The Last Shall Be First: South American e-commerce’s last-mile boom

If ever there was a country that encapsulates the extremes of modern society, it could be the South American country of Brazil. By far the largest of the nations on the continent, it is also the wealthiest, but also has some of the largest, most densely populated slums, located not far from enormous villas and […]
  • Staff Reports
  • June 5, 2019

LATAM Cargo and CSafe sign lease agreement

LATAM Cargo and CSafe Global have signed a master-lease agreement for the provision of CSafe’s RKN and RAP containers to LATAM’s customers with pharmaceutical shipments. Under the agreement, the RKN and RAP active temperature-controlled containers are approved for both upper and lower decks of LATAM’s aircraft. “Our top priority when shipping highly delicate and valuable […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • May 29, 2019

LATAM Cargo’s GRU cool-chain facility to open by 2019 peak season

Santiago-based LATAM Cargo is currently working on the construction of a cool-chain facility at São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) in Brazil that the carrier says will be ready in time for peak season 2019. Almost half of LATAM Cargo’s volumes are perishable commodities – such as salmon, asparagus and flowers – and, currently, 14 percent […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 30, 2019

Emirates SkyCargo, LATAM launch new South American routes

Two airlines are kicking off the year with new cargo routes in Latin America – this week, LATAM and Emirates SkyCargo announcing new services connecting their respective hubs to new destinations in the region. LATAM’s new route will link Santiago (SCL) to Chicago (ORD) starting on Feb. 19, addressing the growing demand for South American […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 10, 2019

CFS 2018: Latin American carriers face challenges in tapping future demand

SAN DIEGO – Latin America is considered one of the most promising regions in terms of growth in demand for airfreight capacity due to the recovery of its largest economy, Brazil, and an increased demand for e-commerce. But those interested in tapping the market may be remiss to find there are some major roadblocks in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 12, 2018

LATAM Cargo expands pharma-handling services in London

Chile-based LATAM Cargo is expanding its footprint in the European pharmaceutical sector, adding its “pharma passive” service in London Heathrow Airport (LHR) – a pharma-specific infrastructure that sustains the product in a 15° to 25°C range. The carrier already operates its “pharma active” service through the LHR hub, which protects commodities in the -20° to […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 4, 2018

Shifting Trade Winds: How trends, tariffs and tech create new cargo routes

As the peak season kicks into high gear, the freighters line up on the apron to be loaded with the newest basketball shoes, electronics and toys for the fourth quarter holiday rush. Nearby, companies such as Intel, Foxconn, LG, Samsung, Nike, Adidas and Puma have been pumping out products at full capacity for months. Now, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 1, 2018

LATAM reports improving cargo business, but still suffers Q2 net loss

Cargo operations continued to be a bright spot for the LATAM Airlines Group, which reported second-quarter cargo-related revenues of just under US$300 million, due to a 3.6 percent increase in cargo revenues and a 6.7 percent rise in yields. However, it was not enough to counteract to the 86.6 percent, year-over-year, decline in Q2 operating […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 22, 2018

Changes in Latitude: Latin America’s economy reverses years of cargo stagnation

Ten pallets of papayas are sitting in an industrial-sized refrigerator in one of the cool-chain facilities at Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (GIG), awaiting the green light from customs to be loaded onto the belly of a Los Angeles-bound widebody. Upon arrival in LAX, the prized fruits will be offloaded and transferred to another aircraft, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 5, 2018

LATAM Cargo begins end-to-end digitalization of its systems

Today, LATAM Cargo launched a project to replace its current cargo management systems that will enable customers to manage end-to-end processes, including tracking, booking, claims and rates through a digital portal. The Chilean carrier has employed Indian IT company Wipro to implement its existing operations management software, CROAMIS – a process that will be completed […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 14, 2018

LATAM Cargo expands European freighter service

LATAM Cargo rearranged and increased its main-deck cargo services between Western Europe and South America, to accommodate growth in air freight demand, particularly in pharmaceuticals, as well as “the need to provide alternatives to avoid the rising congestion levels at European airports.” The carrier now offers five weekly 767-300F frequencies from Europe to South America, […]
  • David Harris
  • April 12, 2018

Top 5 cool chain innovations making a difference in supply chain quality

With the value of the temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical market topping US$1 trillion dollars, air cargo handlers are searching for the best way to ensure that these commodities are kept at a very specific, narrow temperature range during their journey in the air, and especially on the ground, where the risk is highest for a temperature incursion […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 28, 2018

Flower power delivers sweet Valentine’s Day for carriers

Chalk up two more carriers looking forward to a happy Valentine’s Day this week, as Luxembourg-based Cargolux added an extra 1,200 tonnes of capacity to its 20 weekly flights out of Nairobi, Quito and Bogota. Meanwhile, LATAM Cargo reported shipping more than 9,500 tons of flowers in the four weeks leading up to tomorrow’s holiday. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 13, 2018

ALTA’s 2017 Latin American airfreight numbers still in red, despite October uptick

The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association’s (ALTA) October airfreight traffic to/from the region ticked up 2 percent year-over-year, but with year-to-date volumes still down by 0.7 percent, it remains to be seen if the year’s net will make it out of the red. The largest share of that cargo – just under 50 […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 11, 2017
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