United, Lufthansa Cargo JV to share freight capacity, booking, handling

Finally, some good news regarding United – United Cargo, that is. After two years of negotiations, United Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo entered into a joint venture this week, covering a wide-range of cargo cooperation on routes between the United States and Europe. The trans-Atlantic deal, first proposed in 2015, covers cooperation on available capacity and […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 20, 2017

ACE Awards 2017: Winners for top carriers

On the carrier side, one of the most impressive improvements was seen at UPS Airlines, rising from 97 overall points and just missing a certificate last year to 113 points and a Diamond Award for carriers handling more than a million tonnes of cargo annually. Jim Mayer, public relations manager for the giant integrator, said […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 28, 2017

ACE Awards 2017: Special Delivery

Added to the list of questions in this year’s ACE Survey was one about how well the carriers and airports performed while handling “specialty cargo” – perishables, dangerous goods, pharma, animals and oddly shaped cargo, etc. This was included because of the growth in interest in niche categories of air cargo in recent years. The […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 28, 2017

Lufthansa-owned time:matters digitalizes its courier service

Time:matters, the Lufthansa-owned urgent transport service, has shaved off even more time by digitizing its On-Board Courier service. Customers and couriers can now input their shipment details and receive a complete quote in less than a minute. The company plans to have certified couriers at the 300 “most important business centers worldwide by mid-2017.” Time:matters […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 23, 2017

Joint sales with Lufthansa kicks off as Cathay shifts gears

The Year of the Rooster was barely under way, and most Chinese workers were out celebrating the biggest festival in their calendar, when the fledgling partnership of Cathay Pacific with Lufthansa Cargo shifted into a higher gear with joint sales activity. Feb. 1 was the day the combined westbound sales activity out of Cathay’s home […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • March 8, 2017

Reshuffling the Decks: Can code-shares bring détente to Gulf and Europe?

Back in 2015, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr was hard-pressed to find something pleasant to say about Gulf carriers. At that time, airlines in the Persian Gulf region, like Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad, were fighting the storied German airline and other legacy European carriers tooth-and-nail for passengers in a skirmish for market share that ultimately […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 7, 2017

In Good Time: Cut it close, pay a price

From aerospace and energy to manufacturing, the need for mission-critical shipment delivery to avoid line-down situations is a booming market, said Ingo-Alexander Rahn, global head of air freight for DHL-GF. SameDay Speedline provides guaranteed priority lift, 24/7/365, along with monitoring and customized solutions as the key planks of the new offering, he said. In light […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • February 25, 2017

Air cargo flies high as EU airports post bumper numbers

Starting with the latest numbers from IATA, which wrap up the reporting on November’s performance, the upward trend in air cargo has been confirmed once again. Global airfreight markets registered high demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), that rose by 6.8 percent in November 2016, compared to the same month in the previous year. […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 10, 2017

Is Lufthansa’s tie-up with Etihad a sign of détente?

Etihad Airways and Lufthansa finalized a codeshare agreement, set to start in January 2017, and subject to government approval. The agreement signals a strategic cooperation between two former, and often bitter rivals along a vital passenger and cargo route. Etihad attributed its record-breaking cargo volumes in October to “volumes from Europe to Asia Pacific,” and […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 16, 2016

Lufthansa buys remaining 55 percent of Brussels Airlines

Lufthansa announced that it was exercising an option to buy the remaining 55 percent of Brussels Airlines for US$2.7 million. The deal adds 51 planes to the Lufthansa group, and expands its footprint in Africa, where Brussels Airlines flies to many sub-Saharan destinations. The Belgian carrier will become part of Lufthansa’s Eurowings Group, but neither […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 15, 2016

Air freight demand continues to grow in November

Many of the world’s major cargo carriers and airports have reported their November results, with gains appearing almost as strong as they were in October, it still looks like a very good month. Strikes at Lufthansa impacted not only the carrier, but also its main hub at Frankfurt (FRA), and neither Cathay Pacific nor Hong Kong […]
  • David Harris
  • December 15, 2016

Lufthansa makes new offer on sixth day of pilot strike

A 4.4 percent increase in remuneration for Lufthansa pilots is the latest attempt by the German carrier to end a pilot strike that is costing the company an estimated €15 million per day. The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union representing the pilots said it is considering the deal, but its spokesman Ingolf Schumacher demanded to know […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 30, 2016

RocketSpace returns for second Logistics Tech Accelerator [VIDEO]

Workers in their offices at the RocketSpace accelerator during Cohort 1. Co-working entrepreneurial tech firm RocketSpace is preparing for re-entry – back into the world of logistics, that is. And it’s currently seeking participants through the next few weeks. The San Francisco-based firm that helped several logistics startups spread their wings earlier this year said […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 26, 2016

DB Schenker, Lufthansa half-way to 2020 emissions reduction target

A five-year strategic partnership between Lufthansa Cargo and logistics provider DB Schenker to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is well on track to meet its goal of reducing 20,000 tonnes of CO2 output by 2020, both companies said today. To date, Lufthansa and Schenker have already reduced their CO2 out put by more than 10,000 tonnes, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 18, 2016
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