LATAM Group to integrate cargo affiliates under one brand

Prior to the second half of this year, LATAM Group airlines will begin the process of integrating cargo affiliates LAN Cargo, TAM Cargo, LAN Cargo Colombia and MAS Air into one entity. When complete, the carrier will become the largest cargo airline in Latin America, operating as LATAM Cargo.   LATAM Cargo plans to make […]

Valentine’s Day means a whole lot of flowers

As the roses and tropical flowers flow north from Latin America – particularly from Colombia and Ecuador – for Valentine’s Day,  UPS plans to move more than 100 million fragrant blossoms. That’s enough to fill approximately seventy 767 cargo aircraft. More than 90 percent of imported flowers will pass through Miami International Airport, where UPS […]

European General Court annuls EC cargo cartel fines

This may have been a stagnant year for cargo carriers, but at least nine of them may soon get a hefty Christmas present from the European General Court. In a rather surprising reversal, the court ruled against the European Commission on Wednesday, annulling nearly €800 million in fines that had been levied against the cargo […]

LATAM cargo limps through November

LATAM’s cargo traffic remained weak in November, in particular due to the continued poor performance of Brazil’s domestic and international markets. Brazil’s GDP barely grew in 2014, and it shrank by 4.5 percent in the third quarter of this year, compared to the same period 2014, per The Economist. It is expected to shrink by […]

Miami joins CEIV-Pharma community

Until now, Brussels Airport has carried the torch as the only airport hosting an entire cargo community that has been certified under IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Pharmaceutical Handling (CEIV Pharma) program. But that is about to change. At Air Cargo Americas in Miami in early November, IATA announced that Miami International […]

Cargo traffic still down for LATAM group

While passenger travel is holding steady at the LATAM Group, cargo traffic continued to disappoint in September, especially in Brazilian domestic and international markets, according to preliminary results released last week by the carrier. RTK’s decreased 12.5 percent in September, y-o-y, with the load factor decreasing 6.6 points to 52.8 percent. The airline said it […]

LAN Cargo transports 1,000 head of cattle

Some passenger flights can feel like herding cattle, but they’re nothing compared to a recent LAN Cargo operation that was completed in May. In a series of four flights, LAN transported 1,000 head of cattle from Minga Guazú, Paraguay, to Guayaquil, Ecuador – reportedly one of the largest shipments of live animals so far this […]

LATAM looks to the future after lean years

In 2009, the picture looked rosy for both Chile’s LAN Airlines and Brazil’s TAM Lineas Aéreas. LAN hadn’t had a loss since the second quarter of 2002 and was one of the few carriers to have an investment-grade rating. TAM, while not quite at the same financial level as LAN, was the largest airline in […]

LAN and TAM make it official – call it LATAM

After merging three years ago this summer, Chile’s LAN Airlines and Brazil’s TAM Lineas Aéreas S.A. have rebranded as one combined entity, LATAM. LATAM Airlines Group will slowly roll out the new corporate brand over the next three years in airports, and on aircraft, commercial offices, web pages and uniforms. The new branded group will […]

Priming the Pump: Surviving volatility in the oil and gas market

A 70-tonne piece of energy equipment had to be sent by air to the inland city of Erbil, Iraq, from Bakersfield, U.S., in February. Many thought it couldn’t be done due to the sheer length and size of the cargo, and the fact that it had to be transported in one piece. Ruslan International, a […]

Latam Airlines investors getting restless

Some three years after the merger of Chilean carrier LAN and Brazil’s TAM, Latam Airlines Group SA has been declared the worst performer of this decade on the Bloomberg Americas Airline Index. The carrier’s stock price continues to slump and post poor results, including sending shares to a six-year low this month. According to data […]

e-AWB adoptions slip for second month

Despite encouragement by IATA, the adoption of electronic airway bills (e-AWB) has not exactly taken the industry by storm this spring. After reaching a peak of 26.9 percent in February, the adoption rate dropped by 0.7 percentage points in March and a further 0.3 percent in April, according to IATA’s latest release.. The two-month cumulative […]

CHEP wins over LAN Cargo

CHEP Aerospace Solutions, a ULD management and repair service provider, has secured a contract with Latin America’s LAN Cargo, to provide maintenance for the carrier’s ULDs and pallets at Miami International Airport. The agreement includes using CHEP’s repair management software, ACTIS, at LAN Cargo’s hubs. CHEP was the winner of the first IATA Air Cargo […]

LAN Cargo provides storm aid to Chile

LAN Cargo transported more than 121 tons of humanitarian aid to northern Chile after an unusually strong frontal system hit the area in late March, causing floods and landslides, turning the lives of hundreds of people upside-down. The carrier immediately activated its “Solidarity Plane,” an aircraft with space reserved under a social responsibility initiative that […]
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