Cathay Pacific issues latest ban on lithium batteries

Another lithium domino falls. Cathay Pacific joined Qantas, Delta, United and Virgin Australia in banning the shipment of lithium-ion batteries on either freighters or in the bellies of passenger aircraft. The rule only applies to batteries being shipped in bulk, not those that are being used in laptop computers, mobile phones or similar devices. […]

No more lithium batteries says Qantas

Qantas is no longer accepting shipments of lithium ion batteries on its freighters or passenger planes due to concerns of fire or explosion. The ban applies to batteries packed on their own rather than those packed in equipment. The carrier will make an exception if a shipment of the batteries is needed for an emergency. […]

Lithium battery shipments deemed too risky

Lithium batteries are everywhere – in your cell phone, laptop or iPod. They are lightweight, cheap to make and can hold much more energy than standard batteries. But they can also burst into flames occasionally, and that is the impetus for the call by aircraft manufacturers to ban bulk lithium battery shipments on cargo and […]

News Briefs: Sky Dragon rises, Air China in Frankfurt, Myanmar logistics

Aeroscraft Corporation (Aeros), a lighter-than-air (LTA) aircraft manufacturer, announced that it has begun production for its newest airship, the 40E Sky Dragon, with a one-tonne payload capacity. From its Montebello, Calif., headquarters, Aeros created the FAA-licensed 40E model after extensive testing of the 40D prototype airship that has been in operation since 2007. Other enhancements […]

United latest carrier to restrict lithium batteries

Citing recent troubling fire safety reports from the FAA and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), United Continental Holdings, Inc., has placed tighter restrictions on the transportation of lithium-ion batteries in the cargo holds of its passenger aircraft, joining other carriers that have already imposed restrictions. Under the new policy, the company, operator of Chicago-based […]

Safety issues at forefront of airfreight

Safety issues related to air cargo have been at the forefront this summer, ranging from lithium batteries to cargo pilot fatigue to avoiding flights over combat zones. In our September issue, we take a look at the carriage of dangerous goods. The sub-category getting the most attention of late is lithium batteries. It’s clear that […]

ICAO panel proposes banning lithium batteries on passenger flights

The International Civil Aviation Organization’s Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) focused on a proposed prohibition of lithium batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, according to a meeting report received by the U.S. Airforwarders Association and disseminated to its members. The DGP met in Montreal during the week of April 7. The panel agreed to adopt the […]
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