Every silver lining has a cloud at Lufthansa Cargo

Lufthansa Cargo is the sixth airline to be awarded IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification for pharmaceuticals, the carrier announced. Of course, every silver lining has its cloud, and in Lufthansa’s case, it comes in the form of impending layoffs early next year. According to IATA, Lufthansa’s Cool/td Active and Cool/td Passive […]

Hamburg-Greenville, S.C., freighter services to begin in November

Hamburg-based freight forwarder Senator International has announced plans to start twice-weekly flights between Greenville-Spartanburg Airport in South Carolina (GSP) and Munich, beginning on Nov. 5. Senator International’s addition will significantly increase cargo capacity between Germany and the region, which includes the U.S. states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. One obvious beneficiary […]

DHL to deliver from smartphone to Smart cars in Germany

Starting this September, Smart car owners in Stuttgart will be able to use their cars as mobile addresses for DHL deliveries. Shortly thereafter, the partnership will be expanded to other German cites, such as Bonn, Berlin and Cologne. The joint delivery experiment uses smartphones, with the car owner and DHL courier communicating with specially designed […]

Lufthansa Cargo brings back deferred shipments

In another sign that the air cargo overcapacity issue is creating havoc among legacy carriers, Lufthansa Cargo is bringing back the concept of deferred products – this time in the form of td.Basic, a new online offering for standard air cargo that puts the carrier, “on the offensive in the highly competitive air cargo market.” […]

WorldACD: May another disappointment for air cargo

Air cargo volumes grew by an anemic 0.5 percent in May 2016, measured against the previous year’s May figures, according to WorldACD (see chart above). In a report released this week, the market data company noted significant diversity in performance, with the origin North America market tumbling 4 percent, year-over-year, while the Middle East/South Asia […]

DB Schenker hires uShip to improve freight brokerage

In an effort to capitalize more quickly on the rise of e-commerce, DB Schenker has purchased the exclusive European rights to uShip’s transportation management software (TMS), rather than creating its own system. The two companies signed a five-year deal that uShip’s chief marketing officer Dick Metzler explained as a way for “uShip to support their […]

Lufthansa, ANA expand their JV

Lufthansa Cargo and All Nippon Airways (ANA) will extend their much-lauded joint venture this July by merging both of their feeder networks. The new agreement builds on the current JV, which connects Lufthansa Cargo’s services in Germany, Austria, France, the U.K. and Belgium to intercontinental flights. As of July 12, all European countries will benefit […]

German air cargo restrictions another setback for Bangladesh [updated]

Germany is now the third country, after Australia and the U.K., to restrict direct cargo flights from Bangladesh due to security concerns. The decision was made by the LBA, Germany’s civil aviation authority, and was taken “because of information provided by our law enforcement authority and intelligence services.” Shipments from Bangladesh to Germany, the LBA […]

Cargo Community Frankfurt grows despite dip in airfreight

The Air Cargo Community Frankfurt announced on Monday that three major air cargo players had joined the organization, bringing its membership up to 41 companies, representing all sectors of the air logistics chain. The newest additions – the Freight Forwarding and Logistics Association Hessen/Rhineland-Palatinate (SLV), Kuehne + Nagel and Hellmann Worldwide Logistics – bolster the […]

LHC’s Paderborn facility to enhance road-feeder connectivity

Starting June 15, a new Lufthansa Cargo facility at Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport will begin consolidating air cargo in Eastern Westphalia for road transport to the airline’s global hub at Frankfurt Airport, a 275 kilometer drive to the south. The facility will amalgamate standard freight, express freight and hazardous materials consignments before transporting them in regularly scheduled […]

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport sold to Chinese construction company

After weeks of speculation swirled about a new buyer, Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate interior ministry announced today the sale of its majority 82.5 percent stake in Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to Shanghai Yigian Trading Company (SYT), a major Chinese construction company, in a deal valued in the “low-double-digit-million-euro range.” SYT’s chief representative, Zu Tao Chou, professed that he “lost […]

New DHL logistics facility launched at Hanover Airport

DHL Express Germany officially opened its new US$37 million facility at Hanover Airport yesterday. Two formerly separate sort facilities (one handling time definite shipments for national road and international air networks, the other handling day-definite shipments for the European road network, are now consolidated within an overall floor space of about 30,000 square meters. Wolfgang […]

DHL ‘Parcelcopter 3.0’ gets James Bond treatment in Bavaria [VIDEO]

If it’s Friday, it must be time for another drone video on ACW… OK, we admit that we have a weakness for these little unmanned gadgets, but this particular system, created by Germany-based Deutsche Post DHL, is a far cry from the spindly, insect-like “Parcelcopter” we featured back in September 2014. This is “Parcelcopter 3.0,” […]

Dachser reaps benefits of long-term strategy in 2015

In its year-end report for 2015, Dachser’s Air and Sea Logistics division said it generated revenue growth of 8 percent and contributed a total of €1.6billion to its consolidated revenue for the year. Most of the growth, the company said, came from investments in enhancing efficiency rather than acquisition. “Last year we didn’t significantly expand […]
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