IAG Cargo rolls out must-fly pharma shipments via ‘Constant Climate Critical’

When shippers of emergency medical commodities use IAG Cargo’s Constant Climate centers for temperature-sensitive cargo, they now have the option of ensuring that their shipments are “non-offloadable.” In a move that will affect all 109 of IAG Cargo’s Constant Climate centers, the carrier said that these must-fly pharma shipments can now fly under the carrier’s […]

10 fresh faces in air cargo in 2017

Along with a resurgence in confidence in airfreight, the first half of 2017 has seen an unusually high number of personnel changes and promotions among the executive ranks of air carriers and other logistics firms, while some of the industry’s legends have decided to step down. While this is hardly a comprehensive list, Air Cargo […]

IAG Cargo adds Madrid-Basel freighter service

IAG Cargo has launched a new freighter service between Madrid and Basel to meet the demands of Switzerland’s pharmaceutical sector. The route adds more than 29,000 kilograms of lift per flight, expanding capacity on IAG Cargo’s short-haul freighter network by 6 percent. The new service has been running on a trial basis since January. IAG […]

Back in black? European air cargo business boom continues

With the March numbers starting to trickle in from European carriers and airports, early indicators suggest that the air cargo business is on track for yet another great month across the continent. On the airport side, Heathrow saw what it’s CEO, John Holland-Kaye, described as “surging trade.” Meanwhile, Air France-KLM, which has struggled with declining […]

Gatwick’s Embleton replaces departing Crawley at IAG Cargo

A little over a year after taking charge of IAG Cargo and embarking on several modernization initiatives, Drew Crawley announced today that he is stepping down from the CEO position to become head of Avios, the loyalty program for parent company IAG Group. In his place, IAG Group has appointed Lynne Embleton, formerly the managing […]

Reshuffling the Decks: Can code-shares bring détente to Gulf and Europe?

Back in 2015, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr was hard-pressed to find something pleasant to say about Gulf carriers. At that time, airlines in the Persian Gulf region, like Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad, were fighting the storied German airline and other legacy European carriers tooth-and-nail for passengers in a skirmish for market share that ultimately […]

In Good Time: Cut it close, pay a price

From aerospace and energy to manufacturing, the need for mission-critical shipment delivery to avoid line-down situations is a booming market, said Ingo-Alexander Rahn, global head of air freight for DHL-GF. SameDay Speedline provides guaranteed priority lift, 24/7/365, along with monitoring and customized solutions as the key planks of the new offering, he said. In light […]

Volume up, dollars down as IAG faces ‘challenging market conditions’

IAG Cargo’s 2016 full-year results out today show commercial revenue down 6.6 percent to €1.022 billion. “These are resilient results in the face of challenging market conditions,” said Drew Crawley, CEO at IAG Cargo. “Growing supply from freighter and new-generation passenger fleets have continued to outstrip flat demand for general freight.” The carrier will focus […]

On the Rise: Top 40 cargo airports provide glimpses of future growth

Sometimes all it takes is a shift in strategy from a single carrier to make an impact on airport freight traffic. Qatar Airways Cargo, for instance, has been ramping up its airfreight routes for the last couple of years, seeking more high-value cargo, such as pharmaceuticals, and forming joint ventures with other airlines, such as […]

Tough market pressure lowers IAG Q3 operating profit

For the last three months, IAG Cargo saw cargo tonne kilometers rise 5.4 percent, year-over-year, to 1.3 billion, while total tonnes of cargo carried fell 18.8 percent, y-o-y, suggesting that the carrier flew less volume longer distances. This, and other factors, led to a third-quarter decline in operating profits of €1.21 billion before exceptional items […]

IAG launches London-based ‘Hangar 51’ accelerator program [VIDEO]

For an industry that introduced autopilot more than half a century ago, some of the air cargo industry’s practices are practically anachronistic – just ask pharma shippers. That’s all changing as carriers rush to implement high-tech solutions to provide timely, controlled and transparent services that high-value goods require. Now, these carriers are taking innovation one […]

IAG Cargo to lease phase-change Va-Q-tec containers

Left to right: Alan Dorling, global head of pharmaceuticals and life sciences, IAG Cargo; Will Staddon, global product manager, IAG Cargo; and Dominic Hyde, managing director, Va-Q-tec Ltd. In its continuing quest for more valuable cool-chain business, IAG Cargo signed a global container rental agreement today with high-tech insulation provider, Va-Q-tec, for six climate-controlled containers […]

IAG puts a premium on ‘Critical’ service

In an effort to capture more of the ultra-time-sensitive air cargo market, IAG Cargo will launch a new service next month, called “Critical,” which will focus on premium emergency shipments. The carrier also said it will build an expansion to its existing Premia freight facility to handle various premium products. The new Critical service, to […]
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