The Malay Connection: Is Kuala Lumpur the next e-commerce gateway to China?

At an abandoned house on the outskirts of Georgetown in the Malaysian State of Penang, a man and his wife stand crouched over a box of seemingly random electronic components. Inside the carton is a set of specialized audio “tweeters” the pair plans to install throughout their dilapidated ancestral home in hopes of attracting a […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 7, 2018

Alibaba Group to open first overseas ‘e-hub’ in Malaysia [VIDEO]

Alibaba Group is setting up its first overseas “e-hub” for what CEO Jack Ma calls the Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP). The new outpost, in Malaysia’s new Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ), is expected to be launched by the end of 2019. The news underscores the pace at which the Chinese e-commerce giant is expanding […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 23, 2017

IAG Cargo’s Heathrow-Kuala Lumpur route strong after year

IAG Cargo’s Heathrow-to-Kuala Lumpur route has exceeded expectations one year after being launched. The service has benefited from strong demand by manufacturers, high-tech shippers and pharmaceutical customers. David Shepherd, head of commercial at IAG Cargo, explained that there was “significant demand for specialist pharmaceutical transportation.” Shepherd added that “following significant investment, we are now able […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 23, 2016

MASkargo migrates to the cloud

MASkargo has switched over to the cloud-based Unisys Logistics Management System for its domestic and international cargo operations. Using a cloud-based delivery model allowed MASkargo, the cargo division of Malaysia Airlines, to transition faster than through a traditional software environment. The new software allows shippers to respond to volume peaks and is adaptable to changing […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 13, 2016

Kuala Lumpur looks to cargo for growth with new hub at KLIA

Major expansion plans are in place to transform 100 sq km of underutilized land surrounding Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) airport into a major air cargo and logistics hub, according local media sources. Developers are hopeful the ‘Aeropolis project’ will help the airport handle a larger portion of the region’s e-commerce-fueled airfreight growth, and one […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 23, 2016

A Swift response to mystery aircraft in Kuala Lumpur

Offering more proof that print advertising can still yield results, the case of the mysterious 747s of Kuala Lumpur has been solved… maybe. A few days after the operators of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) ran an advertisement about three allegedly abandoned 747-200s that had been sitting unclaimed on their tarmac for more than a […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 11, 2015

Anyone out there missing some airplanes?

Three 747-200s are sitting on the ground at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), waiting to be claimed by their owner, but no one has come forward to collect them. Airport officials are searching for the rightful owners, but it would appear the aging aircraft – two in passenger configuration and one a freighter – have […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 10, 2015