Blown Away: Reconnecting broken supply chains

On a Tuesday in Mexico City, employees at DSV Air & Sea, S.A. de C.V. were in the middle of a normal workday in the head office when a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck, killing more than 350 people. “People were scared, running in the street,” said Torge Koehnke, vice president for Latin America with DSV Air […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 6, 2017

LATAM Cargo’s ‘Solidarity Plane’ delivers aid to Puerto Rico

LATAM Cargo transported more than 40 tonnes of disaster relief supplies from Miami to Puerto Rico, which is still struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria more than a month after the Category 4 storm hit on Sept. 20. The humanitarian aid came aboard a 767 freighter through LATAM’s “Solidarity Plane” initiative, which […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 26, 2017

National Airlines relief flights to Aguadilla target Puerto Rico’s worst-hit regions

A National Airlines 747-400 freighter has been busy over the last few weeks, operating 13 flights, at discounted rates, transporting 2.7 million pounds of aid to Puerto Rico to areas most devastated by Hurricane Maria. Three weeks after the hurricane passed over the island, conditions on the ground in Puerto Rico remain dire, leaving millions […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 17, 2017

JetBlue, Atlas Air partner for Puerto Rico hurricane aid

As the misery continues in the American territory of Puerto Rico following last month’s Hurricane Maria, the air cargo industry continues to send desperately needed. Over the weekend, JetBlue and Atlas Air Worldwide (AAWW) partnered to transport more than 110 tons of supplies to Puerto Rico to aid in the recovery efforts on the island, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 9, 2017

UPS resumes partial Puerto Rico operations, in face of extensive infrastructure damage

UPS service has resumed across 149 of Puerto Rico’s 176 zip codes, with the Atlanta-based integrator offering discounted rates from the U.S. to Puerto Rico and affected Caribbean destinations for select ground and deferred shipments. But with more extensive damage being reported daily, UPS is acknowledging that it faces massive hurdles redeploying its services to […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 6, 2017

AA Cargo jumps into action to mitigate post-hurricane humanitarian disaster

The first American Airlines Cargo relief flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico, touched down yesterday at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), carrying volunteers and more than 10,000 pounds relief supplies. “We have many more planned for today through the weekend as part of our Operation #PuertoRicoStrong,” wrote AA Cargo’s president, Rick Elieson. In a […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 29, 2017

Logistics nonprofits provide timely U.S. Virgin Island response to Irma [VIDEO]

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – As Hurricane Irma completed its rampage across Florida over the weekend, additional emergency response teams started recovery efforts in the hard-hit U.S. Virgin Islands, with logistics nonprofit Airlink and United Airlines airlifting vital K-9 search and rescue dogs and other equipment here at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), the […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 11, 2017

Cargo restrictions move north as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – After churning across most of the northern Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea over the last three days, Hurricane Irma has set a course for the low-lying U.S. state of Florida, packing 150-mile-per-hour winds and expected storm surges of 6 to 12 feet by this weekend (see National Hurricane Center […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 8, 2017

Cargo Chat: Cargolux makes Puerto Rico pharma service ‘official’

Early last month, Cargolux launched a new weekly route from its home base in Luxembourg directly to Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN) in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. That may not seem like a logical cargo route, considering that the American commonwealth in the Caribbean has been enduring a crippling recession for the last two years and is […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 4, 2016

DHL Global Forwarding, United angle for more Puerto Rico pharma

DHL Global Forwarding (DHL-GF) and United Airlines are the latest companies to expand their Puerto Rico operations, as air cargo carriers and handlers angle for a piece of the unincorporated U.S. territory’s pharmaceutical export market. With 49 pharmaceutical plants approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, plus 12 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies, […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 16, 2016

Carriers flock to Puerto Rico’s pharma exports

Even as mutual funds and other creditors circle Puerto Rico and its besieged economy, looking to claw back some US$70 billion in debt, Cargolux and CAL Cargo Airline are adding flights to the unincorporated U.S. territory to capitalize on strong pharmaceutical exports. For all its dismal financial press, Puerto Rico still has extensive pharmaceutical exports, […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 12, 2016

Pharma traffic keeps Puerto Rico afloat

Puerto Rico seems like an island para­dise, full of history, picturesque beaches and bright, sunny days. But for the past decade, this small Caribbean territory of the United States has seen its economy shrink by 14 percent, with employment dropping 12 percent over the same pe­riod, according to The Economist. The economic decline began in […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 7, 2016

No more flowers for Lufthansa Cargo

By this coming March, Lufthansa Cargo will stop its twice-weekly service carrying cut flowers from Ecuador and Colombia, by way of Puerto Rico, and onward to Frankfurt. By stopping in Puerto Rico, the service fell within the guidelines for operating in accordance with the open-skies agreement between the United States and the European Union. However, […]
  • Staff Reports
  • January 15, 2016

How the Caribbean is positioning itself as a cargo gateway

This coming February, when most of the Northern Hemisphere is locked in another dreary winter, a 777-200LR is expected to touch down at Tocumen International Airport, packed with 256 passengers. The crowded flight will be of no sur­prise, as the destination is Panama City, Panama, a languid tropical setting that many northerners dream of visiting […]
  • Staff Reports
  • October 2, 2015
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