Delta Cargo focused on improving service quality over adding capacity

Delta Air Lines’ cargo arm, Delta Cargo, will prioritize improvements to its service quality and customer service over increasing its cargo capacity, according to a person familiar with the company’s strategy. This year, Delta Air Lines was awarded the Diamond Award in the Air Cargo Excellence Awards for carriers with throughput under 1 million tonnes […]

JV between Azul, Correios scores regulatory approval

Brazil’s top regulatory authority, Administrative Council for Economic (Cade) has approved, without restrictions, the creation of an integrated logistics joint venture (JV) between Brazil-based Azul Cargo Express and Correios. According to Cade, the operation does not increase the likelihood of cornering the air cargo market, due to both companies’ small market share in the regional […]

Pardon the Disruption: Wan Lin — Crossing borders at Cainiao

In November, Alibaba’s logistics affiliate, Cainiao, broke its own record during the “11.11” holiday by handling more than 1 billion orders in a single day. The fact that such a feat could occur is a credit to Wan Lin, president of Cainiao Network Technology. Wan first joined the company as vice president in 2014. Under […]

United, Lufthansa Cargo launch long-awaited joint venture

After nearly three years of negotiations, United Airlines and Lufthansa Cargo formally launched their air cargo joint venture (JV) last week, enabling both carriers to jointly manage sales and booking of standard and express shipments on routes between Europe and the United States. Effective May 3, the JV applies to selected routes from the U.S., […]

Air Cargo Executive of the Year: Peter Gerber stays one move ahead

In the game of chess, the key to victory is the ability to stay several moves ahead of your opponent. With proper planning, an adroit chess player who may seem to be backed into a corner can make the precise moves to flip the momentum of the game. By the third quarter of 2016, Lufthansa […]

Joint sales with Lufthansa kicks off as Cathay shifts gears

The Year of the Rooster was barely under way, and most Chinese workers were out celebrating the biggest festival in their calendar, when the fledgling partnership of Cathay Pacific with Lufthansa Cargo shifted into a higher gear with joint sales activity. Feb. 1 was the day the combined westbound sales activity out of Cathay’s home […]

Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific: A partnership of giants

Two of the world’s top three international cargo carriers have joined forces. Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific rank second and third, respectively, among all airlines in international cargo traffic, trailing only Emirates. So their formation of a joint network to connect Hong Kong to Europe, as announced today, is an interesting move. See details from our sister publication, Cargo […]

Qatar ups stake in IAG despite ‘challenging’ Q1 for cargo

In the face of what it is calling “challenging market conditions,” IAG Cargo said its commercial revenues for the first quarter of 2016 for 1.5 percent to €262 million, compared to the same Jan.1 to March 31 period last year. While cargo figures were unimpressive, IAG’s overall performance was strong enough for Qatar Airways to […]

Lufthansa to expand JV, cut costs and staff

After a tougher-than-expected third quarter, Lufthansa Cargo has sent out mixed signals about its plans for 2016, announcing an expansion of its joint venture with All Nippon Airways (ANA) Cargo, but also launching a cost-cutting program that will likely reduce maindeck capacity and eliminate some jobs. Starting this month, Lufthansa Cargo and ANA expanded their […]

Lufthansa to add JV partner this year

Speaking at the Freighters and Belly Cargo Conference in Abu Dhabi, sponsored by Air Cargo News, Bernhard Kindelbacher, senior vice president for strategy, subsidiaries and business development at Lufthansa, said the carrier will announce a new joint venture partner before the end of this year. The planned JV, Kindelbacher said, will be an expansion of […]