Swissport opens Brussels pharma center

Ground services provider Swissport opened its new Pharma Center at Brussels Airport (BRU) on Tuesday, the company announced. The BRU facility is Swissport’s most technologically advanced pharmaceutical handling center to-date and offers 3,620 square meters of temperature-controlled warehouse space adjacent to Swissport’s current facility at BRU. The facility includes two areas for different temperature ranges […]

Cargologic, Swiss WorldCargo extend handling agreement for 7 years

The airfreight division of Swiss International Air Lines, Swiss WorldCargo, announced the extension of its relationship with Swiss airfreight handling specialist Cargologic for another seven years. Under the extended partnership, Swiss WorldCargo will continue to use Cargologic’s services at the carrier’s hub in Zurich (ZRH), where Cargologic will remain as the dedicated ground handler. The […]

HNA-backed Swissport plans $1.8B debt refinancing

Swissport International, the airport-cargo handler owned by Chinese troubled conglomerate HNA Group Co., said it plans to refinance some of its outstanding debt amid stable earnings growth. The announcement confirmed an earlier Bloomberg News report. According to Swissport’s statement on Monday, its 1.6 billion-euro ($1.8 billion) refinancing comprises of: A new 75 million-euro revolving credit […]

Temasek-backed SATS plunges on macro headwinds, Jet Airways

Singapore airline services provider, SATS Ltd., plunged after it reported a drop in earnings due to global macro headwinds and suspension of an Indian airline. Shares of SATS plunged as much as 5.6% on Friday, the most in nearly seven years. The provider of in-flight meals and ground-handling services, considered a bellwether of global economy, […]

Air Canada Cargo selects Ultramar Cargo as new handler in Chile

Air Canada Cargo switched ground handlers to Ultramar Cargo at Santiago Airport (SCL) earlier this month to fit changing needs, General Manager Rene Rojas told Air Cargo World.  The carrier will continue to offer outgoing shipments the same services that it previously did, including AC Cool Chain, AC DGR, AC Live and AC Secure – temperature-controlled facilities, safe transport for dangerous goods, animal transport and secure transport […]

DB Schenker receives U.S. Transportation Command contract

This week, DB Schenker announced its award of a Global Heavyweight Service contract with the U.S. Transportation Command. Under the three-year contract for ground service handling, which began two months earlier, DB Schenker works in a team arrangement with Delta Air Lines to bid on contracts for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and other […]

WFS wins tender to operate at Atlanta airport

The giant air cargo handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) won its tender to operate Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s (ATL) new Cargo Building C, just a day after the airport signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). ATL, plus other recent expansions in Europe and New York, will add an additional 700,000 […]

PSA, SATS sign MOU to enhance sea-air connectivity in Singapore

In an effort to encourage closer cooperation between air and ocean modes, port operator PSA International Pte Ltd. and ground handler SATS Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today to provide cargo shippers and logistics service providers with better connectivity in the bustling hub of Singapore. The MOU was facilitated by the government agency […]

IATA Air Cargo Innovation Award finalists focus on ULD tech

For the third year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released the names of three finalists for the organization’s Air Cargo Innovation Awards. This time, all three focus on the same piece of equipment in the supply chain: the ubiquitous unit load device (ULD). IATA’s judges winnowed down the short list of finalists from […]

Lufthansa, Fraport expand ground handling relationship at FRA

 Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Fraport AG have inked a new contract to go into effect on Jan. 1 that will extend their relationship at Fraport’s subsidiary airport, Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), for another seven years. In the new agreement, Fraport’s ground handling unit will continue to be responsible for services like cargo loading and unloading […]

China Airlines’ ramp operations for ULDs go paperless

In an effort to reduce its reliance on paper-based system and improve efficiency, China Airlines told Air Cargo World today that it has completed testing of its Mobile Ramp Project, which involves the use of handheld digital devices that can scan and track each ULD as they are loaded. The Taiwan-based carrier has been using […]

Schiphol’s Pouwels does more with less in Amsterdam community

Throughout 2018, the dominant story about Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) has been the shortage of freighter slots, due to a 500,000 “aircraft movements” limit set by the Dutch government. As a result, one prominent carrier, AirBridgeCargo, shifted its European hub from AMS to nearby Liège Airport. As this issue was going to press, the local […]

Air Canada Cargo to modernize its Edmonton facilities

Air Canada broke ground today on a new facility that will house its ground support equipment service and cargo teams at Edmonton International Airport (YEG). The new, 4,645-square-meter facility being built by Terracap Group is set to open in September 2019. Air Canada has signed a 15-year lease for the multi-tenant facility, representing an investment […]

Keeping Track & Trace: High-tech tools bring supply-chain transparency

For cargo shipments, it may seem like keeping track of them in real time or tracing their journey, back to their origins, would be a simple proposition. We’ve had radio-frequency identification (RFID) and global positioning satellite (GPS) technology for decades, yet the tiny space within the fuselage of a freighter or the apron of a […]
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