Cargo Insights: Do you have an appointment?

The dentist’s office just called to confirm my appointment for a semiannual checkup next week. The reminder is always welcome, since missing the appointed time puts me back in the queue, delaying treatment and disrupting schedules on both sides. Appointments are essential because if everyone just showed up unexpectedly at the dentist’s office, there would […]

Qatar Airways adds first route to Portugal

Qatar Airways, in its latest expansion effort, touched down its first passenger flight at Lisbon Airport (LIS) in Portugal today.  The new daily direct flight between Doha (DOH) and LIS, operated using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, is offering 70 tonnes of cargo capacity to and from Portugal per week and includes direct connections to Europe, […]

More freighters, new destinations for Qatar Airways Cargo

Qatar Airways Cargo signaled its intent to continue expanding an already sizable freighter fleet with a commitment to order five more 777 freighters from Boeing. Separate from the commitment, announced today at the Paris Airshow, Qatar Airways outlined three new freighter routes that will launch in the coming months. This year, Qatar Airways will boost […]

U-Freight America expands West Coast presence

U-Freight America, the San Francisco arm of Chinese logistics company U-Freight, is opening an 80,000-square-foot facility in Industry, California – 20 miles east of Los Angeles – which will expand its capacity for its Asia-Pacific clients. Rick Keller, chief executive of U-Freight America, says the facility is in the “perfect location from which to offer […]

Air Charter Service expands into sixth continent

Air Charter Service is now located on all six major continents, since it opened a new office in Sydney, its first operation in Australia. The company launched late last year and reported that, so far, the response has been positive. “Our Hong Kong office has built up a strong customer base in the region […]

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 […]

C.H. Robinson opens California cargo screening facility

Logisitics firm C.H. Robinson opened a new certified cargo screening facility in Carson, Calif., which is convenient to both Los Angeles International Airport and the Port of Long Beach. This is the second TSA-certified cargo screening facility for C.H. Robinson, which already opened one in Chicago in April 2012. The facility includes 20,000 square feet […]

AirBridgeCargo adds Atlanta

Earlier this year, AirBridgeCargo Airlines added Los Angeles to its schedule, and now the carrier has extended its U.S. service once more, adding twice-weekly 747 freighter flights to Atlanta as of Nov. 20. The scheduled service operates on Fridays and Sundays, with onward connections to Europe and beyond to the carrier’s online stations in Russia […]

Air Charter Service opens Miami office

Air Charter Service (ACS) has opened an office in Miami, the fifth office the charter carrier now operates in North America. The other offices are located in Los Angeles, Houston, New York and Toronto. Leading the office is Joel Fenn, who has been working in the company’s Hong Kong operation for the past two and […]

How the Caribbean is positioning itself as a cargo gateway

This coming February, when most of the Northern Hemisphere is locked in another dreary winter, a 777-200LR is expected to touch down at Tocumen International Airport, packed with 256 passengers. The crowded flight will be of no sur­prise, as the destination is Panama City, Panama, a languid tropical setting that many northerners dream of visiting […]

Swiss WorldCargo steps up e-AWB process

Swiss WorldCargo is offering a single-process electronic air waybill (e-AWB) system that will allow forwarders to tender all shipments to an airline without a paper AWB, even on trade lanes for which a paper AWB is required. The company said the new process will accelerate the adoption of the e-AWB throughout its network. Presently Swiss […]

China Southern develops e-commerce platform

Thanks to China Southern Airways, consumers in China now have another portal through which they can purchase the hottest new items in overseas markets.  Called “Southern Cross-Border Purchase,” the service is a new e-commerce platform that provides access to good in the U.S., Japan, Australia and New Zealand according to the WCARN news service. In […]

AirBridgeCargo going strong in first half of 2015

Russian cargo carrier AirBridgeCargo moved more than 218,000 tonnes of freight in the first six months of 2015, an increase of 17 percent compared to the same period in 2014, as well as a 22 percent rise in freight tonne kilometers.  ABC also reported a 67 percent freight load factor during the first half and […]

AirBridgeCargo strong so far in 2015

With the year almost half over, AirBridgeCargo, a Volga-Dnepr company, reported that tonnage handled was up 16 percent in the five-month period from January to May. During that time, the Russian carrier transported 180,605 tonnes throughout the world, connecting Europe, Asia and the United States via Russia. In Asia, ABC launched two weekly flights from […]
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