Drones: Rise of the machines

 As it flew through the air, the buzzing drone looked more like a gigantic insect, hang­ing in the summer breeze, than the future of airfreight. It made a beeline for its appointed destination, and then suddenly halted, hovering over a designated spot. A tether slowly extended, lowering the craft’s vital cargo – 24 medical pack­ages […]
  • Staff Reports
  • September 2, 2015

Schiphol ‘Milk Run’ to cut C02 emissions

Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport is seeking to streamline cargo operations and reduce CO2 emissions at the same time via a new “Milk Run” concept that would consolidate multiple inbound trips into a single delivery. This new configuration, in which a handling agent arranges one truck run to multiple forwarders’ warehouses, reduces the number of trucks driving on or […]
  • Staff Reports
  • August 24, 2015

Panalpina remains stable in first-half 2015

Swiss forwarder Panalpina remained stable in the first half of the year, in spite of airfreight volumes that  decreased by 2 percent in the first six months of the year, and 5 percent in just the second quarter, year-over-year,  while market demand grew by 1 to 2 percent. Consolidated profit was US$46.8 million, up 3 […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 29, 2015

Power 25: Panalpina marches to its own beat

Based in Basel, Panalpina has roots in the Swiss Alps that stretch back to 1834. The company used to call itself “Alpina” because it connected Northern and Southern Europe across the mountains. Today, as a worldwide forwarder with 80 offices and 16,000 employees, Panalpina has a reputation of doing things a bit differently than the […]
  • Staff Reports
  • June 2, 2015

British airport blooms for Valentine’s Day

Nothing says “I love you” like a dozen roses on Valentine’s Day. Great Britain’s Stansted Airport, located 30 miles northeast of central London, received 200 tonnes of flowers from Kenya and Colombia, including tens of thousands of roses of every color and variety. Graeme Ferguson, cargo director for Manchester Airport Group, said, “the airport is […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 9, 2015

DB Schenker’s air cargo cartel suit broadens

German freight forwarder DB Schenker, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, is being joined by additional plaintiffs in its civil lawsuit against air cargo carriers to recover damages allegedly caused by global price-fixing of surcharges from 1999 to 2006. A report published in German weekly business news magazine, Wirtschaftswoche, stated that engineering and electronics firm Robert […]
  • Staff Reports
  • January 30, 2015

News Briefs: Ethiopian in Brussels, PACTL cargo booms, UPS grows

Ethiopian Cargo is adding four weekly frequencies between its capital city, Addis Ababa, and Brussels Airport. The airline originally served Belgium from Ostend Airport, relocating to Brussels in 2004. In 2008 Ethiopian moved to Liege Airport, and currently serves Liege nine times per week. By adding Addis-Brussels-Addis, Ethiopian will strengthen the position of Brussels Airport […]
  • Staff Reports
  • January 21, 2015

Forwarders applaud Emirates’ return to all-in pricing

In a move generally applauded as overdue by many freight forwarders, Emirates’ SkyCargo freight division said it will return to a simplified “all-in” rate structure that eliminates the addition of various surcharges for fuel, security and other variables. According to a letter sent to its customers on Dec. 31, 2014, SkyCargo said the single-charge structure […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 7, 2015

News Briefs: Astana-Bangkok route, Panalpina aid, AEI converts 400th

Air Astana, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, launched nonstop widebody service from the nation’s capital of Astana to Bangkok, capital of Thailand. Operating twice a week, using one of the carrier’s thirty 767-300ERs, the route is part of a recent expansion of international trade between Astana and Southeast Asia. Since 2003, Air Astana has also […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 17, 2014

Stifel shows forwarders remain confident of peak season

Despite a slight dip compared to last month, confidence among freight forwarders remains high for the current peak season, “continuing the pattern of longer-term, gradual improvement,” according to the October results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index (LCI). This month, the overall confidence index – which includes sea and air freight – was  a 58.9 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 6, 2014
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