DHL opens new Chicago service center

DHL has expanded its operations in Chicago, opening a US$1.3 million service center facility to meet “heavy demand” for international e-commerce growth from local businesses in the state of Illinois. The new center, the company said, will handle a variety of shipments, including international small parcels, palletized shipments and container freight. At 38,000 square feet, […]

Virgin Atlantic resumes daily Chicago service

Starting on Wednesday, Virgin Atlantic said it will re-introduce seasonal daily flights between Chicago and the U.K. to better serve the burgeoning Midwest market in the United States. The new service, using A330-300 aircraft, will connect Chicago O’Hare International Airport with London Heathrow and add 16 tonnes of belly capacity each day. The added service, […]

Too tough to handle?

A pallet of unprotected cargo on an airport tarmac with an outside temperature of 21°C can quickly reach tempera­tures above 55° C. At that point, an egg can fry in about 20 minutes. Now just image if that pallet contained tempera­ture-sensitive pharmaceutical goods, or some other high-value perishable. Costs incurred by the top ten pharmaceutical […]

A local focus can reveal universal truths

The common phrase “all politics is local” describes the principle that political success is directly tied to politicians’ ability to understand and influence the issues of their local constituents. Politicians must appeal to seemingly mundane and simple concerns of those who elect them because personal issues, rather than big and intangible ideas, are what voters […]

The high costs of bargain hunting

I love a bargain as much as the next person. If there is a quarter to be saved by buying three cans of peas instead of one at the grocery store or driving an extra mile to save a nickel on a gallon of gas, I’m usually your man – until the bargain backfires­­. I […]

CHEP Aerospace receives dual certification

CHEP Aerospace Solutions, which provides ULD management and MRO services to airlines, has received certification from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the maintenance and repair of aviation equipment. Several airports in the United States and in Europe have been approved for CHEP stations including Dallas-Ft. Worth, […]

Crosstown Traffic: Finding room at the most congested airports

  During the U.S. West Coast port crisis early this year, shippers desperate to serve their clients had to turn to airfreight to get their goods to their appointed destinations on time. Many U.S. airports were overwhelmed with cargo, causing mass confusion. At Chicago O’Hare, truckers reported waiting four to nine hours to get to […]

The Handoff: What ground handlers are doing to speed up the process

Chicago O’Hare has always been a tough airport to navigate for the hundreds of tractor-trailers arriving and departing everyday with loads of air cargo. But, so far, the tightest squeeze – literally – in recent memory might be in 2015. With a construction project under way to improve road access surrounding the crowded facilities around […]

Ground to a halt: The third-party handling problem

While it is possible for a box to be flown from London to Chicago in only about eight hours, it can take another nine hours for a forwarder to actu­ally get his or her hands on it at O’Hare Airport. O’Hare is in the crosshairs right now, due to some nasty traffic backups, with two […]

Around-the-world cargo service launched by ABC

AirBridge Cargo started a new round-the-world cargo service at the beginning of April, using one of its six 747Fs.  AirlineRoute reports the twice-weekly service begins at Moscow-Sheremetyevo Airport, the second-largest airport in Russia, and flies to Shanghai Pudong, Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Chicago O’Hare and Amsterdam-Schiphol, before returning to Moscow. “Our route network development is […]

Turkish Cargo expands yet again

Along with its robust passenger growth, Turkish Airlines is rapidly growing its cargo network and operations. Most recently, its Turkish Cargo division added freighter service to Lahore, Pakistan, and Bahrain. The new weekly freighter service to Lahore is Turkish Cargo’s  17th dedicated airfreight route in the Far East, while the Bahrain route represents its eighth […]

Turkish Cargo launches freighter service to Chicago

After expanding rapidly through Europe and Asia, Turkish Cargo is making more inroads in the United States with today’s inaugural freighter flight to Chicago O’Hare. This all-cargo flight, made weekly to ORD using an A330F, will supplement the already healthy belly capacity currently available in multiple Turkish passenger flights to cities in both the U.S. […]

DHL Global Forwarding finishes Chicago facility

DHL Global Forwarding, the logistics arm of Deutsche Post DHL, last week completed construction of its US$35 million, 491,000-square-foot container freight station in Chicago, which will be the company’s largest cargo facility in the United States. The three-story building (see artist’s rendering at right), containing both office and warehouse space to hold 500 workers, is […]

Chicago O’Hare cargo rises

Air cargo volume at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago grew by 8.5 percent year over year during the first half of 2014. In June alone, O’Hare’s cargo tonnage increased by 11 percent over the same month in 2013. With over 738,500 tonnes of cargo handled for the first six months of 2014, O’Hare is on […]
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