European Commission to issue antitrust objections to the proposed FedEx takeover of TNT isn’t until Friday, Oct. 23, but both parties have already said they have been given the green light. In a short joint statement on Tuesday, three days before the internal commission deadline, FedEx Corp. and TNT Express both […]

DHL introduces cargo flight to Detroit

DHL commenced with daily 767-200 flight operating between its Americas hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) and Detroit. The flight allows DHL to provide earlier delivery times and later pick-up times by an hour on each end. The flight, operated by Atlas Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide, stops in Minneapolis to connect […]

DSV acquisition of UTi looks like a go for 2016

  If at first you don’t succeed… For the second time in the last 12 months, Danish logistics group, DSV, has made a bid to to acquire U.S.-based UTi Worldwide. This time, the offer was accepted, for US$1.35 billion, or $7.10 cash per each UTi share, representing a 50 percent premium relative to UTi’s closing […]

E-air waybill penetration creeps up – ever so slowly

Unless a huge shift occurs, it would appear by IATA’s latest numbers on electronic air waybills (e-AWBs) that the goal of 45 percent penetration by year’s end isn’t going to become a reality.  The good news is that, for the most part, the numbers have crept up every month by a slight margin. Overall, e-AWB […]

Drones: Rise of the machines

 As it flew through the air, the buzzing drone looked more like a gigantic insect, hang­ing in the summer breeze, than the future of airfreight. It made a beeline for its appointed destination, and then suddenly halted, hovering over a designated spot. A tether slowly extended, lowering the craft’s vital cargo – 24 medical pack­ages […]

Schiphol ‘Milk Run’ to cut C02 emissions

Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport is seeking to streamline cargo operations and reduce CO2 emissions at the same time via a new “Milk Run” concept that would consolidate multiple inbound trips into a single delivery. This new configuration, in which a handling agent arranges one truck run to multiple forwarders’ warehouses, reduces the number of trucks driving on or […]

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 […]

Crosstown Traffic: Finding room at the most congested airports

  During the U.S. West Coast port crisis early this year, shippers desperate to serve their clients had to turn to airfreight to get their goods to their appointed destinations on time. Many U.S. airports were overwhelmed with cargo, causing mass confusion. At Chicago O’Hare, truckers reported waiting four to nine hours to get to […]

Atlas Air sees continued success in 2015

    In a time of lagging performance in many areas of the air cargo sector, Atlas Air is one carrier that appears to be enjoying the fruits of its labor this year. The company announced adjusted net income of US$29.4 million, or $1.17 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2015. After taking […]
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