A new Teutonic order: how reimagination guides German innovations in air cargo

Did you know that the success of the Germanic Teutonic Order in the 13th and 14th centuries relied heavily on the innovative adoption and application of horses, crossbows, and brick and mortar? Beyond integrating horses and crossbows into their military combat strategies, which gave them an advantage over various populations, they also constructed brick and […]

Slow trade lingers in European carrier traffic stats for July 

In July’s first look, European carriers reported mixed results, indicating that the impact of protectionist policies on global trade and major carriers’ traffic lingers. Both Lufthansa Group and Air France-KLM reported year-over-year declines in cargo traffic, while International Airlines Group’s July performance was flat, in comparison to 2018. Only Turkish Cargo reported significant volume growth for the month.  For the first […]

time:matters expands Sameday Air network to China

Lufthansa Cargo’s time-critical logistics subsidiary time:matters has expanded its Sameday Air network into China for the first time with the addition of stations in Beijing (PEK), Chengdu (CTU), Guangzhou (CAN), Nanjing (NKG), Qingdao (TAO), Shanghai (PVG) and Shenyang (SHE). Customers with urgent shipments will now have access to 157 weekly direct flights between Frankfurt, Munich, […]

European carriers report rebound in May traffic 

In May, European-based carriers Air-France-KLM, International Airlines Group and Lufthansa Cargo Group reported year-over-year increases in their monthly traffic results. Carrier traffic performance this month shows a slight recovery from the declines these carriers reported in earlier months.  Air France-KLM’s May traffic rose 4.3% y-o-y across the group to 731 million FTKs. Both Air France and KLM contributed to […]

Lufthansa’s time:matters expands network to Asia

Lufthansa Cargo‘s wholly owned time:matters subsidiary, which specializes in urgent shipments, plans to expand its presence to cover the Europe-China, intra-Asia and trans-Pacific markets, according to the company’s CEO. Speaking to Air Cargo World during Air Cargo Europe 2019 in Munich, Alexander Kohnen said that time:matters had just established a legal entity based in Shanghai […]

Jettainer to digitize American Airlines Cargo ULDs

ULD management company Jettainer is undertaking a proof-of-concept test to equip slightly more than 10%, or 2,000, American Airlines Cargo containers and pallets with Bluetooth Low Energy tracking tags. In a statement announcing the plan, Jettainer also said it would extend its cooperation agreement with AA Cargo for another five years.  Lufthansa Cargo-owned subsidiary Jettainer partnered with logistics data company CORE Transport Technologies in October […]

Lufthansa Cargo reduces summer frequencies

Citing weaker air cargo demand compared to the previous two years, Lufthansa Cargo said it is adjusting its summer schedule and reducing the number of flights it will operate in the second and third quarters of 2019. Flights will be cut in line with demand, and customers will be informed of the changes accordingly. The […]

Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa Cargo expand relationship and European connections to HKG

Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Cargo have expanded their partnership with a joint business agreement (JBA) to connect 14 European hubs to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). Previously the pair's JBA covered only westbound flights from Hong Kong, to Europe. Seeing the agreement through will enable joint marketing of capacity on both airlines’ freighter aircraft, and […]

Digitalization trepidation: Turning words, worry into action

SINGAPORE — Much has been said this week about the sorry state of the air cargo industry’s alleged lack of digital savvy and reluctance to embrace new technology. For those fed up with such hand-wringing, the late-morning presentations in Wednesday’s Digital Cargo Track at the World Cargo Conference were a welcome tonic for air cargo professionals seeking […]

Freightos’ connectivity study: Only a handful of air carriers make the grade

In its latest benchmarking study of air cargo carriers’ “digital maturity,” or their ability to connect with their customers through digital applications, Freightos said the industry has made great strides in its digitalization efforts, but it lags far behind the progress made in oceanfreight and is limited to only a handful of large carriers. The […]

ABC inks short-term agreement with Jettainer for special cargo

AirBridgeCargo (ABC) has signed a leasing agreement with Jettainer on a short-term requirement that will grant the carrier access to the company’s fleet of ULDs – addressing demand for transportation of “special cargo,” such as live animals and automotive equipment. ABC said it experienced 25 percent growth in its volumes of special cargoes last year, […]

JAS forwarding to use cargo.one to digitally book capacity

U.S.-based JAS Forwarding joined the ranks of forwarders utilizing Berlin-based cargo.one’s freight booking platform, which allows users to view and book airlines’ available freight capacity instantaneously via a digital app. Gordon Reinke, airfreight director  of JAS Forwarding’sa German operations, said that JAS engaged in a collaborative process with cargo.one, in which it tested use of […]

Lufthansa to use four new 777Fs to increase frequencies

Despite the general air of caution being felt across the airfreight industry as we enter 2019, Lufthansa Cargo is demonstrating its optimism with plans to boost airfreight capacity on its popular routes, according to a recent video. The carrier is anticipating the arrival of four 777 freighters over the course of the year; with two […]

Lufthansa Cargo, Air France-KLM-Martinair squeak by with marginal growth in December

This week, two of Europe’s largest cargo carriers, Lufthansa Cargo and Air France-KLM-Martinair, released their results for December 2018, in which both saw increased traffic, despite an industry-wide plateau in peak-season demand – each reporting revenue-tonne-kilometer (RTK) growth of 0.4 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively. While the marginal increases are an achievement in themselves, in […]
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