Vietnam bans recalled and damaged lithium batteries on flights

Vietnam will ban damaged and recalled lithium batteries, as well as electronic devices using those batteries, on Vietnamese airlines as well as foreign airlines operating into and from Vietnam, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority announced in a statement this month. The ban will begin as of Nov. 15. The ban will affect both devices with […]

WestJet embargoes lithium battery shipments

Following this week’s news that Calgary-based WestJet Cargo will move its domestic cargo sales operations in-house, the carrier also said that effective immediately, it has embargoed all shipments containing lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries until further notice. A WestJet spokesperson said the transition to in-house sales has allowed the carrier “greater visibility and control over [its] […]

Cathay Pacific develops solution for lithium-ion batteries on freighters

Standalone lithium-ion batteries can once again be carried by Cathay Pacific Cargo on its freighter aircraft, after the carrier developed and introduced a fire-containment bag. Shipments of standalone lithium-ion batteries are a significant driver of freighter traffic, especially given the growth of e-commerce and personal electronic devices. Under a provision adopted by the ICAO Council in February 2016, lithium-ion […]

Transport firm Labelmaster pairs up with PA2 for safer lithium battery shipping

Two companies are partnering to tackle the ongoing safety risks posed by the transportation of flammable lithium batteries with a line of protective packaging products, called Obexion. Dangerous goods transport firm Labelmaster and Procyon-Alpha Squared (PA2), a technology company with experience in the aerospace field, plan to introduce a range of packaging that uses passive […]

Requiem for 2016: The top ten stories of the year from ACW

Everyone loves a good list. Science says so. We concur. Lists absolve us of the mental strain of retaining a glut of interconnected facts, which we must then assemble in a haze of holiday hangovers. Doing so is especially challenging when it involves super-exciting subjects like quarterly reports, mergers, logistics clusters and whatnot. Air Cargo […]

Amazon slapped with fine in U.K. for shipping dangerous goods by air

Earlier this week, the Southwark Crown Court imposed a US$84,000 fine against Amazon for a series of parcels containing “dangerous goods” that the e-commerce giant attempted to dispatch by air between January 2014 and June 2015. The packages, absent any labels declaring the potentially unsafe contents, contained aerosol deodorant and loose-packed lithium-ion batteries, which were […]

Cargo carriers join flight ban on Samsung Note 7

After several fire incidents in recent weeks, it looks as if Samsung is going to settle the debate about air transport of lithium-ion batteries as cargo all by themselves. Cargo carriers, including Air Canada Cargo and Finnair Cargo, are now joining passenger carriers in banning Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, due to the device’s lithium-ion […]

No one-size-fits-all solutions for e-commerce

The ritual of buying a sturdy pair of new dress shoes recently reminded me of those trips to the shoe store during my childhood. Such excursions had the distinct purpose of making an investment that could last into the next year or shoe size, whichever came first. Those visits were serious business, involving multiple stacks […]

Li to fly: Lithium-ion batteries back on A350-900

Following extensive safety reviews precipitated by lithium ion battery fires that grounded the 787-8 in 2013, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will now allow the batteries back on board the A350-900 for use as a backup power source. Airbus maintains that its own lithium-ion architecture is different from that used by Boeing. Gordon McConnell, the […]

Fried: Instead of banning batteries, let’s enforce our laws

About midnight on Feb. 7, 2006, the crew of UPS flight 1307 was alerted to a smoke indication in the cockpit as their DC-8 freighter was on its final approach to Philadelphia International Airport. The pilots immediately evacuated the airplane after landing, escaping with minor injuries as fire destroyed the plane and its cargo on […]

WCS 2016: More than just boxes, ULDs are fire safety equipment

BERLIN — The day that IATA announced its new ULD safety program also featured a panel discussion on the very hot topic of the place of ULDs as the front line of defense against lithium-ion battery fires. It is easy to think of Unit Load Devices as just expensive boxes. After all, the 900,000 ULDs […]

Pilots, shippers at odds over ICAO’s battery ban

Various aviation groups are still reacting to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) decision to temporarily ban the carriage of lithium batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft until a new packaging standard can be reached. The controversial issue has placed some groups in opposite camps. For instance, the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), applauded […]

Has ICAO banned the wrong batteries?

Against the wishes of the International Air Transport Association, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed yesterday to temporarily ban the shipment of lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircraft, which will go into effect on April 1 of this year. According to ICAO Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ban will only be in place until […]
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