Special shippers: Pharma investment paces Benelux

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the third largest cargo hub in Europe, saw a 1-percent increase in throughput in the first six months of this year. But growth feels “sluggish,” according to Enno Osinga, senior vice president cargo. “Nobody’s talking about the market picking up; it’s just changes in composition,” he says. “Inbound volumes from Asia grew […]
  • August 28, 2013

Narrow-bodies pace conversion market

The business climate for passenger to freighter conversions depends on the type of conversions. While wide-body conversions have slowed to a trickle, business is brisk for converters of narrow-bodies. One company riding the wave of strong narrow-body demand is Tampa, Fla.-based PEMCO World Air Services. “The situation is different between narrow and wide-body, and we […]

Coolness counts: Pharma growth drives cargo facility investment

Projected cool chain cargo demands are spurring new investment in airport facilities equipped with the latest technology to keep pharmaceuticals and other perishables at their proper temperatures. One of the more elaborate expansions is in Luxembourg where LuxairCargo has opened a €4 million (US$5.3 million) Pharma & Healthcare Centre. The project was launched following a […]

Mexico’s economy sprouts wings

Mexico’s economy is evolving. Its GDP has risen over the past few years, and its people are becoming wealthier. Within five years, Mexican factories could produce up to US$60 billion in output annually, according to the Boston Consulting Group. The business strategy adviser also reported that in 2012, average manufacturing costs in Mexico, adjusted for […]
  • July 30, 2013

Cargo theft: Mitigating risk requires game plan

Look up how many air cargo thefts happen per year worldwide. You won’t find the answer. You will find news stories such as the 3,600 iPad minis that were taken from JFK International Airport in November 2012, or the cargo that was stolen and thrown over the perimeter wall at an Indian airport in April […]

China: Building up the hinterland

Faced with lackluster growth in the established Chinese gateways, carriers have been ramping up their presence in the emerging hubs in the interior. However, even there profits are elusive. In April, Silk Way Airlines began a weekly freighter service linking Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany with Zhengzhou via its home base in Baku, Azerbaijan with B747-400F […]
  • July 1, 2013

Taking advantage: More low-cost carriers add cargo

Low-cost air carriers are increasingly turning to cargo to take advantage of available capacity and increase bottom lines. Many carriers report that business is thriving during a difficult time for the industry. Several carriers recently added cargo operations and are likely to be joined by others. “There’s no question about it,” says Barry Nassberg, group […]

Flowers’ fantastic voyage

It starts in a country like Colombia at a farm like Flores de Tenjo. The sweet smell of 120 acres of flowers permeates the air. Workers scurry around the farm, tending to, cutting and transporting row after row of flower buds in greenhouse after greenhouse. Flores de Tenjo grows 50 varieties of flowers, 10 of […]
  • June 3, 2013

Where the paper trail leads

Panalpina has dozens of contracts with air carriers. Twice a year, the Switzerland-based freight forwarder meets individually with selected companies for rate negotiations. Though those meetings take one afternoon, the analysis work and data-crunching stretch the process to three months, says Lucas Kuehner, Panalpina’s global head of airfreight. “Our strategy with the contract is to […]
  • June 3, 2013

Challenging times for European carriers

Emirates’ introduction of a daily passenger B777 from Dubai to Lisbon singlehandedly more than doubled airfreight capacity from Portugal, one of the Eurozone’s weakest economies, to the Near East and Asia. Nothing could better illustrate the problems afflicting the European airfreight market and its native carriers. Demand is weak, and competition intensifying. The growth in […]
  • June 3, 2013

Hero goes to zero – in one second

Arguably the most iconic name in the world of air cargo – though he would never make such an extravagant claim on his own behalf – Ram Menen retires as head of Emirates SkyCargo in June. After almost 40 years in the industry, Menen claims to have worked harder than ever on the run-up to […]
  • June 3, 2013

Cargo alliances await technology

Airline alliances have been successful on the passenger side, allowing seamless transfer of travelers and meshing of passenger loyalty programs. However, that hasn’t been the case thus far for air cargo. Technology is lacking on the cargo side as are common processes, industry officials say. Kenji Hashimoto’s perspective on airline alliances is steeped in experience. […]

Honing in on best practices: Freight forwarders share keys to success

Concise communication, measurable quality control processes and development of critical technology are among the best practices deployed by airfreight forwarders. Sometimes, it’s a simple as having the right equipment. Clear, verbal communication is a key component of Lima, Pa.-based Pilot Freight Services. Email won’t cut it for critical communication. “Our best practice boils down to […]
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