Keep Cool and Carry On

Some modal shift may be inevitable, but a renewed commitment to quality can keep high-value pharma cargo flying No matter how cool we keep the supply chain, how fast we fly or how low fuel prices go, in this cost-conscious economy, there is no competing with one of the oldest and slowest forms of transport: […]

E-Commerce: Boxed In

Can transparency, predictability, and reliability win the e-commerce game against the integrators? If you were not shopping for a Sparkle Princess Elsa Doll from Disney’s movie “Frozen” during the 2014 holiday season, well, you were somewhat alone. The Sparkle Princess Elsa Doll was the single most popular toy amid the rabid e-commerce buying that took […]

People to Watch in 2015

Paul Griffiths – CEO of Dubai Airports — Since 2007,Griffiths has managed the spectacular growth of Dubai International Airport, making it the fifth-largest freight hub in the world with an annual capacity of 2.4 million tonnes. Now, he is tasked with the transition of cargo and passenger traffic to the nearby Dubai World Center, the […]

Game Changers: Three airfreight executives who are shaping the industry’s future

Sebastiaan Scholte: Viewing logistics from above and below Before taking over as CEO of Netherlands-based global logistics firm Jan de Rijk Logistics (JDR) in 2010, Sebastiaan Schulte held sev­eral positions in the airfreight world, including five years at Aeromexpress (the cargo division of Aeromexico and Mexicana airlines) and eight years at Cargolux Airlines. Today, through […]

Oliver Evans: Air Cargo Executive of the Year

Oliver Evans has spent nearly 40 years proving that linguistics and logistics are a good mix. Ev­ans, chief cargo officer for Swiss International Airlines, nearly became a translator following his graduation from the University of Man­chester in 1976. “I had imagined I would be a linguist, which was my father’s profession,” Evans recalls. “Interpreting is […]

Investment flows into Vietnam despite challenges

Vietnam has faded from Sam Tang’s radar. At the beginning of the year, he was headed for Ho Chi Minh City – like other Hong Kong-based manufacturers with production facilities in the Pearl River Delta who have been looking for a location with lower production costs than southern China. However, the torching of Chinese factories […]
  • September 30, 2014

Boeing predicts doubling of cargo demand

Boeing’s biannual forecast predicts freighters will continue to carry more than half of cargo, but are subject to volatility Despite costing more than other modes of transportation, worldwide air cargo traffic remained fairly stable through the political and economic turmoil of the past several years, and signs of renewed growth are evident. The nature of […]

Airport construction offers hope for far-reaching growth

When airports build new cargo infrastructure, they deal in more than concrete and bricks. Airports can spur progress in other realms. “Airports and airfreight are vital to a region’s economy,” says Gian Carlo Alessi, head of the cargo department at EuroAirport Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg. EuroAirport, which is located in France near the Swiss and German borders, will […]

The top 50 cargo carriers: FedEx, UPS top rankings, but Middle East grows at fastest rate

Cargo carriers made few strides in tonnage in 2013, according to World Air Transport Statistics from the International Air Transport Association. The ranking of the top five cargo carriers remained unchanged compared to 2012. With lagging volumes the norm, almost every carrier interviewed by Air Cargo World talked about a focus on moving perishables.   […]
  • August 27, 2014

Airport investment boosts cargo prospects in Eastern Europe

There was a time when poor airport infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe, and underdeveloped airline networks, left the region’s importers and exporters with little choice other than to truck their airfreight to and from hubs further west, such as Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam. Local options serving manufacturers and consumers in Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary and […]

Dangerous goods: Safe shipping requires cooperation throughout supply chain

Cargo carriers are in agreement that safe shipment of products classified as dangerous goods largely depends on the involvement of shippers and buyers. In addition, greater diligence is needed by regulators, according to the man who heads IATA’s dangerous goods program. “Overall, we have a robust system, but we have some challenges,” says Dave Brennan, […]

Keeping the world buffet cool

Countries around the world are lining up, plates in hand, for the air cargo buffet. Air shipments of perishable food are strong, especially in Asia, whose growing middle class hungers for imported seafood, produce and more. WorldACD reported that in April, world air cargo volumes of non-pharma perishables grew over 12 percent year over year. […]
  • July 29, 2014

Changes for some, big growth for others in North America

Will the road less traveled, as mentioned in the Robert Frost poem, make all the difference for Delta Air Lines’ cargo operation? That remains to be seen, but the two men charged with moving cargo forward at the Atlanta-based airline believe so. With the retirement of Tony Charaf, Delta’s cargo chief, on Aug. 1, the […]
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