IAG Cargo extends reach to tap South African perishables

To capture some of the booming perishables market in Africa, IAG Cargo has added three-times-a-week, London Gatwick to Cape Town service to its winter schedule, using a 777-200 aircraft, beginning Nov. 24. The new seasonal frequencies will supplement IAG’s thrice-weekly A330-300 Madrid-Johannesburg service, which is set to begin Aug. 1, and its existing London Heathrow-Cape […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 25, 2016

WCS 2016: Perishables transport demands attention to quality standards

People tend to be attracted to things that live fast and die young – such is the case with perishable commodities, a topic that has gained enormous attention among air cargo carriers concerned that these high-value commodities are being siphoned off to oceanfreight. At a packed-to-overflowing session, called “Perishables: Flying is Fresh!”, some of the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 17, 2016

CEVA to manage Pellegrini hub near Milan

Italian company Pellegrini, which provides services such as catering, food supply, voucher, vending, cleaning and integrated services, has awarded CEVA Logistics with a five-year contract for in-house warehouse management at its Peschiera Borromeo facility, near Milan. CEVA will manage a warehouse of 28,000 square feet, which will store and handle fresh, frozen and nonfood products. […]
  • Staff Reports
  • November 7, 2015

Hughes calls for cooperation across supply chain

MIAMI – IATA’s global head of cargo, Glyn Hughes, said the logistics business is not keeping up with technology – a sentiment that’s been expressed before, but one he said cannot be emphasized enough. Hughes, who addressed attendees at today’s ACMG Workshop, which is part of the Cargo Facts Symposium (CFS) 2015, also called for […]
  • Staff Reports
  • October 26, 2015

Siginon Aviation calls for direct Kenya-U.S. flights

Following President Obama’s historic state visit to Kenya in July for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015, a cargo carrier from Nairobi took the opportunity to make the case for establish­ing more direct cargo flights between the United States and Kenya in order to foster trade between the two nations and attract more global airfreight business. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 4, 2015

Freight to Plate: Demand ripens in fresh-food cargo market

On an unseasonably hot 90°F day in Seattle, pallets sat prepared inside the comfortable, chilly air of Alaska Air Cargo’s recently expanded cool-chain facility at SeaTac Airport. A 737-400 freighter had arrived earlier from Anchorage to unload its bounty: freshly caught Pacific salmon straight from Alaska’s waters. Crews had quickly sent the fresh fish on […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 3, 2015

Freight to Plate: A taste for the exotic

Alaska Air Cargo is one example of how much the world has come to rely on airfreight delivery of high-quality meat, fruit and vegetables vir­tually anywhere with a runway across the globe. Foods that used to be con­sidered “exotic” or limited to narrow growing seasons – such as blueberries, strawberries or asparagus – are now […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 3, 2015

Freight to Plate: From couriers to crustaceans

It’s difficult enough to maintain the freshness of perishables like salmon during a trans-ocean journey – just imagine how much harder it is when the air cargo destined for dinner that evening is still alive. That’s the task undertaken by Canada-based KF Aerospace, which has recently reinvented itself as a part-time lobster wrangler. Formerly known […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 3, 2015

Freight to Plate: Clearing the Air

There’s a colorless, odorless, hard-to-detect gas, and it’s coming to get you. Well, it won’t hurt you physically, but if you’re a shipper of highly perishable food, it might steal from your bottom line. The gas is ethylene, sometimes re­ferred to as the “ripening hormone.” It’s a naturally occurring byproduct of the decaying process, slowly […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 3, 2015

Plans revealed for Ethiopian trans-shipment hub

Ethiopian Airlines has made no secret that it wants to be not only the largest airline in Africa but also one of the top global carriers in the world. According to more details that have been released about ongoing cargo terminal expansion at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, the carrier will likely have a world-class […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 18, 2015

Emirates emphasizing perishables expertise

This summer, Emirates SkyCargo is carrying thousands of tonnes of temperature-sensitive commodities. Perishable products such as fruit, vegetables, flowers and fresh meat from Africa and chilled meat from Australia, as well as pharmaceuticals from India, and many other commodities from various countries, are shipped on Emirates SkyCargo, through its Cool Chain services. In 2013, the […]
  • August 11, 2014

Keeping the world buffet cool

Countries around the world are lining up, plates in hand, for the air cargo buffet. Air shipments of perishable food are strong, especially in Asia, whose growing middle class hungers for imported seafood, produce and more. WorldACD reported that in April, world air cargo volumes of non-pharma perishables grew over 12 percent year over year. […]
  • July 29, 2014

Berries make their way to Asia, U.S.

DHL Global Forwarding set a company record number of charters in 2013 transporting perishables from South America, primarily Chile to Asia and Argentina to the U.S. market.  “Despite freezing temperatures, heavy rain, hail and a gloomy forecast for the 2013 blueberry and cherry season in Argentina and Chile, charters transporting these delicate fruits proved to […]
  • Staff Reports
  • May 22, 2014

PACTL targets China’s growing appetite

China’s growing appetite for fresh food and pharmaceuticals is prompting Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal (PACTL) to take a bigger shot at the perishables market. The handling company’s coolers and freezers at Shanghai Pudong Airport are adequate to handle present volumes, vice president Lutz Grzegorz says, but good growth prospects in this segment have […]
  • February 26, 2014
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