Panalpina persists in perishables with purchase of CargoMaster, Laseair

Swiss forwarding giant Panalpina is seeking to increase its already large market share of the South American perishables logistics market by purchasing CargoMaster S.A. in Colombia, and its Ecuadorian subsidiary, Laseair S.A. The companies reached an agreement on Tuesday of this week, but chose not to disclose the financial details of the acquisition. CargoMaster, with […]

Regular 737-400F service to begin to Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands, almost one thousand kilometers west of Ecuador, will soon have a regular air cargo service. Starting December 19, 2016, a 737-400F will serve the remote islands, pending approval from the Governing Council of Galapagos, which carefully vets transport to protect the islands’ fragile ecosystem. The service will be managed by Islandscharters, an […]

Cargolux now flying flowers direct to Amsterdam

Luxembourg-based Cargolux is now routing freighter flights from South America directly to Amsterdam, the all-cargo airline announced this week. The new route is in response to South America’s growing output – and European demand for – cut flowers. Each week, Cargolux flies an estimated 95 tons of flowers from Latacunga (Ecuador) and Bogotá (Colombia) to […]

AA Cargo comes to aid of Ecuadoran earthquake victims

American Airlines Cargo teamed up with Canadian disaster-response organization, GlobalMedic, to deliver more than 20 pallets of water purification kits to families in areas affected by last month’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Ecuador. Following the earthquake, vital infrastructure, including roads, power lines and water treatment plants, were damaged along Ecuador’s Pacific coast. The cities of […]

Air relief efforts continue for Ecuadorian quake survivors

We will end this week and month with an update on the airborne relief efforts that continue to pour in from around the world to help the victims of the April 16 Ecuadorian earthquake that has claimed more than 650 lives and injured nearly 28,000. Two weeks after the 7.8-magnitude temblor struck, critically needed shipments […]

Airlink begins response to Ecuador earthquake

This week, Airlink, the humanitarian organization that connects nonprofit groups with partner airlines for emergency relief services, has initiated response operations following the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the coast of Ecuador on Saturday evening. The death toll, as of today, has surpassed 400 people, with more than 2,500 injured, according to official estimates. Airlink […]

Valentine’s Day means a whole lot of flowers

As the roses and tropical flowers flow north from Latin America – particularly from Colombia and Ecuador – for Valentine’s Day,  UPS plans to move more than 100 million fragrant blossoms. That’s enough to fill approximately seventy 767 cargo aircraft. More than 90 percent of imported flowers will pass through Miami International Airport, where UPS […]

No more flowers for Lufthansa Cargo

By this coming March, Lufthansa Cargo will stop its twice-weekly service carrying cut flowers from Ecuador and Colombia, by way of Puerto Rico, and onward to Frankfurt. By stopping in Puerto Rico, the service fell within the guidelines for operating in accordance with the open-skies agreement between the United States and the European Union. However, […]

CAS sees cool-chain benefits from MIA expansion

Since Consolidated Aviation Services (CAS) doubled the size of its cool-chain facilities at Miami International Airport (MIA) in 2014, CAS said it has already seen a return on its US$2.5 million investment, with throughput climbing to 70,000 tonnes in the first nine months of 2015 – a 400 percent increase on its volumes before the […]

DHL shows off its sweet tooth for chocolate

As if we needed another excuse to celebrate the joys of chocolate, Sept. 13 was “International Chocolate Day,” which also just happens to be the birthday of American confectioner Milton S. Hershey, inventor of the iconic Hershey bar. As silly as this invented holiday may be, DHL Global Forwarding seized the opportunity to commemorate more […]

LAN Cargo transports 1,000 head of cattle

Some passenger flights can feel like herding cattle, but they’re nothing compared to a recent LAN Cargo operation that was completed in May. In a series of four flights, LAN transported 1,000 head of cattle from Minga Guazú, Paraguay, to Guayaquil, Ecuador – reportedly one of the largest shipments of live animals so far this […]

LAN and TAM make it official – call it LATAM

After merging three years ago this summer, Chile’s LAN Airlines and Brazil’s TAM Lineas Aéreas S.A. have rebranded as one combined entity, LATAM. LATAM Airlines Group will slowly roll out the new corporate brand over the next three years in airports, and on aircraft, commercial offices, web pages and uniforms. The new branded group will […]