US cargo carriers request FAA exemptions for Middle East ops

Several U.S.-based air cargo and express carriers, including Kalitta Air, FedEx and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ subsidiary carriers, requested exemption from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to continue operating in the Middle East despite the recent Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) banning U.S. carriers from flying in certain regions. Airlines that submitted requests to the […]

Atlas Air chief Flynn retires, with Dietrich to take the helm in 2020 

President and Chief Executive Officer William Flynn at Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings will step back to chairman of the board at the end of this year, Atlas announced today. The current EVP and Chief Operating Officer at Atlas, John Dietrich, is set to take Flynn’s place as president effective immediately. He’ll also take over as CEO when Flynn […]

Dispatchers, Atlas Air Worldwide ratify new bargaining agreement

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and its dispatchers have ratified a collective bargaining agreement, covering two subsidiary carriers, Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo Worldwide. The four-year contract extension includes pay increases, as well as benefits associated with the dispatcher’s relocation to the company’s operating hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), as part of Amazon’s […]

Pilot unrest not isolated to the U.S.

Last week pilots from ASL Airlines Belgium (what remains of TNT Airways after ASL Aviation Group acquired the airline component of TNT Express from its new owner FedEx, in May 2016) issued a strike call, and threatened to disrupt the airline’s peak season operations. A statement released by the Belgian Cockpit Association said that since […]

The 2016 Freight 50: A few caveats…

The Freight 50 listing for 2016 is the most comprehensive snapshot of the air cargo carrier business in existence, but it is still just an “estimate,” for several reasons. Chiefly, there is not a single database that is 100 percent accurate on a global scale, so we have to rely on multiple sources (IATA, USDOT, […]

Pilots union dispute heats up with potential strike vote

On ongoing dispute between a prominent pilots’ union and five carriers that operate DHL’s North American network recently reached a new level as the union members have decided to vote to authorize a potential strike action over disagreement in contract negotiations. Over the next 10 days, nearly 2,000 pilots represented by the International Brotherhood of […]

Polar Air Cargo settles in price-fixing class-action

The class-action lawsuit involving global price-fixing of fuel and other surcharges from 2000 to 2006 continues to wind down nearly a decade after the alleged transgressions occurred. This week, Polar Air Cargo, LLC, and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings have agreed to settle with the plaintiffs for US$100 million, which is the second-largest settlement amount to […]

Cathay reaches settlement in Canadian cartel case

The saga of the alleged air cargo price-fixing cartel that stretches back to 2006 has reached one more milestone, as Cathay Pacific Airlines reached a US$4.5 million settlement in the civil antitrust class action brought against it and other airlines in Canada. “Cathay Pacific does not admit any unlawful conduct, wrongdoing or liability in the […]

Will e-commerce sink forwarders? Not a chance, Polar’s Krepp says [VIDEO]

HONG KONG — To be sure, $14.3 billion of sales through Alibaba in one day deserves notice. Indeed, Alibaba’s sales on last week’s Singles’ Day in China, which is now to the Middle Kingdom what Black Friday is to America, has air freight executives here wondering about whether e-commerce, and by extension express, will do in […]

S.E. Asia: Long-haul exits fail to faze forwarders

Thai Airways is pulling out of the trans-Pacific market. Effective Oct. 25 the airline is going to terminate its flights to Los Angeles and also scrap its Bangkok-to-Rome service. After the closure of the Bangkok-to-New York route in 2008, this marks the end of Thai’s presence in the United States. The airline’s network is shrinking […]

Atlas Air expands CMI service

Atlas Air, Inc., will operate two 767s that are leased to DHL Express by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, by its leasing entity, Titan Aviation. Atlas Air will operate the two aircraft through its sister company, Polar Air Cargo, which will link the flights with Polar’s existing services for DHL and others. The two aircraft are […]

Air carrier antitrust case holdouts will go to court

Four cargo airlines that have not settled in the long-running air cargo antitrust case will have their day in court. The four holdouts – Air China Ltd./Air China Cargo Co. Ltd.; Air India Ltd.; Air New Zealand Ltd.; and Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc./Polar Air Cargo, LLC/Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. – will meet in […]

Cargo cartel case now a class action

A case that has dragged on for nearly a decade has recently been given new life, thanks to a ruling by the U.S. District Court. Shippers seeking damages against carriers that colluded to fix fuel and security surcharges between Jan. 1, 2000, and Sept. 30, 2006, were granted class-action status on July 10. The airlines […]