Lufthansa Cargo posts blacklist following dangerous goods ‘incident’ at Hong Kong 

Update: Lufthansa has announced it will lift the temporary embargo previously placed on Flexport Asia shipments, effective Monday, 16 September. Lufthansa Cargo’s blacklisting of three companies on Sept. 6, 2019, following an “incident” at Hong Kong Airport (HKG) is a stark reminder to the air cargo industry of the precautions necessary for shipping dangerous goods.   While the Germany-based carrier declined to […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • September 13, 2019

Flexport files complaint against Western Global, switches to Atlas Air for 747F ops

Air and ocean forwarder Flexport filed a complaint against Western Global Airlines (WGA) in a U.S. District Court in New York, alleging that “service failures” led to the carrier’s inability to meet the contractual obligations of a three-year operational leasing agreement the two parties signed last year. Under the deal, Western Global was to operate a 747-400BCF on behalf of Flexport through March 31, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 25, 2019

Sennder raises $70m in bid to take on antiquated logistics market

Berlin-based ground logistics company Sennder recently secured US$70 million in a Series C funding round led by Lakestar, according to TechCrunch, which estimates that Sennder’s valuation is approximately US$300 million.  Sennder raised a Series B totaling $30 million earlier this spring. The startup intends to carve out a niche in the European logistics market by supporting the operations of “full truck […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • July 22, 2019

Tripping over tariffs

Temporary disruptor, or catalyst for supply chain revolution? An effortless downswing launches a ball up into the sky where it bisects an incoming China Southern 747 freighter making its final approach toward the nearby airport’s eastern runway. Unbeknownst to the golfer, a footwear executive in town for an urgent supply chain meeting, she has more […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 11, 2019

Speakers from Flexport, MAB Kargo, SF Express to take part in Cargo Facts Asia

The lineup of air cargo industry visionaries speaking at the Cargo Facts Asia 2019 conference in Shanghai has recently expanded to include George Li, group vice president of SF Express and president of SF Airlines; Neel Jones Shah, senior vice president and global head of airfreight at full-service air and ocean forwarder Flexport; and Ibrahim Mohamed Salleh, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 26, 2019

Flexport lands billion-dollar investment from SoftBank

It’s getting harder to call Flexport a scrappy little logistics tech startup from San Francisco. Today, the five-year-old full-service online forwarder raised US$1 billion in a funding round, led by Silicon Valley’s SoftBank Vision Fund, bring its total valuation to $3.2 billion. With a “B.” Other investors in the round were Founders Fund, DST Global, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 21, 2019

Flexport’s expanded HKG-ORD air service to resume after Chinese New Year

After launching its weekly Private Air Service (PAS) from Hong Kong International (HKG) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) in early January, San Francisco-based digital forwarder Flexport is getting ready to resume its service after the Chinese Lunar New Year lull. The expected return to service will be Feb. 23, according to Neel Jones Shah, Flexport’s senior […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 13, 2019

8 executive moves that will impact air cargo in 2019

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day… It’s a new CEO? Now that 2019 has arrived, Air Cargo World is looking back one more time to see which of the recent executive moves in 2018 will likely have the greatest impact on the transformation of airfreight logistics in the new year. While some of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 4, 2019

Giving thanks for Airlink’s help during natural disasters

Today and tomorrow, Air Cargo World will be closed in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. But while many U.S. companies have shut down to let their teams celebrate with their families, one aviation-related organization is still working tirelessly to provide aid and comfort to victims of natural disasters across the globe. During this start of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 22, 2018

Western Global teams up with Hactl for ground handling on L.A.-to-Hong Kong service

On Wednesday, Florida-based cargo carrier Western Global Airlines launched a new partnership with Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), which will provide ground handling services for the carrier’s Los Angeles-to-Hong Kong route, in partnership with U.S.-based forwarder Flexport. “Working with Hong Kong’s leading freighter handler, Hactl, will help ensure that we can provide our […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 11, 2018

Growing Accustomed: Customs platforms give edge to smaller forwarders

Sometimes the smallest things can have the greatest impact. Take customs clearance, for example, in the air cargo handling process. Carlos Jaramillo, president of Miami-based freight forwarder Marca Global Logistics, recalls a shipment of cargo earlier this year coming from the Far East into Miami to be trans-shipped to Chile, but was held up briefly […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 2, 2018

China’s SF Express invests heavily in Flexport’s air cargo expansion

Flexport, the San Francisco-based online forwarder, has focused mostly on moving seafreight since it’s launch in 2013, but its portfolio may soon be expanding significantly into the air sector following last week’s announcement of a US$100 million investment in the company by China’s express carrier SF Express. Flexport told Air Cargo World that it would […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 2, 2018

Flexport is CHAMP Cargosystems’ cargoJSON API launch customer

Flexport has adopted CHAMP Cargosystems’ Traxon cargoHUB platform, which transmits, converts and distributes air freight messaging, for electronic data interchange, and has also started using CHAMP’s premium tracking service. The integration of the platforms means that Flexport is the first customer to use CHAMP’s new cargoJSON data-interchange format, a language-independent data format that is fully interoperable […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 11, 2017

Logistics Reinvented: 3 air cargo executives to watch in 2018

At times like these, with air cargo demand flying high and e-commerce growing with no end in sight, it might be tempting for some logistics companies to ease up on the gas and enjoy coasting while the momentum is strong. Not so for the three air cargo executives profiled here. Though they vary widely in […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 6, 2017
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